By Samantha Yurek
I grew up in Norrisville, an extremely rural area in the top left hand corner of Harford County. My childhood was one of exploration; following streams imagining we were Lewis and Clark, constructing forts from the natural resources abundant in the forest behind my house, playing outside all hours of the day. Our parents had no need to worry; we lived on the side of town where the grass was greener. The time I spent outside as a child has given me so much appreciation for the earth where we reside. It wasn’t until I enrolled in an environmental class during my senior year of high school, that my heart was finally set on a career path advocating for the health of our environment.
I eventually broke away from the small town scene to further my education at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. This past May I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Communications. Even with the gray cloud of unemployment casting a shadow over the majority of recent college graduates, a narrow ray of sunshine peeked its way into my life. I recently got my foot in to the door of the growing environmental movement by becoming a new member of the Green Roof Technology team.
Although my experience with green roofs has been limited, I’m excited to expand my knowledge on the subject as well as start my new career working towards a positive change in our environment and community. I look forward to practicing the art of writing, whether it’s in the form of a blog, a magazine article, or a simple email reaching out to our clients. There are so many aspects of the green roofing industry and I’ve only started to dip my toes in the lake of knowledge Green Roof Technology has to offer me. Today will mark my fourth day as a team member and I have already gained understanding of the various types of green roofs, the process in which they are created, and found out that my company is the single supplier of the integrated solar green roof design in North America. I have found the perfect job: personally having a hand in mitigating storm water runoff, lowering the urban heat island effect, improving the air quality, and producing power using a sustainable resource, amongst many other benefits. I want to thank my coworkers for this unique opportunity that will surely rival any Christmas present I will receive this year. Don’t forget, every green roof counts!