Dr. Maureen Connelly, a pioneer in green roof research, established the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) green roof research program with its dedicated research facility in 2002. The Great Northern Way Campus facility has been used for research purposes evaluating stormwater mitigation, thermal efficiency, sound transmission and plant viability of vegetated roofs. This successful research facility has provided industry and educational resources for the design, building and maintenance of green roofs for more than 10 years. This research facility and the unique research outcomes sparked the successful proposal to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada in 2004, which ultimately led to the creation of the BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology.
Dr. Connelly’s research interests are focused on the acoustical performance of green roofs and walls, as well as the environmental and health benefits of “sky parks” into high density urban environments. She has presented her findings at conferences around the world and has been published in a variety of publications including Applied Acoustics, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and HortWest. She instructs three courses on green roofs and walls and advanced acoustics at BCIT, supervises graduate students and recently created the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Scholarship and Research Grant to support undergraduate research on green roofs. She has also sat on the National Research Council’s Institute for Research in Construction Green Task Group, co-chaired GRHC’s International Research Committee and sits on the British Columbia Landscape and Nursery Association’s Green Roof Standards Committee. For her contribution to the green roof and wall community at both the local and international level, we are proud to present Dr. Connelly with this award.