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Watch “Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants” by Kevin Songer from Our Virtual Summit 2013

January 30, 2015 at 11:21 am

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com‘s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through 12 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air “Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants” by Kevin Songer, green roof designer for MetroVerde, blogger with Living Green Roofs, and Greenroofs.com contributing editor – the Tropical Green Roof Editor.  We’ve known Kevin for several years now as he serves as tropical, coastal and hurricane green roof expert for MetroVerde, a Florida based vertical green design company.  And we were very happy that he served on Greenroofs.com’s “Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs.” Panel Session with Dr. Bill Retzlaff, David Aponte, and Joe Webb during the inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit.

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In this video, Kevin speaks about his years of experience on living roofs.  Designing green roofs for coastal areas presents many challenges.  Actual case studies, including a recent hospital green roof design on Bermuda will be discussed.  This video examines issues and solutions to using native plants for salt and wind impacted shoreline rooftop gardens.

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 “Jacksonville, FL, USA. Kevin Songer’s passion is restoring ‘volumetric green’ to the urban core, designing green roofs for MetroVerde. MetroVerde’s green roof designs are structured for cyclone and hurricane impacted areas with native plants. He holds a B.S. in Biology and a Juris Doctor in law (environmental and land use). Kevin writes a daily green roof blog, Living Green Roofs. He is a LEED BG+C and an ISA Certified Arborist & Municipal Specialist Arborist. Follow @kevinsonger on twitter. Kevin’s TEDx in 2012 talk centered around green roofs in the urban core. Kevin was also recipient of the City of Jacksonville’s 2012 Christi Valeta Environmental Award.

Kevin is also a contributing editor here on Greenroofs.com, the Tropical Green Roof Editor, and writes about the subject from his experience. ~ VS2013   

Watch “Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants” by Kevin Songer below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España – Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain Panel Session with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán- Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates Video by Dr. Tobias Emilsson.

Naturación Urbana en España – Urban Greening in Spain Collaborative Video by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy Video by Wolfgang Ansel.

Introduction to Integrated Water Management Video by Jeff Bruce.

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned Collaborative Video with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts.

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

Download the IGRA Guidelines for Green Roofs “Bridging Trades – Safe Section Changeover: Roofing Technology – Vegetation Technology”

January 28, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Our colleagues over at IGRA – the International Green Roof Association – have just released their free downloadable 36-page PDF entitled IGRA Guidelines for Green Roofs “Bridging Trades – Safe Section Changeover: Roofing Technology – Vegetation Technology.”

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Editors Roland Appl, Wolfgang Ansel, and Sabine Frueh of IGRA say even the best laid greenroof plans can go wrong if the underlying roof is not prepared to meet demands.  This issue lead IGRA to develop the new guidelines, “Bridging Trades – Safe Section Changeover: Roofing Technology – Vegetation Technology”:

“The content of the IGRA Guidelines is made up of two main modules:

– A checklist that provides a clear and concise overview of current examination criteria for the roof and vegetation technology interface.
– A commentary volume that provides further explanations and graphic material of all technical terms and questions in the checklist.

The guideline is not only designed for Green Roof installers and roofers. It is also designed for architects, planners, and developers who can take advantage of the practical and legal references.” ~ IGRA

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At the interface of roofing and vegetation technology, don’t miss reading this thoughtful and extremely informative greenroof resource!  The online version of the brochure is available as a free download, just visit www.greenroofworld.com/EN/press.html.

If you have any comments, please send them to the publisher, IGRA at info@igra-world.com or visit www.igra-world.com.

Enjoy!

~ Linda V.

Watch “La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España” – “Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain” Panel Session with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán- Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer from our Virtual Summit 2013

January 28, 2015 at 11:56 am

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com‘s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the Panel Session “La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España” – “Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain” with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán- Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

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Presented in Spanish, the topic of the panel will concentrate on Urban Agriculture in Spain and Latin America. In Mexico City, Tanya Muller Garci­a, Secretary of the Environment for Mexico City, Federal District, Founder of AMENA – Asociacion Mexicana para la Naturacion de Azoteas (National Mexican Greenroof Association), and former Vice President of World Green Infrastructure Network leads this panel with Dr. Gilberto Navas of the Chapingo Autonomous University along with their colleagues in Madrid, Spain:  Dr. Julian Briz of PRONATUR – Sociedad Espanola para la Naturacion Urbana, Dr. Jose Maria Duran-Altisent of the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Agronomos (ETSIA) at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Dr. Isabel de Felipe of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and Joaquin Sicilia of Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura.

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Mexico City, Mexico.  Tanya Müller García is the Secretary of the Environment for Mexico City, Federal District. Tanya is one of the pioneers who championed and lobbied in favor of green roofs in Mexico, and has participated as a consultant for the major green roof projects in the country. In 2005 she founded AMENA – Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas (National Mexican Greenroof Association), and was Vice President of World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for several years.

Tanya is an agricultural engineer with a Master’s degree in Urban Agriculture from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Formerly, she was Director of Urban Reforestation and Bikeways for the City of Mexico, including greenroofs and walls within the Green Plan of Mexico and the development of the public bike sharing system Ecobici. Read her bio in Spanish.

Mexico City, Mexico.  Gilberto Navas, PhD, is a researcher from the Chapingo Autonomous University, founding member of the Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas (AMENA), and advisor to several companies and the local government of Mexico City. Gilberto is an Agricultural Doctor from the Humboldt University Berlin. Read his bio in Spanish.

Madrid, Spain.  Dr. Julian Briz is Professor em. Polytechnic University of Madrid, President of PRONATUR – Sociedad Española para la Naturación Urbana (Spanish Society for Urban Greening), and a member of the board of directors of WGIN.  He is the editor and co-author of numerous articles and books including Naturación Urbana: Cubiertas Ecológicas (Urban Greening: Ecological Covers) 2nd edition, 2004.  Julian is also the director and coordinator of several projects and PhD theses on greening cities.  He has a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a Master of Science from the University of Minnesota. Read his bio in Spanish

Madrid, Spain.  Dr. José María Durán-Altisent is a university professor assigned to the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos (ETSIA) – Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineers – at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.  When they built the first green terrace at ETSIA, he helped to design the system temperature sensors, control algorithms and data transmission (LabView®, National Instruments) that was installed on the first ecological experimental terrace, with the aim to check which system of the over fifty installed was best suited.  For over five years he contributed to the management of the application that generated the data to the various companies that contributed to the project PRONATUR.  José María has a PhD in Agronomy from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a degree in Pharmacy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Read his bio in Spanish.

Madrid, Spain.  Dr. Isabel de Felipe is Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, board member of PRONATUR, co-author of the book Naturación Urbana, participant in several national and international congresses on green cities, and member of research projects on green cities.  Isabel has a PhD in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. Read her bio in Spanish.

Zaragoza, Spain.  Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer is an architect, and founder and CEO of Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, S.L.P. Joaquin’s ideology is based on the interaction and coordination of different worlds and disciplines as a basis for thinking or create architecture that can achieve the quality of life of its users. In 1995 he founded FUNDACIÓN “AL SUR” (To the South Foundation), a multidisciplinary group related to environmental and landscape engineering as well as cultural issues pertaining to population movements and migration. Joaquin is a member of the Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo (Ecology and Development Foundation) and PRONATUR where in 2011 he served as Technical Director. Currently he is the Vice President of PRONATUR. A few of his projects include the greening of: former farmland for the Thermal Garden Spa of Sicily; open spaces within the new Zaragoza Municipal Football Stadium; Vertical Garden in the Zaragoza Delicias Neighborhood, named one of the Best Top 10 European Spaces in 2010; a new agro-urban neighborhood “ATALAYA” in Zaragoza; and a new eco-city in Kassala, Sudan. Read his bio in Spanish. ~ VS2013   

Watch “La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España” – “Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain” Panel Session in Spanish with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits! Collaborative Video by Jörg Breuning and Ryan Miller.

Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates by Dr. Tobias Emilsson.

Naturación Urbana en España – Urban Greening in Spain Collaborative Video with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy Video by Wolfgang Ansel.

Introduction to Integrated Water Management Video by Jeff Bruce.

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned Collaborative Video with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts.

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

Watch “Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits!” by Jörg Breuning and Ryan Miller from Our Virtual Summit 2013

January 27, 2015 at 3:55 pm

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com‘s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air “Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits!” by Jörg Breuning, Principal of Green Roof Technology/Green Roof Service and Ryan Miller, Office Manager of Green Roof Technology.

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Jörg and Ryan will provide a view into how combining the two technologies of solar photovoltaics plus vegetative roofing equals profits for the environment and the building owner.

This presentation will explain the many benefits of integrating renewable energy into modern green roof technology through the use of solar energy.  This video will demonstrate the upfront costs and paybacks within 5-10 years.  The co-presenters will compare ground-mount solar arrays with rooftop solar green roofs. The presentation will also take viewers to a solar green roof project in NYC where Hurricane Sandy touched down in 2012 and left without moving the system an inch.

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 “Bel Air, MD, USA. Jörg Breuning is the principal of Green Roof Technology/Green Roof Service which offers a full range of design services to meet green roof, green wall, and natural swimming pool/bio-filtration pool needs.  Jörg began working with green roofs in 1980 and brought the first modern green roof technology to the U.S. in 1999 with the Chicago City Hall project.  His expertise is known by universities, architects, manufacturers and installers across the U.S. and in Europe.  He is especially recognized for his ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice offering the most efficient green roof solutions.  Also, he co-founded Green Roof Safari, and is a Contributing Editor on Greenroofs.com.

Baltimore, MD, USA.  Ryan Miller is the Office Director at Green Roof Technology’s Baltimore location.  Ryan’s passion for green roof technology roots from years in the real estate industry, where he became interested in green-building and ecosystem services.  His experience in construction, real estate, and stormwater management practices makes him a valuable asset.  His role is focused on the development of the SunRoot system.  Ryan graduated from Washington College majoring in Business Management with a minor in Environmental Economics. ~ VS2013   

Watch “Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits!” by Jörg Breuning and Ryan Miller below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates Video by Dr. Tobias Emilsson.

Naturación Urbana en España – Urban Greening in Spain Collaborative Video by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy Video by Wolfgang Ansel.

Introduction to Integrated Water Management Video by Jeff Bruce.

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned Collaborative Video with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts.

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish