Webinar: Green Roofs for Stormwater Management-May 19

Green Roofs for Stormwater Management

Presented by  Robert D. Berghage, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Horticulture and Director of the Center for Green Roof Research, Penn State University

Date and Location – Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12 pm – 1pm (EST)

Where: Webinar at https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry

Green roofs have gone from being a relative novelty 10 years ago to being an accepted green building technology and storm water management tool. As this technology becomes increasingly mainstream, designers, planners, developers, builders, and landscapers are looking for information and answers; how does design influence function, how does an extensive green roof work, what plants work, what are the requirements for the media, what long term landscape maintenance and management are required? The Penn State Center for green roof research has been working on these and other questions for the last 15 years. Penn State is not only a leader in green roof research but also their use. We now have over 2 acres of green roof on campus buildings providing storm water, aesthetic, biodiversity, and energy benefits. This webinar will summarize research results and will include information on design, installation and maintenance of extensive green roof systems for storm water management.  In addition we will discuss materials, specifications, and standards, and will discuss some of the common problems encountered in these projects and how to avoid them.


Dr. Berghage is an Associate Professor in Horticulture and Director of the Center for Green Roof Research. He has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 1994. He was a member of the Faculty of New Mexico State University from 1989 to 1994. He received a Ph.D. and MS in Horticulture from Michigan State University and a BS in Botany from the University of Michigan. He conducts research in Green roofs, phytoremediation, plant growth in modified environments, Ornamental plant selection and performance. Current projects mainly focus on green roofs where Dr. Berghage, along with colleagues in engineering and graduate and undergraduate students have been working to evaluate green roof materials, plants, and systems and to quantify the beneficial functions of green roofs including storm water management, energy benefits, and biodiversity. He teaches Plant Propagation, Greenhouse management and crop production, Herbaceous plant identification and use, Issues in Plant Science and has taught Eco-roof technology classes in Horticulture. He is state Floriculture and greenhouse crop production extension specialist and the serves on the Penn State Storm water Management Advisory Committee. Extension efforts currently focus on green infrastructure and the Penn State Flower trials. He has presented more than 400 invited seminars on topics ranging from green roofs and constructed wetlands to selecting appropriate plants for gardens and other landscapes for both professional and lay audiences. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 magazine, newspaper, and journal articles.

For more on the Center for Green Roof Research visit  http://plantscience.psu.edu/research/centers/green-roof


Cost:  There is no fee to attend this event. However, pre-registration is requested.   Please register at http://extension.psu.edu/green-infrastructure

Continuing Education Credits

One Continuing Education Credit for American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Society of American Foresters (CFEs), PLNA Certified Horticulturalist (PCH), and Engineering PDH will be offered to attendees.  Certificates of attendance will be provided after the program.

Vincent Cotrone
Urban Forester
Penn State Cooperative Extension
16 Luzerne Avenue, Suite 200
West Pittston, PA 18643
(570) 825-1701
(570) 825-1709 fax

Norma Jeanne Young
Penn State Extension
Montgomery County
1015 Bridge Road, Suite H
Collegeville, PA 19426
610-489-9277 – fax