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Raise the Green Roof
advocacy | buildings | education | environment | greening | health | quality of life | sustainability
A summary of the idea, the needs it serves, and a description of a possible pilot program
Green roofs are in use across the world to reduce carbon and other greenhouse gasses. Pittsburgh, known for its clean air initiatives, should become a shining example of the green roof revolution.
Raise the Green Roof would seek strategic partnerships to help influence city and county governments to offer incentives and budget allocations to make green roofs attractive investments for businesses.
The program would push for green roofs on both new developments and existing buildings by advocating zoning changes.
A traveling model or mock-up of a functional green roof could be used to campaign in the public. Another promotional opportunity would be to organize tours of existing green roofs in Pittsburgh.
These ideals are integral to a successful project design
Possible difficulties, pitfalls, and obstacles to consider
- forming partnerships
- hiring consultants and experts
- safety and insurance
Learn more about the idea, from genesis to dialogue
Raise the (Green) Roof comes from room 519, where everyone had a hand in it. Their original concept is envisioned as an advocacy campaign to encourage local government and business to do it themselves.
Get to know these groups, organizations, projects, and authorities, their current and past activities, the possibility for consultation or partnership, and in-roads to collaboration.
These important questions are asked of each idea. Try your hand at answering them as a way to explore the idea and how to make it happen. Answers to these questions help to demonstrate the Idea's strength and potential for success.
- What level is the idea at? (Research, Planning, Fundraising, Advocacy, Deployment, other (explain))
- What is a reasonable next step/phase for the concept? How can investment move the idea forward?
- What other resources or opportunities are available or necessary to make the idea happen?
- What existing activities or organizations in Pittsburgh duplicate some or all of the program components? How can this idea compete with, complement, and/or learn from these other activities?
- Who should be included in this discussion? Does the concept call for outside consultation or assistance from other organizations?
- How should the idea be promoted?
- How should project success be measured?
- What questions should be asked of a proposal for this project?
These questions address some of the anticipated programmatic concerns that come with administering small projects. Consider them test questions for model projects-- responses should be incorporated into the project's design.
- Where are the existing green roofs in Pittsburgh?
- Where can a Green roof be located?
- Who will build the pilot roof and/or model?
- What kind of upkeep is associated with a green roof?
- What are the legal obstacles to planting a green roof?
- What incentives will developers have to including a green roof?