404: Green Roof Outdoor

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Semi-arid Colorado: Green Roofs 

Green roofs are designed and built to grow plants and vegetation on the rooftops of buildings – spaces that are often overlooked!

You have to consider many things when designing a green roof, like how much weight a building can handle. Growing a green roof in Colorado can be a challenge due to the high altitude and dry climate, but there are still many benefits to growing plants this way. Researchers at Colorado State University study green roof systems to test the best ways to grow plants and share that knowledge with others. 

Image caption: The Mordecai Children’s Garden green roof at the Denver Botanic Gardens parking garage. Photo courtesy of Michael Guidi. 

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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