Nowadays going green can mean so many things. When it comes to environmentally-friendly practices for homeowners to pursue, the sky – or at least the roof – is the limit.
That’s why LakewoodAlive seeks to explore this emerging green technology during its upcoming “Living Roofs” workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at The University of Akron Lakewood (1415 Warren Road).
The ninth installment of 2016 for this popular – and free – home educational series will take homeowners above the ceiling, as a representative from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health provides a presentation regarding living roofs that addresses advantages, challenges and best practices. Attending homeowners are encouraged to bring questions and an open mind regarding this eco-conscious roofing technique.
Living roofs – those building roofs that are partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium – have been gaining momentum in recent years as a means to create a more aesthetic urban landscape, absorb rainwater and implement a habitat for wildlife, among other purposes. According to Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the green roof and wall industry association, the living roofs industry grew 18.5 percent in 2015, with more than 1.5 million square feet of living roofs installed in Washington, D.C. last year alone.
Although Northeast Ohio does not yet have a significant numbers of homes with living roofs, the potential is there for this innovative green technology to infiltrate our region in the coming years.
“We’re really excited to offer this workshop in Lakewood,” said Allison Urbanek, Housing Outreach Director for LakewoodAlive. “From helping regulate stormwater runoff to mitigating heat to adding beautification, living roofs have the potential to afford many benefits to urban areas.”
Now in its third year, LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home” educational series is focused on best sustainability and home maintenance practices empowering Lakewood residents to tackle necessary repairs and improvements.