Here’s what we do in our spare time
Within the office we are all focused on various aspects of the business of green roofing. Out of the office, many of us apply our skills, talents and time to community-based initiatives that may or may not relate to green roofs. This entry focuses on the notable outside of the office activities of a few the Roofmeadow team members.
Charlie is working with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee on Sustainability Buildings to draft a comprehensive guide to the design and construction of vegetated assemblies. If approved by the committee the guide will serve as a resource to architects and engineers designing rooftop landscapes. Charlie has been working on the guide for 10 years. Within the last five years he has taken on a leadership position within the task group.
Ari sits on the board of trustees and serves on both the Land and Facilities committee and the Environmental Art committee at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Roxborough, providing expertise and insight relating to site planning and design, stormwater management, land restoration, arboriculture, and environmental art.
Ari has served as the lead volunteer in a multidisciplinary team of design professionals providing pro-bono design services through the Community Design Collaborative (CDC) to the Friends of Schuylkill River Park. The team created a complete set of documents that outlines a clear vision for a primary gateway and provides a tool for raising funds to make the vision a reality.
Currently Ari is leading a CDC volunteer team that is working with Mt. Airy USA to create a plan for a new community space at the Lovett Library on Germantown Avenue (2 blocks from Roofmeadow’s office space).
Jane is working with Sophilly, a community group dedicated to improving their neighborhood through positive actions.
In 2007 Jane was the lead volunteer for a CDC project that will break ground in the fall of 2011. The project for Dickinson Square Park in South Philadelphia, is funded by a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources with matching funds contributed by the City of Philadelphia. She co-wrote the grant application for the Friends of Dickinson Square. Jane currently serves as Secretary for the Friends group and she also serves on a park committee that successfully brought a farmers’ market to the Pennsport neighborhood in the spring of 2011.
Through Sophilly and Dickinson Square she is advancing an anti-litter campaign aimed at children.
Jane participates in the ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability.
Lauren is assisting the CDC with the design of Philadelphia’s first rooftop farm. As Roofmeadow’s Rooftop Agriculture Specialist, Lauren is thrilled to help envision the 160,000 sf rooftop of SHARE Food Program’s Philadelphia distribution center. The design includes agricultural production zones, extensive green roof areas, and solar arrays that will be integrated with an extensive green roof system. If built, this rooftop farm could act as a catalyst for productive infrastructure and community activism in North Philadelphia’s Hunting Park.
Jocie has lent her strategic planning, financial and organizing skills to various community organizations and committees. Positions include board leadership for the Sedgwick Theater Company and the Mt. Airy Business Association, resource development and event coordination for Mt. Airy USA, and committee participation with Mt. Airy Community Computer Centers, Mt. Airy Design Committee, Mt. Airy Promotions, and Sustainable Mt. Airy. She currently serves on the Host Committee for Mt. Airy USA’s annual fundraising event.
Since 2007, Melissa has been a member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC). She participates in the Green Building Standards Task Group and Codes Adoption Task Group of the Advocacy Subcommittee. These Task Groups focus on promoting state and federal green building legislation, the adoption of the 2012 green building codes, and supporting B Corp legislation. Melissa also participates in open meetings of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy Efficient Buildings. Melissa intends to leverage her involvement with both organizations as the DVGBC scales up its participation in GPIC programs and activities. Finally, Melissa has been a member of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) since 2010 and is a founding member of the SBN’s Businesses United for Conservation (BUC), a coalition of businesses providing conservation and pollution mitigation services that collaborates to promote industry growth, business to business procurement opportunities, and industry best practices and technology trends. Most recently the BUC has focused on improving the access to and the delivery of green infrastructure.
As Roofmeadow’s horticulturist Michelle volunteers each year at the Horticulture Help Desk at Pennsylvania Flower Show answering questions ranging from orchid culture to plant suggestions for troublesome garden areas. Michelle also enjoys designing residential gardens throughout her Mt. Airy neighborhood in Philadelphia.