If you want to hear from a highly affable young person who has overcome a troubled past with an eager passion for learning, sharing, and greening, then don’t miss “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.
It’s been over a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.
The “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones – Part 1 was highlighted last week. With a very emotional story, it’s clear that Darius Jones is an exceptional young man! In 2015 moderator extraordinaire Patrick Carey met Darius while taking some classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden where Darius worked at the time (see his updated bio below).
After chatting with Darius, Patrick formulated the idea for the “Social Healing with Greening” Panel which ultimately resulted in two panels since Darius couldn’t be present during filming with the original panelists.
The premise of this Panel Session is that the idea of ecology is not limited to stormwater runoff and saving energy. It also includes how we relate to each other, how imbalances are addressed – no less so than in the natural environment. Learn about Darius’ life consequences growing up in the west Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago which resulted in: his incarceration, struggles, and influences for rehabilitation in Cook County’s Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center, enrollment in the nine-month Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program concentrating on sustainable urban agriculture, and his transition to the Chicago Botanic Garden and promotion to the McCormick Rooftop Farm.
“The Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program annually enrolls 15 to 20 students in a nine-month classroom and hands-on certificate course in sustainable urban agriculture that is accredited by the Illinois Community College Board for 31 continuing education credits. The certificate includes a 14-week paid internship at Windy City Harvest (WCH) farms or partnering urban-farming operations. The program … attracts a diverse group of students: career changers, young adults with a history of incarceration, and those with significant barriers to employment.” ~ Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship, Chicago Botanic Garden
Darius gives us a really unique perspective from the experience of coming though one of these programs!
Chicago, IL, USA. Patrick Carey, GRP, has a degree in architecture and is principal of Hadj Design. Since 2000, Hadj Design has evolved from a design-build green roof and living wall to a research and design organization. Patrick has designed, installed, or consulted on over 100 green roofs to date. This work ranges from residential to commercial and institutional, various geometries and global climate regions, and with various performance characteristics such as storm water, food production, healing garden, habitat support, public art, and phytoremediation.
As such, he has been an activist in forming or aiding in the formation of grass roots green roof groups. His academic background is in philosophy, architecture, and botany/horticulture. Patrick is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities where he facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, 301, & 401 Courses and has also taught at various universities.
Chicago, IL, USA. Darius Jones was born and raised in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s west side. He first became interested in urban agriculture while serving a five-month sentence in the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center’s garden program in 2010. In 2011, he enrolled in the nine-month Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program and received his certificate in October of that year.
He began working as the sales coordinator for the program, increasing sales by 100 percent for each of the two years that he had that role. In 2015 Darius became the coordinator of the McCormick Place Rooftop Farm. Updated bio: As of present, he is Partner & General Manager of Garfield Produce Company, using sustainable urban agriculture and entrepreneurship to develop sustainable careers in disenfranchised communities across the City of Chicago.
In 2013, WBEZ Radio named Darius an “Eco-Hero” for his work with urban agriculture ventures in Chicago. In 2014, he was named one of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Employees of Distinction, and was also awarded one of six “Golden Beet Awards” by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance for the “other varieties” category.
Read about “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.
We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!
~ Happy watching,
Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:
“Urban and Social Needs of Green” by Marc Grañén.
“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.
“The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.
“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.
“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.
“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.
“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.
“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.
“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.
“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.
“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing“ by Elizabeth Hart.
“The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.