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The best of 2012 in green community solutions: a personal, eclectic list
NRDC Switchboard, by Kaid Benfield
"As we look back on the year that was, let’s honor some of the outstanding issues and accomplishments for community sustainability that came to light during the year. In many cases, naming a particular item one of the best of 2012 may be a bit (not completely) arbitrary: by definition, sustainability is seldom a single “event” that occurs wholly within one calendar year. But, in each of these cases, something caught my attention this year..." [12.31.12]

4 Strategies for Green Roof Maintenance, by Christopher Curtland
. "Take these precautions to make sure your green roof survives and thrives. While your building may be able to support a green roof, your staff must be ready to keep it alive. There are a variety of strategies that you should employ to give your facilities team a green thumbs up...The most important reasons for formulating a maintenance plan entail complying with building codes, insurance requirements, city standards, and manufacturer warranties..." [12.28.12]

Closed loop green roof scheme kicks off
MRW Magazine, by Marino Donati
London, UK.
"A network of closed loop “green roofs” is being piloted in central London. Four buildings in Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles will have vegetables grown on the roof to be used in the canteens of businesses, with the resulting food waste used to fertilise the plants. The initial £35,000 cost of the six month pilot has been jointly funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and business improvement district (BID) ‘inmidtown’..." [12.21.12]

Urban Stormwater Systems Go Green
Regional Plan Association, by Corey Piasecki
"...What does hold promise are so-called green infrastructure techniques that have evolved in recent years. In general, green infrastructure seeks to mimic natural processes while placing less emphasis on heavy equipment and systems. Many of these techniques are detailed in a recent Regional Plan Association report, "9 Ways to Make Green Infrastructure Work." It provides a tool box for municipal planners and officials who are increasingly asked to work with water-management professionals to address water issues." [12.19.12]

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, Jr. of Hoboken co-sponsors bill to mandate green roofs on state buildings, by Charles Hack
Trenton, NJ.
"Legislation co-sponsored by Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, Jr. of Hoboken, that would require state buildings to be built with roofs designed to reduce storm water run-off was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday. The bill would require state government buildings with at least 15,000 square feet in total floor area to be constructed with roofs – so called green and blue roofs -- that reduce the rate at which water runs off buildings during heavy rain..." [12.19.12]

GO Transit Opens New Bus Services Facility in Oshawa
Canada Newswire, Press Release
Oshawa, Canada.
"...Targeted for LEED gold certification, the facility also includes many eco-friendly features, including a green roof, solar panels to help power the building, and a rain water harvesting system to irrigate the green roof. The site of the facility also has great historical significance as a former allied training camp for spies during World War II, called Camp X. Famous Camp X trainees include Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming..." [12.19.12]

In South End, energy-conscious design faces special challenges, by Lara Salahi
Boston, MA.
"...The building’s features include an insulated green roof, a dual-purpose heating system, a special ventilation system that constantly brings fresh air and heat into the building, and ventilated skylights that allow for light and heat...In contrast, the green roof helps to lower the urban air temperature, cutting down on greenhouse gases. This also keeps the roof cool and gives you more insulation. Installing the green roof was not an issue with the District Commission, as it is not visible from the street. But it provided a different challenge. It can add weight so you have to make sure the structure is strong enough to carry it..." [12.18.12]

University of Guelph Research May Help Boost Winter Survival of Green Roofs
Morning Post Exchange, by Staff
Guelph, Canada.
"A new University of Guelph study shows growers how they can help increasingly popular “green roof” plants survive southern Ontario winters without unnecessary fertilizer costs. Finding ways to make Sedum (“stonecrop”) plants more cold-resistant would help growers eager to install green roofs in fall as well as in spring and summer, said Prof. Youbin Zheng, School of Environmental Sciences (SES). Demand for hardy varieties of this succulent plant has increased as growers learn more about the environmental, economic and esthetic benefits of green roofs..." [12.18.12]

Axe supersewer and adopt my greener plan, says US expert
London Evening Standard, by Lindsay Watling and Matthew Beard
London, UK.
"London's £4 billion “supersewer” should be scrapped in favour of a “greener” alternative, a leading environmental consultant has claimed. Campaigners have proposed a series of hidden drains throughout the capital as an alternative to the planned 24-mile tunnel under the Thames...American engineer Dr. Mark Maimone urged the Mayor to consider the “cheaper and greener” solution he devised for the US city of Philadelphia...Green roofs and tree-lined spaces have also been planted all over Philadelphia, which Dr. Maimone said had created jobs, helped reduce crime and improved air quality..." [12.17.12]

Rooftop plants help put courthouse atop feds' list, by Colin McDonald
San Antonio, TX.
"...The green roof is the centerpiece of a $56 million renovation of the 75-year-old building, the “greenest” owned by the U.S. General Services Administration. It is the first GSA building to earn platinum certification — the highest — in its category from the U.S. Green Building Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. The mixture of native and adaptive grasses and sedum proved that plants can grow on a roof in the middle of San Antonio. At 1,300 square feet, it is the largest green roof in the city..." [12.17.12]

A downtown farm? It's up on the roof
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, by Georgina Gustin
St. Louis, MO.
"The rooftop of a sprawling urban warehouse may not seem like the classic locale for a farm, but a group of urban gardeners in St. Louis is seeing it a different way. Urban Harvest STL, a group of city residents and gardeners, plans to turn the roof of an 8,000-square-foot warehouse at 1335 Convention Plaza into the city’s first rooftop farm: The Food Roof...So Ostafi approached the owner of the storage facility, who jumped on board, convinced of the benefits of having a “green” roof, which can lower utility bills..." [12.16.12]

GreenScaping Fashion Valley Wall
Mission Valley News, by Staff
San Diego, CA.
"Fashion Valley holiday shoppers may not mind waiting around the mall this season, thanks to the installation of a cutting-edge “living wall”...The Fashion Valley wall was installed by Jim Mumford, GRP, CLP of GreenScaped Buildings of San Diego. Mumford is known as San Diego’s “green roof guy” and a green building pioneer. The wall was designed by Rocco Campanozzi, Mission Landscape Architects, in collaboration with Mumford..." [12.14.12]

Panama hotel really walks the planet-friendly talk
Chicago Tribune, by Terry Gardner
Panama City, Panama.
"...Tantalo created the first green wall in Panama in its atrium/lounge, which enjoys natural light from a skylight with a special UV coating designed to keep the atrium cooler and to reduce harmful UV rays. Tantalo's two-story living wall teems with 983 plants from five species that are irrigated with rainwater collected from the roof. Filtered water is used during the dry season. The Hotel Continental Panama recently added a green wall to its entrance, and Lorenzo Robles, Tantalo's GM said, we are happy to have set the example and hope to see more of these green features growing around Panama..." [12.11.12]

UCSD Keeling Apartments landscape wins top award
U-T San Diego, by Roger Showley
San Diego, CA.
"Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architecture has won the President's Award from the local chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for its design at a UC San Diego student apartment complex. The 158,000 square feet of landscaping surrounds the Charles David Keeling Apartments on the Revelle College campus along North Torrey Pines Road. It features a green roof and system to capture storm water and route it into the landscaping rather than send it into city's storm drain system above the fragile ecosystem of nearby Skeleton Canyon...." [12.11.12]

Interdisciplinary green roof growing atop Langford building
Texas A&M University, by Staff
College Station, TX.
"A section of the Langford A building’s rooftop was transformed fall 2012 into a green roof with succulents, grasses and a weather station by an interdisciplinary group of Texas A&M students in phase one of a three-year research initiative. The $100,000 project, led by Bruce Dvorak, assistant professor of landscape architecture, is funded by a Texas A&M reallocation grant aimed at enhancing students’ preparation for the workplace and society through high-impact learning experiences..." [12.10.12]

Living roof breathes fresh air into Newcastle City Centre
The Northern Eco, by Gavin Engelbrecht
Newcastle, UK.
"Environmental students have welcomed a new living roof that will breathe fresh air into the city centre. The roof of the newly-developed Newcastle Sixth Form College has been laid with a selection of indigenous plants designed to cut carbon dioxide around the campus, reduce the likelihood of flooding and entice wildlife to the centre of Newcastle. The sustainable, living roof is made up of 12 different species of plants that will flower in summer to attract a variety of birds and insects, as well as help insulate the building...." [12.10.12]

Museum's new roof designed to help community 'think green'
The Dispatch, by Micah Green
Starkville, MS.
"The finishing touches are being put on a new pavilion at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum. On Friday, Corey Gallo, assistant professor in Mississippi State University's Department of Landscape Architecture, and some of his students helped move five tons of soil to the roof of the pavilion, and began planting vegetation in that soil. Once complete, the green roof will be one of the only of its kind in Northeast Mississippi..." [12.8.12]

Green reigns supreme in 2 metro buildings
Business Enquirer, by Tessa Prieto-Valdes
The Philippines.
"...The P2-billion Sun Life Centre is an investment that showcases the advantages of sustainable design. Armand Apuya, head of administration services, noted its features, including rainwater harvesting and motion-sensors to regulate electricity consumption. He also pointed out the double-glazed windows that block heat but not sunlight, and CO2 sensors to flush out pollutants inside the building. Best of all, the unique “green roof” provides relief and a refreshing view of the BGC skyline for cubicle-stuck employees..." [12.8.12]

The Green Bronx Machine Transforms Kids’ Lives With Vegetables
Fast Company, by Anya Kamenetz
Bronx, NY.
"...The hyperkinetic, self-described "world’s oldest sixth grader," Ritz only has one speed: warp. As he tells it, he originally started a garden on vacant land, but his kids’ tomatoes kept getting stolen. Seeking a safer program indoors, he connected with George Irwin of Green Living Technologies, an upstate New York company with a design for a "mobile urban wall unit" that could grow food indoors with LED lights--enough to feed all 450 kids in the school at harvest time..." [12.7.12]

Greening it up: Amerman students earn national recognition in ‘We Can Change the World Challenge'
Observer & Eccentric, by Staff
Northville, MI.
"...At Amerman, the Green It Up Team challenge focused on finding ways to make the school more green. To do this, the team is creating a green roof for the school with the goal of conserving energy, reducing gray water, and creating a space to grow edible plants and saffron, as well as providing a place for birds to land. The team is currently in the process of raising funds for the green roof project and planting seeds to grow the plants for the trays that will comprise the green roof..." [12.6.12]

NYHQ And Manhattan College Build Green Roof
Western Queens Gazette, by Staff
Flushing, NY.
"With climate change undeniable in the aftermath of superstorm Hurricane Sandy, the importance of environment-friendly buildings, along with water and energy conservation, going green isn’t just being discussed, it is being done. This month at New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ), installation began on approximately a half acre of green roof. The new green roof areas, consisting of many trays of plants called sedum will be visible from several vantage points throughout NYHQ, including many patients’ rooms in the hospital’s North and West buildings and the Mother/Baby unit..." [12.5.12]

Lessons from Mother Nature: The potential of green infrastructure in cleaning up our rivers
The Manitoban, by Holly Ervick-Knote
"...Green infrastructure—human-designed systems that mimic nature in function—can decrease the amount of storm water runoff collected in sewage pipes by using trees and other vegetation to absorb storm water, and rain barrels to redirect it. The benefits of such infrastructure are far-reaching; not only do green roofs significantly decrease surface runoff in urban areas when used on a large scale, as they have the capacity to store large amounts of rainwater, they also improve air quality, regulate temperature, and provide insulation for buildings..." [12.5.12]

Rudin's One Thirty West 12th Street Awarded Sustainable Design Award by Global Green and Achieved LEED-NC Gold
PRWeb, Press Release
New York, NY.
"The Rudin family has been awarded the 2012 Sustainable Design Award by Global Green USA for the design and sustainable redevelopment of One Thirty West 12th Street, a prewar residential building in Greenwich Village in New York City. The building also achieved LEED-NC Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC)...Environmentally-friendly features of One Thirty West 12th Street include...The green roof reduces storm water runoff to mitigate combined sewer overflows, decreases the building's cooling load, and fights the heat island effect that burdens the city's energy infrastructure..." [12.4.12]

Harvesting a Crisis: How Canada Can Address Its Farming Needs With Urban Agriculture
The Link Newspaper, by Hilary Sinclair
"Canada is approaching a potentially devastating demographic shift. We have an aging population, sure, but even worse, we have an aging agriculture sector...urban development is embracing greenery. Toronto is making headway as the first North American city legislating industrial developments 2,000 m2 and above to have a green roof covering a certain graduated percentage...But the bylaw, which went into effect in April 2012, could go further, said Komisar. If you’re going to have a green roof, why not have a productive green roof..." [12.4.12]

Fostering Big Ideas to Solve Problems in Education
Education Week, by Katie Ash
Half Moon Bay, CA.
"Greetings from stunningly gorgeous Half Moon Bay, Calif., where I am covering the 2012 Big Ideas Fest, hosted by ISKME. ISKME, or the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, which runs the OER Commons, brings together educators across the P-20 spectrum, along with policymakers, entrepreneurs, and education thinkers to tackle major challenges in education...we heard from Stephen Ritz, the founder of the Green Bronx Machine, an initiative launched by Ritz in his South Bronx high school that uses concepts about farming and growing fresh food to engage students academically at the school, which primarily serves underprivileged students..." [12.3.12]

Plant-covered Business Instructional Facility roof a hub for green research
The News-Gazette, by Julie Wurth
Champaign, IL.
"A living laboratory atop the University of Illinois Business Instructional Facility is providing scientists with data on how green roofs can help communities better manage storm water. A 1,200-foot-section of the roof on the fourth floor of the BIF, as it's popularly known, is covered with plants and serves as a field lab for engineering researchers...Faculty and students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are studying how well BIF's green roof performs compared with an adjacent conventional roof..." [12.2.12]

I Hotel's roof goes green
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette, by Julie Wurth
Champaign, IL.
"...A "green roof" was installed this fall with help from a $33,000 grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Green Infrastructure Grant Program for Stormwater Management. Fox Development, which operates the hotel, covered the remaining $11,000 cost...The I Hotel's roof was designed by Mary Ann Metz, a retired horticulturalist and self-described "plant nerd" who has partnered with Peter and Kim Fox on other landscaping projects for Fox Development. They worked with LiveRoof, a company that has installed green roofs throughout the country, including many in Chicago..." [12.2.12]

Growing a Green Roof
WNEP-TV 16, by Jackie Lewandoski
University Park, PA.
"Visit with Rob Berghage, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Penn State University. Mr. Berghage shares information on green roof technology plus the advantages and disadvantages of a green roof, and what types of plants and plant material are needed for a successful green roof." [12.1.12]

Los Angeles County Water Pollution and the U.S. Supreme Court
Huffington Post, by Steve Fleischli
Los Angeles, CA.
"...It's high time for Los Angeles County to join the ranks of Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Portland and many other communities in promoting green infrastructure--things like green roofs, rain barrels and rain gardens, more green space and permeable pavement. These proven techniques result in less polluted waterways and less human misery caused by stormwater runoff. That's why NRDC will be arguing Tuesday (Dec. 4) in the U.S. Supreme Court in Los Angeles County Flood Control District..." [11.30.12]

Stormwater expert addresses micro solutions
Mainline Media News, by Alan Thomas
Philadelphia, PA.
"...The theme was “Deal with water where it actually falls.” Her suggestions, actually solutions, included planting and maintaining not just trees, but loamy soil around them that can act as both a ground-water reservoir and a filtration system and slow the water runoff down. Rain barrels, rain gardens and green roofs followed close behind...PECO’s 45,000 square-foot green roof captures 60 percent of that roof’s potential runoff and lowers the building’s temperature..." [11.30.12]

Agencies Announce $127500 In Green Development Grants
The Chattanoogan, by Staff
Chattanooga, TN.
"The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, on Wednesday awarded $127,500 to five local governments to fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects beginning January 2013...The Green Development Grant Program provides funding through a competitive process for projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervious concrete applications, trees and tree boxes, in addition to outreach and education efforts designed to promote green development in Tennessee communities..." [11.28.12]

Via Verde Wins ULI Award for Workforce Housing Model of Excellence; One of Only Three in the Nation
Yahoo Finance, Press Release
Bronx, NY.
"The Urban Land Institute recently bestowed the Workforce Housing Model of Excellence Award on a Bronx-based green, affordable housing development constructed by Lettire Construction Corporation – one of only three projects nationwide to receive this prestigious honor...Building amenities include an attended lobby, bicycle storage, landscaped courtyard, playground area, amphitheater, and a series of green roofs. Some of the roofs include a Scots Pine tree orchard, edible-fruit-bearing apple and pear trees, and gardening beds where residents can grow organic vegetables. There is also a green roof and a fitness center on one floor..." [11.28.12]

Make Bangalore a cool place
The Times of India, by Staff
Bangalore, India.
"...A simple roof garden with potted plants to grow vegetables or flowers helps the building grow heat resistant through water retention and also combat air pollution, said Hema Kumar, founder of India Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) and member of World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN). He was participating in a discussion on Tuesday at a three-day conference on sustainability and green infrastructure organized by IGIN..." [11.28.12]

The coolest green infrastructure you are likely to see
NRDC Switchboard Blog, by Kaid Benfield
Seattle, WA.
"...The project has just been installed at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments and, with appropriate recognition of the benefits of multi-tasking by city greenery, it is called the “Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen & Water Harvesting Demonstration Project” is intended “as a billboard for new sustainable practices, and to discover to what extent green walls and screens can help promote biodiversity, produce food and reduce energy use. By harvesting water to irrigate the green wall, the project will reduce potable consumption and may lessen stormwater impacts"...This video showing and describing the project is fantastic." [11.27.12]

Pilot irrigation system takes a load off storm sewers
Journal Sentinel, by Don Behm
Milwaukee, WI.
"The greening of Milwaukee is happening one roof and one rain garden at a time...And it is welcomed into the world by officials at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. The district has awarded building owner Sara Wilson a grant of $5 a square foot for 500 square feet of planted rooftop to help pay for greening her corner of the world...Since 2003, MMSD has been offering to reimburse building owners for part of the costs of planting green roofs, primarily reaching out to municipalities and corporations..." [11.24.12]

Fuel Cell Generates Power from Green Roofs, Wetlands
Science Business, by Staff
Wageningen, The Netherlands.
"An environmental scientist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands designed a fuel cell that can generate electrical power from living plant roots and soil bacteria found in natural wetlands or vegetation on green roofs of urban buildings...The electricity generated via the Plant-e fuel cell is low-voltage direct current that can charge batteries, cell-phones, and laptops as well as power LED lights. A demonstration project of the technology is in operation in the green roof of the Netherlands Institute of Technology building in Wageningen..." [11.23.12]

In the Book Bag, More Garden Tools
New York Times, by Lisa W. Foderaro
New York, NY.
"In the East Village, children planted garlic bulbs and harvested Swiss chard before Thanksgiving. On the other side of town, in Greenwich Village, they learned about storm water runoff, solar energy and wind turbines. And in Queens, students and teachers cultivated flowers that attract butterflies and pollinators...Across New York City, gardens and miniature farms — whether on rooftops or at ground level — are joining smart boards and digital darkrooms as must-have teaching tools..." [11.23.12]

Follow the Fellows: Real Plant Scientists in the Field!
Phipps Science Education, by Melissa Harding
Pittsburgh, PA.
"...Current BIA Fellows are engaged in local research in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland and research abroad in Nepal, Thailand, India, and Brazil. Their work covers topics ranging from the role of green roof plants in urban storm water management and the effects of plant invasion on a rare woodland butterfly to identification of plants used by healers for treatment of dementia...November’s featured fellow is Kelly Ksiazek - read an update on Kelly’s research and life as a scientist at the Botany In Action website..." [11.23.12]

Windsor releases climate change plan
MetroNews Canada, by Luke Simcoe
Windsor, Canada.
"Windsor has become the second city in Canada to adopt a plan for dealing with the effects of climate change, including extreme temperatures and violent storms. The Climate Change Adaptation Plan was prompted in part by the floods that plagued the city in 2011, which was also one of the hottest and wettest years on record...A number of action items are recommended for the city, such as a mandatory downspout disconnection program, green roofs, permeable pavement policies, tree planting and sewer use education for residents..." [11.21.12]

Green Roofs in Healthcare: Fundamentals for Facility Managers
Healthcare Design Magazine, by Gary Kusnierz
Appleton, WI.
"If a hospital or other healthcare facility has yet to undertake a green roof project, it’s likely they‘ll do so sooner rather than later. For many healthcare facilities, building projects will require green roofs. When there is little space for stormwater mitigation features at ground level, green roofs are often the most practical approach to moderate the volume and velocity of run-off. Especially on urban campuses with limited open space for expansion, stormwater management regulations can make green roofs essential as the first line of defense..." [11.19.12]

Morgan Sindall Scoops £15.8m Contract, by Staff
"Morgan Sindall has won a £15.8 million contract to redevelop and upgrade facilities at the University of Hertfordshire...The new-build development is designed to achieve a BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Excellent rating. A key feature of the building includes several water saving features and an attractive and sustainable ‘green roof’, which will be planted with sedum vegetation to absorb rainwater and provide insulation..." [11.19.12]

Rooftop farm plants seeds in the Seaport
Boston Herald, by Donna Goodison
Boston, MA.
"A hub urban agriculture startup has landed a location for a rooftop farm in South Boston’s Seaport District...The 55,000-square-foot organic farm will be the second largest open-air commercial rooftop farm in the world and the first in Boston...Higher Ground Farm needs to raise $350,000 for Somerville’s Recover Green Roofs to install a green roof system and other startup costs. It plans an online Kickstarter campaign and fund-raisers at Boston restaurants in addition to pursuing grants..." [11.19.12]

Renewable Energy Sources: Green Projects Take Off In Canada
Huffington Post Canada, by Staff
"Whether it’s your rising energy bill or your environmentally conscious self, renewable sources of energy offer ways to be kind to your pocketbook and Mother Nature...In 2009, Toronto was the first North American city to implement a green-roof bylaw, which requires all new construction to feature a green roof of no less area than 2,000 square metres. How does a green roof help benefit condos such as Tridel’s The Republic condo and North Toronto Collegiate Institute? By providing insulation, absorbing heat and collecting rainwater, not to mention helping to clean the air..." [11.18.12]

Bush library to feature park, by Jamie Stengle
Dallas, TX.
"A 15-acre park at the upcoming George W. Bush Presidential Center will recreate a Texas prairie, complete with a wildflower meadow, a new blend of native grasses and even trees transplanted from the former president’s ranch...The Bush center is aiming to get the highest-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council: LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Platinum certification. Its eco-friendly features include green roofs in three different areas, the use of local materials, and a cistern that will gather rainwater and provide half of the site’s irrigation..." [11.17.12]

Urban Sustainability Enhanced Through Landscape Architecture
Living Green Magazine, by Thomas R. Tavella
"Many architecture and engineering firms have faced declining workloads and reduced workforces in recent years. But landscape architecture firms appear to be doing well and even growing. The reasons why? For starters, landscape architects are playing a more significant role in municipal projects thanks to Americans becoming more health conscious. This means they are planning and designing more running and walking spaces for communities...Another—and particularly more innovative—use of vegetation involves the “green” roof (also known as the living roof). Comprised of trees, shrubs, low-growth grasses, and sedums, “green” roofs can cap just about any structure in a community..." [11.16.12]

Green roof on track to open summer 2013
The Silhouette, by Julia Redmond
Hamilton, Canada.
"...Stewart’s green roof initiative, a project designed to convert the third-floor balcony of the McMaster University Student Centre into an eco-friendly sitting area and garden, is on track to be completed for next summer. The project was a key platform point of her 2012 presidential campaign...Green roofs have been growing in popularity at universities and other institutions across Canada. Stewart explained that the inspiration for the green roof at Mac came from two students who were involved with OPIRG, who proposed the project three years ago..." [11.15.12]

What You Can Do to Prevent Storm Water Runoff Pollution, by Staff
New Haven, CT.
"...Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research's (CLEAR) Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program launched its new green infrastructure website, The new website is designed to assist Connecticut homeowners in reducing the harmful effects of stormwater runoff...common sense solutions can help protect our waters. Innovative green infrastructure concepts like rain gardens, rain barrels, downspout disconnections, permeable pavers, and green roofs, can help naturally manage stormwater, limit raw sewage discharges, reduce flooding risk and improve water quality..." [11.15.12]

Vancouver Convention Centre's green roof getting its annual haircut
The Province, by Frank Luba
Vancouver, Canada.
"As a lawn, the green roof of the new Vancouver Convention Centre is kind of a mess. But the roof, even though it’s been getting its annual mowing for the last week or so, is more of a natural landscape than a lawn. And that 2.4 hectare natural landscape of 400,000 indigenous plants and grasses is doing a great job as a living roof that insulates the convention centre...The roof, expected to last as long as the convention centre, is actually saving money..." [11.15.12]

Perennials With a View
Architect, by Jennifer Brite
"By now, many architects can tout the benefits of green roofs, but few know which plants are actually suitable for topping buildings. A green-roof designer, horticulturist, or landscape architect will typically do the heavy lifting of choosing the cultivars based on factors such as climate, roof height, sun and wind exposure, and aesthetics. But knowing your options may help ensure the endurance of your green roof, and also uncover creative ways to enhance your building design and program." [11.14.12]

O’Hare goes green with urban garden, bees and green roof
Medill Reports, by Alan Yu and Drew Kann
Chicago, IL.
"FedEx is greening O'Hare with a park-size roof garden at its airport cargo facility. Honey bees, Terminal 2 farming to grow produce for airport restaurants and a park-sized roof garden - it's all making O'Hare International Airport one of the leaders in going green. Add in energy conservation measures, and the airport estimates saving 1 million kilowatt-hours of power this year, enough electricity to cover the annual needs of more than 100 Illinois residences." [11.14.12]

Blanket of green on Providence St. Mary Medical Center roof
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, by Vicki Hillhouse
Walla Walla, WA.
"On the rooftop of Providence St. Mary Medical Center a sort of secret garden is taking root. It is a virtual 10,000-square-foot blanket of succulents that will only ever be seen by a relative few but should be felt throughout the hospital for years to come...Rather than change it out with a traditional roof and gravel covering, officials began to explore whether a more environmentally sustainable option was available, an approach that has become a flagship strategy for the hospital. They found Tremco Roofing and Maintenance, an Ohio company that specializes in green roofs and contracts with landscape firm Enviroscapes Northwest..." [11.13.12]

Allegheny County redevelopment funds Soldiers & Sailors 'green roof,' other projects
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, by Len Barcousky
Pittsburgh, PA
. "Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum will get $250,000 from a state tax on casinos to help pay for a "green roof" on its landmark building in Oakland...The $563,000 project will include improvements to storm drains and the electrical system, in addition to planting low-weight vegetation on portions of the top of the century-old building. The "green roof" will be designed to absorb storm water, reducing the amount of runoff and provide additional insulation to trim heating and cooling costs..." [11.10.12]

Three DOTS vehicles this semester have truck beds full of plants
The DiamondBack, by Fatimah Waseem
College Park, MD.
"Three DOTS parking enforcement vehicles feature truck beds filled with plants this semester... Although the plants do not decrease greenhouse gas emissions, officials said they hope they’ll serve as an educational tool to teach the campus about the benefits of sustainability and DOTS’ appreciation of it...Green roofs on-the-go may be a first for the university, but they’re nothing new for buildings across the campus; green roofs top the Stamp Student Union, Cumberland Hall and the building that houses 251 North, all of which indirectly reduce storm water runoff, insulate the summer heat and winter cold and attract wildlife..." [11.8.12]

Columbia Green Talks Green Partnerships at Greenbuild Expo
PR Newswire, Press Release
Portland, OR.
"Columbia Green Technologies (CGT), eco-technology provider for green roof systems, will be sharing best practice ideas about green public private partnerships (PPP) at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on Nov. 14-15. The world’s largest green building expo brings together 35,000 industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building. During the We Build Green Cities panel on Thursday CGT’s CEO, Vanessa Keitges, will discuss how Portland’s PPP model can serve as a blueprint to build green cities..." [11.8.12]

Johannesburg Rooftop Garden Aims to Fight Poverty
Voice of America, by Solenn Honorine
Johannesburg, South Africa.
"South Africa’s smallest province, Gauteng, home to both Johannesburg and Pretoria, has grown rapidly in the last decade. The 2011 census showed that an extra million people now live in the province, putting a new strain on housing, services, and competition for jobs. The strain is hardest on the poor, who don’t often have enough to live, never mind eat healthy. But one local non-governmental agency (NGO), Thlago, has launched a pilot project to set up organic vegetable and herb gardens in some of the last remaining free spaces in the area: the roofs of downtown Johannesburg..." [11.8.12]

Student-led Conference Tackles Sustainability Issues in Singapore and Beyond
PRWeb, Press Release
"The 2012 Global Issues Network conference in Singapore (GINSING) November 9-11 will bring together international students from across Asia to identify sustainable solutions to critical global issues and return to their schools and communities ready to act...They learned about the NParks scheme to fund 50% of green roof projects on buildings constructed prior to 2008. They then reached out to approximately 40 businesses in Singapore enquiring about their interest in working with students to construct a green roof on their property and maintain it over time..." [11.8.12]

Portland's eco-roof industry falls short
Oregon Business, by Emma Hall
Portland, OR.
"The worldwide eco-roof industry is growing rapidly, and Portland is often lauded as being in a unique position to benefit as an early adopter of the green building trend. The city has joined much larger cities in offering green roof incentives since 2008, and is home to startup eco-roof manufacturer Columbia Green. Portland State University boasts a Green Roof Design and Testing Lab. Yet the city is falling behind on its goal of 43 acres of eco-roofs by 2013..." [11.7.12]

Gutman Library Renovation Includes Green 'Living Walls'
Harvard Library, by Staff
Cambridge, MA.
"Indoor gardens have been shown to improve air quality, increase productivity, reduce stress and decrease noise—so where better to install them than in a library? The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Gutman Library recently underwent a first-floor renovation that included the installation of four “living walls”—or ceiling-to-floor panels covered entirely with foliage. The idea was to integrate sustainability with interior design—making the room brighter and more aesthetic, while simultaneously promoting a cleaner environment for students and faculty..." [11.6.12]

Growth of rooftop plants defines 'green building'
Houston Chronicle, by Lee Howard
Lebanon, CT.
"Spread out in an isolated section of the 400-acre Pride's Corner Farms, a low-key $1 million-a-year operation brings the concept of "green" building to new heights — rooftops, to be specific...One of Pride's Corner's most recent installations was at Public School 41 in New York City's Greenwich Village, where a 9,000-square-foot Green Roof Environmental Literacy Laboratory was completed just last month. The project — totaling $1.7 million, with the roof system alone costing about $450,000 installed — is expected to have a payback period of about six years..." [11.3.12]

Sandy forces New York to consider all options in effort to make city safe
The Guardian, by Suzanne Goldenberg
New York, NY.
"...One other option, which would also help stop climate change, is promoting green roofs. Green roofs – like the 2 acre expanse the big postal sorting facility near Penn Station – can help capture rainfall during a storm, which also helps in a flood threat. Environmental groups say the city has relaxed regulations on green roofs this year. The natural solutions are a lot cheaper, said Bill Ulfelder, who heads the New York chapter of the Nature Conservancy. People have estimated $10-$20bn for a surge protector at the mouth of the harbour somewhere. But you can do a lot of trees, green roofs, oyster reefs and wetlands for just a few hundred million dollars..." [11.2.12]

Ann Arbor Municipal Center project wins Gold LEED certification from Green Building Council, by Ryan J. Stanton
Ann Arbor, MI.
"Ann Arbor's recently renovated and expanded city hall at 301 E. Huron St. has been awarded Gold LEED status by the U.S. Green Building Council...the award recognizes the entire Ann Arbor Municipal Center project, including the new Justice Center addition, landscaped municipal plaza rain gardens, green roof promenade and porous pavement in the parking lot. The gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design award from the USGBC requires a construction project to achieve a minimum of 39 points for green building and site design, construction and operations. Ann Arbor's Municipal Center obtained 44 points..." [10.31.12]

Green roofs for a sustainable future
The University of Hawaii Kaleo, by Rafael Bergstrom
"...As our lifestyles continue to be more urban-focused, it is our responsibility to think about sustainably for our survival. The inclusion of green roofs on buildings – rooftop gardens that consist of crops or other vegetation – presents an ecological solution to make our cities more livable...Leading examples include Sweet Home Waimānalo, which installed a green roof above its restaurant, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education Hall that incorporated a small green roof in its renovations..." [10.29.12]

Group Pushes Green Water Infrastructure
Cincinnati CityBeat, by Staff
Cincinnati, OH.
"Ohioans might not give it much thought outside of paying the water bill, but better water infrastructure can make cities more efficient, healthier and cleaner. That’s why Green For All, a group that promotes clean energy initiatives, is now focusing on cleaner, greener water infrastructure. A little-known green conference took place in Cincinnati Oct. 15-17. The Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference was in town on those three days, and it brought together leaders from around the U.S. to discuss sustainable water programs for cities..." [10.24.12]

Bronx School Plants Healthy Lesson With New Rooftop Garden
NY1, by Roger Clark
Bronx, NY.
"A new rooftop garden is giving some Bronx students a chance to flex their green thumbs. The new garden was unveiled at The Haven Academy Charter School on Brown Place in Mott Haven. It's part of a partnership with Bolthouse Farms and the New York Foundling to help get kids into eating healthier foods. Herbs and vegetables will be harvested by students and used in cafeteria meals throughout the year...The opening helped kick off Food Day 2012, a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food..." [10.24.12]

Putting a little green up above
Winnipeg Free Press, by Brent Bellamy
Winnipeg, Canada.
"...For much of the year, heat islands can negatively impact human comfort in the city. This can affect urban vibrancy, commercial activity, public health and air quality while increasing direct energy costs for building owners. The solution to these issues is to introduce the moderating effect of natural elements back into the urban landscape. Many cities around the world are promoting vegetated or 'green' roofs as a way of managing the quality of their urban environments. Green roofs not only contribute to regulating the microclimate, their social benefits include the reintroduction of habitat for birds and insects, the absorption of pollutants in the air, improved aesthetics and civic image as well as the provision of active public green space..." [10.22.12]

Tweeting plants at the Nokia House rooftop garden
Nokia Conversations, by Tiina Jaatinen
Espoo, Finland.
"...This summer, one of the rooftop terraces at the Nokia head office in Espoo, Finland, has also been blooming with strawberries, herbs, vegetables and other more exotic plants. Up until now, the rooftop terrace, which has an amazing view of the Baltic Sea and the surrounding areas, has been mostly unused. Earlier this year, though, the Nokia Sustainability team and a group of gardening enthusiasts at Nokia put their heads together and decided put the space to good use and bring urban gardening to Nokia House..." [10.19.12]

If Green Roofs And Rain Gardens Are So Great, Why Aren't There More?
EarthFix, by Bonnie Stewart and Ashley Ahearn
Portland, OR.
"...Experts’ modern consensus: Handling stormwater is all about building our cities differently, with more greenery to slurp up the rainwater. Techniques to accomplish this include specially designed swales, green roofs, rain gardens and porous pavement that allows the water to soak into the ground instead of gurgling into a stream...So why are these techniques – part of a new building approach commonly dubbed low-impact development or green stormwater infrastructure – not more widely required..." [10.18.12]

Burgeoning Green Roofs and Green Walls Market to be Worth $7.7 Billion in 2017
Lux Research, Press Release

Boston, MA. " Green roofs and green walls, sought to address environmental issues like air pollution, heat-island effect, and loss of green spaces in cities, will balloon into a $7.7 billion market in 2017, driven by mandates and incentives by cities across the globe...Green roofs will account for $7 billion of the market, presenting a $2 billion opportunity to suppliers of polymeric materials such as geosynthetic fabrics and waterproof membranes. Green walls will swell to a $680 million market, using $200 million worth of materials such as self-supporting polyurethane foam growth media..." [10.18.12]

An Infographic Breakdown Of The World's Greenest Cities
Co.Exist, by Ariel Schwartz
"...A handful of major world cities stand out as leaders. This infographic focuses on the contest between London, New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Stockholm. Three of these cities made it into our list of the top 10 smart cities on the planet (two others were runners-up). In each of these cities, there are notable statistics worth mentioning. Amsterdam has one bike for every 0.73 people, Copenhagen has legislation requiring all new buildings to have green roofs (this will add 5,000 square meters of vegetation), and only 44% of New Yorkers own a car, compared to 95% of Americans overall..." [10.17.12]

Cities can get greener by 2030 as new urban areas built
Reuters, by Alister Doyle
"The world's urban areas will more than double in size by 2030, presenting an opportunity to build greener and healthier cities, a U.N. study showed on Monday. Simple planning measures such as more parks, trees or roof gardens could make cities less polluted and help protect plants and animals, especially in emerging nations led by China and India where city growth will be fastest...In Mexico City, a "Green Roof Program" aims to create 10,000 square meters (107,000 sq ft) of new roof gardens every year..." [10.16.12]

Walmart to Save $150 Million Thanks to Sustainability Programs
Triple Pundit, by Leon Kaye
"Many companies announce that occasional token solar installation or green roof as a move to score some corporate social responsibility points in the good name of public relations. Walmart’s slow but steady commitment to sustainability, however, is an exciting one because of its potential in scope. With the scope of its stores and distribution centers, Walmart’s continued investment in clean energy and now green roofs can help the company both reduce its overall environmental footprint and help lower the cost of these technologies..." [10.16.12]

Native Plant Fares Well in Pilot Green Roof Research Study
University of Cincinnati, by M. B. Reilly
Cincinnati, OH.
"In a UC pilot study of plants best suited for the region’s green roofs, the North American native, nodding wild onion, and a sedum commonly known as gold moss sedum were the most likely to survive both heat and little rainfall, conditions common to the area’s summer months...Their research will be presented in a paper titled “Ohio Native Plants On a Green Roof: Evaluation of Survival and Impact on Stormwater Runoff” at the CitiesAlive 2012 conference, sponsored by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Oct. 17-20 in Chicago..." [10.15.12]

BU's First Green Roof
BU Today, by Leslie Friday
Boston, MA.
"...The University recently installed its first green roof, which sits atop the area known as the Ellipse and an adjacent rectangular section on the second floor. Spanning nearly 6,000 square feet, the roof will eventually become a lush, multicolor bed of vegetation that will also decrease the building’s carbon footprint...Installation, which took several weeks, occurred during the building’s final phase of construction this summer and was orchestrated by architects Bruner/Cott & Associates, landscape architects Richard Burck Associates, Bond Brothers contractors, green roof designers Roofmeadow, and installers Xquisite Landscaping..." [10.15.12]

Rooftop lessons at UVM
WCAX, by Keith Mcgilvery
Burlington, VT.
"High atop the University of Vermont a garden is taking root. This is something we have been planning for 10 years, said Gary Hawley of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. This week students and faculty are putting the finishing touches on a new green roof on the university's Aiken building...The 7,000-square-foot space will allow folks to study new ways to process rainwater..." [10.12.12]

Ayrsley Celebrates Latest Green Initiative with Free Outdoor Concert
PRLOG, Press Release
Charlotte, NC
. "Ayrsley's first green roof has generated so much buzz that the property management teams has invited Terri Bennett & Orange Crush to help them unveil it during a free outdoor concert...we really like the idea of a green roof. The environmental benefits are important and we wanted to learn about the cost to build it and what is involved in maintaining it. We like what we've learned so far; it cost less than we expected and there haven't been any maintenance headaches. It also has created a real buzz within our community..." [10.11.12]

Rooftop farm opens at East Village school building, by Danielle Tcholakian
New York, NY.
"The Robert Simon Complex on 6th Street in the East Village, already home to the Earth School, P.S. 64, and Tompkins Square Park School, now also includes a rooftop garden called Fifth Street Farm. The garden is designed by Michael Arad, the architect behind the 9/11 memorial. The rooftop farm spans 2,400 square feet and will be used to teach students about plants and the environment. The students will have the opportunity to grow, harvest and eat herbs, vegetables and fruit..." [10.10.12]

Roof gardens proven to cool buildings
The World Today, by Eleanor Hall
"...Landscape architect Graeme Hopkins is the designer of a roof and wall garden project in the city. He says the practice of garden roofs has long been established in Europe, and Australia is beginning to embrace it...We've developed an insulation factor which is a first time anybody's been able to predict what a green roof will do in a climate. And in the 300 thick substrate, we can reduce the roof temperature by 42 per cent. In the grated system, we can reduce that by 21 per cent. And so we can use them as predictions in planning new buildings now for energy use..." [10.9.12]

How to Build a Cooler City
PBS NewsHour, by Saskia De Melker
Chicago, IL.
"...If every rooftop in Chicago was covered with a green roof, the city could save $100 million in energy every year, said Jason Westrope, a developer for Development Management Associates, who has overseen the building of green roofs in the city...Chicago already has 369 green roofs covering almost 5.5 million square feet -- that's more than any other city in North America. But city planners are pushing for even more...Watch the full broadcast report..." [10.9.12]

Coping with Climate Change: Green Roofs of Chicago
PBS Newshour, by Staff
Chicago, IL.
"As global temperatures rise, cities face the challenge of keeping their infrastructure and residents cool. Chicago is tackling the problem with a green design makeover that includes 369 green roofs covering 5.5 million square feet - more than any other city in North America. Here's a look at some of the most impressive ones...Perhaps the most impressive green roof in the city, City Hall's 23,000 square foot green roof serves as a testbed for researching and measuring the impact of green roofs...The  Gary Comer Youth Center in south Chicago has a vegetable green roof garden designed as an outdoor classroom..." [10.8.12]

Could the future of the environment be found within the vertical garden?
Metro, by Tamara Hinson
"How does your garden grow? Along the turf, or like Jack’s beanstalk, into the sky? Gardens are no longer confined to the ground. A growing number of buildings are opting for facades made not from cement or glass but from plants. French botanist Patrick Blanc is one of the world's most famous ‘vertical garden’ designers. Mr. Blanc realised the potential of vertical gardening after studying the way certain plants were able to grow vertically without the need for soil, and set about creating lightweight, low-maintenance vegetation walls..." [10.5.12]

Civil Engineering completes new green roof laboratory
Purdue News, by Judith Barra Austin
West Lafayette, IN.
"Purdue University's School of Civil Engineering will dedicate a new green roof laboratory Oct. 12 as part of the university's homecoming and the school's 125th anniversary celebration. The Civil Engineering Student Advisory Council initiated the green roof project two years ago. The goal was to provide a laboratory space that offered students opportunities to study and work on sustainability and green initiatives. It also will serve as a student gathering space...The green roof is a critical addition to the curriculum for students in architectural engineering, hydrology and environmental areas..." [10.3.12]

Members of UD, Delaware community celebrate green roof completion
University of Delaware, by Adam Thomas
Newark, DE.
"U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and members of the Delaware community joined University of Delaware students and faculty on Friday, Sept. 28, at Colburn Laboratory to celebrate the completion of the University’s first green roof on a classroom building. The environmentally friendly green roof was made possible thanks to grant funding and some unique engineering by the school’s landscape design program...This new green roof project at the University of Delaware is a great example of the power of public-private partnerships..." [10.2.12]

New certificates at UC focus on sustainability
Soapbox Cincinnati, by Caitlin Koenig
Cincinnati, OH.
"The University of Cincinnati recently added four new degree certificates to the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. The Sustainable Landscape Design, Urban Agriculture, Urban Landscapes and Green Roofs certificates are in the horticulture department and focus on green living. The four certificates are available at the undergraduate level, but graduate students can arrange for credit... The certificate in Green Roofs addresses contemporary issues in living architecture, while focusing on the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainable urban design..." [10.2.12]

EmiratesGBC to highlight green roofing technologies that promote energy efficiency at industry networking event
Zawya Press Release
Dubai, UAE.
"Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices in the UAE, will host a networking event to discuss innovative green roofing solutions that contribute to sustainable built environments, on October 2, 2012 at The Address Dubai Mall hotel in Downtown Dubai...Green roof system is recognised as a cost-effective roofing solution. It contributes in providing greater thermal performance that improves energy efficiency and living comfort..." [9.30.12]

Quick and Dirty: Vertical Gardens Are Off the Wall!
Living Walls | HGTV Gardens Blog, by Danny Bonvissuto
"If these walls could talk, they’d say that vertical gardens are one of the hottest trends today. These gorgeously green living walls are sprouting out of restaurants, hotels, grocery stores and even urban fitness centers, bringing the outdoors in and uniting designers, landscape artists and botanists on projects all over the world...Longwood Gardens—Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; The sprawling landscape of this botanical garden is home to the largest green wall in North America. Installed in 2010, it is comprised of approximately 45,000 plants including ferns in varieties like holly..." [9.27.12]

Barnes Foundation Honored with LEED Platinum Designation
CultureGrrl, by Lee Rosenbaum
Philadelphia, PA.
"The Barnes Foundation has just announced that at 2 p.m. today its Tod Williams- and Billie Tsien-designed new facility will receive LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first major art and education institution in the country to achieve this highest level of recognition for environmental responsibility...USGBC president and CEO Rick Fedrizzi praised the Barnes for diverting 95% of construction waste from landfills as it redeveloped this brownfield site to a building with anticipated energy savings of 44% over a traditionally designed equivalent..." [9.27.12]

Adaptation focus: Making the business case for living roofs
Responding to Climate Change, by Tierney Smith
London, UK.
"Green roofs have seen a surge in popularity in recent years as cities look for ways to limit the impacts of climate change...In Herne Hill, South London – where localised flooding has been a problem, the Urban Wild Project aims to improve the local area by encouraging local businesses to install green roofs. I spoke to Caroline Noble and Katy Obregon about what gave them inspiration for a green roofs project on this scale..." [9.26.12]

A Means to an End: Focus on sewers leads to cleaner Onondaga Lake Blog, by Staff
Syracuse, NY.
"...After getting federal approval to change direction, Mahoney and the county moved ahead aggressively. Last year the county passed its goal of funding 50 green infrastructure projects — installing absorbent roofs, porous pavement, rain gardens, bioswales and cisterns. These projects should capture 43.6 million gallons of stormwater each year. The savings multiply: another million gallons saved by a green roof at the convention center; 2.1 million gallons from 600 free rain barrels the county distributed; 2 million gallons from 1,000 new trees planted..." [9.25.12]

Skyfarming Prototype? 8-Story, Climbable Vertical Garden in Barcelona
Huffington Post, by Kirsten Dirksen
Barcelona, Spain.
"Architect Juli Capella was tasked by the city of Barcelona to design a vertical garden to cover a nearly 70-foot-high windowless wall (left over after an adjacent building was demolished). Instead of creating a typical living wall that simply covered the existing surface with plants, he constructed a piece of architecture (or "vegitecture") that acts like any conventional building, with a door, stairs and floors. But unlike any other building, it has plants for walls..." [9.24.12]

PSU students install green roof on campus, by Staff
Portland, OR.
"Dozens of students spent part of their weekend working to install a "green roof" on the Portland State University campus. A crane was used to lift plants and other materials onto the roof of Cramer Hall. About 30 students helped to assemble the 3,000-square-foot eco-roof and install the plants. The work was part of a living laboratory for civil and environmental engineering classes, according to project manager Austin Hudson. This allows us to more effectively assess how the native and non-native plants are compared against each other, Hudson said..." [9.24.12]

How to grow a rooftop garden and wring pollution's neck
Egypt Independent, by Louise Sarant
Cairo, Egypt.
"Egypt’s capital spreads cement tentacles over what used to be extremely viable agricultural land, replacing it with rickety brick towers...But a quiet revolution is on the way to turn these derelict roofs into vegetable gardens, blooming with arugula, tomatoes, herbs and more. Osama al-Beheiry, a professor at the Faculty of Agriculture at Ain Shams University, and Aurelia Weintz from Nawaya, a social enterprise focused on providing a platform for agriculture extension and community, are both specialists on — and developers of — rooftop gardens..." [9.23.12]

Mayor Vincent Gray makes DC Department of Environment headquarters greener, by Douglas Canter
"...As part of this effort, the Department constructed a 10,500 square foot green roof last year and anticipates installation of solar panels before the end of this year, according to various Department staffers. Green roofs and rain gardens duplicate natural filtration and reduce pollution into the Potomac River, the Anacostia River, Rock Creek, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay...DC’s sustainability vision also sets a goal of installing 1.5 million square feet of green roofs in DC to reduce runoff of the 400 billion gallons of water that falls on the District in the form of rain and snow each year..." [9.21.12]

Toronto's greenspiration gap
NOW Magazine, by Wayne Roberts
Toronto, Canada.
"...This is an industry that can double its current employment if it gets its share of the millions destined for water-related construction alone. Peck, also founder of industry-based Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, has a global overview. He worries that T.O. and Ontario, where many eco plans were developed 15 years ago, are losing the chance to lead this sector and reap the consulting fees and contracts for an upcoming worldwide industry. Toronto does have a lead on green roofs, thanks to a local bylaw. But it’s falling behind on eco strategies like green walls..." [9.20.12]

Green initiative takes flight at Gannon
Gannonknight, by Colleen Langham
Erie, PA.
"The senior gift from Gannon University’s class of 2012 consisted of two green roofs being installed on Zurn Science Center. Erin Fuller, a Gannon alumna, became interested in the green roof project earlier in her college career when she took Environmental Issues with Steve Ropski, Ph.D. Ropski’s way of teaching was informative in the methodology of green roofs...The temperature in a building can reduce from 6 to 8 degrees if its roof is covered with plants. Not only do the green roofs conserve energy, they also add greenery to Gannon’s campus..." [9.20.12]

Schiele roof going green
Gaston Gazette, by Wade Allen
Gastonia, NC.
"Gastonia Sheet Metal employees get loads of growing media layer to put out on the roof of the new section of the Schiele Museum where nearly 10,000 sedum plants will be planted. It will be the only green roof in the area...Firestone Building Products has partnered with Gastonia Sheet Metal Inc. to construct the green roof, which will be accessible by both stairs and an elevator. A pathway winds through plants on the roof and lends itself to environmental preservation. The path surfaces are made from 95 percent recycled tires and plastics..." [9.19.12]

A Plush Rooftop Garden for Tokyo Shoppers
The Atlantic Cities, by Ashley Wells
Tokyo, Japan.
"Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Project, sometimes referred to as TPOP, was designed by Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura. Located at one of the busiest crossroads in the Harajuku shopping district, it offers visitors a full range of attractions, including high-end shopping and a rooftop respite that Nakamura refers to as the 'roof-forest.'...The so-called roof-forest is presented as a green island, with 34 trees and over 50 different kinds of plants. The space offers peace for visitors, allowing them to temporarily forget their dense, urban setting. The rooftop park is even equipped with technological systems to purify the air..." [9.17.12]

NWTC’s New Green Roof Enhancing Sustainability on Campus, by Rodee Schneider
Green Bay, WI.
"High above the grounds of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College lays a small patch of green space that most students are unlikely to see. It’s the College’s new green roof, and with its installation on the new third floor of the Student Commons building, the College continues its push to create a more sustainable campus...The green roof, which at 2,500 square feet is set next to two variations of traditional roofing systems, presents a golden opportunity to compare energy-savings and to test benefit claims..." [9.17.12]

Linden Hall school for girls unveils new center with 'green' roof, by Heather Stauffer
Lititz, PA.
"...The energy-efficient facility contains the school's administrative offices, a multimedia library and research center, a new computer lab and flexible collaborative classrooms, according to a news release. It also retains historic spaces throughout the facility. Creek Hill Nursery of Manheim created the green roof in conjunction with Derck & Edson Associates of Lititz, using the LiveRoof tray system..." [9.17.12]

Green walls 'need building code' to reduce fire hazard
The Sydney Morning Herald, by Amy McNeilage
Sydney, Australia.
"A Sydney landscape architect is pushing for green walls to be regulated under building and fire safety codes after he recently saw one go up in flames at a local bar...Green walls are the latest trend in urban design and architecture, used to enliven blank facades and reduce the heat island effect in urban areas. The term refers to a wall that is partially or completely covered with vegetation...Industry stakeholders say, if done professionally, it is almost impossible for a green wall to catch alight..." [9.15.12]

TD’s Living Roof Demonstrating its Commitment to Sustainability
AxiomNews, by Ryan Rogers
Toronto, Canada.
"TD Bank Group continues to take actions as a leader in sustainable building design by embracing environmentally-friendly installations like a living roof on its downtown centre in Toronto. The green roof was delicately installed atop the heritage building, mimicking its historical, gridded design with 692 planters and 11,000 grass plants on the 22,000 square foot low-rise at the corner of King and Bay streets..." [9.14.12]

First look at the $76 million Barclays Center subway station
Daily News, by Jason Sheftell
Brooklyn, NY.
"A new station where Flatbush meets Atlantic in downtown Brooklyn will connect subway travelers on nine lines to the Barclays Center...The weathered metal of the station matches that of Barclays Center. An eco-friendly sedum grass roof ramps up toward the arena. The green roof concept was designed by lower-Manhattan-based SHoP, the same group that designed Barclays Center, while the rest of the station was designed by Midtown firm Stantec. The width of the ascent to the plaza is meant to handle tens of thousands per event, and hammer home the arrival..." [9.14.12]

Rooftop garden feeds hospital patients, teaches students
Newsday Blog, by Erin Geismar
Stony Brook, NY.
"...The farm is run by the Nutrition Division of the hospital’s Department of Family Medicine and manned by volunteers consisting of the staff, interns from the dietetic nutrition program and other students...This garden is unique in that all the other gardens are situated in communities and this one is situated on the rooftop of Stony Brook hospital and the produce is actually integrated into patient menus, she said. An additional benefit of the rooftop farm, which they call “Stony Brook Heights,” is that it provides a hands-on learning opportunity for so much of the university and hospital community..." [9.13.12]

Oregon BEST awards commercialization grants for green roofs, energy storage
Sustainable Business Oregon, by Christina Williams
Portland, OR.
"...Oregon BEST announced an $80,000 commercialization grant for Columbia Green Technologies, a Portland ecoroof startup, which will fund that company's work with Portland State University researchers to measure and track the ability of ecoroof systems to manage stormwater runoff in urban settings. Columbia Green will work with a PSU research team led by Graig Spolek, a green roof expert and Oregon BEST faculty member. The team will also work on the next generation of Columbia Green's ecoroof system..." [9.11.12]

MMSD chief invited to White House to talk green
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Blog, by Don Behn
Milwaukee, WI.
"Should a federal income tax credit be offered as an incentive for growing a garden on your roof or building a parking lot with porous pavement? Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Executive Director Kevin Shafer thinks so. Shafer is taking his vision of green and permeable urban landscapes to the White House. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and White House Council on Environmental Quality have tapped Shafer to lead a discussion of financing so-called green infrastructure at a White House conference on municipal storm water Sept. 20..." [9.11.12]

Roof gardens: how city-dwelling horticulturists are reaching new heights, by Christopher Middleton
London, UK.
"With surrounding space at a premium, city residents are devising ingenious methods to develop thriving rooftop gardens...This is exactly how Bermudan-born artist and painter Lynn Parotti felt about moving out of her old house and into a new apartment beside Kew Bridge. Not only does she have views up and down the Thames, and across to Kew Gardens, but she has her own 2,000sq ft (186sq m) roof garden overlooking the river..." [9.10.12]

The lowdown on green roofs
Downtown Journal, by Sarah McKenzie
Minneapolis, MN.
"Green roofs have been sprouting on Minneapolis rooftops for several years now, but the rise of urban farming has made them even more popular these days. We checked in with Kim Havey, a principal at Sustology, a Minneapolis-based sustainable consulting firm, to learn about the latest trends in green roof design...There is a wide range of costs depending on the soil depths, type of plants, type of roof and size. On average, larger green roofs cost less per square foot. Typical costs range from $10-$30/square foot..." [9.10.12]

Ontario Completes Ottawa Courthouse Green Roof
Government of Ontario News, by Staff
Toronto, Canada.
"A new green roof at the Ottawa Courthouse will reduce energy costs, improve air quality and help Ontario meet its long-term energy conservation goals. The Ottawa Courthouse's green roof is a living landscape that supports 60 varieties of plants and protects the building's structure from the elements. There are 26 separate green roofs spanning multiple elevations, for a total of 70,000 square feet of green space that will help keep Ottawa's air clean..." [9.7.12]

Louisville Housing Authority shows off new green roof
The Courier-Journal Blog, by James Bruggers
Louisville, KY.
"That’s one splashy new “green” roof atop one of the Louisville Metro Housing Authority’s administration buildings. The Vine Street building’s new roof features more than 1,200 plantings and city officials said it actually cost less than a conventional roof replacement job: $718,445 to $734,000 for some 16,800 square feet. It will also save energy year-round, among other benefits, some 26 percent heat loss reduction, 96 percent heat-gain reduction and 76 percent reduction in energy use for summertime air conditioning..." [9.6.12]

Shopping Amid Sustainability
The Wall Street Journal, by Ralph Gardner Jr.
Bronx, NY.
"...Actually, their sustainability efforts consist of three separate initiatives. There's the roof. It's now planted with strips of sedum that are capable of eliminating 50% of approximately 300,000 gallons of storm water that would otherwise pollute the Bronx River. How that's accomplished? Apparently, by the plants absorbing the precipitation, or scrubbing the rain before it enters the river, or through evaporation...the initiative was a joint effort among various government agencies and nonprofits, including the Bloomberg administration's PlaNYC, the Bronx Overall Development Center, Sustainable South Bronx..." [9.4.12]

Long Beach councilman pushes for completion of 'green wall' to block freeway noise
Contra Costa Times, by Karen Robes Meeks
Long Beach, CA.
"...City Councilman James Johnson hopes to garner support for what he believes will be the solution to a long-term problem in his 7th District: a "green wall" that could help shield neighborhoods from the thousands of trucks and vehicles that travel the freeway daily...But Johnson's green wall, which was among the 83 requests competing for the scant $5.4 million of greenhouse gas reduction mitigation funding, didn't qualify, said Bob Kanter, managing director of Environmental Affairs and Planning for the Port of Long Beach..." [9.4.12]

NFTA Bus Shelter Gets A Living Green Roof
Buffalo Rising, by Staff
Buffalo, NY.
"When I first saw a photo of this living green roof in Downtown Buffalo, I thought that someone had done a good job in Photoshopping. I assumed that the project was a proposal rather than a finished product. I'm happy to say that I was wrong. Earlier this morning I paid a visit to the NFTA bus shelter to see what if I could find any signs of the living roof, and there it was... a functioning green roof on top of the shelter at Ellicott and Division..." [9.3.12]

Bus tour will show green uses of land and water in county, by Kent Jackson
Sugarloaf, PA.
"Rain pulverizes soil and mobilizes pollutants, but there's a difference when showers pelt the shore of the Susquehanna River at Kirby Park Natural Area in Kingston, the parking lot of the Lands at Hillside Farm in Shavertown or the roof of Life Expression Wellness Center in Sugarloaf. At Kirby Park, tree leaves blunt the force of the raindrops, and the plants absorb water before soil washes into the current. Rain falling on Life Expression replenishes a meadow of 6,000 sedum plants that grows on the roof..." [9.2.12]

Muncie: The green roof capital of the Midwest?
Muncie Star Press, by Ivy Farguheson
Muncie, IN.
"Believe it or not, Muncie is showing the Midwest that it is easy being green. The annual Living Lightly fair has had a following from across the region for years educating novices about the environmental movement and providing more experienced residents a chance to keep up on the latest information. But the spread of green roofs across the city — Minnetrista Cultural Center, Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital and Open Door Health Services all have them — has some wondering whether Muncie could become the place where others look for practicing their philosophy..." [9.1.12]

Putting in a residential green roof
Maple Ridge News, by Mike Lascelle
Coquitlam, Canada.
"...The green roof installation I was viewing with Kelly was the Calvert residence in Coquitlam, a recently built home with a definite West Coast feel to it. The flat roof they had chosen to cover was a 20-by-30-foot area overlooked by a small patio and a room with nearly floor to ceiling south facing windows – so they would have a perfect view of their new garden. They chose the LiveRoof hybrid green roof system, which is provided by NATS Nursery of Langley. The trays were custom-grown for the Calverts and they were actually able to choose which species they wanted, settling on a blend of several evergreen and herbaceous Sedum or Stonecrop – these were started back in April and they were given regular updates from the nursery..." [9.1.12]

Commissioners Wrestle With Green Roof Proposal for Seaport
Tribeca Trib, by Carl Glassman
Manhattan, NY.
"To green or not to green. That is the perplexing question before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Differences over a plan to put sloped planted roofs on two former counting houses in the South Street Seaport Historic District have inspired widely differing responses from city Landmarks Preservation commissioners, from “cool idea” to “vehemently” opposed. The unusual design element is part of a residential development plan by the Pilot Real Estate Group and their architect, Harry Kendall, to restore a decrepit and abandoned trio of early 19th-century buildings at 104, 105 and 106 South Street..." [8.31.12]

Rooftops challenge city gardeners
TribLIVE, by Jacquie Harris
Pittsburgh, PA.
"Rooftop gardens are sprouting atop a growing number of public and private buildings in Pittsburgh, yielding a new bounty of fruits, vegetables and herbs. People need to be aware that this is not the typical garden experience, said Julie Butcher Pezzino, executive director of Grow Pittsburgh, a nonprofit organization that supports agriculture. Rooftop gardening presents special challenges. You have to be able to get supplies and water to the top (of the building) and understand weight and load-bearing issues, Pezzino said. While the nonprofit Grow Pittsburgh is primarily focused on gardening on the ground, Pezzino says the organization receives calls from people interested in putting them on their roofs..." [8.30.12]

Green Infrastructure Turns Rain into a Resource, not a Pollution Source
Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, by Peter Lehner
"...The traditional approach to stormwater management is to treat it like garbage, as waste that needs to be disposed of. But a growing number of cities have recently embraced an innovative new approach to stormwater that transforms this “waste” into a resource that will improve neighborhoods. By building out a suite of solutions known as green infrastructure--including features like porous pavement, street plantings, and green roofs—city landscapes can absorb rainwater where it falls. Instead of washing straight into the sewer system and triggering sewage discharges, this water can be used as nature intended, to nurture trees and plants, keeping neighborhoods cooler, greener, and the air cleaner..." [8.29.12]

‘Green’ buildings to help mitigate effects of floods
Philippine Daily Inquirer, by Cynthia D. Balana
"Green buildings, green roofs and green walls. These are architectural and engineering strategies that the country needs to adopt in order to mitigate the impact of storms and floods, according to former senator and Environment Secretary Heherson Alvarez...With climate change and disastrous calamities, green planning needs to be given a bigger push, said Alvarez Christopher de la Cruz, an architect and president of the Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC), a Filipino non-stock corporation that promotes green initiatives..." [8.29.12]

Wal-Mart's new store will have Portland's largest green roof
Daily Journal of Commerce, by Reed Jackson
Portland, OR.
"Ground is scheduled to be broken today on a project to add a 90,000-square-foot Walmart store in North Portland, and company and city officials are excited about what will be on top...The 40,600-square-foot green roof will be nearly 10,000 square feet bigger than the city’s largest – atop the Ramona apartment complex. Additionally, it will have only three parts around 13,000 square feet each; comparatively, the Ramona roof has seven sections around 4,000 square feet each..." [8.27.12]

Students aren't the only busy bees on campus
The Arbiter Online, by Amy Merrill
Boise, ID.
"Did you know there are bees on top of the Student Union building? It’s true—literally tens of thousands. But the bees didn’t come first; what started it all was the rooftop garden that was planted in 2010...In addition to the honey produced by the bees, the rooftop garden also provides anaheim peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes, cucumbers, a variety of herbs and more...The rooftop garden and bee hives are tended to by interns, mainly from the Environmental Studies Program. Students sign up for 2 credits—about ten hours a week—with generally three to four interns splitting the work load each semester..." [8.27.12]

Facebook campus expansion designed by Frank Gehry, has roof garden
Los Angeles Times, by Salvador Rodriguez
Menlo Park, CA.
"Facebook unveiled plans and pictures Friday of its campus expansion, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. Los Angeles-based Gehry -- who has projects all over the world and is best known locally for Walt Disney Concert Hall -- designed the Facebook project as a large building with irregular outer walls. A mock-up of the campus shows the building to have an extensive rooftop garden...The expansion is also designed to be eco-friendly. Facebook said it would plant many trees on the grounds..." [8.24.12]

Green Roof Roots: Stumbling Upon Environmental History in Lake Tahoe
Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, by Kelly Coplin
Lake Tahoe, NV.
"...Located at the head of Emerald Bay, this example of what we might today view as modern green design was actually built in 1929 in the Scandinavian tradition, and emulates the style of 11th century wooden churches in Norway and stone castles in southern Sweden. Such historic features replicated at “Vikingsholm” – the name of the estate – include intricate carvings, Nordic fireplaces, and a sod roof seeded with wildflowers! We write about the benefits of green roofs a lot here at NRDCgreen roofs help reduce energy costs by providing natural insulation and cooling, and decrease stormwater pollution and sewage overflows by capturing and retaining rainwater..." [8.24.12]

With Funding Tight, Cities are Turning to Green Infrastructure
Yale Environment 360, by Jim Robbins
"From Seattle to Sweden, an ever-growing number of city and regional governments are using roof gardens, specially designed wetlands, and other forms of “green infrastructure” to rein in pollution from diffuse sources — and to save money...Gray infrastructure is the system of pipes and ditches that channel storm water. Green infrastructure is the harnessing of the natural processes of trees and other vegetation — so-called ecosystem services — to carry out the functions of the built systems. Green infrastructure often intercepts the water before it can run into streets and become polluted and stores the water for gradual release through percolation or evapotranspiration..." [8.23.12]

Postal Service Saves Millions in Energy Costs
PR Newswire, Press Release
Washington, DC.
"Energy-Efficient Facilities, Green Roof Contribute to Savings...The Postal Service's first green roof opened in 2009 atop the Morgan Mail Processing and Distribution Facility, and is New York City's largest...The agency's second green roof, also in New York, is being built atop Syracuse's Colvin-Elmwood Post Office at no cost to the Postal Service through an innovative sustainability Save the Rain partnership with Onondaga County, NY...The Postal Service's two green roofs — each with an expected lifespan of up to 50 years — will help reduce the amount of contaminants in storm water runoff flowing into municipal water systems, and are part of the agency's commitment to create sustainable spaces and facilities wherever possible..." [8.23.12]

Why is it so cool up on that University of Toronto's rooftop?
The Grid, by David Topping
Toronto, Canada.
"Toronto likes green roofs. It pretty much has to: Since January 30, 2010, almost every new building with a footprint over 2,000 square metres has been required to have one, and the bigger the building, the greater the expanse of its roof must be green. (Until April 2012, industrial buildings were exempt from this rule, but no longer.) And then there’s U of T’s new Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory, or GRIT Lab. Hidden five storeys above College and Huron, on top of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, it’s not just one green roof—it’s more like 33 of them..." [8.22.12]

How a stormwater fee could make Grand Rapids 'sexy'
MLIVE, by Matt Vande Bunte
Grand Rapids, MI.
"...A report to be reviewed next week by Grand Rapids City Commission recommends increased funding, through a tax or user fee, for the public stormwater system. And it embraces the concept of giving properties a way to reduce that new cost by installing green infrastructure. The financial cost - a projected monthly fee of $2 to $8 for the typical residence, if Grand Rapids establishes a stormwater utility - has made the so-called "rain tax" a hot topic...West Michigan Environmental Action Council's office building has a green roof. Could financial incentives tied to a proposed stormwater fee encourage more property owners to install green infrastructure?.." [8.22.12]

Fort Worth plant man is all about native Texas species, by Michael Parkey
Arlington, TX.
"...Snowden supplies plants and consultation for ornamental landscapes as well as restorations. He explains the difference this way: Conventional landscape installation is designed with specific ornamental design elements to please the human eye — form over function. A restoration project is designed to restore habitat, with absolutely no regard for elements that please the human eye — function over form. Snowden’s favorite project actually combines some of both. It is the green roof on the new home of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, located in Fort Worth near the city’s botanical garden..." [8.22.12]

Green Roofs Help Solar Panels Cool and Perform Better
Greener Ideal, by Mathias Aarre Mæhlum
New York, NY.
"Both green roofs and solar panels have many significant benefits on their own. One study indicated that green roofs could reduce the yearly energy consumption of a building by as much as 6% through lowering the demand for cooling during warm summer days. Putting vegetation on top of your roof would also help with filtrating away pollution in much the same way an indoor plant freshens up indoor air. In addition to this, green roofs provide extra protection from water and weather damage, which likely adds many more years to the roof..." [8.22.12]

Metro Council considers financial incentive for green roofs
The City Paper, by Joey Garrison
Nashville, TN.
"Metro officials have mapped out a system to offer financial incentives to businesses and homeowners that build green roofs under an ordinance the Metro Council will consider Tuesday. The bill, which Metro Water Services helped draft, would deliver a reduction of sewer charges for up to five years to customers in large swaths of Davidson County’s urban core that have green roofs covering at least 50 percent of their rooftops. The reduction would apply to new and existing green roofs..." [8.20.12]

Farmville on the Hudson
Crain's New York Business, by Tina Traster
Brooklyn, NY.
"...Salmar may be one of the city's largest agricultural landlords, but the list of others is growing almost daily. Acumen Capital Partners leases an acre of its office building's roof in Long Island City, Queens—the former Standard Motor Products factory—to Brooklyn Grange for cultivation. Nearby, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Broadway Stages, a film and TV production-facility company, leases 6,000 square feet of its roof to Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, and a few blocks away, the Greenpoint Manufacturing Design Center has Gotham Greens farming a 15,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse up on the roof. The city's Economic Development Corp. may yet steal the agricultural show. It is sifting proposals for a 200,000-square-foot rooftop farm at 600 Food Center Drive at Hunts Point in the Bronx..." [8.19.12]

Green roof stays true to architect's vision
REM Online, by Jim Adair
Toronto, Canada.
"Then renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed Toronto’s Toronto-Dominion Centre in the mid-1960s, he probably didn’t think of putting grass on the roof of the Banking Pavilion, the anchor at the bottom of the centre’s original two towers. But Roger Johnson, TD’s senior vice-president of Enterprise Real Estate, thinks the new “green roof” would have met with the architect’s approval...When it came time to replace the old roof on the pavilion, as part of TD’s commitment to be environmentally responsible, it was decided a green roof would be installed. It cost about 25 per cent more than a traditional roof..." [8.17.12]

Climate change and energy: no ‘green bullet’ for quick, low-cost solution, by Jim Coyle and Antonia Zerbisias
"...There is also movement, in terms that would have been baffling a couple of generations ago, to “green roofs,” “smart houses,” residential solar hot-water heating, home energy audits. Research suggests green roofs can cut annual energy consumption by up to 45 per cent, says the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, and over the last three years more than 113,000 square metres of new green roof area has been installed in Toronto with savings of 1.5 million kilowatt hours of energy..." [8.17.12]

Rooftop villas are legal, officials say
China Daily, by Li Yao in Beijing and Feng Zhiwei
Zhuzhou, China.
"Four unfurnished villas that sit on top of a shopping mall in Zhuzhou, Hunan province, have led to questions about their safety, but city planners said on Wednesday the structures were built legally and with the required documentation...The Zhuzhou government has made steady investments to build a green city after it was named one of 34 national-level garden cities in 2008. Other cities are making similar efforts. Beijing introduced a new rule in 2011 that requires green rooftops with living vegetation on buildings that have fewer than 12 floors, are shorter than 45 meters and were built within the last 20 years..." [8.16.12]

Green roof movement goes domestic
Washington Times, by Kim A. O’Connell
Arlington, VA.
"...In recent years, vegetated green roofs have become increasingly common in large commercial or governmental applications, such as the green roofs found on several government buildings in downtown Washington, nonprofit headquarters like that of the World Wildlife Fund, and at Nationals Park. Although green roofs are less common on private homes, this may be changing slowly, especially as more municipalities enact regulations to control storm water on site rather than allowing it to drain into local sewer systems..." [8.16.12]

New eco-friendly campus at Joint Base Langley-Eustis
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA.
"Construction workers remove dirt with an excavator at the new, eco-friendly Warrior in Transition campus at Fort Eustis, Va. The new buildings will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified. LEED is an initiative by the U.S. Green Building Council which provides ratings for high-performance environmentally responsible and resource-efficient buildings...The SFAC building exhibits a balance between man-made and natural inspiration with its vegetated, green roof. The rooftop features an extensive-type vegetated assembly, which boasts scientifically engineered, low-growth plants over a waterproof membrane. The green roof is more than just a pretty facade. The system protects the roof from direct weather and environmental elements, minimizes storm water runoff, and mitigates urban "heat island" effects by absorbing heat..." [8.16.12]

Agencies Partner To Offer Green Development Grants
The Chattanoogan, by Staff
Nashville, TN.
"The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will once again partner with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, TVA and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to offer a grant program designed to help local governments fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects. A total of $350,000 in grant funds will be available for allocation over the next three years. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 will be awarded to local governments through a competitive process for projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervious concrete applications, trees and tree boxes, in addition to outreach and education efforts designed to promote green development in Tennessee communities..." [8.15.12]

Officials urge Alcosan to use gardens, rain barrels to cut sewer flow
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, by Don Hopey
Pittsburgh, PA.
"Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Councilman William Peduto today urged the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority to include "green infrastructure" and a more regional approach in the storm water management plan it must submit to the federal government at the end of January 2013. Mr. Peduto said Alcosan should adjust the $2.8 billion wet weather construction plan it unveiled on July 31 to include green infrastructure like permeable pavements, street and roof gardens, tree plantings and rain barrels to collect and keep storm water where it falls instead of funneling it into an expanded collection system..." [8.15.12]

Asia 'megacities' face infrastructure timebomb: Asian Development Bank
The Business Inquirer, by Staff
Bangkok, Thailand.
"...The challenge now is to put in place policies which will reverse that trend and facilitate the development of green technology and green urbanisation...The report said policy-makers could narrow that gap by introducing congestion charging, carbon levies and collecting more taxes to invest in green infrastructure including public transport. It also expressed hope the region would take advantage of new technologies which could lead to greener cities that mitigate the impact of climate change." [8.15.12]

Sustainable tourism boon to businesses, travelers and environment
Memphis Commercial Appeal, by Jonathan Devin
Memphis, TN.
"...The roof, which will lower the building's cooling energy consumption considerably, was added to the Beale Street Landing project in order not to interrupt the flow of Tom Lee Park...Tennessee is becoming a national leader in the concept of using tourist attractions to sustain the environment while drawing in tourists who seek to support all things green...The green roof became such an integral part of the project, I think everybody we presented it to fell in love with it from the very beginning, said Benny Lendermon, president of the RDC. I actually think it helped sell the project..." [8.14.12]

A green roofs check-in
WBEZ91.5, by Anthony Martinez
Chicago, IL.
"...The city knows it can’t manage stormwater all on its own, which is why in 2004 officials asked private developers to play a part. The city implemented the Sustainable Development Policy, which required any private developer getting assistance from the city to include sustainable features in project designs. Among the menu items of sustainable features developers can choose from: green roofs. The policy kicked off a green roof boom in Chicago, with the amount of green roofs increasing from a few early adopters (such as City Hall) to many, many more...That count makes Chicago the nationwide leader in the number of green roofs installed..." [8.13.12]

My renovation saga: Green roof is finished, now the work begins to maintain it
Washington Post Blog, by Annette L. Olson
"Okay, my green roof has been built on my front porch. In the final task associated with it, the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) came out to verify the green roof’s final dimensions…So thank you for reading about my experiment in green roofing. If you want more information, I would first check out DC Greenworks and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. For how to build green roofs in D.C., see the DDOE green roof Web site, especially the Green Roof Toolkit." [8.13.12]

Green elements incorporated into new Ludington Library
Main Line Times, by Helen S. Weary
Bryn Mawr, PA.
"During the planning stage for the renovation and addition at Ludington Library, various stakeholders asked the architectural firm, Vitetta, for the addition of “green” elements to make the building more economical and more environmentally sustainable. One such addition was an extensive vegetative roofing system for the new addition to Ludington. Extensive vegetative roofing systems utilize shallow planting beds with hardy, low-growing vegetation requiring minimal maintenance and irrigation. The general benefits of a green roof are reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, reduced energy use, improved human health and comfort, enhanced storm water management and water quality..." [8.9.12]

Vertical gardens take root and flourish in green zone
Jakarta Post, by Novia D. Rulistia
"Located in front of the Harmoni Transjakarta busway shelter in Central Jakarta, one building looks quite different from its neighbors. Its walls and balconies are covered by a vast variety of small, verdant plants...The office of Indonesia Greenwall is one of several buildings and houses in Jakarta that make use of vertical gardening systems as an alternative to the limited horizontal space on the ground. The building itself has become a showroom for what vertical gardening can achieve. It shows everyone who is interested in helping make the city greener what can be done with technology and imagination..." [8.9.12]

Nestlé recognised for ‘greenest’ building in Latin America, by Staff
"A Nestlé building has become the first in Latin America to be awarded the world’s most prestigious standard for certifying sustainable construction and design. The company’s new employee centre in Mexico has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ‘Platinum Version Three’ certification from the United States Green Building Council...It is equipped with solar heating and water treatment systems, water-saving bathrooms, and a ‘green roof’ covered with vegetation to lower the interior temperature and to filter and recover rainwater..." [8.8.12]

Science Center's Garden In Full Bloom With Flora And Grasshoppers
Hartford Courant, by Ryan Gilbert
Hartford, CT.
"The Connecticut Science Center's rooftop garden opened in May for the 2012 season, and has quickly become the ideal place for visitors to experience native plants and "green" rooftop architecture or simply enjoy the wide views of downtown Hartford, the Connecticut River and the nearby countryside...The rooftop garden had an important impact on the center being an LEED-Gold certified building — one built using "green" or environmentally conscious methods and materials, and the garden adds to its qualification..." [8.7.12]

DC Offers Rebates on Green Roof Installation, by Shaun Courtney
"With a new fiscal year's funding to distribute, the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) wants residents in Georgetown and Glover Park to consider taking advantage of the $5 per-square-foot DC Green Roof Rebate Program. One of the primary environmental benefits of a green roof is stormwater retention as green roofs retain and filter significant amounts of stormwater while traditional roofs do little - which often accumulates in streets, causing floods and carrying trash and pollutants into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers..." [8.7.12]

My renovation saga: A Petworth homeowner finally gets her green roof installed
Washington Post Blog, by Annette L. Olson
"...So all is good; DC Greenworks put in a lot of work for a small roof. I’m still nervous about this new type of roof, especially considering the cost. (Overall, I spent about $4,000 for the green roof part, including the structural review, initial consultation and build. Then I received a $750 District rebate.) Maintenance will be important, and I’ll describe the needed steps, as well as neighbor reactions, in the next, and final, post..." [8.6.12]

Mayor Littlefield mandates 25% energy reduction
Chattanooga Times Free Press, by Cliff Hightower and Pam Sohn
Chattanooga, TN.
"...By executive order, Mayor Ron Littlefield is mandating that city departments and offices accomplish a 25 percent reduction in overall energy use by 2020 to save the city and its taxpayers $2.85 million per year...The new Chattanooga order builds on that start and formalizes the city's continuing commitment to it, said Chief of Staff Dan Johnson, who ticked off such items as new smart streetlights that will save millions in energy costs and the City Council building's planned new green roof. It's true the city may spend more now, but it's to save more later..." [8.5.12]

Q&A: Diana Balmori Blog, by Jared Green
"Architecture as an object in the landscape is an old fashioned idea. We now know that this attitude is dangerously shortsighted. One woman makes a strong and memorable argument for integrating the two fields of practice for the benefit of both, as well as the Earth and its creatures. Diana Balmori, PhD, FASLA is principal of Balmori Associates. She also teaches at the Yale School of Architecture and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and has served as a senior fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington, D.C for seven years. She serves on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Balmori’s most recent books are Groundwork with Joel Sanders and Landscape Manifesto..." [8.4.12]

London mayor seeks 'High Line' designer
HorticultureWeek, by Jez Abbott
London, UK.
"Mayor, Landscape Institute and Garden Museum launch contest inspired by New York's linear park...The new competition is timed to coincide with a High Line Symposium at the Garden Museum on 5-8 October...We want proposals that similarly engage communities with green infrastructure - a network of open spaces including features such as green roofs that provide benefits such as flood management, urban cooling and green transport links, as well as ecological connectivity..." [8.3.12]

Research center opens
The Daily Mining Gazette, by Stacey Kukkomen
Houghton, MI.
"The new, state-of-the-art Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University is open for business and will host classes in the fall...The three-story, 50,000 square foot center boasts everything from aquatic laboratories to a green roof coated in colorful flowers. Docks framing the research center harbor boats for water research and connected to the building is a large boathouse...Each of the three green-roof sections will help cool the building in the summer..." [8.3.12]

Reading councillor calls for 'living walls' in the town
BBC News, by Staff
Reading, UK.
"Living walls in Reading could cut air pollution by up to 30% and improve public health, a Green Party councillor has said. Jamie Whitham said the city should follow the example of London by planting walls with vegetation to reduce pollution. He said "green walls" in the city would also transform urban areas. A Reading Borough Council spokesman said they were "looking forward" to hearing more about the idea. A study by scientists from Imperial College London has shown that planting green walls can reduce air pollution by up to 30%..." [8.3.12]

Brooklyn Yields Cucumbers as NYC Expands Industrial Roof Farms, by Henry Goldman
New York, NY.
"It’s a 1-acre farm fertile enough to produce a 2-ton harvest of rainbow chard, kale, basil, eggplant and cucumbers -- and it sits atop an 11-story industrial building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. New York City’s largest rooftop garden will soak up more than 1 million gallons of storm water a year, reducing the risk of sewage overflow into the harbor when runoff exceeds the system’s capacity... The water will be used to irrigate the crops, and the soil will provide better insulation for the building than traditional black roofs...The farm’s 12-inch-deep growing beds are composed of a non- dirt-based soil formula engineered for rooftop use by Skyland USA LLC, an Avondale, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer..." [8.2.12]

Food to the Rescue
The Epoch Times, by Snow Mei
Toronto, Canada.
"There are dire threats in what we eat that a growing movement hopes to change by bringing people closer to their food. Urban agriculture is seen as a solution to problems ranging from too many people eating processed foods produced cheaply in distant factories to vegetables denatured with genetic modifications aimed at increasing the amount of toxic pesticides they can withstand in the field. Toronto will host the first-ever Urban Agriculture Summit from Aug.15 to 18, a gathering of the minds interested in eating produce produced on a nearby rooftop or inner city green space…" [8.1.12]

Milwaukee’s “Green Corridor” shows progress, by Angelica Duria
Milwaukee, WI.
"A southside neighborhood in Milwaukee has gotten a green makeover. For the last year, city officials have been working to transform the area...The three-mile stretch of the “Green Corridor” incorporates dozens of sustainable improvements including a community garden, a farmers market and solar powered crosswalks. Bio-swales have also been built to collect storm water...The Energy Exchange is just one of several buildings that have a green roof. The goal is to expand the concept to other businesses and even homeowners…" [8.1.12]

Phoebe Sumter Medical Center is First LEED Silver Certified Medical Center Campus in Georgia, by Staff
Americus, GA.
"Phoebe Sumter Medical Center has received LEED Silver certification from U.S. Green Building Council on the fourth and final building, making it the first LEED-Silver certified medical center campus in Georgia...To achieve Silver certification, numerous sustainable strategies were employed...A 26,000-square-foot green roof top to improve the hospital’s thermal performance as well as provides positive patient distractions. It has the distinction of being one of the largest green roofs in the Southeastern United States..." [7.31.12]

Local Birds Prefer Foliage To Concrete 20 To 1, City of Portland Study Finds
Willamette Week, by Corey Pein
Portland, OR.
"Results are in from the city of Portland's spring 2012 Ecoroof Bird Monitoring assessment report. That's right. You can breathe now. Two Bureau of Environmental Services workers, along with an Audubon Society employee and 10 volunteers, kept tabs on nine locations around the city this spring...Their findings: Birds were observed more often on ecoroofs than conventional roofs. Which is to say, birds prefer plants to concrete..." [7.31.12]

Five Borough Green Roof Tour
Human Impacts Institute Blog, by Sunny Du
New York, NY.
"Green roofs are definitely the buzz around cities in recent years because of their great benefits for both buildings and our environment. However, when you want to take action and actually prepare to install a green roof on your building, as the Human Impacts Institute is in the process of doing, with hundreds of products out there on the market, do you know which ones suit your roof best? Don’t worry; let’s take a tour to the Five Borough Green Roof first!.." [7.31.12]

Gardening takes to the skies
Edmonton Journal, by Jim Hole
Edmonton, Canada.
"...In Edmonton, and across the rest of the Prairies, green roofs aren’t all that common. The vast majority of our commercial buildings are sealed with asphalt shingles or with tar and gravel. Likely, the only plants to be found there would be moss growing around the drains. But that’s changing. A few local businesses and corporations have forged ahead, and are testing some green roof technologies on their buildings. I had a wonderful opportunity a few weeks ago to check out five local installations..." [7.31.12]

Viable Commercial Rooftop Agriculture Becoming a Reality
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Press Release
Toronto, Canada.
"Cities have the ability to grow millions of pounds of food each year for a multitude of benefits! said Steven W. Peck, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Engineers, landscape architects, architects and urban farmers are converting rooftops for food production using a variety of new technologies that we will explore at the Urban Agriculture Summit. Hear from visionaries and entrepreneurs who are leading the way and creating the business of city-based rooftop commercial food production in Toronto..." [7.31.12]

Developer's roof goes green
Knoxville News Sentinel, by Ed Marcum
Knoxville, TN.
"Developer Jeff McCamy decided to "go green" in a very literal way with his new headquarters building in Bearden — especially in terms of the roof. About 40 percent of the 1,300-square-foot roof is basically an ornamental garden, provided by a company called LiveRoof LLC, which specializes in green roofs...With clear skies, the three-story building, perched on Bearden Hill at 6450 Kingston Pike, commands a view that includes Mount LeConte, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park..." [7.31.12]

New building's green roof to feature native plants, by Staff
Louisville, KY.
"A new office and research building going up in downtown Louisville will have a green roof with plants native to Kentucky. The Nucleus Research and Innovation Park-Market Street building will be "topped off" during a ceremony Tuesday with University of Louisville President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer participating. The event will feature a prototype of the green roof and some of the plants to be grown there..." [7.30.12]

How green roofs might one day affect District stormwater fees
Washington Post Blog, by Annette L. Olson
"It’s finally official and I can stop worrying. The permits have come through for building a green roof on my front porch. Another bit of good news: The Anacostia Watershed Society has informed me that I will receive the $5 per square foot rebate they help administer for the District Department of the Environment. So DC Greenworks, the nonprofit building the green roof, has gathered the materials and plants, and we will start the installation soon if the weather holds..." [7.30.12]

Alcosan plan to fix overflowing sewer system focuses on 'gray' construction
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, by Don Hopey
Pittsburgh, PA.
"...Alcosan can expect to get an earful about the plan's cost and its exclusion of green infrastructure, a proven stormwater management strategy, endorsed by the EPA, that includes use of permeable pavements, parking lots and road surfaces, street and roof gardens and tree plantings to keep or capture more of the rain where it falls and significantly reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that must be treated. Pittsburgh United, a consortium of 13 environmental, union, community and faith organizations, is pushing for significant changes in the Alcosan plan that will emphasize green infrastructure over gray..." [7.29.12]

Cool homes, healthy homes
The Hindu, by Nirthya Rajan
"Living without air-conditioning has become tough, especially in summer. But plants solve this problem in a very simple way. Roofs or terrace spaces in a building absorb 15 per cent of the heat, and if we can green these spaces, we can be far more comfortable inside. This solution is called green roofing. A green roof is nothing but a ‘living roof’ covered largely with vegetation as well as other material that absorbs heat..." [7.29.12]

Watershed district puts focus on water quality, public education
Prior Lake American, by Lori Carlson
Shakopee, MN.
"...This spring, the watershed district partnered with nonprofit group Minnesota Waters to host a public session on the initial results of the district’s study to determine the health of Lower Prior Lake in an effort to keep it out of the “impaired” category...The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community also has put several practices into place that benefit the watershed district, including green-roof technology on its buildings, prairie restoration projects and a water reclamation facility..." [7.28.12]

The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts Opens at Brown University, by Staff
Providence, RI.
"...The University worked with Shawmut Design and Construction to build the Granoff Center, which is targeting a gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green building. Apex Green Roofs designed the self-sustaining green roof and JaffeHolden designed acoustics for the Martinos Auditorium. An independent report on the economic impact of the Center’s construction and operation estimates the project created nearly 310 jobs in construction and related industries in Rhode Island." [7.27.12]

New Rockville police station to open its doors in a month
The Sentinel, by Daryl Buchanan
Rockville, MD.
"Those waiting to see the much acclaimed, but so far unseen, Rockville police station may only need to wait a few weeks more...It is going to be a very modern police station. The annex will also have a green roof, efficient lighting systems, indoor air quality measurers and recycling. In fact, recycled materials were used in the construction. The green roof will reduce storm water runoff as well as heating and cooling costs, and it will also prolong the life of the roof itself..." [7.26.12]

U.S. Postal Service Releases Sustainability and Energy Scorecard
PR Newswire, Press Release
"The U.S. Postal Service recently presented its Sustainability and Energy Scorecard to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The OMB Sustainability and Energy Scorecard is a reporting tool that federal government agencies use to publicly report progress against their sustainability goals...In order to reduce energy and water intensity—measured as usage per square foot—the Postal Service uses sustainable features in its buildings, including high efficiency lighting, recycled building materials, solar energy systems and low water use fixtures. The agency has one green roof in New York City and is adding another in Syracuse, NY. These green roofs will help the Postal Service save energy and reduce pollutants in storm water runoff..." [7.26.12]

Going -- and saving -- 'green' Rec center roof still green, even during drought
ThisWeekNews, by Jennifer Noblit
Dublin, OH.
"The green roof at the Dublin Community Recreation Center has been flourishing for more than a year and a half. Installed in November 2010 to reduce the amount of storm water runoff, reduce energy consumption and educate, the green roof has done just that, city officials said...The 2,300-square-foot green roof replaced part of the black membrane roof at the recreation center, which gets pretty hot in the summer, Crandall said. The green roof has also helped reduce the amount of storm water runoff from the recreation center into the nearby South Indian Run Stream..." [7.26.12]

Denison students go rooftop with garden skills
The Newark Advocate, by Debbie Gillum
Granville, OH.
"Rather than relaxing on a beach, several Denison University students have been hard at work this summer building a rooftop garden for the campus community. The student organization People Endorsing Agricultural Sustainability is building a garden that will grow herbs such as basil, oregano and cilantro on the roof of Curtis dining hall. The seven PEAS members who remained on campus this summer have helped turn the idea into a reality. The produce could find its way into the university's dining halls..." [7.26.12]

ICBC goes green with new building
Tri-City News, by Staff
Port Coquitlam, Canada.
"...This is ICBC’s first building to achieve the LEED gold standard and in addition to its leading sustainable features, the new location has proven to be a much-improved customer service experience for the surrounding community...The building’s leading features include: A green roof incorporating solar power and made from carbon reduction materials. The roof’s multiple benefits include insulation, cooling, water conservation, oxygen production, and food for local birds and other fauna...The ICBC building brings the number of recently-built green roof in Port Coquitlam to three, including the new Walmart and Canadian Tire buildings in the Dominion Triangle off of Lougheed Highway." [7.25.12]

Now this is really going green
Minneapolis Star Tribune, by Janet Moore
Minneapolis, MN.
"There's a quiet creep of green moving across the rooftops of the Twin Cities, with succulent sedum, purple plugs of allium and other hearty plants replacing rock and tar...LiveRoof installed an 1,800-square-foot green roof atop the new student center at Hamline University in St. Paul. The Anderson Center's green roof is a swath of hearty perennials that hugs a third-floor terrace. It's functional, but for us, there's a distinct aesthetic value, said Ken Dehkes, Hamline's director of facilities operations and horticultural services..." [7.25.12]

RIRDC releases "Living Wall and Green Roof Plants for Australia" report
Green Building Council, by Staff
"Living Wall and Green Roof Plants for Australia provides the Australian green infrastructure industry with greater knowledge of plant selection for extensive green roofs and living walls in Australia’s challenging climate. This Australian Government Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation report is targeted at horticulturalists, landscape architects and commercial suppliers of green infrastructure components." [7.24.12]

Gunderson Dedicates Second Habitat Roof
PR Newswire, Press Release
Portland, OR.
"Portland City Commissioner, Dan Saltzman, and Mark Eitzen, General Manager of Gunderson LLC, dedicated a 2,400 square foot habitat roof on Monday, July 23rd, at the Gunderson facility on Front Avenue. This accomplishment continues Gunderson's efforts to determine the habitat value that can be created on such roofs. The roof was fabricated and erected by Gunderson's workers and is almost two and a half times the size of the first such roof dedicated in June 2011...The Gunderson habitat roof incorporates design information from the BES Ecoroof Handbook. The design and plantings of the roof also benefited from collaboration with the dedicated members of the local Greenroof Info Think-tank (GRiT)..." [7.24.12]

Nicholas Conservatory installing green roof garden, by Samantha Jeffreys
Rockford, IL.
"The Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is getting a new look. A 4,300-square-foot green roof garden is being added to the conservatory by the Rockford Park District. The roof will decrease storm water runoff, reduce energy use, and extend the structural roof's service life by shielding it. The Park District chose the LiveRoof Hybrid Green Roof System for the project because the system establishes a naturally functioning, living system with a continuous surface of soil..." [7.24.12]

So, what's a green roof got to do with it?
Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, by Carol James
"Well, lots, if you care about the environment. A green roof is one that is partially or completely covered with vegetation. It is one small part of what we call “green infrastructure.” A green roof has plenty of environmental benefits. To name a few: it absorbs rainwater, thereby keeping stormwater runoff from flowing into nearby waterbodies; it improves air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions; it serves to insulate the building beneath and helps decrease heating and cooling costs; … The list goes on. For me, however, the aesthetic value of a green roof is reason enough to create one. Just seeing the cool tones of chlorophyll accented with other colors from nature’s palette has a soothing, calming effect on the soul. I am fortunate to see a green roof every day at my work place..." [7.24.12]

Green roofs sprout on local schools and condos
OpenFile, by Alejandro Bustos
Ottawa, Canada.
"High on the rooftops of Ottawa, where birds perch and humans rarely tread, it's possible to find beautiful oases scattered across the city. In a growing local trend, an increasing number of green roofs are being installed in Ottawa that include, depending on the project, sedum, flowers, herbs, grasses and even vegetable gardens. At Ashbury College, a private school in Rockcliffe Park, sits a 525-square-metre green roof launched last September...Some condo developers are also incorporating green roofs into their designs. The Cathedral Hill project on Sparks Street, which is set to break ground this summer, and the Central project at Bank and Gladstone..." [7.24.12]

Bronx Educator Grows Organically Engaged Citizens
Seedstock, by Helen Weatherall
Bronx, NY.
"...He is the originator and driving force behind an agriculture educational project called The Green Bronx Machine. The story of The Green Bronx Machine, an urban agriculture education program that integrates farming and technology into the classroom to yield organic produce and job opportunities for public high school students in the South Bronx, began in 2005...George Irwin, the founder of Green Living Technologies has known Ritz for six years. When I met Steve I felt like a little guy, he said describing the man who is now his close friend. The guy’s a machine. He only sleeps two or three hours a night..." [7.23.12]

Up on the roof, green takes root‎
Globe and Mail, by Brenda Dalglish
Toronto, Canada.
'...The award-winning model roof opened three years ago, giving Esri workers a view over 53 types of trees, grasses, sedums, shrubs, herbs and flowers – all part of the company’s commitment to sustainability...Scott Torrance, the landscape architect whose many green roof projects include Esri Canada’s building, the Victoria Park Subway Station and the Native Child and Family Services building, would like more variety...On the Esri roof, Mr. Torrance used growing medium in different depths. Over the main support pillars of the building, a greater depth allowed trees such as Scotch pines to be planted." [7.23.12]

My renovation saga: Green roofs are gaining in popularity
Washington Post Blog, by Annette L. Olson
"... My 150-square-foot roof, which feels big to me, will be added to the hundreds of thousands of square feet of green roofs built each year in the District. Last year, the Washington area led the nation, installing 800,000 square feet of green roofs (doubling the amount in 2010), and for the first time surpassed Chicago, which is known for its green roof initiatives...Commercial roofs form the bulk of green roofs because they generate the most return in terms of insulation and offsetting District stormwater and impervious surface area fees. Residential green roofs are increasing due to their ability to insulate against weather and noise, as well as for aesthetic benefits..." [7.23.12]

New permit requires rooftop plantings, other 'green infrastructure'
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, by Don Behn
Milwaukee, WI.
"...a draft state wastewater discharge permit for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is the first in the U.S. to add this regulatory wrinkle: requiring rooftop plantings and installation of other "green infrastructure" - not sewer pipes or storage tunnels - to collect and absorb storm water. Compliance with the requirement will result in more rain barrels and rain gardens at homes, porous pavement in parking lots, thick coverings of plants on flat rooftops, landscaped swales on the sides of streets and additional district purchases of wetlands and floodplains..." [7.22.12]

Sustainable Kentfield home captures LEED gold
Marin Independent-Journal, by Janis Mara
San Rafael, CA.
"...The home is one of approximately 700 LEED-certified single-family dwellings in California, the state with the country's highest number of such homes. There are at least a couple of other LEED-certified single-family residences in Marin...Upstairs is the living roof, designed by Rana Creek, the firm that helped design the living roof on the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park..." [7.22.12]

Ford Motor takes impressive steps on water stewardship
The Guardian, by Leon Kaye
"...The commitment to water stewardship started with a green roof at Ford Motor's River Rouge factory outside of Detroit. The 10-acre swath of sedum plants, in addition to other water saving technologies, cost the company $15m (£9.6m) when it was completed in 2003. The alternative to paying for facilities to clean water runoff from the factory and surrounding parking lots that was polluting the nearby river would otherwise have cost $50m to meet US Environmental Protection Agency standards. The green roof marked a symbolic start to Ford Motor's actions to minimise water usage across the company's operations..." [7.19.12]

Coalition Forms to Challenge LEED Rating System
Environmental Leader, by Staff
"More than 27 business associations and trade groups have formed the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition, in a bid to support the development of a sustainable buildings standard that would challenge the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system...The coalition has urged the GSA to switch its LEED requirement for all federal buildings to another standard such as the Green Globes Standard..." [7.19.12]

Leading supplier of single ply roof membranes, Sika-Trocal Helps Reduce 'Carbon Pawprint'
Materials Handling World Magazine, by Staff
"Sika-Trocal, leading supplier of single ply roof membranes, has helped put roofs over the heads of hundreds of stray and abandoned dogs at the new multi-million pound Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres in Shrewsbury and Loughborough. Sika-Trocal's single ply membranes have been used to create stunning green roofs and standing seam roofs at the award winning dog rescue centres...The scheme incorporated materials with low environmental impact including rainwater harvesting, solar panels and a green roof, helping the building become the first of its kind to achieve the highest BREEAM Outstanding rating in the world." [7.19.12]

Bronx gets bigger slice of city budget pie
Bronx Times, by Bob Kappstatter
Bronx, NY.
"Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. happily found himself with a bigger slice of the city budget pie this year...The main spending focus was on economic development, housing, education and parks...Education also reaped a significant share, with funding going to a total of 29 projects at education institutions. That includes funding for a green roof installation at the long awaited future Highbridge Middle School, an auditorium upgrade at P.S. 91 in University Heights, gymnasium upgrades at P.S. 119 in Castle Hill and technology upgrades at a number of schools across the borough..." [7.18.12]

Scientists: Green walls lead to cleaner cities
Business Green, by Staff
London, UK.
"Lining cities with wall of vegetation could reduce air pollution by 30 per cent at less cost than current policies. Planting living "green walls" of vegetation could provide a faster and cheaper way of cleaning up the air in cities than large-scale initiatives such as congestion charging, scientists will say today...Scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster say pollution struggles to escape "street canyons", which makes planting green walls of grass, climbing ivy and other plants far more effective at filtering out pollutants than previously thought..." [7.18.12]

Federal Funding in Green Infrastructure: Cleaning Waterways and Creating Jobs
Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, by Janie Chen
"...Many cities across the U.S. are already leaders in utilizing green infrastructure to address stormwater challenges – often with help from ARRA funding. As catalogued in NRDC’s report Rooftops to Rivers II, many cities now have long-term green infrastructure plans, provide incentives for private green infrastructure projects, require the use of green infrastructure to manage runoff in new development and redevelopment projects, and/or use other approaches to promote smart water solutions like green roofs, green streets, and permeable pavement. These cities recognize that they gain multiple benefits from long term investment in green infrastructure and are eager to employ these techniques to better their communities..." [7.17.12]

Green Roof wins Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air Recognition Award for 2011
School of Architecture & Urban Planning, by Staff
Milwaukee, WI.
"Associate Professor Jim Wasley’s work on the green roof at Golda Meir Library, and UWM Sustainability Coordinator Kate Nelson’s efforts to install its integrated photovoltaic system were recognized by the Wisconsin Partners for Clean with a 2011 Recognition Award. The green roof project, funded by a $1.26M grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District through its 2010 Regional Green Roof Initiative, covers two sections (50,000 sq ft) of the Golda Meir Library's roof with vegetated sedum mats and a 29.4 kW solar photovoltaic system, which was funded by Focus on Energy, WE Energies and the State of Wisconsin..." [7.17.12]

The 11 Fastest Growing Green Jobs
National Geographic, by Brian Handwerk
"...The Fairmont Waterfront hotel project showcases two large sectors of the growing green-jobs movement: food production and green building. Green roof gardens can deliver locally sourced foods that help protect the environment by minimizing the use of pesticides, fossil fuels, and other resources to grow and transport food to market from larger commercial farms. Green roofs can also improve the urban environment by insulating buildings against energy loss, managing storm water, improving air quality, and providing places of recreation..." [7.17.12]

Downtown high-rise to get $3 million 'green roof' upgrade
Austin American-Statesman, by Shonda Novak
Austin, TX.
"A 20-story office tower on Congress Avenue soon will feature an amenity deck with an outdoor terrace and indoor executive lounge, a $3 million "green roof" upgrade that will be a first for a downtown Austin commercial high-rise...Although green roofs increasingly are part of the design of newer office buildings, for an existing building like 816 Congress to renovate to this level, with this magnitude of green infrastructure, is as far as I know unique in the country..." [7.17.12]

A Healing Respite: The Gardens of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay
UCSF Today, by Kate Vidinsky
Mission Bay, CA.
"When it opens in 2015, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay will feature expansive gardens and green space — among the most of any urban hospital in the U.S. — providing patients and their families with a powerful respite that promotes healing in conjunction with UCSF’s world-class medical care. The outdoor spaces will be integral to the facility’s sustainability strategies, promoting health beyond the patient to the surrounding community. The new medical center will offer 10 ground level and rooftop gardens, totaling more than four acres of green space..." [7.17.12]

Green Roofs Backgrounder for Landscape Contractors
Green Industry Pros, by Jim Lindell
"Growing interest in green roofs presents opportunity in both installation and maintenance for landscape contractors. The green roof industry appears to be booming as much as it is blooming. Landscape professionals may want to see if the growing interest in green roofs can offer new opportunities for them. After all, many green roof manufacturers contract with landscaping companies to actually build the green roof on an existing roof..." [7.17.12]

What is "infrastructure," anyway? Industry report highlights 100 leading city projects
Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, by Kaid Benfield
"If you like your civic works massive and very, very expensive, this report may be for you. KPMG, a global network of financial firms collectively producing $22 billion in revenues last year, just published Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition, a showcase of one hundred urban infrastructure projects that embody the spirit of innovation...none of my own favorite major infrastructure initiatives made the list, and that is both a disappointment and perhaps an indication of what industry leaders who are not in the world of nonprofit environmentalism think of when they think infrastructure..." [7.16.12]

My renovation saga: The long wait to install a green roof
Washington Post Blog, by Annette L. Olson
"The green roof build continues, albeit slower than anticipated, but I’ll soon be happy — the permits and rebate application should be done shortly...Because my roof historically had an odd slope on one edge, I requested higher side edging, and we then ensured water drained correctly and that there were no leaks. The roof is now ready for the green portion (i.e., the drainage, irrigation, growing medium and plants), which also should only take one or two days to install..." [7.16.12]

Going Green: Rooftop gardens
Rochester YNN, by Terry Ettinger
Rochester, NY.
"...The plant species are from two very rare, natural communities in New York State that are north of here. The alvars are found northwest of Watertown, and in the dune community, along eastern Lake Ontario. We picked the draught-tolerant species that we could find from those really draught-prone natural communities...The selected plants were set up in test plots on this roof for two years to see which thrived the best. These plants have been growing on Illick Hall roof for two years with pretty different conditions..." [7.15.12]

Eco-friendly building promoting power-saving
Japan Times, by Chunichi Shimbun
Nagoya, Japan.
"For the past 15 years, the owner of an eco-friendly building in Nagoya has promoted the conservation of power through the use of natural sunlight and plants...a green curtain made from passion fruit vines gently fluttered on the veranda, its deep eaves providing extra shade from the sun. Ivy covers the entire exterior of the building — named Green Fellow — and moss planted on its roof helps to reduce the room temperature. Makimura also installed a 40-ton rainwater tank in the basement that is used for toilets and to water a vegetable garden on the roof...He faced numerous obstacles, including from local authorities who denied him permission to create a green roof. With the public now paying much closer attention to environmental issues..." [7.14.12]

SUNY ESF’s Gateway Building nears completion, by Staff
Syracuse, NY.
"After nearly two years of work, SUNY ESF’s new centerpiece to campus is nearly complete...Each part of the building was done with energy efficiency in mind. The angling of the windows for instance allows for plenty of natural light, but also cuts down on direct sunlight that would heat up the building. It will use one third of the energy than that of a building constructed to current energy code. A green roof, which is still being constructed, will provide space for people to gather, but also save storm water and allow native plants to grow..." [7.12.12]

To Find Fields to Farm in New York City, Just Look Up
NY Times, by Lisa W. Foderaro
New York, NY.
"...New York City (the stores!) is suddenly a farming kind of town (the chores!). Almost a decade after the last family farm within the city’s boundaries closed, basil and bok choy are growing in Brooklyn, and tomatoes, leeks and cucumbers in Queens. Commercial agriculture is bound for the South Bronx, where the city recently solicited proposals for what would be the largest rooftop farm in the United States, and possibly the world..." [7.11.12]

A new PSU outdoor learning area features green walls and roofs and serves as a park, by Jillian Daley
Portland, OR.
"Portland State University this week unveiled a new outdoor student laboratory that doubles as a community park and features three experiments: green walls, green roofs and irrigation-free landscaping...Landscape product manufacturer Tournesol Siteworks' method has felt pockets filled with soil and overlaid with gridded plastic siding...North of the green walls is the experiment that former plaza student representative Taryn Mudge spearheaded: the green roof. The structure is a mock-up to test green roofs for a new Oregon Zoo building...The third experiment, university plant specialist Keith Nevison's dueling gardens, lines the plaza's perimeter. The goal is to determine which uses water more efficiently: the native species or the drought-tolerant plants growing in the garden..." [7.11.12]

Winona State University House Going Green, by Gordon Severson
Winona, MN.
"Over the past few years, Winona State University has established itself as one of the greenest and most sustainable colleges in the country...Instead using traditional roofing tiles, the theme house features a living green roof. That's not only cheaper and better for the environment, it also helps the house to be more efficient. Throw in a few solar panels and you've got arguably the greenest roof in the area..." [7.11.12]

Beetles return to Abbey Road, by Max Salsbury
"It's been over 40 years since The Beatles recorded their iconic 'Abbey Road' album, and now they're back - well, not really. In fact, several species of beetle have settled on a green roof on Abbey Road set up by Camden Council...Other bugs thriving on the roof are brown banded carder bee (Bombus humilis) and the lesser common rustic moth. Shortly after completion a hummingbird hawk moth was spotted there. Interestingly, The Beatles' last live performance was held up on a roof..." [7.11.12]

Green Roofs & Solar Panels The Future of Renewable Energy?
Clean Technica, by Zachary Shahan
"...Another important benefit is emerging as green roof experts incorporate photovoltaic systems to generate clean, renewable solar power by taking advantage of green roofs. By installing a solar panel with a green roof, owners can enjoy not only the cost savings and socio-environmental benefits of the living roof but also efficient, renewable solar power – lowering electricity bills by generating clean electricity and reducing demand..." [7.11.12]

Replace Parliament's lawn with flowers, expert recommends
The Canberra Times, by Rosslyn Beeby
Canberra, Australia.
"Parliament House in Canberra could slash its carbon footprint by replacing its "water and energy intensive" turf roof with native succulents such as pigface, flax lilies and alpine wildflowers from the Snowy Mountains, according to a green roofs expert. New research has shown a living green roof using a mix of Australian plants can cut a building's summer heat gain by up to 24 degrees, reducing air conditioning use and greenhouse emissions, according to new research. The University of Queensland study found a green roof using drought-tolerant native plants can also cut stormwater runoff by up to 60 per cent, improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and provide food and shelter for native birds and insects..." [7.10.12]

Symposium to promote “green roofs”, by Steve Lackmeyer
Oklahoma City, OK.
"The public is invited to attend a free Green Roof Symposium hosted by the City of Oklahoma City from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 12 at the Cox Convention Center. Morning sessions will include presentations, panel discussions and exhibits of green roof systems. A bus tour to three different types of green roofs in Oklahoma City will take place in the afternoon. The event is offered through the City's Planning Department and Office of Sustainability, with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch..." [7.9.12]

Green wall installed at The Mermaid to help trap harmful pollutants
Transport for London, News Release
London, UK.
"An innovative green wall has been installed at The Mermaid, in Blackfriars to help reduce harmful pollution. The 120 metre squared wall is made up of 15 plant varieties designed to reduce locally generated pollution, particularly from nearby busy roads. This is Transport for London's (TfL) second green wall in the capital following one installed on Marylebone Road at Edgware Road Tube station last year. The green walls are part of a package of targeted short term measures TfL is introducing at places where PM10 levels are at its highest. Other initiatives include the use of dust suppressants, tree planting and the use of cleaner buses..." [7.9.12]

My renovation saga: the costs and benefits of a green roof
Washington Post Blog, by Annette L. Olson
"The roofers are here, tearing down the old, leaky roof from the front porch. Roof Solutions will build the supporting structure and roof deck for my green roof and, in a week or two, DC Greenworks will build the green (i.e., plant) portion. It’s nice to see the work starting, after all the research and interviews..." [7.9.12]

Sustainability advocates see promise in rooftop gardening, by Doug Gruze
Glens Falls, NY.
"At Cooper's Cave Ale Co., an experiment in rooftop gardening has grown into one of the city’s ecological success stories. A miniature farm of tomatoes, herbs, squash and melons has transformed the desolate roof of the business' garage into a vital resource. "It's very easy to do. This is a fast way to create an ecosystem," Healy said of the green roof technology he and Tracy designed and installed for the business. "This is extremely innovative for the Glens Falls area. They’re really ahead of the game here." Tracy would like more establishments to follow the gardening model..." [7.8.12]

Several buildings in downtown Fargo enjoying benefits of going green up top
In-Forum, by Dave Olson
Fargo, ND.
"As a farmer and a flower shop owner, Kim Hess is no stranger to topsoil. But rooftop topsoil is something new. And for Hess, who is tending gardens this summer atop the downtown Fargo building that is home to Kilbourne Group, the biggest surprise was discovering how impressive elevated terra firma can be as a growing medium...Green roofs can differ in the thickness of their soil-like materials, though in many cases what is used is not dirt in the conventional sense, but instead a high-tech engineered soil layered atop a number of membranes and other materials designed to both protect buildings from water leaks and store water for plants..." [7.6.12]

Columbus adds to urban parks, by Steven Rosen
Columbus, OH.
"Contemporary, cutting-edge urban parks, as much as museums or ballparks, are becoming a tourist attraction in Cincinnati, thanks to Downtown’s new Smale Riverfront Park and the new Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine...You can stroll walkways while admiring its new gardens. Because the park’s grand lawn was developed on top of the shopping center’s underground garage, it is considered a prime example of a green roof…" [7.5.12]

Going Green: Green Roofs and Rain Barrels Blog, by Elizabeth Wright
"In my first interview I talked about the design and construction of the People’s Garden shed located at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the importance of using reclaimed materials. The shed also includes a variety of environmentally-friendly features such as a green roof and rain barrel. Visitors are asking how a green roof and rain barrel are built, and what environmental benefits they provide. I talked with Edward Murtagh, Sustainable Operations Manager in USDA’s Office of Operations about the addition of a green roof and rain barrel to the shed..." [7.5.12]

Worcestershire garden roof salad factory opens
BBC News, by Staff
Worcestershire, UK.
"A Worcestershire food producer has opened its new £30m eco-friendly salad factory which has a garden on the roof. The curved roof at Kanes Foods' new unit at its Middle Littleton site, near Evesham, is covered in grass and native wild flowers. The company said it was designed to blend in with the surrounding Cotswold Hills and helps to control the temperature of the building. It also uses solar panels to heat water and produce electricity for the plant..." [7.5.12]

Green Roofs Take Root in India, by Staff
"...CII-Godrej GBC houses the Indian Green Building Council. Built in 2003, it was one of the first commercial buildings in India to have a large green roof. In the last eight years that we've been operational, we have observed how our green roof has gradually attracted birds and bees to the urban area...According to India's 2011 census, urbanization in India is expected to touch 40% of the population by 2021, and planning authorities have earmarked 533 infrastructure projects worth about $11.1 billion (Rs 60,544.73 crore) to meet the demand. With the estimated increase in urbanization, more green roofs in the sky are likely on the way..." [7.5.12]

Eco-friendly ATM accesses environmental savings
Gizmag, by Darren Quick
"Brazil’s Edra Equipamentos has developed an eco-friendly ATM booth crafted from environmentally friendly raw materials...In addition to sporting a solar panel, the roof can also be fitted with a rainwater collector making it possible to grow plants on a “green roof” that would enhance the booth’s thermal and acoustic properties. There is also the option for other accessories, such as rubbish bins made from natural fibers and architectural details produced with reused glass..." [7.5.12]

The greening of Melbourne and Sydney
The Age, by Carolyn Cummins
Melbourne, Australia.
"Rooftop gardens and green walls are the latest thing being pushed across the Melbourne and Sydney central business districts to make them more attractive to workers, residents and visitors...the cities of Melbourne and Sydney are both issuing new development policies and guidelines, aimed at encouraging the conversion of a rooftop as well as integrating ''green walls'' into the office. There are already 49 approved green roofs in the City of Sydney area, ranging from simple planter boxes to the a 2600-square-metre roof garden at the MCentral apartment building..." [7.5.12]

LCQ 5: Green buildings and energy-saving measures
7thSpace Interactive, by Staff
Hong Kong.
"Following is a question by the Hon Chan Hak-kan and an oral reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Mr. Wong Kam-sing, in the Legislative Council...given that greening works, including vertical greening and roof greening, can help lower the room temperature in a building, of the current number of government buildings in which such works have been completed, as well as the electricity consumption reduced; whether the authorities will assume a leading role by giving priority to carrying out such works on a full scale in the government buildings and public housing estates in Hong Kong..." [7.4.12]

Green roof design may help control urban runoff
Virginia Tech News, by Catherine Doss
Blacksburg, VA.
"A research team in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech has released early results of an experimental study testing the effects of green roofs on controlling urban runoff. Using 8-by-8-foot elevated platforms, the team found that green roofs reduced and slowed runoff during the first five months of the two-year project. The platforms for the experiment were installed at the university’s Research and Demonstration Facility by students and volunteers from Systems Construction LLC..." [7.3.12]

My renovation saga: Installing a green roof
Washington Post Blog, by Annette L. Olson
"...If the permits come through, I’ll install a green (i.e., vegetated) roof on the front porch of my 1915 rowhouse, in view of residents, pedestrians and commuters...Green roofs absorb water when it rains, helping control stormwater runoff. Because of this benefit, the District, through the Anacostia Watershed Society, provides a rebate to help offset some of the cost. For homeowners, green roofs also provide insulation and long term roof protection..." [7.2.12]

New Life, Slanted Green Roofs Proposed for Old Seaport Buildings
Tribeca Trib, by Carl Glassman
Manhattan, NY.
"The slanted, green roofs of the proposed project will be seen by travelers along the FDR Drive, though that elevated view is not the purview of the Landmarks Commission...We are proposing green roofs on the sloped roofs that you’ll see as you whiz by on the highway or see from the Brooklyn Bridge. Environmentally friendly “greened” roofs are planted with weather resistant grasses that, along with other materials, insulate the building from weather and noise and absorb rainwater..." [7.2.12]

Green Roofs: Ideal for Green Building in India?‎, by Yusuf Turab
"Green roofs have become a very important component of sustainable urban development within the last 30 years. Their striking economical and ecological advances, along with growing environmental awareness, are the driving forces for this great success. At present, green roofs and rooftop gardens can be found in most big cities around the world, benefiting the urban environment and its inhabitants. Green roofs have yet to catch on in a big way in India, but hopefully this will change soon..." [7.2.12]

Where are London's best roof gardens?, by Jennifer Whitehead
London, UK.
"Roof gardens are popping up everywhere in London at the moment - perfect for enjoying sunny evenings and lazy weekend afternoons. One newcomer is the Queen of Hoxton, home to the Rooftop Bar & Kitchen and host of the Rooftop Film Club, in association with American Express...Southbank Centre opened the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall to the public in 2011 and summer 2012 sees its return...Selfridges has also recently made its rooftop open to the public..." [7.1.12]

A hot new Italian restaurant in the West Village is serving veggies straight from its rooftop garden
Business Insider, by Eli Epstein
New York, NY.
"We've been hearing a lot recently about Rosemary's Enoteca and Trattoria, a beautiful new restaurant in New York's West Village with a unique twist. Instead of purely relying on a farm-to-table credo, Rosemary's has upped the ante by building a garden on its roof where it grows zucchini, tomatoes, radishes, and a bevy of herbs...He got help on the design and installation from his buddies at The Brooklyn Grange, who created a commercial organic farm on a Long Island City, Queens rooftop, with another on the way in the Brooklyn Navy Yard..." [6.29.12]

American Swedish Institute celebrates its Grand Opening this weekend
Citypages Blog, by Kara Buckner
Minneapolis, MN.
"On Saturday, the American Swedish Institute (ASI) will host a daylong celebration to mark the opening of its newly constructed Carl and Leslie Nelson Cultural Center...On track to secure a LEED Gold rating from the United States Green Building Council, the center features a green roof covered by sedum plants, and a complex heating and cooling system of 96 geothermal wells which stretch 250 feet below the surface. We're willing to invest in it because it's the right thing to do, Karstadt says. It's emblematic of our values as Minnesotans -- as well as the values of Sweden..." [6.29.12]

Postal Service Plants Second Green Roof
PR Newswire, Press Release
Syracuse, NY.
"The U.S. Postal Service today celebrated another example of environmental leadership as local officials announced a green roof atop the Colvin-Elmwood Post Office. The 11,300 square foot green roof will be built at no cost to the Postal Service through an innovative sustainability partnership with Onondaga County, NY...Working cooperatively with Onondaga County's Save the Rain initiative, the Colvin-Elmwood Post Office's roof was deemed structurally sound to support the additional weight of the soil, vegetation and other requirements of a green roof. The green roof will consist of a new membrane, layers of drainage sheet, mat, separation fabric, indigenous vegetation and a wind blanket. The green roof plan fits perfectly into the Postal Service's commitment to create sustainable spaces and facilities wherever possible..." [6.28.12]

San Juan moves forward on green roof
The Monitor, by Elizabeth Findell
San Juan, TX.
"...The city was approved in 2010 to get funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, administered through Texas A&M University at Kingsville, to install a live green roof that the university could then study to monitor drainage and other things. But structural engineers found the roof wasn’t strong enough for plants and soil. San Juan leaders opted to revise the scope of the project to put the green roof on only a few stronger portions that are lower on the building and began to complete necessary repairs..." [6.28.12]

Rochester Pledges to Reduce Energy Use 20%, by Katrina Irwin
Rochester, NY.
"For the past several years, the city of Rochester has been working on going green. From the green roof on city hall, to lighting upgrades in many of the parking garages, Rochester has found ways to save energy...According to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings and industrial plants account for 50% of our country's energy use and 40% of our CO2 emissions. Rochester will be sharing ideas with other cities and learning new ways to cut back on wasted energy..." [6.28.12]

Greenlit for another summer of urban agriculture
CNW Newswire, Press Release
Montreal, Canada.
"The Culti-Vert project, which has now converted nearly 7,000 sq. ft. of the Palais des congrès de Montréal's rooftop into green space, is back for a second consecutive year. In addition to green roofs and climbing plants, the vegetable garden has produced some interesting new features, including an extra 50 containers and beehives...This project continues to be a source of pride and to contribute to Montréal's reputation as a leading ecotourism hub. The Palais is pleased to be breaking new ground by taking part in an innovative green roofing initiative, offering a full range of green event planning and hosting services, and operating a convention and exhibition centre with an outstanding environmental performance record..." [6.28.12]

Heritage Museum’s green project enters final stage
Starkville Daily News, by Steven Nalley
Starkville, MS.
"On Wednesday, architecture and landscape architecture faculty and students from Mississippi State University began putting the last pieces of an Earth-friendly puzzle in place — and they were pieces from a former gas station...Bill Poe, museum board member, said this project has already given the museum a cistern with soaker hoses, sand filtration, porous sidewalks, a rain garden and more. The new pavilion will have a green roof with solar panels feeding electricity to Starkville’s grid and a garden visitors can view via a spiral staircase..." [6.27.12]

Roof revolution: Carnation couple turns lifeless space into natural resource
Snoqualmie Valley Record, by Carol Ladwig
Carnation, WA.
"It’s not quite finished yet, but the new front porch on Toby Maloy’s Carnation home is a great source of pride to him. Someday, he hopes, it will also be a sort of advertisement. Maloy, with the help of his wife, Jennifer Resler, and many friends and colleagues, recently built, filled and planted what may be Carnation’s first-ever green roof. It’s the first one permitted, anyway, and Maloy’s first, despite years of trying to convince clients to build one..." [6.27.12]

"Prototype" Fraunhofer research center opens in Stuttgart
Gizmag, by James Holloway
Stuttgart, Germany.
"...The unusual "prototype building," designed by Dutch architectural firm UNStusdio, has been awarded a gold certificate by German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), but its main feature is the focus on communal space designed to foster a cooperative working environment...Other environmentally-friendly design measures that doubtless contributed to the green certificate include the wide use of recyclable (but not recycled) materials, a green roof, openable windows for natural ventilation…" [6.27.12]

Morgan Sindall Completes £4.6m Sustainable Primary School, by Staff
Liverpool, UK.
"Morgan Sindall marked the completion of work on a £4.6 million eco-friendly primary school and child development centre in Liverpool at a special celebratory ceremony held by the school...A key feature of the building is its attractive and sustainable 'green roof', which has been planted with vegetation to absorb rainwater and provide insulation. The school will also be heated using ground source energy and is planned to achieve a BREEAM rating of 'Very Good'..." [6.27.12]

Nordson Corporation Earns Prestigious LEED® Certification for its Headquarters Facility
Yahoo Finance, Press Release
Westlake, OH.
"...The building becomes the first corporate headquarters in the greater Cleveland area to be awarded LEED certification, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Projects & Case Studies Directory...The 28,000 square-foot facility was opened in November 2010 and incorporates a number of significant leading green building technologies. Environmentally friendly features include energy optimized lighting, HVAC and water systems, a partial green roof planted with native vegetation, a parking lot and landscape design that mitigates storm water generation, reflective white roofing materials that reduce heat island effects and regionally sourced and recycled construction materials..." [6.25.12]

Living green wall planned for InterContinental Chicago
Chicago Tribune, by Melissa Harris
Chicago, IL.
"Laurence Geller, the blunt-talking British chief executive of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, plans to literally spruce up the facade of the InterContinental Chicago hotel on North Michigan Avenue with a 9,800-square-foot living green wall. The wall, which requires City Council approval, would be covered in thousands of plants growing year-round in concealed trays hung perpendicular to the wall. It would be the largest wall of its kind in North America and one of a handful in Chicago, according to Geller and Anne Roberts, the local landscape designer he has hired to build it..." [6.23.12]

Garden experiment takes over Enjoy Centre roof
St. Albert Gazette, by Kevin Ma
St. Albert, Canada.
"About 20 volunteers gathered at the Enjoy Centre Thursday to pour dirt and plants into four rooftop gardens. The gardens, installed last August but not completed until this week, are part of an experiment by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to test out the effects of plants on Alberta roofs. Roofs go through big temperature swings over the course of the day, says David Critchley, head of NAIT’s living roofs in cold climates research team, and all that expansion and contraction wears them out. You can even out these swings with plant-covered green roofs, reducing wear and tear and the need for heating and cooling..." [6.23.12]

More on energy modesty
Philippines Daily Inquirer, by Amado de Jesus
"...As if global warming is not enough, when we have the skyway in the south of town working well, and better water services, the whole stretch of the service road is now strung with condominium projects promising urban heat island effect in the area, among others. Urban heat island effect is 2-3 degrees Celsius higher and is therefore worse than global warming...The School of Art, Design and Media in Singapore features a water collection system integrated on the green roof for irrigation. The rain sensors are installed on the green roof for automatic irrigation when it rains..." [6.22.12]

Sustainability without fanfare
Sustainable Industries, by Thomas R. Tavella
"Sometimes sustainability occurs without fanfare. Some industries are so “green” that people within it take advances in sustainability for granted. Landscape architecture is one such industry...approach that is becoming increasingly popular is the inclusion of green roofs on new developments—from residential complexes to business centers and commercial developments. Even parking garages are starting to sport green roofs! Green roofs (also known as “living” roofs) are composed of trees and shrubs or low-growth grasses and sedums..." [6.21.12]

Green roofs efficient and pretty, too‎
Statesman Journal, by Al Shay
Salem, OR.
"There is a lot of buzz in major metropolitan areas such as Portland, Seattle and San Francisco with green roofs. Most of these are on commercial buildings, which are flat, but it’s possible to have them on the peaked roof of a residence, as well. So what’s the deal, is it just a pretty picture? There’s more to it than that; storm water mitigation, reducing the urban heat island effect, creating habitat for pollinators, improving air quality and producing food are all benefits of a green roof..." [6.21.12]

Native Green Roof Plants
Fordham Urban Sustainability & Ecosystems Blog, by Jason Aloisio
New York, NY.
"In a 2012 paper, Butler released a paper titled "Native plant enthusiasm reaches new heights: Perceptions, evidence and the future of green roofs,” which revealed that landscape architects and architects most frequently published pro-native plant papers. She also revealed that the rational for using native plants was frequently omitted from these published papers and that many of the papers comparing sedums to native plants showed native plants to perform very poorly; however, one researcher, Jeremy Lunholm was the exception to the rule..." [6.20.12]

Cities Strive to Tackle Bad Environmental Habits
IPS News, By Staff
United Nations.
"Cities have large stakes in the environmental degradation and resource exhaustion stretching the planet to breaking point, but inspiring new initiatives point the way towards escaping the downward spiral...The initiative’s accompanying report, “Sustainable Resource Efficient Cities. Making it Happen” illustrates how changing city habits through innovative sustainability initiatives can generate widespread planet-preserving benefits. Diverse initiatives sprouting up across the US echo the ethos of the report, from the burgeoning of green rooftops in Toronto, Chicago and New York..." [6.20.12]

Algonquin Centre wins green innovation award
Daily Commercial News, Press Release
Toronto, Canada.
"The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) at Algonquin College in Ottawa has won the Academic Leadership Award for green building innovation. The award was presented at the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) national conference. The landmark building, which opened in 2011, consolidates under one sizable green roof the college’s building design and construction technology programs...the many sustainable design features of this building — from the high-performance envelope to the green roofs and living wall — serve as a visible expression of the building’s identity as an energy-efficient structure..." [6.20.12]

Via Verde's Solar Panels and Green Features Shine for Grand Opening, Press Release
New York, NY.
"NYC Mayor Bloomberg and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan were on hand Monday, June 18th, for the grand opening of Via Verde -- a 222-unit green affordable housing complex in the Bronx developed by Jonathan Rose Companies and Phipps Houses, and designed by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw. Bright Power's energy-saving innovations -- including a building-integrated solar electric system, and high-efficiency heating, ventilation and lighting systems -- are featured at the complex...Winner of the 2006 New Housing New York competition, this urban infill project includes a green roof, community vegetable gardens, green interior finishes, and rainwater harvesting. The 66-kW building-integrated photovoltaic system is a signature feature..." [6.19.12]

The Real High Line Effect -- A Transformational Triumph of Preservation and Design
Huffington Post, by Charles A. Birnbaum
New York, NY.
"The success of New York's High Line -- a stretch of abandoned elevated railroad on New York's West Side that has undergone a Phoenix-like resurrection to become one of the city's most popular destinations -- has generated much conversation about the so-called "High Line effect." Several cities are looking at their own long-disused sections of track, hoping they can literally replicate New York's success. Perhaps, but that narrow interpretation ignores the confluence of unique factors that made New York's' High Line an instant classic..." [6.19.12]

Parkhaus green roof part of UNL professor's research, by Nancy Hicks
Lincoln, NE.
"...Richard Sutton, agronomy, horticulture and landscape architect professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is using the 6,000-square-foot area on top of the parking garage for his research. Sutton planted the first seeds this spring during construction of the building that eventually will be home to about 180 residents -- most likely UNL students. Some students with apartments on the eighth floor will look out over the hairy grama, sun sedge and little bluestem in the green roof garden..." [6.19.12]

Columbia Green Technologies Raises $1.2 Million to Increase Its Capabilities, Press Release
Portland, OR.
"Columbia Green Technologies (CGT), provider of eco-technology for green roof systems, announced it raised US$1.2 million in its latest round of funding. The funds will be used to enhance the company's abilities and operations by focusing on R&D, as well as boosting sales and marketing efforts. This investment in CGT signifies the importance and rapid adoption of green infrastructure in the U.S., which is experiencing fast expansion driven by environmental legislation and fact that many cities are now actively addressing stormwater challenges..." [6.18.12]

Create an urban garden on your roof or balcony, by Angela Daidone
Woodland Park, NJ.
"Urban gardening - planting on rooftops, balconies or terraces - can be a satisfying alternative for those who don’t have the property for a traditional garden. In a high-rise or closely packed condo community, plants add a welcome touch of nature. And with the right planning and maintenance, your efforts can yield an abundant crop of fresh vegetables and colorful flora to rival any garden...A southern exposure, which receives the most sunlight, is ideal for drought-tolerant annuals such as portulaca and lantana, as well as for vegetables, most of which need at least six hours of sun. Rooftop gardens obviously receive the most sun and are ideal for growing vegetables..." [6.16.12]

Eating on a Green Roof: New York's Buildings Provide Food, Habitat for Wildlife, by Rachel Nuwer
New York, NY.
"New York’s green roofs do more than add a splash of green to the urban habitat. They also provide a crucial stopping ground and habitat for birds flying through. Researcher Dustin Partridge tracks the insect life on roofs throughout New York to see if the roofs are providing food sources for the birds...Reporter Rachel Nuwer visited Partridge on one of his green roofs recently - see video..." [6.15.12]

Seoul’s green makeover from the top
The Jakarta Post, by Lee Sun-young and Lee Hee-su
Seoul, South Korea.
"Little green dots are popping up in Seoul’s predominantly grey skyline, as an increasing number of roofs are being turned into gardens, farms and tiny ecological parks. With little vacant space left and land prices soaring high, Seoul is looking at the roofs of its numerous concrete structures as an untapped frontier for public green space...Seoul City is actively promoting this rooftop revolution, offering incentives of as much as 70 percent of the installation costs. Its green roof project, which started in 2002, resulted in about 243,000 square meters of green space atop some 550 commercial, public-purpose and residential buildings. Nearly 40 billion won have been spent in incentives so far..." [6.15.12]

Restaurant Rooftop Gardens: Five Of America's Best, by Laurel Miller
"...Many of these restaurants offer public tours of their rooftop gardens, greenhouses and hives, so even city-dwellers (or line cooks) no longer have an excuse to remain clueless about where their food comes from – and the public can't get enough. With the urban farming movement – backyard produce, chickens, bees, even dairy goats – at critical mass, savvy chefs, concerned about their carbon footprint and wanting more control over the production and quality of their ingredients, have turned their rooftops into kitchen gardens..." [6.15.12]

TD Centre's 'living roof' like a farm in the city
Globe and Mail, by Lisa Rochon
"This week I stood on the freshly greened roof of the Toronto-Dominion Centre banking pavilion, surrounded by a field of creek sedge grass. Bounded on all sides by steel and concrete skyscrapers, the oasis was surreal and thrilling. It felt strangely illicit – as if a tract of farmland had been floated down on the city’s financial district. The transformation of heat-absorbing asphalt roofscapes into energy-saving canvases of greenery is being embraced not only by businesses, but university and condominium developers. Living roofs are also increasingly being promoted as therapeutic tools for health-care facilities..." [6.15.12]

See Nature Thrive in Pittsburgh's East Liberty Neighborhood
PR Newswire, Press Release
Pittsburgh, PA.
"East Liberty Development, Inc. (ELDI), has brought a green roof bus shelter to the East Liberty neighborhood. First hatched in 2010 by Planning Coordinator Katherine Camp, the green roof bus shelter is unique to Pittsburgh. The Sprout Fund awarded ELDI a large grant through its Spring program to construct a bus shelter whose roof houses plant life, giving flora and fauna a foothold, creating stopping points for organisms to return to the urban environment...In addition to providing a home for a variety of plant and animal life and reducing air and water pollution, the green roof bus shelter educates the public about green roofs and green practices through the informational signs found on the shelter's panels..." [6.14.12]

Faculty conversations: Brad Rowe
MSU News, by Erica Shekell
East Lansing, MI.
"If one climbs through a third-floor window in the new Molecular Plant Sciences Building, one will arrive on the roof — a roof carpeted with short flowering plants and grasses: A green roof. Brad Rowe, professor in the Department of Horticulture, was instrumental in getting the green roof installed last fall, and has been working with green roofs for about 12 years. Rowe became interested in green roofs when Ford Motor Company approached him when it was in the process of designing a 10.4-acre green roof for its Dearborn plant. The green roof there is among the largest in the U.S..." [6.14.12]

Switzerland's habitats in the sky, by Staff
Basel, Switzerland.
"In Basel, Switzerland's third most populous city, an eco-friendly hospital roof overlooks the Rhine River. In recent decades, architects, builders and city planners all across the planet have begun turning to green roofs not for their beauty — which is almost an afterthought — but for their practicality. In particular, plant-covered roofs in Switzerland are a common strategy for meeting the country’s robust environmental standards...If we steal the ground for a building, said International Green Roof Association director Wolfgang Ansel, we can give it back to nature on the roof. It has been federal law in Switzerland since the late 1990s..." [6.14.12]

Care & Maintenance of a Living Wall
Home Guides - SF Gate, by Shelley Frost
San Francisco, CA.
"Living walls range from a few shelves of plants to an entire wall covered with greenery in a specialized planting system. These vertical gardens work both indoors and outdoors, but they always require care and maintenance after the initial installation. The requirements for irrigation, nutrition and care depend in large part on the specific type of living wall system and plants growing there. Establishing a maintenance routine created by a professional helps determine specific requirements..." [6.13.12]

Q&A: Columbia University Prof Pushes for Greener NYC
Wall Street Journal Blog, by Richard Morgan
New York, NY.
"Urban farming is having its moment in the sun. Earlier this spring, officials announced that the world’s largest rooftop garden will be built in Sunset Park. And as the Journal reported, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is packing the farm bill with New York-centric ideas...And so let me take you on a quick trip around the world. We have NuVege, selling radiation-free vegetables from a three-story vertical farm 30 miles from Fukushima in Japan. We have The Plant, in Chicago. And then the best of them all so far, The Plantagon, a true vertical farm tower in Sweden. A rooftop garden, again, is very nice and very good news and it will do lots of good. But if New York City doesn’t act soon, it’ll be left in the dust..." [6.13.12]

Sustainability do-it-your-selfers raise the roof as well as fish and vegetables
STL Beacon, by David Baugher
St. Louis, MO.
"...Caiazza’s journey, and those of five other presenters, were the focus of an event Tuesday staged by the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter in partnership with St. Louis Green and St. Louis Earth Day. Sponsored by Pizzo & Associates and hosted at the ultra-modern Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 facility on Chouteau, the late afternoon showcase was meant to display the concept of DIY sustainability within the St. Louis community...Hunter Beckham told how he created a “green roof” on top of his garage. The project helps him save rainwater while making the property more attractive. He noted that the plants really brighten up the environment as well..." [6.13.12]

Net Impact aims to change perceptions
The BG News, by Tori Simmons
Bowling Green, OH.
"Net Impact is an organization that redefines business. The University organization incorporates business into the social aspect of entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability...Net Impact works throughout the year and each member works individually throughout the summer to increase awareness of environmental issues and social opportunities. This past year Net Impact members sponsored and created projects such as World Water Week and the green roof on Carillion Place, they also showed various documentary series and helped with the organization of the company Nice Shirt..." [6.12.12]

Riots and Revolution in Greece: Greening Greece's Rooftops
Huffington Post, by Diana Farr Louis
Athens, Greece.
"...His quest started in 2000 when he bought a 120-year-old house in the mountains above Corinth in the northeast Peloponnese and decided it should have a green roof to insulate it from the fierce winter cold. He travelled to Central Europe and met the "movers and shakers of the industry," none of whom were particularly interested in starting up something in "such a small market." Upon his return, even more determined to make it happen, he called upon friends -- engineers, landscape architects, botanists, architects -- and expert members of the Mediterranean Garden Society for help...Oikosteges offers different installation approaches depending on whether the client is building from scratch or wants to plant an existing roof. In the latter case, they use portable "cushions" made of a weatherproof geo textile which are filled with a rich, inert mix of Greek minerals..." [6.11.12]

Twitter employees revel in company's new headquarters
Seattle Post Intelligencer Blog, by Staff
San Francisco, CA.
"Mid-Market’s newest anchor company opened its doors Monday morning with a rooftop barbecue, gorgeous weather and hundreds of thrilled Twitter employees retweeting each others’ photos of the company headquarters. Twitter moved 800 employees to the Art Deco building on Market between Eighth and Ninth streets over the weekend, a move that city officials hope will jumpstart corporate and commercial revitalization of the area. But never mind San Francisco’s years-long urban planning efforts. There were chocolate-covered strawberries and a rooftop garden to tweet about..." [6.11.12]

Institute marshals resources for new technologies and policies
UDaily, Press Release
Newark, DE.
"...These include establishing new centers at UD in fuel cell research, carbon-free power integration and catalysis for energy innovation; installing a wind turbine at the Lewes campus and a green roof on Colburn Laboratory; signing Bloom Energy as an anchor at the STAR Campus; and executing an agreement with NRG Energy...The one-day event finished with a fuel-cell bus tour of several energy-related installations at UD, including Bloom’s future location on the STAR Campus, solar panels on the Field House, the ISE Lab and Colburn Lab’s biodiesel facility and green roof..." [6.8.12]

Solar-powered 'supertrees' breathe life into Singapore's urban oasis
CNN, by Lauren Said-Moorhouse
"...the supertrees and biomes only make up 5% of the multimillion-dollar landscaping development won after an international design competition by UK landscape architects Grant Associates. The remainder of the Bay South garden will pay homage to the ethnic makeup of the country. In the Heritage Gardens, visitors can explore the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Colonial-themed areas and learn about the links between plants and Singapore's history. Surrounding these cultural green spaces in the rest of the 103-acre Bay South park are sprawling areas complete with lakes and bridges..." [6.8.12]

An Interactive Journey Through New York's Roofscape Makeover
The Atlantic Cities, by James West and Tim McDonnell
New York, NY.
"Most visitors to New York City crane their necks for a view of the city's famous skyline, but locals know better: to get the best views, you have to go up. Here's your chance to take a rare - and vivid - journey atop a few of the city's billion square feet of rooftops. As the Big Apple faces ever-hotter summers, officials are looking for ways to cool off in some of the only unused space left in a crowded city: rooftops...Climate Desk strapped on hardhats, jumped into elevators, and scaled ladders to see first-hand how the roofscape of New York is adapting to face a changing climate." [6.7.12]

Philadelphia Cleans Up Storm Water With Innovative Program
National Geographic, by Paul McRandle
Philadelphia, PA.
"...In a unique effort to address the city's storm-water runoff problem, improve streets, benefit the community, and create jobs, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has opted for green infrastructure solutions rather than simply digging new tunnels and storage tanks to hold runoff. The city is relying on a combination of solutions including green roofs, porous paving, storm-water planters, rain gardens, and, of course, the coveted rain barrels. Crockett had hoped to encourage Philadelphia's residents to take a role in keeping their water clean, little expecting the program would be so popular that people would impersonate others to get their rain barrels..." [6.6.12]

DC high school students learn green roof design, by Douglas Canter
"Ten of the 20 students in Kevin Hughes’ carpentry class huddled around a makeshift green roof demonstration today at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School in Northeast Washington, DC. Responding to Phelps High School’s request, DC Greenworks partnered with the school to build green roof demonstration sheds that will be installed at four DC elementary schools..." [6.6.12]

Green Roof Goodness
Defenders of Wildlife Blog, by Brian Bovard
"...So what can people do to help offset the negative impacts to their daily lives brought about by extreme temperatures? One solution is to replace heat-absorbing, black roofs with a green roof or a vegetative layer grown on a rooftop. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists the immediate and significant benefits that come from installing a green roof as: reduced energy use, reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, improved human health and comfort, enhanced storm water management and water quality, and improved quality of life..." [6.6.12]

A Yacht With A Conscience
Huffington Post Blog, by Zoe Settle
"A green roof, solar panels, wind turbines and a rainwater collector have not been the traditional amenities of luxury yachts. With the concept Island(E)motion luxury mega-yacht, however, Swiss designers Milena Cvijanovich and Denis Muller of MCM Design Studio are redefining how sexy sustainable can be in a category where patrons are known for out-glamming the competition. Cvijanovich, the daughter of Dr. George B. Cvijanovich, the inventor of one of the first solar panels, has made environmental awareness and sustainability the pillars of her architecture and design projects..." [6.6.12]

Green Roof Fiasco
The Berry Prairie Blog, by Brenna Wanous
Laramie, WY.
"...The green roof leaked over the weekend into the Vertebrate Collection. The Vertebrate Collection houses thousands of bird and mammal specimens from around the world, and we're all keeping our fingers crossed that water didn't get into the sealed cabinets to damage any of the specimens...Upon installing the boxes to hold the green roof leak sensors a couple of weeks ago, the contractors cut through both of the water-protective membranes on the roof (they should have only gone through one). To make matters worse, they didn't seal anything up to protect from the elements, thereby creating a hole in the roof..." [6.5.12]

Green roof livens up Milwaukee Public Museum
Journal Sentinel Online, by Steve Schultze
Milwaukee, WI.
"...The museum's roof garden provides a bird's-eye view of another MMSD-subsidized green roof - on top of the downtown Milwaukee Public Library roof across W. Wells St. That garden was installed two years ago at a cost of $1.2 million, $250,000 of it from the sewerage district. Other local green roofs built in part with MMSD tax dollars include ones at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Great Lakes WATER Institute, the Milwaukee County Zoo, Miller Brewing Co., UWM's Golda Meir Library and Rockwell Automation..." [6.5.12]

U of L hopes to save on energy costs with "green" roof, by Staff
Louisville, KY.
"U of L is opening a new $3.4 million addition to its business school and one of its features is the university's first green roof. This roof of living plants is expected to save 25 percent in energy costs in the new wing. The green roof is also designed to help prevent campus flooding, something U of L has had to deal with a couple of times during the last several years, most recently just a week ago..." [6.5.12]

St. Rose Catholic in running for World Environment Day award
The Manly Daily, by Charis Chang
"St. Rose Catholic Primary students are among the finalists for a major environment award with their greenwall - the first built at an Australian school. The two-storey wall was made out of 600 plastic bottles and each student contributed cuttings from their own plants at home. Teacher Meghan Heffernan said the wall added some green to an otherwise concrete environment near their gathering area...The wall consists of 94 per cent recycled materials and the Collaroy Plateau school has been named a finalist in the World Environment Day Awards for the project..." [6.5.12]

A Long Green Roof, a unique strolling delight in New York City
Culpeper Star Exponent, by Desy Campbell
New York, NY.
"...By design, function and use, the High Line is a green roof – providing reuse of an old lengthy structure, using plants and materials for environmental, visual, and healthy purposes. The 1.5 walk is full of delights – ranging from finding the stairway on 14th Street (between 11th and 12th Avenue), to climbing up 30’ and almost being in another world. From the beginning of our stroll, we saw various and numerous well-tended plants..." [6.4.12]

WPI Partners with Area Colleges in Energy-Saving Program
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, by Staff
Worcester, MA.
"A new multi-campus partnership involving some of Worcester's leading colleges will boost efforts to save energy and reduce carbon emissions through innovative technical, financial, and human solutions...The three participating schools have all made significant strides in demonstrating sustainability leadership and implementing innovative solutions on their campuses. WPI earned an A-minus on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card and features Worcester’s first living green roof atop its LEED-certified East Hall..." [6.1.12]

Make a killer whale smile: Install a rain barrel, rain garden or green roof
Edmonds Beacon, by Staff
Edmonds, WA.
"Want to learn how to make a killer whale smile? One way is to reduce stormwater runoff that flows into local streams and Puget Sound. There are several simple and low costs techniques that you can put to use in your neighborhood and make that happen now...Gridley will describe the center’s new research activities on the benefits of installing rain gardens, rain barrels and other techniques that you can use to reduce stormwater runoff..." [6.1.12]

Recirculating Farms Help New Orleans Eat Local
PR Newswire, Press Release
New Orleans, LA.
"As New Orleans begins its second annual Eat Local Challenge, the Recirculating Farms Coalition celebrates the launch of a new rooftop garden in the heart of the city and urges more grocers, restaurateurs, and consumers to get involved in growing local food...Recirculating farming is an eco-friendly method of agriculture that uses clean, continually recycled water in place of soil to grow plants (hydroponics), fish (aquaculture), or both plants and fish together (aquaponics). Being soil-less makes these farms well-suited for urban environments, where available growing space may be paved over or on rooftops..." [6.1.12]

A sneak peek inside the new Children's Hospital of Chicago
Chicago Parent, by Robyn Monaghan
Chicago, IL.
"It's an understatement to say that designers of the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago have left no opportunity untapped to create a kid-friendly environment...Crowning the 23-story, 1.25 million-square-foot hospital is an open-air sky deck garden rimmed with fragrant cedar and mullein with delphinium and ivy...Above the 11th floor Crown Sky Garden perches a tree house where young patients can climb and romp amid towering bamboo plants..." [5.31.12]

New perspectives: Green roofs and climate change Blog, by Kyle Crider
Birmingham, AL.
"...Dr. Peters compared natural gas, water and electricity bills for the Hulsey Building four years prior to the green roof installation in July 2008 with those following the installation. The green roof has shaved between 20 and 25 percent off utility expenses, far exceeding UAB Facilities expectations! This brings me to James Hrynyshyn and his “Big Switch” talk. It turns out that green roofs are one of the many “big switches” we need to make in order to combat climate change. U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu advocates them, estimating that we could save $735 million per year if 85% of our air-conditioned buildings had white or reflective roofs..." [5.31.12]

M&S: a sustainable blueprint to behold
The Guardian, by Jackie Wills
Sheffield, UK.
"...The retailer achieved so many firsts when building Ecclesall Road that it's become one of the company's learning stores, where sustainability skills are shared with architecture students, schoolchildren and throughout the company...The shop has a sedum roof and living wall for wildlife that insulate the store and filter pollution..." [5.30.12]

The Yet-to-open PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore Continues to Make Waves Locally and Abroad
San Francisco Chronicle, Press Release
"Pan Pacific Hotels Group today announced that its flagship PARKROYAL hotel, PARKROYAL on Pickering, has been conferred the Green Mark Platinum Award by the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore ...Located at the key gateway into the Central Business District and Raffles Place financial hub, the hotel features lush greenery spanning a total of 15,000 square metres of impressive sky gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces and green walls..." [5.29.12]

A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, in a Parking Garage
The Atlantic Cities, by Sarah DeWeerdt
Seattle, WA.
"...As far as we can tell it’s the first community-managed food production garden on a rooftop in the country, says Eric Higbee, a landscape architect working on the project. This project, dubbed the UpGarden, will have space for about 120 gardeners. There are a few rooftop farms, such as Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn. But a commercial operation like that runs around $10 per square foot to construct, while the UpGarden has shoestring budget of $4 per square foot—and it’s designed to be built and maintained almost entirely by volunteers..." [5.29.12]

Leaders defend Chattanooga's green image
Chattanooga Times Free Press, by Cliff Hightower
Chattanooga, TN.
"Chattanooga has a national image as a sustainable city. Once known as the city with the dirtiest air in America, Chattanooga cleaned up with a pedestrian riverwalk, green roofs atop office buildings and the first LEED-certified auto assembly plant in the world. But some local leaders wonder if that image will be tarnished by changes to the city's Office of Sustainability...the city will pursue green infrastructure in the upcoming year and look at how green initiatives can help when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sends down a consent order on the city's sewer system this year..." [5.28.12]

Award hopes for Endeavor's 'Green Roof'
24dash Press Release
Middlesbrough, UK.
"An innovative Endeavour Housing Association development, which features Middlesbrough’s first ‘green roof,’ has been nominated by Middlesbrough Borough Council in the Best Local Authority Sustainable Development category in the Northern Regional Building Excellence Awards...A bio-diverse, living sedum roof on one of the buildings helps to reduce water run off, thereby reducing the burden on public sewers. It also helps to insulate the building and provides a valuable habitat for plants, insects and birds. The roof also contributes to visual amenity and is the first ‘green roof’ in Middlesbrough..." [5.28.12]

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm going green with goats
Joliet Herald News, by Cindy Wojdyla Cain
Crest Hill, IL.
"Paul Siegel jokes that he’d like to call his latest farm attraction 'goats on a hot tin roof.' But the goats, animal welfare officers should note, are not on a hot tin roof. They’re actually on a green roof filled with oat grass they can munch on all day as traffic whizzes past Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm. Siegel is always thinking of new ways to market his farm, which sells plants in the spring, veggies in the summer and hosts a pumpkin fest in the fall. He got the idea for goats on a green roof from a mixture of experiences." [5.27.12]

Summit Outside: Helping migrating birds
Summit Daily News, by Dr. Joanne Stolen
Silverthorne, CO.
"...Turn your roof into a 'green roof' topped with a variety of food- and shelter-providing plants. Popular in Europe, green roofs are now emerging especially in cities in North America. These green roofs can help provide migratory birds with more stopover points. I have fond memories of riding the train along the Norwegian coast and seeing farm houses with daisies blooming on the roofs. Green roofs not only look good, but are insulating, are a source of oxygen, help with rainwater harvesting and provide food for birds. I love the one at Alpine Gardens in Silverthorne. 'Green walls' are also a great idea..." [5.27.12]

Bring Your Garden to Work
Harvard Business Review Blog, by Sarah Green
London, UK.
"...the best green roof I have seen recently — the "Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow" at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show — does even more than that. It offers an important refuge to a species near and dear to my heart: humans...The garden, designed by Patricia Fox and sponsored by RBS in association with Walworth Garden Farm, extends the office outside. Chatting with a representative from RBS at the show, he explained that as he looks out from their offices in downtown London, all he sees is unused rooftop space. Why not make that vacant space productive?..." [5.25.12]

Try going vertical
News-Times, by Nancy Townsley
Portland, OR.
"Vertical gardens, which date back to the hanging gardens of Babylon in 600 B.C., are all the rage these days. From the federal General Services Administration building in downtown Portland – with 200-foot-high “vegetated fins” growing on its western facade – to home-grown living walls in western Washington County, these modern garden designs are very 21st Century...Green walls planted outside city buildings provide shade in the spring and summer when they flourish and allow light in during the fall and winter when they go dormant..." [5.25.12]

Project plants seed for roof gardens
PS News, by Staff
"A new project funded by the Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC) could change the concept of the Australian garden. Dubbed “vertical gardens”, the project has identified a number of hardy native plants that can readily grow on the walls and roofs of buildings...The research project found that there were social, environmental and economic benefits from growing plants on walls and rooftops...You can download a copy of the report Living Wall and Green Roof Plants for Australia at the end of the article." [5.24.12]

If only the sky were the limit
TODAYonline, by Jason Pomeroy
"Singapore could be a city of lively social spaces in the sky - but for the restricted public access...these skyward open social spaces, which are often densely foliated, have helped define Singapore as a Garden City. The Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, and the many other examples of SkyCourts and SkyGardens, demonstrate Singapore's commitment to creating a vertical Garden City and a willingness to implement planning policy guidelines for onward physical realisation..." [5.24.12]

ESF to get $413,000 for "green" roofs, by Glenn Coin
Syracuse, NY.
"The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will get $413,000 from the state today to plant native species on the roof of the new Gateway Center. The money, from the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, will help the college plant and maintain the 5,000-square-foot roof, which will absorb rain. ESF said that preliminary trials show dozens of native plant species from the shores of Lake Ontario will readily establish on a "green" roof. A rooftop is a harsh environment for plants, said Donald Leopold, chair of the ESF department of Environmental and Forest Biology, because they are subject to extremes of moisture and temperature..." [5.24.12]

New building in Phipps Conservatory is greenest of its kind
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, by David Templeton
Pittsburgh, PA.
"The bright, modern building newly tucked behind the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland features old-barn wood siding, lots of windows and a rooftop garden. But the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), which held its grand opening Wednesday, is drawing attention for qualities less obvious: Situated on a 2.65-acre brownfield site, it represents America's largest green building at 24,350 square feet that can claim net-zero energy and water usage..." [5.24.12]

CT Science Center opens green rooftop garden
Hartford Business, by Lindsey Klein
Hartford, CT.
"The Connecticut Science Center has opened its green rooftop garden for the 2012 season, attracting visitors while reducing the facility's energy consumption. Native grasses and flowers insulate the building, making it more energy efficient and reducing the irrigation needed by 50 percent. Visitors will be among native plants, green rooftop architecture, and views of the Hartford area...The 6,316-square-foot plot includes a shade garden, an alpine garden, and a children's sensory garden..." [5.23.12]

Green Roofs in Big Cities Bring Relief From Above
New York Times Blog, by Tina Rosenberg
New York, NY.
"...So the difference between a black tar roof and a green roof was at minimum 50 degrees. And the green roof was able to retain 75 percent of a one-inch rainfall. The two tasks go hand in hand — green roofs cool by capturing moisture and evaporating it...New York City decided it was more cost effective to build green infrastructure, including green roofs, than to construct more sewer pipes or storage tanks, and it is spending $1.5 billion over the next 20 years on green projects that will reduce rainfall runoff. The goal is to cut sewer outflows by 40 percent by 2030..." [5.23.12]

Blighted Bronx Revives With Roof Gardens, Solar Panels
Bloomberg BusinessWeek, by James S. Russell
Bronx, NY.
"My tour of the new Via Verde apartment complex began on a roof that sprouts just-planted Christmas trees. Stairs brought me to three higher levels, where I walked through a grove of cherry trees and vegetables beds, then entered a fitness room under a porch roofed with solar panels. This is affordable housing? In the once-blighted Bronx?...Via Verde’s most remarkable amenity is its multilevel roofscape, most of which is open to all residents..." [5.22.12]

Display is heaven scent for hay fever sufferers
Cambridge News, by Alice Hutton
London, UK.
"Floral displays, alpine troughs and even a rooftop garden for hay fever sufferers are among the examples of horticultural excellence from Cambridgeshire to go on show at the world's most famous flower exhibition. More than 157,000 visitors will pack out this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show from today until Saturday at The Royal Hospital in London where Cambridge regulars are back in force...Dr Tim Wreghitt, who is heading up the Royal College of Pathologists’ team, said: Everyone knows someone with an allergy. Based on a rooftop garden in central London, our exhibit aims to help gardeners and developers of garden spaces to pick the right plants to minimise allergies..." [5.22.12]

If green roofs were mandatory in cities would there be less development and building? Conversation, by Kimberly Powell
"...The National Research Council of Canada found that having a green roof reduced the daily energy demand for air conditioning in the summer by 75%. Toronto is the first North American city to pass a law mandating green rooftops for all new residential, commercial and industrial developments. Any new construction with floor space of more than 2,000 square meters must devote between 20 and 60 percent of its roof to vegetation. But with green roofs comes an unwanted financial upfront cost. Will developers decide that the benefits outweigh the costs for installing green roofs?..." [5.21.12]

Two Green Roofs Going Up in Times Square, by Staff
New York, NY.
"A new hotel going up in NYC - the InterContinental New York Times Square - is jumping in with beehives on one of its two green roofs...In addition to green roofs on the 2nd and 7th floors, which will also have a herb garden that serves the restaurant, the hotel is pending LEED-certification. Besides providing locally sourced herbs and honey, the green roofs retain heat in the winter and absorb sunlight in the summer, reduce stormwater run-off and the heat island effect." [5.21.12]

Bronx Science Students Present Findings at World Energy Forum in Denver
DNAinfo, by Patrick Wall
Denver, CO.
"...The title of their presentation didn't catch much interest — “Green-Roof Integrated Photovoltaic Canopies” — but when the pair of researchers launched into their talk, thin stacks of note cards in hand, the experts in the room leaned forward and their faces lit up...The models — four two-foot high and four-foot long boxes that simulate different types of roofs, some covered with greenery and some with solar panels — were situated next to the school’s actual 1,500-square-foot green roof, the first of its kind on a New York City public school which Wight help orchestrate in 2010..." [5.21.12]

Going back in time to go green
Culpeper Star Exponent, by Desy Campbell
Culpeper, VA.
"Perhaps you remember your early science classes and the section on weather; so you may be familiar with how the water cycle plays a key reason for the use of green roofs today: especially in the cities — where factors include water run-off from rain, snow, and more intense storms, higher temperatures due to building structures and density, asphalt roads and parking areas, more dense populations. There are a multitude of reasons that green buildings and roofs are here to grow. Everybody is a partner in this endeavor, including the government. They create standards for almost every industry and often offer incentives for an expanding and flourishing industry...The 'green' roof at the Library of Congress is just one of several green initiatives in Culpeper County..." [5.21.12]

Britain's Cameron detours from NATO to City Hall green roof, Mart's 1871
Crain's Chicago Business Blog, by Shia Kapos
Chicago, IL.
"Prime Minister David Cameron stopped by City Hall in the Loop to see the green roof and continued on to 1871, the city's new hub for digital startups. Along with admiring the rooftop views and garden, Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave the prime minister a six-pack of 312 beer. Mr. Cameron reciprocated with a book...Mr. Cameron had asked to visit 1871 as part of his ongoing mission to strengthen economic ties between the U.K. and the U.S..." [5.20.12]

Plant campaign joins green infrastructure partnership
HorticultureWeek, by Staff
"Greening the UK, the HTA-led campaign to promote plants and open green spaces, has joined Defra's fledgling Green Infrastructure Partnership. The partnership, launched last October to initially run for two years, aims to promote green infrastructure such as green roofs and pocket parks to support ecological networks, healthier communities and economic growth...Among the reports it has published is Green Democratic Deficit, which revealed that developers were not sticking to landscape and planting conditions of their planning applications..." [5.18.12]

"Green" Roof on Austin High School Building
KIMT, by Natalie Tendall
Austin, MN.
"...It may look like they are starting a garden...with the greenery and sunlight...but they are actually creating something known as green roofing technology. A energy conservation method that has a variety of different uses. Environmental Science Teacher Josh Dumas said, 'They will actually act as insulation in the Winter, help keep it warm and they also help slow the water run-off to help with flooding in the Spring'...this teacher hopes the green roof project is an example to the students..." [5.17.12]

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Opens Green Visitors Center, by Roger Clark
Brooklyn, NY.
"With a snip of the garland Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new visitor's center officially opened to the public Wednesday...Among the additions is a living roof with more that 40,000 grasses, spring bulbs and perennial wildflowers. The roof is one of a number of environmentally sustainable features of the nearly two block long structure...In addition to the roof, the visitor center is landscaped with some 60,000 new plants. Inside is an orientation gallery, a garden shop, a leaf-shaped event space, and interpretive exhibits..." [5.16.12]

Forest Heights cracks down on stormwater pollution
Gazette.Net, by Daniel J. Gross
Forest Heights, MD.
"...The town’s efforts to convert its grounds into a demonstration site to show others how to eliminate stormwater runoff began in 2007, when the Town Council planted a small number of trees along the parking lot as a way to catch polluted water leaving the lot. Additional efforts took off in 2008 when the town converted its dilapidated roof to a green roof — one lined with vegetative garden beds to consume and filter rainfall. As the rain falls, beds of plants on the roof soak up the water, while any unused rainfall drains to three rain barrels that collect water used for watering the surrounding gardens that have “living walls,” or retaining garden walls lined with additional plants inside them..." [5.16.12]

When a Ticket-Taker and Turnstile Aren't Enough
Wall Street Journal, by Julie V. Iovine
Brooklyn, NY.
"...The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, entering its second century, is hardly a novice at branding, but at the new Visitor Center it is exercised with comprehensive aplomb. On the entry plaza, even before one buys a ticket, the sustainable landscape lessons begin with two planting beds—sprouting black gum trees, wild hyacinth and water-loving grasses—that are sunk into the pavement and operate as storm-water basins channeling overflow to the nearby Japanese garden pond rather than into New York's sewer system. Similarly, the green roof (designed, as were the rain gardens and other landscape elements, by HM White) is no small engineering feat. With a pitch of up to 27 degrees, it requires complicated networks of special soils held in place with cleats and geo-nets involving drip irrigation systems woven into capillary fabrics, and other impressive techniques with specialized vocabularies known only to au courant gardeners..." [5.15.12]

Open-Air Status Symbols
Wall Street Journal, by Ralph Gardner Jr.
New York, NY.
"...But there's another form of envy that is frequently overlooked and that may be just as potent, especially in a metropolis where sunlight is at a premium and it's easy to forget that one remains part of the natural world. I'm speaking of roof envy: the jealous feelings aroused toward those who own, or at least have access to, outdoor spaces...There's also a section devoted to "green" roofs, both literally and figuratively, those planted to reduce New York's "heat-island" effect and storm-water runoff. After leaving the Standard East Village we visited Cook+Fox Architects, the firm's drought-resistant sedum-planted roof is featured in the book..." [5.14.12]

Cities Must Adapt To Climate Change Now
Green Building Press, by Staff
"Europe should seize the opportunity of improving quality of life while adapting to climate change in cities, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report also warns that delaying adaptation will be much more costly in the long-term. Around three quarters of Europeans live in cities. Most of Europe’s wealth is generated in cities, and urban areas are particularly at risk due to climate change...Many adaptation measures can make cities more pleasant places to live. Malmö in Sweden manages rainwater flows with a new open storm-water-system. Here, green roofs and open water channels lead rainwater into collection points that form a temporary reservoir..." [5.14.12]

Sempergreen growing green roofs in Stevensburg
Culpeper Star Exponent, by Desy Campbell
Stevensburg, VA.
"...Depending on the day and season, you might see sprinklers raining successively across the rows. You might see various colors, or might not see anything — it’s there you just can’t see it, yet. Culpeper County is home to the largest green roof plant grower in the US, second in the world to their parent company in their native Netherlands (Holland), according to Oscar Warmerdam, President of Sempergreen...Sempergreen projects have been in Chicago (United Airlines cargo facility), Minneapolis (Target Center), Nashville (Music City Center), Raleigh, Calgary, Toronto, San Diego, as well as more locally to Portsmouth, Fredericksburg (Germanna Community College) and in to Washington D.C. (US Coastguard headquarters)..." [5.14.12]

Green Roof Study by South Bronx Students to be Presented at WREF 2012, by Suzan Bond
Denver, CO.
"...The purpose of the study is to show the mutual benefit green roofs and solar panels can provide. Initial findings indicate that the lowered temperature (from the green roof) increase PV performance. The team is currently running a model to determine what the actual gain in efficiency is. This research is taking place on the school’s Green Roof at Smith, GRAS. The team was accepted to speak at WREF 2012 and the presentation will be lead by two ninth grade students, some of the youngest ever to present at this conference. In fact, this will be the very first flight for one of these young presenters..." [5.13.12]

Birdbrain Scheme Is Now Big Idea of the Century?
Dissident Voice, by Paul Haeder
Vancouver, Canada.
"Part 1: Are "green" goals permanent or a passing fancy? What does a group of 30 “sustainability” professionals do when they run into a pair of two-story-tall common house sparrows? Most of them admire the anatomically correct metal sculptures; a few wonder what’s happening to the actual birds in this neighborhood...the now ubiquitous green roof. Now just about every developer and architect is green, as a standard. It’s no longer news to have a LEED certified building, but rather an expectation..." [5.11.12]

Convention center earns green cred
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, by Mark Belko
Pittsburgh, PA.
"Pittsburgh's green convention center just got a little greener. Nine years after its opening, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center has become the first such facility in the world to earn a platinum certification for operations and maintenance under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system...The South Terrace Green Roof, a 20,000-foot bookable space, is part of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center's commitment to sustainability. It retains up 80 percent of stormwater and keeps the roof 50 degrees cooler on hot days..." [5.11.12]

Landscape architecture month beautifying bridges
Memphis Commercial Appeal, by Christine Donhardt
Memphis, TN.
"The West Tennessee Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects and BRIDGES recently united for a sustainable garden service project in recognition of Landscape Architecture Month. The new roof garden at Bridges incorporates the tenets of sustainability, water conservation and environmental stewardship through the use of native plants in the landscape...Students helped install a redesign of the roof garden called "Becky's Garden," named after Becky Wilson, the driving force behind establishing Bridge Builders and the chairwoman of the capital campaign to build the BRIDGES Center..." [5.10.12]

Ridgefield Academy Installs Green Roof
Ridgefield Patch, by Kara Morgan
Ridgefield, CT.
'Ridgefield Academy recently got a good deal greener when a spectacular green roof was installed on the flat roof outside of the Media Arts center. Accessible via the Grade 7/8 science classroom, the green roof (installed by LiveRoof) is a platform of drought-resistant plants that both beautifies the space it inhabits and offers easy access to Upper School science students in their studies of botany..." [5.10.12]

The new city police station will be Rockville's first public building to feature a 'green roof', by Michael-Ann Henry
Rockville, MD.
"When the old U.S. Post Office in Town Center reopens as the new Rockville City Police Department headquarters this summer, a new annex attached to the historic structure will feature a roof with a field of green. Officials behind the plan say that a 'green roof'—making the police station the first city building topped with plants—will cost more up front for installation and maintenance, but will save the city money in the long-term..." [5.10.12]

A green roof at PS 41 is just about ready to sprout
The Villager, by Terese Loeb Kreuzer
New York, NY.
"...The long road toward opening the green roof has allowed time to develop ways to integrate it into the curriculum...The school’s science teachers — Joaquin Rodriguez, who teaches the upper grades, and Allison MacCallum, who teaches the lower grades — have already started to reference the green roof in their teaching. A recent project involved comparing the soil that will be used on the green roof to soil that the students made from a mixture of sand, gravel, rocks and humus..." [5.10.12]

Students Create Artwork For Health Department Green Roof
The Chattanoogan, by Staff
Chattanooga, TN.
"...The green roof was completed in December. Hamilton County received a grant from the Department of Energy to use for energy efficiency improvements. A 5,400 square foot portion of the roof was converted to a green roof at the Health Department’s East Third Street location. Green roofs offer many benefits including improved air quality, reduced stormwater runoff, reduced energy costs, and reduced temperatures in urban environments. They are also aesthetically pleasing and provide a stress-reducing environment. To learn more about green roofs and to see a time lapse of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department's green roof installation, visit " [5.10.12]

Carbon emissions: can buildings be elegant and efficient?
The Guardian UK, by Alistair Guthrie
"...The best buildings perfectly integrate art and science: they look good, people enjoy being in them and they work efficiently...A strong example of this art-science integration is the "Living Roof" at the California Academy of Sciences, one of the most eco-friendly buildings in the world. The academy's visually striking 2.5-acre green roof blends into the surrounding Golden Gate park. But while this building is visually extraordinary, it also meets exceptional standards in efficiency...In terms of energy performance, the building achieved a 34% saving by locating photovoltaic cells around the edge of the green roof..." [5.9.12]

Green roof for Uptown Station in Normal
Stanford Advocate, by Mary Ann Ford
Normal, IL.
"A blanket of sedum now covers the east side of the third-floor roof at Uptown Station in Normal. While "green" roofs are common in such places as Chicago, this is a first for Normal...The roof treatment could earn extra points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, but that wasn't the impetus for doing it. We thought it would be good thing to do...The blend of about seven types of sedum, a succulent, was produced by LiveRoof in Spring Lake, MI..." [5.9.12]

Roanoke continues its commitment to going green, by Susan Bahorich
Roanoke, VA.
"Going 'green' is bringing a little splash of color to one hometown building. Monday, the city of Roanoke introduced its green roof. The podium roof that lines the entrance of the Noel C. Taylor building is now adorned by plants. In addition to making the front of the building a little more inviting, organizers of the project say it will save energy and money. It will save natural gas and electricity because it provides 6-inches more of installation, there's actually 6-inches of substance or plant material above the plant so that makes a big difference..." [5.7.12]

Getting Lessons on Water by Designing a Playground
The New York Times, by Lisa W. Foderaro
New York, NY.
"The sixth graders at Stephen A. Halsey Junior High School 157 in Queens have a tough assignment before them: design a new playground that will transform a sea of black asphalt at their school into a recreational oasis — and, while they are at it, help clean up New York City’s waterways...In the process, the children are learning about arcane urban infrastructure and bureaucratese, like combined storm-sewer runoff. And they are gaining appreciation for the absorbent powers of trees and grass, as well as roof gardens, rain barrels and permeable pavers — bricks that soak up water..." [5.7.12]

Nairobi's green roofs save on energy, water use
Reuters AlertNet, by Gitonga Njeru
Nairobi, Kenya.
"Kenyan architects are designing buildings with green roofs covered in vegetation to cool their interiors, conserve energy and water, and help curb greenhouse gas emissions. The capital Nairobi is experiencing growth in green-roofed construction, according to architects who specialise in the climate-friendly technology...A draft law on green roofing has been forwarded to Kenya’s parliament by the environment ministry, and is set to be debated in the current session, which ends in May or June. It proposes that all large new urban buildings, such as apartment blocks, should have green roofs..." [5.7.12]

One of Earth's Greenest Buildings Opens in Pittsburgh on May 23
PR Newswire, Press Release
Pittsburgh, PA.
"Opening on May 23, 2012 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the new 24,350-square-foot Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) will emerge as one of the greenest buildings on Earth. Seeking to achieve or exceed the world's highest sustainable standards, including the Living Building Challenge, LEED® Platinum and Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES) certification for landscapes, it will also be the largest operational structure pursuing living building status in the U.S...Additionally, the CSL will interact with its environs as a vital part of daily operation, blurring the lines between the natural and built environments. And, as a global SITES™ pilot project, it will feature a restorative landscape with native plants and a demonstration green roof garden..." [5.7.12]

Feldman Architecture: Cottages in the Mill Valley Forest
Remodelista, by Staff
Mill Valley, CA.
"On a steep, wooded lot in Mill Valley, California, the challenge was to add two studio spaces—one for an artist, one for yoga—without disturbing the soaring redwood trees that surrounded an existing main house. We definitely wanted to make this project as 'green' as possible, and to have it be visually integrated into the land...The solution was two separate buildings, nestled on flat sites against the hillside. The lower studio, visible from the windows above, got live plants on the roof, mimicking a common style in environmentally conscious European cities. In Stuttgart, for example, green roofs cover 25 percent of the real estate, the result of public policy originating with Europe's "green party" movements in the 1970s..." [5.6.12]

Sedum business aims high
BusinessJournal, by Alma Gaul
Davenport, IA.
"...Nelson’s co-workers thought her idea was worth pursuing, and soon she was involved in the project, researching companies that could supply the plants. Her work led her to a company called LiveRoof, a subsidiary of Hortech Inc., a Michigan-based wholesale nursery, that happened to be looking for additional growers. Nelson mentioned that her family has a farm along Utica Ridge Road north of Davenport, and soon she was growing plants, too..." [5.6.12]

New York's secret skyline: Amazing aerial shots give rare glimpse of city's hidden rooftop world
Daily Mail, by Staff
New York, NY.
"This incredible collection of aerial photographs taken above New York gives a rare glimpse of a hidden rooftop world. Just a few stories above the non-stop hubbub of city life exists an incredible array of lush gardens, restaurants, swimming pools and even tennis courts. Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg's eco-friendly 'roofscaping' initiatives, the tops of dozens of buildings have now been transformed into amazing outdoor living spaces and models for green-city living...Growing trend: A one acre urban farm in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens...Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean captured the stunning images for his new book Up on The Roof: New York's Hidden Skyline Spaces... Showpiece: The green roof above the Morgan mail processing facility, covers 109,000 square feet, or nearly 2.5 acres..." [5.5.12]

Downtown church's rooftop garden nourishes bodies, minds
The Tennessean, by Nancy DeVille
Nashville, TN.
"A community garden has taken root downtown, giving the rooftop at McKendree United Methodist Church a fresh and tasty makeover. The congregation plans to use the garden not only to grow organic vegetables but also to teach the church’s day care children about healthy and sustainable living. Some of the produce will be used to provide healthy meals at the church’s homeless shelter and feeding center...With sweeping views of the city’s skyline, the rooftop garden is one of the first within the downtown area..." [5.4.12]

The # Tower Looks Exactly Like A Pound Sign
Co.Design, by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
Seoul, South Korea.
"A new project from BIG connects two free-standing residential towers with green roofs and shared social spaces. Today Bjarke Ingels Group officially unveiled a new project: Cross # Tower, a 280,000 square foot residential development in the Yongsan International Business District of Seoul...Conflating green space with social space makes a lot of sense for BIG, whose mantra of “Hedonistic Sustainability” says green can also be luxurious, fun, and radical..." [5.4.12]

Veggie patch in Hillbrow, by Kgopi Mabotja
Johannesburg, South Africa.
"The newest sustainable gardening project in Joburg’s inner city is being planted on a rooftop in Hillbrow, where tenants will grow vegetables. Another rooftop garden is on the cards. This time, a little Eden will be planted on top of Towerhill Mansions in the centre of the high-density flatland of Hillbrow. Rooftop gardens are fast becoming a trend in the inner city where they have proved to be a cost efficient method of small scale vegetable production in an urban environment. By definition, it is an area where space for agricultural purposes is limited..." [5.4.12]

Sneak peek: Rochester City Hall's new green roof
Innovation Trail, by Zack Seward
Rochester, NY.
"The city of Rochester just completed work on its first ever "green roof."  The roof of City Hall's Building B is now home to 8,700 square feet of succulent plants. "It's basically for storm water management," says Anne Spaulding, the city's sustainability manager, during a rooftop tour. All of the rainwater - instead of running into the storm system - is consumed by the plants on the roof...Now Rochester joins cities like Chicago with green roofed city halls..." [5.4.12]

Plans for green roof over I Hotel combat environmental issues, by Danny Wicentwoski
Champaign, IL.
"Look up if you’re inside the I Hotel and Conference Center next school year; you won’t see it, but above the ceiling there will be a garden of sorts. A 3,200 square-foot area above the I Hotel roof will soon be covered in plants that will retain around 46,000 gallons of rain a year in an effort to stem the flow of polluted storm water into the Embarras river...Walkenbach said green roofs are an example of the EPA’s 'best management practices,' which are aimed at curbing the damage of stormwater pollution..." [5.3.12]

Hitting the green roof
NOW Magazine, by Wayne Roberts
Toronto, Canada.
"The conflict between sound financial practices and ludicrous financial dogma will hit the roof at city council May 9 or 10. The issue is whether schools can be exempted from our celebrated green roof bylaw...The total value of green roofs is incalculable. In a soon-to-be-released report, the U.S. General Services Administration calculates that engineered green roofs have “a net present value of $2.70 per square foot per year, payback of 6.2 years and an internal rate of return of 5.2 per cent annually” thanks to keeping rain out of storm sewers, reducing roof maintenance and lowering energy bills..." [5.3.12]

Missouri Department of Conservation debuts new green roof‎
Connect, by Meghan Lane
Jefferson City, MO.
"There's an old saying, built from the ground up...but In this case, the Missouri Department of Conservation has built from the roof up: all with the goal to promote nature and wildlife. For more than 30 years, grass covered the roof of the k building at the Missouri Department of Conservation headquarters in Jefferson City. But now, all that's changed and it's much more environmentally friendly. We have 22 different species out here, a lot of diversity and it has just really made a brown roof green..." [5.2.12]

London 3D Tree Map Helps Assess Green Infrastructure, Press Release
"A digital map of trees created by aerial mapping company Bluesky is helping to support a range of environmental projects in London. Using Bluesky’s tree map The Ecology Consultancy (TEC) and the Green Roof Consultancy (GRC) have undertaken a Green Infrastructure (GI) Audit on behalf of Hammersmith London Business Improvement District (BID) to assess the quality and extent of existing GI resources and provide recommendations for enhancing urban greenspace. Derived from aerial photography the Bluesky tree map, called ProximiTREE, details the exact location of all trees and includes measurements of tree height and canopy extent...The Green Roof Consultancy is a company jointly owned by The Ecology Consultancy, Gary Grant and Dusty Gedge..." [5.2.12]

Q&A: Greening the City's Zoning Rules
New York Times Blog, by Mireya Navarro
New York, NY.
"...the New York City Council unanimously approved a package of zoning changes that will make it easier for property owners to undertake energy efficiency upgrades and even produce their own solar and wind power. Developers will also have more freedom to incorporate green elements into their building designs... One green element that seems to be growing in popularity is the use of green roofs. Building owners and developers are recognizing that they can get many benefits from the roofs, including improved insulation, reduction of the heat island effect, passive storm water management and even the opportunity for food production..." [5.1.12]

Green Inspiration from the US
DesignBuild Source, by Robin Mellon
"...The California Academy of Sciences Building, in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is not only a LEED Platinum-rated development, but is a smart, well-connected building. The Building Users’ Guide teaches visitors of all ages about the building, which is insulated using materials such as recycled denim, and the living roof. It also informs guests about local and global climate change and environmental impacts and about the ecology of the surroundings...Detroit may be best known for cars, but I went to see the enormous green roof on the Ford Rouge plant which helps collect and filter rainfall, keep the interior environment at a stable temperature, and improve the biodiversity of the immediate surroundings..." [5.1.12]

Green Roofs Are Changing Architecture: Kowloon Rail Terminus, by Lloyd Alter
"It used to be that roofs were up top where nobody could see them, covered in gravel and full of mechanical equipment. Architectural renderings were pretty much all shot from eye level. Not anymore; green roof technology is making roofs into habitable architecture, and changing the way architects think of buildings. The Express Rail Link - West Kowloon Terminus by Aedas will connect Hong Kong to the National High Speed Rail Network. The terminal's roof is a series of ribbons that meet ground level, turning the building into a big walkable (climbable?) hill..." [4.30.12]

Crockett Says Stormwater Rules Being Rewritten So Those With Green Roofs, Porous Parking "Would Not Have Any Stormwater Fees"
The Chattanoogan, by Staff
Chattanooga, TN.
"David Crockett, director of the city's Office of Sustainability, said the city's stormwater regulations are being re-written to give heavy credits to those who invest in such water-holding structures as green roofs and pavement that is porous. If you do those sort of things, you would not have any stormwater fees...But Mr. Crockett said stormwater fees are probably going to continue to climb for those who don't take steps to deal with runoff that goes into the city's miles of combined stormwater and sewer pipes..." [4.30.12]

Saving Cash with Green Stormwater Solutions
The Daily Score, by Lisa Stiffler
"Here’s a good reason to build rain gardens and green roofs, and to plant and protect trees: It’ll save you money. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the American Association of Landscape Architects called 'Banking on Green'...Green infrastructure maintenance and replacement costs also are potentially less expensive. While green systems such as ecoroofs and rain gardens will likely require more routine, low intensity maintenance, they’re less likely to require big repairs and complete replacements. Ecoroofs should last longer as they protect roofing material from solar damage, which is a key source of wear and tear. Rain gardens have been shown to perform better over time, while conventional drain and tank systems wear out..." [4.30.12]

Stevens Students Research Solutions to Hoboken Problems, by Alan Skontra
Hoboken, N.J.
"...The expo also featured a student project that hopes to help the city convert the tops of buildings to green roofs, which add a layer of plants to the top. The students said green roofs bring many benefits, including potentially helping to alleviate a longstanding problem in Hoboken...The team found that converting buildings to have green roofs would add insulation to the buildings and save energy, cool the surrounding air and reduce the “heat island” effect found in cities, capture carbon dioxide to help reduce climate change, and also extend the life of a roof for up to 40 years..." [4.29.12]

Sheet metal workers complete 'green' center‎, by Tim Bryant
St. Louis, MO.
"Bees and butterflies flit over eight varieties of thick leaf plants growing on the “green” roof of Sheet Metal Workers Local 36’s new offices and training center southwest of downtown St. Louis...As pleasing as it is the eye, plants in metal trays have just a bit part in making the 96,000-square-foot building the latest in energy efficiency. Dan Andrews, coordinator of the local’s training program, said the structure shows what can be done to retrofit an old building to make economic sense in an age of ever-rising energy costs..." [4.27.12]

Rosemont green roofs won't take the heat - white, green roofs set environmental example
Montreal Gazette, by Michelle Lalonde
Montreal, Canada.
"The mayor of Rosemont-Petite Patrie, Francois Croteau, is raking in the kudos for his innovative program to battle the heat-island effect, a phenomenon that makes cities hotter in the summer months than surrounding areas because they are covered in concrete, cement and black roofs. The borough has just won a local environment award for its program, which includes a bylaw requiring building owners to install white or green roofs, and is nominated for a province-wide environment award for the same program. The program has resulted in 300 new white or green roofs being installed in just one year, and the equivalent of five football fields of new greenery with all the environmental benefits greenery brings (i.e. better air quality, carbon sequestration, rain water management)..." [4.27.12]

City Council Is Set to Encourage Greener Buildings With Zoning Changes‎
New York Times, by Mireya Navarro
New York, NY.
"New York City is about to update its zoning regulations to catch up with the Bloomberg administration’s environmental image and to make it easier for buildings to insulate exterior walls, install solar panels and put gardens on rooftops...The new regulations would encourage better insulation by allowing buildings to add up to eight inches of thickness to exterior walls without its being counted in the building’s maximum footprint. Other changes would relax height limits and facade restrictions to make room for equipment like solar panels, wind turbines, awnings, green roofs, recreational decks and skylights..." [4.26.12]

HUC green roof features fresh herbs for your dining pleasure
UAB News, by Tyler Greer
Birmingham, AL.
UAB’s four campus buildings featuring green vegetative roofs have performed well through the years, but are largely out of view of the public. The latest vegetative roof can be viewed up close and personal. Eight university departments and student organizations recently built and planted the first easily visible vegetative roof on the second floor of the Hill University Center. The roof is the first pilot-scale green roof at UAB to include an irrigation system, supporting mostly native plants and fresh herbs that Sodexo chefs will use to prepare meals in the Blazer Café Food Court..." [4.26.12]

Bright is the new black in cities, study shows
EarthSky, by Deborah Byrd
New York, NY.
"Black roofs can be up to 30°C (54°F) hotter than green roofs – those fitted to grow plants – or plain ordinary white roofs, according to scientists in New York...Studies have shown the benefit of painting roofs white in cities to help lessen the urban heat island effect. On April 20, 2012, the NASA Earth Observatory website ran a picture and a graph that demonstrate how white or “green” rooftops can help keep cities cooler..." [4.26.12]

Giant's Causeway visitors centre gets sloped grass roof
BBC News, by Mike McKimm
Northern Ireland.
"Workmen have been carrying out the risky job of laying grass at the Giant's Causeway. It is risky because they are on top of the roof at the new visitors centre. The design of the structure enables it to blend into its surroundings. This includes covering its sloping roof with local grass plants. To make sure the grass fits the location, the project began with tonnes of soil covering the concrete roof..." [4.26.12]

A greener Beirut?
NOW LEBANON, by Matt Nash
Beirut, Lebanon.
"When Prime Minister Najib Mikati met with Wassim Melki and heard about an idea called “Beirut Wonder Forest,” the politician was eager to jump on board. The project envisions a far greener Beirut, even if you won’t necessarily be able to see it from the ground...“Greening” rooftops by either planting trees and shrubs, as the “Beirut Wonder Forest” calls for, or by blanketing an entire building top in grass and other plants is becoming more and more popular, particularly in North America. There are several benefits to adding extra vegetation to crowded cities packed tight with buildings..." [4.25.12]

Toronto's leadership for green roofs
NRDC Switchboard Blog, by Kaid Benfield
Toronto, Canada.
"In January of 2010, Toronto became the first city in North America to require the installation of green roofs on new commercial, institutional, and multifamily residential developments across the city. Next week, the requirement will expand to apply to new industrial development as well...Toronto’s requirements are embodied in a municipal bylaw that includes standards for when a green roof is required and what elements are required in the design...Prior to the bylaw, Toronto was second among North American cities (after Chicago) in its total amount of green roof coverage..." [4.25.12]

There's no one-size-fits-all green roof, studies show
State of the Planet Blog, by Lorena Galliot
New York, NY.
"...However, two recent studies suggest that grasses or taller shrubs may actually be more effective than sedums at reducing storm water runoff, often a major selling point for green roofs. These studies suggest there is no one-size-fits-all green roof. Stuart Gaffin, a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute who specializes in green roofs, says that this kind of study can help contractors and urban planners optimize green roof performance. More research is always a good idea...One of the studies compared different soil depths and plant types on an experimental green roof in northern Italy. Its authors found that the use of succulent plants like sedum might not always represent the best choice to improve green roof technical functions..." [4.24.12]

DC farms could rise above I-395
Washington Post Blog, by Tim Craig
"D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) joined several council members on Tuesday morning to unveil the city’s new 20-year vision for creating an environmentally-friendly city, including 20-year goals to slash emissions and fossil fuel usage, plant new trees, clean up the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, and capture three-fourths of rainwater for reuse locally...One goal outlined in the plan calls for installing 1.5 million square feet of green roofs on buildings in the city within a few years. Administration officials say there already are about 1 million square-feet of green roofs that better absorb sunlight and serve as natural air purifiers..." [4.24.12]

Green roofs to cool you in the heat of global warming
University of Helsinki, by Antti Kivimäki
Helsinki, Finland.
"A green roof covered by flowers or grass has a strong vibe of flower power. The biggest ecological benefit of a green roof lies in its cooling effect. – The growth platform and the biomass bonded to it act as an insulation layer. The plants cast a shadow, and they also have a cooling effect through transpiration, explained Professor Brad Rowe, horticulture specialist from the Michigan State University, when lecturing at the University of Helsinki's international green roof seminar..." [4.24.12]

Green roof promotes Earth Day awareness
The Daily Egyptian, by Devontae Weaver
Carbondale, IL.
"...As a part of the Earth Day movement, Karen Midden, a professor of plant, soil and agricultural systems, holds a yearly open house for the Agriculture Building’s green roof, which is a roof with several garden plots. I do it just to share with the public and help educate people about green roofs...In addition to the Green Roof Open House, an introduction to agriculture class from Sparta High School with more than 30 students was invited to campus to see the green roof in person..." [4.24.12]

Five years in, UGA rooftop garden flourishing
Online Athens, by Andre Gallant
Athens, GA.
"...Along with newer green roofs on the Lamar Dodd School of Art and a few other spots on campus, the Geography/Geology roof is part of a growing trend of institutional buildings becoming more eco-friendly...Since the university constructed the building in the early ’60s, the Geography/Geology building has sported a large lawn around the climatology lab located on the roof...In the past 50 years, nobody bothered to gather data on how the roof affects heating and cooling in the geography building...But the roof has no leaks or structural damage, and has never been repaired..." [4.21.12]

Pratt, Bronx Zoo Going Green for Earth Day
DNAinfo, by Jill Colvin
New York, NY.
"The New School and the Bronx Zoo are going green in honor of Earth Day. The two destinations are among 11 winners that will split $4.6 million in green infrastructure grant money for projects like installing green roofs, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Saturday, ahead of the international event. The projects, which will cover nearly seven acres of surface combined, are part of an effort to reduce the amount of sewage that spews into New York's harbors when it rains..." [4.21.12]

Green Roof At Massachusetts College Also An Athletic Field
EarthTechling, by Kristy Hessman
Worcester, MA.
"The term ‘green roof‘ takes on a whole new meaning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. The university is currently working on construction of a rooftop field atop a parking structure...This isn’t the first time the school has dabbled in green roofing. In 2008 WPI opened its environmentally conscious, LEED Gold-certified residence hall, East Hall, which features the city of Worcester’s first living green roof..." [4.20.12]

At Coyote House, every day is an Earth Day
Los Angeles Times, by Barbara Thornburg
Los Angeles, CA.
"...With Earth Day 2012 almost upon us, nearly 60,000 homes in the United States are in the process of being certified in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Education and Environmental Design program, according to Nate Kredich, the organization's vice president of residential market development. Need more convincing proof of just how far we've come? Take a peek at the new home of architect Ken Radtkey and landscape architect Susan Van Atta....The mirador looks out onto the second floor's green roof, which Van Atta planted with sedum and dudleya. Instead of looking out across a hot roof, we have a lovely green area to entertain friends..." [4.20.12]

Mayoral Elections: Nature, Food And Fresh Air
Londonist, by Helen Babbs
London, UK.
"...There are significant advances currently taking place in sustainable and biodiversity-friendly design. World cities like London need to keep abreast of these advances to compete on an international level. Design for biodiversity (including things like swift and bat bricks, and living roofs and walls) helps encourage wildlife, reduces surface water run-off and mitigates the urban heat island effect..." [4.20.12]

UW students invest their energy, ideas and cash in green projects
The Seattle Times, by Katherine Long
Seattle, WA.
"...In the next year, the fund will be used to create a living "green wall" of plants on the side of Gould Hall, build a bioswale to filter pollutants from stormwater running off a parking lot, and begin composting on the UW campus...Green walls turn vertical surfaces into habitat for birds and insects, while helping insulate a building, and providing noise attenuation and air filtration. There aren't many green walls around Seattle...We've done green roofs, and now everybody gets it — green walls are the next thing..." [4.19.12]

Dolley Madison Library Receives Green Building Certification, by James Limbach
McLean, VA.
"Fairfax County’s Dolley Madison Library has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council...The library, located next to a Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Area, is the first in Fairfax County to utilize a “green” roof. Vegetation covers approximately one-third of the building and provides a number of environmental benefits, including: Reducing the amount of stormwater that runs into streams, rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Absorbing air pollution and carbon dioxide. Reducing the energy needed to cool the building in the summer..." [4.19.12]

Biophilic Cities: Nature Meets Urban Blog, by Tara Holmes
"...As more and more people leave the suburbs for the cities, maintaining the balance between green and urban space will be critical. Efforts to maintain this balance include everything from rooftop gardens, green walls, greenways, urban forestry and park space...In his book, “Biophilic Cities,” Timothy Beatley details the importance of not only understanding the connection between humans and the planet, but applying that connection to everyday life...The good news is that many cities worldwide are already integrating green design into their urban models. Cities like London, Paris, San Francisco, New York City, Toronto, Helsinki, and Singapore, to name a few..." [4.19.12]

How to install a green roof
Mother Nature Network, by Tom Oder
Alpharetta, GA.
"Here's an eco-friendly project that can be built with readily available materials. As a bonus, it reduces home energy costs and storm water runoff...Installing a green roof is a do-it-yourself project that will enhance the view, reduce home energy costs and provide many eco-friendly benefits...In areas of the country where summers are hot and dry, fall installation of matted plants is recommended because plants acclimate and establish best when the climate is mild, said Robin Andrews of the Greenbuild division of Saul Nurseries and ItSaul Plants in Alpharetta, Georgia..." [4.19.12]

New U-M hospitals recognized for energy, environmental design and "green" building process
PR Newswire, Press Release
Ann Arbor, MI.
"C. S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospitals get Silver LEED certification from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)...The new "green roof" on the hospitals filters rainfall as part of a natural storm-water management system. Planted with sedum, a drought-resistant perennial groundcover, the living roof helps insulate the building and reduce energy loss, contributes to the overall air quality and reduces the urban heat island effect. The eco-friendly roof is also expected to last two times longer than a conventional roof..." [4.18.12]

Life at the Top‎
Syracuse New Times, by Veronica Magan
Syracuse, NY.
"By the end of 2012 the black and gray rooftops of Syracuse will give way to green. As part of the movement that has brought attention to Syracuse as one of the greenest cities in America, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, Onondaga County and building owners have been working on transforming buildings’ roofs into fully vegetated gardens. With approximately 60,000 square feet—enough to cover a football field—and a million-dollar investment, the green roof at the Pirro Convention Center, 800 S. State St., is the largest in the city, the third largest in New York state, and the largest outside of New York City..." [4.18.12]

Green roof will top it all off at Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford
Rockford Register Star, by Kevin Haas
Rockford, IL.
"The roof of the Nicholas Conservatory will go from gray to green this summer. The Rockford Park District will cover the flat concrete roof with a living carpet, complete with blooming flowers and plants. The “green roof” is meant to be a more environmentally friendly canopy that can reduce energy costs, extend the life of the roof, manage stormwater, and provide habitat for birds and insects..." [4.18.12]

Newly renovated KMGO building gets 'green' roof
Ottumwa Courier Online, by Chelsea Davis
Ottumwa, IA.
"The renovated KMGO Building on East Main Street got even greener Tuesday morning as workers installed a “green roof,” which will sprout different flowers year-round, giving drivers on the Jefferson Street bridge a colorful view of downtown...The green roof makes the building more energy efficient, provides added insulation, makes it more soundproof — a plus for radio broadcasters — and will help improve air quality, since it will remove carbon dioxide from the air..." [4.18.12]

Network to find your water-conscious neighbors‎
Great Lakes Echo, by Carol Thompson
East Lansing, MI.
"If you’re the only one in your neighborhood with a rain barrel, rain garden, green roof or porous driveway, don’t worry. You’ll never feel alone again. Networked Neighbors for Eco-Conservation Online connects you to other water-conscious people in the Great Lakes region. You can map projects around the region, calculate how much water you’re conserving and share pictures of your water conservation efforts..." [4.17.12]

Green wall not affected by hosepipe ban
Your Local Guardian, by Staff
"The controversial green wall in Sutton will not be affected by the hosepipe ban. The £151,000 wall of living foliage is watered by an irrigation system, which does not fall under the terms of the hosepipe ban currently being imposed by Sutton and East Surrey Water, because it slowly drips water onto the plants...The wall has caused controversy because of is high costs, and as part of the controversial Sutton High Street redevelopment, that was dogged by delays, overspends, and management issues." [4.17.12]

Hilton New York Takes its Sustainability Initiatives to New Heights With Installation of Green Roof and Cogeneration System
Hilton Global Media Center, Press Release
New York, NY.
"As Hilton New York prepares to play host during Earth Week to sustainability experts and advocates from across the corporate world for the Sustainable Operations Summit being held from April 17 to 19, Manhattan's largest hotel is pleased to announce the completion of a new green roof system and the installation of a Cogeneration (Combined Heat & Power) System, both designed to reduce the hotel's overall carbon footprint. To help promote awareness of the hotel's sustainability efforts, beginning today all guests staying at Hilton New York will be provided with room keycards that depict an image of the new green roof...The 16,000-square-foot green roof system was installed by Xero Flor America and is located on the hotel's fifth floor rooftop setback on the building's West 53rd Street side. The system represents a major investment by Hilton New York to benefit efforts in carbon capture, energy conservation, and reduction of the Urban Heat Island effect..." [4.16.12]

McCarthy-Built Police Substation at Miramar College Receives LEED Platinum Certification from USGBC, Press Release
San Diego, CA.
"...The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED® Platinum Certification of the new 5,108-square-foot police substation at San Diego Miramar College…We were brought in early to work collaboratively with the designers and give input on the constructability of the project’s green design...A key design element was the green roof grid system, which covers the majority of the roof deck and potentially would contribute to as many as 11 different credits..." [4.16.12]

525 Golden Gate Seismically and Systematically Sustainable
Archinect, by Nam Henderson
San Francisco, CA.
"One beneficial result derived from the public's growing familiarity with the phrase “green design” is a renewed examination of what defines green or sustainable design. Within the field of architectural design and construction, this prominence has inevitably prompted a conversation on the nature of sustainable architecture. The proliferation of superficially and systemically “green” buildings during the past decade has also spurred this dialogue. Specifically, I am referring to a range of normative practices including the use of green roofs, green walls, wind turbines, various integrated energy and graywater systems or solar panels, as well as industry standards like LEED, SITES, or BREEAM..." [4.16.12]

TFI Group up on the Green Roof Congress in Copenhagen
Conference News, by Staff
Copenhagen, Denmark.
"The World Green Roof Congress (WGRC) in Copenhagen in September 2012 will be a first joint venture for London-based event management company TFI Group. The congress is expected to attract more than 300 of the world’s leading architects, designers and practitioners to discuss development of green roof technology and how to turn the ‘urban grey to green’...Dusty Gedge, co-founder of and The World Green Roof Congress, says The TFI Group brings its specialist events experience and infrastructure, to merge together with our knowledge and passion for the subject..." [4.16.12]

Memorial Union Gets Green Roof, by Roger Riley
Des Moines, IA.
"Iowa State University student Miles Thompson had the chance to work on a rooftop garden on the campus of ISU and enjoyed the project so much he wanted to do another one. While working at his campus job as a sound tech at the Memorial Union, the senior from Cedar Rapids, noticed a roof space that would be perfect for a garden. With some funding help from the Government of the Student Body as well as the Memorial Union, he was able to come up with the funds needed for the $34,000 project..." [4.13.12]

Keeping campus waste from landfills is a priority for Western Michigan University students
Kalamazoo Gazette -, by Ursula Zerilli
Kalamazoo, MI.
"Reducing the amount of waste Western Michigan University sends to landfills may become a top priority for the WMU Office of Sustainability after reviewing results of a student survey...The results from the first 2011 survey showed students wanted free filtered water dispensers, green roofs on buildings and renewable energy infrastructure including solar and wind power... President of Facilities Management Peter Strazdas said green roofs for the new Sangren Hall, expected to become a LEED Gold certified building when completed, are being installed this week..." [4.13.12]

Clemson University dedicates 'the building that teaches'
Clemson University, by Staff
Clemson, SC.
"A week before Earth Day, under sunny skies illuminating exterior and interior spaces, hundreds of Clemson University faculty, staff, students and friends gathered Friday to dedicate one of the most energy-efficient academic buildings in the United States. The recent $31.6 million restoration, renovation and expansion of academic building Rudolph Lee Hall complex is complete...The 30000-square-foot sedum roof is the largest university Garden Roof in the southeastern United States. Pervious paving materials on the site allow stormwater to seep into the ground instead of municipal treatment systems..." [4.13.12]

Lulu's Local Eatery is a food truck and garden on wheels, by Kasey Joyce
St. Louis, MO.
"You may have heard of urban or rooftop gardens, but what about a garden on wheels? Lauren Loomis, or Lulu, and Robbie Tucker own a food truck that is one-of-a-kind and want to bring their tasty, locally sourced and organic food to St. Louis. How do you get more local than growing your own food right on the truck?...The idea came from Marco Castro, who came up with an idea to put a garden on a New York City bus..." [4.12.12]

Chicago high school rooftop garden combats childhood obesity
Medill Reports: Chicago, by Michelle Salemi
Chicago, IL.
"Obesity rates among children have almost tripled since 1980, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a growing concern in Chicago's Humboldt Park. Albizu Campos High School has taken action against the disease and is seeing progress. Campos High School Assistant Principal Carlos de Jesus checks on plants in the rooftop garden." [4.12.12]

Nairobi home owners find comfort in rooftop gardens
Business Daily Africa, by Jeff Mundia
Nairobi, Kenya.
"Imagine walking out onto the roof of a building. What you’d expect to see is raw concrete and drainage pipes littered everywhere, but instead you walk out onto a beautifully landscaped space....Over the last few years, LARIAK Landscapes, a Kenyan landscape architecture firm, has been involved in putting together five rooftop garden projects spread out over residential and commercial buildings including one at the Morningside Business Hub on Ngong Road near Adams Arcade..." [4.12.12]

Unseen green grows on SIUE rooftops
The Alestle, by Matthew Camp
Edwardsville, IL.
"Several SIUE buildings have become a part of making for a greener tomorrow with the incorporation of rooftop gardens, an environmentally beneficial system of growing plants on the tops of buildings... Right now, there’s a small one on Rendleman, the Engineering Building and a 16,000 square-foot garden on the Student Success Center...Biology professor Bill Retzlaff said the typical green roof may cost $11-50 per square foot. SIUE's gardens are at the cheaper end of the spectrum...Most of the green roofs at SIUE fall into the price range of $11 to $15 per square foot..." [4.12.12]

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Green Roof Captures Water, Camouflages Building and Complicated Construction
Engineering News-Record, by Nadine M. Post
Brooklyn, NY.
"The Brooklyn Botanic Garden was built more than a century ago on a coal-ash dump. The historical use and unforeseen site conditions meant a rocky start for BBG's latest project: a $28-million visitor center with an undulating green roof...The project includes stormwater management to keep runoff from discharging into city sewers. With 40,000 plants, the green roof is expected to capture 190,000 gallons of stormwater a year. At grade, a series of planted biofiltration basins collects runoff from the roof, the hillside and the pavement. A geoexchange system of 28 thermal wells heats and cools the center's interior..." [4.12.12]

Living, breathing, working ...
Irish Times, by John Holden
Dublin, Ireland.
"...Modern architectural and design principles mean new buildings can think for themselves...An example is the NUI Galway Engineering Building. Designed as a “living” construct, the engineering building is a teaching tool in itself, with live data gathered from sensors which measure the behaviour of the structure and its energy consumption. It uses rainwater harvesting, a biomass boiler, low-embodied energy materials such as zinc, a grass roof for water attenuation and heat exchangers. It is being used as a teaching tool for structural engineering and building performance students, but represents the future for all modern architecture..." [4.12.12]

Trail Blazers and Corix Unveil ‘Living Wall’ At Rose Garden
Trail Blazers Blog, by Make it Better
Portland, OR.
'The Trail Blazers took a huge step today in demonstrating the continuing efforts to make our city more sustainable. In a new partnership with Corix Utilities the team developed the 'Corix Living Wall'...The wall is an interactive display that helps to educate visitors to the Rose Garden about the development of EcoDistricts. In Portland, we know that we can get better results by working together instead of separately. In an EcoDistrict, the whole can be a lot more than the sum of the parts..." [4.11.12]

Philadelphia embarks on green stormwater management
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Sandy Bauers
Philadelphia, PA.
"Philadelphia's $2 billion plan to manage its storm water with green methods - porous pavement, green roofs, and a plethora of trees - got the official nod Tuesday from the US Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson joined Mayor Nutter and other officials at the Fairmount Water Works to sign the agreement for a 25-year plan that has been described as one of the most innovative and ambitious in the nation..." [4.11.12]

Tax relief likely for solar energy use, green roof
Times of India, by Staff
Indore, India.
"In its bid to promote greenery and renewable source of energy, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is likely to announce tax rebate for green roof and solar panels in its budget on Wednesday. The IMC is expected to offer rebate in property tax for installing solar panels and developing green roof on their houses. Mayor Krishnamurari Moghe had promised to give rebate in property tax to the houses with green roof..." [4.11.12]

Tech center opening celebrates Firestone red, green
Akron Beacon Journal, by Jim Mackinnon
Akron, OH.
“...It showcases our [Firestone] building products, said Hideo 'Hank' Hara, vice president and chief technology officer at the tech center. In this building, we put all of our state-of-the-art building products. Some of the roofing material is not commercially available yet. This building is an exact showcase for our building products. Of course, we got internally a reasonable price...Rainwater will be collected in a cistern and used to irrigate what Bridgestone Americas calls a 'living roof' of plant materials, Schneider said. The living roof also increases energy efficiency and reduces cooling costs..." [4.11.12]

'Green infrastructure' could keep tainted water from Sound, by Frank Juliano
Bridgeport, CT.
"Each year 370 million gallons of polluted water -- seven times the impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill -- flows into Long Island Sound from the city's sewer system, but much of that can be intercepted or treated by "green infrastructure," officials of an environmental group said Tuesday. Curt Johnson, senior attorney for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, unveiled an engineering study detailing several methods, including "blue" and "green" roofs and permeable pavement that can absorb ground water..." [4.10.12]

City Hall roof green - for now, by Jane Prendergast
Cincinnati, OH.
"The roof garden at Cincinnati City Hall looks really cool – an unexpected plot of green in the center, literally, of the red brick and stained-glass windows. Too bad you can’t get to it without stepping up on a radiator and squeezing through a window...The three-year-old garden now faces some growing pains: there’s no city money or staff to take care of it...Councilman Chris Seelbach recently raised $175 to allow City Roots to bring in new plants to the City Hall roof garden..." [4.10.12]

BusRoots: Bus-Top Gardens Rolling Through The City
Co.Exist, by Michael J. Coren
New York, NY.
"If you live in New York City, you may catch your morning commute under a garden--one day. Marco Antonio Castro Cosio, an interaction designer, has at least proved it’s possible with his project called BusRoots...a version of Cosio’s vehicular greenroof prototype has logged thousands of miles atop the BioBus, a mobile science laboratory making its way around the country teaching students about science. The prototype uses sedum, a genus of succulent plants. In the future, it’s designed to include edible plants and vines as well..." [4.10.12]

Jamboree Housing Corporation Breaks Ground on Park Landing Workforce Apartment Homes
San Francisco Chronicle, Press Release
Buena Park, CA.
"...Park Landing will also offer Buena Park an innovative environmental “first.” Designed by Newman Garrison + Partners architects, Park Landing’s urban-styled community will feature a 21,000-square-foot green roof structure over surface parking, the first of its kind to be incorporated in a residential property in Orange County or the Inland Empire...the green roof addresses one of today’s biggest design issues for a dense urban environment – providing enough open space to meet most cities' infill development requirements..." [4.10.12]

Mayor Bloomberg Puts His Money Where His Mansard Is: White Roof for Mansion, Green Roof for Foundation
New York Observer, by Matt Chaban
New York, NY.
"...We’ve got a green roof at the foundation and a white roof on my home, Mayor Bloomberg told reporters at the offices of Efficiency 2.0, a two-year-old start-up that helps residents track their household energy use online...The mayor has been a champion of both. The administration has encouraged as many businesses to paint their roofs white as will do it, thereby reducing energy consumption by up to 20 percent—the white paint reflects the sun’s energy off the building, reducing cooling costs. Green roofs have the added benefit of reducing energy use year-round by insulating and absorbing energy as well as collecting rainwater, which lessens demand on the city’s stormwater system..." [4.9.12]

Lush Walls Rise to Fight a Blanket of Pollution
New York Times, by Damien Cave
Mexico City, Mexico.
"...The vertical garden aims to scrub away both the filth and the image. One of three eco-sculptures installed across the city by a nonprofit called VerdMX, the arch is both art and oxygenator. It catches the eye. And it gobbles up the carbon dioxide contributing to high ozone levels, especially this time of year when the sun is strong, and the rains are rare...VerdMX’s giant green sculptures — which are part of a broader vertical and roof garden movement — fit right in. In the normal day-to-day commute, however, the gardens show how far Mexico City still has to go..." [4.9.12]

Stormwater solutions hark back to nature
Citizens Voice, by Kent Jackson
Wilkes-Barre, PA.
"...Landowners and engineers are responding by growing gardens on roofs, reverting to rain barrels and cisterns that were popular generations ago, and using swales buffered by grass, shrubs and trees to convey water. The systems, they find, take care of storms and runoff polluted by sediment and chemicals more naturally and, often, less expensively than pipes, gutters, curbs and treatment plants...For the past 30 years, starting in Germany, designers have built gardens on roofs of city buildings. These green roofs, like the one at Life Expressions Wellness Center on Rock Glen Road in Sugarloaf, recycle water, which the plants absorb and then release as vapor through their leaves. The natural process called transpiration also cools the surrounding air..." [4.9.12]

Upscale farmers' markets springing up
Globe and Mail, by Brenda Dalglish
Halifax, Canada.
'Halifax’s spectacular Seaport Farmers’ Market is among recent permanent markets to spring up. The green roof features 10 different species of red and green sedum. Four rooftop micro turbines generate electricity... Almost a quarter of a million cruise passengers arrived in the harbour last year and one of the first things they saw from the towering multi-storey ships was Seaport’s landscaped roof..." [4.9.12]

Our school green is first of its kind
The Star, by Staff
"It would take some lawn mower to look after the latest feature to be fitted at one of Doncaster’s primary schools! But staff at Saltersgate Junior School, in Scawsby, have been promised they will be shown how to care for ground-breaking green wall, believed to be the first of its type at any school in the UK. The ‘living wall’ was unveiled as part of an official ceremony to mark the completion of a £2.3 million redesign and refurbishment of the Barnsley Road school..." [4.9.12]

Save Energy With A Green Roof – Creating Rooftop Oases For Cleaner Rivers
American Rivers Blog, by Katherine Baer
"...On average, green roofs like the ones in we expect to see in Durham are 60°F cooler than conventional black roofs in the summer. In Washington, DC, the green roof on the American Society of Landscape Architect’s building reduces building energy use by as much as 10 percent in the winter. The green roof on a FedEx facility at Chicago O’Hare Airport covers nearly 175,000 square feet, captures an estimated 2 million gallons of stormwater every year, and saves the company an average of $35,000 in energy costs annually..." [4.9.12]

Urban renewal in Haiti starts at the top, by Gwen Shrift
"A green roof is a trendy status symbol in the resource-rich United States. But in Haiti, planting the rooftops could save lives, according to Delaware Valley College environmental design student Harris Trobman. For his senior project, Trobman hopes to install a garden on top of a home in Port-au-Prince as a prototype for sustainable food production and rainwater harvesting...With a plan and a location established, the garden project’s biggest obstacle is funding for volunteers’ airline tickets. Trobman is working to raise $7,000, which would allow several volunteers to travel to Haiti, install the green roof and teach members of the community how to garden..." [4.7.12]

How to... buy a green home
The Ecologist, by Bethany Hubbard
"...While the structural integrity of a home is paramount, the roof can provide ample room for eco-innovation. Look for a home with a green roof, or with potential to create one. One of the major things is it has to be able to take the weight of a green roof...Greening your roof can increase the lifespan of your home and cut its overall carbon footprint. It will also act as an insulator, keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter..." [4.6.12]

Huge Rooftop Farm Is Set for Brooklyn
The New York Times, by Lisa W. Foderaro
Brooklyn, NY.
"Brooklyn is fast becoming the borough of farms. On Thursday, Bright Farms, a private company that develops greenhouses, announced plans to create a sprawling greenhouse on a roof in Sunset Park that is expected to yield a million pounds of produce a year — without using any dirt. The hydroponic greenhouse, at a former Navy warehouse that the city’s Economic Development Corporation acquired last year, will occupy up to 100,000 square feet of rooftop space...When finished, the greenhouse will rank as the largest rooftop farm in the United States — and possibly the world, Bright Farms officials say. This spring, Brooklyn Grange, another rooftop farm developer, is set to open a 45,000-square-foot commercial operation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard..." [4.5.12]

Healthier Eating Starts on the Roof
New York Times, by Alison Gregor
New York, NY.
"...At Via Verde, a new affordable housing complex being marketed in the South Bronx, what started as an idea to provide environmentally friendly green roofs back in 2005 turned into an opportunity to provide gardening plots for residents...At the time that Jonathan Rose and its partners were selected from among dozens of other contestants in January 2007 on the strength of its affordable housing proposal, thoughts about green roofs were morphing into ideas about urban agriculture..." [4.5.12]

A Vision Of Green Roofs In Durham, NC
American Rivers Blog, by Peter Raabe
Durham, NC.
"...During rain storms, I watch the rain fall onto the roofs and then surge into the streets and down the stormwater drains that I know flow directly into the creeks that feed Falls and Jordan Reservoirs...Watching all of this inspired a thought - what if all of those roofs were green roofs? Would that give the creeks a chance? What other benefits would it have for Durham? The multiple benefits of green infrastructure and green roofs are known but they just beginning to be realized across the country..." [4.5.12]

Chicago Leads the Way in Urban Sustainable Agriculture
Triple Pundit, by Akhila Vijayaraghavan
Chicago, IL.
"The City of Chicago has been making some major leaps into sustainability. They have worked on increasing their urban green areas as well as re-purposing abandoned land into useful projects. The city also boasts more than 300 miles of bikeways, 7 million square feet of green roofs and currently has more green hotels than any city in the U.S. It is also one of the most ‘climate ready’ cities of the United States..." [4.5.12]

With the launch of Hilton Bialek Habitat's Green Building, kids can get a hands-on education in sustainable living
Monterey County Weekly, by Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
Carmel, CA.
"Hilton Bialek Habitat founder Craig Hohenberger’s favorite sustainable design element in MEarth’s new Green Building is the living roof. With its more than 477 California native plants, from Achillea millefolium to Zauschneria canum, the roof protects and houses students and teachers below and some 185 bird species above. The living green roof mitigates habitat loss, it provides habitat for nesting birds, native plants, it cools the building, it’s aesthetically pleasing ..." [4.5.12]

Interdisciplinary green roof effort to engage wide variety of students
Texas A&M University, by Staff
College Station, TX.
“Next fall, students from a variety of academic programs at Texas A&M University will begin collaborating on an interdisciplinary, three-year project to install and monitor a green roof and living wall atop a campus building; an initiative aimed at preparing students to become leaders in energy conservation and resource management, said Bruce Dvorak, an assistant professor of landscape architecture who is spearheading the effort..." [4.4.12]

EMU plants green roof on its new Science Complex
Concentrate, by Tanya Muzumdar
Ypsilanti, MI.
"While still rare, green roofs are increasingly getting their day in the sun. Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has installed a rooftop garden on its new Science Complex, which is undergoing a renovation scheduled to be complete this fall...The 3,000-square-foot garden has insulating capabilities and is expected to save EMU about $3,600 a year on energy costs. It has 16 plant species, many of which will be alive year-round, Moore says. The garden is visible from above the third floor on the building's west side..." [4.4.12]

Innovative Smailholm Tower turf roof shortlisted for national award
Deadline News, by Kirsty Topping
"A groundbreaking project to create a turf roof on Smailholm Tower in the Scottish Borders has won Historic Scotland a shortlist nomination in the UK Roofing Awards 2012. The iconic 15th century landmark, which lies between Kelso and Melrose, was given a pioneering “living” roof to resolve a long standing water penetration problem, affecting structural timbers and the upper apartments...In 2006, the agency trialed two different specifications of living roof. One was based on traditional puddled clay below turf, and the other a proprietary clay membrane beneath a sedum mat..." [4.4.12]

Renovating the Present to Build a Greener Future
Laboratory Equipment, by Michelle Longo
Portland, OR.
"With the ever-increasing need to build green, a Portland State Univ. lab collaboration is supporting the research needs of the green building industry in more than one way...More than half of the buildings that will be in use in 2050 have already been built...Now that these buildings have already been woven into our future, there are some questions to ask, some to answer and others to study...An internal question the laboratory has been studying revolves around green roofs and solar panels and how they interact with the building, as well as the outside environment..." [4.3.12]

Downtown Tampa hotel grows produce inhouse, by Jay Conner
Tampa, FL.
"A couple of years ago a small room next to the Marriott Tampa Waterside's swimming pool was a vacant bar/kitchen, and the hotel's roof largely was empty. Now the spots together are called Waterside Farms. The Marriott grows everything from hydroponic lettuce to organic tomatoes – providing fresh, local produce and herbs to its restaurant customers...To provide the rooftop tomato plants with water the hotel designed and built a rain harvesting irrigation system from mostly recycled material..." [4.3.12]

Portland restarts ecoroof incentives
Sustainable Business Oregon, by Christina Williams
Portland, OR.
"As of April 1, the city of Portland is again accepting applications for ecoroof incentives through a program aiming to spur ecoroof construction in the city and improve stormwater management infrastructure... Officials estimate there are 330 ecoroofs in Portland covering close to 16 acres. The city's goal, through its "Grey to Green" initiative, is to add 43 acres of new ecoroofs by 2013..." [4.3.12]

Urban agriculture takes root in Montreal
Montreal Gazette, by Monique Beaudin
Montreal, Canada.
"Montreal's first citizen-driven public consultation has kicked off with a series of videos about urban agriculture that show the variety of fruits and vegetables that are already being grown in the city. The 24 videos, which can be seen on the Office de consultation publique de Montréal's website, show rooftop gardens, vegetables being grown in buckets, backyard plots, gardens on school grounds and a backyard chicken coop..." [4.3.12]

MOER Green roofs: history, classification and naming Blog, by Tom Turner
Malmö, Sweden.
"...Green roofs in the twentieth century - People began to remember that ‘green stuff’ could also serve as a roof-covering material and then found many reasons for reviving the idea: water conservation, biodiversity, acoustics, insulation etc. This led to the making of what are called ‘extensive’ green roofs and, by way of contrast, roof ‘gardens’ came to be called ‘extensive’ green roofs. I think the terminology began in Germany..." [4.3.12]

Let's build green roofs in Kakaako
ThinkTech Blog, by Jay Fidell
Honolulu, Hawaii.
"Governor Neil Abercrombie brought his wife Nancie Caraway to the ThinkTech-HVCA Kakaako Arising program at the Plaza Club on March 22nd...It became a kind of salon on Kakaako, and one of our best programs. While the Governor was making his opening remarks, Nancie came up to the podium and whispered something to him. A moment later he said we should not forget to include “green roofs” on the roofs of Kakaako. This reference to urban gardening was oft repeated and became a thread in the program..." [4.2.12]

Living Wall Garden – Creating A Living Wall Of Plants For Indoors
Gardening Know How, by Nikki Phipps
"Throughout history people have grown living walls. While they’re normally seen outdoors, these unique garden designs can also be grown in the home. In addition to its pleasing aesthetic appearance indoors, a living wall garden can help purify the air and boost humidity levels. This type of vertical garden is also an ideal solution for covering a bare wall or making the most of limited indoor space..." [4.2.12]

Sprucing up the outdoors has big benefits
China Daily, by Cheng Anqi
"As public debate on air pollution heats up, many are increasingly looking to the Chinese capital's skies to cool rapid urbanization with more greenery. The Beijing municipal government has already announced plans to improve the quality of the city's air by covering 100,000 sq m of roofs with greenery by the end of this year. Plants and water have been proven to be one of the most effective measures to degrade and dilute PM2.5, says Tan Tianying, president of Beijing Green Roof Association, referring to fine particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less that are small enough to enter the smallest airways..." [4.2.12]

Gardener on the Roof: Examining Urban Farming
UrbanOmnibus, by Irmak Turan
New York, NY.
"How do we measure and communicate the value of urban agriculture? That was the underlying question throughout “Gardener on the Roof: Examining Urban Farming” last Saturday at Union Docs in Williamsburg. The panel presentation and discussion, moderated by Nicola Twilley of Edible Geography, brought together individuals with varied backgrounds (two farmers, two city planners, and an artist) who take three different approaches (scientific research, community outreach, and art) to understanding the place of urban farming in New York City..." [3.30.12]

Green Roofs Can Have Neighborhoods Looking Up, by Elaine Quayle
New York, NY.
"Going green isn’t just for the suburbs, says Majora Carter, an eco-entrepreneur who coined the term 'Green the Ghetto' and founded the group Sustainable South Bronx...speaking to the Bay Path College Women’s Leadership Conference, said that there is a low concentration of open space in urban areas. But there is space—and sunlight—on the flat roofs of buildings. And with soil and local labor, they can become 'green' roofs...Hear Majora Carter discuss why environmentalism should have greater social reach..." [3.28.12]

East Academic Building Designed to Maximize Environmental Sustainability and Energy Efficiency
PR Newswire, Press Release
St. Louis, MO.
"The new East Academic Building at Webster University is a testament to the institution's dedication to practicing and teaching responsible environmental citizenship...Two green roofs and low-emittance glass help reduce the East Academic Building's heat and cooling loads and increase its energy efficiency year-round. A green roof is a roof covered with vegetation and a growing medium planted over a waterproofing membrane. The green roofs contain 22,824 plants, including the varieties Sedum Album 'coral carpet', Sedum Reflexum, Sedum Kamtschaticum and Festuca Glauca 'Elijah Blue'... " [3.28.12]

USDA Works to Reduce Its Environmental Footprint – Here's How‎ Blog, by Dean Johnson
"Did you know that USDA manages 193 million acres of land; occupies approximately 89 million square feet of office and laboratory space and operates over 23,000 buildings? And if this isn’t enough, USDA also operates a fleet of over 40,000 motor vehicles and equipment. With statistics like these, it is no wonder that USDA remains focused on reducing its rather significant environmental footprint by using clean energy while working towards improving the environment...the green roof on court 5 of the South Building saves energy and reduces excessive stormwater runoff (which supports our efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay)..." [3.28.12]

A Rose among Thorns—A Look at Chicago's Green Rooftops
The NEIU Independent, by Regina M. Torres
Chicago, IL.
"...How can we help slow down the process of global degradation and climate changes? The answer can be found in the growing interest in metropolitan rooftop gardening, whether on top of a simple two-car garage, a medium-sized eatery, or the vast spread found at the top of a high-rise building used for official governmental business...Begun in 2000, with a cost of $2.5 million dollars, City Hall’s rooftop has proven itself as a beautiful demonstration project as well as a test green roof. The result: in one city block there is over 20, 000 square feet of various beautifying and life-sustaining plants, vines, shrubs, foliage and even trees..." [3.28.12]

The Future of Urban Gardening
Mother Earth News, by Jessica Kellner
New York, NY.
"...Terreform has been considering ways to make New York city entirely self-sufficient as part of a plan called New York City Steady State (NYCSS). During the project, NYCSS collected intense data on the city's supply and demand, and created a plan that relies heavily on urban farming on many of the skyline's rooftops. In Times Square, solar panels would provide shade and the famous LED billboards would be tucked among vertical gardens...In the most recent issue of Natural Home & Garden, we profiled a group taking one step toward this more self-sufficient New York City: Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. Here, on a 6,000-square-foot rooftop farm in Brooklyn, more than 30 kinds of produce feed volunteers and staff, provide for a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and help teach school and community groups about urban farming..." [3.27.12]

Paving Paradise: It's Time to Reinvent the Parking Lot
Mother Nature Network, by Jim Motavalli
"Parking lots and multi-story garages are about the worst thing we've ever done to the human race. But there is hope, says an MIT professor. And some great ideas are getting realized, including music festivals on garage roofs, green gardens and solar canopies...I love the green roof idea, by the way. The 12-story parking garage at 900 North Michigan in Chicago has 16,866 square feet of cultivation, featuring five planting mixes of, among other things, stonecrop, sedum, chives and feather reed grass. Just across the way is a luxury condo with its own green roof, featuring ornamental grasses...Here's a closer look at green roofs, courtesy the Wall Street Journal." [3.27.12]

Sedum becomes the roofing of the future
This is Nottingham, by Staff
Nottingham, UK.
"...The whole industry is promoted by an organisation called which states that green roofs in Greater London cover at least more than 92,600m2...There are green roofs at the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus and academic expertise in the area at Nottingham Trent University. Last autumn, South Nottingham College won a £250,000 grant to develop the first ever qualification in installing and maintaining living roofs...So, living green roofs may really be having their day in the sun at last – and that can mean useful work for roofers, in a recession, who are willing to move into the "green collar" economy..." [3.27.12]

Plan to turn Bader Field into retail, housing complex revealed at Atlantic City luncheon
Press of Atlantic City, by Sarah Watson and Emily Previti
Atlantic City, NJ.
"Bader Field may one day host waterfront homes, shops and offices built with an emphasis on sustainable design and green technology...And within the next decade, the city should line up a developer for a housing and retail complex that highlights bayfront views and water-based activities, meanwhile meeting sustainable design standards with features such as green roofs to reduce heat around the complex and a stormwater management system to recycle precipitation, according to the master plan..." [3.27.12]

City stresses 'green' approach on runoff
Lancaster Online, by Bernard Harris
Lancaster, PA.
"Under federal pressure to reduce raw sewage overflows into the Conestoga River and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay, Lancaster city officials have begun rebuilding city alleyways, parks and parking lots to soak up rain. But most of that rain falls on the rooftops of city homes and businesses. Now, city property owners are being told what they can do to help...Property owners can take steps as small as turning off the tap while brushing their teeth to conserve water or as large as putting a vegetative "green" roof on their building..." [3.26.12]

Green jobs account for 2.4% of employment in 2010
Washington Post, by Sarah Halzack
"Green jobs accounted for 2.4 percent of the nation’s total employment in 2010, the Labor Department reported Thursday in its first-ever survey of green goods and services jobs. According to the report, which gave a snapshot of the role that environmental consciousness plays in the U.S. economy, the United States had 3.1 million green jobs in 2010, the vast majority of them in the private sector..." [3.22.12]

Wine Country in SoMa: a vineyard on the Chronicle's rooftop
San Francisco Chronicle, by Jon Bonné
San Francisco, CA.
"In this occasional series, called Clos Chronicle, The Chronicle's wine editor, Jon Bonné, teams with winemakers for an urban viticulture experiment in our rooftop garden. Throughout the season, he'll report on his progress and offer tips for home gardeners interested in planting their own backyard vineyard...Favia was describing modes of the biodynamic calendar, which attempts to align farming to phases of the moon. Leaf days can be good for planting leafy vegetables, but not so good for planting fruit. On the other hand, we weren't exactly in the wild heart of Napa Valley, where Favia has worked as a top viticulturist. Our vines were destined for a rooftop South of Market..." [3.22.12]

Food garden planted on rooftop, by Kgopi Mabotja
Johannesburg, South Africa.
"Rooftop gardens are becoming something of a trend in Johannesburg. They green and beautify the inner city, and are a reliable model for small scale vegetable production in the city. Another rooftop garden has been planted by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) and various partners at Douglas Village in Troyeville... Speaking on site, Sharon Lewis, the agency’s executive manager of planning and strategy, said the rooftop garden initiative was its contribution to the greening agenda and to food security in the city. We want to increase the supply of food, she explained, in the process reducing the cost..." [3.22.12]

LaurelRock adds 'green walls' to its offerings
Danbury News Times, by Richard Lee
Wilton, CT.
"LaurelRock Co. couldn't have picked a better time than the first week of spring to unveil its new affiliation with "green walls" pioneer George Irwin. The Wilton-based landscape design and installation business hosted Irwin, chief executive officer of Green Living Technologies International, of Pittsford, N.Y., on Tuesday at Millstone Farm in Wilton, where Irwin demonstrated how his company creates vegetation walls. LaurelRock is the exclusive installer of GLTI's patented panel technology in the company's service area. LaurelRock President Burt DeMarche believes gardeners will be drawn to GLTi's "edible walls" concept, which produces fruits, vegetables and herbs..." [3.21.12]

Green Roofs Elements
Garden Design Magazine, by Bill Marken
"...Another approach designers take is to mix up the plant palette on roofs. In Sonoma County, California, Kevin Falkerson and Kerrie Lee Cole, the design-and-build team at SYMBIOS, create one-of-a-kind “artisan” roofs that display a surprising diversity of plants...Author Ed Snodgrass — America’s pre-eminent grower of green roof plants and plant supplier for as many as 100 residential green roofs — is an admirer and frequent user of low-growing hardy sedums. He says, Sedums are metabolically suited to a green roof’s shallow root space; they lose just a quarter of their water compared to other plants..." [3.21.12]

Rooftop blooms help pollinators
BBC News, by Staff
"Wildlife charity Buglife have published a report recommending flower-filled rooftops to help wild pollinators. After analysing green roofs in the UK and Switzerland, conservationists have found that mixed planting attracts more wildlife than a standard green roof. Traditionally, green roofs are planted with sedum: a group of flowering plants that store water in their leaves. Since green roofs first became popular in the 1980s, studies have suggested that they reduce rainwater run off, provide sound and heat insulation and even improve urban air quality..." [3.21.12]

Rainwater Toilets in Apartments Add Premium for U.S. Developers
Bloomberg, by John Gittelsohn
Portland, OR.
"The 22-story apartment tower in Portland, Oregon, has a roof garden that funnels rainwater to its public toilets. Because the water isn’t treated, state law requires “Do Not Drink” warning signs...Last year, developers of 23,000 U.S. multifamily housing units applied for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, which developed the standards. That’s equivalent to 14 percent of the new apartments and condos that started construction last year and almost double the 11,825 multifamily units certified from 2008 through 2011..." [3.21.12]

ISU alumnus designs rooftop for New York's Museum of Modern Art
Iowa State Daily, by Melis Meas
New York, NY.
"More than 1,000 miles away in New York on West 53rd Street is the Museum of Modern Art. ISU alumnus Ken Smith was chosen to design the Museum of Modern Art’s rooftop garden...There are two rooftops that stretch a city block, each around 70 feet by 200 feet. Even with that much space, it was not difficult to get ideas flowing. Ideas can come quickly, or some can be more difficult, but the Museum of Modern Art’s idea came rather quickly...Inspiration for the rooftop came from contemporary culture and what is happening in different cultures and society..." [3.20.12]

Green roof alive and well after suffering irrigation damage
UTA The Shorthorn, by Michelle Bushe
Arlington, TX.
"The green roof at UTA installed in April 2008 was the first of its kind in the Metroplex. David Hopman, landscape architecture associate professor, said the green roof was not his idea — a group of students' thought of it and he went with it. The green roof, which is on the Life Science Building, had experienced three healthy growing seasons and then suffered in May and July 2011...The irrigation system suffered damage on two separate occasions. First when Hopman was out of town and someone left the valve on, causing water to spew every time the irrigation system came on..." [3.20.12]

Sanral SA's first parastatal to achieve Green Star rating
Creamer Media's Engineering News, by Natasha Odendaal
South Africa.
"The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has become the first South African parastatal to achieve a Green Star South Africa (SA) rating for one of its buildings, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) said on Tuesday...The building, which cost over R100-million and was completed last year, included a “green roof” planted with water-wise succulents, solar-generated hot water for a fresh air heating system and a facade consisting of two layers that increased natural light and views while decreasing heat build-up..." [3.20.12]

Taking advantage of urbanization
Korea Times, by Martin Kruse
South Korea.
"...Better utilization of insulation, ventilation, lighting and energy efficient appliances coupled with an intelligent energy infrastructure are some of the ways we can bring down CO2 and at the same time create a healthier environment to live in. The smart green city of the future utilizes roof gardens to reduce heating and energy consumption as well as reducing cooling needs..." [3.19.12]

Penarth architects lend their support to Ty Pili Pala cancer centre
Penarth Times, by Robert James Owen
"A Penarth-born businesswoman who is campaigning to raise one million and one pounds for women in Wales with cancer has enlisted the help of two fellow Penarthians – to help make her dream for a ‘unique survivor centre’ a reality. Penarth architect Adrian Gracia will design the Ty Pili Pala cancer centre. Fellow architect and three-time Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner Barry Mayled will design the rooftop garden..." [3.19.12]

Unstoppable! The rise and rise of Britain's green buildings‎
The Independent, by Sarah Morrison
"...The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), a leading green rating system, assessed 7,000 projects last year, a number that has more than doubled since 2009. More buildings were awarded an "Outstanding" rating than any year previously...The full list of 16 will be announced on Tuesday at Ecobuild, the sustainable design exhibition, in the ExCel centre, east London..." [3.18.12]

Case Study: Green Roof Plants
Nursery Management, by Staff
"...For most green roof applications, 4 inches of planting medium is the standard depth specified in the majority of projects...But 6-8 inches of planting medium expands plant palettes suitable for arid climates, said Dave MacKenzie, horticulturalist and president of LiveRoof LLC in Spring Lake, Michigan...The species in our Wild West Sun Mix are native to the Pacific Northwest. They feature a wide range of flowering times to reveal changing blasts of seasonal color visible from the residence hall, said Andrea Martinello, LiveRoof sales specialist at N.A.T.S. Nursery..." [3.16.12]

ESF's New Building Highlighted at Conference
SUNY-ESF Headlines, by Staff
Syracuse, NY.
"An on-campus power plant, a green roof based on a rare native plant community and a design that will provide teaching opportunities are a sampling of features in the Gateway Building at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). The Gateway Building will be highlighted during the 10th Annual Green Building Conference March 29 and 30 at the Oncenter. Ellen Watts, principal at Architerra, the firm responsible for the building's design, and Michael Kelleher, ESF's director of renewable energy systems, will present a session on the building's unique features..." [3.16.12]

New York City Commits to Green Solution for Sewage Overflows, Harnessing Water as a Resource to Improve Communities
Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, by Peter Lehner
New York, NY.
"With a landmark announcement this week, New York City has officially joined a growing number of cities around the country in embracing a smarter--and paradigm-shifting--approach to reducing water pollution. Using a suite of techniques like strategically located street plantings, porous pavements, and green roofs, collectively known as green infrastructure, New York is turning the problem of excess stormwater into a solution that will improve the health and livability of its neighborhoods, while cleaning up the waterways that course through and around the city..." [3.15.12]

Making the most of vines, the living walls
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, by Linda Brandt
Sarasota, FL.
"...Living walls can hide unsightly air conditioners, refuse cans, tool sheds or compost piles and bins. They can turn fences into works of art and patios into outdoor living spaces. Tall potted plants acting as dividers are far more attractive than cubicles for dividing indoor office space. And in restaurants, plants cascading from hanging baskets and wall planters soften hard corners and simulate curtains at windows and between booths. Living walls provide friendly buffers between neighbors' properties and between buildings and streets or walkways..." [3.15.12]

The American Horticultural Society has announced the winners of its annual book awards, News Release
Alexandria, VA.
"Each year, the American Horticultural Society recognizes outstanding gardening books published in North America with its annual Book Award. Nominated books are judged by the AHS Book Award Committee on qualities such as writing style, authority, accuracy, and physical quality...One of those, "Small Green Roofs" by Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little and Edmund C. Snodgrass, was published by Portland's Timber Press. It's credited by judge Greg Williams as "a real trailblazer because it is the only in-depth guide to do-it yourself green roofs, with plenty of case studies to build confidence and provide ideas for homeowners." [3.15.12]

BCIT scholarship and research grant named for green roof pioneer, by Andrea Bellamy
Vancouver, Canada.
"The first-ever Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Scholarship and Research Grant has been awarded to Sara Bergen, a fourth-year student in Architectural Science. The grant was developed by the BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology and industry partners to inspire BCIT students to strive for the same level of achievement that Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has demonstrated in the field of architectural ecology...Sara is now advancing a research project with the Centre for Architectural Ecology under the supervision of Dr. Maureen Connelly, MAIBC. The project is a preface to the proposed development of the Vancouver Public Library roof as accessible space..." [3.14.12]

Eat On The Green This Spring In Philadelphia
PressZoom, Press Release
Philadelphia, PA.
"With spring about to spring, diners are eager to enjoy their meals alfresco, and fortunately, Philadelphia and The Countryside is flourishing with plenty of green-minded eateries. Whether it’s dinner in an urban courtyard, brunch in an antique greenhouse or beer and pizza on a green roof, there’s an abundance of options for taking in the local flora...The green roof at West Philadelphia’s City Tap House is a garden retreat embellished with succulents and flowering herbs—a picturesque place to enjoy craft beer and thin-crust pizza..." [3.14.12]

SHoP Wraps Green Sheath Around South Street Seaport‎
International Business Times, by Roland Li
New York, NY.
"...While the new facade is the most visible element, SHoP's green roof represents the more modern idea. SHoP and landscape architect James Corner Field Operations plan a multi-use space that would host the Seaport's summer concerts -- currently held at street level -- and offer open space inspired by Boston's Tanglewood Music Center...The arrangement is also reminiscent of Chelsea's High Line, the elevated park that evolved from old railroad tracks, and challenged gritty industrial stereotypes of the area..." [3.14.12]

Fun for Kids, Good for the Waterways
Wall Street Journal, by Jennifer Maloney
New York, NY.
"New York City has enlisted trees, "green" roofs and massive tanks in its effort to reduce the billions of gallons of untreated wastewater that overflow into city waterways during rain storms each year...Five proposed schoolyards in Brooklyn and Queens are undergoing soil tests, and if selected they will be transformed into public playgrounds with storm water-capture features such as rain barrels, raised gardens, porous pavers and an under-layer of gravel that holds water during a storm, before allowing it to seep gradually into the ground below..." [3.12.12]

EPA and Georgian Court University (Lakewood, NJ) to Work Together to Increase Green Practices
EPA, News Release
New York, NY.
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Georgian Court University have entered into an agreement to enhance environmental practices at the university. The agreement commits the university to participate in various EPA environmental stewardship programs, and promises technical assistance and support from the EPA...Improve its stormwater management practices, including incorporating porous pavement into future construction, constructing of rain gardens throughout the campus, and using rain barrels and an existing green roof to mitigate the effects of drainage from buildings..." [3.12.12]

City's $12M project to stop sewer overflows
New York Daily News, by Erin Durkin
New York, NY.
"A new city project will use gardens, green roofs, and tree pits to stop sewage from spewing into polluted waterways like the Gowanus Canal. The $12 million project aims to blanket hundreds of acres around the Gowanus, Newtown Creek, and Flushing Bay with so called “green infrastructure” - soaking up rain water before it can get into sewers and make them overflow. City officials began a search last month for an engineer to build rain gardens, green roofs covered in vegetation, and special extra-large tree pits with curb cuts that slurp up rain water..." [3.12.12]

Norman homes to combat local water source problems
Oklahoma Daily, by Paighten Harkins
Norman, OK.
"...In addition to the rain-garden research, Coffman is researching an ecological landscape known as green roofs, which he has been working on since the early 2000s. A green roof is composed of plants placed on a structure’s roof. This addition can reduce energy consumption because the plants help keep the building cool. They also can store and clean rain water or be designed for food production...Both rain-garden and green-roof research focus on hydrology, which Coffman addresses when teaching a green-roofs class at OU..." [3.12.12]

Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden features ‘vertical wall’ creations of famed artist
New York Daily News, by Tanyanika Samuels
New York, NY.
"The colorful cascade of orchids and tropical foliage greeting visitors to the New York Botanical Garden’s 10th annual Orchid Show drew gasps of awe...The 26-foot tall 'Green Wall' and the other artful installations in the show are the work of renowned French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc. This year, the popular themed Orchid Show centers on Blanc's “vertical walls” of lush foliage and sweeping displays of orchids..." [3.9.12]

GardenScape 2012's overarching theme aims to satisfy the hunger for spring
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, by Mary Chao
Rochester, NY.
"When it comes to garden trends, growing edible plants continues to be top of mind with area gardeners, local experts say. That’s why the annual GardenScape show next week at the Monroe County Fair and Expo Center in Henrietta will feature the theme 'Recipe for Springtime'...GardenScape lecturer George Irwin of Green Living Technologies will be showing ways to grow food in your living space with a mobile living wall..." [3.9.12]

Music City Center considers solar panels
The Tennessean, by Michael Cass
Nashville, TN.
"Nashville's new convention center, already set to have a green roof, probably will have a solar one, too. The Convention Center Authority has hired a local consulting firm to explore options for solar panels on top of the Music City Center, the $585 million building under construction downtown...A four-acre green roof is already being built atop the Music City Center. Dean said solar panels would make the undulating roof even more eye-catching. This roof is unlike any other roof that has ever been built in Nashville..." [3.9.12]

Tap turned on at new Lothians water treatment plant, by Staff
Edinburgh, Scotland.
"The tap was switched on at the Glencorse Water Treatment Works in the Pentland Hills on Wednesday. The state-of-the-art plant will supply 450,000 customers across Edinburgh and parts of Midlothian with 170m litres of water every day. At a cost of £130m, the facility was built to ensure Scottish Water is able to deliver high quality water to the area for the next 100 years. The plant blends into the surrounding area with the largest grass roof in Scotland. Rainwater forms wetlands providing a habitat for insects, animals and plants..." [3.7.12]

Green roof revolution
Green Futures Magazine Blog, by Roger East
"...As these and other award-winning buildings boost their profile, green roofs are increasingly recognised as neither wacky nor whimsical. Their environmental, social and economic credentials are also alerting a wider audience that they can be a smart solution even for the most modest schemes. New build or retrofit, sheds, home extensions, houses, schools, and all kinds of public and commercial buildings are starting to show the benefits..." [3.6.12]

Green trends to hit the roof in future‎
Independent Online, by Jeanne Viall
Scarborough, South Africa.
"A green roof is so much more than a roof garden, I discovered in Scarborough. It’s a living roof that’s attractive, insulates and benefits the environment...Wind is a factor to consider on green roof gardens, as it can blow many times harder on the roof than on the ground. Succulents, especially those endemic to the Western Cape, are ideally suited to these green roof gardens. Gray likes using Portulacaria afra or repens, also known as Elephant’s food or spekboom..." [3.6.12]

Green building practices have risk, liability issues, says report
Vancouver Sun, by Brian Morton
Vancouver, Canada.
"Green building practices are a great idea, but carry risks and potential liabilities that could lead to lawsuits reminiscent of B.C.’s leaky condo crisis, according to a B.C. Construction Association report...One area of concern is green roofs, which have been used for decades in Europe, and have more recently caught on in Vancouver, including at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The widespread use of green roofs may give rise to class action lawsuits reminiscent of B.C.’s leaky condo crisis due to the complexity and need for proper maintenance of these roofing systems..." [3.5.12]

Chicago produce firm runs earth-friendly operation, by Hosea Sanders
Chicago, IL.
"A 100-year-old family business is starting its second century in a way that is sure to turn a few heads....The barreled green roof and the turbine are my two biggest accomplishments, said Testa Produce President Peter Testa...The building also is surrounded by solar trees and boasts a barreled green roof. It is one of only a few green roofs in the city that can be viewed from the ground..." [3.2.12]

Hospitals, schools pursue energy technology with savings in mind‎
Allentown Morning Call, by Samantha Marcus
Bethlehem, PA.
"Atop St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network's Heart and Vascular Center in Bethlehem, energy conservation is as simple as can be: A green roof improves air and water quality while insulating the building...Green roofs and solar arrays are among the most visible ways property owners cut down on energy costs, which can rack up for hospitals and school districts with dozens of properties..." [3.2.12]

Living in the future: a glimpse of a zero-carbon home
Herald Sun, by Clare Peddie
"Walls covered in deciduous vines that provide shade in summer and warmth in winter are part of the winning entry in a competition to design a 'zero-carbon' home. Team Collaborative Future was one of four finalists in the Zero Carbon Challenge tasked with designing a livable, affordable and adaptable home that would offset the energy used in its construction and everyday running so the net emissions would be zero. The winning team's lead architect, TS4 architecture director Brett Aylen, said his team took a different approach to shading, using plants in the form of green walls..." [3.1.12]

LEEDING WAY: One small central Iowa campus has three LEED rated buildings to promote energy conservation, by Megan Reuther
Des Moines, IA.
"...We capture the roof runoff, not only from the green roof, but all portions of the roof. It's harvested into a cistern and then we use that water to flush toilets and urinals, as well as feeding the water feature out front that's a little babbling brook...Nearly 20 central Iowa buildings now have a LEED rating, ranging from silver to platinum, according to the Iowa chapter of the US Green Building Council. Four of those have the highest rating of platinum, including Wellmark's headquarters in downtown Des Moines and the King Pavilion on Iowa State University's campus." [2.29.12]

Going Green in These Harsh Climes, by Mwaura Samora
"...Green architecture is not only aesthetically appealing and environmentally friendly, but also economically viable in the long run since it embraces methods that save on power and water usage, explains Francis Gichuhi, an architectural consultant who specialises in designing green buildings...Through simulations, Japanese scientists established that, if 50 per cent of high-rise buildings in Tokyo had roof gardens, they would reduce their internal air temperatures by almost a degree, with owners saving about $1.6 million dollars (Sh128 million) per day in electricity bills..." [2.29.12]

Lofty ambitions: why green roofs are the future of urban gardening
The Ecologist, by Ben Martin
"...they’re utterly brilliant for the planet. Dusty Gedge, wildlife consultant and green roof expert, extols the aesthetic advantages too. ‘People should view [them] as a sustainable measure, but also as a real life enhancement...The green roofs at Canary Wharf alone have reported savings in electricity consumption equal to 26,000 kW per year, while firms such as Rolls Royce, Sainsbury’s and Eversheds’ have all invested in similar large-scale schemes...This recent growth of interest in green roofs is only the latest development in a centuries-old tradition, as Jeff Sorrill, project manager of the Green Roof Centre at the University of Sheffield..." [2.28.12]

Bringing natural life into buildings, by Xue Jianyue
"If eco-architect Dr Ken Yeang has his way, cities would please even the most ardent nature enthusiasts...During a lecture at the 3rd Annual Green Building Asia conference hosted by events organiser IBC Asia at the Sheraton Hotel in Singapore last week, Dr Yeang advocated bringing biodiversity back to buildings by having a continuous linkage of vegetation connecting the building rooftop, interior and the facade...Despite the challenges, green roofs are increasingly popular and seen by some as a solution to Singapore’s recurring floods. Last December, prolonged heavy rain caused flooding on some parts of Orchard Road, a major shopping district. An expert panel appointed by the government recently suggested making green roofs mandatory for building owners as a means to slow down rainwater flow..." [2.28.12]

Canadian Horticulture Industry Calls for Improved Access to New Technology and Collaboration in Research
Canada NewsWire, Press Release
Vineland, Canada.
"Today Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) and the University of Guelph announce an important new research partnership for the Canadian horticulture industry. Well-respected researcher Dr. Youbin Zheng begins immediately as the Vineland/University of Guelph Chair in Environmental Horticulture. This position will improve collaboration across Canadian research networks and speed access to new technologies and innovations for industry...Together these researchers bring decades of combined experience in green roof technology, greenhouse and nursery plant production, and urban agriculture..." [2.28.12]

Going Green: Saving the rain
YNN Hudson Valley, by Terry Ettinger
Syracuse, NY.
"Welcome to the green roof of the Syracuse Center of Excellence, a prime example of Onondaga County's Save the Rain campaign...This is a program that is relevant to businesses, and in fact there’s a reimbursement program through Save the Rain called the Green Improvement Fund that’s targeted to businesses in the city of Syracuse. You want to build a green roof or put in porous pavement in your parking lot, the county will reimburse a percentage of that project to you..." [2.27.12]

New South Bronx Housing Complex Is Not "Green" To Environmentally Friendly Ideas
NY1, by Jill Urban
Bronx, NY.
"The new Via Verde development in the south Bronx is sustainable, architecturally innovative and affordable, setting a new standard for affordable housing in New York...As the buildings spiral up in height, a series of green roofs offer a variety of eco-conscious amenities that are designed to promote healthy living. You can literally walk into the courtyard and spiral your way up all of these green roofs, starting with an amphitheater, which will have summertime performances..." [2.26.12]

Roofmeadow Fields Forever‎
Metropolis Magazine Blog, by Joseph G. Brin
Philadelphia, PA.
"Charlie Miller, P.E., has been fomenting a quiet, green roof revolution in this country for years...Although a green roof is the horizontal integration of a complex matrix in a relatively thin plane, Miller “absolutely” sees the future in 3D. The more Roofmeadow can sculpt their work towards the complexity and diversity of nature itself, the better. He doesn’t know for sure where all this will lead. He’s appropriately humble about what a green roof can accomplish...Miller sees the potential of “blue-green” not in technology and steel structures but, instead, in manipulating the materials of earth, water, and plants in a clever way to achieve a richer natural environment..." [2.26.12]

EPA and Hackensack University Medical Center Team Up to Increase Green Practices
U.S., Press Release
New York, NY.
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Hackensack University Medical Center have entered into an agreement to enhance environmental practices at the hospital. The medical center has pledged to reduce its use of plastics, reduce and recycle solid waste, complete the final phase of its green roof, use nontoxic cleaning products, conserve energy and water, and reduce air pollution from its vehicles. The Hackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in Bergen County to sign such an agreement with the EPA..."[2.23.12]

Drexel University Biowall Becomes Showpiece For Eco-Building Advocates
CBS Local, by Paul Kurtz
Philadelphia, PA.
"The Delaware Valley Green Building Council is hoping that a recently completed project at Drexel University will spur interest in the construction of more living walls. The wall of lush tropical plants, 20 feet wide and 75 feet high, is what greets students and faculty every day inside Drexel’s Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building. The Delaware Valley Green Building Council oversaw the ambitious project that was unveiled last September, and now it’s showcasing it to other environmentally conscious builders looking for the next big thing..." [2.23.12]

EcoGardens earns green, landscapes the future
Medill Reports: Chicago, by Meghan Schiller
Chicago, IL.
"If you took a helicopter ride above the Chicago skyline this summer, you’d see a lot of green--green roofs to be exact. Part of a larger trend towards sustainable architecture, green roofs are catching on in the Windy City and are now planted atop local Walmart stores, homes and even City Hall. Greg Raymond is the founder of Ecogardens and a supporter of green roofing. His Chicago-based urban landscape firm just moved its office to Bucktown. The company uses sustainable materials to minimize the carbon footprint of its work and promotes energy-efficiency and the conservation of resources..." [2.22.12]

Brooklyn Grange To Build A Rooftop Farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yards
PRWeb, Press Release
Brooklyn, NY.
'Brooklyn Grange, New York City's first commercial rooftop farm, will be expanding their operations in the spring of 2012 to the roof of Building No. 3 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Funded in large part by a Green Infrastructure Grant from the Department of Environmental Protection, Brooklyn Grange and Brooklyn Navy Yard will contribute the remaining funds needed to complete the installation of 45,000 sq ft of productive greenroof at 63 Flushing Avenue..." [2.21.12]

Brad Pitt’s foundation to help redevelop Bancroft School
Kansas City Star, by Kevin Collison
Kansas City, MO.
"A bond forged in storm-ravaged New Orleans between actor Brad Pitt and a local architecture firm is bearing fruit in Kansas City -- and may show the path forward to reusing dozens of empty schools...The development also will include a secure garage for 50 vehicles that will feature an environmentally friendly green roof. The two-story school was closed a dozen years ago and occupies a 2.7-acre site. Currently, the Kansas City School District has 38 closed buildings scattered throughout the city, including 26 shut down two years ago in a major downsizing..." [2.21.12]

Building Green Roofs in Barbados
Business Barbados, by John Gibbs
"...The construction of housing in Barbados traditionally results in the permanent loss of the land for agriculture or gardening. Green roofing is a method of reclaiming all or a significant portion of this land area. Whether with pots or beds or farming the entire roof area, the “roof-room” offers a creative, controlled and protected environment empowering the homeowner and adding value to the property package. For the past five years, Rooftec Inc. has been investigating the benefits and developing specifications that incorporate local materials for green roofing systems in the Barbados environment..." [2.20.12]

Growing green jobs and rooftop gardens
Cumberland Courier Newspapers, by Sarah Sharples
Sydney, Australia.
"Three years ago, armed with a desire to do something for the environment, Ivan Goloborodko started Cfree in North Sydney with two partners. The company was created to work on projects that focused on green urbanism and sustainable materials. Cfree has since worked on 200 green roof projects including developing models, pilots and project documentation. Mr. Goloborodko, 27, said green roofs increased building insulation, created biodiversity corridors and reduced stormwater pollution in urban areas..." [2.20.12]

Discover Sustainable Luxury in the Dream Home: R-House at the 2012 National Home Show, Press Release
Toronto, CA.
"...The Dream Home R-House is designed to generate its own energy from renewable sources; it harvests rain water, manages its own waste, and promotes occupant health and well being. A living wall and water feature in the courtyard will create a self-sustaining interior ecosystem. A green roof of self-sustaining vegetation stretches across the flat roofs while vertically farmed walls produce organic food sources...You can see this house in the National Home Show..." [2.19.12]

How do you teach children to grow flowers in the desert?
World Architecture News, by Staff
"...The client wished for an innovative educational environment that encouraged experimentation in teaching. In response, Perkins+Will intensively programmed the outdoor spaces both at grade and atop the school’s landscaped roofs for use by both students and teachers in a non-classroom setting: laboratories, gardens, observatories and play spaces – a series of active learning environments meant to supplement ‘abstract’ class-based learning in ways that cannot be duplicated in conventional educational settings..." [2.17.12]

Streetscaping reduces stormwater runoff, pollutants, at utility campus‎ Blog, by Mary Catherine O'Connor
Burbank, CA.
"...But no longer can public utility buildings be merely buildings. In an age of water scarcity, rising energy costs and increasing awareness of the role public utilities play in a metropolitan area’s efforts to reduce consumption, public utilities need to reflect the efficiency and smart designs that their customers are seeking...the administrative building now has a green roof, which collects about 70 percent of the rainwater that falls on it, as well as reducing air pollutants..." [2.16.12]

York's Ferguson is first elementary school in state to get platinum LEED certification
York Daily Record, by Staff
Philadelphia, PA.
"...The school is the first elementary school in Pennsylvania to achieve the platinum rating, the highest level possible. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification measures how environmentally friendly a building is. Ferguson, which opened in 2010, has green elements such as a waste-free kitchen, a green roof, eco-friendly lights, a geothermal heating system and bathrooms that use less water..." [2.15.12]

Chicago restaurants move toward hyper-local food production
Medill Reports: Chicago, by Laura Mihelich
Chicago, IL.
"More and more restaurants in Chicago are producing their own ingredients – up on the roof. These restaurants are converting standard urban rooftops to green gardens to help reduce their environmental impact and support local food production...There is a definitely a lot of interest in green roofing especially when food production is involved, said Molly Meyer, owner of Rooftop Green Works LLC, a green-roof consulting, design, and installation firm, who is involved with both the Streeterville and West Town projects..." [2.15.12]

Teachers Head Back to the Classroom to Learn Sustainability‎
The Epoch Times, by Kristen Meriwether
New York, NY.
"...The Water, Energy, and Waste course, provided by NY Sun Works, puts the teachers back in the classroom, showing them how to engage students in hands-on and innovative ways to preserve the environment...P.S. 41 has a garden program that has grown since 2003 and they are about to open a 15,000-square-foot green roof on top of the school building..." [2.14.12]

Ecosystems and Economics – How Green Roofs can Improve our Cities
This Big City, by Charlotte Sankey
New York, NY.
"...Their rigorous assessments may cover a whole range of technologies, assessing their potential energy savings, costs and returns, but they may not take into account the benefits a green roof could offer...Energy savings aren’t the only economic benefit of green roofs. They have also been linked to heightened productivity and reduced turnover among people working in urban offices – a phenomenon known as ‘biophilia’...Eight storeys above the din of New York’s Avenue of the Americas, a small wilderness of clover, grasses and flowers shows the passage of the seasons. This roof terrace is the home and handy work of architects Cook + Fox..." [2.14.12]

Edmonton Airport opens new US terminal
Airport World Online, by Dominic Welling
Edmonton, Canada.
"Edmonton International Airport has opened it new US-only departure lounge adding 11,000sqm of extra space to the terminal building...the designers have added more ‘green’ elements to the building including the first “Living Wall” ever incorporated into an airport terminal, which uses hydroponically-fed plants to enhance the indoor air quality. The revamped terminal will also display various commissioned art and sculpture, have terraced roofs in order to “maximise the natural light and views of the landscape, making way finding intuitive” and cushioned play areas as well as video game stations for children..." [2.14.12]

Greetings from the top of the Allen-Bradley clock tower‎, by Molly Snyder
Milwaukee, WI.
"...The Rockwell Automation building also has a 48,500-square foot green roof that we visited. It is the largest single-level green roof in the state of Wisconsin and features 12 varieties of sedum and native perennials including Spiderwort, Native Onion, Native Chive and Black-Eyed Susans. The roof was completed in 2010 and its purpose is to save energy by adding insulation that reduces heating and cooling costs. It also reduces indirect greenhouse gas emissions, diverts 500,000 gallons of stormwater from going into the sewer system every year and increases the life of the roof by 40 years because it protects the roof from harmful UV rays and temperature fluctuations..." [2.13.12]

Saanich rooftops could provide local food security
Saanich News, by Kyle Slavin
Saanich, Canada.
"Saanich councillor Dean Murdock is pushing to make rooftop gardens much more commonplace in the municipality. Murdock, who chairs the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee, was expected on Monday to ask for support on a recommendation to have green roofs become part of the development guidelines for multi-family residential and commercial projects...Saanich already has more than a handful of buildings with green rooftops: the Social Sciences and Mathematics building at UVic has eight green roofs, while Tri-Eagle Development's Raven building on West Saanich Road also has one..." [2.12.12]

Planting seeds for rooftop farming in Hub
Boston Herald, by Donna Goodison
Boston, MA.
“Plans are under way to get Boston’s first commercial rooftop farm off the ground. Would-be farmers John Stoddard and Courtney Bissonnette are in negotiations to plant the farm atop buildings in the South End’s Newmarket Square area or Charlestown. Higher Ground Farm would cover an acre or more of rooftop space, with plans to grow veggies and herbs — and possibly raise bees, rabbits and laying hens — beginning in 2013..." [2.12.12]

Managing a Water System With Savvy — and Verve
Nation's Cities Weekly, by Neal Peirce
"...He has another preference — he’d like, instead, to “go green” with a radically different solution. The essence of Hawkins’ green plan: Absorb the water in place. This means an array of projects — green roofs, bioswales along the streets, grassy alleys, porous pavement for parking lots and the streets themselves. The idea isn’t altogether original: It’s being undertaken in Philadelphia, itself under federal pressure to stop sending untreated sewage into local rivers and streams..." [2.10.12]

Forget pesky moss, this green roof is a showpiece, by Philip Round
Vancouver Island, Canada.
"Very few buildings in the Comox Valley have natural 'green roofs' - unless you count all those with pesky moss waiting to be scraped from the shingles. But deliberately planned green roofs are fast catching on elsewhere, and locally there is a showpiece example on top of the newly-opened Vancouver Island Visitor Centre near Cumberland Interchange. At the moment it's more brown than green, as it's not grass that's growing on the roof, but sedum plants - low-growing succulents that hold water in their leaves..." [2.10.12]

Greensboro hopes eco-friendly building gets recognized
Greensboro News & Record, by Amanda Lehmert
Greensboro, NC.
"...Welcome to the city of Greensboro's new green roof. The 16,500-square-foot garden is just one of the items city officials hope will help earn the $18 million facility a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, gold certification...It’s full of hardy, low-maintenance plants that are colorful year-round, said Janie Schepker, whose company RiverBend Nursery grew the “LiveRoof” garden for Greensboro..." [2.9.12]

Morristown in the middle: Leaders envision town's sustainable future, by Abbott Koloff
Morristown, NJ.
"Carol Anton walks along a path on the roof garden at 14 Maple Avenue, one of the greenest buildings in the state. Built more than three years ago by the Morristown Parking Authority with help from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, it contains a three-story bio-wall to filter air, thermal wells, and solar panels...Someday, if the Speedwell Avenue redevelopment goes as envisioned, people will walk along a corridor to get from retail shops to a park surrounded by residential buildings in an area now the domain of garbage trucks..." [2.8.12]

Students Cut Energy Use By Up to 17%
Huffington Post, by Veronique Pittman
"...The Latin School of Chicago has seen an 8.2% reduction in its energy consumption so far...Latin's two green roofs -- atop the Middle School (5,500 sq. ft.) and the Upper School (1,200 sq. ft.) -- have become virtual science and engineering laboratories. On a hot day, using infrared thermometers, students have observed that the temperature on a traditional roof is often 30 degrees Fahrenheit higher than a green roof. "This is a great opportunity for students to see how a green roof can help reduce cooling costs," says Brown..." [2.8.12]

What if Kingston embraced a 1,000 green rooftops initiative?
Kingstonist, by Harvey Kirkpatrick
Kingston, Canada.
"...Green rooftops, otherwise referred to as rain or rooftop gardens, consist of roofs that have been covered with greenery, edible vegetation and irrigation systems. The main benefit of living roofs is that they reduce the urban heat island effect, which makes a built-up area significantly warmer than its surroundings, while they also serve as a naturalized sinks for absorbing and cleansing rainwater...What do you think? Would a 1,000 green rooftop challenge be more successful than the solar rooftop challenge? Would you jump on the green rooftop bandwagon if there was local know-how and support to get you there?" [2.7.12]

Nashville rolls out the green roof on new convention center
The Tennessean, by Anne Paine
Nashville, TN.
"A meadow is taking shape high atop the Music City Center-to-be. Unseen by passers-by below, workers have been squirting soil through fat hoses onto layers of protective and water-wicking materials. Next, they roll out coconut fiber mats on which plants are already growing. The point of the green roof is to avoid urban storm-water runoff that occurs when a building covers up the ground. Once completed in about six weeks, the more than four acres of largely out-of-sight greenery won’t be forgotten..." [2.7.12]

Energy efficiency is only way to achieve Big Ten goals
Daily Nebraskan, by Kevin Moser
Lincoln, NE.
"...The university is missing out on another easy opportunity to save energy and money. They could even turn this opportunity into a summer class. Rooftop gardens have become increasingly popular over the years. Europe has been ahead of the curve with rooftop gardens, especially in Germany. The National Research Council of Canada published an in-depth report on the benefits of rooftop gardens, examining rainwater retention, heat performance and energy efficiency. It's clear from the study that rooftop gardens have significant benefits in heat performance and energy efficiency for buildings and communities as a whole..." [2.7.12]

Lessons from a Colorful Map of NYC Energy Use in Buildings
TriplePundit, by Tina Casey
New York, NY.
"A team of researchers at Columbia Engineering has launched an interactive online energy map that breaks down the patterns of power consumption in practically every building in all five boroughs of New York City...Though the map doesn’t deal directly with green roof potentials, Modi’s comments do suggest a neighborhood-based strategy that could include maximizing rooftop space not only for energy generation but also for stormwater management and energy conservation..." [2.6.12]

Carmel Valley school building a lesson in ecology
San Jose Mercury News, by Stephen Tung
Carmel Valley, CA.
"When you're driving down Carmel Valley Road in Monterey County a couple of years from now, you might miss seeing the new school building set to open in the next few weeks. The structure will blend into its surroundings with a 'living roof' that will harbor poppies, yarrow, buckwheat and 39 other species of grasses, shrubs, succulents and flowers...In a lot of ways, it's cutting-edge: The fact that they have the vegetative roof, a lot of natural light and they deal with rainwater coming off the building in an intelligent way..." [2.5.12]

Classroom farm at Bronx public high school, Green Bronx Machine, shut down despite fresh successes
New York Daily News, by Daniel Beekman
Bronx, NY.
"A celebrated classroom farm that yielded fresh produce and great jobs for students at a South Bronx public high school has been quietly shut down. For two years, Discovery High School special education teacher Stephen Ritz used vertical garden plots known as "green walls" to teach science and technology...He created Green Bronx Machine at Discovery after meeting George Irwin of Green Living Technologies, a vertical garden manufacturer based upstate...Watch TEDx Manhattan video about the Green Bronx Machine..." [2.2.12]

Brad Rowe – Green roofs provide economic and environmental benefits, by Russ White & Elizabeth Battiste
Landing, MI.
“Buildings consume 39 percent of the total energy that's used in the United States, and 71 percent of the electricity consumption goes into buildings, explains Dr. Brad Rowe, a Professor of Horticulture at Michigan State University, who joined Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes. Rowe is looking to curb that impact through green roof research funded in part by MSU AgBioResearch...." [1.31.12]

From Rooftop To Fork: Downtown LA Club Grows Its Own Greens
LAist, by Lauren Lloyd
Los Angeles, CA.
"Farmscape, California's largest urban farming operation, recently wrapped a first-of-its-kind project in Downtown Los Angeles, one that (literally) takes urban agriculture to new heights. Atop The Jonathan Club now sits a large rooftop garden installation designed to grow fresh, organic greens. Plucked by the hands of the private social club's chefs, the produce will grace the plates of lucky club members..." [1.31.12]

More green roofs installed in buildings, by Ng Puay Leng
"More commercial buildings are installing green roofs to help reduce the rainwater flowing into canals and drains. According to companies that install green roofs, they have seen demand double in the last three years. Green roofs help to collect excess rainwater during intense rainfalls. The green structures also help to reduce temperatures within buildings and in heavily built-up areas. Some buildings in Singapore already have such green roofs as part of their design...Watch video..." [1.31.12]

Brooklyn Botanic Garden To Open New Visitor Center in May 2012
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, by Staff
Brooklyn, NY.
"The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) announces that on May 16, 2012, it will open its new Visitor Center. Designed by the innovative New York-based firm Weiss/Manfredi, the project was recognized by the New York City Public Design Commission with a 2008 Award for Excellence in Design...the Visitor Center incorporates numerous environmentally sustainable features — most notably a 10000-square-foot living roof —that are aimed toward earning LEED Gold certification..." [1.31.12]

Green walls create new urban jungles
CNN, by Matthew Knight
"Vertical gardens are cropping up all over cities these days, transforming drab urban facades into vibrant jungles of color. These lush expanses have found their way onto the walls -- both inside and out -- on numerous sites in recent years revitalizing public buildings, hotels, offices and even a multi-storey car park in Netherlands. Aside from their pleasing aesthetic qualities, vertical gardens could also deliver more practical benefits says Mark Laurence, creative director at Biotecture, a UK company who design and build green walls..." [1.30.12]

Growing a Green Roof
House and Leisure, by Zayaan Khan
Cape Town, South Africa.
"We recently asked local horticulturist Zayaan Khan for her tips for those looking to build their very own green roof at home. As it turns out, it’s a lot more manageable than you might think…...First and foremost you must ensure your roof is sound to support the weight of a saturated green roof system – determine what the weight of the entire system could be on the wettest day. A consultation with a structural engineer is essential to do the assessment..." [1.30.12]

Up on the Roof: Gardens Grow to New Heights‎, by Marla Hart
"Here’s an extreme makeover ideally suited to sunny California: transform your under-utilized rooftop into a lush garden. Elsewhere in the country, the roof is fast becoming a mainstay of sustainable, cutting edge design. This urban solution takes root in two ways. The “green roof” project takes on a grand scale, requiring architectural plans implemented by committee--cities, corporations, developers. The more individualistic “rooftop garden,” by contrast, celebrates do it yourself ingenuity displayed by homeowners with a yen for getting high..." [1.30.12]

Green Roofs and Solar Panels
The Environmental Blog, by John Tarantino
"Green designs are often given positive reception and since the concepts of solar power and green roofs became subjects in scientific research, their benefits began to gain importance. This article will be focusing on the possibility of merging both solar and green roof technology and identifying some of its’s more to green roof than being pretty, though. Usually consisting of hardy, water absorbing sedums, extensive and biodiversity green roofs are not designed for human accessibility..." [1.29.12]

Green Roofs Pave the Way to Cheap Solar Power‎
CleanTechnica, by Tina Casey
"The combination of green roofs with rooftop solar panels can provide a quick and easy way to boost solar cell efficiency right now, making it more cost effective for property owners to invest in a rooftop solar installation without waiting for new technology breakthroughs to hit the market. Though at first glance it may seem that solar panels and vegetation don’t mix, the solar industry has been coming up with new rooftop infrastructures that enables greenery to thrive between the photovoltaic modules..." [1.29.12]

Green Roof Video Tour Made by Teen Volunteers at Oak Park Public Library
TribLocal, by Staff
Oak Park, IL.
"Not many people have stood on the roof of Oak Park Public Library’s main building at 834 Lake Street. But to do so is an enviable experience. Just ask the teen volunteers who created a “green roof” video this summer. Oak Park Public Library desired a video tour to tout this environmentally-friendly feature because the roof is not open to visitors for safety reasons. View the video at" [1.28.12]

Cooling the urban heat island with more reflective roofs
The Conversation, by Dominique Hes
Melbourne, Australia.
"The cool roof research was funded by the City of Melbourne, as part of a larger Green Infrastructure development program at the University of Melbourne Burnley Campus; including green roofs, walls, facades, street and home shading and geothermal testing...Our Melbourne-based research tested four buildings in a suite of six full-scale buildings of approximately 12m²...The building treatments included three different types of paint, a control and a “green roof” (which we’ll be reporting on later). Our results are available in the full report on the City of Melbourne website..." [1.27.12]

Green Home in Ho Chi Minh has Living Walls
Twisted Sifter, by Staff
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
"In the city of Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon, and the largest city in Vietnam), you will notice many of the homes adorned with pots and planters. It’s a local custom and one that adds to the city’s visual identity. Architecture firm, Vo Trang Nghia, embraced this aesthetic as per the request of their clients, a couple in their 30s and their mother...In a bustling and sometimes chaotic city with a metropolitan area population of 9 million people, this stunning urban oasis offers peace and tranquility within the its living walls." [1.26.12]

The buildings are alive: in biology, designers and architects seek answers, by Jason Dearen
"...Biomimetic principles are already transforming public spaces in the most densely populated areas of the U.S., in projects that are providing a template for the next generation of planners and architects who will be in charge of accommodating the world’s ever expanding population...In San Francisco, one of the most densely populated places in the U.S., the Italian architect Renzo Piano worked with local botanists to create a new kind of living roof at the California Academy of Sciences...In New York, designers and architects James Corner Field Operation and the firm of Diller Scofidio and Renfro worked with planting designer Piet Oudolf to repurpose an unused, rusted and decrepit elevated railbed — the “High Line” — into a park..." [1.26.12]

When green turns to gold‎
McGill Reporter, by Cynthia Lee
Montréal, Canada.
"...The hard work paid off recently when McGill’s crown jewel of sustainable construction – the Life Sciences Complex – received a significant feather in its cap: the designation of a LEED Gold certification. The Complex is the first university laboratory in Quebec to earn the prestigious gold...What went into earning the gold rating? For starters, there’s the green roof – McGill’s first – a covering of hardy, drought-tolerant, sun-loving plants that mitigates the urban heat island effect (a phenomenon that, among other things, lowers air and water quality)..." [1.25.12]

Sustainable Desert Irrigation
DesignBuild Source, by Emily D'Alterio
" is increasingly difficult to know how to produce effective green spaces, especially when they are becoming so very intertwined in our architectural planning. Vertical forests, green roofs, sky gardens and urban farming have all become such incredible sustainable architectural features, it does beg the question of just how we are able optimise plant growth in such erratic climes? The answer is irrigation..." [1.25.12]

Cities Should Go Green to Address Crumbling Infrastructure‎
American Rivers Blog, by Katherine Baer
"...Investing is important, but how we invest is just as important. In addition to rebuilding our treatment plants and repairing leaking pipes, we should prioritize investing in smart solutions like green infrastructure that cost-effectively reduces polluted runoff, flooding and sewer overflows. Whether using green roofs, green streets or water efficiency, these approaches save money, create jobs and create clean and vibrant communities..." [1.25.12]

Green Building Trends in '11 and '12
Environmental Expert, Press Release
"...Here are some trends that have been reported to occur in 2011 and likely to continue into 2012...Recognition of water issues. Given the growth in extreme weather events in the last few years, there is growing awareness of the issue of flooding and stormwater control, which can be addressed by green roofs and rainwater recovery systems. In some parts of the U.S., there is a growing fear of water shortages. Therefore, water conservation technologies will grow in popularity..." [1.24.12]

A New Sustainable City Rises In Bangladesh
FastCo Exist, by Andrew Price
Dhaka, Bangladesh.
"One of the most crowded and polluted cities on the planet, Dhaka might not seem like a place for a massive new clean development. And yet, Green Leaf--a new “sustainable garden city”--is currently under construction there....But what makes Green Leaf so exciting is the way it integrates with the environment, using Bangladesh’s climate and local vegetation to save energy. The development has ample greenspace and courtyards to combat the urban “heat island” effect, but that’s just the beginning. Local vegetation also covers the buildings themselves. These green walls and roofs help filter the air and cool both indoor and outdoor spaces..." [1.23.12]

Green roofs are fashion forward and ecofriendly
Green Living Examiner, by Lindy Lutnesky
"It may be hard to imagine, but many more homes of the future are likely going to be very green; not only in the respect of being ecologically sound, but literally grass green with the newest technology of green roofing...a green roof is not only attractive, but also offers environmental and social benefits such as reducing home energy use, absorption of air pollution, slowing down water runoff and maintaining comfortable temperatures for both the inside of the house and the outside..." [1.22.12]

Let’s Raze Javits Center (but First Finish Renovations)
New York Times, by Robin Pogrebin
New Work, NY.
"...The Javits Center is now in the midst of an extensive renovation to make it a brighter, greener convention space with a brand-new glass facade...A seven-acre green roof being built is expected to improve energy efficiency by 25 percent. “When we finish our work it’s going to be a fantastic facility,” said Michael Damore, an executive managing director at Epstein…" [1.22.12]

JPMorgan Chase's Manhattan global headquarters wins LEED Platinum‎
World Interior Design Network, by Staff
Manhattan, NY.
"...The remodeled facility has incorporated new landscaping spanning almost 16,500 square feet which includes green roofs. It comprises low-maintenance plants to slash building temperatures during summer and decrease stress on the city’s sewer system during rainy days. Presence of soil in the planters helps filter pollutants from rainwater whereas a herb garden adorns the roof of the 11th storey to suffice dining needs..." [1.20.12]

Green Roofs project at Biosphere 2
The Explorer News, by Mariana Dale
Tucson, AZ.
"...Owned by the University of Arizona, Biosphere 2 is used to conduct scientific research, such as green roofs. The project’s goal is to determine the effectiveness of different combinations of soil, vegetation and irrigation for cooling the interior temperature of each miniature house. Eventually, the findings could be used to design green roofs for full-sized homes to reduce energy use, restore native wildlife habitat and combat the heat island effect..." [1.18.12]

Gardens of Eden: The heavenly horticulture blossoming on roofs high above the city
Daily Mail, by Emma Reynolds
"...We document human influence on the landscape and our work usually focuses on something negative such as pollution or over-development. So it was great to do a story on green roofs, where human impact is actually having a positive influence on the planet. The first green roof we visited was the Cook and Fox Architects building in Manhattan. We were blown away. It was this beautiful green planted area in the middle of Manhattan in a sea of grey rooftops. We both gasped, we couldn't believe this beautiful garden was on the roof in the middle of the city..." [1.16.12]

What's The One Green Product…
Jetson Green, by Lisa Grant Vail
Chicago, IL.
"When the Museum of Science and Technology in Chicago wanted a “smart” house on their grounds to showcase energy-efficient and healthy living at its best, architect Michelle Kaufmann was a natural choice to design it...I proposed a series of open-ended questions starting with What’s the one green product…every home would have in a perfect world? Living roof that produces food for the family in the home..." [1.15.12]

Music City Center Roof Goes Green, by Adam Ghassemi
Nashville, TN.
"...the first of three phases of green roof is nearing completion. When it's all done, it'll have its own micro-climate covered by four-acres of a grass-like plant called "sedum". Scott McGaughy of Murfreesboro-based Landscape Support Services is responsible for it all. McGaughy says every green square is armed with 11 types of sedum that will control water runoff year round. If we were to go down and look at the drains right now the roof would still be draining. If you came out here two days later the roof would still be draining..." [1.13.12]

State Gym designed for sustainability
Iowa State Daily, by Megan Grissom
Ames, IA.
"...The largest sustainability feature of State Gym is the roof. It is designed to minimize heat gain and to collect rainwater runoff that can be used again for flushing the toilets. A portion of the roof utilizes green roof technology. Giles described the roof as "a big garden." The green roof has a subsurface of soil, dirt and many different species of low-maintenance plants. The renovated State Gym is another example of Iowa State making strides to keep the university environmentally friendly. By constructing a green roof, recycling rainwater and refurbishing the old gym floor, State Gym is an investment in Iowa State's sustainable future." [1.13.12]

Sky Gardens Green Up Vertical City
DesignBuild Source, by Emily D'Alterio
"Increased populations in major cities are an increasing issue for urban planners and designers. With the majority of populous living in dense areas, land is short and habitable built spaces are given priority over the natural...One such avenue that this has been made possible has been through the creation of sky gardens. Much like vertical farms forest and vertical farms, sky gardens, and their name would suggest, are green belts in skyscraper buildings. Much like a green roof, the sky garden has the ability to offer a barrage of sustainability aspects into traditionally brown buildings..." [1.12.12]

Chennaiites take to roof gardening!, by Staff
Chennai, India.
"With the spiraling inflation tightening the purse strings of families living in the city, more number of people seem to be opting for a roof garden wherein they can cultivate their choice of vegetables. The patronage being extended to the various training programmes for roof gardening in Chennai is evident when one realizes that the numbers have risen by over 50 per cent when compared to the numbers of the previous year..." [1.12.12]

Green roof as flood mitigation effort
Channel News Asia, by Evelyn Choo
"Industry players and academics have voiced support for the recommendations by a panel of flood experts. They agree that the new measures should go beyond fixing the problem downstream - in this case, adjusting the size of the Stamford Canal. They also welcomed the suggestion to introduce flood-mitigation requirements for new and existing buildings but cautioned that these would be costly. On a hot day, cool relief for the office of green landscape product manufacturer, Elmich, comes from the green roofs, which absorb heat...." [1.12.12]

Plants Take Bus South for Winter
Discovery News, by Tim Wall
New York, NY.
"Birds travel south for the winter, while plants have to deal with the weather where they are. But a few lucky plants took the bus south this year. The traveling plants were part of the Bus Roots project, which started in New York last year. But when it got too cold for vegetation in the Big Apple, the verdant vehicle, known as the BioBus, made for the sunny south...The freewheeling flora are made up of hardy stonecrops (Sedum species) frequently planted on green roofs, and other low maintenance veggies such as lettuce and zucchini..." [1.11.12]

Lynchburg wins the gold for going green
Lynchburg News and Advance, by Alicia Petska
Lynchburg, VA.
"Lynchburg has brought home the gold in its quest to build the city’s first LEED-certified building...The national LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, program has given the city’s environmentally friendly Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courthouse its gold certification... The courthouse, which opened in 2010, boasts an energy-conscious green roof — a plant-lined plateau that cuts down on stormwater runoff — and is expected to achieve a 30 percent savings in energy use..." [1.10.12]

Can biodiversity be accommodated in today's urban environment?‎
The Ecologist Blog, by Austin Brown
"A bold new initiative is designed to raise public awareness of the issue of biodiversity and the need to incorporate native species back within London...And until we do step outside of our comfort zone and think of some radical ideas, such as creating networks of functioning habitat corridors linking isolated city parklands to the countryside, or extensive areas of green roofs and walls, they will continue to decline with increasing rapidity..." [1.10.12]

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association makes 2012 energy predictions
Daily Commercial News, by Staff
Ottawa, Canada.
"The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has issued its 12 energy-related predictions, within an insulation context, for 2012 in Canada...Also across Canada more and more home builders are adopting ever higher standards of green building...White or reflective roofs and green roofs will be increasingly embraced across the country to combat summer cooling bills..." [1.10.12]

Vertical gardens are on the way up among inner-city green thumbs
Herald Sun, by John Dagge
Sydney, Australia.
"With house blocks shrinking and apartment living increasingly popular, budding green thumbs have to be ever more creative. For those where space is at a premium, vertical or wall gardens in which entire outdoor or indoor walls can be covered in green are an innovative and eye-catching solution. Green Roofs Australia president Sidonie Carpenter said vertical gardens were becoming more popular, in line with a global movement to introduce more greenery to major cities..." [1.8.12]

Green initiatives cut from mayor's budget speech
Ottawa Citizen, by David Reevely
Ottawa, Canada.
“Drafts of Mayor Jim Watson’s speech introducing the 2012 city budget included promises of a green-roof bylaw and a policy for tree-lined streets in Ottawa’s suburbs — two measures that were dropped by the time he actually presented the budget...The mayor has committed during the last campaign to working with the province on a rooftop garden bylaw and because it was not in the final budget this year does not preclude an effort in the future.." [1.6.12]

Roof of Auto Mart USA transformed into veggie garden
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, by Staff
Honolulu, HI.
"Tufts of salad greens will soon be sprouting from a Kakaako rooftop garden in what supporters hope will launch a wave of urban farming in Honolulu. The rooftop vegetable patch unveiled today on the 38,000-square-foot roof of Auto Mart USA will eventually supply the community, retailers and local chefs with an assortment of kale, arugula and mustard greens. But more than that, the project’s supporters hope the concept will spread throughout urban Honolulu and help Hawaii take another step toward food self sufficiency..." [1.4.12]

5 Ways The Smart City Will Change How We Live In 2012‎
Fast CoExist, by Dave Bartlett
"...For example, rather than just looking at air quality in a building, we can think of the respiratory system of the neighborhood that a building “breathes” in--carbon emissions and other pollutants versus fresh air intake. This will drive measures like green roofs and corridors built to connect both horizontal and vertical surfaces, and blur the hard lines that are drawn between cities and the surrounding forests and farmlands..." [1.3.12]

GreenSource showcases eco-innovations
Soapbox Cincinnati, by Jasmine Evans
Cincinnati, OH.
"From the elaborate green roof garden to the high-powered vacuum toilets in the basement, hidden in downtown Cincinnati on E. Eighth Street lies a eco-friendly treasure. GreenSource Cincinnati, founded in 2008 by Ez Housh, showcases green technologies in a working restored home. What was built as Cincinnati’s mayor’s home now operates as GreenSource Cincinnati, a subsidiary of Monroe Mechanical, which promotes sustainability and produces certifiable energy savings for business and residential clients..." [1.3.12]

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