Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s mission is to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants, advance sustainability and human and environmental wellbeing through action and research, and to celebrate its historic glass houses. The mission of the organization is evident in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL). A restored brownfield is now a productive place that takes what it needs from what is available to it, and provides a healthy environment for life to thrive. True to the Phipps mission, the ongoing work at the CSL is based on recognizing vital and positive connections between people, plants, beauty, health, and focuses on awakening children to nature and encouraging sustainable, healthy lifestyles.
As I have been studying the Green Broker Certification course, I have been learning about some great innovative strategies for the development of high performance commercial buildings (sustainable or “green” buildings). One of my favorite strategies is the Green Roof, which brings a lot of benefits to buildings including onsite stormwater management, in which green roofs capture rainwater to control storm water run-off. It also adds a natural ambiance to an otherwise stark roof setting. Green roofs can become ideal places for social gathering and common areas.