Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for October 2, 2017: Hedgegate

October 2, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Hedgegate
Sea Ranch, CA, USA
 1,800 sf Greenroofs & 300 sf Greenwall

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: October 2, 2017

Mini Description & Details

Hedgegate is an award-winning private residence in Sea Ranch, located west of California Highway 1 on California’s scenic north Sonoma coast. The site and structures are regulated to preserve the view of the Pacific Ocean.

The limited 1300 sf of conditioned space and the 16-ft. height above the coastal meadow enable Hedgegate to sit lightly on the land, featuring dual living roofs and a green wall. The HOA provisions strictly limit approved species not only to California natives, but to a limited list of species specific to the local flora of the coastal meadow and coastal terrace ecological systems.

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Owner architect Janet MacKinnon of AE Design used her modular sodpodmod system for propagation and delivery of local native species within a 5-inch growing media depth from rooflite and Enkadrain drainage from BonarBuilt. Each window of the main upper level of Hedgegate looks over the lower green roof, and the lower roof provides space for edible plants outside the kitchen.

The rainwater and stormwater from the roof, retaining wall, rain room, and driveway is collected in this drought-prone location in two 2,000 gallon underground cisterns for drip irrigation of the living roofs. Graywater is collected for irrigation of the ground landscaping.

The low water demand of the 3-inch depth of the green wall, made from Sedum Mat from Sempergreen plus additional natives and exotics, is met using a closed loop, drip irrigation system, recirculating water from the Koi pond at the base of the green wall.

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

The living roof in the foreground seamlessly integrates with the rolling coastal hills. September 29, 2017.

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As a prototype, Hedgegate exemplifies how water systems can be integrated into a net zero home. The owners gladly open their home that, to date, has been toured by over 300 local visitors (including architects and builders).

Annually, thousands of travelers on California Highway 1 plus hikers and bikers on the parallel trails on each side of the highway experience the beautiful Hedgegate green roofs in the foreground of their view of the Pacific Ocean and the California Coastal National Monument.

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Publisher’s Note:

Hedgegate recently won the 2017 Small Scale Residential Design Awards of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities at CitiesAlive 2017.

Year: 2016
Owner: Private
Location: Sea Ranch, CA, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 1,800 sq.ft. greenroofs and 300 sq. ft. greenwall
Slope: 2 – 10%
Access: Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Owner, Architect & Construction: Janet MacKinnon, AE Design
Stormwater, Graywater and Living Roof Design: Paul Kephart, Rana Creek Design
Rainwater & Graywater Systems and Green Roof & Irrigation: Kevin Heston, Project Manager, AE Design
Modular Greenroof System: Janet MacKinnon, sodpodmod
Structural Engineer: I.L. Welte & Associates
Growing Media: Joe DiNorscia, rooflite
Drainage: Enkadrain, BonarBuilt
Greenwall Vegetation: Sedum Mat, Sempergreen
Roofing Membrane: GacoFlex, Gaco Western
Irrigation: DIG Corporation
Architectural Photographer: Jonnu Singleton

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

All the Info:

View the Hedgegate PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 10/02/17 video photo credits: All by Jonnu Singleton and Janet MacKinnon, courtesy of Janet MacKinnon of AE Design.

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Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Green Walls Extend a Green Welcome to Restaurant’s Guests by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina

July 10, 2017 at 1:59 am

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

LiveWall® Green Walls at Brome Burgers & Shakes in Dearborn, Michigan Express the Brome Brand, Bringing its Commitment to Sustainability to Life

Photos Courtesy of LiveWall® and Brome Burgers & Shakes

Attached to an existing wall or freestanding, erected indoors or outdoors, green walls transform unadorned walls into vertical gardens. Restaurants, hotels and resorts are finding that green walls can boost their brands and help build business.

“Indoor green walls make interior spaces more appealing and relaxing and improve indoor air quality,” said Dave MacKenzie, president of Hortech, Inc. (Spring Lake, Michigan) and LiveWall, its eco-friendly green wall subsidiary.

“As an element of design, they can serve as living representations of a commitment to sustainability.”

A special location

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Brome Burgers & Shakes opened in 2015. Brome’s is winning a loyal following for their ethically sourced, creatively prepared, simply delicious, and reasonably priced food.

“We are all about sustainability, green living, wholesome food, and self-awareness about the environmental impact of our choices,” said Sam Abbas, founder, Brome Burgers & Shakes.

“We want everyone who visits our restaurant to experience the core values of our brand in every aspect of our operations.”

Brome’s commitment is evident in the restaurant’s location. Abbas chose to refurbish a corner building that was constructed as a retail store.

“Every decision we made about the project reflects our responsibility to the environment,” he said.

“We hope to inspire our customers, suppliers, contractors and competitors to appreciate the values that inspire us and express them in the ways they live, do business, cultivate food, and enjoy it.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

An adaptive re-use design developed by the Hallarsan Group (Detroit, Michigan) renovated the long vacant 3,700-square-foot space and created a modern, open, light-filled restaurant.

The sustainable design preserved the cedar trusses of the original 15-foot-high ceilings.

During construction, the original concrete floors were revealed and refurbished. The tables were custom fabricated out of reclaimed wood from dilapidated structures in Detroit, and much of the furniture was sourced locally.

The idea of using green walls as a focal point of the interior was developed during a design brainstorming session.

The green walls stand out

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Completed in June 2015, the Brome Burgers & Shakes green wall installation is one of the most prominent design elements in the restaurant.

The green wall took a large, blank wall area that would have otherwise just been painted or wallpapered and brought it to life.

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Plant Palette

The installation totals 309 square feet, divided in two sections each 16 feet long by 9 feet 10 inches high. A mix of six different tropical plants, selected because they thrive indoors, grow on the wall.

The plant palette features Pothos, Epimedium, and Tradescantia Red.

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

In addition to the featured green walls, the interior includes a front window planter. Its greenery is reflected in the glass top of the adjoining counter, which has eight seats.

System selection, installation

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Before all of the different plants were installed.

Bell’s Landscape Services, Inc. (Wixom, Michigan), which has provided commercial and residential landscape construction and maintenance in Southeast Michigan for more than 38 years, recommended, sold, installed, and maintains the LiveWall green walls.

They won a Gold Award for Creative Landscape – Green Initiatives from the Michigan Green Industry Association for the project.

“We got into green wall installation and maintenance as a way to grow our business,” said Marcy Bell, president, Bell’s Landscape Services, Inc.

“I did our research on the market for living architecture and on various green wall systems. We decided to go with LiveWall. It is the most complete system, the best engineered and the most hospitable to plants.”

Bell’s introduced LiveWall to Abbas. He then did his own due diligence on alternative systems.

He agreed that LiveWall’s design and ease of maintenance made it a good choice.

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Mike Bell, chief executive officer, Bell’s Landscape Services, commented that the system is well designed and assembles part by part in a logical fashion following the installation process explained in the installation guide and schematics.

The first step is installation of the vertical strips that mount to the building wall and to which the other components are attached. The vertical strips also establish the necessary air space between the wall and the system.

Next, horizontal aluminum rails with conduits for the tubes bringing water to the integrated irrigation system, are mounted to the vertical strips.

For indoor installations, LiveWall uses drip stake assemblies, which inject water into the growing medium. Molded plastic modular planter boxes fit into place on the rails.

Finally, separate liner inserts which have been pre-planted slide into the planter boxes.

“Maintenance is straight forward,” said Mike Bell.

“Every six weeks, we clean out any die-back, trim the plants (especially the ones in the lower rows of the modular planters), check soil moisture, and inspect and adjust irrigation.”

Results and reactions

“The green walls propel our brand forward,” said Abbas.

“They create an atmosphere in which it becomes more than serving and enjoying great burgers and shakes but also about making a positive impact on everyone’s lives.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

People in Michigan appreciate green spaces that bring nature to them. When people step into Brome Burgers & Shakes they receive a “green” welcome even on cold, grey days.

“We see the positive response every day,” said Abbas.

“Customers at tables beneath the green walls taking selfies, posting photos on Facebook, Snapchatting with friends as they enjoy their food.

The green walls are a focal point.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Abbas has plans to expand, growing Brome Burgers & Shakes to ten locations in Michigan and then on to Chicago.

“We plan to integrate green wall systems into all our future locations.”

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina


~ Amber Poncé and David Aquilina

Publisher’s Note: The Brome Burgers & Shakes Green Walls are featured as Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week for July 10, 2017.  See its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Amber Poncé

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

Amber Poncé is the Business Development Manager for LiveRoof Global, LLC. Since 2006, Amber Ponce has helped to expand the LiveRoof Global network of professional horticulturists and growers to an industry leading supplier of green roof systems. In her role as business development manager, she has trained dozens of professionals in technical aspects of green roofing. She has actively participated in the development of industry testing standards and building codes, and currently sits on the policy and growing media committees of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. She is an accredited Green Roof Professional with seven years hands on experience in green roofing – including experience with growing media formulation, plant selection and production, shipping logistics, installation and maintenance. Amber has helped participate in the development of standards related to green roofing and worked with a team of engineers to coordinate the first ever full-scale wind uplift test on green roofs.

Designed with a healthy regard for plants, LiveWall® is the patented living wall system that achieves simplicity and sustainability in harmony with nature. LiveWall is the result of four years of R&D by the professionals who created LiveRoof®, the superior green roof system. LiveWall green wall solutions are engineered with horticultural and structural features specific for indoor and outdoor environments. LiveWall supports plants as nature intended — roots growing down, stems and leaves growing up. With unsurpassed versatility to grow a diversity of plant types, LiveWall transforms ordinary walls into inspiring, thriving vertical landscapes that are simple to install and easy to maintain.

Contact Amber Poncé:
616.935.1964
AmberP@LiveRoof.com

David Aquilina

Green Walls Extend Green Welcome Brome Restaurants Guests Ponce Aquilina

David Aquilina, Strategic Storyteller (www.linkedin.com/in/davidaquilina), is a corporate communications consultant and freelance writer.  David makes his home up on the edge of the northern prairie in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Contact David Aquilina:
612.716.5628;
davida@strategicstoryteller.com
StrategicStoryteller.com

“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

Come to the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 in Berlin in June & Call for Awards and Posters

March 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Come World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 Berlin Call Awards Posters

Come to the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 in Berlin in June!

This year’s 2017 WGIC – World Green Infrastructure Congress – Designing with Nature will be held in historic and very green Berlin this June 20 – 22, organized by the Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V. (FBB, Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V.) with the support of WGIN (World Green Infrastructure Network) and the EFB (European Federation of Green Roof Associations).

“This year, Berlin will play host to the World Green Infrastructure Congress WGIC 2017 from June 20th-22nd, 2017 where more than 80 speakers will provide information about topics related to roof, facade and interior greening and the possibilities of applications.

A particular 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 the future city, among others. On the third day, excursions take place to various reference properties in Berlin.” ~ WGIC 2017

WGIC 2017 Highlights:

– June 20th/21st: The two-day Congress will host over 80 Speakers in five rooms.

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– June 22nd: Different Excursions to Green Buildings in Berlin will be offered.

Come World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 Berlin Call Awards Posters

– June 20th-23rd: Participate in the various Social Programs.

While the Call for Papers is closed, the Call for Posters is open:

Come World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 Berlin Call Awards Posters

The WGIC 2017 says:

“Please apply your scientific poster contribution at the World Green Infrastructure Congress WGIC 2017 until March 31st, 2017. Besides scientific topics, various ideas of specific initiatives and strategies of greening buildings are desirable.”

Read more about the Call for Posters.

Call for Awards:

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Cities, architects, designers, project developers, system providers, executives, and others are invited to submit their particular projects, green roof strategies, and examples until March 31st, 2017.

Read more about the Call for Awards.

The Call for both Posters and Awards will be accepted through March 31, 2017.

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“We are looking forward to the World Green Infrastructure Congress! Register and read more information on the congress website.

To sponsor us, find more information here, and watch the WGIC 2017 Berlin video on YouTube.” ~ World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017

Come World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 Berlin Call Awards Posters

Aramis and I will be in Berlin, where I’ll inaugurate my “2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.” It will be our first time here, and we can’t wait to see what Germany’s capital and largest city offers!

We hope you can join us.

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher