Green Roof Diagnostics
Green Roof Diagnostics is an independent green roof research institute with a globally unique hydrologic testing laboratory for vegetated and non-vegetated systems.
Over the past years, Green Roof Diagnostics has run over a thousand tests providing scientifically sound data on the retention and detention capacities of green roof systems.
Green Roof Diagnostics is led by Brad Garner (CEO) and has a renowned academic bord supporting the research.
The hydrologic modeling and SWMM module development is led by the hydrologist Dr. Scott Jeffers.
Green Roof Diagnostics also research improved hydrologic measuring standards for green roof systems and is involved in the development of physical models in collaboration with Sheffield University.
Urban Meadow is a project run by Brad Garner with the aim to increase the acceptance of urban meadows as urban features.
Urban meadows have high biodiversity and support the natural water cycle much more efficiently than manicured and over-fertilized and often irrigated lawns, due to improved root system depth and variability. Urban meadows are sustainable, beautiful, and a low maintenance solution for resilient future cities.
Browatech is a German company and forerunner in the field of sustainable engineering.
Their tech drainage has been thoroughly researched by Green Roof Diagnostics and has proven to provide strong enough turbulence within the thin layer to ensure a significant detention capacity in green roof systems.
Browatech also produces a low voltage and extremely lightweight heating textile that in a notable example was able to reduce the heating costs in the Lindenkirche (church), Berlin, Germany, from 300-400 EUR per service to 10 EUR per service.
Sustainable innovation as its best!
Science Sans Frontieres
The scientific publishing system is broken.
Science Sans Frontieres is an initiative that attempts to fix science and free it from the billion-dollar research parasite: the publishing houses.
If you are interested to join the discussion, join our Slack Workspace: Science Sans Frontiers.
The publish-or-perish system has led to a publication-dilution as papers are published with less, and less content, which inevitably leads to a reduction of scientific quality. Based on today’s metrics several Nobel Prize winners would have ended up as no-research University educators with low chance of tenure.
The ranking system is broken.
The publication system is messed up.
Scientists are being used and their talents wasted.
We are told “this cannot be changed” but this is nonsense. The business model of the publishing houses is clever and, of course, they would claim that there is no solution to this problem. We can, however, solve it, but we need to simultaneously target politicians, and initiate grassroot-level action.
Publicly funded research should remain in the public domain and by bypassing the publishers, hundreds of millions of research money would be saved each year and better invested in new research and support for scientists. That’s the ROI.
On initiative from Alvin Stone and Michelle Moscova.
Recommended reading: Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?
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