Green roofs make sense for property owners and developers

Read about our research, local government’s effort to increase green roof uptake and why one leading property developer says that green roofs are a ‘no brainer’ in a story by James Hancock from ABC News.

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Creating cooler, greener cities

PhD candidate Jasmine Thom recently presented her research at a Stormwater Victoria seminar on Integrated Water Management for cooler, greener cities.

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Sending green roof uptake through the roof

Building green roofs will soon become easier with the help of new research.

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GIRG PhD Researchers win Melbourne Climathon

School of Forest Ecosystem Science PhD students and combined lab groups, Waterway Ecosystem Research Group (WERG) and Green Infrastructure Research Group (GIRG) were the winning Green Team, sharing first place with another team, Chill Out at the Melbourne Climathon 2017 organised by the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges at The University of Melbourne.

The Climathon movement’s climate change hackathon is organised simultaneously in major cities around the world and took place from 27-28 October, 2017.

The participants collaborate as teams bringing together innovative solutions for today’s climate challenges. With 42 participants, Melbourne Climathon was one of the top global city hosts.

The Green Team’s winning concept was ‘Building a cool grid.’ The Green Team wants to integrate and improve existing green and water sensitive urban design solutions to build a grid of green and cool corridors that connect existing safe and suitable spaces during heatwaves.

The Chill Out team’s concept was more technically focused with plans to develop a website and complementing app on ‘Where do you meet during the heat?’.

Climate KIC has now invited the two winning teams to merge their solutions into an idea or ideas that could be developed further during Climate-KIC’s 2018 launchpad program, with the possibility for six team members to win the national finals and take their idea to Europe. Alternatively, six team members will also have the opportunity to attend the Victorian Sustainability Awards 2018.


Claire Farrell, the coordinator of the green roofs and walls postgraduate qualification, presented at a special edition of Canopy, the City of Melbourne’s Green Infrastructure Industry Forum on the basics of green roofs at the Sustainable Living Festival.


Made Possible by Melbourne is a free exhibition of world-changing research around Melbourne’s CBD, with corresponding stories on Pursuit. SEFS researchers Claire Farrell and Nick Williams work on Growing Greener Cities features in the 14 stories. To read the pursuit story click here.


A joint project between The City of Melbourne and the University of Melbourne’s Dave Kendall and Jess Bauman from GIRG, the Future Urban Forest Reportwas publicly released today which advises which trees to plant to better prepare for climate change.


Nick Williams (SEFS) discussed the use of green roofs to conserve rare plants in New Scientist and how green infrastructure can provide valuable services that help make our cities more liveable in The pursuit.


The final event on the 125 calendar, the seminar – Where people, landscapes and biodiversity collide was held on Tuesday evening. It was another successful event with a crowd of 85 people, including a number of Alumni and participants from the City of Melbourne’s Green infrastructure Industry Forum (Canopy) who partnered with GIRG for the event. The seminar focused on the challenges and possibilities of biodiversity in our cities tackling issues of plant blindness, biodiversity on green roofs to using urban gardening as a tool for conserving agro-biodiversity.


Urban Plantings as Living Laboratories for Climate Change seminar attracted over 120 registrations. Part of the Burnley 125 series, this seminar focused on GIRG research as well as the collaborative research work with City of Melbourne in creating resilient and diverse urban forests and plant communities for future climates.


Julianna Rozek’s article about greening city walls and facades with plants is featured inLateral, a magazine that explores relationship between science and society.


Congratulations to Caragh Threlfall and Nick Williams for their contributions in the collaborative project Biodiversity in Melbourne’s East which has been listed as a finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards in the Local Government category. Local councils, researchers, agencies and government are trialing a framework for monitoring of biodiversity


The Green Infrastructure Research Group partnering with City of Melbourne

GIRG members and students have planted sites at Royal Park and Birrarung Marr as part of the Woody Meadows Project, an innovative research project, funded by the City of Melbourne and partnering with the University of Melbourne and the University of Sheffield. Inspired by low maintenance, but visually spectacular flowering meadows that are becoming increasingly common in public landscapes in the United Kingdom, this project explores the use of Australian shrubs to achieve a similar effect. A total of 21 different shrubs have been selected for use and evaluated against environmental, ornamental, functional and maintenance criteria with the aim to create a captivating display with extended seasonal interest. The project was profiled in the The Age and online at the ABC.


Managing for resilient landscapes

GIRG hosted a one day symposium in conjunction with the Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand and Parks Leisure Australia for professionals on urban landscape management. The successful industry event attracted 120 attendees to the campus, who listened to GIRG members translate research on creating resilient and diverse urban forest and plant communities for future climates and research and visited experimental sites and research facilities on Campus.

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GIRG played host to two Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria sponsored events providing an opportunity to showcase the green infrastructure research on Campus to a wide and varied audience. These types of events help consolidate our industry partnerships.


Green Infrastructure research tourswere conducted at the Burnley Festival and Alumni day. Many interested visitors, from a crowd of 1000, attended the tours, learning about the research work into green roof, biodiversity and raingardens.


A number of GIRG members present at the 2nd International Conference on urban tree diversity that was held in Melbourne. Steven Livesley from GIRG was one of the main organizers along with City of Melbourne, Arboriculture Australia and International Society of Arboriculture.