Giant Leaps (First in a series)

Sep 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized


Why do I say wow? Because my first post was on October 12th of last year, which thus means the one-year mark is little more than a month away. It’s been a great ride! We started with a quick tour of the theory of ecology and natural disasters, and some examples from around the world. We then moved into activism, paying homage to Those Whose Greenness Doth Rule with some little “shout-outs.” We wrapped things up taking activism into our own hands, which happened to be holding smartphones and clipboards, allowing us to take on social media, community science and activism via the web. 

Where do we go from here? Sneaky little blogger that I am, I’ve saved the best for last – and the biggest, too. We’ve taken things into our own hands, and now it’s time to go up in scale – if I may borrow from the Ace of Cakes lead-in:

“Make it bigger. Make it badder. Make it awesome.”

Folks, it’s time for that epic end-of-year anniversary series – henceforth known as the Giant Leaps edition of my posts. I’m going to spend the next month on a quest for the most EPIC, the most AMAZING ways we can help protect nature – and I’m going to start by taking it from the top. Literally. As in, the top of a building. That’s right, folks – it’s GREEN ROOF TIME!

WHAT, pray tell, IS a “green roof”? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like – a roof that is supporting plant life. In other words, a sort of garden – though “garden” is a flexible idea. Some of the more radical buildings are essentially built into grass hills, and blend in entirely with the landscape – but for a city or even a small college, the best kind of green roof is nothing more than a garden on the rooftop. Why do I bring this up?

(1) My new roommate is in a landscaping major (micro-shoutout!)

(2) MORE IMPORTANTLY: UConn has finished their first non-experimental green roof on top of our new classroom building, artfully and innovatively named… the Classroom Building. This is to tell it apart from all the other buildings which apparently don’t have classrooms.  So UConn gets a “C” on naming, but an “A” on green architecture. The building is absolutely beautiful. Check it out here:

That’s the first piece of large-scale greenness I have for you readers… next time, we’ll take a small road-trip – and maybe even spend some time looking at greening the roads themselves!





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