Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary

May 6, 2015 at 11:58 am

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting the individual presentation “Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by the understated but extremely affable Graham Cleary, GRP, and “Chief Rake” – or principal – of the multi-award winning Natural Habitats, a major design/build and maintenance landscape company in New Zealand.

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New Zealand is much lauded for its lush beauty and myriad of natural landscapes from soaring rugged mountaintops to rolling green hills to the glimmering depths of its lakes and seas – and we had the wonderful opportunity to visit Auckland and the area by invitation from Graham and his lovely wife, Lucy, last October after the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 in Sydney; I spoke at at a private function for Natural Habitats and it was just awesome!

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We also had been familiar with Natural Habitat’s wonderful living walls, and have featured a few as our “Projects of the Week” – and while in Auckland we got to see firsthand a wide variety of their greenwalls, including green screens, installed across the city.

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 Auckland, New Zealand. “Graham founded Natural Habitats in 1978 in Auckland as a fledgling design build company under the mentorship of the city’s then only landscape architect.

Graham has worked on and led many outstanding landscape projects in the South Pacific, including resorts, golf courses, commercial projects and exquisite private estates and homes. Under his leadership, Natural Habitats has grown to be the leading provider of integrated landscape management within Australasia. Graham demonstrates coherent leadership of multi-disciplinary teams in order to achieve the innovative, high quality outcomes for which Natural Habitats is renowned.

Graham is also at the forefront of thinking on the use of natural systems to mitigate urban development issues. He plays an essential role in Natural Habitats’ pioneering green roofs and wall technology within New Zealand. Graham has served as consultant and advisor to numerous landscape design and environmental groups. He is a founding member of Landscaping New Zealand, an accredited Green Roof Professional, an executive of Green Roofs Australasia, an associate of KEA, part of the Great Barrier Trust, and a member of Forest & Bird and of the Native Forest Restoration Trust. ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Graham Cleary shares on the subject:

1) Natural Habitats was the New Zealand pioneer in greenroof construction. Learn about their inception, influencers, vision and design philosophy resulting in the potential of landscaping at the highest level with greenroofs in the 1990’s – later turning them on their side with greenwalls; talk about return on investment for developers;

2) Starting in 1994, they constructed the first greenroof in New Zealand with the Quay West Roof Garden in Auckland, enabling Quay West to add an additional four levels of building to its development for spending a little over $100,000 – which equated to an additional $4 million in real estate value; talk about plants and growing media;

3) All native plants were used for the new public 23-square meter greenwall in Civic Square in Wellington with a 2-day installation which was greatly received; many other living wall projects are mentioned;

4) At the exclusive, award-winning development The Parc in Auckland, average inward-facing apartment sales prices were able to be raised by about 25% due to the large semi-intensive greenroof, a private sanctuary with lush landscaping, expansive lawn areas, and pool;

5) The importance of positioning greenroofs and walls in marketing; as an example, he talks about One Central Park in Sydney, setting the benchmark in Australasia. Its branding is huge – leaders want to be associated with something new and green, to set them apart and we can do this smartly and cost effectively with greenroofs and greenwalls.

Watch the 7:41 video presentation “Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul

May 5, 2015 at 4:34 pm

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

VS2015-MarkPaulToday we are spotlighting the individual presentation “Greening the World Inside and Outside” by the soft spoken and highly knowledgeable Mark Paul, a greatly lauded Australian horticulturalist and founder of The Greenwall Company.  He has designed around 300 greenwall projects and similar number of gardens and roofs.

VS2015-MarkPaul1Although we’ve been familiar with Paul’s excellent work, and have in fact highlighted several of his projects over the years as one of our “Project of the Week” features, we only met him last October in Sydney, where he and I both spoke at the wonderful World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014.

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He says “Greenwalls can be used to produce instant ‘greenspace’ both inside and out.  These beautiful structures of greenery bring new life and nature back into urban environments.”  This becomes very evident with this presentation!

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Sydney, Australia. “Over the past 25 years Mark Paul, founder of The Greenwall Company and a qualified horticulturist, has become a name synonymous with reclaiming the built environment, a passion he has had since childhood. Mark’s most recent achievements range from completion of one of the tallest greenwalls in Australia, implementation of a community schools program through to tailor-made residential installations in homes nation-wide. To date, Mark Paul has reclaimed thousands of sqm of the built environment.

Mark has pioneered a number of greenwalls and greenroof innovations with his formative landscape experiences and scientific background which has allowed for much experimentation, trial and testing with planting techniques, medias and methodology (and technology). These developments have put The Greenwall Company as a leader for greenwall and greenroofs in Australia. The Greenwall Company vision is to reclaim the built environment by clothing the facades of buildings with epiphytic and lithophytic planting to create a living, breathing architectural function to every building. ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Mark Paul shares on the subject:

1) Our affinity with plants: Learn about his love for plants and holistic approach to site planning, how he started with epiphytes, lithophytes, and others in Rio de Janeiro with amazing plants living on cliff faces, surviving on seasonal rain, inspirations from “Granny Gardens” in Brazil;

2) Appropriate species of plant types and associations found on rocks, granite boulders, sandstone escarpment walls and more from Brazil, Dominican Republic, Sydney, Panama; and the importance of biodiversity and how to encourage and conserve it; 

3) Typologies: Photos and discussions of various architectural applications and planting techniques including walls, roofs, balconies, terraces, boats, pocket plantings, and potted plants from Puerto Rico to Panama to China;

4) Many case studies of retrofits including gorgeous wetland and bog greenroof and greenwall projects with fish using recycled water and wastewater for irrigation in Sydney and Queensland and how to create a tiny ecosytstem on a mini scale;

5) In depth case study about a recent 10 sqm greenwall in a fabella in Rio where they collected, processed, planted, and linked 600 PEP bottles participating with school children; a collaboration with Landcare Australia will provide $3000 necessary for funding of future raw material and irrigation systems to allow 400 schools a year to do the same, including in Australia and New Zealand.

Watch the 21:12 video presentation “Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

Registration is Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015!

April 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm

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After enjoying the lively “Live Social Weekend Hangout” component concluding last Sunday, we are now in full gear for the second phase of our third biennial:

Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture

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Now all Video Presentations & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand + Networking Live 24/7
through May 31, 2015

We had great fun and lively participation over our just finished “Live Social Weekend Hangout.”  Although this scheduled time frame concentrated the extensive networking opportunities among attendees, speakers, and industry exhibitors, our entire virtual campus remains open 24/7 to continue the experience at your leisure.

Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015!

Register here for only $49 or $25.  Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.

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Don’t wait for another two years for the opportunity to watch these 33 global experts and leaders online, in the comfort of your office, home, or on the run – any time you desire.  See the Agenda.

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Presentations will be on demand through May, 2015 where you can also continue to connect with your peers.  Read their Q & A Session transcripts and add your own voice to the conversation.  Everyone can add commentary at anytime.

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The Expo Pavilion featuring our Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Association Partners also will remain open on demand through May 31, 2015.  You can continue to learn about each company and organization, watch their videos, gather take home info, and connect with the reps.

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Thank you to our Sponsors: Tremco Incorporated, Bonar/Xero Flor, and Green Roof Outfitters.

Don’t miss this chance to delve deeply into these forward-thinking industry companies and professional associations!

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You can still join in on the conversation. Click on any of the Public Group Chats in the Sky Gardens Lobby, Rare Earth Auditorium, or the “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere!” Networking Lounge to chime in. Or invite your peers to a private chat anywhere, any time.

If you need assistance at any time, we’re here – just a click away.

Watch from any device

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AMV-small“Don’t miss this chance to see what the buzz is all about from international practitioners, thought leaders, and market trailblazers powering our virtual experience.” Aramis M. Velazquez, CEO, Greenroofs.com

Learn more about the Virtual Summit 2015.

We hope you and your colleagues will support our work and join us during this very special online event!

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~ Linda V.

Join Us Online Today for the “Live Social Weekend Hangout” through Sunday April 12, 2015 – See the Line-up of Speaker Q & As at the VS2015!

April 10, 2015 at 1:00 am

The Live Social Weekend Hangout on Friday, Saturday & Sunday April 10, 11 & 12 has begun at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture!

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The long weekend kicks off with a bang with the lively Q & A Public Chat Sessions from these really dynamic speakers:

Friday

9:30 am EDT: The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession with Jenny Hill & Terry McGlade

10:30 am EDT: Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece with Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin

11:30 am EDT: Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems with Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin

2:30 pm EDT: Pollinators on the Parapets with Angie Durhman

3:30 pm EDT: A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing with Elizabeth Hart

Saturday

11:00 am EDT: The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry with Pablo Atuesta

12:00 pm EDT: Biosolar Roofs with Dusty Gedge

1:00 pm EDT: Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition with Christine Thuring

2:00 pm EDT: Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges Keynote with Dr. Stephan Brenneisen

3:00 pm EDT: Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects with Kerry Ross

4:00 pm EDT: Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof with Molly Meyer

Sunday

10:00 am EDT: Small Scale Green Roofs with Dusty Gedge and John Little

12:00 pm EDT: The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015 with Haven Kiers and Linda Velazquez

1:00 pm EDT: From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark

1:30 pm EDT: Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics with Dr. Bob Cameron

2:00 pm EDT: A Chat with Greenroofs.com’s Linda & Aramis Velazquez

4:00 pm EDT: Social Healing with Greening Panels Part 1 & 2 with Patrick Carey, Peter EnsignGeorge Irwin, and Darius Jones

7:30 pm EDT: Greenwalls in Middle Earth with Graham Cleary

8:30 pm EDT: Greening the World Inside and Outside with Mark Paul

* Also coming on Sunday is the Q & A Session from Marc Grañen, TBA

Unsure of how it works?  Check out our aptly named “How It Works” page at the Virtual Summit, in particular the Live Q & A Sessions (Public Group Chats) for the Live Social Weekend Hangout, visuals below:

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Of course, don’t miss the spectacular Expo Pavilion, opening on Saturday & Sunday!

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Learn from industry experts, watch videos, download tons of info ~ and best yet, chat with them live!

Thank you to our Sponsors:

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Learn about all of our Sponsors and Exhibitors here.

Register here for only $49 or $25.

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It’ll be fun chatting with you!

~ Linda V.