Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video. Here’s the transcript from July 29, 2011 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here. Enjoy!
– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for this week, July 29th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.
– Our project of the week is the Church Street Station, built in 2002 in Evanston, Illinois. Focus Development wanted to build their 17-story postmodern Church Street Station Condominiums not only with beautiful interiors but also to be a place that their customers would love to call home. They also had future needs in mind by putting in a garden roof where condo owners could go to get away from the day-to-day stresses. Adding natural beauty to the 5th floor roof atop the residents’ parking structure, this 8,500 s.f. garden roof sits alongside a beautiful pool and fitness room. American Hydrotech provided the Garden Roof Assembly, which is a seamless, hot-applied rubberized asphalt membrane that provides long-lasting protection and incorporates a minimum of 25% recycled materials – along with retaining moisture, irrigating the vegetation from the underside, helping to recreate the plants’ natural growing environment on the roof. Birch, maple and evergreen trees, tall grasses, and flowering shrubs and perennials create a naturalistic backdrop to the lush lawn and beautiful arbors, making the garden roof a benefit for the building owner, its occupants, and the whole neighborhood.
To learn more about the Church Street Station garden roof, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.
– Pre-Registration is now open for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011! Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, a Greenroofs.com Virtual Conference and Expo, which will be held on August 23rd & 24th of this year! Remember to Pre-Register by the Early Bird Registration date of August 10th and you’ll be entered to win one of two iPad2’s that we’ll be giving away!
– Also here on Greenroofs.com: Our monthly eNewsletter is going out today, so look for it in your inboxes!
– This week state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced that urban forestry grants totaling $966,489 are being awarded to communities & organizations across New York. The NY State Urban & Community Forestry Program provides technical assistance to communities through local Urban Foresters & ReLeaf volunteers.
– You can apply for a Greening Western Queens Fund Grant by submitting an application to the North Star Fund by September 12, 2011. Special consideration will be given to the planning and/or creation of greenroofs and other newly created green spaces that demonstrate multiple benefits, for example, energy conservation and increased local food production.
– Joblinks Update:
New York Green Roofs is looking for a Foreman-in-training and a Green Roof Installation Laborer in New York, NY.
– At the Sky Gardens Blog, read Linda’s latest posts: “CitiesAlive Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow, August 29!” – which is today, so make sure you register to save $150 off the registration rate; “Virtual Summit 2011: Participating with the SCN!,” “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 22nd, 2011,” and our GPW!
– “Upcoming Events“
– August 23rd & 24th: is our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 held online around the world!
– And check out our homepage for more Upcoming Events!
– “In the News“
– Alexandra and Elena Hall, of blogTO talk “Atop the Sky Garden of UofT.” They say, “initiated by the Urban Agriculture Society and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and urban agriculture enthusiasts, the Sky Garden is one of Toronto’s largest rooftop vegetable gardens and the first of its kind on a Canadian university rooftop.” The garden has grown fresh produce for the student community and all harvested vegetables and herbs are donated to the University of Toronto’s food banks, Hot Yam!, a student-run vegan cafe, and/or divided among the volunteers. Reducing the amount of time and labour necessary for maintenance, the garden’s built-in irrigation system makes sure that water and organic fertilizers are evenly distributed. Read the full article to find out how you can take a tour of the Sky Garden!
– Wade Malcolm of The News Journal announces, “First green roof on UD campus will keep class comfortable.” Annette Shine, a chemical engineering associate professor at the University of Delaware, decided to grown a garden on the roof of the Colburn building. The 14,000 square feet of small sedums planted in trays with 4 to 8 inches of soil is UD’s first greenroof. Rooftop gardens are popping up on campuses around the country and are a great way to cool buildings in hot weather and teach faculty and students about the benefits of greening their buildings. In the case of the Colburn building at UD, the plants cause the peak temperature on the roof to occur later in the day, at a time when they don’t have many classes. Another greenroof is currently under construction at the university.
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– This has been This Week in Review for July 29th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV. I’m Anjuli Velazquez and I’ll see you next week!
Did we miss something? We’d love to hear from you!
~ Linda V.