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Green Roofs for the West symposium

June 11, 2010

The Colorado State University Green Roof Program in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is hosting the 2010 Green Roofs for the West Symposium, Thursday, June 17 at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Register today -- space is limited!

Colorado State University's research project, a green roof atop the EPA Region 8 headquarters in downtown Denver.

Thursday, June 17
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street
Denver, Colo.

The future of sustainable cities

How can green roofs lead us to a future of more sustainable cities in the challenging climate of the west?

Join us for an intensive, in-depth program that goes far beyond the basics. Perfect for architects, landscape architects, facility managers, policymakers, energy specialists, engineers and horticulturists.

The Green Roofs for the West Symposium will feature a full day of sessions presented by leading green roof experts and designers responding to regional issues like our semi-arid climate and the important issue of water.

Out of town speakers from the U.S., Mexico, and England include:

  • John Greenlee, owner of Greenlee Nursery and author of The American Meadow Garden
  • Claudia Harari, principal, Harari Arquitectos, Mexico
  • Jeffrey Bruce, landscape architect, Kansas City; project manager of Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago and TWA building in Kansas City
  • Nigel Dunnett, co-author of Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls and director of the graduate research school at the University of Sheffield
  • Susan Weiler, FASLA, partner at the Landscape Architecture Firm, Olin Studio
  • Deb Kleinman (our host), executive director, Colo. Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council

Another view of the green roof project by CSU researchers located in downtown Denver at 16th and Wynkoop.

American Institute of Architects continuing education credits available. 


  • Before June 1 - $100
  • After June 1 - $125
  • Day of the event - $140 (if space available)
  • Only $30 for students with valid ID!

The symposium will be held at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street (map and directions). Includes continental breakfast, box lunch and beverages. 

Register on-line.

This event is being sponsored by the CSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

What is green roofing?

Basically, green roofs are vegetated roof covers, with growing media and plants taking the place of bare membrane, gravel ballast, shingles or tiles. The number of layers and the layer placement vary from system to system and green roof type, but at the very least all green roofs include a single to multi-ply waterproofing layer, drainage, growing media and the plants, covering the entire roof deck surface.

Benefits of green roofs

  • Reduces storm water runoff that affects water for drinking and swimming, as well as habitat in local rivers and lakes
  • Reduces energy consumption
  • Reduces the urban heat island effect by lowering a city's temperature and therefore reduces cooling costs
  • Beautifies the city
  • Creates more natural green spaces in urban areas
  • Provides more habitat area for wildlife including migratory birds

Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.  ~Linda Solegato  

Contact: Will Jones/Lyn Berry-Helmlinger
Phone: (720) 865-3500