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October 17, 2011: GRoWERS plant sale (see invitation below)

Summer, 2009: GRO Austin: building "postage stamp" green roofs across Austin
GRO Austin's first green roof is up!
An extensive green roof over a garden shed, our inaugural project was installed and planted this spring.
Go to http://growersaustin.tumblr.com for the blog

Do you long for a green roof of your own, or interested in trying out the technology in a small setting?If you have a structurally sound outbuilding- storage shed, chicken coop, shade structure, even carport- we can provide design guidance, practical advice, and logistical help to make it happen. The Green Roofs Over (GRO) Austin pilot project plans to construct a wide range of "postage stamp" green roofs across the Austin area, observing and learning from them in various settings.

How do we build beautiful, effective, resource-lean green roofs in our area, given our droughts and punishing heat? How do we take advantage of the characteristics, conditions, and resources we do have to design and create the "right" green roofs? As green roofs take hold across the world, our bio-climatic region is seen as a new frontier for green roof technology. This project aims to yield a wealth of new information to help develop best practices and increase local knowledge.

Email growersaustin@gmail.com to express your interest and check back here for more information about how to get involved in months to come.


March 11, 2009:
Panel Discussion "Green Roofs in Austin: When and How?"
GRoWERS partnered with the USGBC Balcones Chapter START Technology Committee to present an expert panel discussion in the Austin City Council Chambers. "Green Roofs in Austin: When and How?" was moderated by Dylan Siegler of GRoWERS and drew the green-roof-curious, building industry professionals, policy-makers, and decision-makers to City Hall for a lively and informative conversation about the state of green roofs in Austin and the way forward. Many thanks to our esteemed panelists:
Tom Liptan, City of Portland, Oregon
Mike Kelly, City of Austin Watershed Protection Development Review Dept
Brian Gardiner, RRC, CCS, AusTech Roof Consultants
Mark Simmons, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Leah Haynie, Air Quality & Urban Heat Island Mitigation, Austin Climate Protection Plan

February 8, 2008:
Stanley Residence
In celebration of the new GRoWERS website, members gathered for pony-keg happy hour and energetic conversation on new directions for the group.

November 7, 2007
: Austin City Hall
Landscape architect Eleanor McKinney toured our largest group yet (+/- 40) around the city's most prominent urban green roof, a series of intensive planted areas on multiple levels. She emphasized the influence of bioregions in the planting schemes and fielded questions later, encouraging the City of Austin to consider City Hall as a case study to monitor the impacts and requirements of intensive green roofs in our climate.
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September 6, 2007
: The Great Outdoors Nursery and Opal Divine's Penn Field
Tom Tingley, co-owner of the Great Outdoors, presented their experimental green roof atop the Garden Shop using a modular technology called GreenPaks, taking questions from the group. Later, Mark Simmons and Brian Gardiner shared the latest research results from the Wildflower Center's test plots over food and drink at Opal Divine's across the street.
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June 2007: Green Roof Site Visit, private home in southwest Austin
An inspiring look at a real live green roof at the home of a pioneering GRoWER. Visitors got a chance to access the first-floor roof and patio to view a thriving, established plantscape, complete with monitoring equipment installed by the City of Austin.
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March 28, 2007: Pat McNeal, Quack's Maplewood Coffee
Native plant expert Pat McNeal presented some of the horticultural challenges to the successful long-term application of green roofs from his perspective.

February 27, 2007: Brian Gardiner, AusTech Roof Consultants, Carver Library
Green roof guru Brian Gardiner spoke to the group about the opportunities and challenges that green roofs face in the Austin area, including discussion about insurance and warranties.

January 25, 2007: Presentation by Matt Hollon, City of Austin Department of Watershed Protection, City of Austin offices
Watershed Department's Matt Hollon addressed the group on the criteria the City follows when determining whether to promote a technology that remediates stormwater runoff and quality.

December 7, 2006: Conversation: Soil, Plants & Irrigation #1, Downtown Jo's Coffee
Over the din of the coffee shop, a group of seasoned green roof vets and novices discussed issues of appropriate soil types for green roofs in our region.

November 11, 2006: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Green Roof Study site visit
Dr. Steve Windhager, curator at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, along with roofing consultant Brian Gardiner, took the group on a guided tour of the green roof study plots.
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September 28, 2006: Launch Party, Casey's house
More than 50 interested folks descended upon Casey's backyard for a meet-and-greet for the green roof savvy and the green roof interested, enjoying keg beer and pizza generously donated by John Davis of Davis Jane Garden Design.

 
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