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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 and Roofmeadow/ Charlie Miller.  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, founder of 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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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.

 

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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