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Ecoroof News - January 2013


Ecoroof Incentive is now available year-round!

The ecoroof incentive is again open for applications, and we'll be accepting them on a rolling basis until June 2013. This means that you can apply anytime between now and June 1. The purpose of this is to expedite the application process for people interested in having an ecoroof on their project - applicants will find out within 30 days of submitting the application. The incentive pays $5 per square foot for new ecoroof projects in the city. Industrial, residential, commercial and mixed-use projects are eligible. Application materials and more information are available at To receive an application form in the mail, email or call 503-823-7914. Please note: funding is limited and be awarded to applications until they're gone. We've had several in the last month, so if you're planning to submit for a project, the earlier the better!

Bon Voyage to Tom Liptan!

Tom Liptan

This month, the City of Portland Ecoroof Program says goodbye to Tom Liptan, who has retired and will move on to greener pastures. Tom started working at the City in 1987, and since then has been involved with countless innovations towards sustainable development and stormwater management. Most importantly, Tom was the first person in Portland to realize how ecoroofs could help with stormwater challenges while adding so many other benefits to the city. In 1996, Tom built an ecoroof on his own garage in Northeast Portland, and has spent the years since then monitoring performance, promoting their benefits, and innovating designs through study and experimentation. He's been a tireless advocate for green infrastructure in Portland and beyond, and we don't expect that to change when he's a private citizen. Bon Voyage Tom, you'll be missed! Thanks for your inspiration, enthusiasm, and hard work!

New Incentive Project Reports Posted

The JaneyHave you visited our Ecoroof Incentive Projects Page? The many recipients of the ecoroof incentive have summarized their projects and we've compiled over 80 reports online for you to check out. Find a project similar to one you're thinking about and get ideas, or learn about any challenges faced during the installation. You can also learn about new innovations, or stay up to date with projects as they get completed. At the very least, make sure to check out the Janey and Grays Landing, two especially exciting projects from 2012. 

2012: A New Record for Ecoroofs

There was more ecoroof area installed in 2012 than any year prior, barely edging out the previous record held since 2008. For the year, the industry installed 34 ecoroofs totaling nearly 120,000 ft². A large part of this total came from the University Pointe Housing at Portland State University, with over 24,000 ft² installed on 5 separate levels.   

Like the City Green Blog

In 2012 we made the shift to social media, and the City Green Blog is now on Facebook. If you use Facebook, we'd love it if you liked our page! You'll get up to date information on green roof, green streets, and other green infrastructure projects throughout the City of Portland. Find us at

2013 Ecoroof Symposium

Save the Date for the 2013 Ecoroof Symposium - May 2, 2013! Details to be announced later this month.


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