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2004:

THE BIG GREEN DRINKS HOLIDAY PARTY


THE 2004 BIG GREEN DRINKS HOLIDAY PARTY was held on December 14 at “Sweet and Vicious” bar on Spring Street in NYC.

Great fun and networking was had for all in a casual environment, and an opportunity to find out what other green folks were doing in the City; it's our largest turnout of the year.  Raffle prizes for green trivia winners included: Method Cleaning Products, American Apparel shirts, Organic Style Magazine Subscriptions, Green Apple Guides, Ceramic “we are happy to serve you” mugs, GreenSpec Directory, Slow Food NYC Guide and more!  For more information,  visit http://www.greendrinks.org.


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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities offered Green Roof Design 101 - Introductory Courses in the following U.S. cities in December, 2004:

Seattle on December 1:  from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Lighting Design Lab, 400 East Pine St., Suite 100, Seattle, WA.

Chicago on December 1:  from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacrament Boulevard, Chicago, IL.

New York on December 3:  from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Carriage House Center, 149 East 38th Street, New York, NY.

San Francisco on December 3:  from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel, Marine 1 Room, 2500 Mason Street, (Northpoint and Mason), San Francisco, CA.

Minneapolis on December 6:  from 8:30 am -5:00 pm at the University of St. Thomas, Great Room 201, Opus Hall, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.


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On December 1, 2004, the Michigan Water Environment Association’s (MWEA) Watershed Management Committee sponsored a seminar entitled "Development Techniques to Protect Water Quality," at the Holiday Inn West in Lansing, Michigan.  Next in a series of annual Watershed Management Seminars dating back to 1998, topics of these seminars include Best Management Practices, Public Education, Legal Issues, Storm Water Phase 2 Regulation, and Better Site Design.

Exhibitor Space was available for $250.00 per table top display and includes one registration.

This seminar focused on Storm Water Management and the practical issues and applications of “Low Impact Development,” “Smart Growth,” and “Sustainable Development” in Michigan as they relate to storm water.  Guy Bazzani of Bazzani Associates will deliver a presentation entitled "Green Roofs in Michigan."

Senator Liz Brater was the keynote speaker at the seminar, commenting on the Michigan Land Use Leadership Council, the Michigan Water Legacy Act, and other current legislative efforts.  The speakers selected for this seminar were very well respected experts in storm water management from a variety of perspectives including science, engineering, planning, construction, and advocacy.

This seminar was designed to be supplemented with exhibits by suppliers of equipment and services related to storm water, watershed management, and development. A number of non-profit organizations were invited as well to ensure that the entire day is filled with educational opportunities. Lunch and handout materials were included with the registration.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

This seminar will be of great value to those involved in the EPA Phase 2 Storm Water Program because changes to development techniques can assist communities to control storm water to the maximum extent practicable as required by federal regulation. But all Michigan communities that are interested in protecting local waters from storm water impacts will find the state of the art presentations enlightening and useful. Private sector representatives will similarly benefit as storm water regulations are becoming more comprehensive.

*  For more information, please contact Fred Cowles at 517.662.6105 (desk) or 517.242.4074 (cell), or visit the MWEA website.


On November 18 - 20, 2004 the National Roofing Contractors Association -Mexico - presented their Fifth International Roofing Conference entitled "In the Roofing Industry ... Experience Makes a Difference and Traces a Path," at the Crown Plaza Hotel and at the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry's facilities (CMIC for its acronym in Spanish) in Monterrey, Mexico.

This event is intended to promote the best roofing technology, and included greenroofs as a topic of interest and promotion within Mexico. For information contact Guillermo Gonzalez Fernandez, Gerente General/General Manager NRCA-México, at + 52 81 8678-3768 and + 52 81 8676-3769 or at ggonzalez@nrca.net.

National Roofing Contractors Association-Mexico:  Ave. Dr. I. Morones Prieto # 1101 Ote. Col. Nuevo Republo Monterrey, N.L. 647000 México;  www.nrca.net


November 10 - 12, 2004 in Portland, OR

The U.S. Green Building Council presented the third annual Greenbuild 2004 International Conference & Expo on November 10 - 12 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.  "Everything About Green Building, Under One Roof."  Greenbuild is the annual meeting place for the green building industry. For three days in Portland, thousands of green building industry professionals came together to learn about the latest advancements in green building design, construction, project financing and building management.

Greenbuild's Mission:
Provide an exciting annual meeting place for the rapidly expanding green building industry.
Serve as the pre-eminent showcase for leading-edge green technologies worldwide.
Deliver an outstanding educational program that highlights benchmarks of sustainability across a broad array of issues, including site location and development, water use, energy, materials, indoor environmental quality, biophelia, health and productivity, financing and more!

Conference Highlights:
Outstanding educational programs.
More than 400 exhibitors.
LEED ™ workshops.
USGBC member day and Chapter forum.
Green building tours.
Thought-provoking keynote speakers.
Annual USGBC Leadership Awards

The following greenroof providers exhibited at the Greenbuild Trade Show:

American Hydrotech:  Booth 959
BuildingGreen, Inc.:  Booth 1144

Building Logics: Booth 343
Colbond: Booth 138
Environmental Design + Construction Magazine:  Booth 1089
GreenGrid:  Booth 357

GreenTech:  Booth 1060
JDR Enterprises: Booth 740
Rana Creek Living Architecture:  Booth 513

For complete Agenda and info, please visit the Greenbuild website.
 


Roof Consultants Institute

On November 10, the Roof Consultant Institute Region VI presented a one-day GREEN ROOF WORKSHOP in San Diego, CA, at the Radisson Hotel Harbor View, from 7:30am to 4:30pm.  This comprehensive Program included the following technical sessions and speakers:

Introduction to Green Roofs, Past & Present:  Jeff Levin, Senior Project Analysis at Carlisle Syntec;

Roof Garden Design:  Andreas Phelps, Staff Engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Hager;

Review of Waterproofing Materials used in Green Roof Assemblies:  Andreas Phelps;

Drainage Design and Materials:  Gerson Bers, a principal of Allana-Lippert;

Maintenance – Maintaining Your Buried Roof Assembly:  Gerson Bers;

Building Retrofit and Restoration: Preparing an Existing Building for a Roof Garden:  Gerson Bers;

Arid Climate Growing Medium: Soil and Plant Selection:

Case Studies: A review of Successful Large & Small Scale Roof Garden Projects:  Peter D’Antonio, Sarnafil USA Waterproofing Division Manager; John Thomas, Siplast Product Manager; Brian Chamberlain, Carlisle Syntec Senior Systems Designer; Steve Skinner, American Hydrotech Garden Roof Product Manager.

Read the detailed Agenda here.  Exhibitors included GREEN ROOF BLOCKS.

RCI educational hours and AIA LUs were provided to qualified registrants.  To learn about future programs, click here or contact the Roof Consultants Institute at either 800.828.1902 or online at their website: www.rci-online.org.  If you have any specific meeting questions, please direct them to RCI Region VI Director, Dean Larsen, 559.277.3590 or dlarsen@roofsystems.net.
 


The November 2004 monthly social meeting of New York Green Drinks was held on Tuesday, November 9 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at “The Spring Lounge,” 48 Spring Street (corner of Mulberry), New York, NY; tel: 212.965.1774; www.springlounge.com.

Green Drinks is a low key, informal, self-organizing network who meet at a different place each month.  They have met very month since 1990 with an average attendance of 70 people who work and study in the environmental field.

Organizers feel this might be a way for greenroofs folks to connect with other green folks in the city, and suggest you take a chance to mix with other like-minded folks, to network, share info and make friends.  Just go up to someone and say "are you green?", and you'll be made welcome.

Read more at www.greendrinks.org.  To get on the email circulation list, send an email to: nyc@greendrinks.org.

GLOBAL meetings in: London | Berlin | Bristol | Bath | Canberra | Hamburg | Munich | Oxford | Reading | Warsaw | Tokyo | Washington, DC | Peterborough | San Francisco | Chicago | Sacramento | New York City | Providence | Twin Cities | Portland, OR | Seattle | Houston |


2004 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo

The 2004 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO was held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT, on Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2004.  ASLA presented the event, and Susan L. B. Jacobson, FASLA President, writes "Please join me in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the mountains meet the city for the 2004 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO.  Natural Spaces, Public Places, the theme of the 2004 meeting will provide a wide range of educational opportunities with a focus on the great outdoors and public-private partnerships.  The picturesque granite cliffs that frame Salt Lake City are more than a beautiful backdrop, they are an invitation to explore and discover."

As always, the annual ASLA Meeting provided workshops, tours and many educational opportunities for landscapes architects.  The beautiful, intensive greenroof atop the Latter-day Saints Conference Center was addressed in the following track:

"M-5 - Urban Track - Advanced
Building as Landscape: The Collaborative Process, Design, and Construction of the Conference Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1:00pm-5:00pm

Few projects exemplify this year's theme as completely as the Conference Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A 2003 ASLA Merit Award recipient, this project reflects the current needs of the church, the influence of its settlers on shaping the city's landscape, and native landscape typologies and diversity. The session is presented by the project's architect, structural engineer, and landscape architect who will explain the issues and challenges they encountered and resolved. A site tour of the building and gardens is included. For more information, please contact Susan Kay Weiler, ASLA, at sweiler@olinptr.com."

With nearly 400 exhibitors, the ASLA EXPO is the largest trade show in the industry for landscape architects and allied design and construction professionals.  EXPO greenroof related participants included:

American Hydrotech, Booth # 615
Colbond, Booth # 28
GreenTech, Booth # 1032

For the complete Agenda and Reservation and more information please visit the ASLA Annual Meeting Home Page.


North Carolina State University held a GREEN ROOF SYMPOSIUM on October 29, 2004, at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, NC.  Sponsors included North Carolina State University, Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Soil Science Departments; J.C. Raulston Arboretum; NC DENR; Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter - Soil and Water Conservation Society.

PURPOSE:
The purpose of the symposium was to expose the green building community to the many facets of green roofs: their history and current usage, using regulations to promote their use, the media, the vegetation, research on their effectiveness and provide case studies. There was a tour visiting three green roofs in Raleigh, NC.

SPEAKERS:
Ed Snodgrass -
Emory Knoll Farms
Chuck Friedrich - Carolina Stalite
Jerry Baughman - Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NCSU; Gary Cattel - Roof Consultants Institute; Charles Brown - Brown and Jones Architects; Brad Rowe - Michigan State University; Bill Hunt - Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NCSU

Vendors displayed their products and services at the Green Roof Symposium. Companies; for more info contact Joni Tanner, NCSU at 919.513.1678 or joni_tanner@ncsu.edu.

Fees: Participant: $60; Exhibit: $150

To see complete conference details, visit: www.soil.ncsu.edu/swetc/greenroofs/main.htm, and for additional information contact: 919.515.7154 or Kathryn_Murray@ncsu.edu.
 


 
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On October 22 the International Green Roof Institute held an "Open International Green Roof Research Seminar" at the Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden in  Malmö, Sweden, presented by Louise Lundberg and Pär Söderblom of the International Green Roof Institute (IGRI) and SmartLIFE The focus was on lobbying for green roof policy development and new research that show important community services performed by green roofs.
 
At this seminar, researchers from Switzerland, Germany and the UK spoke of their respective research fields on Green Roofs, and Swedish researchers reported on their work at the Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden. 
Read the Agenda here.

Open International Green Roof Research Seminar:

Time:
9.00 – 15.00 Friday 22nd of October 2004

Location:
Ystadvägen 56, Malmö, Sweden.

Cost:
300 SEK per person. Lunch and coffee or tea is included.
Members of Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden Non-Profit Organization: free admission.
Members of the Green Roof Society: 100 SEK.

For more info please visit www.greenroof.se or contact the International Green Roof Institute's Superintendent, Louise Lundberg, at: louise.lundberg@greenroof.se; +46 40 94 85 20; fax +46 40 92 83 45; or info@greenroof.se for questions.


 

The October 2004 monthly social meeting of New York Green Drinks was held on Tuesday, October 12 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at “FLOW,” 150 Varick Street, corner of Varick and Van Dam, New York, NY phone: 212 929 9444 website: www.flownewyork.com.

Green Drinks is a low key, informal, self-organizing network who meet at a different place each month.  They have met very month since 1990 with an average attendance of 70 people who work and study in the environmental field.

Organizers feel this might be a way for greenroofs folks to connect with other green folks in the city, and suggest you take a chance to mix with other like-minded folks, to network, share info and make friends.  Just go up to someone and say "are you green?", and you'll be made welcome.

Read more at www.greendrinks.org.  To get on the email circulation list, send an email to: nyc@greendrinks.org.

GLOBAL meetings in: London | Berlin | Bristol | Bath | Canberra | Hamburg | Munich | Oxford | Reading | Warsaw | Tokyo | Washington, DC | Peterborough | San Francisco | Chicago | Sacramento | New York City | Providence | Twin Cities | Portland, OR | Seattle | Houston |


 

The "Cooling Our Communities Workshop" was held on October 4 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the AlamoDome meeting rooms in San Antonio, Texas, hosted by the City of Austin, City of San Antonio, Houston Advanced Research Center, Austin Energy, Metropolitan Partnership for Energy, and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) – Local Governments for Sustainability.

On average urban areas are 2 to 10 degrees F warmer than the surrounding countryside. This phenomenon, known as the urban heat island effect, increases energy use and cooling costs, reduces air quality, and can lead to heat-related illnesses and mortality. Fortunately, there are common-sense measures that can be taken to cool communities and reduce these negative impacts.  Our one day workshop focused on these topics, which included discussions by national experts on the heat island effect and cool community technologies, presentations on the steps that individuals and communities are taking, and conversations about how to advance cool
community programs in Texas.

Speakers included Ryan Bell, Program Coordinator, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability; Nikolass Dietsch, EPA Urban Heat Island Reduction Initiative; Art Rosenfeld, CA Energy Commission; Rick Chappell, Regional Manager, Sarnafil;  representatives from the City of San Antonio, and more.  Greenroofs will be mentioned as one means of mitigating urban heat islands.

Please contact Ryan Bell, Project Coordinator, ICLEI – US at rbell@iclei.org for more information.  The day's agenda is available at http://www.hotcities.org.


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The Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Call for Papers was due September 30, 2004 for the third annual Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards and Trade Show.   Submission requirements: A 300-word abstract and 50-word biography by September 30.  See details at www.greenroofs.org.


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The ‘Gardens & Green’ CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) Southeast Region Conference was held on September 23 - 25 at the Marietta Resort & Conference Center, Marietta, Georgia.

John Robinson of Sarnafil and Janet Faust, LEED AP, of JDR Enterprises, Inc.  jointly presented two greenroof PowerPoint presentations on September 23 and 24.  In addition, Dagmar Epsten, LEED AP, of The Epsten Group presented ‘Intro to LEED in Construction Documents.'

Special Bonus for Design Professionals: The first 50 design professionals to register for the Southeast Region Conference received a free copy of Lead Dog BT software, courtesy of PRB Design - see here Click here for Overview of Events, Schedule, Registration and much more.


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The first International Green Roof Congress was held on September 14 and 15 in Stuttgart, Germany, hosted by well known German landscaping, roofing and environmental lobby groups (DDV, BGL, FLL, IGRA, etc), with ZinCo GmbH as the sponsor.  Independently from the congress venue, an English-speaking event aims at the development and promotion of the international green roof sector.

The two-day congress offered an interesting and competent insight into all current green roof topics featuring experts from Europe, North America and Asia. In addition, the conference served as an international platform for an intense exchange of information and stimulating initial talks. Our target groups are municipal and business decision-makers, urban planners, architects, scientists and green roof contractors from all over the world.

The first congress day represented discussions on the political, ecological and economic framework of green roofs. The presentations dealt with the integration of green roofs in international concepts of sustainable urban development (Klaus-Jürgen Evert, Germany; Dr. Paolo Abram, Italy) and future oriented energy policies. G. Mark Gibb (USA) spoke about the cooperation between the “Northern Virginia Regional Commission” and the “Verband Region Stuttgart” in terms of "best practices“ which has served to establish green roof support programmes in the USA. A special highlight was the presentation of Prof. Gilbert Loesken (Head of the FLL task force “Green Roofs”) who introduced the new "Guideline for the Planning, Implementation and Maintenance of Green Roofs."

In times of climate change the international WHO study on the health impacts of heat waves for the urban population offered special relevance. In addition modern storm water management technologies (Klaus W. Koenig, fbr) and current results of international green roof studies in Germany, England and the USA (substrates, plant selection, microclimate on green roofs) were presented. Dr. David J. Beattie (USA), director of the Center for Green Roof Research at the Pennsylvania State University, discussed the development of educational programs and technical standards for extensive green roofs in North America.

The second day put special emphasis to green roof installation and green roof architecture. Reliability and durability of green roofs are the platform for the sustainable development of the green roof market. Roland Appl (Technical Director, ZinCo) and Kurt Michels (Roofing Expert) will take a stand on different green roof build-ups and root-resistant waterproofings. Potential sources of error and practical tips to avoid them were presented by landscape architect and green roof surveyor Bernd W. Krupka. Questions of logistics which are often underestimated while planning and calculating a green roof were  discussed afterwards. The afternoon session featured global green roof architecture. International landscape architects presented outstanding green roof projects: e.g. the “Potsdamer Platz,” Berlin (combination of green roof and rain water collection, Daniel Roehr), the “Financial district Banco de Santander,” Madrid (largest green roof worldwide ~1 000 000 sq ft², under construction, Maria Jose Barrios), and the new Rolls Royce plant in Goodwood, UK.

The USA was represented with two very future-oriented projects:
Susan K. Weiler, landscape architect (Olin Partnership) and lecturer at the Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, spoke about the “Church of Latter-day Saints Conference Center” in Salt Lake City (American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award and Sustainable Communities Green Roof Award). And the architects' office of Behnisch, Behnisch & partners (Stuttgart-Los Angeles) featured the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, one of the greenest and most environmentally-responsible office buildings ever built in the United States.

The presentations of the non-English speaking green roof experts were simultaneously translated into English and Japanese during the presentations, and vice-versa for non-German presenters.

Click here to see detailed information about the Congress Programme, Speakers, Registration, etc., and here for the Congress flyer.  For more information, please visit www.greenroofworld.com or contact Wolfgang Ansel at the Congress Office:

International Green Roof Congress, PO Box 2025; D-72610 Nürtingen - Germany; Tel: ++49 7022/6003-590; Fax: ++49 7022/6003-591; e-mail: ansel@greenroofworld.com.


The September 2004 monthly social meeting of New York Green Drinks was held on Tuesday, September 14 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at “The Newgate Bar & Grill,” 535 La Guardia Place, NE corner of La Guardia and Bleeker, New York, NY 10012, phone: 212 358-7995 or visit the website.

Green Drinks is a low key, informal, self-organizing network who meet at a different place each month.  They have met very month since 1990 with an average attendance of 70 people who work and study in the environmental field.

Organizers feel this might be a way for greenroofs folks to connect with other green folks in the city, and suggest you take a chance to mix with other like-minded folks, to network, share info and make friends.  Just go up to someone and say "are you green?", and you'll be made welcome.

Read more at www.greendrinks.org.  To get on the email circulation list, send an email to: nyc@greendrinks.org.

GLOBAL meetings in: London | Berlin | Bristol | Bath | Canberra | Hamburg | Munich | Oxford | Reading | Warsaw | Tokyo | Washington, DC | Peterborough | San Francisco | Chicago | Sacramento | New York City | Providence | Twin Cities | Portland, OR | Seattle | Houston |


On September 13, Western Michigan University's Business Technology and Research Park held a business forum entitled "Green Roofs: The Competitive Edge," from noon to 2 p.m. in the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, 4717 Campus Drive, Kalamazoo, MI.   The conversion of dead rooftops to living green fields was the topic of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, hosted by Envirologic Technologies, FTCH (Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber) engineers, scientists and architects and the Kalamazoo Nature Center.


On September 10 – 11, 2004, Tolleson officials convened The Greening of Tolleson Conference to provide technical presentations on efficient, green, sustainable technologies in Tolleson, Arizona.   Presented by the City of Tolleson and the U.S. DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Rebuild America program, the presenters represented more than 30 of the nation’s top green fixtures, furnishings and equipment manufacturers.  This meeting convened over two days with two one-hour blocks of time devoted to specific technologies.  Technologies fell into the broad categories promoted by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System.

The City of Tolleson, AZ, is building two new green buildings at a combined 120,000 sf - a public safety complex housing fire and police services, and a new city hall -  that will be built to LEED standards.  The City of Tolleson made attendance at this 2-day conference mandatory for any firms that wish to bid on becoming the design firm selected for this project.

A greenroof presentation was made by Tom Houlihan of GreenTech.

AIA credits were available for this Conference.  Registration Fee was $195/person.  Click here for the Agenda.  For additional info please visit the Rebuild America website and www.tollesonaz.org for a Conference Brochure, online Registration and more.


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Frances Beinecke, Michael Dorsey, Christopher Elliman, Fred Krupp, Peter Lehner, Margaret Lydecker, Peggy Shepard, Gus Speth, Ben Strauss & Other Members of the Advisory Committee, Trustees and Fellows of the Environmental Leadership Program held a very special evening in Long Island City to "CELEBRATE THE WORK OF EMERGING ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS IN NEW YORK" on Thursday, September 9th, 2004 at The Metropolitan Building, 44-01 11th Street, Long Island City, Queens, NY.  The cost was $50 per person which included hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and live music, with a brief program at 6:30 p.m.

Emerging leaders are working together to build a more sustainable future in New York City and around the country.  Refer questions to Cyndy Harrison at cyndy@elpnet.org or 203.624.9738.  See the ELP Environmental Leadership Program Flyer and http://www.metropolitanbuilding.com for more info.


Malmö University offered a course entitled "Green Roofs and the Urban Environment" in Malmö, Sweden, from September 1 through December 17.

Malmö University presented this undergraduate course on urban ecology from a cross-disciplinary perspective.  The point of departure is the relationship between urban planning and green space in general, and the potential of green roofs in particular.  The course was carried out in close collaboration with the International Green Roof Institute in Malmö.

For complete information, please contact Per Hillbur at:  per.hillbur@ts.mah.se


The August 2004 monthly social meeting of New York Green Drinks was held on Tuesday, August 10 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Lightship "Frying Pan," Pier 63 North River (on a boat on the water! outside! on the west side next to chelsea piers - behind basketball city) in New York, NY, 10011; tel: 212. 989.6363; website has directions: http://www.fryingpan.com.

Green Drinks is a low key, informal, self-organizing network who meet at a different place each month.  They have met very month since 1990 with an average attendance of 70 people who work and study in the environmental field.

Organizers feel this might be a way for greenroofs folks to connect with other green folks in the city, and suggest you take a chance to mix with other like-minded folks, to network, share info and make friends.  Just go up to someone and say "are you green?", and you'll be made welcome.

Read more at www.greendrinks.org.  To get on the email circulation list, send an email to: nyc@greendrinks.org.

GLOBAL meetings in: London | Berlin | Bristol | Bath | Canberra | Hamburg | Munich | Oxford | Reading | Warsaw | Tokyo | Washington, DC | Peterborough | San Francisco | Chicago | Sacramento | New York City | Providence | Twin Cities | Portland, OR | Seattle | Houston |


City Of Austin Green Building Program

On Friday, August 6 a Green Roofs Evaluation Meeting was presented by the Austin Energy Green Building Program, at Town Lake Center (Austin Energy Building), 721 Barton Springs Road, Assembly Room 130, Austin, TX.  Speakers provided 20-minute presentations on general techniques, growth media or engineered "soils," and appropriate local plants. Vendors were allowed 20-minute presentations with questions and answers.

Speakers included: John Patton of GreenTech;  Vendors included: GreenTech, Green Roof Blocks, and more.

For additional information, please contact:

Dick Peterson, Environmental Program Coordinator
Austin Energy Green Building Program
721 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX  78704
Phone: 512.322.6172
Fax: 512.505.3711
Website: www.ci.austin.tx.us/greenbuilder


On Wednesday, July 28, the Green Building Alliance held an Alliance Building Breakfast discussion on Green Roofs from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania, 337 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.  Green roofs offer better stormwater management, improved roof durability and reduced heat retention. This program discussed:

Current technologies and systems;

Region specific issues for green roof
implementation;

Maintenance and performance of existing local
examples;

Plans for new green roofs and their evaluation

Registration Fee was $25 with breakfast included, and group discounts available.  For more info, please visit: http://www.gbapgh.org/events.asp or see the Registration PDF.

Alliance Building Breakfasts offer peer discussion and networking with other practicing professionals.


On July 15 Cool Community members and others attended the "Made in the Shade: How Urban Trees Improve Air Quality" Seminar at at the Capitol Education Center, 180 Central Avenue, Atlanta, GA.  This free seminar was presented by: The Clean Air Campaign, Cool Communities, Georgia Environmental Council, Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Urban Forest Council, Pollution Prevention Assistance Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Trees Atlanta.

Research shows tree planting and greenspace protection provide an important step toward improved air quality.  From cities and counties, to the state of Georgia, what are the newest strategies for improving air quality by improving our environment, and how will these new strategies be implemented?  Get the latest information from NASA, the USDA Forest Service and Georgia Tech, and discuss implementation with our air quality partners.  View the attached flyer for more information.

For more info, contact Susan Reisch, Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator, Georgia Forestry Commission, 678-476-6227, sreisch@gfc.state.ga.us.


 

The July 2004 monthly social meeting of New York Green Drinks was held on Tuesday, July 13 at "The Sunburnt Cow" - 7 Ave C between 8th Street and 9th Street New York, NY 10009.  Phone: 212.529.0005;  City Search; or visit  www.thesunburntcow.com.

Green Drinks is a low key, informal, self-organizing network who meet at a different place each month.  They have met very month since 1990 with an average attendance of 70 people who work and study in the environmental field.

Organizers feel this might be a way for greenroofs folks to connect with other green folks in the city, and suggest you take a chance to mix with other like-minded folks, to network, share info and make friends.  Just go up to someone and say "are you green?", and you'll be made welcome.

Read more at www.greendrinks.org.  To get on the email circulation list, send an email to: nyc@greendrinks.org.

GLOBAL meetings in: London | Berlin | Bristol | Bath | Canberra | Hamburg | Munich | Oxford | Reading | Warsaw | Tokyo | Washington, DC | Peterborough | San Francisco | Chicago | Sacramento | New York City | Providence | Twin Cities | Portland, OR | Seattle | Houston |


 

On June 9 at 12:00 noon Pacific time, the ENN Radio Show held a live broadcast with Jerry Kay, Publisher, Environmental News Network (ENN.com), and Host of EarthNews Radio and ENN Radio.  Linda S. Velazquez of Greenroofs.com was interviewed to discuss her company's current greenroof initiatives.

 

The Environmental News Network broadcasts two programs - ENN Radio and Beyond Organic, and then takes excerpts for EarthNews.  ENN Radio is an environmental radio program that takes an entertaining approach targeting people who are interested and concerned about the environment who also want to get involved.  ENN Radio helps listeners turn information into action.

 

Join Jerry and Linda for this 15 minute interview for ENN Radio, which is heard on Icicle and Sirius Satellite Radio.  Please visit www.iciclenetworks.com for archives of the web broadcast.
 


The June 2004 monthly social meeting of New York Green Drinks was held on Tuesday, June 8 at "Loreley" from 6:00pm - 11pm, New York City, NY- Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten, 7 Rivington Street between Bowery and Chrystie Streets, New York, NY 10002. Phone: 212.253.7077; website has subway directions: http://www.loreleynyc.com

Green Drinks is a low key, informal, self-organizing network who meet at a different place each month.  They have met very month since 1990 with an average attendance of 70 people who work and study in the environmental field.

Organizers feel this might be a way for greenroofs folks to connect with other green folks in the city, and suggest you take a chance to mix with other like-minded folks, to network, share info and make friends.  Just go up to someone and say "are you green?", and you'll be made welcome.

Read more at www.greendrinks.org.  To get on the email circulation list, send an email to: nyc@greendrinks.org.

GLOBAL meetings in: London | Berlin | Bristol | Bath | Canberra | Hamburg | Munich | Oxford | Reading | Warsaw | Tokyo | Washington, DC | Peterborough | San Francisco | Chicago | Sacramento | New York City | Providence | Twin Cities | Portland, OR | Seattle | Houston |


 

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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Logo City of Portland, OR, Seal

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the City of Portland, Oregon sponsored Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities 2004 - The 2nd Annual Green Roof Infrastructure Conference, Awards & Trade Show, held in beautiful, green Portland, OR on June 2 - 4, 2004 at the Hilton Hotel in Portland.  The timing of the event coincided with Portland's famous Festival of Roses. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities assembled an International Steering Committee to help prepare the conference agenda with support from the local Host Committee.  The Keynote Speaker was Stephen R. Kellert, the Tweedy Ordway Professor of Social Ecology at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Aside from the Conference, Awards Banquet, Trade Show and Greenroof Tours, two exciting new features were offered this year:

Green Roofs Training and Accreditation Course: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is pleased to announce the inaugural launch of their first training course entitled "Green Roof Design 101" on June 2 and June 5.  You can read more and register for future one-day courses on-line. The special inaugural fee was $225 US for conference delegates and $325 US for those not attending the conference. For further information, please contact www.greenroofs.org.

The International Business Opportunities (IBO) Reception: This was an opportunity for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) members, trade show exhibitors, and conference delegates to meet and mix with national and international representatives interested in joint ventures or licensing green roof technologies for use in North America. The event provided all those in attendance with the opportunity to establish international contacts and expand their business, and the IBO reception was an event where exhibitors could profile and gain exposure for their products and/or services on an international scale.

For complete details, visit www.greenroofs.org.

Read about Portland, OR, here in the Greenroofs.com November/December Sky Gardens column.


 

On May 26, 2004 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Louise Lundberg of the International Green Roof Institute (IGRI) in Malmö, Sweden, presented the "Green Roofs: Lessons from Europe" lecture at the Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle, WA.  The benefits of green roofs are many, and they aren't as difficult to install and maintain as you might think. Louise Lundberg gave a lively presentation on the many benefits of green roofs, their extensive use in Europe, and the research and work being done by the Institute.

 

Louise Lundberg at the IGRI; www.i-sustain.com

Up on the roof among red and green mosses, Louise Lundberg explains green roofs to a group of Washington and Oregon real estate developers, architects and engineers.

 
The Institute promotes increased use of greenroofs by providing evidence for the their positive impact on urban ecology, and by providing background material for legislation, building standards, instructions, loan regulations and state grants. The institute also maintains more than 100,000 ft2 of research greenroofs on top of several commercial buildings.

On March 30, 2004 a group of Washington real estate developers, architects and engineers toured the Green Roof Institute and Augustenborg Botanical Roof Gardens in Malmö. Louise Lundberg, the institute’s superintendent, was their guide. As a result of this trip, several participating developers have stated that they are planning on installing green roofs.

“After having viewed the eco-roofs in person, I am convinced it is the roof of the future. It’s attractive, long lasting, cost effective over the long term and both socially and environmentally the correct application. I plan to install them in my properties.” – Gregory Broderick Smith Real Estate.

Cost: $45, 15% discount for groups of 10. To learn more, please visit the International Sustainability Solutions website.
 


A Workshop entitled "Green Roofs: Starting at the Top" was held on Saturday, May 22 at the Seattle Tilth Association located at 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Room 1; Seattle, WA, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.   Patrick Carey of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and HADJ Design lead the workshop.

According to the "Seattle Tilth Association website, "Green roofs, or eco-roofs, are well known in many countries outside the U.S. Finally these sustainable roof gardens can be found in the Northwest - even on the roof of the new Seattle Municipal Building. You will learn about design and weight requirements, moisture and root penetration, drainage, as well as plant selection, from the experts at the NW Eco-Builders Guild. Seattle Tilth is installing a green roof on the north side of our green house and you will see the green roof just before its completion.


This project is funded in part by a King County, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Water Works grant."

 

For more information, you can e-mail Patrick Carey of HADJ Design at pkc@hadj.net, or contact the Seattle Tilth Association, Seattle, WA 98103; Phone: 206.633.0451; Email: tilth@seattletilth.org.

 


 

The Sixth Annual Livable Cities Conference, Pre-Conference & Post Conference Workshops was  held in Birmingham, AL on May 13 & 14, 2004 at the Southern Environmental Center, Birmingham-Southern College, 900 Arkadelphia Road, in Birmingham, AL.  Speakers included Rick Bernhardt, Executive Director, of the Nashville Metro Planning Department; Daniel K. Slone, Partner of McGuire Woods; and Rex Burkholder, Councilor District 5, Portland, Oregon who gave the Keynote Address.

 

Greenroofs were included among other topics for the Thursday afternoon, May 13 Post-Conference Workshop and the Friday morning Post-Conference Workshop on May 14.  Other topics included stormwater retention ponds, concrete homes, Energy Star appliances/building materials, alternative transportation programs, and Earth Craft.  A LEED© Intermediate Training Workshop was also held on Friday.

 

See the Conference PDF here for more information.

 


 

The May 2004 monthly social meeting of New York Green Drinks was held on Tuesday, May 11 at "The Green Room" at 6:00 - 10:00 pm - 765 Sixth Avenue (between 25th and 26th Streets) New York, NY 10010 phone: 212.807.0061  website: www.greenroomevents.com.

Green Drinks is a low key, informal, self-organizing network who meet at a different place each month.  They have met very month since 1990 with an average attendance of 70 people who work and study in the environmental field.

Organizers feel this might be a way for greenroofs folks to connect with other green folks in the city, and suggest you take a chance to mix with other like-minded folks, to network, share info and make friends.

Read more at www.greendrinks.org.  To get on the email circulation list, send an email to: nyc@greendrinks.org.

GLOBAL meetings in: London | Berlin | Bristol | Bath | Canberra | Hamburg | Munich | Oxford | Reading | Warsaw | Tokyo | Washington, DC | Peterborough | San Francisco | Chicago | Sacramento | New York City | Providence | Twin Cities | Portland, OR | Seattle | Houston |

 

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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the City of Ottawa held a Local Market Development Workshop at the Canada Post Conference Centre in Ottawa on May 11, 2004.  Primary objectives of this workshop were to demonstrate the benefits of a green roof system and to discuss steps on how to establish a green roof incentive program in Ottawa.

This one-day event was an opportunity to learn from local and national experts about the design and implementation of green roofs. Afternoon break-out sessions allowed participants to identify local research needs and obstacles to implementation. Input from participants at the workshop will be used to guide the development of the local municipality's research program to further explore green roof technical performance and supportive policy options.

The workshop ran from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. followed by a networking reception for all participants. Registration included lunch, all materials, and the reception.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, please contact Angela Loder at aloder@cardinalgroup.ca.  For Registration, Agenda, and more information, visit Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.


NC State University held a GREEN ROOF SYMPOSIUM on May 11, 2004 at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.  Sponsors included North Carolina State University Biological and Agricultural Engineering, J.C. Raulston Arboretum Soil Science Department, and Triangle J Council of Governments.

Purpose
The purpose of the symposium is to expose the green building community to the many facets of green roofs: their history and current usage, using regulations to promote their use, the media, the vegetation, research on their effectiveness and provide case studies. There was be a tour visiting three green roofs in Raleigh, NC.

Speakers
Tom Liptan - City of Portland, OR
Ed Snodgrass - Emory Knoll Farms
Chuck Friedrich - Carolina Stalite
Jerry Baughman - Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NCSU
Charles Brown - Brown and Jones Architects
Judy Kincaid - Triangle J Council of Governments
Bill Hunt - Biological and Agricultural Engineering , NCSU

Vendors were welcome to display their products and services at the Green Roof Symposium. Companies interested in exhibiting should contact: Joni Tanner, NCSU  at 919.513.1678 or joni_tanner@ncsu.edu.

 

Exhibitors at this event included:

Building Logics, Inc.

GreenTech

JDR Enterprises, Inc.


Fees
Participant : $60
Exhibit : $150

To see complete conference details click here. For additional information call 919.515.7154 or email Kathryn_Murray@ncsu.edu.
 


On Saturday, May 8, a Green Roof Tour featuring nine residential greenroofs (two of which can be walked on) was held in Seattle, WA from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The Green Roof Tour also offered two complimentary presentations, and was sponsored by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, a nonprofit association of builders, architects, homeowners, tradespeople, manufacturers, suppliers, and others interested in ecologically sustainable building.

 

The Tour showed the many different forms this technology can take: on garages, carports, studio offices and even a chicken coop, and learn about the various green roof systems and their benefits.  The tour was self-guided: choose your own pace and the roofs you want to see.  Each location will have folks on hand to answer questions.  From 10am to 2pm, explore 5 green roofs in north Seattle neighborhoods.  From 2pm- 5pm, the tour moves to south Seattle for two more green roofs.

 

Price was $10 ($5 for NW EcoBuilding Guild members).  All proceeds benefited the Green Roof Project’s educational outreach.  See the Seattle Green Roof Tour flyer here for complete details.

 

Learn more by contacting Thor Peterson at 206.615.0731 or thor.peterson@seattle.gov; also, you can e-mail Patrick Carey of HADJ Design at pkc@hadj.net, or call the Guild at 206.575.2222.  Read Patrick's June 2003 Guest Feature Article about the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.  Learn more about the Guild at www.ecobuilding.org.

 


On Friday, May 7 at 8:00 pm EST the Discovery Channel aired the third part of a three part series on Global warming called "The Great Heat" by Stonehaven Products.  This Episode is about changes and what we can do to make a difference in our cities for our children, and theirs.

There was a short piece filmed at Mountain Equipment Co-op in Toronto about three years ago regarding greenroofs, and Kaaren Pearce of Elevated Landscape Technologies Inc. was interviewed about her work and future outlook.

Kaaren says, "I have not seen the tape and don't recall what I said but I hope they mention that we can make a difference.  One green building at a time." You may reach Kaaren at: kaarenontheroof@rogers.com


 

Listeners to Seattle, WA's KUOW 94.7 FM Radio Program heard a program on Wednesday, May  5th from 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Pacific Time for an entire hour dedicated to greenroofs.  Radio Host Marcie Sillman and Patrick Carey of both HADJ Design and the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild were in the studio.  Steven Peck of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Katrin Scholz-Barth of Scholz-Barth Consulting, and Linda S. Velazquez of Greenroofs.com were the other scheduled guests.

 

The topics and agenda were not set and the format was more like a conversation than a structured interview.  Listeners called in, made comments and asked questions.  The greenroof topics ranged from local to global and from small scale projects to large scale projects.

 

Listen to the interview:  From KUOW's website:  Green Roofs
Audio available at 10:05 am

"Can grass on the roof revolutionize the world's construction industry, save energy and protect the planet from global warming? The new Seattle City Council Chambers are topped with a green roof, a strengthened and well drained roof planted with shrubs and flowers. These roofs are not add-ons but integral to the building, helping regulate heat, improve the air and water quality in cities. Though green roof technology has been developing in Europe, and encouraged with government research grants, it is only now catching on in the U.S. Green roof products and services abound in Europe and Australia. Will we see a similar flourishing in the U.S.? Just what could a green roof expansion do for the environment, energy consumption and the economy? A Conference on Green Roofs is taking place in Portland next month."
 

Steve Scher is the regular Host and Sr. Producer, Weekday, and can be reached via email at  sscher@kuow.org.  You may also email Host Marcie Sillman, who sat in for Steve, at letters@kuow.org.  Call the live studio at 206.543.KUOW or 800.289.KUOW or email the show: weekday@kuow.org.  Visit www.kuow.org for more info.


On Monday, May 3, a presentation on "Greenroofs and Hanging Garden Living Walls" was given at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. (at Masonic), at 7:00 p.m. in Albany, CA.  Sponsored by Friends of Five Creeks, the meeting featured presentations by Paul Kephart of Rana Creek Restoration on green roofs, and Aurora Mahassine, designer of vertical habitats.

Green Roofs and Hanging Gardens
Can green roofs and living walls let us combine urban density with plants,
habitat, and clean water? Paul Kephart, environmental consultant with Rana
Creek Habitat Restoration, and Aurora Mahassine, designer of "vertical habitats"
for cities, told how at 7 pm Monday, May 3, at the Friends of Five Creeks
meeting at Albany Community Center.  All welcome; the meeting was free.

For more info visit the Friends of Five Creeks website, or contact President Susan Schwartz at F5creeks@aol.com, or call 510.848.9358.


Earth Pledge Foundation

The Earth Pledge Foundation held a table at the Central Park Conservancy’s Earth Day Celebration at the Great Hill, 106th Street and Central Park West on Earth Day Weekend, April 24 and 25. On Saturday April 24th Earth Pledge sold  delicious locally grown and produced snacks, and shared information about Earth Pledge’s initiatives.

 

On both Saturday and Sunday, Earth Pledge hosted a table at Grand Central Terminal’s Earth Day festivities. Earth Pledge staffers were on hand at both events to share the latest news, answer your questions, and discuss our innovative programs.

 

For more info on these events or future Earth Pledge and Greening Gotham events, call 212.947.1104 or  visit www.greeninggotham.org or www.earthpledge.org.


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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the City of Minneapolis presented a Local Market Development Workshop at the University of Minnesota's College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) in Minneapolis on April 23, 2004.  Primary objectives of this workshop were to demonstrate the benefits of a green roof system and to discuss steps on how to establish a green roof incentive program in Minneapolis.

This one-day event offered an opportunity to learn from local and national experts about the design and implementation of green roofs. Afternoon break-out sessions allowed participants to identify local research needs and obstacles to implementation. Input from participants at the workshop will be used to guide the development of the local municipality's research program to further explore green roof technical performance and supportive policy options.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, please contact Angela Loder at aloder@cardinalgroup.ca.  For Registration, Agenda, and more information, visit Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.


A Technical Seminar entitled "The Case for Green Roofs & Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems" was held on April 20, 2004 at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Portland Place, London W1.

The new one day Technical Seminar focused on sustainable construction and stormwater management and the following areas:

 

Green Roofs

Speakers discussed how green roofs can play a major part in making our cities better and healthier places to live by mitigating loss of habitat, promoting biodiversity, creating better climatic control and maximizing use of limited amenity space.

 

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems

An innovative approach to drainage that replicates the natural capacity of the ground to drain water away through infiltration, store water for when it is needed and manage its flow through attenuation.  

 

Keynote Presentation "Green Roofs & Healthy Cities : Learning from London"

James Farrell, Advisor on Biodiversity & Energy, Mayor of London's office was the keynote speaker.  James opened the seminar programme followed by an international line-up of industry specialists.  Full seminar topics, speakers and details can be found by visiting www.alumasc-exteriors.co.uk or by emailing janbaird@nbat.co.uk

 

This event was jointly sponsored by Alumasc Exterior Building Products Ltd and ZinCo Gmbh.  See the Programme here.


 

Georgia Tech Research Institute Presented: Three Days of Sustainable Facilities Training, April 13th -15th  for Developers, Architects, Project Managers, Engineers and Those Passionate About Green Building.  Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Center for Sustainable Urban Revitalization (CSUR) partnered with the Urban Land Institute Atlanta District and the McAdams Group to bring the “best practices” in sustainable development to those interested in transforming neighborhoods.  The following three courses were held at Georgia Tech’s new Global Conference and Learning Center located in Technology Square in the heart of Midtown Atlanta:

1.    Interactive Introduction to Sustainable Facilities, April 13, 2004, an introductory “how to get started” thinking, planning, and brainstorming program about sustainable possibilities and processes. Taught by Dr. Annie Pearce, LEED™ Accredited Professional and Research Director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Sustainable Urban Revitalization. Green roofs were mentioned briefly in this introductory course.

2.    Funding Green Buildings: Sources and Strategies, April 14, 2004, practical “how to” program on obtaining green building-related financing, running capital campaigns, and strategic grant writing for green building construction. The course was taught by Jan McAdams, Principal of the McAdams Group, whose work has garnered over $67 million in grants, loans and donations for green buildings nationwide.

3.    Sustainability Strategy 101: An Organization Perspective, April 15, 2004, designed to help change agents who are leading the way to sustainability within their organizations. Taught jointly by Georgia Tech’s Dr. Pearce and LEED™  Accredited Jennifer DuBose, in this course participants created an action plan, identified barriers toward implementing sustainability programs, and strategized toward managing organizational change to create a sustainable living and working environment.

For course content information, e-mail: annie.pearce@gtri.gatech.edu.


Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin dedicated Atlanta City Hall’s new greenroof and kicked off the City’s free rain garden workshop, Saturday, April 17, at 10 am in the fifth floor cafeteria at City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA.  The greenroof, located off the fifth floor at the new city hall  cafeteria, features numerous varieties of sedums and hardy herbs and was conceived as a model for similar projects around Atlanta.  It is the first municipal greenroof in the Southeast and was constructed to be low maintenance and make maximum use of rainfall.

In conjunction with the greenroof dedication, the City presented Rain Gardens: Reclaim Your Rain, a free workshop designed to inform gardeners about water-friendly landscaping. Rain gardens work by capturing run-off from roofs or driveways and then divert it to gardens and low-lying areas to slowly soak into the soil.

 

Click for the complete Press Release, and to learn more about the Clean Water Campaign, visit  www.cleanwatercampaign.com or contact Diane Badger at 404.330.6817.

 


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The Puget Sound Energy Built Green™ Idea Home at Issaquah Highlands was open on weekends starting from February 14 through April 11, 2004 at Issaquah Highlands, Issaquah, WA.  The latest in Built Green™ design, systems, components, materials and features was presented as the Puget Sound Energy Built Green Idea Home was filled with information and ideas.  Guided tours by knowledgeable docents answered questions, taught how things work and why Built Green™ is important to anyone looking to buy a new home.

The greenroof is one of the most innovative and enjoyable of all Built Green™ features. Opening off the master bedroom, this delightful private space provides additional garden space, reduces and buffers rainwater runoff, and may reduce thermal gain in the summer.

Built Green Idea Home, WA

Built Green Idea Home, Courtesy Issaquah Highlands

The GreenTech modular green roof systems is a supplier for Built Green Idea Homes.  Click here to enter the Idea Home website and see more.


"Green Roofscaping (The Latest Rage in Urban Landscaping)" was presented by Dr. John W. White, Professor Emeritus Penn State University, at the Denver Botanic Garden's "2004 Bonfils-Statton Lecture Series - Forever Growing Gardens" on April 2 and 3, 2004 in Denver, CO.

2004 Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series
Forever Growing Gardens-
April 2 and 3

Niki Hayden, Publisher, frontrangeliving.com
Genetic Engineering: Implications in the American Landscape, Panel commentary

Friday, April 2

10 a.m.            Where am I? De-homogenizing the American Landscape
                       Ken Druse, Natural-landscaping advocate and award-winning author

11 a.m.            Green Roof Gardens: The Latest Rage in Urban Landscaping
John White, Former professor of horticulture, Penn State University

1 p.m.              Easy-living with Sustainable Landscapes: Work Less, Enjoy More
                       Owen Dell, Humorous, best-selling author and expert on
                        sustainable landscaping

2 p.m.              Genetic Engineering: Implications in the American Landscape

Saturday, April 3

10 a.m.             More Blossoms, Better Blooms: Attracting Native Pollinators to Your Garden, Angela Overy, Author of Sex in Your Garden

11 a.m.             Heirloom Gardens from Yesterday and Beyond,
                        Denise Adams
, Author of the recently released Restoring American
                        Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants

1:30 p.m.          The Passion for Gardening: a Way of Living, a Way of Life,

Ken Druse,  from his book of the same name
 

2 p.m.              Secret Gardens and Garden Secrets of the Front Range, Niki
                        Hayden,
Publisher, frontrangeliving.com

Contact Debbie Whitiker, Public Programs Manager of the Denver Botanic Garden at 720.865.3608  or e-mail registrar@botanicgardens.org for information.


The 3rd Annual New Roofs for a New Century International Conference (NRNC) was held on March 29th and 30th, 2004, in New York City, NY.  The NRNC is organized by the Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership, Inc. (CEEP) and is co-hosted by Earth Pledge, CUNY Continuing Education and Public Programs, The Graduate Center, Environmental Business Association of New York State, Inc., and Go2Buildings, LLC.

The conference focused on use of Vegetated, Photovoltaic, Reflective and Metal roofs to attain desired economic, energy, and environmental impacts. The third annual New Roofs for a New Century International Conference at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York explored the roof as a platform for sustainability in the modern urban built environment. The conference featured over twenty presentations highlighting case studies, technology research, and policy development in the fields of photovoltaic, reflective, metal and vegetated roofing.

Speakers included:
Jane Kenny, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA region 2
James Wines, Author of “Green Architecture”
Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, The Gaia Institute
Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA/GISS
Danny Parker, Florida Solar Energy Center

EXHIBITS:
American Hydrotech, Barrett, Carlisle SynTec Inc., Quixotic, Sarnafil, Sealoflex Inc., Solar Integrated Tech, Wellington Polymer Technology Inc..

For Earth Pledge News click here.  For the full agenda, please click here. For more information contact Donna Denley, Administration and Program Director, Environmental Business Association of New York State, Inc. at: CEEPDonna@aol.com.


Greenprints 2004

Greenprints 2004: Sustainable Communities by Design, was held in Atlanta, GA on March 18 - 19 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.  The Greenprints conference and tradeshow fosters the Southface mission to promote sustainable homes, workplaces and communities. The conference presents quality learning opportunities for those 'new' to being green and advanced practitioners of green building. Greenprints provides a dynamic forum for design and construction professionals to interact with experts.

Now in its seventh year, the southeast’s premiere green building event addresses all aspects of the residential and commercial building process. The 2004 conference included dozens of sessions led by practitioners and visionaries committed to changing the way we think about architecture, energy and transportation as we work toward an ecologically sustainable future. In addition to expert presenters, Greenprints also offered a Green Design Charrette, Master Speakers, a Green Tradeshow and advanced how-to sessions that provide tools to help you and your team achieve sustainable goals.

The 2004 Program Tracks included:

Track 1: Sustainable Communities: Eco-development, urban ecology and smart growth
Track 2: Residential Green Building: Transforming the Market
Track 3: Commercial Green Building: LEEDing the Way
Track 4: Green Building Policy: Driving the Process

The Green Tradeshow featured innovative green building products and services all in one place and features both residential and commercial technologies and services.

The Green Roof by American Hydrotech: Green roof technology, interproofing, plaza pavers; see them at Booth 522.

JDR Enterprises at Booth 338: JDR provides complete Green Roof Drainage System (GRS) for successful greenroofs.

GREEN ROOF BLOCKS at Booth 212: Saint Louis Metalworks Company is introducing their new green roof product, GREEN ROOF BLOCKS.

Visit www.greenprints.org or call 404.872.3549 for more information. See the complete Greenprints 2004: Sustainable Communities by Design agenda here.


*New York City* GREEN DRINKS

The March 2004 monthly social meeting of New York Green Drinks was held on Tuesday, March 9 at "Antarctica Bar" at 6:00 - 10:00 pm -  287 Hudson Street @ Spring, New York City, 10013; tel: 212.352.1666; website: www.antarticabar.com; directions.

Green Drinks is a low key, informal, self-organizing network who meet at a different place each month.  They have met very month since 1990 with an average attendance of 70 people who work and study in the environmental field.

Organizers feel this might be a way for greenroofs folks to connect with other green folks in the city, and suggest you take a chance to mix with other like-minded folks, to network, share info and make friends.

See the launch of the first NYC Green Drinks Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 1, dated February 14, 2003, here!

Read more at www.greendrinks.org.  To get on the email circulation list, send an email to: nyc@greendrinks.org.

GLOBAL meetings in: London | Berlin | Bristol | Bath | Canberra | Hamburg | Munich | Oxford | Reading | Warsaw | Tokyo | Washington, DC | Peterborough | San Francisco | Chicago | Sacramento | New York City | Providence | Twin Cities | Portland, OR | Seattle | Houston |


The 2004 Winter Conference & Eco-Marketplace: Balancing the Systems was held at the Boxborough Woods Holiday Inn on February 27 and 28 in Boxborough, MA.  Presented by the Ecological Landscaping Association, the event addressed green roofs, rainwater recovery systems, remineralizing soil, new insect pests, caring for healthy trees, meadows, integrated pest management (IPM), healthy soils, ecological school grounds management, minimization of storm-water runoff, and many other critical skills and tools needed to maintain a landscape in an ecologically sound and sustainable manner.

Dr. Dave Beattie addressed "The Fundamentals of Green Roof Systems, " and Robert Herman presented  "Planting the Green Roof: Right Plant, Right Place."  For more info, visit www.ecolandscaping.org.


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The Atlanta Regional U.S. Green Building Council held a Breakfast Roundtable entitled "A Presentation on the Atlanta City Hall Green Building Initiative" on Thursday, February 19.


WHERE:
Atlanta City Hall (Downtown) 5th Floor
55 Trinity Avenue, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-3520

WHEN:
February 19, 2004
Networking from 7:00am to 7:30am
Program from 7:30am to 10am
COST: all proceeds benefit the Atlanta USGBC
$15 Atlanta USGBC Chapter members
$20 Non-members

PRESENTERS:
Ben Taube of the City of Atlanta, Environmental Manager
Ernie Higgins of ItSaul Natural, LLC. - Soil Mixture
Chris Kramer of Moon and Associates - Kemper Waterproofing System
Janet Faust of JDR Enterprises, Inc. - J-Drain GRS Enterprise Drainage System

For more information, please visit the Atlanta Chapter webpage of the USGBC website.


The "Homes for Good" Green Homes Fair was held at the Somerset College of Arts and Technology’s new Conference and Enterprise Centre, Wellington Road, in Taunton, Somerset, England on February 13 -  14.  The Somerset Trust For Sustainable Development organized the free two-day fair of exhibitions and demonstrations showing natural and recycled building materials and home furnishings.  At least 1000 building professionals and 4000 members of the public were expected.

The event, says the organizers, included everything from timber-framed buildings to recycled textiles, green roofs to natural swimming pools, chemical-free paints to wind turbines, and will reveal "a whole new way for caring for your home, health and environment."  Approximately sixty key companies involved in the burgeoning eco-homes sector exhibited.

Please contact the Somerset Trust For Sustainable Development for more details.


*New York City* GREEN DRINKS

The February 2004 monthly social meeting of New York Green Drinks was held on Tuesday, February 10 at "Bar 288" at 6:00 pm -  288 Elizabeth Street (between Houston and Bleeker) Tel: 212.260.5045; see website.  Green Drinks is a low key, informal, self-organizing network who meet at a different place each month.  They have met very month since 1990 with an average attendance of 70 people who work and study in the environmental field.

Organizers feel this might be a way for greenroofs folks to connect with other green folks in the city, and suggest you take a chance to mix with other like-minded folks, to network, share info and make friends.

Read more at www.greendrinks.org.  To get on the email circulation list, send an email to: nyc@greendrinks.org.

GLOBAL meetings in: London | Berlin | Bristol | Bath | Canberra | Hamburg | Munich | Oxford | Reading | Warsaw | Tokyo | Washington, DC | Peterborough | San Francisco | Chicago | Sacramento | New York City | Providence | Twin Cities | Portland, OR | Seattle | Houston |


Sustainable Design Class:  "New Directions in Green Planning and Design" ARCH 51372, Section 3AD, Professor Anthony Walmsley, City College of New York, School of Architecture 138th Street and Convent Avenue, Shepard Hall, Room S-106. 14 weeks.  Wednesdays 9-11:50 a.m. starting February 4th, 2004 through mid May.

"It is becoming increasingly obvious that our late 20th Century cities are unsustainable and there is a great and growing need for buildings that produce their own energy, collect and cleanse their own water, turn their wastes into nutrients, produce food, filter daylight. A large question facing the design professionals is: can we design human habitat that is sustainable? Or produce buildings that are healthy, invigorating places to live and learn? The past 50 years has seen the beginnings of a movement variously labeled ecological, environmental, green and/or sustainable, likened to a revolution, as profound as the proceeding Industrial Revolution. Designers have built and proposed works that, with varying degrees of success, have addressed such issued as environmental technology, energy conservation, social betterment, sustainability, and the conversion of all these into an art of architecture, urban planning and landscape. This course will introduce the complexities of sustainability and showcase pivotal examples of green design as a source of inspiration and way of exploration."

Submitted by Hope Wright, CCNY School of Urban Landscape Architecture.


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The Second Annual Professional Seminar "Green Roof Design & Construction: The State of the Art" with special guest Daniel Roehr was presented on Tuesday, January 27, 2004, from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm at Hampton Inn, Center City, in Philadelphia, Center City, PA.  Presented by Roofscapes, Inc. with David Brother Landscape Services in cooperation with Cahill Associates, DPK&A Architects, Emory Knoll Farm, Higher Ground, the five-hour professional seminar with leading experts in green roof design, presented an overview of design principles and public policy issues, combined with intensive exploration of cutting-edge design solutions.

Despite the weather the seminar was a huge success!  For more info, contact call Rivkah Walton of Roofscapes, Inc. at 215.247.8784 or visit the Roofscapes website for the complete seminar schedule.


The Georgia Chapter ASLA Winter Continuing Education Session "Greenroofs and Pervious Pavement - Positive Solutions and Environmental Applications," was held on Friday, January 23 from 1 - 5 pm at The Classic Center, 300 North Thomas Street in Athens, GA. 
In an effort to start the New Year out on a positive note, the Georgia Chapter sponsored a continuing education session in conjunction with the GGIA (Georgia Green Industry Association) for a half-day session featuring experts in the field of greenroof construction and pervious pavement applications.
 
The Classic Center served as host to the Annual GGIA WinterGreen/ WinterSchool Conference and Trade Show January 21-23rd. GGIA represents manufacturers and growers throughout the state that have interests in the green landscape industry. For the first time, the GGIA, the Georgia Chapter ASLA and the Georgia Urban Forestry Council joined together this year at this important state conference. Topic and speaker summaries are as follows:

AN INTRODUCTION TO GREEN ROOFS, by LINDA VELAZQUEZ
Linda Velazquez, ASLA Associate, is the founder and publisher of Greenroofs.com- the international greenroof industry’s online information portal. Linda holds a BLA from the University of Georgia. Her firm offers site-specific greenroof design and consulting services. She has designed residential and commercial greenroofs in Georgia and North Carolina and has lectured throughout the world. Linda’s 45-minute lecture will focus on the ecological, economic and aesthetic advantages of greenroof design and construction.

GREEN ROOF DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS IN THE SOUTHEAST, by CHARLES FRIEDRICH

Chuck Friedrich, RLA, ASLA is a horticulturalist and landscape architect and Director of Horticulture Research and Product Development at Carolina Stalite Company in Salisbury, North Carolina. He has developed and continues to improve soil mixes for a variety of landscape and environmental applications including green roofs, and constructed wetlands.

SOIL SPECIFICATIONS FOR GREENROOFS - Potential Problems and Positive Solutions, by ERNIE HIGGINS

Ernie Higgins is a managing partner in the firm ItSaul Natural, a soil-engineering firm in North Georgia. Sold under the name “Mr. Natural”, Mr. Higgins’s engineered soils have been used in critical landscapes throughout the southeast. Recently, one of the company’s specially formulated soil products has been installed in the new-elevated deck at the World Congress Center’s expansion project in Atlanta. In addition, engineered soils developed by Mr. Higgins have been used at the 1996 Olympic Games and is currently being used at the Atlanta CNN Center.

PERVIOUS PAVEMENT FOR VARIED APPLICATIONS, by BRUCE FERGUSON

Bruce Ferguson, FASLA is a professor and Director of the School of Environmental Design at the University of Georgia. Professor Ferguson is a recognized and respected expert in the fields of storm water infiltration and storm water management. More recently, his scholarly interests have been in the area of pervious pavement. In the past seven years Professor Ferguson has surveyed over 260 installations of all kinds of porous pavements, in all parts of North America. He is currently working on the first comprehensive book on the subject of pervious paving. His 50-minute lecture will focus on paving materials and construction details in the field. This presentation cuts through the rumors and speculations that have haunted the field to make factual on-the-ground information available to landscape architects.

Costs for the half-day short course will be as follows:

Early Registration (before January 10th):  ASLA Members $60.00, Non-members $75.00
On-site Registration (or after January 10):  ASLA Members and Non-Members $75.00
Trade show (on-site) $15.00  For more information, contact Brian LaHaie, President, Georgia Chapter ASLA at 706.542.4716 or at blahaie@uga.edu.


The Sustainable Home Tour and Seminar was held on Saturday, January 24, 2004 in Hockley Valley, Canada from 10 am to 4 pm.  John Wilson and Leigh Geraghty, owners and builders of their natural home demonstrated how you can create a sustainable home and lifestyle from the Wilson family, recognized experts at green living.  As the Toronto Star reported "When it comes to living green you can't do much better than the Wilson family."  At the Wilson home on the Niagara Escarpment, near beautiful Hockley Valley, about one hour north of Toronto, attendees learned how to build their own sustainable home, from dream to reality.  Held on location at the Wilson Natural Home, a full tour was included of this amazing, inspiring home, that incorporates straw bale natural insulation, passive solar design, solar & wind power, natural construction materials, no fossil fuel based furnace, and a green roof.

NaturalLifeNetwork.com's John Wilson, the natural home contractor/owner, and Martin Liefhebber, the architect, have won the National Post Design Exchange Award for this home in the sustainable design category. The National Post Design Exchange Awards competition is Canada's only awards program to judge design by results; balancing function, aesthetics and economic success.  For more information about the home take a look at the updated website.

The fee was $150 per person or $250 per couple (shared materials) - materials include book and video
(payment must be received by January 19, 2004).  For more information, contact John at john.wilson@naturallifenetwork.com or call 519.942.3266.

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