I mean literally. Get your green, on. It's a telling sign that when you tap "ecoroof" into Google, the first three search results come up in Portland.
Want one? Maybe you should check out the ecoroof vendors' fair, organized by BES and Metro, at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel tomorrow from 10am-6pm. 1000 NE Multnomah Street. 30 local ecoroof designers, landscapers, contractors, architects, consultants, nurseries, suppliers, manufacturers, non-profits and community groups will be on hand to share knowledge and expertise about ecoroofs. You'll also be able to find out about grants available to finance the roofs. Highlights:
11:00AM Residential Ecoroof Case Studies + Special Ecoroof Grant Review
1:00PM Live Ecoroof Installation on a Chicken Coop by architect John Wright
2:30PM Residential Ecoroof Case Studies + Special Ecoroof Grant Review
I can't imagine anything is going to top the chicken coop. But here's more about ecoroofs from the city's Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), while we're killing time:
Ecoroofs replace conventional roofing with a living, breathing vegetated roof system. An ecoroof consists of a layer of vegetation over a growing medium on top of a synthetic, waterproof membrane. An ecoroof significantly decreases stormwater runoff, saves energy, reduces pollution and erosion, and helps preserve fish habitat. Ecoroofs also absorb carbon dioxide, cool urban heat islands, and filter air pollutants. Ecoroofs increase habitat for birds and insects and provide much needed greenspace for urban dwellers.