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Growing Green Guide for Melbourne

Posted in Movements, Policies by Kate Archdeacon on May 23rd, 2012

Photoshop image from Do It On The Roof, a campaign for (public) green roofs in Melbourne

From an InDesignLive article by Annie Reid:

Picture this – Melbourne’s city rooftops covered in lush greenery. It may sound fanciful, but a new project launched last week by the City of Melbourne is hoping to green our buildings and houses for good.

The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne was fittingly presented on the rooftop garden of the council’s CH2 building, and will be produced by the Inner Melbourne Action Plan (IMAP) comprising the 4 inner city councils – Melbourne, Yarra, Stonnington and Port Phillip – as well as the University of Melbourne.

The project will comprise a ‘how to’ handbook guide on constructing a green roof or wall, and help people consider all the aspects they need to cover before transforming these spaces into vegetated, leafy habitats. It will also identify prime sites for the future development of green roofs, walls and façades in inner Melbourne, says The University of Melbourne’s senior lecturer, John Rayner.


Read the full article by Annie Reid or visit the City of Melbourne Growing Green Guide site.

Postdoctoral Fellow: Green Roofs

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 4th, 2009

Source: EnviroJobs

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Image: padraic via flickr CC

Join an ARC (Australian Research Council) Linkage Project that aims to develop green or vegetated roofs suitable for Australian climates as a climate change mitigation and adaptation measure. This research project is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Water, Department of Sustainability and Environment, City of Melbourne, Committee for Melbourne and the University of Sheffield.

You will investigate the relationship between green roof substrate depth and composition and roof runoff water flows and quality by monitoring green roofs provided by our partners and conducting experiments. You will also undertake hydrological and green roof scenario modelling and assist with the supervision of PhD and honours students associated with the project.

Close date: 14 November 2009.

See more about this position.

Employment Type: Full-time (fixed-term) position available until 22 November 2012.
Department of Resource Management and Geography,  Melbourne School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne
Enquiries only to: Dr Nick Williams, tel. +61 3 9250 6850, email

Green Roofs Australia: Annual Conference

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 8th, 2009

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Image: Roof garden at CH2, via greenroofs australia

Green Roofs Australia Annual Conference

When: 24-25 September 2009
Where: University of Melbourne, Burnley campus

The rapidly growing Green Roof and Wall industry is providing a realistic and tangible response to the climate change challenges many cities are currently facing.

Green roofs and walls can make a unique contribution to the quality of our urban environment. Few technologies have ever had so much to offer by way of improving the health and well being of urban residents, while contributing to the development of restorative, high performance buildings.

Green Roofs Australia’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green roof & wall infrastructure, to advance and support its growth by the sharing of ideas and knowledge via research, development & education.

Delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors this conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to share, learn, network and have fun while being a part of a new industry, a new living architecture that integrates the living and non living into restorative and healing buildings.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference and sharing in the opportunities and growth of this exciting new industry. It’s with your support that Green Roofs Australia can continue to support this technology & its future.

Visit the conference website.

Outcomes from a Churchill Fellow on Green Roofs and Sustainability

Posted in Research by Rob Eales on January 13th, 2009

Melbourne resident and Victorian Coordinator of Green Roofs Australia, Ben Nicholson was selected as a 2008 Churchill Fellow, an Australian Trust established in 1965 whose principal object is to perpetuate and honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill by the award of Travelling Fellowships known as Churchill Fellowships. This award gave Ben an opportunity to pursue his interest in green roofs and sustainability, as he was able to spend two months  visiting green roofs and walls and meeting with the pioneers in this emerging eco-industry around the world.

A copy of Ben’s report is attached for your information. The report is a short read of 12 pages, but if you have limited time, go straight to the Executive Summary for the key points.

Ben strongly encourages anyone with an interest in contributing to Australias future to consider applying for a Churchill Fellowship. It is truly a life-changing experience!  For more information about the Churchill Fellowships click here.

View the report

Benjamin John Nicholson Greening the Roofs at Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008

Benjamin Nicholson, Victorian Coordinator, Green Roofs Australia, talked about how the lack of green in most of the urban environment can be tackled by a simple way of greening the roofs. It was a very entertaining presentation and nicely tied in with the theme of “Healthy Cities” by using many medical metaphors! Visit the Green Roofs Australia blog to get more information on how to green your roofs!