POSTPONED: 2014 Inspire Speaker Series: Green Roofs and You, w/ Dr. Colleen Butler
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2014 Inspire Speaker Series is a collaboration between USGBC Louisiana and the City Park Botanical Gardens Education Program.

When: Weds January 29th
6:30 PM
Where: City Park Botanical Gardens Education Center
Stadium Drive
(2nd Left behind NOMA, 2nd gate on left)
New Orleans, Louisiana  70119
United States
Contact: Jolie Lemoine, Chapter Coordinator
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Green Roofs and You!
2014 Inspire Speaker Series, January Installment: A Lesson on Green Roofs with Colleen Butler, PhD.

When: Weds January 29th, 6:30 PM

Where: City Park Botanical Gardens Education Center

Cost: $15 Public, $10 USGBC Louisiana Members (pending sponsorship!)
1 Self Reported CEUs available for this presentation


Prior Knowledge

Attendees do not need to have any prior knowledge of green roofs or green infrastructure.  

Program Description

Green roofs have rapidly become a popular design feature in green building. Famous green roofs are found atop Chicago City Hall, the ASLA headquarters in Washington D.C., and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Currently, there are only a few green roofs in New Orleans. This talk will provide an overview of green roofs and will start a dialogue about the potential role of green roofs in New Orleans stormwater management.

The talk will begin with the basics of green roofs, including definitions of extensive and intensive green roofs, benefits of green roofs for both the building owner and the larger community, average costs of installation and maintenance, and design considerations. We will then go further in depth, discussing the process of designing, installing and maintaining a green roof. The speaker will discuss relevant policy initiatives at the local, state, and federal level. Finally, the speaker and the attendees will brainstorm ways in which green roofs could play a role in New Orleans stormwater management.


Learning Objectives

    Attendees will gain a working knowledge of green roofs, including benefits, constraints, and general design.

    Attendees will learn about the potential for green roofs to play a role in stormwater management in New Orleans.

    Attendees will be able to calculate the maximum water holding capacity of a green roof based on substrate composition and depth.

    Attendees will be able to write and execute a maintenance plan for a green roof.


Colleen Butler is an ecologist and green roof expert. She received her PhD in Biology in 2011 from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.  Her dissertation focused on the ecology of green roof plant communities. While at Tufts, Dr. Butler was a founding member of the Tufts Green Roof Collaborative.  As part of the Tufts Green Roof Collaborative, she helped to design, install, and maintain the first green roof on the Tufts campus. She has presented about her research at national and international scientific and green roof conferences.


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*** The 2014 Inspire Speaker Series is a collaboration between USGBC Louisiana and New Orleans Botanical Garden at City Park. Please contact if you are interested in sponsoring this series, or even a single event! Your sponsorship will help provide refreshments and discounted or free attendance for the USGBC Louisiana Community, meanwhile promoting your company's support of green building and sustainable community development in Louisiana.