LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS OFFER FREE GREEN ROOF EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE
The Roof is Growing! Targets Middle School Students, Educators
Washington, DC, May 14, 2008 — The
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) today announced
the availability of The Roof is Growing!, an educational resource
for middle-school students and teachers about green roofs
and their environmental benefits. The resource includes a
lesson plan, workbook, and online interactive program designed
to engage students on how green roofs cool cities, clean the
air, create habitats, and control stormwater.
The Roof is Growing! is available at www.asla.org/greenroof.
High resolution spring images of ASLA’s green roof are
“Green roofs can serve as a creative solution to many
issues facing the environment and urban infrastructure. By
learning about green roofs, we hope to inspire young students
to think creatively and use their imaginations as future landscape
architects or any path they choose,” said Nancy Somerville,
Executive Vice President and CEO of ASLA.
A green roof replaces traditional roofing with a living environment
of plants and soil. Among the many benefits they offer, green
roofs remove pollutants from stormwater and reduce the amount
of water that flows into sewer systems. The plants store excess
carbon from the atmosphere, lower radiant heat in the summer,
and create habitats for local wildlife. Additionally, green
roofs provide extra insulation to buildings and last two or
three times longer than traditional roofs.
The Roof is Growing! is designed for middle-school students
(grades 6-8), and is made possible by a grant from the National
Endowment for the Arts and a generous contribution from the
landscape architecture firm Lewis Scully Gionet, Inc. To learn
more about green roofs or schedule a tour of ASLA’s
award-winning green roof, visit www.asla.org/greenroof.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association
for landscape architects, representing more than 18,200 members
in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. The Society's
mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the
careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our
cultural and natural environments. Members of the Society
use their “"ASLA"” suffix after their
names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest
ethical standards of the profession. Learn more about landscape
architecture online at www.asla.org.