We’re donating a research grant for KSU to explore green roof strategies at their historic Memorial Stadium. Led by Lee R. Skabelund, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, the study examines vegetative changes in relation to plant coverage and species richness on the East and West Memorial Stadium green roofs.
In May, as a part of our commitment to a culture of inquiry and 30th celebration, JBC donated to the Jarvis Research Grant for Kansas State University to explore native ecological restoration on the East and West Memorial Stadium green roofs. The research will monitor temporal changes in establishment and community composition of native plant communities in order to understand the vegetative performance (namely richness and coverage) over time. The study by Professor Lee Skabelund, over the next 5-10 years, will provide information about species diversity and evolution of prairie ecologies in narrow engineered profiles guiding green roof design across the country.
Stay tuned for updates as the study progresses!
Ratibida pinnata in full bloom.
To better understand vegetative coverage and thermal conditions, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) took flight and collected visible infrared and thermal images of the green roof.
The prairie plants are growing well and are attracting pollinators such as this Black Swallowtail.
A 6" PVC pipe pushed into the green roof substrate will soon support a solar radiation sensor and research data loggers.
Springtime on the KSU Memorial Stadium Green Roof.
Soil being hoisted into place on the KSU Memorial Stadium Green Roof.
The green roof in summer bloom!
Artemisia alongside blooming Liatris on the Memorial Stadium green roof.
The flight plan was developed and programmed by Deon van der Merwe. Additional flights are planned for July 2017.
Lee Skabelund conducts plant transects.
JBC's Brian Davis and Jeff Bruce lead a green roof tour during the 2016 Prairie Gateway American Society of Landscape Architects Awards Gala weekend.
Kansas native plantings on the KSU Memorial Stadium Green Roof.
Prairie Spiderwort in bloom.
Community Supported Agriculture + Local Food System Awareness
JBC connects with its roots!
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC) adds local community supported agriculture (CSA) partnerships as a corporate benefit to give employees easy access to fresh and healthy food choices.
“Food unlocks people’s passion,” adds Jeffrey Bruce principal of JBC. “It’s been an unbelievably positive experience for our employees. Our workplace CSA program provides healthy food, instills pride among staff, and makes them more aware of local food systems.”
JBC supports CSAs and other initiatives that help to increase the production of local, fresh food while making our community's participation in local food systems more convenient. Advocating by example, JBC aims to increase the awareness of, and the production of, our local food systems while also being cognizant of the importance of decreasing food waste.
Join us in sponsoring and volunteering BoysGrow and The Giving Grove.
These are two great Kansas City-area programs that are building a strong community.
Check out their websites to learn more and get involved.
A University of Kansas class has produced a short documenting Giving Grove's mission:
The Giving Grove's Annual Stakeholder Meeting. Great to see their plans for the future!
Blackberry bushes were planted in these raised beds.
Visiting Grade A Gardens in Johnston, Iowa!
Picking up our CSA shares!
The mission of BoysGrow is to take inner-city boys and open their eyes to the possibilities and realities of entrepreneurship. BoysGrow uses farming and agriculture as vehicles to instill pride, identity, discipline, and an understanding of the business world.
The Giving Grove helps at-risk communities grow, harvest and share healthy food by providing the resources needed to plant edible tree gardens on school grounds, church land, community grounds, and unused, vacant land.
JBC was happy to help Giving Grove plant an orchard of apple, cherry, and pear trees.
The garden is planted!
The best part...cooking!
[STAY TUNED AS WE UNVEIL OUR NEXT CELEBRATORY EVENT]
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
This year's films will benefit the Blue River Watershed Association. This association is an environmental-focused, educational non-profit organization that understands the importance of hands-on outdoor-based learning.
The BRWA promotes outdoor activity and experiences for school-age kids. This year, they will lead four-day courses which will be attended by over 3,500 middle school students from the greater Kansas City metro area.
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company is proud to sponsor this year's Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Kansas City. Along with ASP Enterprises and the Prairie Gateway Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, we are excited to have two screenings of inspiring films.
On Monday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 27th, the Glenwood Arts Theater in Overland Park, Kansas will host screenings of adventure and environmental films. The traveling film festival is dedicated to promoting environmental advocacy and conservation efforts nationwide. As a call to action, these films promote the understanding of the environmental issues facing humankind and our planet.
The films begin at 7:00 pm. A short intermission is planned.
Tickets are available at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID.