Tune in liveÂ tomorrow, Earth Day 2013, Monday April 22 at 8 a.m. EDT for the TODAY Show highlighting the work of the Green Bronx Machine using Mobile Edible Wall Units fromÂ Green Living Technologies International (GLTi)!
“NBCâ€™s TODAY Show is scheduled to celebrate Earth Day, Monday, April 22, by building six green living walls on Rockefeller Plaza with local students from Bronx public schools. The segment will highlight the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and the Center’s flagship event, the Green Apple Day of Service.
Rachel Gutter, the director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, along with Green Apple ambassador and Bronx educator Stephen Ritz* and students from his dynamic community program, the Green Bronx Machine, will join TODAY Show hosts Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, along with celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis and others, to build the walls and participate in Earth Day activities throughout the morning.” ~Â The Center for Green Schools at USGBC Scheduled to Help NBCâ€™s TODAY Show Celebrate Earth Day on April 22Â by Marisa Long of April 17, 2013
The TODAY Show recently filmed SteveÂ Ritz and crew ofÂ the Bronx Machine at theÂ Urban Garden Center LLC, photo above and below.
Sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), watch it at home or you can also join the TODAY show crew in New York City on April 22 to watch the segment live during the 8 and 9 a.m. hours of the show. Â The first guests will receive Green Apple t-shirts to show their support. Â The organizers say to please arrive at Rockefeller Center before 7 a.m. for best viewing.
Whether you’re there in person or watching it on TV, make sure to get a closer look at the success of vertical farms and the Mobile Edible Wall Unit (MEWU) in schools featuring local students and 6 – 12′ high vertical walls, each one more spectacular than the next!
Also join Giada De Laurentiis with “Off the Wall Cooking” using the GLTi vertical herb wall for freshness you cannot get anywhere else. Â From Wall to Table!
In 2010 George Irwin, CEO ofÂ GLTiÂ - and our own “Green Wall Editor” here on Greenroofs.com – was asked to designÂ a greenwall for NBC’s “Green is Universal” week, along withÂ Graham Stanley of Walls of Green, and he collaborated with Steve Ritz and Discovery High School students to create beautiful examples for display atÂ the NBC Experience Store.
“What an honor and privilege to be asked back for Earth Day. Â Tune in on April 22! Â This is a testament to the success of our ability to engage students. Â Visit our education link and view theÂ videoÂ GLT Featured on NBCÂ from November 18, 2010.” ~ George Irwin
If you can’t make it live, don’t forget to set your DVRs for April 22 at Â 8 a.m. EDT!
Hooray for NBC, the USBGC (I’m a LEED AP), the Green Bronx Machine and GLTi!
~ Linda V.
*About Steve Ritz
Here at we Greenroofs.com we just love Bronx innovator and educator Steve Ritz! Make sure you watch or read the following about some of his awesome work:
Stephen Ritz, South Bronx Educator/Administrator at TEDxManhattan â€œChanging the Way We Eatâ€ Tomorrow!Â blog post ofÂ JanuaryÂ 20, 2012.
“The Green Bronx Machineâ€Â by Steve RitzÂ and “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronxâ€ Panel Session with New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Robert Bieder, Jon Beuttler, Jess Dannhauser, Javier Lopez and Steve Ritz, bothÂ from theÂ Greenroofs & Walls of the Worldâ„¢ Virtual Summit 2011.
GLT in NYC: A Weekend of Training, Education, & Fun blog post of January, 21, 2011.
About the Green Bronx Machine
Green Bronx Machine was born of the belief that we are all AMER-I-CANS! Together, we can grow, re-use resources and recycle our way into new and healthy ways of living; complete with self sustaining local economic engines. Inclusively and collectively, each and every member of our society offers a unique perspective with unlimited potential. Together, we can move those who are â€œapart fromâ€ society to become â€œpart ofâ€ the driving force behind new solutions benefiting all of us.
Green Bronx Machine believes that the greening of America starts with the greening of hearts, minds and wallets rooted in triple bottom line orientations. Green Bronx Machine is dedicated to changing mind-sets and landscapes while harvesting hope and cultivating opportunities inclusively for all of America. Green Bronx Machine works to weave a city of neighborhoods into a united and prosperous One Bronx / Un Solo Bronx; where people do not have to leave their neighborhood to live, learn and earn in a better one!
Green Bronx Machine is zoned for people to live, work and play. Our hometown city that gave the world hip-hop and phunky fresh beats is now poised to grow and export locally grown, organic red beets along with our talent and diversity. Behold the glory and bounty that is Bronx County! Green Bronx Machine is coming to a city near you soon!
Founder and inventor George Irwin continuously improves the green wall, green roof and edible wall technology. He is a leader in â€œZero Milesâ€ from farm to table with indoor and outdoor edible walls for the freshest fruit and produce grown in urban environments, parking lots, brown field sites, schools, roof tops. Job training programs with a variety of scalable options include the mobile edible wall unit for classroom use. Green Living Technologies International, LLC completes a package that includes custom manufacturing, design, consulting, patented products and educational services.
About Green Apple
Green Apple is an initiative of the Center for Green schools at USGBC to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. Green Appleâ€™s flagship event is the Green Apple Day of Service, which takes place on Sept. 28, 2013, and will bring together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to improve our school environments through service projects, education, community events and more. You can visit mygreenapple.org to learn more about green living walls and other activities you can do throughout the year. Green Apple is funded through generous support from partners including United Technologies Corporation, Interface, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, SolarCity and Excel Dryer.
The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, ambassadors, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, visit centerforgreenschools.org, follow us on Twitter at @mygreenschools, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/centerforgreenschools.