ASLA receives grant to educate public about green roofs

The American Society of Landscape Architects Library and Education Advocacy Fund has received a $22,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to educate the public about green roofs. The grant will fund outreach and education programming for ASLA’s new green roof demonstration project.

The green roof demonstration, designed by ASLA member Michael Van Valkenburgh and completed in April, was installed on the roof of ASLA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Nancy Somerville, ASLA executive vice president, says the green roof was created to show the public an example of a green roof’s appearance and its environmental and economic benefits. Tours of the roof are available free of charge.

The grant will fund educational materials, such as booklets and a student workbook, as well as an exhibit and a discovery program about the green roof. “Not only will this grant enhance the experience for our green roof visitors, it will enable us to reach audiences of all ages across the country and around the world that may not be able to visit our project in person,” Somerville says.

ASLA hopes to raise awareness of the advantages of green roofs, which can improve air and water quality, reduce the urban heat island effect, manage storm water runoff, replace bio-habitats and provide aesthetic amenities and economic benefits.

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