Via the Athens News
PART dreamer, part practical community builder, Yiorgos Detsis is the mastermind behind GreenRoofs.gr, a specialised eco-portal spreading the word of what could well be the eco-friendliest revolution this country has ever seen.
Apart from cataloguing a good number of local green-roof professionals, it offers interested parties all manner of useful information from owner testimonies to discussion forums that will bring you one step closer to making your life a better place.
“The main reason I started this website was to collect and catalogue the little available information that was floating around,” says Detsis, a web designer by profession. Although his vocation of choice made the undertaking a whole lot easier, it didn’t bring him any closer to supplementing his income.
Apparently, that was never the point. “I started green roofs about 2½ years ago, right after the devastating summer fires in the Peloponnese. It was a product of a very agonising time that had suddenly turned everyone into an expert. My idea was to do something other than speechifying,” he says of his pet project. “It has nothing to do with turning a profit – it’s just an effort to unite people in the green-roof industry in this one portal where they can get to know each other and get their message across.”
Read the full article at the Athens News. You can also join Green Roofs in Greece on Facebook.
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MOVING to Greece twenty years ago, Clements planned to continue his career in investments. Instead, his love of plants eventually led him to learn everything there was to know about greening
your roof from scratch. With a team of civil engineers, architects and environmentalists, he gave an eco-facelift to some of the most high-profile roofs in town – including the Greek treasury – and is one of the few local experts who can provide some historical background on this fast-growing trend.
“I started out as an investment consultant in Britain twenty years ago,” says Clements of his distant past in the financial field. “I came to Greece on holiday one summer and I loved it, so I went back to London and told my employers I was going to emigrate. ‘What are you going to do?’ they asked. ‘Oh, I’m sure I’ll find something,’ I said, brimming with the unfounded confidence of a newcomer.”
And indeed he did; only it wasn’t exactly what he thought it would be.
Read the full article at the Athens News