Celebrate Earth Month with Greenroofs.com! Enter the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall” 2016 Photo Contest

April 7, 2016 at 4:49 pm

April is Earth Month, a 30-day emphasis on our planet, sustainability, and how we can make the world a better place, and April 22 is the 46th year we celebrate Earth Day.  Earth Day Network is the global organizer behind Earth Day and creates tools and resources for you to get involved with Earth Day in your community, and there are tons of activities planned across the world.

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Read “10 Tips to Celebrate Earth Month!” from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net via ISF.

April is also World Landscape Architecture Month, an international celebration of landscape architecture, and my own background.  Join us as we showcase environmental design and fight environmental apathy by highlighting some fantastic, endearing, earth-healing landscapes on roofs and walls.

Celebrate Greenroofs & Walls with our Earth Month Photo Contest

In celebration, once again Greenroofs.com is happy to announce our “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016#lovetheearthcontest

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Although we started this feature annually in 2010, we switched to featuring it biennially in off years of our biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture due to time overlapping, and we hope you join in.

The Essentials:

Submit your favorite picture on our special Facebook Contest tab of a beautiful greenroof or greenwall project by noon Eastern Time on Earth Day, April 22 – one entry per email.

Enter a caption for your photo including its name and location – tell us how it is a living example of loving the Earth and worthy of being an example of forward-thinking sustainable design.

Tell people to vote for you/yours – one vote per person.  Share it on social media with #lovetheearthcontest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Start voting for your favorite on Facebook at 12:01 pm Earth Day through the end of Earth Month, at 11:59 pm – one vote per entry on Facebook.

Decided purely by the most number of votes, 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!

More Info:

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.

What kinds of projects are eligible?  

Any and all types of real greenroofs or walls are eligible, any place on Earth, old or new. Most importantly, no concepts or Photoshopping will be accepted!

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The beautiful & popular 2014 Photo Contest winning entry: Green Wall in Israel by Asaf C.

Once voting is open, you can see all of the submitted projects on our Facebook page before voting for your favorite – and see who’s winning!

What do I have to do to enter the contest or vote?

Then, click here and follow the directions to submit your photo.  You’ve got just over two weeks to enter, and then you’ll have until April 30 to rally your friends, family, and colleagues to vote for your submission.

Does it have to be “my” project or just one of my favorites?

The contest is open to everyone, not just the roof/wall owner or the designers of record.  But you must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted.  Didn’t take the photo yourself?  Make sure you contact the source and check for any copyright issues and get it in writing.

How do people vote?

Once open on April 22 at 12:01 pm, click on the View Gallery tab and click on the photo you want to vote for. Use #lovetheearthcontest on social media.

“Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Photo ContestHow do I win?

The photo with the most votes will be announced as the winner.

What do I get if “my” project wins?

The winner will have “their” project highlighted on Greenroofs.com as an upcoming Greenroof or Greenwall Project of the Week, and receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card to spend on your favorite Spring project!

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Image courtesy of ponsulak at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Click here to see the Official Rules.

If you’re not already a fan of Greenroofs.com, we invite you to Like Us and stay connected.

Let’s honor Earth Month by participating in our “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016 with our living architecture community to help inspire awareness of and appreciation for our Earth’s environment!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall,

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

Enter the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest Now!

April 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

The details have been finalized, and you can now enter the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest for 2014!

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You’ve got just over two weeks to enter on our Facebook page and rally your friends, family and colleagues to vote for your submission.  At noon EDT on Earth Day 2014 – April 22 – the photo entry with the most votes will win a $100 Amazon.com gift card – plus receive a lot of publicity!

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PhotoContestIcononFacebookVisit our Facebook page to see all the details, enter and vote, but this is it in a nutshell:

To get the party started, click on the Earth Day Photo Contest icon.  Now you’re on the right page!  Then, to enter, hit the Enter tab on the left; to vote, hit the Vote tab.

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We started the Contest by submitting two project examples, a greenroof: the California Academy of Sciences (the cover of our 2014 Greenroofs of the World™ Calendar, photo by Tom Fox of SWA Group) and a greenwall: Musée du quai Branly (photo by me from a visit to Paris in 2010) – and someone’s already submitted the first real project, the Empire state Building, above.

Want a little more info about the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day 2014 Photo Contest?  Here it is:

What is it?

The mission of the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day 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, simple, and fun, and basically is a popularity contest among our international readership. Any and all types of greenroofs and greenwalls are eligible, any place on Earth.

All you have to do is submit a photo and tell your friends and colleagues vote for your favorite greenroof or living wall using hashtag #earthdayphotocontest in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! We’ll be keeping everyone updated on our Greenroofs.com Facebook Photo Contest page.

Each planted roof or wall needs to visually epitomize its relationship to our planet – it needs to show us how it is a living example of loving the Earth – in other words, don’t just send a close-up of pretty flowers! Show the greenroof or wall in context with its site.

The contest is open to everyone, not just the roof/wall owner or the designers of record. And voting is open to everyone, too, as many times as you like but only once per day, so tell your friends to vote for your submission! Enter early so you can get people to vote often!

What do I have to do to enter the contest?

Like us on Facebook first, then just click on the “Earth Day Photo Contest” icon and follow the directions:

1) Enter your email address;

2) Upload a stunning photo of a greenroof or greenwall.

3) Enter a caption for your photo including its name and location – tell us how it is a living example of loving the Earth and worthy of being an example of forward-thinking sustainable design to let everyone know why they should vote for this particular project photo.

4) Hit Enter and you’re in. Ask your friends to vote for you and tell others to spread the word by using hashtag #earthdayphotocontest in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

How do people vote?

Visit the Photo Gallery on the “Earth Day Photo Contest” Vote tab on Facebook and click the photo you want to vote for. You can vote once per day!

How do I win?

The photo with the most votes will be announced as the winner.

What do I get if “my” project wins?

The winner will have “their” project highlighted on Greenroofs.com as an upcoming Greenroof or Greenwall Project of the Week, and we’ll feature you in a Sky Gardens Blog interview so you can really tell us more about this living roof or wall and why you love it so much.

And, as a humble token of our esteem, the winner will also receive a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card.

Click here to see the Official Rules.

Enjoy and participate!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!

~ Linda V.

Get Your Photos Ready for the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest!

March 27, 2014 at 4:04 pm

After a one-year hiatus – still busy with with our second Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture – we are happy to announce our “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest for 2014!

Submit your favorite pictures of beautiful projects by Earth Day and receive a whopping $100 – a small token of our esteem.

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Inaugurated in 2010, we wanted to find a fun way to get our readers involved in honoring Earth Day, so we started the (almost) annual “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest!  But now we’ve added living walls to the mix.

Earth Day is April 22, and This Year’s Theme is Green Cities

Marking what many believe is the beginning of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day was created by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970.  Now in its 44th year, Earth Day promotes ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as encourages awareness of our growing ecological problems.

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Earth Day Network is the global organizer behind Earth Day and creates tools and resources for you to get involved with Earth Day in your community:

“Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment.

Like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities. With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future. Nothing is more powerful than the collective action of a billion people.” ~ Earth Day Network

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Celebrate Greenroofs & Walls with our Earth Day Photo Contest

All around the globe, people are gearing up to green their cities and communities for Earth Day.  Well, we do that every day with building and promoting living architecture, so why not get some exposure for your favorite project?

The mission of the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day 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 basically is a popularity contest among our international readership.  Any and all types of greenroofs or walls are eligible, any place on Earth.

All you have to do is submit a photo (or two) and tell your friends and colleagues vote for your favorite photo! We’ll be keeping everyone updated on the number of votes for each project on our Facebook page.

Each planted roof or wall needs to visually epitomize its relationship to our planet – it needs to show us that it’s a living example of loving the Earth – in other words, don’t just send a close-up of pretty flowers!  Show it in context with its site.

Yes, it has to be a gorgeous photo of a spectacular greenroof or greenwall, but remember that this is a popularity contest, too!

The contest is open to everyone, not just the roof owner or the designers of record.  And voting is open to everyone, so tell your friends to vote for your submission.

What do I have to do to enter the contest or vote?

Like us on Facebook first and then follow the directions to submit your photo(s).  We are finalizing the set-up, so start gathering your pics now and watch for an update post next week.  Check out previous winners here.

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Join Greenroofs.com by sharing your awesome photos of greenroofs and walls with our community to help inspire awareness of and appreciation for our Earth’s environment – and maybe get $100 to spend on your favorite Spring project!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Vote for the Green Bronx Machine in the Real Food Media Challenge Now!

February 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm

One of the 10 contest finalists, our friends over at the Green Bronx Machine need your support now by voting for them in the Real Food Media Challenge!

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Voting ends this Sunday on March 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST, so visit now!

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What is the challenge all about?

“The Contest is the project of the Real Food Media Project, a collaborative initiative using online movies and a web-based action center along with grassroots events around the country to spread the stories of sustainable food and farming. The Project is a program of Corporate Accountability International.” ~ Real Food Media Challenge

What is the Green Bronx Machine all about?  To start, it’s a federally registered and approved non-for-profit organization (501c3) who educates and promotes Urban Greenscaping with Mobile Edible Wall Units, Green Walls and Green Roofs; Urban Agriculture: Indoor, Mobile and Traditional Farming; Economic and Community Development: Youth and Adult Work Force Development and Senior Services, and much more:

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“Green Bronx Machine was born of the belief that we are all AMER-I-CANS! Together, we can grow, re-use resources and recycle our way into new and healthy ways of living; complete with self sustaining local economic engines. Inclusively and collectively, each and every member of our society offers a unique perspective with unlimited potential. Together, we can move those who are “apart from” society to become “part of” the driving force behind new solutions benefiting all of us.

Green Bronx Machine believes that the greening of America starts with the greening of hearts, minds and wallets rooted in triple bottom line orientations. Green Bronx Machine is dedicated to changing mind-sets and landscapes while harvesting hope and cultivating opportunities inclusively for all of America. Green Bronx Machine works to weave a city of neighborhoods into a united and prosperous One Bronx / Un Solo Bronx; where people do not have to leave their neighborhood to live, learn and earn in a better one!

Green Bronx Machine is zoned for people to live, work and play. Our hometown city that gave the world hip-hop and phunky fresh beats is now poised to grow and export locally grown, organic red beets along with our talent and diversity. Behold the glory and bounty that is Bronx County! Green Bronx Machine is coming to a city near you soon!” ~ Green Bronx Machine

I’m sure you’re familiar with the Green Bronx Machine’s founder, real go-getter and visionary Bronx educator and activist Stephen Ritz, and all the great work he and his team have done with high school students in the area for the past several years.

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He says,

“Help support my students and me in the Real Food Media Challenge by voting for Green Bronx Machine – the next generation of students who become graduates, citizens, chefs and healthy residents via urban farming – we  would greatly appreciate it while branding The Bronx in a whole new light!” ~ Stephen Ritz

Scroll down the Real Food Media Challenge page to the last video on the left to see their Green Bronx Machine video before voting – it’s only 2:50 long and it’s awesome!

Additional Info About Stephen Ritz:

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He and the Green Bronx Machine have been in the news a lot lately – on a Progressive auto ad, TNT’s Dramatic Difference, The Disney Channel’s Pass the Plate: Urban Farming, TEDx Traverse City in 2013, and here on Greenroofs.com.  We’ve covered him when he spoke at TEDxManhattan in January, 2012 with “Changing the Way We Eat” at the Times Center in New York City.

And you may have seen Steve’s 2011 PowerPoint presentation “The Green Bronx Machine” from our inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.  His presentation gave an overview of some of the issues in the Bronx as well as the positive effects of the Green Bronx Machine.  To watch, click below:

Note:  If you haven’t seen the passionate “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx” Panel Session that accompanied “The Green Bronx Machine” PowerPoint yet, please do – there is a lot of great interaction and information here among this very distinguished group of New Yorkers including New York State Senator Gustavo RiveraBronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.(Moderator) Robert BiederJon BeuttlerJess DannhauserJavier Lopez and Steve Ritz Just click below.

Remember, voting for the Green Bronx Machine in the Real Food Media Challenge ends March 2nd at 11:59 pm EST.  Please show your support for growing fresh local produce on greenwalls, greenroofs, and community gardening by casting your vote for the Green Bronx Machine!

As Steven says, Sí, se puede!  Yes, we can!

~ Happy Greening, Linda V.