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NJ APA holds green roof seminar

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – To help planners, landscape architects, and real estate and construction professionals interested in sustainable design better understand green roofs and their many benefits, the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association (NJAPA) will host an educational presentation on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack University Medical Center, 90 Second Street. 

The presentation will address green roof planning, design and construction, and will provide attendees with an opportunity to tour the center’s new 4,500-square-foot green roof garden and learn about its purpose and the many benefits it provides to the hospital and its patients. The tour will be followed by a session dealing with physical design, regulatory issues, urban heat island and neighborhood impacts, storm water reduction methods and tips on roof garden planning.

Using its Eco Earth Design method of utilizing only the most eco-friendly materials and practices, Midland Park-based RS Landscaping completed the cancer center’s extensive oasis last year in two phases. With the goal of providing patients with easy access to the outdoors and a place to sit among greenery, in addition to serving as a respite for visiting families and friends to spend time while their loved ones are receiving treatment, RS installed drought-tolerant green roof modules, decorative planters, shrubs and sitting areas as well as a demonstration vegetable garden.

Speakers at the presentation will include RS Landscaping President Robert Schucker; Alex Dambach, who serves as the Northeast Area Representative for the NJAPA, and is the director of policy, planning, and development for the City of East Orange; and John McDonough, a licensed professional planner and landscape architect in the State of New Jersey.
Schucker is a Green Roofs For Healthy Cities-certified Green Roof Professional and one of New Jersey’s foremost experts on green roof design and installation. Using the proprietary Eco Earth Design method, RS Landscaping provides superior quality landscape design to property owners seeking cutting-edge approaches to sustainability. For more than 26 years, RS Landscaping has offered environmentally responsible, high-end service to residential, public and commercial properties in the areas of design/build, grounds maintenance, irrigation, lighting and plant health care.
In his role with NJAPA, Dambach helps the organization support of the needs of the state’s most urbanized areas, and he also works to establish professional development and educational opportunities for planners to improve their skills.
McDonough has been a land use consultant for more than 25 years and has been recognized as an expert in land use matters before hundreds of boards and commissions throughout the State of New Jersey and in Superior Courts. In his capacity as a private consultant, McDonough has designed or planned thousands of projects in all types of land use genres, including Yogi Berra Baseball Stadium and the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
“Green roofs offer property owners a plethora of benefits that can readily be seen at the JTCC installation,” Schucker said. “We hope this informative event will open the eyes of attendees to all of the possible applications for green roof gardens at other sites.”

Attendees should park at the Cancer Center garage, use the Second Street entrance, and advise the guard they are there for the NJAPA meeting. It will be held in Conference Room #1 and will provide CM credits.

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