Congrats to the Winners of THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards from the WGIC 2016!

October 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm

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I was honored to be a judge for the inaugural THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards, and I’m pleased to congratulate the winners and acknowledge everyone who participated!

Organized by the Colombian Network of Green Infrastructure RECIVE (Red Colombiana de Infraestructura Vegetada), World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), and partner universities, winners will be celebrated at the upcoming World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2016 on October 19 -21 in Bogotá.

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

We had 32 awesome projects in four tracks and two categories submitted from across the globe, with 12 entries in the Global category and 20 in the Latin America category.  The entries were extremely professional in detail and presentation, and I have to say in most cases it was very difficult for me to rate one higher than another.  And I’m sure that same held true for the other judges.

Winners of THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards 2016:

1ST Place. Design Track. Global Category:

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1ST Place. Design Track.  Latin America Category:

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1ST Place. Research & Innovation Track. Senior Students. Global.  Country:  U.S.A.:

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1ST Place. Research & Innovation Track. Senior Students. Latin America:

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1ST Place. Design Track. Junior Students:

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1ST Place. Environment Track.  Global Category:

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1ST Place. Environment Track.  Latin America Category:

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1ST Place. Community Track.  Latin America Category:

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1ST Place. Research & Innovation Track.  Latin America Category:

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1ST Place. Research & Innovation Track. Senior Students:

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Congratulations to the 2nd Place Winners of THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards 2016:

Design GLOBAL CATEGORY: LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory by Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, Spain;
Design LATIN AMERICA CATEGORY: Jardín pulmón Lineal Cubiertas estaciones TroleBus Quito by Santiago Jacome, Ecuador;
Environment GLOBAL CATEGORY: Amy’s Restaurant by SYMBIOS, U.S.A.
Environment LATIN AMERICA CATEGORY: Santalaia by Exacta Proyecto Total, Colombia;
COMMUNITY LATIN AMERICA CATEGORY: Mercado Ecológico Solidario de la provincia del Sumapaz by Asopromes, Colombia

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards 2016 Ceremony will be held on October 20.  It’s impossible in terms of space to highlight more of the winners’ work plus everyone else, but you can see ALL of the information for the 32 submissions in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Booklet below:

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Click to download THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Booklet.

It’s certainly not too late to join us in the bustling and safe metropolis of Bogotá where RECIVE and WGIN will welcome you to great infrastructure projects, warm people, economic opportunities, and the cultural richness of one of the leading hubs in Latin America.

And, if you read the recent post about the WGIC 2016 from Andrés Ibáñez (founder of the WGIC2016 Organizing Committee, founder and director of the technical and scientific committee RECIVE), you’ll be familiar with the following reasons to join us – one of my favorites is the last one!

10 Reasons to Come to Colombia and Bogotá:

  • Colombia is the most biodiverse country per square meter.
  • Colombia is the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world.
  • Bogotá’s got the perfect weather all year round.
  • Bogotá’s got the fastest growing market of green infrastructure in Latin America.
  • Colombia is one of the CIVETS (Countries with an economic prospect after BRICS).
  • Colombian culture captures the best from Europe, Africa and America.
  • Bogotá is one of the C40 Sustainable cities.
  • Bogota’s surroundings have the largest Paramo ecosystems in the world (unique highlands in the tropics).
  • The Congress will take place in Connecta, a redevelopment with green buildings and landscapes.
  • Everyone in Colombia knows how to dance!
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Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

Register Here

Book Discounted Flights and Accommodations:

Register for the Congress to find great deals in accommodation and flights.  Upon registration, e-mail the travel agency CONTACTOS for a promotional code to book discounted flights with AVIANCA.  CONTACTOS will also help you process discounted accommodation at A-LOFT, the official hotel located steps away from the Congress venue.  Tell CONTACTOS about your travel plans in Bogotá and other towns in Colombia for a seamless visiting experience.  Contact: congresosbogota@contactos.com.co.

More World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016 Info:

Read the 34-page brochure “Bogotá: The Next Green City” which includes Milestones of Green Infrastructure, Colombia: The Rebirth of a Country, Colombia is Magical RealismTop 10 Places to Visit in Bogotá – plus much more information.

Visit the Congress website http://www.wgicbogota2016.com/ to learn all about the WGIC 2016, and for all questions, contact Andrés Ibáñez at:

andres.ibanez@recive.org and info@recive.org
Phone: +57 1 6916757 and +57 3185380706
Fax: +57 1 218157

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If you go, on Thursday, October 20 I’ll be presenting my “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate Changing World” before the Awards Ceremony – see the complete Agenda.

Hopefully we’ll see you in beautiful and green Bogotá next week!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Come to Bogota for the 2016 WGIC: Awards Program & Early Bird Discount Due This Friday!

August 17, 2016 at 5:06 pm

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Have you taken advantage of the Early Bird Discount Registration for the 2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress (2016 WGIC), held in beautiful Bogotá on October 19 – 21, 2016?  Don’t miss out on the savings ending this Friday!

Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 19, 2016

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And, have you entered your projects in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards yet?  Organized by RECIVE, WGIN, and partner universities, THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is open to institutions, designers, researchers, and students in various categories.

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Award Submissions Deadline: August 19, 2016 (World Humanitarian Day)

Join colleagues and industry professionals from across the world in the very green capital of Bogotá, Colombia, this fall for the 2016 WGIC to gather and talk about the positive impact of green infrastructure on urban environmental quality and on the well-being of people who live in cities.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Presented by the Colombian Network of Green Infrastructure RECIVE (Red Colombiana de Infraestructura Vegetada) alongside the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), the World Green Infrastructure Congress is a world-class event that every year attracts experts from 25 countries to discuss the latest advances on urban Green Infrastructure.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

This year, Bogotá has the privilege of hosting the event on the 19th, 20th and 21st of October after previous years events held in Japan, Australia, France, China, and Mexico.  The World Green Infrastructure Network appointed the capital of Colombia for its leadership in the development of the building greening industry over the last 8 years in which more than 300,000 m2 of concrete surfaces were turned into living landscapes.

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Located at 8,600 feet above sea level in the geographical center of the country, and with approximately 7.6 million people living in its metropolitan area, Bogotá is by far the biggest urban center of the country and the sixth biggest city in Latin America.  Colombia is considered a diverse country given its culture, geography, and rich history making it a unique and genuine travel destination.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

The congress venue will be the new convention center, CONNECTA, a 250,000 m2 green city within the megacity of Bogotá.  With many buildings having received LEED Gold certification, CONNECTA introduces the concept of “business ecosystem” in Colombia: a working environment that fosters well-being and follows cutting-edge green design – covered with greenroofs!

“During the two days of lectures and discussions, the leading experts will show the most successful applications of green infrastructure in the world, the best research initiatives, the most outstanding projects, the latest technologies and the most recent incentive-oriented policies for building greening. On the third day, the congress audience will go to strategic places of Bogotá with the international experts. In this guided tours the visitors will be able to know in detail the best projects of green roofs and living walls, unique local flora and ecosystems, and local communities that do urban farming on the roofs of their houses.” ~ WGIC2016

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WGIC 2016 Highlights

Key Facts:

More than 30 speakers; More than 20 international speakers; 400 – 500 attendees; Trade Fair with 25 stands; First World Green Congress in South America; Technical, Social and Environmental Tours; Green Awards in four categories; Business Roundtables; Technical and Commercial Lectures.

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Congress Topics:

City Greening and Cultural Services – Technonatures: Technique and Installation – Policy and Economics of Green – Supporting Services Come to Town – Regulating Services in the New Eco-urban – Provisioning Services in the New Eco-urban – Project and Design: Rethinking Green – International Case Studies – After Green: Future Trends – Latin American Green.

Keynotes and Speakers:

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L to R: James Ramsey, Patrick Blanc, Manfred Köhler, and Dusty Gedge.

You’ll hear from awesome international presenters including WGIC 2016 co-organizer Andrés Ibañez (RECIVE and the Latin America Green Infrastructure Network) from Colombia; Mexico City Secretary of Environment Tanya Müller García, Mexico; James Ramsey (The Lowline) from the U.S.; Patrick Blanc (Le Mur Vegetal) from France; Manfred Köhler (World Green Infrastructure Network) from Germany; Dusty Gedge (European Federation of Green Roof Associations -EFB- and livingroofs.org) from the UK; Steven Peck (Green Roofs for Healthy Cities) from Canada; me (Greenroofs.com) from the U.S. – plus many more!

See the full, jam-packed Agenda.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards:

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is a world-class competition that selects and promotes the best projects of Green Infrastructure that interface nature and man-made environment at any scale from micro to macro: objects, products, furniture, buildings, parks, master plans, green belts, bioswales, man-made wetlands, etc.

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Competition Tracks:

Environment: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Community: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Design: Concept designs or full designs proposed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.
Research and Innovation: Research Projects completed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.

Each track has two categories:

Global: Projects and authors from all countries except Latin American. Submission information must be in English.
Latin America: Projects and authors from Latin America. Submission information may be in English or Spanish.

All proposals submitted by students will be evaluated separately from the applications submitted by professionals and institutions.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Important Dates:

Submissions Deadline: August 19, 2016 (World Humanitarian Day)
Announcement of Winners: September 22 (World Car Free Day)
Awards Ceremony: October 20, World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016, Bogotá, Colombia.

If you have a great project located anywhere in the world that fits the requirements of these categories, we strongly encourage you to participate in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

“The congress will place Bogotá at the core of the latest urban environmental themes, with an agenda that goes beyond climate change. Experts and audience will discuss the urban transformation resulting from the positive impacts of Green Infrastructure: air purification, flood risk reduction, noise absorption, food production, generation of clean energy, mitigation of heat island effect, increase of natural habitat for species in risk of extinction, connection of local ecosystems with urban green belts, and creation of green areas for human recreation and contemplation.

These themes will open up a new chapter in the development of our cities towards eco-productive architecture and incremental urbanism.” ~ WGIC2016

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

More info:

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Visit: http://www.wgicbogota2016.com/ or contact: info@recive.org.

Don’t miss out on learning about green infrastructure and being a part of the bustling, musical, and magical Bogotá where warm hospitality mixes with modern and traditional every day – and don’t miss either the Early Bird Registration OR the Submission Deadline for THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards ending this Friday, August 19th!

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Aramis and I will be here in Bogotá, where I’ll be presenting and also have the privilege of being one of the jurors for THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.  We hope you will, too.

~ Saludos!

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

The Winner of Greenroofs.com’s “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016 Is…

May 1, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Love the Earth Plant a Roof or Wall Contest 2016

…Living Roofs, Otternes, Norway! The winner of Greenroofs.com’s “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016 received the highest number of votes at 173.

This photo was submitted by Dave Taube from his recent trip to Norway: 

These living roofs are located in the tiny village of Otternes, Norway, between Flam and Aurland.  These living roofs, so common in Scandinavia, not only compress the logs of the structures, but they insulate the houses and make the walls and roofs more airtight, so they are functional as well as attractive. ~ Dave Taube

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In second place is the Aleutian Spray Fisheries (Seattle, WA) which garnered 75 votes: “A green roof that helps the land, the air and the sea! So our children may have a beautiful world to live, work and play!”

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Aleutian Spray Fisheries, submitted by Columbia Green Technologies, came in second place.

And in third place receiving 50 votes is the Courtyard Marriott, Washington DC/Foggy Bottom: “The benefits of sustainable design with vegetative roofs have been recognized by the largest hotel operator in the world. Whether set up with seating for relaxation or as an intimate outdoor reception area, this Greenroof Patio offers the hotel’s guests the chance to love a little of the outdoors in the heart of a busy Metro area. The clever, contemporary design affords many guests the heartwarming vista of the flowerbeds and shrubs and sculpted blue aggregate “waves” from their room window or balcony.”

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Courtyard Marriott, Washington DC/Foggy Bottom, submitted by Barrett Company, came in third.

So Dave Taube will receive the whopping $100 Amazon.com Gift Card – just a small token of our esteem – congrats, and thanks for participating!

Thank you, too, to everyone who participated, both submitters and voters!

You know that this feature of ours is basically just a popularity contest among our international readership, created to stir up interest in all shapes and sizes of living architecture from across the world, and we do it in honor of April’s being Earth Month.  So the person with the greatest social network ends up the winner – not necessarily the “best” project, which is, of course, highly subjective in any case (and this is not a juried award of any kind).

We hope to feature all of these projects this year as upcoming Projects of the Week, and the contest participants will be encouraged to submit profiles to us for The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

These are the final tallies for all of the photo voting:

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Please join us again in 2018 for our next biennial “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest, using #lovetheearthcontest on social media.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall,

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Vote Now in the Greenroofs.com “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall” 2016 Photo Contest!

April 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Photo Contest

Happy Earth Day!

As of noon eastern time zone, voting is now open in our “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016! #lovetheearthcontest

We have a total of 8 entries, so for those of you who submitted, start telling people to vote for you/your project!

Remember, one vote per entry on Facebook.  Share it on social media with #lovetheearthcontest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  Voting will continue through the end of April, Earth Month, at 11:59 pm eastern time zone.

Here are the entries, 6 greenroofs and 2 greenwalls, from when they were entered, starting with the earliest:

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Residential Greenwall, Canada.

 

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Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Seattle, Washington, USA.

 

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Courtyard Marriott, Washington DC/Foggy Bottom, USA.

 

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Living Roofs, Otternes, Norway.

 

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Multnomah Building Green Roof, Portland, Oregon, USA.

 

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Bristol-Myers Squibb, Devens, Massachusetts, USA.

 

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Federal Building, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 

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Pinkberry Greenwalls, Alpharetta, Georgia, USA.

“Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Photo ContestAll of them are beautiful and special in their own way and deserve to be highlighted!

Visit our special “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016 page on Facebook to read a little more about each project and to vote.

Decided purely by the most number of votes on Facebook,
the winner will be announced on May 1, 2016 and receive a whopping $100 Amazon.com Gift Card – just a small token of our esteem – but you’ll get some publicity, too!

The mission of the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest is to create interest in all kinds, styles, and sizes of beautiful living architecture and highlight some outstanding designs.  It’s designed to be quick and simple, and is basically a popularity contest among our international readership, so promote, promote, promote.

Visit our Facebook page to see who’s winning!  Not your favorite?  Get others to vote for yours! Use #lovetheearthcontest on social media.

Click here to see the Official Rules.

Although it’s not necessary to see the photos or vote, if you’re not already a fan of Greenroofs.com, we invite you to Like Us and stay connected.

Learn what Earth Day Network has been doing across the world to encourage action and celebrate Earth Day 2016:

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Once again, Happy Earth Day, and thank you to the millions of you out there who honor our planet every day with your sustainable actions, policies, projects, and ideals!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall,

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher