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7 MILLION-SQUARE-FEET WITH GREEN ROOFS ON SCHOOLS, TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES, MUSEUMS AND FIRE STATIONS, A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE CHICAGO HOSTED THE FIRST-EVER GREEN ROOFS FOR HEALTHY CITIES CONFERENCE By Caroline M. Nolan ver since Green Roofs for Healthy Cities began surveying its Corporate Members back in 2005, Chicago has consistently topped the results with the most annual number of square-footage of green roof installed – that’s four years in a row, a feat largely attributed to its visionary mayor, Richard Daley. It was this very vision for a greener, healthier Chicago that led Daley to institute a number of policies support of green roofs – and actions. The City of Chicago led the way with the city’s first green roof in the region, a 30,000-square-foot semi-intensive green roof atop City Hall, built in 2000. In 2003, the City hosted the very first Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Conference in 2003. Today, more than seven million-square-feet of green roof is either already installed or in the works on private and public properties – and that figure doesn’t include such non-roof-based projects such as Chicago’s famous Millennium Park built on top of a parking garage. With a green roof grant from the City, Chicago even has the first organically certified green roof in the United States above a restaurant called Uncommon Ground and a City-sponsored vertical garden festival is planned for next summer. On the social and economic side, Chicago’s growing green roof market has also led to new job creation – and brighter futures. The maintenance of Chicago’s City Hall green roof, for instance, is contracted to the Chicago Christian Industrial League (CCIL), which trains the formerly homeless in horticulture. However, they say it takes a village to raise a child – and raising a greener Chicago was no exception with Mayor Daley’s vision supported by many helping hands and hearts including the leader’s right-hand man, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston (see Q&A at right). Shortly after this late-summer interview took place, Johnston (who holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship) announced he will be leaving the Windy City for Vancouver, British Columbia, to assume the role of that City’s new deputy city manager as of Nov. 2, 2009. Johnston’s experience – and passion for green roof and wall technology – will no doubt be an asset to the City of Vancouver’s continued efforts to move toward sustainability and as host to Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ 8th Annual Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards and Trade Show from Nov. 30th to Dec. 2nd, 2010. Q&A On the Roof with Sadhu Johnston, Chief Environmental Officer, City of Chicago What are some of the major environmental issues your City faces? Last September, Mayor Daley launched a Climate Action Plan for the city of Chicago and as part of that planning process we spent a couple of years with some of the premiere climatologists in the world who helped us to downscale global models for the Chicago region so that we could understand the greatest threats and challenges we would be facing here in Chicago as a result of changes in the climate. While we heard a lot of good news – we are better off than most cities as we are not on a major body of saltwater and we’ve got a great supply of freshwater – the scientists told us that the two major challenges we would continue to face were urban heat island and extreme storm events involving large amounts of rain in a short period of time. How did hosting Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ first-ever green roof conference in 2003 change Chicago? At that time, we were just really getting into green roofs and green roof technology and hosting the conference helped us to learn from

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2009

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2009
City Power
Cities Alive!
Welcome to Toronto
Part 2 of 2: Risk-Reduction Tools
Toward Bird-Friendly Living Architecture
Cities Leading by Example
Q&A: On the Roof With...
7 Million-Square-Feet
Seeding the Future
A Green Roof Capitol City
From "Beantown" To "Greentown"
Beyond the Debate
A More Beautiful Baltimore
Policy Support
Seattle's Green Factor
Understanding The Green Roof Evapotranpiration Process
GHRC Professional Development Calendar
Welcome New Corporate Members
The Girl Scout Knows Best

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2009