Happy Earth Day! The Winner of the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest is…

April 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

With a whopping 729 votes, the project receiving the highest number of total votes and winner of the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest is…


ASAF COHEN, who submitted the “Great Greenwall in Israel” project.  Congratulations!


2014PhotoContestWinner-AsafCohenAs soon as we receive additional project information from Asaf, we will highlight this project as our highly popular “Project of the Week.”

And, Asaf will now receive a $100 gift card from Amazon.com as a small token of our appreciation for entering the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest and celebrating the living architecture of greenroofs and greenwalls – and, of course, Earth Day itself.

In total, we received 14 entries – not including the two we submitted for samples – the Musée du quai Branly greenwall in Paris and the California Academy of Sciences  living roof in San Francisco, which, by the way, both received votes anyway.  This was a very international offering, just like our Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database itself, with entries from Israel, Spain, Taiwan, Panama, USA (Rochester, NY; Durham, NC; New York City, NY (2); Alaska; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; and Cincinnati, OH), Brazil, and India.


The beautiful & popular 2014 Photo Contest winning entry: Green Wall in Israel by Asaf C.

It’s interesting that the first year we include greenwalls in the photo contest that a greenwall project wins!  Not only that, but the second entry, with another huge number of votes at 452, is also a greenwall – the stunning vertical garden in Zaragoza Spain.

Here are the final voting stats:


Way to get your friends and colleagues behind you, Israel and Spain – that’s the power of social media!

2014′s submissions were so varied and all are truly awesome.  Some we already have in the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database, like the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green WallThe Republik Building/ Xero Flor America HQ Green Roof, and the Empire State Building (see: Empire State Building, 30th Floor West with the entry photo; Empire State Building, 21st Floor East & West, and Empire State Building, 25th Floor Northwest).  And, we hope to add all of the new projects to our Projects Database so we can all learn more about each.

Thank you to everyone who entered a project and voted for their favorites on our Facebook page.  Happy Earth Day and beyond!


Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall ~ Linda V.

Voting Ends Tomorrow at 11:59 am EDT in the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest

April 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Wow, all of a sudden, voting has become fast and furious in our 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest!


You have until tomorrow to vote – up til 11:59 am EDT on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

We sent out a reminder email last Thursday, and the voting has exploded!  Here are the current voting stats as of 1:50 pm EDT:


Two gorgeous greenwalls are leading the pack, one from Israel with 490 votes, and one from Zaragoza, Spain with 332 votes.

Haven’t voted yet?  It’s super easy – just:


1) Like Us on our Facebook page;
2) Click the Earth Day Photo Contest Camera Icon;
3) Click on the Vote button;
4) Vote DAILY for your favorite roof or wall! (At least today and tomorrow morning.)

Then to get more people behind “your” project, use hashtag #earthdayphotocontest in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

The photo with the most votes will be announced as the winner.  Yes, it’s a popularity contest!


At noon EDT on Earth Day 2014 – tomorrow, April 22 – the photo entry with the most votes will win a $100 Amazon.com gift card – plus receive some publicity, too, by being featured as an upcoming “Project of the Week” here on Greenroofs.com.

Participate to celebrate Earth Day 2014 and the beautiful, organic architecture of greenroof and greenwall technology!

Happy Earth Week,

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for April 14, 2014: The Ohio State University (OSU) Green Roof at Howlett Hall

April 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/14/14


The Ohio State University (OSU)
Green Roof at Howlett Hall

Columbus, OH, USA
12,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Located on the 60-acre Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, Howlett Hall is home to The Ohio State University (OSU) Department of Horticulture & Crop Sciences and the Food Science Processing Plant. Having been designed to house a rooftop garden originally in 1967, previously it was a tar and chip roof that was hot and unattractive, as well as an under-utilized space on the urban campus.

Along with Mary Maloney, director of Chadwick, the renewed efforts of a former student, Megan Meier of Higher Ground Green Roofs, jump-started the green roof campaign again in 2010. Three and a half years later, the Ohio State University Green Roof at Howlett Hall was the first publicly-accessible green roof in Columbus. The depth of the lightweight growing media from rooflite® ranges from 4-6″ with areas where it mounds to 18″. The team covered about half of the roof with a pre-grown Sedum mat from Sempergreen, with 11-14 varieties. The other half was planted with 7,225 perennials. It is estimated that 191,196 gallons of polluted stormwater runoff are diverted each year from the watershed of the nearby Olentangy River, with a projected annual savings of $10,374 in energy costs and roof maintenance.

Year: 2013
Owner: Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens
Location: Columbus, OH, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 12,000 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect: NBBJ
Architect: Mikel Coulter, CTL Engineering, Inc.
Owner’s Rep/Consultant: Higher Ground Green Roofs
Construction Management: Roofmeadow
Pre-vegetated Sedum Carpet: Moerings USA / Sempergreen
Growing Media: rooflite®
rooflite® Blender: Garick
Pavers: Hanover® Architectural Products
Installation: McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery

New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch The Ohio State University (OSU) Green Roof at Howlett Hall Project of the Week Video below or see it on our on greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profile.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured? We have to have a profile first! Submit Your Project Profile.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Good Earth Plant Company’s Spring 2014 Open House and Plant Sale is Friday, April 25

April 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Are you located in southern California?  Well, then you can’t miss the Good Earth Plant Company‘s Spring 2014 Open House and Plant Sale!


You’ve read about the company’s outgoing owner Jim Mumford here before with my blog post “Jim Mumford on TEDxYouth@SanDiego – Watch Him Now!” of November 18, 2012.

Read about the Open House:


Visit with him and his team to see awesome roofs and walls as well as other eco-friendy low impact development projects in sunny San Diego – plus you can pick up some new plants to spruce up your spring landscape. The Open House takes place on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at their headquarters, 7922 Armour Street in San Diego.  See a map here and RSVP soon.

Visit Good Earth Plants | GreenScaped Building to learn more, and in particular about the Good Earth Plant Company’s Spring 2014 Open House and Plant Sale here.

Happy spring greening,

~ Linda V.