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“The Power of a Plant” by Stephen Ritz is Available May 2!

April 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

Stephen Ritz’s highly anticipated new book, The Power of a Plant:

We just adore Stephen Ritz!  Stephen is the gifted and exuberant STEM / STEAM Executive Director at the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in New York City’s South Bronx.

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2

He is also the founder of the Green Bronx Machine, and the author of the upcoming The Power of a Plant, from Rodale, the lauded health publisher, 2017.

The educational, affordable local food systems, and workforce development innovator’s The Power of a Plant, A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools is dropping May 2, 2017.  Available on sale now, all proceeds of the book go to support the Green Bronx Machine.

Green Bronx Machine

Stephen Ritz founded the student-led Green Bronx Machine and its desire is to provide education, affordable local food systems, and 21st century workforce development.

The South Bronx is the poorest congressional district in the nation with some of the highest rates of asthma, obesity, and malnutrition.  Through education and local engagement, the Green Bronx Machine builds healthy, equitable, and resilient communities.

Healthy children are at the heart of healthy schools, and healthy schools are at the heart of resilient communities. ~ The Mission of the Green Bronx Machine

National Health, Wellness and Learning Center

A 2015 Global Teacher Prize Top Ten Finalist, Stephen Ritz donated his entire $25,000 prize to the creation of the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center, a 100+ year old reclaimed school library in at CS 55.

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2

This is what the 100+ year old library at CS 55 looked like before…

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2

And after the National Health, Wellness & Learning Center was created!

The innovative STEM/STEAM curriculum is integrated with plant-based teaching lessons which align with core school curriculum.

Stephen is using horticulture in his classroom to not only teach biology and science.  He is using it to help cultivate nurturing and conscious adults.  He calls the Center “a place of wonder, inquiry and engagement for students, teachers, parents and the whole community.”

The Power of a Plant

What if we taught students that they have as much potential as a seed? That in the right conditions, they can grow into something great? That’s the question that Stephen Ritz – who became a teacher more than 30 years ago – sought to answer in 2004 in a South Bronx high school plagued by rampant crime and a dismal graduation rate. After what can only be defined as a cosmic experience where a flower broke up a fight in his classroom, he saw a way to start tackling his school’s problems: plants.

He flipped his curriculum to integrate gardening as an entry point for all learning, and inadvertently created an international phenomenon. As Ritz likes to say, “50,000 pounds of vegetables later, my favorite crop is organically grown citizens who are growing and eating themselves into good health and amazing opportunities.”

From the mountains of Colombia to the streets of Cairo, and from cities across Canada to the desert sands of Dubai, Stephen Ritz is forming global partnerships to bring the power of a plant to the world. Stephen teaches Pre-K through 5th grade at CS 55 in the Bronx, and is the founder of the Green Bronx Machine. He was a Top 10 Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, and is one of NPR’s 50 Greatest Teachers.

His work has been featured multiple times at the White House and in 2106 a replica of his classroom was installed in the US Botanic Gardens. His work has been featured and celebrated in major media and documentaries around the world including a personal invite to meet Pope Francis.

Stephen earned his school the first-ever Citywide Award of Excellence from NYC’s Strategic Alliance for Health and he and his students have been featured on PBS: American Graduate, Disney, Jennifer Lopez Special, TNT, The Chew and Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. Ritz has spoken at the United Nations Social Innovation Summit, Clinton Global Initiative, WOBI, Fortune 100’s – all to standing ovations – and his TEDx talk – ranked in the top ten of educational talks – has had over one million views.

Dubbed the Pied Piper of Peas, Stephen and his family reside in the Bronx and continue to farm with children all year round. ~ Back cover, The Power of a Plant by Stephen Ritz

2017 Virtual Summit Keynote

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2We are honored to have Stephen Ritz as an esteemed Keynote at our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit!

I honestly have to say that his video presentation was one of the most heart-tugging and inspiring ones I have ever heard!  It actually brought me to tears with its poignant, uplifting story.  Aptly named, you can see his “Power of a Plant” Video Trailer here.  (The Virtual Summit 2017 registration is open through 2017.)

Filmed on location at “his” National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in South Bronx, and across different areas of the South Bronx, the viewer is left with a sense of joy and pride for the students and community in this very underserved area of the U.S.

Stephen’s message of “Si, se puede!” – Yes, you can! – is full of hope, urgency and resiliency and what he calls “Amer-I-can” innovation.

Learn all about Stephen at his Biography.

More about the Book

In The Power of a Plant, Stephen highlights how greening a curriculum allows students to grow their capacity to better their lives and their communities.  Since beginning the program, he has seen near perfect attendance and graduation rates, dramatically increased passing rates on state exams, and behavioral incidents slashed in half.  In this poorest Congressional District in America he has partnered towards 2,200 local jobs, built farms and gardens while changing landscapes and mindsets for residents, students and colleagues.

Along the way, Stephen also lost more than 100 pounds by eating the food that he and his students grew in school!  The book features Stephen Ritz’s cornerstone of learning, “Make Epic Happen,” which is broken down into three main takeaways: collisions, connections, and co-learning.  The Power of a Plant is a story of hope, resilience, regeneration, and optimism.  Since 2014, Ritz has inspired more than 5,000 indoor classroom learning gardens based off his model.

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2

Praise for The Power of a Plant

Stephen Ritz shares his incredible journey to healthy eating and healthy kids in The Power of a Plant.  Here are just a couple of quotes from people who also love the book:

“Education should not be information overload. It should unleash human potential – which is infinite in its capacity to create, know and solve every conceivable problem. Stephen Ritz has opened a door to this unbounded field of possibilities which he elegantly describes in ‘The Power Of A Plant’.” ~ Deepak Chopra – Author 43 books, NY Times Bestseller, TIME Magazine – Top 100 Heroes and Icons of the Century, Huffington Post – 17th Most Influential Thinker in the World, #1 in Medicine

“This is how change happens, one person at a time, one community at a time. Green Bronx Machine is changing the way children eat, learn and live!” ~ Reverend Al Sharpton; MSNBC / Politics Nation

I’m sure Stephen never started out his teaching career thinking one day he would become such an inspirational and motivational speaker and leader, but he has more than earned this distinctive recognition – with power, grace, dignity, and unbounded energy!

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2

Order your The Power of a Plant today!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit on demand with live events through December, 2017!

The Power of a Plant Stephen Ritz Available May 2

Register Now and Become a Part of the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 in Berlin, by the FBB

April 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Register Become Part World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 Berlin FBB

Become a part of the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 this June in Berlin!

Organized by the Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V. (FBB) with the support of WGIN (World Green Infrastructure Network) and the EFB (European Federation of Green Roof Associations), you can expect the following as an attendee at the largest Green Infrastructure Congress ever to be held in Europe:

• More than 100 speakers from over 21 countries
• More than 40 exhibitions at the accompanying trade exhibition
• More than 30 collaboration and media partners

Watch the WGIC 2017 Berlin video on YouTube or below:

Check out the Congress Program and Register now

From June 20th-22nd, 2017 the 2017 WGIC – World Green Infrastructure Congress – Designing with Nature participants will be provided with information about topics related to roof, facade, and interior greening.

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A focus lies on the topics of sustainable building, rainwater usage, green space white paper by the German federal government, biological diversity, urban strategies in building greening, care and maintenance, cost-benefit considerations, and future city, among others.  Presenters will be speaking in both German and English with simultaneous interpretation.

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Exclusive Tours in Berlin

On June 22nd, 2017 excursions take place to various reference properties in Berlin, and the subjects are”

• Excursion 1: Green roofs
• Excursion 2: Green walls / living walls
• Excursion 3: Green indoor areas
• Excursion 4: Green buildings (Green roofs, walls and indoor areas)
• Excursion 5: Urban Greenspace (parks, green track beds…)

Register Become Part World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 Berlin FBB

Over 400 people have already registered for the congress.  So, don’t miss it and register now to become a part of the WGIC 2017!

If you want to become a sponsor you will find all information here.

We are looking forward to the World Green Infrastructure Congress!  Be a part!

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The FBB (Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V.)

 

Publisher’s Note: We are always very happy to collaborate with the WGIN (World Green Infrastructure Network), and are Media Sponsors for the WGIC Berlin this year.  This year, we have cross-pollinated several speakers from both the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture and the WGIC 2017.  Specifically, we are both featuring Keynote Patrick Blanc, Laura Gatti, Dusty Gedge, C.Y Jim, Aslan Janoubi, Leila Tolderlund, and me, Linda Velazquez – with different presentations, of course!

So if you’ve enjoyed their videos online, now please come see them live in Berlin this June!  Aramis and I can’t wait to experience the WGIC and all that Berlin has to offer.  See the WGIC Berlin Expo Exhibitor Page.

The FBB (Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V.)

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Contact the FBB at:

Nathanael Hammer, Head Office
hammer@fbb.de

Kanalstraße 2; 66130 Saarbrücken- Germany
Tel.: 0049 681- 9880570; Fax: 0049 681- 9880572
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President Dr. Gunter Mann
Local court Saarbrücken, VR-Nb. 4929

Near or Far, Register for the Grey to Green Conference Now!

April 25, 2017 at 10:58 pm

Experience the Grey to Green Conference Wherever You Are!
Grey to Green Conference // May 8-10, 2017 // Toronto
Quantifying Green Infrastructure Performance

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As a proud Media Sponsor, we at Greenroofs.com encourage you to listen to conference organizer Green Roofs for Healthy Cities:

Join colleagues at the most engaging green infrastructure conference this year. Technical sessions and keynote speakers will highlight the latest in green infrastructure policy, design and economics – you won’t want to miss this!

Attend the Grey to Green Conference May 8, 9 & 10 to see over 50 green infrastructure experts speak, attend training courses to enhance your career, and tour Toronto’s finest green infrastructure projects.

See the full conference agenda here. Register for your Grey to Green experience here.

Can’t attend Grey to Green? Order the May 9th webcast here and see the following green infrastructure expert speakers:

CLIMATE CHANGE: OCEANS, FORESTS AND LOCAL FOOD

Near Far Register Grey Green Conference NowHon. Glen Murray, MPP (Toronto Centre), Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

 

 

 

 

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THE ART TO INTEGRATE BLUE, GREEN AND SOCIAL
Herbert Dreiseitl, Director, Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab

What is livability in today’s context and how can we achieve this in dense urban spaces? Blue-green infrastructure will become a necessity as a survival and success strategy for Cities faced with the challenges of climate change and urbanization. This presentation talks about how to implement these technologies for liveable cities, using the example of innovative and award-winning blue-green infrastructure projects, including Bishan Park in Singapore, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, and Queens Botanical Garden in New York.

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HOW INVESTING IN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE CREATES JOBS
Tony DiGiovanni, Executive Director, Landscape Ontario

Most people do not realize the size of the current living green infrastructure industry. It is a major employer. It is a huge economic impact generator. This session will outline the economic benefits of green infrastructure and highlight job opportunities for the future.

 

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Exploring the Benefits and Lessons Learned of the Proposed Rail Deck Park Project through DIALOG’s “Carleton University Architectural Studio”
Craig Applegath, Architect, PPOAA, AAA, AIBC, NSAA, FRAIC, LEED® AP, Principal, DIALOG

The Rail Deck Park is a proposed urban park that will enclose the current active Railway Lanes in Toronto and when constructed, will be 21 acres. Craig Applegath will discuss the planning and design process that was done in partnership with a group of a group of 15 graduate students from Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at DIALOG’s Toronto studio. Students worked alongside DIALOG architects, engineers, and urban planners ensuring a multidisciplinary approach, designed by those who are passionate about the future of Toronto.

The Rail Deck Park has the potential to significantly improve community well-being by reconnecting isolated neighbourhoods and create a downtown environment where people will live play and work.

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Exploring the Lowline – New York’s first underground park: Lessons from the Lowline Lab 
Signe Nielsen, FASLA, Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.

Explore the Lowline’s history and context with historic images, site plan, and existing conditions photos. Nielsen will discuss the current plan and programming options along with the lessons learned from the community outreach process and Lowline Lab surveys. Learn more about the role of plants in the Lowline and the innovation design that allows them to grow underground by bringing daylight underground and using photometrics. Signe Nielson will also discuss how the Lowline will cultivate community.

Plus MANY more! See the full Webcast agenda here.

Grey to Green Conference Webcast is approved for up to 7.5 Continuing Education / Professional Development Hours by LA CES, AIA CES, APLD, and pending approval by BOMI and RCI.

Attending Grey to Green?

Enhance your professional practice with these educational opportunities:

Plant the seed for your professional growth by attending workshops at Grey to Green. Many of these training workshops include afternoon tours!

Learn more about these comprehensive courses here.

Exclusive Green Infrastructure Tours!

At this year’s Grey to Green, explore green roofs, rooftop gardens, LID projects and sustainable buildings with our expert guides. Tours include:

  • Green Walls Walking Tour: Discover the Corus Quay’s five-story living wall and how it acts as a biofilter and indoor air purifier and visit the Robertson Building where you will learn about the native and exotic green and flowering plants that were all selected for their ability to reduce indoor air contaminants.
  • Sustainable Buildings Tour: Tour two of Toronto’s most efficient buildings and explore how 25 York Street and RBC Waterpark seamlessly integrate sustainable technologies to maximize efficiencies.
  • Three Mississauga Low Impact Development Projects: Led by CVC experts, you’ll tour Credit Valley Conservation’s Head Office, Elm Drive, and Wychwood sites in Mississauga.
  • Urban Agriculture Tour: Explore Ryerson University’s quarter-acre rooftop farm and tour Scadding Court Community Centre which has piloted a sustainable urban agriculture and aquaponics system.

Fantastic Networking Opportunities

Mingle with international and local Green Infrastructure experts, and catch up with colleagues at the Grey to Green Evening Reception on May 9th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Tickets are included with every conference registration. A la carte registration is available for only $49.

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

Register now as rates increase 10% at the door!

Grey to Green Conference is approved for Continuing Education / Professional Development Hours by LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, APLD and RCI.

To register visit greytogreenconference.org

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We know it will be a wonderful conference!

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit on demand with live events through December, 2017!

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Happy Earth Day 2017! Watch the March for Science Live in DC from Earth Day Network

April 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Happy Earth Day 2017!

It’s raining in Washington, DC, but the weather is not putting a damper on the workshops, speakers, and the March for Science Earth Day 2017!

Joey Velazquez at the March for Science Earth Day 2017 in Washington, DC: Make America Green Again

Greenroofs.com’s own Joey Velazquez is there on the National Mall now and is taking video to share later. The March for Science Earth Day 2017 will start at 2:00 pm EDT.

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Marching for Science on Earth Day 2017; photo by Joey Velazquez. Note the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in the background, our Project of the Week for February 13, 2017.

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Watch the streaming live above, we are!  It’s awesome, as are the speakers and performers.

We wish you a wonderful April 22 – just one day out of the year – to honor and acknowledge our planet Earth.

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I’m with HER!  That means ALL of US.  Of course, I’m also with my SON, below!

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Joey Velazquez in January 2017 at the Women’s March in Atlanta. Photo by Hilary Bradford, Atlanta.


Linda S. Velazquez
, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP

Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!

Happy Earth Day 2017 Watch March Science Earth Day Network