Sourced from the Living Architecture Monitor
Behind the success of recent green roof policies, a common theme is the role of strong public advocacy groups. SPUR, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, is a nonprofit that was motivated by the 2013 CitiesAlive conference in San Francisco to create the SPUR Green Roof Task Force. The group developed a report promoting the implementation of a green roof policy for San Francisco.
In January 2017, San Francisco passed the Better Roofs Ordinance. In Denver, the Denver Green Roof Initiative lead the first fully citizen-led ballot initiative requiring green roofs. I-300 passed in November 2017 largely in part due to the tireless work of volunteers and a supporting cost-benefit study prepared by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC). Most recently, the work of the Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT) in Portland, with support from GRHC, advocated for the passing of the new Ecoroof Requirement as part of Portland’s Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035).
GriT was established in 2009 as a network of businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, and community members that work together to grow the knowledge and use of green roofs in the Pacific Northwest. The grassroots group was integral to building a community of support for green roofs, dismantling myths put forward by the opposition and communicating why a green roof requirement was necessary. GRiT secretary, Amy Chomowicz, says “GRiT was instrumental in the passing of the requirement. Providing technical assistance and support for decision-makers was essential to the process.”