A Green Thumb for Green Roofs

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How to give your facilities team a green thumbs up.




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Have you ever killed a plant before?  While your building may support a green roof, your staff must be ready to keep it alive.  This webinar will address green roof maintenance and how to give your facilities team a green thumbs up.



Learning Objectives

What you will gain from attending this webinar:

  • Understand the impact that particular design decisions have on green roof maintenance requirements.
  • Gain an understanding of the major reasons to invest in a maintenance program.
  • Identify common maintenance challenges and how to address them.
  • Learn how to develop a maintenance plan.
  • Learn how to diagnose problems on a green roof.




Jordan Ritchie
Manager of Education and Accreditation, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Jordan Richie, GRP, is Director, Education and Accreditation, with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the not-for-profit North American green roof and wall industry association headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 2006, Jordan worked with Environment Canada as a research associate, modeling the effects of vegetated roofs and walls on the thermal performance of buildings. He has consulted on large-scale projects such as the Target Center green roof installation in Minneapolis, and recently contributed to a USGBC-funded green roof energy calculator prototype in collaboration with researchers at Portland State University and the University of Toronto. In his role at GRHC, he has worked with the organization’s numerous technical committees to develop specialized courses such as Advanced Green Roof Maintenance.


Andy Creath
Owner and Founder, Green Roofs of Colorado

Andy Creath is an entrepreneur in the environmental and sustainability fields. He founded Green Roofs of Colorado, a green roof design, installation, maintenance, and consultation company.  Andy is recognized as an Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council. He is a board member for the Green Infrastructure Foundation, which was founded in 2007 to respond to the need for greater awareness and resources to promote green infrastructure in local communities.  He worked for four years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a program analyst within the Office of the Inspector General. At the EPA he earned awards for his work toward the creation of an on-line database of cross-agency Federal environmental programs and for improving EPA's tracking of National Petroleum Refinery Compliance Program progress and impacts. Andy has a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver, received a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Green Building Certificate from Colorado State University.