Green Company of the Week CGT Brings Green Roofs to East Coast

Marine BiologistOregon-based Columbia Green Technologies (CGT) has selected Washington DC as the location of its East-Coast offices. The company has hired Kelly Ferguson [new window] as its sales director.

The number of green jobs that will be created hasn't been disclosed by the company, but we can expect that with such a big territory to cover, Columbia Green will hire several sales representatives and supporting staff.

Columbia Green is an eco-technology company commercializing green roofs [new window]. Green roofs and green walls, sought to address environmental issues like air pollution, heat-island effect, and loss of green spaces in cities, will balloon into a $7.7 billion market in 2017, driven by mandates and incentives by cities across the globe, according to Lux Research [new window] . Green roofs have been shown to aid in storm water management by reducing runoff. In addition, green roofs can help reduce surface urban heat islands and assist with cleaning the air.

Under the leadership of Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Washington DC is a prime example of a city that is committed to becoming the cleanest, greenest, most livable city in the United States. In 2012, Washington DC was named the #1 Green Roof City in the United States. The Sustainable DC Act [new window] enables residents and businesses to not just learn about their green options but how to plan and implement their projects.

“One of the things that underscores Mayor Gray’s Sustainable DC initiative is his focus on cultivating green businesses and creating green jobs for District residents,” said Keith A. Anderson, Director of the District Department of the Environment. “Columbia Green Technologies move to the District will surely help to grow our green building, renewable energy and green infrastructure industries and help us continue to stimulate job growth for all District residents.”

Columbia Green Logo“CGT is very excited to be part of Mayor Gray’s “Grey to Green” initiative with our new office in DC to support the introduction of our Green Roof solutions for stormwater management. We expect to see this office grow as we expand our support in this dynamic greening of the District,” said Vanessa Keitges, CEO of Columbia Green Technologies.

The number of green jobs that will be created hasn't been disclosed by the company, but we can expect that with such a big territory to cover, Columbia Green will hire several sales representatives and supporting staff.