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"FUNDING WILL PROBABLY ALWAYS BE A PROBLEM.
HOPEFULLY, THE GREEN ROOF INDUSTRY WILL GROW
TO THE POINT WHERE RESEARCH FUNDING WILL BE
READILY AVAILABLE."
- BRAD ROWE

in part by the industry they serve.
They work in areas that are
more conducive for acquiring
federal dollars from the National
Science Foundation or are
involved in applied research with
an industry group that provides
funding. For example, Michigan
cherry growers have no problem
handing over a few hundred
thousand dollars for research on
cherries. Our blueberry breeder
receives royalties well over
$100,000 each year on patented
blueberry plants sold from the
MSU breeding program. The
green roof industry is still too
small to provide that level of
support.
During my career I have
funded my research with grants
from the EPA, USDA, Michigan
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Department of Agriculture
and Natural Resources,
Project GREEEN, Ford
Motor Company, McDonough
Braungart Design Chemistry,
Behrens Systementwicklung in
Germany, ChristenDETROIT
Roofing Contractors, XeroFlor
America, and the Scientific and
Technical Research Council of
Turkey (Tubitak). I have also
received many smaller grants
and gifts in kind of materials
from industry members. I
have never received any NSF
funding, but I did serve on an
NSF engineering review panel
several years ago. Four groups of
about ten reviewers each spent
two days sequestered in a room
in Washington, DC, discussing
the merits of approximately 100

research proposals. Each proposal was nearly 100 pages long and
represented a good month's worth of work to put these together.
Unfortunately, there was only enough money to fund three of
them. That's a lot of effort from a lot of people writing these
proposals with no return. Green roofs did not resonate as a priority
to the other reviewers, especially when it involved plants.
So what does the future hold for plant research? Funding will
probably always be a problem. Hopefully, the green roof industry
will grow to the point where research funding will be readily
available. Of course, research in all disciplines in addition to
plants is necessary to move the industry forward. Data regarding
benefits, the development and adoption of standards, and technical
information is research driven and will help to remove barriers to
greater acceptance. With everyone working together, maybe twenty
years from now there will be green roofs on every building and
research dollars will be more available.
Brad Rowe has been conducting green roof research at MSU since
2000. Research topics include plant selection, growing substrates, carbon
sequestration, stormwater runoff, energy conservation, and roof vegetable
production. He was the founding co-chair of the GRHC Research
Committee and received the GRHC Research Award of Excellence in 2008.
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