Green Roof Industry Grows 16.1 per cent in 2009 Despite Economic Downturn


    


    City of Chicago #1 and Washington, DC, #2 in Annual Top Ten Cities List

    
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<p><span class="xn-location">TORONTO</span>, <span class="xn-chron">May 25</span> /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is pleased to announce the results of its 2010 Industry Survey of its Corporate Members.  Despite the severe economic downturn last year, the green roof industry grew by 16.1 per cent over the course of 2009.  In the Top Ten Cities List, <span class="xn-location">Chicago</span> led the way for the sixth year in a row, with more than 500,000 square feet installed, followed by <span class="xn-location">Washington, DC</span>, co-host of the <span class="xn-chron">June 1</span> & 2, 2010, Regional Green Roofs & Walls Conference and Training, at 190,000 square feet installed, respectively.</p>
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<p>"Despite this fantastic progress, opportunities for future annual growth are enormous, with green roofs accounting for an estimated 10 million square feet annually in an overall flat roofing industry which replaces or builds more than 4 billion square feet in <span class="xn-location">North America</span> annually," said Steven W. Peck, Founder and President of GRHC.  "I'm excited about panel discussions planned for <span class="xn-location">Washington, DC</span>, on <span class="xn-chron">June 2</span>, which will focus on how to move to a higher level of adoption in the Nation's Capitol to meet a target of 20 percent green roof coverage by 2020," he added.</p>
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<p>"We are definitely seeing the emergence of more public policies and direct investment that support the implementation of green roof infrastructure due to its many public benefits, such as stormwater management, air quality improvement, and reducing the urban heat island effect.  Policies in cities such as <span class="xn-location">Chicago</span>, New York, Washington, <span class="xn-location">Portland</span>, <span class="xn-location">Minneapolis</span>, <span class="xn-location">Milwaukee</span> and <span class="xn-location">Toronto</span>, to name a few, are making a difference", said Jeffrey L. Bruce, Chair, GRHC.  "The industry will be further strengthened as we develop new training courses to support our more than 325 accredited Green Roof Professionals (GRPs) and launch our newest course - Integrated Building Water Management - in <span class="xn-location">Washington, DC</span>, on June 1st."</p>
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<p>For more on the Top Ten Cities List for <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, visit <a href="http://tinyurl.com/22jhcc8">http://tinyurl.com/22jhcc8</a>.</p>
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<p>Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is a membership-based industry association whose mission is to develop the green (vegetative) roof and wall industry in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>. <a href="http://www.greenroofs.org">www.greenroofs.org</a>.</p>
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For further information: For further information: Steven W. Peck, Founder and President, +1-647-226-4494, speck@greenroofs.org, or Jeffrey L. Bruce, Chair, GRHC, principal, Jeffrey L. Bruce and Company, +1-816-665-8885, jbruce@jlbruce.com, both of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Web Site: http://www.greenroofs.org

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