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GROW 2000 - Green Roofs - Planting in the Pacific Northwest

Green Roofs Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

The course will provide students with a good understanding of the role that green roofs can play in the conversation of biodiversity in urban environments. Students will explore an ecological approach to plant selection and design to integrate into current green roof design practices. Using critical thinking to analyze the underlying topics of sustainability, biodiversity and natural processes, students will develop an appropriate plant selection for green roofs in the Pacific Northwest. They will study in detail a range of plants available in regional ecosystems and investigate their growing requirements as well as some non-native plants used in the green roof industry. They will also study the relationships between plant function, plant form and canopy complexity on plant survival and habitat implications. Students will practice the basic principles of plant design based on site conditions, plant function, specie mix, berries, pollen, and habitat, through the preparation of a planting plan for an actual project. Students will participate in a green roof tour and visit to a local nursery.


GROW 1000



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the critical drivers for green roofs and biodiversity.
  • Develop an integrated approach to urban building design.
  • Explain the interdependency of environmental factors, substrate and plant communities.
  • Analyze design for water retention, bio-filtration and water quality.
  • Analyze natural processes in relation to human values.
  • Develop strategy for creating design diversity for regional plant communities.
  • Identify suitable plants and determine plant selection for different roof scenarios.
  • Develop a detailed evaluation for different plant establishment methods.
  • Prepare planting and maintenance plan.

Effective as of Fall 2008

Related Programs

GROW 2000 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Architectural and Building Technology
    Part-time   Certificate
  2. Building Construction Technology
    Part-time   Associate Certificate
  3. Building Design and Architectural CAD
    Part-time   Associate Certificate

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