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Molly Meyer: Green Roofs

Molly Meyer (Earth Systems BS and MS ’05) started a company that designs, builds, and maintains vegetated green roofs. Three years ago while working as an apprentice carpenter in Seattle, she recognized that green roofs built in Germany are considerably less expensive than those built in the United States. To study their methods, she moved to Germany and worked in all aspects of the green roof industry: research, design, construction, and maintenance. Founding her company is both the last step in a three-year mission to gain a strong foundation in the practical knowledge of green roofs and the first step in her quest to remake the U.S. green roofing industry. Molly’s goal is to "democratize" the green roofs by making them widely available and affordable. She hopes that green roofs will make a meaningful ecological impact on the American cityscape.