Columbia Green Technologies offers comprehensive green roof solutions for a variety of situations: extensive, semi-intensive and intensive roof gardens. Designers appreciate the flexibility to use trays or layered assemblies, as the project requirements dictate. Building owners love the single source ‘Roof to Green Roof’ warranty options provided through our roofing partners. Read more about our green roof products.
Our roofing membrane partnerships allow us to offer single-source warranties on our assemblies. We partner with leading manufacturers of roofing materials to offer a complete solution for every type of roof construction. Our products primarily sold through these partners. To read more about our partnerships and roofing options go to our partner page.
Green roofs, also known as eco-roofs or vegetative roofs, are increasingly common. They are known as a great way to make a bleak space aesthetically pleasing, increasing property demand and value. However, there are other benefits that come from the implementation of green roofs.More Info >
Green roofs, also known as eco-roofs or vegetative roofs, are increasingly common. They are known as a great way to make a bleak space aesthetically pleasing, increasing property demand and value. However, there are other benefits that come from the implementation of green roofs.
The potentially largest impact that green roofs have is on stormwater management. Continued expansion of urban development throughout the world results in increased amounts of impervious surfaces. These impervious surfaces decrease both infiltration and evaporative water loss from soils and plant surfaces due to the removal of native vegetation and natural ecosystems. In addition, pollutants deposited on these surfaces are transported into our surface waters; further degrading water quality and surrounding natural habitats. Columbia Green’s products help filter and clean the water as it makes its way to aquatic environments while also creating more energy efficient and sustainable buildings.
Green buildings and green roofs are increasingly being looked at as ways to mitigate the threats and concerns surrounding climate change, water quality and the expanding gap that exists in energy supply and demand. The application of a green roof can help to reduce energy costs related to heating and cooling through their insulating effects, providing the building owner with year round energy savings. Green roofs that are combined with solar panels have also been shown to produce even greater energy benefits due to increased panel efficacy that help contribute to lower a building’s overall energy consumption and environmental footprint.
The concept of urban heat island effect is gaining more attention throughout the U.S. and as a result there is more pressure to more directly address this issue and mitigate its effects. Generally, urban heat island describes a buildup of atmospheric gases, usually in a metropolitan area, that is hotter than the surrounding rural areas. This occurrence can affect communities and cities by increasing energy demands in summer months: increasing air conditioning costs, and heightening the occurrence of heat-related illness and fatalities. Green roofs can play an integral role in mitigating those negative effects through the ability to lessen the amount of gases that warm the atmosphere and therefore cool the surrounding environment.
Developers and design professionals are also increasingly looking to green roofs for the benefits they provide as a way to create more sustainable green buildings, with lower carbon footprints and a greater ability to manage stormwater runoff. These benefits also extend to the building owner through increased building aesthetics and a potentially higher LEED Certification rating. The application of a green roof helps to contribute from 6 to 14 LEED points for sustainable building structures, while buildings with white membranes alone, qualify for only 1 to 2 LEED points.
Buildings with green roofs also help to extend the life of the roofing membrane; up to 2 times in many cases. This lowers replacement and repair cost to a building owner, thus reducing direct capital investments.
The green roof industry is continually growing and further benefits continue to develop as groups within the green building community push the envelope as to what this technology can provide. Green roofs are also seeing support from governments across the globe. Governments worldwide have begun to adopt strategies of incentivizing green initiatives and enforcing minimum standards that support the development of green buildings. Some incentives available for installing a green roof system include: tax incentives, zoning expansions and direct public utility rebates/monthly billing reductions.
Vanessa has a dynamic 9-year global career reflecting optimal performance in the public and private sector in the area of business development, marketing and sales. Vanessa has served in numerous executive positions in business development roles, where she has managed rapid growth; both domestically and internationally. She has been responsible for triple digit increase within the companies she has worked for where she has played a leading role in the sales groups.
Vanessa is currently President & CEO of Columbia Green, whose core technologies in eco-roofs are based on sustainable functions that help manage the quality and quantity of storm water, energy use, as well as air and water pollution. Vanessa purchased the company along with local investors in 2009 and Columbia Green is currently experiencing significant growth under her leadership.
Ms. Keitges graduated from Oregon State University earning a B.A. in Philosophy. Her personal interests include: riding horses, traveling and meeting new people. She has an affinity toward kids and animals and sits on the Oregon Zoo Wild Life Board. Her true passion is helping others within her community.
Vanessa Keitges is President and CEO of Columbia Green Technologies, whose innovative green roofs help manage the quality and quantity of storm water, energy use, and air and water pollution. Vanessa has had a dynamic career in the public and private sector. She has served in numerous executive positions in business development, marketing and sales, where she has managed rapid growth; both domestically and internationally. Vanessa purchased Columbia Green, along with local investors, in 2009 and the company is currently experiencing significant growth under her leadership.
In the fall of 2013 Vanessa was appointed to President Obama’s Export Council to represent the interest of small businesses and the green industry. Vanessa was a speaker at SXSW, nominated as top “40 under 40″ executives in Oregon and mentioned as a top woman in technology to invest in 2012 by Forbes eblog. She sits on the Oregon Zoo Wild Life Board. Vanessa graduated from Oregon State University earning a B.A. in Philosophy. Her personal interests include: riding horses, traveling and meeting new people.
Greg Love joined Columbia Green in 2010 to assist in the rapid growth and expansion of the firm. As COO, he is responsible for scaling the sales channels, operations, finance and marketing along with assisting the rest the CG team.
Greg has over 25 years of experience in leading and growing both private and public high-tech manufacturing companies. Under his leadership and direction these various companies have significantly increased profits and sales. He has done this by implementing various sales and marketing programs and processes. He also developed and hired both executive and mid-management teams along with streamlining their manufacturing processes. To fuel this growth, Greg has raised over $100 million in private funding with both venture and PE firms. Greg’s Northwest experience includes companies such as Micro Power, FLIR and Microscan.
Mr. Love earned both a MBA and a Bachelor’s of Science in engineering from Drexel University. Mr. Love is also currently working with a number of early and later stage companies acting as a mentor for the founding CEO.
Kevin brings multi-disciplinary teams together to successfully implement eco-roofs on a national level. His understanding of the ROI for building owners with regards to using green roofs for stormwater management, site conditions for different systems and extensive plant knowledge, provides superior value to our clients by ensuring quality project selection, delivery and installation of eco-roofs.
He is here to help guide and build relationships with Owners, Developers, Architects, Landscape Architects, General Contractors, Roofing Companies and Installers. Kevin is experienced in completing bid substitution forms and presenting them to architects in a professional manner.
Kevin is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and holds a B.S in Horticulture, with a concentration in Business Management. Kevin also sits on the GRIT (Green Roof Information Think-tank) business development sub-committee, which helps to advance sustainability practices and technology of eco-roofs. His professional and educational background makes him a strong addition to the Columbia Green Technologies team.
Robert Littleton brings more than ten years of green roof industry experience to Columbia Green. In his previous position as principal at a green roof installation firm, Robert oversaw estimating and project management, and has a proven track record of successful installations. His extensive hands-on experience enables him to help our customers from the design phase, all the way through the construction process.
Robert holds a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Tennessee.
As Marketing Director for Columbia Green Technologies, Robin leads the development of strategies for market expansion, brand awareness and lead generation. She brings ten years of proven success in business-to-business marketing in highly complex and technical fields, with an emphasis in the clean energy sector. Robin is skilled in cultivating effective business relationships with customers and colleagues and communicating clear value propositions via many channels; written, spoken and web based. She has presented at many high-profile conferences and authored numerous articles in magazines and trade journals.
She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin for her work in fuel cells for distributed energy generation, and she holds a B.S. from Columbia University.
Elaine brings over nine years of experience in the field of landscape architecture to Columbia Green Technologies. As a designer and project manager, she has been actively engaged in all aspects of project development and implementation, from initial concept design through construction documentation and observation. She has worked on award-winning projects featuring green roofs and living walls. Elaine enjoys collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams to create sustainable, functional and beautiful landscapes, and she looks forward to bringing this diverse skill-set to the rapidly growing eco-technology sector.
Elaine originally hails from Texas where she received a BA in economics from Trinity University. In 2004 she earned her Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Oregon. In her spare time, Elaine enjoys gardening and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family.
Jordan is a junior at Evergreen State College, currently working towards a Bachelor’s of Science degree with an emphasis on environmental studies. Her goal after graduation is to take the knowledge she has gained and apply this to sustainable architecture. In the winter/spring of 2014, she intends on taking a trip to Peru where she will continue her indigenous building studies as well as studying the surrounding environment.
She has had the privilege of growing up in the gorge, Goldendale, WA. Jordan enjoys all outdoor activities, music, dance and crafts such as jewelry beadwork. She appreciates all forms of art.
Jay Kiendzior is the South East Regional Sales Manager for Columbia Green. He bring ten years of experience in the building products industry. In his past roles at Boral Cladding Industries and James Hardy Building products he was responsible for identifying, evaluating and facilitating growth of the distribution network in North America. Jay is excited to work for an innovative green roof market leader that utilizes his exceptional business development, contract negotiation, and internal team-building skills toward actively supporting optimizing sales growth.
Jay holds a Bachelor of Science from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Jay is an avid hunter and fisherman and in his spare time enjoys the outdoors.
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