See the Virtual Summit 2015’s Agenda-at-a-Glance!

April 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm

It’s been fun chatting with attendees and speakers so far at the “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere!” Networking Lounge at the Virtual Summit 2015!  Everyone is just starting to get acquainted with our campus and watch the varied video presentations.


Need a quick refreshing of who’s here and what’s when at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture?

Check out the Agenda-at-a-Glance:

Opening Day: Monday, April 6, 2015; Opening Address from Linda Velazquez

The Live Social Weekend Hangout: Friday, Saturday & Sunday April 10, 11 & 12, 2015

The Live Expo Pavilion: Open Saturday & Sunday April 11 & 12, 2015

The JobLinks Fair in the Networking Lounge: Opens Saturday April 11 9:00 am thru Sunday April 12 5:00 pm EDT


A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez

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

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

Individual, Collaborative, & Panels:

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 (Moderator), 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

Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary

Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman

Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little

Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey (Moderator), Peter Ensign, and George Irwin

Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey (Moderator) and Darius Jones

Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” Inspiration Nook video by Christine Thuring

Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin

The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta

The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade

The 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” by Haven Kiers and Linda Velazquez

Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin

Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs by Ed Snodgrass

Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron Closing Address from Linda Velazquez

Register here for only $49 or $25.


Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015
Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design

Come join us and partake of the conversation!

Thank you to our Sponsors:


See you soon, hopefully,

~ Linda V.

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015 is Open – only $49 or $25!

April 7, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture is open!  I’m sharing my short Opening Address from yesterday with everyone:

Watch videos from 30+ international speakers including keynotes from landscape designer Diana Balmori, PhD, FASLA, IFLA in New York; environmentalist and researcher Stephan Brenneisen, PhD in Basel; and bioclimatic architect & eco-master planner Ken Yeang, PhD in London.  See them now during the week so that you can engage with the authors during the Live Social Weekend Hangout.

Held this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 10, 11 & 12, our Live Social Weekend Hangout is when you’ll connect at the:

  • Rare Earth Auditorium for live Q & A Sessions with our speakers
  • Expo Pavilion and visit with industry professionals and see their projects and products on Saturday & Sunday
  • “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere!” Networking Lounge where you can join different chat groups including the informal JobLinks Fair on Saturday & Sunday to learn about job opportunities
  • Tremco Meeting Room and learn much more about our wonderful Rare Earth Sponsor for the 3rd time running!

Earn various CEUs at The Classroom, and up to 10 GRP CEUs for watching the awesome speaker videos. As an attendee you can also further your own work by sending us a 3-minute “Inspiration Nook” video which can be uploaded at any time.

Thank you to our Sponsors:


Where: Online… on the Internet!

Pre-Register (pay) here:

When: Monday April 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM EDT to Sunday April 12, 2015 at 11:00 PM EDT and Archived On-Demand through the end of May, 2015.  Social Networking Spaces are All Live.

Registration Cost: Fee is only $49 and $25 for students/faculty & government


Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015
Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design

Please join us now to make new connections from across the globe and connect with our online community of living architecture enthusiasts!

Warm regards, 

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP Publisher & Design Consultant
(770) 772-7334 office
(888) 477-1326 toll free & fax

Video & Project of the Week for January 26, 2015: 41 BOND

January 27, 2015 at 10:00 am Project of the Week: 1/26/15


New York, NY, USA
3,000 sf. Greenroofs and Planted Terraces & Boxes


Project Description & Details

Developed, designed, constructed and property managed by DDG, 41 BOND is a small boutique residential building situated in Manhattan’s exclusive Noho district, steps away from Soho, Greenwich Village, the East Village, and Nolita. Elegant residences consist of townhomes with floor-through residences and duplexes with extensive landscaped exteriors. Integrating historic details with modern design innovations, each home in the 8-story luxury residential building offers open living spaces with abundant natural light and 32-foot long landscaped balconies for private outdoor space.

Working on an interdisciplinary team led by DDG, Future Green Studio provided landscape design and installation for the building façade, entrance canopy, a rear garden, a patio garden, extensive green roof and several landscaped terraces. Each of these pieces was carefully articulated to be seamlessly interwoven with the architecture rather than functioning as separate, disparate elements. Using several growing media blends from rooflite®, plantings from the deep set window boxes and parapet planters – plus the building’s top-floor greenroof and its small street-level cantilevered marquee – reveal how 41 BOND celebrates nature inside and out and is a welcome respite from the city’s dense built environment.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Year: 2011
Owner: DDG
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
3,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1% – Varies
Access: Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Provider & Consultant: Future Green Studio
Plant Supplier: Atlantic Nursery
Plant Installation: Future Green Studio
Lead Architect: Peter Guthrie, DDG
Waterproofing Membrane: Division 7 Inc.
Structural Engineer: Silman Engineering
General Contractor: DDG Construction
Architect of Record: H. Thomas O’Hara (HTO Architect)
Growing Media: rooflite®


Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the 41 BOND Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Watch “Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned” with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts from Our Virtual Summit 2013

January 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm

In anticipation of‘s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the “Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned” with Michael Franco, Senior Designer at Town and Gardens Ltd. (T&G); Brendan Shea, Project Manager for Recover Green Roofs; Emily Shelton, former Horticulturalist at the Chicago Botanic Garden; and Keith Tufts, Principal and Senior Environmental Architect with Lydon Lynch Architects Ltd.  Join these four Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2012 Award of Excellence winners as they share the trials and tribulations of their greenroof living architecture projects.

Award Winners Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts

Here’s more:

Michael Franco, The Royal York Condominium, New York, NY, USA: Located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NY, the inner courtyard at The Royal York Condominium covers approximately 15,000 square feet and occupies a two-level roof and ground level garden space between three residential buildings. Redevelopment created the exciting opportunity to expand the visual impact and usability of the space for residents. Following major waterproofing leaks into the parking garages below, the building embarked upon a complete renovation of the roof membrane along with repairs to the brick walls.

Brendan Shea, The Ledge, Dorchester, MA, USA: As Project Manager for Recover Green Roofs, Brendan tells the story of how built in 2010, The Ledge restaurant’s 4,500 sf ‘food roof’ maximizes the use of local materials, water efficient irrigation technologies, and organic farming practices to serve the freshest food to customers below. Planter beds were built from local, sustainably harvested, black locust wood – a natural rot-proof wood that requires no chemical treatment and is sourced from a local mill in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Rooflite brand soil was sourced from Read Custom Soils, located just 20 miles south of Boston. A recycled rubber mulch was used in vegetation free zones around beds to protect the membrane and slow runoff. The project has been a success from the start, but has improved each year with improvements in irrigation operation, compost enhancement, and communication with restaurant staff.

Emily Shelton, Daniel F and Ada L Rice Plant Conservation Science Center’s Green Roof Garden, Chicago, IL, USA: The [former] horticulturist for the Research and Evaluation Gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Emily’s presentation will chronicle the design and installation process concentrating on plant palette and how they incorporated the evaluation program.

Keith Tufts, Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Halifax, Canada: The Principal and Senior Environmental Architect with Lydon Lynch Architects Ltd. led the design of the multi-award winning market, a LEED® Platinum designed ecological showcase on the Halifax, Nova Scotia waterfront. Using 70% less energy and 70% less water than a “green’ R2000 building, the new market is one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in North America and a world-class example of healthy, sustainable living. The Seaport Farmers’ Market project has been published nationally and internationally in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, Canadian Architect, Architectural Leaders Today and Architectural Record’s sister publication Green Source. It has also been featured in Dalhousie and Halifax Magazine. ~ VS2013   

Watch the “Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned” Collaborative Video with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish