Living Building Challenge and Green Urban Design Collab
(Formally Known as Green Roof)
Sam Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Erica Pinto (email@example.com)
Project Location(s): Sloan Plaza Ann Arbor, MI
Current Focus: Our current focus is to successfully integrate the LBC team and GUD team. We hope to relay core BLUElab values to all members, and complete a needs assessment for our project. After the next semester, we will focus on further developing our project and planning out a timeline.
Mission: Our mission is to work on projects that help community members focus on sustainable urban design to improve water quality, to reduce energy consumption, and to create a harmonious relationship with the environment in our communities.
Vision: Our vision is to give members and the community the ability to think sustainably and develop communities sustainably in a healthy fashion.
Team History: Green Roof was formed in Fall 2015 to design a green roof on top of Sloan Plaza's parking garage. Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, Green Roof worked on three different designs that could help improve storm water quality and volume, provide a social space for the residents, and reduce energy use associated with air conditioning. The team concluded the project with a final presentation for the owners and residents of Sloan Plaza. In Fall 2016, Green Roof began looking for a new partnership. The team connected with Catie Wytychak, a Water Quality Specialist and SNRE Alum who has worked in implementing and designing rain gardens for Washtenaw County schools. With her help and resources, the team designed a rain garden for A2 STEAM Middle School and oversaw its implementation in June 2017.
Partner Organization: Washtenaw County Commissioner's Office