Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video. Here is the transcript from September 14, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here. Enjoy!
– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for September 14, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.
– Our project of the week is the J. L. McMillan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse built in 2011 in Florence, South Carolina. It is a project of the Federal Recovery Act of 2009, and joins the rankings of one of the largest green roofs in the Southeast United States to date, and actually may be the largest in South Carolina. An extensive green roof system was selected due to the load constraints of the existing structure.
About 51,000 plugs from Emory Knoll Farms including species of Sedums, Delosperma, Talinum, and Allium were planted in 329 tons of lightweight Stalite-PermaTill growing medium at a 4″ depth. Staging this project was especially challenging because the courthouse remained open during its construction. The crane was frequently moved to accommodate employee parking and a few night shifts were necessary to access one side of the building. Lifting 220 crane bags of growing media to a 5-story roof could have been a logistical nightmare, but the team at Living Roofs, Inc. executed the entire installation with no serious complications.
- To learn more about the J. L. McMillan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).
– Read about our major news story: Greenroofs.com Announces Strategic Partnership with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for the Second Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013!
Linda S. Velazquez, Founder & Publisher of Greenroofs.com says, “Last year’s groundbreaking Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 was an exciting first in our industry. Greenroofs.com is very proud of our trendsetting online conference and we’re absolutely delighted to be partnering this year with WGIN, who will bring an even greater international audience to our world stage. 2013’s Virtual Summit alliance with WGIN allows us to optimize resources and promote leading edge information in a multi-lingual format.”
And, Tanya Mueller Garcia, Vice President of WGIN says, “The World Green Infrastructure Network is delighted to be co-organizing the 2nd Virtual Summit, a cutting edge event, giving people worldwide the opportunity to learn about green roofs and walls as well as the opportunity to interact with leading trend setters. You will without doubt find valuable information regarding green roofs and walls, from public policies, latest investigations to the most innovative projects. Be a part of the next great Virtual Summit!” Make sure to read the entire Press Release on our Homepage.
– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Don’t Miss the Early Bird Discount for CitiesAlive this September 15!“ and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 31 and September 7, 2012.”
– Guest Blogger
– And don’t miss our latest Guest Post by Dr. Payam Bahrami who writes “CTBUH-IIT Team Wins Grant for Green Wall FaÃ§ade Research.”
– “Upcoming Events“
– Don’t forget, September 15th: is the last day for the Early Bird Registration for the 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago! Take advantage of the $169 savings!
– September 16th-22nd: is the APLD International Landscape Design Conference, in San Francisco, CA. (Follow on Twitter: @APLD)
– September 18th-21st: is the 2012 World Green Roof Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Follow on Twitter: @worldgreenroof #worldgreenroof)
– And September 21st: is the Greenscaped Buildings Semi-Annual Fall Plant Sale & Open House, in San Diego, CA.
– “In the News“
– Christina Williams of Sustainable Business Oregon, talks about “Oregon BEST awards commercialization grants for green roofs, energy storage.” Last week they announced two commercialization grant awards: one that uses ice slush to store power, and another to fund collaborative research on green roofs.
In 2010, Oregon BEST (the Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center) launched its grant program and is now on their way to awarding $1 million in grants this year. Applied Exergy Inc. is a startup company working with Oregon State University to create energy storage technology that captures and stores energy as an icy slush and then uses it when needed. A Portland ecoroof startup, Columbia Green Technologies, whom we’ve reported on before, will use their grant to fund their work with Portland State University researchers to measure and track how ecoroof systems manage stormwater runoff in urban settings.
– The Staff at the Government of Ontario News reports on “Ontario Completes Ottawa Courthouse Green Roof.” The courthouse’s new green roof will reduce energy costs, improve air quality and help Ontario meet its long-term energy conservation goals. It features 60 varieties of plants and helps to protect the building’s structure from the elements of nature. 70,000 square feet of green space total the 26 separate multi-elevated green roofs that all contribute in helping to keep Ottawa’s air clean.
The McGuinty government believes that investing in infrastructure is part of the plan to create jobs for Ontarians and strengthen their economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean the most to families: health care and education.
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– This has been This Week in Review for September 14, 2012 on GreenroofsTV. I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!
Did we miss something? We’d love to hear from you!
~ Linda V.