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Chapter Program: “Prairies in the Sky” by Associate Professor Bruce Dvorak

July 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Associate Professor Bruce DvorakIn Prairies in the Sky, Associate Professor Bruce Dvorak will highlight prairie-based green roofs and green roofs planted with locally native vegetation in Texas and the western US.  The presentation will demonstrate the value of conservation preserves and how they have inspired the design and construction of green roofs (vegetated rooftops).

His book, Ecoregional Green Roofs explores the history and theory of ecoregions for green roofs. In the book, case studies of 73 ecoregional green roofs located west of the 100th meridian are featured and make use of over 800 taxa of native plants. Green roofs featured in the book were inspired by vegetation from prairies, deserts, rocky outcrops, and coastal meadows. Case studies explore design concepts, materials, watering and maintenance, wildlife, plant species, and lessons learned. The book is for green roof professionals, designers, researchers, students, educators, and anyone interested in the conservation of biodiversity in urban regions.

Prairies in the Sky should be of interest to anyone interested in how nature can inspire new forms of conservation development.

Bruce Dvorak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. He has taught landscape architecture and the application of green technologies since 2007. In professional practice, Bruce was involved with the design and management of a number of recognized green roofs including the Chicago City Hall Green Roof Pilot Project. In 2009, Professor Dvorak established the Interdisciplinary Green Roof Research Work Group at Texas A&M. Dvorak and his research colleagues have investigated over one-hundred plant species, and ecosystem services on green roofs and living walls at Texas A&M. Professor Dvorak received the 2017 Award of Excellence in Research from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Professor Dvorak published Ecoregional Green Roofs: Theory and Application in the Western USA and Canada (Springer) in February 2021.

Note: This will be a Zoom meeting and is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.  Check back here a couple days before the event for the registration link.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please join us for a great presentation!

The Texas Master Naturalist program is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

[TMNCPC members in attendance should record their Advanced Training hours under ‘AT: Chapter Meeting-Coastal Prairie’ plus the VSP hours for the business meeting under ‘Chapter Business: Chapter Meeting’. ]



July 1
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Texas Master Naturalists Coastal Prairie Chapter
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