Christa Jordan is a 2nd year graduate student in landscape architecture at Clemson University in South Carolina. Her passions are plants and people, which is why she was drawn to landscape architecture. Her undergraduate degree is in forestry, and she worked for several years with state government in compliance and outreach. Her favorite activities are sailing and hiking, but she also loves flea markets and thrift stores.
The green roof project involves multiple groups, both on and off campus. Primarily, it is a collaboration with a local non-profit named Friends of Lake Keowee that aims to protect water quality of Lake Keowee in North-west SC. This lake is developing rapidly, while other lakes in the region are experiencing severe water reductions due to the continuing drought.
Green roofs reduce stormwater runoff, reduce urban heat island effect, and reduce energy costs of the building on which it is installed. This green roof project began as a class service learning assignment, and has grown to see the design and construction of an actual 10x20' green roof. The sedums and delospermas for the green roof were propagated by students, and the other materials were donated by region businesses (Saul Nursery in Atlanta, GA). Since receiving the NWF grant, the project has really taken off, and is now being reviewed for replication by the SC Botanical Gardens.