Ecoregional Green Roofs - Theory and Application in the Western USA and Canada

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This book studies the application of green roofs in ecoregions of the western United States and Canada. While green roofs were intended to sustain local or regional vegetation, this volume describes how green roofs in their modern form are typically planted with a low-diversity mix of sedums from Europe or Asia. The authors demonstrate how in the western USA and Canada many green roofs have been designed with native plants and have been found to thrive.
Part I of this book covers theory and an overview of ecoregions and their implications for green roofs. In Part II vegetation from prairies, deserts, montane meadows, coastal meadows, and scrub and sub-alpine habitats are explored on seventy-three ecoregional green roofs. Case studies explore design concepts, materials, watering and maintenance, wildlife, plant species, and lessons learned. Part III covers an overview of ecoregional green roofs and a future outlook.
This book is aimed at professionals, designers, researchers, students and educators with an interest in green roofs and the preservation of biodiversity.

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Illustrations Note:
XVI, 619 p. 257 illus., 251 illus. in color.
Table of Contents:

Part I Background and Theory

1. Introduction

1.1 Origins of naturalized vegetation and green roofs

1.3 The growth of the green roof industry in North America

1.3 Green roof design versus reality

          11.3.1 Chicago City Hall

          11.3.2 Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

          11.3.3 Texas A&M University

1.4 The 100th meridian

2. Green roof design in response to climate and ecoregion

2.1 Ecoregion, climate and microclimate

2.2 Substrates for ecoregional green roofs

2.3 Water for ecoregional green roofs

2.4 Designing and managing ecoregional green roofs for aesthetics and biodiversity

2.5 Ecoregions of the Western United States


Part II Application: Ecoregional Green Roof Case Studies


3. Prairie Ecoregions

3.1 Ecoregion characteristics

                3.1.1 Konza Prairie (tall-mixed grass)

                3.1.2 Nachussa Grasslands (tallgrass)

                3.1.3 Fort Worth prairie (mixed-grass)

3.2 Research in the ecoregion

                3.2.1 Texas A&M University

                3.2.2 University of Nebraska

                3.3.3 Kansas State University

3.3 Pioneers Park Nature Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

3.4 Larson Building Green Roof, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

3.5 Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

3.6 Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building, San Antonio, Texas

3.7 University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School, Austin, Texas

3.8 John Gaines Park Mueller Development, Austin, Texas

3.9 Camp Young Judaea’s Experiential Learning Center, Wimberley, TX

3.10 Perot Nature Center, Dallas, Texas

3.11 Dallas Homeless Assistance Center, Dallas, Texas

3.12 BRIT, Fort Worth, Texas

3.13 Kansas City Public Library

3.14 TWA headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri

3.15 Plants for the prairie ecoregion

4. Shortgrass Prairie Ecoregions

4.1 Ecoregion characteristics

                4.1.1 Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

                4.1.2 Pawnee National Grassland

4.2 Research in the ecoregion

                4.2.1 Colorado State University

4.3 Denver Botanical Gardens

4.4 Denver Botanic Gardens’ Mordecai Children’s Garden

4.5 Denver Museum of Contemporary Art

4.6 REI, Denver, Colorado

4.7 Community College of Denver

4.8 Anderman Green Roof

4.9 Denver Belcaro residence

4.10 Andy Creath Geneva - Boulder

4.11 Bonnie Brae Denver Green Roof and Deck

4.12 Denver Rooftop Garden

4.13 Aurora, Colorado Rooftop

4.14 Denver Justice Center

4.15 Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center,

4.16 Plants for the shortgrass prairie ecoregion

5. Desert Southwest Ecoregions

5.1 Ecoregion characteristics

                5.1.1 Hart Prairie Preserve Nature Conservancy, Flagstaff, Arizona

                5.1.2 Sonoran Desert National Monument, Phoenix

5.2 Research in the ecoregion

                5.2.1 University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas

                5.2.2 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

5.3 Del Rio Mexican Green Roof, Del Rio, Texas

5.4 New Mexico Court of Appeals, University of New Mexico Campus

5.5 Applied Research and Development Building, Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, Arizona

5.6 Hydrogen House (Beaulieu Residence), Scottsdale, Arizona

5.7 Tempe Transportation Center Research Roofs, Tempe, Arizona

5.8 Banner Good Samaritan Healing Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

5.9 Riverfront Residence, Tucson, Arizona

5.10 Arizona green roof, Steve Martino,

5.11 Plants for the desert Southwest ecoregion

6. Basin and Range Ecoregions

6.1 Ecoregion characteristics

6.2 Research in the ecoregion

6.2.1 University of Idaho

6.2.2Boise State University

6.3 Watersong green roof Steamboat Springs, Colorado

6.4 Resort, Phillipsburg, Montana

6.5 Northwestern Energy Building, Butte, MT

6.6 Private Residence, Whitefish, MT

6.7 Private Residence, Big Timber, MT

6.8 Boise State University, Micron (COBE) Building, Boise, Idaho

6.9 Simplot National Headquarters, Boise, ID

6.10 Mulvaney Medical Office Building, Boise, Idaho

6.11 The Student Union roof at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

6.12 Salt Lake City, UT: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Conference Center

6.13 City Creek Center, Salt Lake City, UT

6.14 J. Willard Marriott Library Rooftop Garden, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

6.15 Bar BC Dude Ranch at Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole WY

6.16 Plants for the Basin and Range Ecoregion

7. California Coastal Ecoregions

7.1 Ecoregion characteristics

7.1.2 Marin Headlands, San Francisco, California

7.1.3 Carrizo Plain National Monument, last remaining native coastal prairie

     7.1.4 Sonoma Coast State Park

7.2 Research in the ecoregion

7.2.1 Loyola Marymount University

          7.2.2 California State University San Marcos

7.3 Southwest Fisheries Science Center, San Diego, California

7.4 Wind Dancer, San Diego, California

7.5 Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)

7.6 One South Van Ness Avenue

7.7 Mill Valley Hillside

7.8 Good Earth Plants Building #1

7.9 Nueva School, Hillsborough, California

7.10 Buttner-Chang Residence

7.11 Ocean Houses at Post Ranch Inn

7.12 EcoCenter, San Francisco

7.13 Big Sur Guest House and Garage

7.14 UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

7.15 The Drew School

7.16 USF Harney Plaza Landscape and Center for Science and Innovation

7.17 Facebook Headquarters

7.18 Plants for the California coastal ecoregions



8. Pacific Northwest Ecoregions: north of the Columbia River

8.1 Ecoregion characteristics

8.1.1 James Everett Stuart historic painter Tacoma,

8.1.2 Fort Lewis Prairie Restoration

8.1.2 Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

8.1.3 Scatter Creek Wildlife Area

8.2 Research in the ecoregion

8.2.1 University of Washington Nancy Rottle

8.2.2 Michael Sanchez Washington State

8.3 Reeve Residence. Lopez Island

8.4 Seattle City Hall

8.5 Amazon Building B34, Seattle

8.6 Pacific Earth Works, Inc., Seattle

8.7 Ballard Library, Seattle WA

8.8 SRM Development, Kirkland, WA

8.9 Pacific Plaza Office Building, Tacoma Roofscapes

8.10 Troy's Green Roof, Tacoma

8.11 Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma Swift Company, LLC (Landscape Architect)

8.12 Hood Canal, Quilcence: Hadj Design

8.13 Cedar River Watershed Education Center, Jones and Jones

8.14 Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington Garland green roofs

8.15 Plants for the Pacific Northwest north of the Columbia River


9. Pacific Northwest Ecoregions: south of the Columbia River

9.1 Ecoregion characteristics

9.1.1 Camassia Natural Area, Portland Oregon Nature Conservancy

9.1.2 Willow Creek Preserve, Eugene, Oregon native prairie

9.2 Research in the ecoregion

9.2.1 Portland State University

9.2.2 Oregon State University Corvallis, Portland State research

9.3 The Portland Building, Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant

9.4 Multnomah County Building

9.5 Six Gunderson’s Habitat Ecoroofs Portland

9.6 Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Center for Health & Healing

9.7 Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant

9.8 Bonneville Power Administration Headquarters in Portland

9.7 Multnomah County Central Library

9.8 Buckman Terrace Apartments

9.9 Native American Student & Community Center, PSU

9.10 Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend, Springfield, OR

9.11 Sequentials Biofueling Retail Station Eugene

9.12 MODA Green Roof, Bend, Oregon

9.13 Plants for the Pacific Northwest south of the Columbia River

10. Vancouver British Columbia

10.1 Ecoregion characteristics

10.2 Research in the ecoregion

10.2.1 University of British Columbia

10.2.2 Vancouver Island University

10.3 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor

10.4 Vancouver Convention Center

10.5 Sechelt Justice Services Centre Diamond Sharp Randy Vancouver BC

10.6 Southeast False Creek Development, Olympic and Paralympic Village

10.7 Vancouver Island University

10.8 Cowichan campus of Vancouver Island University

10.9 Coombs general store, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada (Old World)

10.10 Vancouver Public Library (Library Square Building)

10.11 Beady Biodiversity Center

10.12 Plants for the Vancouver British Columbia ecoregions


Part III Ecoregional Green Infrastructure and Future Outlook

11.1 Ecoregional Approach to green infrastructure

11.2 Ecoregional green infrastructure corridors and networks

11.3 Building and maintaining green infrastructure

11.4 Green infrastructure and architectural design

11.5 Future outlook

Dvorak, Bruce;Dvorak
Features many color photos of ecoregional landscapes and green roofs

Identifies hundreds of plant taxa for ecoregions of the western United States and Canada

Presents dozens of natural landscapes that may inspire ecoregional green roofs

Summarizes research from various kinds of ecoregions

Shares lessons learned from some of the green roof pioneers in the western U.S

Media Type:
Springer International Publishing
Biography Artist:
Bruce Dvorak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, USA. He is co-founder of an Interdisciplinary Green Roof Research Group that focuses on exploring the possibilities for low-input green roofs for central Texas through quantitative research. 
1st ed. 2021
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Product Type:
Hardback book
Release date:
6 February 2021
Package Dimensions:
0.235 x 0.159 x 0.038 m;
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