Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

May 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm

Green Roofs #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

Green Roofs #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

On April 18 I participated in our first Twitter Chat with The Global Grid.  Along with our fellow panelists Dusty Gedge, Tesse Duste, and Ben Flanner, Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid hosted the live event and I have to say it was pretty cool!

I’ll take this opportunity to thank Sarah of The Global Grid for reaching out to us, as they say.

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Green Roofs #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

To get an idea of what you missed, check out Sarah’s post Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap.  Here’s an excerpt:

April’s #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat was dedicated to green roofs, a special sustainable building feature gaining popularity in cities around the world. During our chat, we asked if green roofs benefit more than the buildings they sit atop and if their many benefits extend to the city level; contributing to citywide sustainability goals.

We are pleased to have been joined by Greenroofs.com to co-host this special World Landscape Architecture Month chat, and by four green roofs experts in Europe and the United States who constituted the chat panel:

The conversation was structured around five questions. Our panelists’ answers were perceptive and insightful. Check a summary of their contributions below:

  1. Green roof design and type depend greatly on the structure of their host building

Green roofs present an extra load that should be accounted for in the structural calculations of new buildings or tolerated by the structures of existing buildings. While growing food might be one of the most popular features of green roofs, most existing buildings structures are not apt to carry the extra weight of intensive green roofs. Retrofitting projects can, therefore, be often limited to installing extensive green roofs which still have great environmental benefits.

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  1. Green roof costs are offset by their long-term benefits at the building and community scale

Green roofs are long-term investments. At the building level, they extend the roof’s life, reduce its energy costs and increase the property’s overall value. The benefits for the community are even greater. Green roofs contribute to making communities more sustainable and climate resilient. Accessible green roofs create additional open spaces for community activities and increase a neighborhood’s brand value, which attracts more development and investment creating a virtuous cycle of benefits.

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Read more at The Global Grid here.

Virtually Fast & Furious

It was also my first time utilizing the TweetDeck app, and I ended up opening 5 more columns to follow everyone – of course, Aramis helped me and enjoyed the experience, too.  Here are a couple of screen shots:

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You know we are no strangers to Virtual Events, and think this is another great way to communicate the world over – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture – at no or relatively no expense.

If you couldn’t join us, please do in our next Twitter Chat venture.  And, if fast and furious along with greenroofs and walls excite you, join us in a Twitter Chat soon!

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I’m not sure when that will be, but we’ll let you know and welcome your ideas for future topics and collaborations!

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

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru – Rethinking Sustainability: June 4-6

May 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru:

Rethinking Sustainability with Green Walls, Green Roofs and Greening the City

The World Green Infrastructure Network and Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) present the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2018 Bengaluru on June 4th and 5th.  The WGIC will be hosted in Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, India for the first time in its 11-year history.

And, this is the first time an event of this scale is being hosted in the Indian sub-continent.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

Bangalore city skyline showing UB City to the left and Richmond Town area to the right. Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim – Own work under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Venue

The WGIC will be hosted in The LaLiT Ashok Hotel Bangalore, a 5-star property centrally located in Bengaluru.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The WGIC 2018 brings together expert speakers and researchers from around the world to share their immense knowledge and experience on sustainable practices such as development of Green Roofs, Vertical Gardening, Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Green City Planning, Water Sensitive Urban Design, Policies, and more.

In its illustrious 11-year history, the WGIC has previously taken center stage in 10 different countries.  Most recent was Berlin, Germany in 2017.  Every year, prospective organizers of the event engage in a competitive bidding process to secure the privilege of hosting the event.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The Hesaraghatta Lake in Bangalore. By The original uploader was Nikkul at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The event is organized by the Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) an NGO whose vision is to enable World Class Sustainable Practices to be adhered to in India and the Sub continent.

“We are bringing together the core stakeholders like Architects, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects, Green Planners and Engineers, Builders and Developers, Business Leaders, Environmentalists, Research Students, Institutions, Related Government Departments, Decision Makers, etc., from 40 plus countries and the Indian Sub Continent.”~ IGIN

Prominent International Speakers

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

More than 60 speakers and 40 exhibitors will feature on the program agenda.  Delegates will get the opportunity to interact and share ideas with some the leaders of modern green architecture, including the highest level of the government responsible for urban planning and development.

Some of the prominent speakers are:

  • Manfred Kohler, President – World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN)
  • Patrick Blanc, French botanist – French National Centre for Scientific Research
  • Steven Peck, President – Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)
  • Prof. Dr. Julian Briz, Emeritus Professor, President of PRONATUR
  • Rick Thomas, Founding Director and Principal Arborist – ArborCulture Singapore
  • Matthew Dillon, President – Green Roofs Australasia, & eVP WGIN
  • Aslan Jonoubi, President – IGIN (Iranian Green Infrastructure Network)
  • Wang Zhaolong, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
  • Andres Ibanez, School of Architecture and Urban Design, National University of Colombia
  • C. Chandrashekaran, Team Leader – M&E Uttarakhand Decentralised Watershed Development Project
  • Raosaheb Borgude, Senior General Manager – Reliance Industries in Horticulture department
  • Sunil D. Gorantiwar, Professor and HOD Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Mahatma Phule (Krishi Vidyapeeth) Agricultural University, Rahuri
  • Maria Boey, Planner, Architect Urban Designer and Landscape Designer
  • Nisha Mathew Ghosh, Founder – Mathew and Ghosh Sustainable Creationcare Foundation
  • Dr. C. Subesh Ranjith Kumar, Assistant Professor (Horticulture) – The Horticultural College and Research Institute (HC&RI) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  • Dr. Chellaiah Sellamuthu, Director (Hort.) – New Delhi Municipal Council
  • Isabel de Felipe, Professor – Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)
  • Ms. Nur Faezah Mohd Sanif, Deputy Director – National Parks Board (Singapore)
  • Martha Weber, President – Polish Green Roofs Association
  • Kishore N, Principal – The Concise Desines, Landscape Architecture Planning Studio
  • Jeffrey Bruce, Owner – Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC)
  • Chitra. K. Vishwanath, Managing Director – Biome Environmental Solutions

Why WGIC 2018?

The objective of the WGIC is to empower attendees with the latest technologies and developments and offer plausible solutions for important environmental issues.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

Hema Kumar, Founder of IGIN, says,

“Make Green As Much As You Can
Save Green As Much As You Can
Give Green As Much As You Can

Topics such as maintaining natural biodiversity, ecological building designs, Green architecture and sustainable urban planning will be discussed in the international congress. The event will show the world that India, can and will, lead the way for green infrastructure development in South East Asia.”

~ Hema Kumar, Indian Green Infrastructure Congress

Visit WGIC 2018 Bengaluru

To know more regarding your trip, visa info and more, write in to info@wgicbengaluru.com or visit the website – www.wgicbengaluru.com.

 

~ Indian Green Infrastructure Network

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) is an NGO set up to create and develop World-Class Green Sustainable cities in India. IGIN is a membership driven NGO set up to develop and carry out nation-wide environmental education programmes and activities. We believe India is a country whose people are its greatest resource. To implement our ground breaking ideas, we need the help of the interested and qualified public. Here in India we have the resources for every possible idea. Now along with IGIN, we have the knowledge and experts, too. It is time we harnessed our strengths.

IGIN is associated with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), which is the association of National Green Building Organisations.

 

Join Urban Harvest STL at the 4th Annual FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

May 2, 2018 at 11:36 am

Help local St. Louis nonprofit Urban Harvest STL grow food and opportunity for those living in under-resourced neighborhoods by participating in their 2018 event season.

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

Urban Harvest STL’s Event Season Begins with FOOD ROCKS! Concert on May 19th

Urban Harvest STL kicks off their 2018 event season with the 4th annual FOOD ROCKS!  Concert transplanting an outdoor experience right to the heart of St. Louis.  You can unwind atop the FOOD ROOF Farm or play sand volleyball in the courts below.  Savor FOOD ROOF inspired cocktails, beer or wine, and food by Mission Taco Joint while listening to live music by local bands Flatwoods and Modern Gold.

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

This fundraiser benefits Urban Harvest STL and St. Louis MetroMarket’s work on building an equitable food system in St. Louis.

Many Events for the 4th Urban Harvest STL Season

FOOD ROCKS! Concert is just the beginning.  May through October, Urban Harvest STL will provide an array of farm flow yoga events, workshops, happy hours and harvest dinners with prestigious local chefs featuring exquisite multi-course meals with beverage pairings and live music atop the one-of-a-kind FOOD ROOF Farm in downtown St Louis.

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit urbanharveststl.org/events/.

For more information contact:

Kayla Hatcher
Urban Harvest STL
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
314.706.4066
kayla@urbanharveststl.org
Urbanharveststl.org

~ Urban Harvest STL

Publisher’s Note: See the FOOD ROOF Farm Project Profile in the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

ABOUT URBAN HARVEST STL

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

Urban Harvest STL builds community around inclusive and resilient local food systems in St. Louis. It grows organic produce at six farms in the heart of the city – where our most pressing nutritional needs exist – and donates its harvest to support people who need it most in our communities. Through collaboration with local nonprofits, a collective vision, and shared resources, it is addressing food insecurity and accelerating its impact in the community.

For more information visit urbanharveststl.org.

#TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post – Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

April 11, 2018 at 3:34 pm

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Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid just posted their Twitter Pre-chat Post online – see Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post for our upcoming Twitter Chat.

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TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Here’s just a short excerpt:

“Sustainability sits at the top of the priorities of many cities across the world, especially since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Paris Climate Agreement by the United Nations in 2015. It is important that the impact of different sustainability measures and solutions, including green roofs, become measurable. More research and data should be collected, at the urban and metropolitan scale, to quantify the contribution of green roofs to achieving city sustainability goals. Measuring green roofs impact on stormwater management, air, and water quality would especially allow cities to strategically allocate resources for the installation of green roofs and make them part of city sustainability agendas.

Does your city have green roofs? How do green roofs contribute to a city’s livability? And what impact do they have on a city’s overall sustainability?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below and join us at #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat to answer these questions and more, with our co-host, Greenroofs.comLinda Velazquez, ASLA, LEED™ AP, GRP, publisher, and editor of Greenroofs.com will be on our experts’ panel along with Tessa Duste (Moss Amsterdam), Ben Flanner (Brooklyn Grange) and Dusty Gedge (Living Roofs). Save the date: Wednesday, April 18th at 12:00 p.m PT.”

~ Sarah Essbai, The Global Grid

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Join Dusty Gedge, Tesse Duste, Ben Flanner & me on April 18 for The Global Grid Greenroofs Twitter Chat!

Contribute to #TheGlobalGrid Polls

The Global Grid has three polls up on the Pre-Chat Post: Are there any green roofs in your city?, Which city has the highest rate of vegetated roofs?, and Which city has the highest rate of vegetated roofs?

Contribute your opinion!

Join #TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs for a Twitter Chat Together Next Wednesday, April 18

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The Time?

Join us for the one-hour The Global Grid Twitter Chat held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from:

12 pm – 1 pm PT

Where?

#TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat

You can also read all about How To Do It there, in case you’re new.

Convert for your time zones, and we hope to hear from you at #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat with us #Greenroofs next Wedenesday, April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT!

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