We’ve come to the end of releasing all of the awesome 23 videos from the 30+ speakers who participated at our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, and we’re finishing up with the wonderful Keynote “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen, shown above or seen on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.
In his video, Stephan addresses habitat issues and: What kind of species can benefit from greenroofs? What kind of ecosystem is a greenroof? What kind of greenroof design is beneficial for urban wild life? Plus, he provides a background on the status of greenroofs in Switzerland/Basel and talks about the size of greenroofs and metapopulation aspects.
If you attended the Virtual Summit 2015 and watched Stephan’s video presentation then, you will have noticed a couple of times where the audio overlapped, which was distracting. While we couldn’t fix it at the time he sent it to us, we have corrected all of the audio now and his “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” is truly fantastic, packed with tons of information on a variety of Stephan’s research in Switzerland on 16 test sites in the Basel area.
Biodiversity was a leading topic at the Virtual Summit 2015 and, appropriately, Dr. Stephan Brenneisen is a greenroof and biodiversity expert who leads the Green Roof Competence Center at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil, Switzerland. As everyone knows who has heard him speak, the soft-spoken yet highly engaging Swiss researcher is renown the world over for his detailed studies of birds – in particular lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) – beetles (hundreds), and others insects on vegetated roofs – and he has made many friends along the way for his passion, belief, and promotion of designing a better living roof to encourage biodiversity.
Aramis and I were very pleased for Stephan’s participation in the 2015 Virtual Summit, and always enjoy his company when we see him in real life. He’s a great greenroof colleague – and is so genuine. I’m sure you’ll highly enjoy his video!
Dr. Stephan Brenneisen
Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Stephan Brenneisen conducts research and advises on green roof policies and designs as the head of the Green Roof Competence Center at Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
A member of the collective UG LAB, he is a true leader and pioneer in the green roof field for over 15 years, Stephan has opened many doors in the green roof world and challenged how we think of green roof biodiversity. Continuously without fail, he has demonstrated his ingenuity and critical thinking about ecosystems, urban greening, substrates and how we interact in our world. A well known international speaker and a true educator he is dedicated to sharing his knowledge through teaching, writing and cutting edge research. He also has created a successful model for policy and green roof implementation in Basel and Zurich and is constantly creating new green solutions for improving our urban habitats.
Stephan did his PhD Geograph studies on how different green roof substrate depths influence biodiversity and continues to actively promote the design of green roofs for biodiversity.
Read about our Keynote “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Stephan Brenneisen video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.
Next week I’ll conclude this series with my short “Greenroofs.com Closing Address.” As always, 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:
“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.
“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.
“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.
“Urban and Social Needs of Green” by Marc Grañén.
“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring.
“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.
“Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass.
“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.
“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.
“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.
“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.
“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.
“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.
“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.
“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”
“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing“ by Elizabeth Hart.
“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”
“The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.
“Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”
The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.
Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.
VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.
Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.