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Former Swiss-based banker finds Guam on quest for green roofs – The Guam Daily Post

A European graphic designer, who became a bank manager and eventually an environmental engineering student, has found Guam and is sharing her environmentally friendly passion.

Originally from Belgium, Lieve Dierckx spent 15 challenging years in the Swiss banking industry before becoming a student of environmental engineering at Zurich University. Her interest is in designing natural green roofs.

As a student, she is eligible for an International Cooperation and Development internship, which brought her to Micronesia.

“Summer 2017 was an extremely busy time for me, as I was going to San Francisco for another new green roof project and following up on living roof projects at the California Academy of Sciences and at Drew School,” she stated in a press release from the University of Guam.

She had no idea where to go next.

So she Googled “Micronesia” and “green roofs,” and she came upon the 2015 impact report from the UOG Western Pacific Tropical Research Center, which had an article by turf scientist Dr. Greg Wiecko about his research on growing vegetation on rooftops in the tropics.

“I found his publication, ‘Green roofs in the tropics conserve energy,’ in The Open Atmospheric Science Journal and decided to contact him. To my great pleasure, he replied instantly and I am here today,” Dierckx said.

She is working with Wiecko and Else Demeulenaere at the UOG Center for Island Sustainability, implementing her plan to plant native plants on rooftop gardens using sustainable materials.

“I have taught two UOG classes about green roofs and the benefits and challenges for Guam for Greg and Else, and was very impressed and inspired by the enthusiasm and focus of the students,” she said. “The visual beauty of Guam continues to amaze me every day.”

Her first rooftop garden

In the short time Dierckx has been on Guam, she has already identified a shipping container for use as her first rooftop garden. Using recycled and easily available natural materials, she wants to design rooftop gardens that are affordable for everyone. She believes green roofs offer many benefits, including regulating the temperature in houses, which reduces power bills, as well as providing plants to be enjoyed by people and bees.

Anyone interested in Dierckx’s green roof project is encouraged to stop by the Center for Island Sustainability in the Dean’s Circle on the UOG campus to speak with her as she builds the first container green roof on Guam.

Source: Google News : https://www.postguam.com/news/local/former-swiss-based-banker-finds-guam-on-quest-for-green/article_8db5da8e-d8d2-11e7-97ed-37d308b415a8.html

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