Love Every LeafI asked my son the other day, “If I say ‘Cornelia Oberlander’, do you know who I mean?” He’s a busy guy, working on his MBA while working full time, so I wasn’t sure how much he took in of the book I had written about her. “Yeah, she’s the Green Roof Lady,” he said. I don’t think Cornelia would be unhappy with that description.

Today Cornelia emailed me and others a link to a National Geographic article which cites examples of green roofs all over the world (including one of her creations). Including lots of great pics (as any National Geographic article does), it’s an article that will help inspire the building of more green roofs – for their many benefits to urban environments and to the health of the planet.

Happy Earth Day! Okay, I’m a bit early, but with the spring rains nudging open the buds outside my window, it feels like a good day to celebrate.


  1. Janet Barclay on April 22, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Happy Earth Day to you too!

    I didn't know what green roofs were until I read Love Every Leaf. I'm glad I did, because otherwise I wouldn't have understood the importance of Toronto's proposed bylaw stipulating that new buildings greater than 5,000 square metres have green roofs, or why they're investing $2.3 million to create a green roof for Toronto City Hall.

  2. Kathy Stinson on April 23, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Delighted to hear that you have new insights into such news stories. I think it means that is my book is doing its job! 🙂

  3. Samanda Smith on February 14, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I did NOT know who Cornelia Oberlander is (which is sad – and something I am very happy to correct).

    I work in a school library and have added your book about her to our purchasing wish list, so all our students will also have the opportunity to know who she is!

    • Kathy on February 14, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Samanda, I’m delighted that you want to introduce your students to Cornelia Oberlander and her important work. You may have trouble obtaining a copy of the book (it’s a long not terribly happy story). If you can’t get it, please let me know. I still have a few copies available for purchase.

      Do you mind my asking how you happened across this blog post? Given how old it is is, I was especially pleased that you did.

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