Biodiverse Green Roof Maintenance

Maintaining and Maximizing Biodiversity Opportunities


Biodiverse Green Roof Maintenance: Maintaining and Maximizing Biodiversity Opportunities explores the necessity of a comprehensive and considered maintenance strategy for green roofs when prioritizing biodiverse plant and animal community establishment. The value of biodiversity has been recognized across the globe and green roofs, when designed, installed, and maintained well, can be significant methods of supporting and increasing biodiversity, particularly when size and other constraints limit the ability at grade. This course details the many design and planning aspects that should be considered to maximize biodiversity and green roof functionality to secure lasting spaces for plant and animal communities.


  • Unlimited access to Biodiverse Green Roof Maintenance
  • Certificate of completion

Learning Objectives

  • What does a maintenance strategy look like for a biodiverse green roof
  • How can certain design decisions maximize a green roof's capacity for biodiversity
  • What are the processes by which biodiversity occurs and increases
  • How do you balance maintenance and biodiversity priorities
  • What are some methods of curating specific flora and fauna communities

Continuing Eduation

This course is approved for 1.5 AIA HSW, ASLA HSW and GRP CEUS.

Your Instructor

Cynthia Pohl
Cynthia Pohl

Cynthia attended Olds College from 1995 - 1999 to earn her title as Journeyman Landscape Gardener where she received the Top Apprentice Award for her trade. This training formalized Cynthia’s experience gained from a lifetime of passion for environmental balance. After school and working as an apprentice for several seasons, Cynthia embraced the challenge to follow her own instincts. She envisioned creating excellent-quality residential and commercial designs that would be environmentally ethical while providing nourishing organic habitat for indigenous flora and fauna at the same time. In 2000 Cynthia established Living Lands Landscape and Design. She trained herself and her staff (and even her clients in most cases) to look at each project through the uniquely broad lens of her vision. This perspective-shift has become the signature experience for anyone involved with Living Lands. Cynthia’s innovative work led her to be invited to design, install and maintain the first two biodiverse green roof projects in Central Alberta. One of which went on to receive a Cities Alive Award of Excellence for Innovative Green Roof Design: Extensive/Commercial in 2015. Green roofs have enabled Living Lands to take the work in preservation and enhancement of local biodiversity to new heights.

Course Curriculum

  Introduction to the Living Architecture Academy & Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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