MGRC Events

Välkommen! MGRC Event at the American Swedish Institute

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Blog, Event | Comments Off on Välkommen! MGRC Event at the American Swedish Institute

Välkommen! MGRC Event at the American Swedish Institute

Please join the Minnesota Green Roofs Council for a presentation and tour of the green roof on the new Nelson Cultural Center at the American Swedish Institute.


Named after benefactors Carl and Leslie Nelson, the American Swedish Institute’s new 34,000-square-foot addition opened in June 2012.  The Cultural Center includes a museum shop and café, art gallery, studio and craft workshop, offices, and flexible event spaces.  The Swedish-modern building is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification and includes geothermal heating and cooling, extensive use of windows to provide abundant natural lighting, and a green roof.  The green roof is intended to provide insulation for the building and to reduce stormwater runoff from the roof.

Our event will include two parts:  presentations by representatives of HGA (project architect and landscape architect); Arteka Companies (landscaping); and Roofmeadow (roofing components); followed by a tour of the green roof, with time for questions and discussion.  While our event will focus on the green roof, the presenters will briefly include information on the other green building aspects of the project.

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012; 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Registration, coffee, and networking at 8:30 a.m.

Cost: $40 Early Bird; $20 for currently enrolled students. $60 on day of event.

American Swedish Institute’s Nelson Cultural Center.
2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55407.  Off-street parking is available adjacent to the Cultural Center.

Please register on-line today and join us!


Minnesota State Fair 2012 is almost here!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Blog, Event | Comments Off on Minnesota State Fair 2012 is almost here!

Minnesota State Fair 2012 is almost here!

Thousands of Minnesota State Fair visitors have visited our Eco Experience exhibit over the last few years, and here’s your chance to help make it all possible again.  We’re looking for volunteers to help us staff our green roof exhibit: it’s a fun way to spread your enthusiasm for sustainable building with interested (and interesting) folks from all over the state.  You don’t need to be a green roof expert – we’ll provide you with a simple guide with the most common questions.  We’ll even pay for you to get into the fair, so you can spend the rest of your day looking for the best corndog.

We staff the exhibit in three shifts (9am – 1pm, 1pm – 5pm, and 5pm – 9pm) for the duration of the fair, August 23rd through September 3rd – thats 36 shifts total we need to cover! We need at least one person at the exhibit for every shift, but if you’d like to volunteer with a friend or family member, we can certainly pair you up.  And if you’re available Labor Day weekend, we’d be doubly grateful, since those are the busiest days of the fair.  Check out the available shifts and sign up for as many as you can!

Thank you for your support!  This is a big event for our little group, and we truly couldn’t do it without you.  And even if you can’t staff a shift (or two), please stop by and say hello!  We’d love to see you.

Music on a the Bakken Museum Green Roof

Posted by on Jul 14, 2012 in Blog, Event | Comments Off on Music on a the Bakken Museum Green Roof

Music on a the Bakken Museum Green Roof

We love the Bakken Museum and now is the time to visit! For the next ten days is the Annual 10 Best Days of The Bakken with special science events and FREE admission. Plus they will have music atop the museum’s Green Rooftop. Check it out!


“Join us for the fourth Annual 10 Best Days of The Bakken*, occurring from July 13th through July 22nd, 2012. This is a FREE event that coincides with the Minneapolis Aquatennial. All 10 days are uniquely themed, so visit often throughout the event to participate in museum activities and programming with community partners! The Bakken will also be featuring a brand new Green Energy Art Garden where each day, local artists will work with visitors to create eco-electric art and music atop the museum’s Green Rooftop”

Green Ideas and Ham

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in Blog, Event | Comments Off on Green Ideas and Ham

Green Ideas and Ham

The Minnesota Green Roofs Council was asked to partner with Environment Minnesota ( )  to take a look at innovative water management strategies in our communities on the forum of  From Roots To Rooftops! 

For this forum on Tuesday, March 20 at 8:00 a.m. we’ll cover the many benefits of green roofs and landscaping in conserving and protecting clean water. This is a discussion for designers, advocates, local leaders, community members and conservation supporters alike.


WINTER EVENT: What’s up (on the roof) with winter?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Blog, Event | 0 comments

WINTER EVENT: What’s up (on the roof) with winter?


Please join the MN Green Roofs Council for a unique exploration of the winter effects on green roofs! The first hour will be dedicated to introduction of the expert panel’s key research, opinions, and observations on the topic.  The second hour will be moderated and interactive with your questions to the panel.  (more…)

Green Roofs, Goats & Glogg

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Blog, Event | 1 comment

Green Roofs, Goats & Glogg


The Minnesota Green Roofs Council invites you to a Green Roof Happy Hour at the Red Stag in Minneapolis!  We’re getting together from 4:30 to 6:30 on Wednesday, December 14th to enjoy a few refreshments and hear about the famous green roof goats.  Actually, the of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Door County, Wisconsin was renovated by Tecta America this past year and Angie Durhman will give a short overview of the project. (more…)

UPCOMING SEMINAR: Green Infrastructure ‐ Projects, Performance and Policies

Posted by on Jan 13, 2011 in Blog, Event | Comments Off on UPCOMING SEMINAR: Green Infrastructure ‐ Projects, Performance and Policies

The Minnesota Green Roofs Council is co-hosting a half-day seminar, “Green Infrastructure ‐ Projects, Performance and Policies,” with speakers from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and the Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF).  This is a rare opportunity to learn how current vegetative management technologies like green roofs, walls, urban forests and rain gardens are enriching our urban areas.  Steven Peck with GRHC and Michael Krause with GIF will also discuss Green Infrastructure research trends and cutting edge policy and program developments in cities like Chicago, Seattle, New York and Toronto.

The event, sponsored by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, will be held on February 7th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  The venue, Meet Minneapolis’ “Minneapolis Room” on the 13th floor of 250 Marquette Plaza, offers views of the Target Center and Marquette green roofs, the first and third largest green roofs in the state.  This presentation contributes to 3.5 hours of continuing education credits for LEED AP, Green Roof Professional (GRP), ASLA and AIA (and we’ll feed you some snacks).  Registration is $75 if preregistered with payment by February 1, 2011.  Walk‐in registrations will be $100, but are welcome.  The student rate of $40 is available with valid ID.  Please see the attached press release for full event and registration details.

On the following day, February 8th, Steven Peck with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will offer the GRHC Green Roof 201 Course at the Minneapolis Currie Maintenance Facility.  By becoming a member of the Minnesota Green Roof Council, you’ll receive $100 off the 201 Course – more details in the press release.

Green Roofs and Pronto Pups

Posted by on Aug 26, 2010 in Blog, Event | 4 comments

The green roof trailer.The Minnesota Green Roofs Council is happy to be part of the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair again this year, so take a break from the hubbub and come say hello! We’ve got a couple of small demonstration roofs, photos of dozens of green roofs across the state, and lots of good information to share. This is one of our favorite events of the year, and we’re excited for the chance to talk about green roofs with all the good folks at the fair.

The Eco Experience is in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds, across Randall Avenue from the Fine Arts Building. The Eco Experience is all new and better than ever; the whole building is full of interesting ideas and sustainable technologies. Even if you’ve visited us in previous years, be sure to come in and take a look.