Archive for November, 2012

Verti-Cropping: Vancouver’s Local Garden Rooftop Greenhouse

Via the Vancouver Sun, an interesting look at a greenhouse, perched atop a Richards Street parkade in downtown Vancouver, which employs a four-metre-high system of hundreds of suspended trays that move to maximize exposure to natural light: A unique mechanized greenhouse operation will deliver its first crop of salad greens, herbs and spinach today and […]

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Top 5 Of The Greatest Urban Rooftop Farms

Via PopUp City, a look at the world’s top urban rooftop farms: Urban farming has become one of the major international urban trends — a good reason for us to make a Top 5 of the greatest rooftop farms we’ve come across over the last years. All over the world, people feel the need to […]

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White Roofs; Clear Skies

Via Environmental Research Web, a report on a recent study in which white roofs in northeast India were found to reflect sunlight, potentially minimizing global warming: White is a cool colour. In California flat-roofed buildings are now required to have a white roof, to reflect sunlight and help minimize global warming. Other places are thinking […]

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Sky’s The Limit For Rooftop Farm Project

Via The Montreal Gazette, an interesting article on Lufa Farms, a company that is planning to open four new rooftop greenhouses in Laval, Montreal, Boston, and Toronto in the next year: The company that built the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse farm on a building in Ahuntsic is adding two new sites in Montreal and […]

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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.”