Archive for January, 2012

World’s Largest Rooftop Farm Plans Move And Expansion

Via EcoLocalizer, a report that the world’s largest rooftop farm plans to move: For those wanting to see what happens with a community garden located on the rooftop, go visit the Brooklyn Grange – which is not in really in Brooklyn, but in Queens. Now what is considered the world’s largest rooftop farm is expanding […]

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Cool. Down. Under – White Roofs Make For Cooler Buildings

Via Energy Daily, a report on an Australian study that looked at the cooling effects of white roofs.  As the article notes: New research launched by the University of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne will give buildings owners across Melbourne access to information that can help their buildings absorb less heat and stay cooler […]

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Up On The Roof: 500 Megawatts Of Solar In China

Via SmartPlanet, a report detailing an ambitious rooftop solar project in China.  As the article notes: A 500-megawatt solar project is huge. Normally, it sprawls across terra firma, wherever there is ample land to accommodate endless rows of photovoltaic panels or sun-reflecting mirrors. Rooftop installations are left for far smaller deployments. So says common wisdom. […]

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About This Blog And Its Author
As potential uses for building and parking lot roofspace continue to grow, unique opportunities to understand and profit from this trend will emerge. Roof Options is committed to tracking the evolving uses of roof estate – spanning solar power, rainwater harvesting, wind power, gardens & farms, “cooling” sites, advertising, apiculture, and telecom transmission platforms – to help unlock the nascent, complex, and expanding roofspace asset class.

Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has held a lifelong interest in environmental and conservation issues, primarily as they relate to freshwater scarcity, renewable energy, and national park policy. Working from a water-scarce base in Las Vegas with his wife and son, he is the founder of Water Politics, an organization dedicated to the identification and analysis of geopolitical water issues arising from the world’s growing and vast water deficits, and is also a co-founder of SmartMarkets, an eco-preneurial venture that applies web 2.0 technology and online social networking innovations to motivate energy & water conservation. He previously worked for an independent power producer in Central Asia; co-authored an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, titled: “The Water Ethic: The Inexorable Birth Of A Certain Alienable Right”; and authored an article appearing in the inaugural issue of Johns Hopkins University's Global Water Magazine in July 2010 titled: “H2Own: The Water Ethic and an Equitable Market for the Exchange of Individual Water Efficiency Credits.”