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Hurry, Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Soon, this Sunday May 29!

May 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Grey to Green Conference

Online registration closes this Sunday, May 29th for the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference on Green Infrastructure and Climate Change, presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.  Don’t miss this opportunity to come to a great city, hear from some awesome presenters, and visit some wonderful sustainable design projects during Grey to Green 2016!

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Held in Toronto on June 1 through June 4, 2016, the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference is about living green infrastructure and its ability to provide tangible, scientifically proven solutions to the challenges of climate change, particularly in cities.  We are in the solutions business!  Green roofs, green walls, bioswales, and urban forests can help us mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption directly in buildings and indirectly by reducing the urban heat island effect.  We can also use plants to pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, locking them in the soil and tissue of plants.  Green infrastructure can also be designed to capture and retain huge volumes of stormwater in a ‘treatment train’ from the roofs, to the walls, to the streets, and so on.  This helps us reduce the risk of flooding, which is costing billions in insurance claims.  Green infrastructure also provides new opportunities for us to produce food, in and around buildings.

At Grey to Green will explore the wide breadth of these, and even more opportunities that living technologies provide to allow us to prepare for climate change and make our cities more livable. ~ Read more at Living Green Infrastructure is at the Heart of Grey to Green 2016 by Steven Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Held once again at Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science, I’m really excited to be returning to Toronto – the last time Aramis and I visited was in October, 2009 when Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, as members of the then WGRIN (now WGIN) held its first conference named “CitiesAlive! World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress.”  This was, of course, before they renamed the original Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities to the current CitiesAlive.  You can see lots of photos at my The Inaugural CitiesAlive! – Seeds of Success and CitiesAlive! ’09 Day Tour & Evening Fiesta.

Toronto City Hall

This was our view, above, from our hotel window in late October, 2009 – the new (still being installed, actually) Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof, a LiveRoof modular system.  Here’s what it looked like in July 2010:

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By User:GreenRoofGardener – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, on Wikimedia Commons.

I think I’m most looking forward to meeting and networking with all of the new colleagues we’ll meet at Grey to Green 2016 next week, although I’m pretty excited to be touring the Ryerson Urban Farm (formerly Rye’s Homegrown), below, too:

Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Sunday May 29

If you go, don’t miss my presentation on Friday, June in the “Session 12: Impacts of Green Infrastructure Design: Living Architecture Wonders, Technical Issues and Life-Cycle Costing.”  It’s a new topic for me: “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World.”  Eco-Agents?  You know, like secret agents – just fighting for the good of our climate-changing  world in broad daylight!  Here’s my description:

How does the design world combat climate change, deteriorating landscapes, and our ever-growing population? Green infrastructure can be both low and high-tech, and when combined with emerging technologies, this double punch of environmental design propels change and provides inspiration for the rest of us.

Designing with living architecture in our built and natural environments continues to ameliorate and connect our flora, fauna, and human ecosystems. Progressive governments as well as avant-garde architects and designers have captured the essence of living with nature and these timely, important, and spectacular projects will be highlighted from across the globe as eco-agents offering positive effects on a meso-scale. ~ Linda S. Velazquez, Grey to Green Abstract

I’ll also be moderating a session, and attending the fun Networking on the Lake at the Amsterdam Brewery on the Toronto harbor on Thursday, June 2nd.

Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Sunday May 29

Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Sunday May 29

Aramis and I hope you can join everyone at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ Grey to Green 2016 next week!

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart

May 26, 2016 at 9:01 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW0XcQx2uBg

If you are interested in learning about some amazing results of connecting people to nature with greenroofs in healthcare facilities, make sure to watch the “A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” video by Elizabeth Hart from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been almost a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video A Higher Purpose by Elizabeth Hart

Passionate about greenroofing with a decade of hands-on experience behind her – plus a degree in phytoremediation – Liz says a living roof’s societal benefits are often overlooked – yet humans may be the species with the most to gain.

Portland, OR, USA. As the Manager of Tremco’s North American Green Roof Program, Elizabeth Hart promotes environmental and economic sustainability through green roofs and living walls. She works closely with architects, contractors, and building owners on the design, installation, and maintenance of over 100 green roofs. Elizabeth received a B.S. in Sustainable Development and Botany from Appalachian State University, focusing on phytoremediation of polluted sites. Her years of working in a medical clinic led to her inspiration for changing the “nature” of healthcare facilities.

She is a founding and active member of the Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT), a network of over 400 businesses, government agencies, researchers, and community members committed to growing the collective knowledge base for on-structure vegetation. She loves nothing more than sharing her passion for green roofing through speaking, teaching, and ultimately making more green roofs happen.” ~ VS2015

Virtual Summit 2015 Video A Higher Purpose by Elizabeth Hart

Read about the “A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video A Higher Purpose by Elizabeth Hart

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015 by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Take advantage of the Canadian dollar, and learn for less at Grey to Green 2016!

May 24, 2016 at 8:00 am

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Hello, colleagues! Have you registered yet?

The 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference on Green Infrastructure and Climate Change, presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, takes place in Toronto, Ontario, on June 1 – 4, 2016.  Returning to Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science, this year’s conference addresses climate change with green infrastructure by featuring over 50 presentations, an industry trade show, tours of innovative green roofs and five professionally trained courses.

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the latest science on green roof performance, economic valuation and public policy developments, new technological developments, and best practices in design, installation and maintenance.

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

As Media Partners once again for Grey to Green 2016, we here at Greenroofs.com want you to take advantage of the low Canadian dollar and:

Attend keynotes and technical sessions led by industry professionals such as Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation, and Craig Applegath, Architect, OAA, AIA, FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, DIALOG:

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

 

Keynote: Beyond Form and Function: Integrating Performance-based Design into Beautiful Practice
Barbara Deutsch,
Landscape Architecture Foundation

Session: Coming Full Circle:
The Future of Living Architecture Design
Craig Applegath,
Dialog

Network with colleagues at Networking on the Lake on Thursday, June 2nd. Sample locally brewed beer, tour the Toronto Music Garden and HTO Park, and meet like-minded industry professionals:

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Tour Toronto’s most innovative green infrastructure projects such as the University of Toronto’s Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory (GRIT Lab) and Ryerson University’s quarter acre rooftop farm in the heart of downtown Toronto, among others:

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Ryerson University Rooftop Farm Tour

University of Toronto GRIT Lab Tour

Pan Am Village/ Canary District Tour

Enhance your knowledge with professional development training courses and receive continuing education credits, and so much more:

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Conference Delegate Pass includes all sessions & keynote speakers, trade show, hospitality (coffee breaks & lunch on trade show floor), and webcast proceedings.

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

For more information visit Grey to Green at www.greytogreenconference.org.

Hopefully Aramis and I will see you in lovely Toronto on June 1st!

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Project of the Week for May 23, 2016: Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center Two-Sided Green Wall

May 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/23/16

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Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center Two-Sided Green Wall
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
200 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

Based in West Michigan, Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group. And Spectrum Health’s heart and vascular care experts deliver world-class care. In June 2015, Spectrum Health installed a 200-square-foot green wall outside an entrance to the Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center. Measuring 5’4” high by 20’ wide on each side, the freestanding living wall is a unique two-sided installation, proposed by Dave MacKenzie of LiveWall.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

The east-facing side is the Heart Planted Wall, visible as patients and staff come up to the building entrance. It’s landscaped with a distinctive design of three heart shapes expressed in a dark red color with Coral Bells plus other perennials and sedums. The west side facing toward the building is the Vertical Edibles Garden planted with a variety of vegetables and herbs, promoting healthy eating for healthy hearts. Vegetables grown here include tomatoes, green peppers, Swiss chard, kale, leeks and herbs such as oregano, basil, rosemary, and mint. Spectrum Health Medical Group Nurse Kathleen Nickerson envisioned the heart design as an art piece to promote healthy living, symbolizing the process patients are engaged in to restore or improve their cardiovascular health. She says, “The two sides are the two sides of heart health.” In total 150 plants with about a dozen different types were planted in the LiveWall Outdoor System with Automatic Irrigation. During work breaks, staff enjoy looking at the green wall and gather at picnic tables and benches placed on the lawn nearby. They also benefit from harvesting herbs and vegetables to take home. Overall, the green wall is a sustainability statement with a clear line of sight from the parking lot and sidewalk leading up to the building. The prominent two-sided green wall not only welcomes patients and staff as they enter the Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center, but the thriving living wall also inspires heart health with its unique, thoughtful, and demonstrative design.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Year: 2015
Owner: Spectrum Health System
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 200 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Wall System: LiveWall Outdoor – Automatic Irrigation
Green Wall Design: Kathleen Nickerson, R.N., Spectrum Health System
Green Wall Design: Dave MacKenzie, LiveWall
Green Wall Maintenance: Kloosterman Landscaping, Inc.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

View the PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center Two-Sided Green Wall Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcODzHFtZw8

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher