Green roofs are hot. Or cool, actually. The main green-roof go-to guy in the Twin Cities is landscape architect L. Peter MacDonagh of Kestrel Design Group. Kestrel’s roof design for the Green Institute in south Minneapolis won a 2006 award from the international Green Roofs for Healthy Cities organization.
In fact, Carleton and Macalester competed and collaborated on installing green roofs as part of an initiative to green the rooftops of the entire campuses/cities. The UofM – Twin Cities has done huge work on efficiency and green building while their professors, like Dave Tilman, have been focusing on solving the ethanol conundrum and fuel cell miniaturization.
The Minnesota Green Roofs Council promotes green rooftop technology as a sustainable building strategy in Minnesota. We work to educate developers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, roofers, building owners, policy makers and others about green rooftops as a cost-effective strategy to improve building performance, reduce environmental impacts and improve urban livability. Our steering committee meets monthly and hosts workshops, social events, tours of local green rooftops. We develop resources like our RoofBloom guide and our Minnesota Green Roofs Directory.
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