Come to the World Green Roof Congress 2010 in Mexico City on October 7-9!

September 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm

The Mexican Association for Green Roofing (AMENA by its acronym in Spanish), the Government of Mexico City’s Environment Secretary and the World Green Infrastructure Network  (WGIN) are presenting the World Green Roof Congress 2010 in Mexico City, Mexico on October 7-9, and we’ll be there.   I’ll be presenting our “2010 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” here and hope to connect with colleagues I’ve only known via email and make new connections with professionals from across the globe, and specifically Latin America.

Did you know this is the first time a major greenroof conference is being held in Latin America?   Green architecture is not new here, and greenroofs and greenwalls are sprouting up throughout the  Spanish speaking (and Portuguese – we can’t forget Brazil!) populations of Mexico, Chile, Brazil,  Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Peru, and more.   In fact, in terms of greenroof development, Mexico is one of the leading Latin American countries in square meters greened,  and Mexico City is the first city in Latin America to adopt a technical standard for the installation of greenroofs: the environmental standard NADF-013- RNAT.   Created by the Government of Mexico City’s Environment Secretary, this standard provides technical specifications for the installation of greenroofs in the city.

I don’t want to let all of the cats out of my bag yet, but Haven Kiers and my  “2010 Top 10 List” includes “The Greening of Latin America” in the #5 position – look for a press release soon on the rest!   This  Congress  represents an excellent business opportunity – anyone doing business or looking to do business in any of these countries should not miss out on this premier event!

“The Congress is a forum to promote green infrastructure for sustainable urban development. This exciting event will provide a better understanding of the benefits of different facets of green infrastructure. Furthermore, it will encourage the implementation and innovation of both green roofs and walls as well as other aspects of sustainable urban development.” ~ 2010 World Green Roof Congress Mexico City website

Experts from across the globe will be on hand to share experience and insights including Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Canada, the United States, Colombia, Cuba, Greece, Germany, Spain, India, Japan  and Australia,  and will provide a platform for the presentation of case studies, research results and policy initiatives with a particular focus on Latin American experiences.   The Congress will be simultaneously translated in English and Spanish.

Congress organizer Tanya Müller Garcia, President of founding WGIN  member AMENA  (Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas), says the Congress “will promote the implementation of green roofs and walls, offering innovative opportunities for the exchange of experiences and knowledge.”   Topics will include successful urban green infrastructure practices, environmental policy and the implementation of green technologies in large cities, scientific research, and the aesthetics and design of urban green infrastructure.


The Congress will be held at the beautiful five-star  Hilton Hotel Mexico City Reforma.   The hotel is ideally located on the Paseo de la Reforma, just steps away from Mexico City’s historical center, and there are four other area hotels that are offering us discounted rates.   On the third day of the Congress, participants can choose to either take a Course on  “Construction systems and guidelines for green roofs” – available only in Spanish – or take  one of two  Tours.   Each tour will visit six sites, providing the opportunity to visit  cutting-edge greenroof and wall projects in both public and private spaces.   Some of the greenroofs include these projects:

Being half-Latin myself (I’m half-Chilean), I’m very proud of the continuing proliferation of ecologically aware designs in Latin America and am looking forward to spending some time here in the vibrant metropolis of Mexico City.   (By the way, my Velazquez last name comes from my Cuban husband, Aramis!)

The cost for the Congress is a very affordable $250, which includes access to all conference presentations, coffee breaks, trade show, inaugural cocktail, closing cocktail and the guided greenroof and greenwall  tour.   If you are interested in Sponsorship opportunity information, download the brochure here, and for Exhibitor information, click here.   Below is one of the greenwall projects on the tour, the Restaurante Salotto in Mexico City:


Read all about the Congress in English or Spanish, and to register, click here.   For additional information about the World Green Roof Congress 2010 in Mexico City, please contact Luis Feijóo ( or Ulrike Grau ( or call AMENA: + 52-55-5676-2619.

Hope to see you there!   Espero verlos en el Congreso! ~ Linda V.

Visit Ed and Christine next week at the 2010 World Green Roof Congress in London!

September 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm is once again a Media Sponsor for the 2010 World Green Roof Congress in London on September 15 and 16, 2010, and we’re excited about the impressive line-up of renowned, international speakers set to deliver an outstanding program addressing Green Roofs for a Changing Climate.  

Aramis and I made it to the inaugural Congress in 2008, but unfortunately, a heavy travelling schedule this year didn’t make it possible for us to attend.   Although we won’t have a booth at this year’s Congress, two of our Contributing Editors, Ed Snodgrass and Christine Thuring, will be in attendance.   Please find them to say hello; it’s great to meet face-to-face!

Ed Snodgrass will be speaking at 11:25 on Wednesday, September  15 when he’ll present “Green Roofs and Ecosystem Services – How plant and media choices can change our urban environment for the better.”

Keynote speakers include:
– Tom Liptan, City of Portland, Oregon, USA
– Ed Snodgrass, Green Roof Plants, USA
– Dusty Gedge,, UK
– Stephen Brenneisen, Zurich University of Applied Science, Switzerland
– Nigel Dunnett, University of Sheffield, UK

Be sure also to check out our latest guest feature article, Green Roofs for a Changing Climate – The 2nd London World Green Roof Congress, by Dusty Gedge, Director of

Read more from the 2010 World Green Roof Congress organizers,  our colleagues at CIRIA and

Happy Greening in London and beyond!

~ Linda V.

The American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting & EXPO in Washington, D.C., September 10-13

September 4, 2010 at 7:04 pm

By Susan Apollonio

The American Society of Landscape Architects will host the 2010 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Washington D.C., September 10-13.   More than 6,000 landscape architecture professionals from around the globe will gather at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.   The theme will be Earth Air Water Fire DESIGN.

With more than 400 exhibitors, the ASLA EXPO is the largest trade show within the $140 billion dollar a year landscape design industry.   Attendees will have the opportunity to explore hundreds of new products, services, technology applications, and design solutions “” all under one roof.    Consistently rated by attendees as “the most valuable event” of the conference, the EXPO presents companies, looking to reach this industry, a number of marketing opportunities including advertising, exhibitor, and sponsorship packages.

A great value for busy professionals, the meeting will feature more than 134 education sessions, field sessions, and tours over four days.   Full registration offers attendees the opportunity to earn up to 21 professional development hours.   In addition to qualifying for credit under the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES™), a multitude of programs have been approved for AICP, AIA, and USGBC continuing education credit.

One of the many meeting highlights is the ASLA Awards Ceremony, held each year to honor the best in landscape architecture from around the world.   Newcomers to the field will be introduced to the top landscape architecture firms and designers and seasoned professionals will enjoy a glimpse into the future of the profession.

Join ASLA  this month  for this exciting event!

~ Susan Apollonio, Marketing Manager, American Society of Landscape Architects

To register aned learn more, please visit ASLA  Annual Meeting & EXPO.

International Skyrise Greenery Conference: Early Bird Discount Ends August 27

August 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

If you’re a subscriber to our eNewsletter, then you already know a bit about the International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) in lovely Singapore.

Organized  by CUGE, a project of the National Parks Board of Singapore, and the International Green Roof Association  (IGRA), the conference will be held at the National Library from November 1-3, 2010 and will bring together hundreds of  participants from around the world.   The theme of the 3-day international conference is “Surfaces of Creativity: Spaces of Delight” and will focus on the latest technological developments and new areas of application in the field of green roofs and vertical greenery.   An international exhibition offering the latest skyrise greenery-related products and services in the market will be held concurrently with the conference.

Singapore is an island nation brimming with diversity and has a multiplicity of culture, language, arts and architecture – plus lush, tropical greenery with an impressive  track record  of progressive roof and wall greening!   Who can forget the stunning School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, below?

Come learn from international experts, including these stellar Keynote Speakers:

Emilio Ambasz of Emilio Ambasz & Associates; Patrick Blanc of the  French National Centre for Scientific Research; Prof. Dr. Manfred Köhler of the  University Neubrandenburg; and Dr. Ken Yeang of Llewelyn Davies Yeang

Take part in the ISGC’s all day tour featuring exclusive access to  these six important, exciting  projects:

Sky Park at Marina Bay Sands; Public housing carpark rooftop greenery innovation at Toa Payoh; Pinnacle@Duxton; The Orchard Residences; Gardens by the Bay  and Marina Barrage.

“Learn firsthand from the site architects about the challenges of building a 200m high sky park, be inspired by the ingenuity of developing a low cost patented skyrise greening system that requires minimal maintenance, and more!” ~ ISGC

To  see  the complete line-up of speakers, register, and learn more, visit the International Skyrise Greenery Conference website.   By the way, the fees are listed in SGD, not USD – use this Currency Converter for your particular currency.

One  very important date to remember is August 27, which is the deadline for the Early Bird Discount!   In today’s challenging economy it’s great to have the opportunity to save money wherever we can, so I encourage you to register soon (go for the package deal!).

Hopefully we’ll see you there – I’ll be presenting the 2010 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall  Design by Haven Kiers and myself.   Aramis and I have never been to Singapore, and are really looking forward to seeing some awesome roof and vertical greenery, as well as the beautiful sights and  the island’s  rich historical heritage.

Singapore’s unique offerings place it in a class of its own and the  International Skyrise Greenery Conference’s many educational, professional and networking activities  will ensure that you (and perhaps your family?)  have an enjoyable conference and holiday.

~ Linda V.