The Minnesota Green Roofs Council (MGRC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing green roofs as a building strategy in Minnesota, announced the election of its nine-member board for 2014. “The Council’s leaders are a diverse, dynamic team with strong professional backgrounds and a shared commitment to green roofs for their many environmental and aesthetic benefits,” said Karen Jensen, environmental analyst, Metropolitan Council (St. Paul, Minn.) and outgoing president of the MGRC.
“I will continue to support their efforts because green roofs help improve the quality of our region’s critical water resources, particularly by reducing stormwater runoff in highly urbanized areas.”
Elected to serve as MGRC’s executive committee are Kevin J. Slattery, president; Jeff Rosenquist, vice president; Angie Durhman, secretary; and Gary Leatherman, treasurer. Other returning board members include Angela Anderson, Erika Spande and Kent Harris. Kris Radford and Lucas Alm were elected as new board members.
Kevin J. Slattery is vice president, architectural sales, Edwards Sales (Chaska, Minn.), a manufacturers’ sales agent for insulation, waterproofing and building envelope products. Jeff Rosenquist is the founder and president of Rosenquist Construction (Minneapolis, Minn.), a commercial roofing contractor specializing in hot-applied waterproofing, built-up asphalt roofing and EPDM membrane systems. Angie Durhman is the founder and president of AD Greenroof, LLC (Minneapolis, Minn.), a green roof consulting firm that services all aspects of design, development, implementation and maintenance. She has been in the green roof industry for more than ten years. Gary Leatherman is a digital media producer, exhibit developer and owner of macMonkey Digital Studios (St. Paul, Minn.).
Angela Anderson is retired from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), where she served as the natural resources management program coordinator for the Division of Trails and Waterways. Before joining the DNR, she worked for private landscape architecture and construction firms in Germany, where she was involved in green roof projects. Erika Spande is a landscape design professional in the Twin Cities metro area and a certified master water steward with the Freshwater Society. Kent Harris is vice president and business developer with Arteka Companies (Shakopee, Minn.), a commercial landscaping, hardscaping and irrigation firm.
Kris Radford is president of KMR Design Group (Minneapolis, Minn.), a landscape solutions company specializing in commercial interior and exterior design and construction. Lucas Alm is a licensed architect and the principal of ALM Design Studio (St. Paul, Minn.), which provides integrated architectural design services for energy-smart and ecologically sound building. He teaches architecture design as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota.
A green roof is a supplemental system that covers a structural roof with a layer of vegetation. Green roofs reduce stormwater runoff, filter air pollutants, sequester carbon dioxide, moderate the urban heat-island effect, add green space to the built environment, shade and insulate rooftops to improve buildings’ thermal performance, and extend the service life of structural roof systems.
The Minnesota Green Roofs Council maintains a Minnesota green roof database for installations throughout the state. According to Angie Durhman, to date the database includes 160 green roofs that total more than 900,000 square feet.