green roofs are living engines
by Toby Barazzuol on Thursday Jun 11, 2009
Wow, we just took little break to visit the first green roof we built, and it was amazing how much it had grown in since our last visit two weeks ago. We completed our Heatley Green Roof about a year and a half ago, ironically just as we were moving out of the same building. Luckily though, we didn’t move far, we’re still on the same block, and the roof is really cared for well by our friends there at Frogfile (check them out if you're looking for green office supplies).
What amazed us most was how quickly the tiny sedums had exploded with flowers, and how the whole colorful roof mass was covered with bees thrumbling from plant to plant. It was bustling with life before we arrived there, and I’m sure it is still bustling now, long after we’ve left. You can find the latest images here, on our Eclipse Awards Facebook fanpage.
Sitting in the sunlight, smelling the honeysuckle, and watching this little oasis of color and life, we were overcome with a sense of happiness and pride. We built this green roof! As a company, and as a group of people, we chose to put our resources and time to build this living engine that works around the clock to save energy and protect the roof, support local biodiversity, cool the area, grow vegetables, look beautiful, and make people happy! Not to mention the value it adds to Eclipse Awards in terms of regenerative marketing and how we measure our worth in terms of contributing to our community. In our society today, how do we determine the "value" that a business provides to a community, it at all?
Of course we didn’t build the living systems, but we did create a nice place for them to gain a foothold in a sea of concrete and pavement. When you put this against the backdrop of the challenging neighbourhood we’re in, it really adds a sense of accomplishment. Not only is Eclipse Awards creating beautiful crystal awards, we’re also creating environmental and social value within our community.
We can hardly wait to see how this green roof will continue to grow and evolve, through season after season, year after year. I’m sure it will be wonderful process to follow and learn from. We will of course, share what we learn.
In the meantime though, we’ve got our hands full with our newest green roof that we’re creating on the building Eclipse Awards is currently in.
Now there are 2 green roofs on this block of Strathcona in Vancouver…how many more will come?