Friday, October 16, 2009

Caroline's Green Roof Gold Award Project

Caroline Templeton, a senior at Pine View School in Osprey, Florida, created a green roof educational display for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Here is her story:

"The display was designed as a traveling exhibit to educate people about green roofs and encourage the development of green roofs in Sarasota County. The display focuses on the benefits of green roofs, how they are constructed, costs, pictures, FAQ, etc. In addition, there is a living green roof module in cross section using native Florida plants. One of the main reasons I did this project is because I think its important for people to realize my generation is ready to deal with the problems we face and are already involved. My green roof project was exhibited at the 7th Annual International Conference on Greenroofs in Atlanta June 3-5 2009 and at the Laurel Park EcoFair in Sarasota June 27, 2009."

"Green roofs are living roofs, layered with plants, growing medium, geo-textile fabric, drainage, and waterproof membrane. Green roofs provide many economic and environmental benefits to both the private and public sectors. Green roofs reduce the amount of stormwater runoff from a roof by 60-70%. This helps to reduce urban flooding and drainage problems. Green roofs can also reduce heating and cooling costs by acting as insulation for either keeping cold or hot air in. Each roof is unique using different plants, depending on the climate and location."

"To learn more about my project you can go to And check out the article in Living Architecture Monitor. My article is on the last page. "

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