Green Roof and Sustainability Expert to Give Owens Talk

Posted Mar 23rd, 2011 by Brad Meyer  Category: Lifestyle


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents interested in gaining insight into the understanding of green roofs and their impact on minimizing the effects on urbanization and the environment are invited to a free lecture featuring nationally-known green roofs and sustainability expert Dr. Brad Rowe at Owens Community College on Wednesday, March 30.

Sponsored by the College’s Landscape and Turfgrass Management Program, Rowe’s lecture presentation is titled “The Importance of Green Roofs and Sustainability in Today’s Society” and will occur at 1 p.m. in the Industrial and Engineering Technologies building Room 109 on the Toledo-area Campus. Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“Owens Community College’s Landscape and Turfgrass Management Program is excited to provide area residents with the opportunity to hear a nationally-known expert present on green roof technology and the impact it has had from an ecological and economic perspective,” said Chris Foley, Owens Associate Professor of Science. “Dr. Brad Rowe’s lecture will share insight into the concept, design and research specific to this cutting-edge technology.”

Rowe serves as a Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University and was instrumental in the creation and current overall direction of the academic institution’s green research program. He has conducted a significant amount of research in the areas of propagation and production of landscape plants and their proper use in the landscape, with specific emphasis on green roof technology. His research has appeared in such publications as “Environmental Science and Technology”, “Urban Forestry and Urban Greening” and “HortScience”, among many others.

For his extensive work in green roof technology, Rowe was honored with the GRHS Excellence in Research Award in 2008. His accomplishments also include assisting in the design and installation of the world’s largest green roof at Ford Motor Company’s Truck Assembly Plant in Dearborn, Mich. In addition to his research, Rowe currently teaches academic courses at Michigan State in plant propagation, landscape construction, landscape contract management and sustainable landscape practices, among other areas.

For additional information about the lecture presentation, call (567) 661-7623 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7623.

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