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Dell M. Turner

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Green roofs -- Gardening -- Design and Construction, Sustainability -- Oregon


Interview of Dell M. Turner by Padraic Keene at Portland State University on November 28th, 2006.

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Dell M. Turner is a green roofing contractor with a background in sales. He has been a sales representative for The Garland Company, Inc. He earned a BS in Criminal Science from the University of Nevada-Reno.


At the time of this interview, Dell Turner was a sales representative for the Garland Company Inc., a company specializing in providing the platforms necessary to create eco-roofs. Garland uses many sustainable materials to meet the needs of clients. He states that the building industry is very cost-motivated and the new development of eco-roofs has proven to be a viable option for many businesses as a way to protect buildings from water runoff, while also creating a means to store water. His opinion on sustainability is that as soon as more people are educated in the subject, the sooner sustainable options can become the norm as they cost about the same or less over as many investments, over the long term.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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