Penn State experts to discuss green roofs on live radio

February 22, 2010

Green roof technology will be the topic of conversation among Penn State experts on Pittsburgh Business Radio, 1360 AM WMNY, at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26. Deno De Ciantis, director of the Penn State Center--Engaging Pittsburgh, will be interviewing associate professor of horticulture Robert Berghage of the Center for Green Roof Research and Kevin Abbey, senior technical specialist with the University’s Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP).

Green roofs are, as the name implies, plantings that are placed on the roof of a building. According to the Center for Green Roof Research, green roofs can reduce city “heat island” effect, reduce carbon dioxide impact and reduce summer air conditioning costs, among other things. Berghage and Abbey will be answering callers’ questions about green roofs, PennTAP and ways businesses can reduce their energy costs.

Tune and listen live, listen online at or listen to the podcast later.

The segment is part of a series of shows De Ciantis will be doing with Pittsburgh Business Radio.

"When (Pittsburgh Business Radio) asked me to co–host a series of shows, I thought it would be a tremendous opportunity to showcase our activities here in Pittsburgh and build a stronger connection with the business community,” said De Ciantis.

The Penn State Center–Engaging Pittsburgh ( develops and strengthens local relationships in the Pittsburgh region to connect and engage the entire University with local partners. PennTAP ( engages, guides and empowers businesses and organizations by providing objective and experience-based technical and workforce solutions that enable clients to succeed and thrive, stimulating economic growth for Pennsylvania. Both units are part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education.

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated February 22, 2010