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Jörg Breuning, President / Founder

Jorg BreuningJörg is the founder and owner of the green roof design and engineering firm Green Roof Service LLC. 

Jörg was born in the green roof capital of world.  He began working with green roofs in Stuttgart, Germany in 1980.  Since then, he has installed and maintained tens of millions of square feet of green roofs throughout the world. 

During his career Jörg has earned multiple degrees and certifications in landscaping, horticultural, and green roofing.  In January 1983, Jörg Breuning was one of the first people in the world to earn a green roof professional accreditation from Optima, now Optigrün AG, who were the first green roof manufacturer to offer an in depth educational system for the installation and maintenance of their products.  In order to be eligible for the accreditation, a candidate had to have completed 3-years of apprenticeship with a certified landscaping company.  In 1985 he earned his national certification and horticultural technician degree – a program of work and study that required 5-years of practice in an approved landscaping company and 4 semesters of University study. 

In 2003 Jörg transferred his German Company (founded in 1985) to the United States after being the key consultant for Chicago’s City Hall green roof.  As an experienced horticultural expert, he has been able to educate many of North America’s green roof pioneers, providing them with fundamental green roof knowledge to start and grow their own businesses.

His company Green Roof Service LLC presents Green Roof Technology has introduced numerous innovations to the North American green roof industry.  Many of these innovations have been adopted by companies such as Roofmeadow, Emory Knoll Farm, GAF, CETCO, Rooflite, Green Roof Solutions, Celebrity Cruises Miami and Optigreen.

Jörg’s activities strongly focus on topics that ensure common sense is always practiced, ensuring that the horse stays in front of the cart, and provide valuable insights into making green roofs as popular and efficient as they are in Europe.

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Andrew Cole Yanders, Green Roof Designer, GRP

Andrew received his Bachelors of Science in Economics from Pennsylvania State University with a focus on international developmental economics and decision theory.

Following graduation, Andrew traveled for the summer with friends to Martha’s Vineyard where he worked his first landscaping and gardening jobs.  In early autumn Andrew traveled with friends to Boaco, Nicaragua to live and work on a coffee and dairy farm owned by a fellow classmate at Penn State.  With limited resources at their disposal, Andrew and his small band of brothers set out to create the foundations of an eco-tourist resort.  

Returning to Pennsylvania in the spring, Andrew went to work at a landscaping company in Selinsgrove, Pa.  Deciding the experiences of the last two years in his life had radically changed his career ambitions, Andrew decided to return to Penn State University for the Spring Semester 2011 to study green roof and rain garden design with Dr. Robert Berghage.

 

Samantha Yurek, Social Media Coordinator

Samantha grew up around the Chesapeake Bay.  Following graduation from North Harford High, she left her small town of Norrisville to further her education by attending the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Communications in May of 2012.  Her time in Syracuse was spent juggling school, work, and extracurricular activities such as tutoring in the student writing center and working with SUNY-ESF’s Earth Week committee.  During school breaks, Samantha worked at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds as an intern in the environmental office.

Samantha joins the Green Roof Technology team to lead our communication campaign.  Her primary responsibility is to create entertaining and informative content for use across all our media outlets.  She is excited to expand her knowledge of green roofs and start her new career working towards creating positive changes in our environment and community.

Ryan Miller, Solar Sun-Root™ Expert, Maryland Highview Creations

Ryan Miller is director of our office in Baltimore, Maryland. His passion for green-roof technology and Solar Energy roots from years in the real estate industry, where he became interested in green-building and ecosystem services. His experience in construction, real estate, and stormwater management practices makes him a valuable asset to Highview Creations and Green Roof Service LLC. Ryan graduated from Washington College majoring in Business Management with a minor in Environmental Economics. An all-region goalie at Washington College, Ryan still stays active playing soccer in various Baltimore City leagues.

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Eric Dalski, Founder and Partner 

Eric Dalski is a founder and partner of Highview Creations. He has installed many green roofs, vertical gardens, and stormwater capture systems throughout New York City. His attitude, determination, and creative instincts allow ideas to turn into reality. Eric has a strong background in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from Washington College, and is currently working on a Certificate of Conservation Biology at Columbia University and an MBA at Fordham University. He is an avid soccer player, and plays competitively in the New York City Cosmopolitan Soccer League.

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Diane Odell GRP, Architect

Diane OdellDiane Odell, a licensed architect in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, is the principal of her firm ADI/Architecture and Design Inc. Her career began as a licensed construction contractor and landscaper in 1982, where she gained essential hands-on experience in finding practical solutions for innovative designs in architecture and landscape.

Since 1994, when Diane started her own practice, she has utilized her architectural and landscape design skills to create environmentally friendly structures and gardens that emphasize the connection of inner and outdoor spaces. She demonstrates her sensitivity to environmental concerns in her hobbies as an avid beekeeper and organic gardener.

Green roof design is a natural extension of Diane Odell’s talents and interests. She was one of the first to obtain the Green Roof Professional (GRP) accreditation in 2009. As a plant-based building system, green roofs are the perfect synthesis for her ideals and she is passionate about their vital place in modern building construction.

Through their collaboration, ADI and Green Roof Service, LLC can provide a full spectrum of professional design and services for any green roof project.

 


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