Join Stephen Ritz of Emmy-Award Winning Green Bronx Machine for a LIVE webinar on Sunday July 15!

July 12, 2018 at 6:01 pm

Participate with one of our most favorite people in the world of eco-education, social justice, and sustainable urban ag, Stephen Ritz of Emmy-Award Winning Green Bronx Machine, who’ll be live this Sunday night!

Live Event with Stephen Ritz

Stephen Ritz of Emmy-Award Winning Green Bronx Machine

Starting at 9 PM to 10 PM EST, the webinar concludes with a LIVE Q&A.  For more details and to RSVP, visit the Stephen Ritz Facebook Event page.

Stephen is beloved across the world as the compassionate and exuberant Bronx educator, founder of the Green Bronx Machine, and author of The Power of a Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools.  If you attended last year’s 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit, you’ll know he created an excellent Keynote video and realize how much we at admire him and his work.

2018 Daytime Emmy Award®

Stephen Ritz of Emmy-Award Winning Green Bronx Machine

And now Stephen gets to add “Emmy-Award winner” to the Green Bronx Machine’s belt, sort of because Growing a Greener World® can.  The long-running sustainability television program received a Daytime Emmy Award® on June 16 for its powerful episode featuring the non-profit’s work in the aptly-titled The Green Bronx Machine.

The broadcast’s first Emmy win, Executive Producer and show host Joe Lamp’l said “After filming over 100 episodes of Growing a Greener World, I don’t think we’ve ever told a story that’s impacted me more emotionally than this one.”

Stephen Ritz of Emmy-Award Winning Green Bronx Machine

“In a community where it’s easier to get liquor than lettuce, Mr. Ritz’s non-profit has helped high school attendance improve from 40% to 93% and has reduced behavioral incidents and out-of-classroom time by a whopping 50% in the elementary school in which he teaches.

This humble man with unparalleled charismatic, infectious energy has changed the landscape of students’ lives through tireless 12-hour days where “Garden Time with Mr. Ritz” is always in eager demand. The kids are taught the botany, the biology, and the history of the fruits and veggies they grow in a way that sparks fascination and new-found ownership of the joy of growing food that is improving eating habits and helping create healthy food relationships.

And as the children love and nurture the plants they’re raising, the plants reward them with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, and apples to be eaten during school lunch and taken home to their families. The sense of accomplishment and taste for success that is borne of this symbiotic relationship will carry into the rest of these kids’ lives.” ~ Joe Lamp’l, Emmy Win for Growing a Greener World – The Green Bronx Machine

Watch the Emmy Award Winning Episode

Stephen Ritz of Emmy-Award Winning Green Bronx Machine

Learn about the 2018 Emmy award-winning Episode 808 The Green Bronx Machine at Growing a Greener World®.  The episode can be viewed at:

Kudos to everyone involved in this Emmy-winning program, including Joe Lamp’l and Stephen Ritz, and everyone at both Growing a Greener World® and the Green Bronx Machine!

And, don’t miss the opportunity to see Stephen Ritz in action live in this Sunday’s interview and Q&A session!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host


Growing a Greener World® is a sustainability-focused lifestyle broadcast that features compelling and inspirational stories of people, places and organizations making a positive impact on the planet. The ninth season of Growing a Greener World is currently in production, with new episodes premiering September 1, 2018 and running through December 31, 2018 on public television stations nationwide.

Check your local listings for broadcast dates/times. Growing a Greener World is presented by UNC-TV in North Carolina and distributed by American Public Television. All episodes can also be viewed on demand on the show’s website and on the show’s YouTube channel of the same name.

The Green Bronx Machine is a non-profit organization that builds healthy, equitable and resilient communities through inspired education, local food systems, and career exploration vital for 21st Century college and career opportunities. Dedicated to cultivating minds and harvesting hope, this school-based model uses urban agriculture aligned to key school performance indicators to grow healthy students and healthy schools.

Symposium on Henoko-Oura Bay “Okinawa’s Treasure, the World’s Treasure: Let’s pass it on to the future”

July 10, 2018 at 4:20 pm

Henoko-Oura Bay

Symposium on Henoko-Oura Bay

On March 24th, 2018, the Okinawa Prefectural Government organized the Symposium on Henoko-Oura Bay with a view to raising awareness over the preciousness of Henoko-Oura Bay.

Publisher’s Note: The government of Japan is constructing a new U.S. military base by reclaiming waters and land in Henoko’s Oura Bay, which is home to much biodiversity.  As a result, many Okinawans are opposed to the construction of a new base.

In an effort to disseminate information and promote understanding of this ecologically sensitive issue, we’re sharing these views from the Henoko Base Construction Countermeasures Division Executive Office and the Governor of Okinawa Prefecture, Takeshi Onaga.  Their desire is the protection of the “internationally precious water area of Henoko and Oura Bay.”

Henoko-Oura Bay

Henoko-Oura Bay

Henoko-Oura Bay in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Japan, is a beautiful area blessed with a diverse marine environment.  With its coral reefs, seagrass beds that the dugong feed upon, and sandy mud bottom, the area supports and sustains various forms of life and is Okinawa’s treasure.

Henoko-Oura Bay

On April 15, 2014, dugong feeding trails were found at 20 meters below the water surface near Chiri bishi. Photo by Team Zan.

Okinawa’s treasure is facing a crisis, however.  The Japanese and U.S. governments are now land reclaiming this marine area as part of their plan to construct a U.S. military base in Henoko-Oura Bay.  The Okinawa prefectural government believes that construction work must stop immediately to protect this irreplaceable treasure.

Establishing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) to protect ecosystem services.


IUCN offers seven categories of protected areas. Depending upon the category, certain activities are allowed (green) and other activities are prohibited (red). By: François Simard

With a strong sense of urgency, the Okinawa Prefectural Government held the Symposium on Henoko-Oura “Okinawa’s Treasure, the World’s Treasure: Let’s pass it on to the future” on March 24, 2018.  Co-sponsored by The Nature Conservation Society of Japan, the Symposium aimed to encourage people to gain a better understanding of the value of Henoko-Oura Bay.

Keynote Speaker François Simard (IUCN Marine Expert) presented Marine Conservation: Global Challenges and ways forward in relation to Aichi target 11 and SDG 14. Following the keynote speech, experts from Japan and abroad, as well as those that have long carried out studies on the Oura Bay and/or engaged in its conservation efforts, contributed their expertise to the panel discussions.

Henoko-Oura Bay

Crustacean Species Diversity and Habitat Diversity in Oura Bay, by Yoshihisa Fujita (Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts).

Henoko-Oura Bay

Panel Discussion “Let’s Pass Henoko-Oura Bay on to the Future.”

Vital Japan-U.S. Alliance: Create Effective Land Use

“Okinawa Prefectural Government regards the Japan-U.S. alliance as vital. However, we have a concentration of 73.9% of the exclusive use facilities and areas of U.S. Forces in Japan in a land area that is no more than 0.6% of the national land area. Therefore, it is necessary to reduce and consolidate U.S. military bases in Okinawa.

With the realization of land returns of U.S. military bases south of Kadena Air Base, we can anticipate positive economic and employment impacts through effective land use.

Establish the prefecture as a hub of exchange by taking advantage of our geographical location, to bridge people, goods, and information between mainland Japan and other Asian nations. It is our desire to actively promote international contribution and do our part for peace and advancement of the Asia-Pacific region.” ~ March 30, 2018, Okinawa Prefectural Government

Henoko-Oura Bay

Most facilities for U.S. Forces are located in Okinawa Island, taking up to 18.4% of its land area. Land area of Okinawa Island is roughly 1/3 that of Rhode Island, which is the smallest state in the U.S.

Resources for the International Community

The Okinawa prefectural government created a booklet to provide the international community with a summary of the presentations delivered at the symposium (Editor: The Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J).  Please find below links to the Summary Report of the Symposium on Henoko-Oura Bay “Okinawa’s Treasure, the World’s Treasure: Let’s pass it on to the future,” handouts, as well as videos from the Symposium:

Symposium on Henoko-Oura Bay: Summary Report (PDF 4,486KB)

Remarks by the Governor Onaga (in Japanese)

Keynote speech by Mr. François Simard (in English)

Lecture by Mr. Masato Yoshida (in Japanese)

Presentation by Mr. Taro Hosokawa (in Japanese)

Presentation by Ms. Mariko Abe (in Japanese)

Panel discussion 1 (in Japanese)

Panel discussion 2 (in Japanese)

Panel discussion 3, Statement and Closing Remarks (in Japanese)

Henoko-Oura Bay

For much more subject history and in-depth information, visit the Okinawa Prefecture website devoted to this issue.

Large diffusion is encouraged to protect the beautiful and precious sea area in Henoko-Oura Bay.  The prefectural government hopes that many people read this booklet and encourage their countries and their organizations to join our efforts to protect the globally significant marine area of Henoko-Oura Bay as the world’s treasure.

Henoko-Oura Bay

Blue coral colony at Chiri bishi. The size of the colony is 50 m in length, 30 m in width and 12 m in height. Photo by Osamu Makishi.

~ By Henoko Base Construction Countermeasures Division Executive Office of the Governor

Point of Contact:

Henoko Base Construction Countermeasures Division
Executive Office of the Governor

IFLA World Congress 18 – 19 July 2018, Singapore

July 9, 2018 at 8:12 pm

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

As our Media Partners, shares the latest on the IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) World Congress 2018 Singapore with its readers, this year held in the fabulous island nation:

Biophilic Cities, Smart Nation and Future Resilience

The IFLA World Congress 2018, the largest and most significant event for landscape professionals in the world, returns to Singapore for the second time from 18 to 21 July 2018 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.  Themed “Biophilic City, Smart Nation, and Future Resilience,” the 55th ILFA World Congress is jointly organised by IFLA and Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA), and managed by SingEx Exhibitions.

This event will examine how landscape architecture can inspire future urban designs to be more meaningfully connected to nature, bridge social connections and reinforce community resilience. The FLA World Congress Singapore 2018 will also serve as a dedicated platform for participating professionals, government bodies and academics to engage in meaningful and in-depth discussions regarding industry trends and challenges, as well as explore business opportunities and collaborations.

“Latest UN projections expect the world’s population to grow by 2.9 billion – equal to another China and India, in the next 33 years.” ~ The Guardian, 19 March 2018

The need for cities to transform into smart, sustainable and liveable spaces of the future prodded a change in terms of how “landscaping” is perceived around the world.  Landscape architects now have wider professional reach to take on more than merely landscaping.  In concert with urban planners and technologists, landscape architects are progressively making significant contributions to how cities look and function, making platforms such as the IFLA World Congress 2018 timely and apt for governments, academia and industry.

Hear from the industry experts at the 55th IFLA World Congress Singapore 2018 on 18 July – 19 July 2018, and be a part of the thought-provoking exchange on building a Smart Nation!

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

Featured Speakers

Featured speakers and paper presenters for the Smart Nation track include:

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Aaron Tham, Director
JTC Corporation, Singapore

Punggol Digital District – A New Approach to Designing Singapore’s Next Generation Business and University District

Han Weijie
Beijing Forestry University,
People’s Republic of China

Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Remote Sensing Technology in Landscape Architecture

Wolfgang Kessling, Partner and Principal
Trassolar, Germany

Climatecture – Outdoor Comfort in Tropical Climates

Gong Fangying
Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Hong Kong, China

Tree Canopy Quantification of Street Canyons in High-Density Urban Environments using Google Street View

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

All Members of the following associations are entitled to CPD Points for the 2-say conference:

Australian Institute of Horticulture: 6 CPD Points
Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects: 4 CPD Points
Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia: 6 CPD Points
Singapore Institute of Architects: 4 BOA-SIA CPD Points
Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects: Up to 18 CPD Points including Technical Tour
Taiwan Institute of Landscape Architects: 20 CPD Points

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

Who Will Be at the Congress?

Join these attendees who have confirmed their seats:

Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia) · Changi Airport Group (Singapore) · Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) · Deakin University (Australia) · Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) · Frasers Property Singapore · GuocoLand Singapore · Harbin Institute of Technology (China) · Housing Department, Hong Kong Housing Authority · Huayi Ecological Landscape Architecture (China) · Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya) · Parks and Recreation Foundation (Japan) · Seibu Landscape (Japan) · Sentosa Development Corporation · Seoul National University (Korea) · Singapore Polytechnic · Singapore University of Technology and Design · STX Landscape Architects (Singapore) · Surbana Jurong Consultants (Singapore) · Sydney Olympic Park Authority (Australia) · University of Cambridge (UK) · Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology (China)… and many more

Exciting Line-up of Fringe Events

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

Join us as we celebrating the winners of the first-ever AAPME Awards 2018 (Africa, Asia Pacific & Middle East) and the IFLA Asia-Pacific LA Luminary Awards 2017.

The AAPME Awards is a cross regional collaborative platform created to showcase single and multi-disciplinary projects grounded in urban landscapes. IFLA Asia-Pacific region will also be awarding the IFLA Asia-Pac LA Luminary Award 2017 to the CEOs of Gardens by the Bay, Housing & Development Board, National Parks Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority for their achievements in shaping our city and strengthening communities.

This inaugural international award is specially curated to commemorate outstanding landscape design and planning works and practices, and it is open to all IFLA regions and practitioners around the world for projects within the Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.  Secure your Awards Gala seat here.

The accompanying IFLA World Congress Singapore 2018 sponsor showcase will feature an inclusive display of landscaping solutions and innovations in the region, creating a platform for attendees to connect and collaborate, paving the way for better and more sustainable living.

Held in conjunction with IFLA World Congress 2018 is the Singapore Garden Festival (SGF).  A biennial event, positioned to be amongst the top flower and garden shows on the international calendar, SGF is the first garden show to showcase creations from the world’s top award-winning garden and floral designers under one roof, to be held from 21 July to 3 August 2018.  This is the seventh time the NParks-organised event will enchant local and international visitors alike.  Key highlights at this year’s festival include the highly popular landscape and fantasy show gardens and the floral windows to the world displays.

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore: Contact Us

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IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

We hope to see you at the IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore!

~ By the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) / SingEx

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore


A truly global federation, International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) currently represents 76 national associations from Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, and a newly emerging region in the Middle East.  Our mission is to create globally sustainable and balanced living environments for the benefit of humanity worldwide.

IFLA officially represents approximately 25,000 landscape architects across the world – the actual number of landscape architects is estimated to be about three times that.  We have just been through a significant transformation to create a new, forward-thinking and more effective organisation.

Our strategic aim is to become more indispensable through the excellent services we provide to our members and through leadership that raises the profile of the profession and increases advocacy via national and international governments and NGO’s.

For more information, please visit

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

SingEx Exhibitions is a subsidiary of SingEx Holdings, which is wholly owned by Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s investment company. SingEx Exhibitions harnesses insights and its strategic networks to organise and manage a series of trade exhibitions and conferences in various industries, including automotive, education, environment, e-commerce and logistics, technology, healthcare and lifestyle. These events aim to connect businesses in Asia and globally, and facilitate business matching with opportunities along with knowledge sharing.

For more information, visit

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudio to Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

July 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudios is a Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

CitiesAlive 2018

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudio is a keynote at CitiesAlive 2018 in New York from September 24-28.

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the theme of the event is Green Infrastructure: Designing the Future of ResilienceCitiesAlive 2018 will explore topics like flood management, biodiversity, biophilic design, urban agriculture, vertical forests, coastal greening, green finance, new performance metrics, advancements in green infrastructure policy and regulations and new research findings.

Susannah Drake stands out in the design industry as a forward thinker and leader in urban design.  With professional design qualifications in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Susannah amalgamates ecology, infrastructure and aesthetically pleasing designs in every project she works on.  In 2005, Susannah founded DLANDstudio, a multidisciplinary firm made up of scientists, urban designers, graphic designers, architects and landscape architects based in Brooklyn, NY.

The award-winning and internationally recognized firm designs multifunctional landscape systems to address urban challenges and create more resilient spaces.

DLANDstudio recently designed an open space unlike any other, the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park in New York.  Bordered by industrial buildings and residential neighborhoods, the Gowanus canal has accumulated pollution and toxins over the past few decades.  DLANDstudio’s master plan for the canal will connect public and private lands, include recreational spaces running the length of the canal and connective stitching between land and water.  The revitalization of the canal is especially impressive as it has been designed to be a working landscape that will continue to improve the environment of the canal over time.

Another notable project of DLANDstudio is a linear park planned for Queens.  The 60-year old abandoned Rockaway Long Island Railroad (LIRR) was the center of debate for a number of years.  The project, similar to the High Line, presents an opportunity for outdoor classrooms for neighboring schools and the potential for economic growth.  It will also reduce car dependency in the area, with more than 100,000 people living within a 10-minute walk of the QueensWay.  DLANDstudio will bring its multidisciplinary approach to create a landscape that fosters community engagement and is ecologically productive.

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudios is a Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudio is a keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

Along with esteemed Susannah Drake, CitiesAlive 2018 features over 80 expert speakers, a trade show, networking events, guided local tours and training opportunities.

For more information on CitiesAlive 2018 and to register, visit

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudios is a Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Visit for more information.

Contact Steven Peck, GRHC founder and president at and 416-971-4494 x 233.