GREEN SCHOOLS. GREEN TOOLS. GREENBUILD 2014
Green Roofs and You!
2014 Inspire Speaker Series, March Installment: A Lesson on Green Roofs with Colleen Butler, PhD.
When: Weds March 12th, 6:00 PM
Where: New Orleans Botanical Gardens Education Center
Cost: $15 Public, $10 USGBC Louisiana Members
Attendees do not need to have any prior knowledge of green roofs or green infrastructure.
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 storm water management. The talk will begin with the basics 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 attendees will
brainstorm ways in which green roofs could lay a role in New Orleans storm water
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 Roofs 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.
Torrent Gardens at Parisite and their organization, Transitional Spaces, Named 2014 Greenbuild Legacy Project
Stormwater Management for New Orleans’ first public skatepark, a
collaboration between Traditional Spaces and Colectivo
to Receive $13,000 Grant
Louisiana Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC
Louisiana), Host Chapter for the 2014 Greenbuild International
Conference & Expo (Greenbuild), has selected the Torrent Gardens at
Parisite as the site of the 2014 Greenbuild Host City Legacy Project.
U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Greenbuild conference is expected
to bring 30,000 attendees to New Orleans in October of this year. Each
works with its local chapter to select and fund a project that will be a
lasting gift of public service to an underserved community in the Host
Torrent Gardens consists of a multi-phased skate park
at the St Bernard/Paris Avenue area of Gentilly.
The Legacy Project funding will afford skateable
and infrastructure that will
stormwater from the interstate above towards retention areas containing
native flood tolerant plantings. These efforts will improve soil
stability, reduce subsidence, and provide
a highly-visible model of water management in accordance with the
Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan.
cohesive strategy of stormwater management through green-scaping will
be documented and shared with visitor’s via educational components of
on-site signage and website links.
New Orleans’ only public skatepark, "Torrent Gardens at Parisite
Skatepark” provides a safe and educational space promoting active
and transport, while being located adjacent to additional recreational
activities at the NORD St Bernard Rec Center. A psychologically healthy
environment as well, the project serves thousands of New Orleans youth
and is a space created by the community for
the community. "Torrent Gardens at Parisite Skatepark” provides green
infrastructure that is both functional and social.
is a repurposed site, once serving as a thriving public park that has
since been decommissioned. Parisite will be governed by the city
government and Parks
and Parkways Department, along with New Orleans Recreation Department.
The organization Transitional Spaces will provide additional
skatepark-specific maintenance at the site.
Gardens at Parisite was selected through a competitive application
process administered by USGBC Louisiana’s volunteer Legacy Project
by Amanda Rivera of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Architects.
Request for Proposals Extended: Greenbuild 2014 Tours
New Orleans Host Committee invites you to submit a Greenbuild tour
proposal. Don't miss this opportunity to showcase all of the amazing
things going on in our community!
Deadline for submissions is March 17, 2014, at 5:00 pm. Please direct all questions and submissions to Donna Barry. Please note that all proposals should be submitted via this online form.
Submit Proposals Here
USGBC Louisiana March Chapter Meeting: Baton Rouge
"FLEXIBLE BY DESIGN: INNOVATIVE APPROACHES FOR POWERING LOW ENERGY BUILDINGS"
Lunch and Learn presentation by Angelia Olsen of Armstrong Ceilings
Thursday March 20th, 12-1pm
Baton Rouge Visitor's Center
one hour seminar provides insight into the trend toward net zero energy
buildings and its impact on your design strategies. An overview of
industry goals and standards related to energy use in buildings will be
provided and applied to existing buildings as well as new construction.
Non-technical descriptions of hybrid powered buildings and
direct-current (DC) power distribution will be covered along with client
needs ranging from reconfiguration flexibility that blend energy
efficiency and effective design using case studies.
Free and open to the public! Refreshments will be provided.This course is approved for 1 AIA LU, and 1 GBCI CEU
Louisiana Green Schools Challenge Projects Wrapping Up:
Final Submissions Due March 28th
It has been quite the year of the Inaugural Green Schools Challenge! We have seen amazing work from students, teachers, and mentors for the Challenge, confirming our suspicion that Louisiana schools are ready to go green.
Projects should wrap up by March 14th, and Final Project Submissions are due March 28th. Please find the instructions for uploading final projects to the FTP below.
GSC Final Project Submission Instructions
RIGHT: Students from John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette, LA installing raised garden beds. Faculty Rep: Kory Akers,
Mentor: Eddie Cazayoux, EnviroMental Design
"Living Green in New Orleans: Earth Day 2014"
When: EARTH DAY! Tuesday, April 22nd, 5-9 pm
Where: New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park
Presentation and book signing by Dana Brown (Dana Brown & Associates)
Speaker from the US Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools
Celebrating the winners of the 2013-14 Louisiana Green Schools Challenge!
Music, food, cooking demonstrations, renewable energy and green building information, information from your favorite local organizations and local products from your favorite local companies!
Admission is free, suggested donation. Please contact Jolie Lemoine regarding sponsorships, volunteering, information booths, and vender registration, or download the Vendor Registration form HERE