Monday, October 13, 2008
Monday Night Fun - Green Roofing Florida Musings....
Tonight I'd like to introduce you to Robert Solomon, a highly esteemed green roofer. I met Ron (Ron - he prefers to go by his middle name) at the Hillsborough County, Florida (Tampa) Green Roof Symposium earlier this year.
Ron and I are about the same age and we both share a passion for freeing our country from dependence on foreign oil - did you realize that almost 11% of our imported oil is used for asphalt products - as in asphalt roofs....
Ron opened my eyes to the above - and I checked it out on the internet....see How To Save The World
So we are listening to various speakers about vegetated roofs - the benefits and sales pitches, when Ron pipes up about something besides a garden or vegetated roof - He is talking about TPO!... But I listen...and he is right....
Vegetated roofs are not the only Green roofs around....
White PVC and TPO roofs reflect immense amounts of sunlight and keep the buildings they cover as cool as a vegetated roofs, and are much cheaper. White Roofs are also green roofs.
And so I talk to him after the symposium. And we e-mail regularly. Ron is trying hard - very hard to educate the Tampa area businesses and schools and governments and others to stay away from heat loving foreign oil based BLACK asphalt roofing and consider white synthetic roofing.
But more than a public servant for his efforts to reduce heat island effects and conserve energy and help us break dependencies from foreign oil - Ron is a true gentleman.
A man with a spirit of 'It Can Be Done' and 'Have Fun While You Are Doing It'.
I agree with Ron. Life is short - too short.
Lets bring back green to the Urban Core. Vegetated Roofs or White TPO.
He and I are on the same team. The American Team!!!!!!!!!