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Did You Know?

That the DC Government has two green roof rebate programs - one for any kind of roof under 4,000 s.f. that offers $5 / s.f. and a per-project maximum of $20,000 - and a second program for roof retrofits on existing buildings over 4,000 s.f. which offers $7 / s.f. and does not have a maximum amount (find out more about this rebate program here).

That the US General Services Administration (GSA) is starting its own green revolution with an integrated green roof strategy and already have over one million square feet of green roofs installed?

That under the new EPA requirements (Section 438 of the Energy, Independence and Security Act -- EISA), federal agencies must minimize stormwater runoff from federal development projects to protect water resources, thereby stimulating green roof and wall infrastructure?

That the Washington District Department of the Environment initiated a $5 per square foot green roof subsidy with a per-project maximum of $20,000?

That President Obama’s Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance,  was signed on October 5, 2009.  The EO requires Federal agencies to set greenhouse gas reduction targets, increase energy efficiency, reduce fossil fuel consumption, conserve water, reduce waste, support sustainable planning, and leverage Federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies.

That the Clean Energy Stimulus and Investment Assurance Act of 2009 (S.320) introduced by Sen. Maria E. Cantwell (D-Wash.) intends to provides financial incentives for homeowners or commercial building owners which choose to install green roofs on their buildings.

Understanding the Business Case - Policy and Performance PDF Print E-mail

Dear Washington Living Architecture Symposium Participants,

Not a cherry blossom in sight, but lots of Magnolias were in bloom in DC last week! Thank you all for making the 2011 Living Architecture Regional Symposium a delightful and rewarding event. The trade show was bursting with activity, including energetic volunteers from DC Greenworks, who built three different green roof systems on the trade show floor. Special thanks to all of our speakers, particularly our federal speakers who despite the uncertainty surrounding the federal budget, shared insights on doing business with GSA, upcoming regulations that will help to drive the industry, as well as existing policies and programs at the local level. Thanks also to our exhibitors, local host committee volunteers and trainers who made the event a major success! See the photo gallery.

If you are interested in purchasing the proceedings from this event, (audio-synched to presentation slides) Symposium attendees may obtain a copy for $50.00. An e-mail with instructions for accessing the proceedings at the reduced rate will be sent out to you within a couple of weeks. Those of you who were not able to attend may purchase the proceeding online for $150.00 - check Living Architecture Academy mid-May. Conference proceedings from CitiesAlive Vancouver are now available on the Living Architecture Academy.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at GRHC, we wish you a busy spring and summer and look forward to seeing you at CitiesAlive Philadelphia, November 30th - Dec 3rd, 2011.

Sincerely yours,

Steven W. Peck, GRP, HASLA
Founder and President
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities


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Thank You to our Local Host Committee Members:

Peter Ensign (Chair), Executive Director DC Greenworks

Michael Shirven, Assistant Superintendent, US Senate Office Buildings at Architect of the Capital

Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director Landscape Architecture Foundation

Dr. Hamid Karimi and Rebecca Stack, District Department of the Environment District of Columbia

Robert Goo, Office of Water Environmental Protection Agency

Oscar Warmerdam, President, Moerings/Sempergreen

Sarah Murphy, Horticulturalist, General Services Administration

Dr. David Tilley, Associate Professor, University of Maryland

Kathryn Harrold, GRP, Green Roof Service LLC

Sara Loveland, Senior Associate, Taurus Development Group

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