In Memoriam: Caroline Menetre Totten

December 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm

With great regret and a heavy heart, we share the passing of the lovely and talented Caroline Menetre Totten of AML Leukemia with family and friends by her side on October 30, 2016.  Our heartfelt condolences are shared with her husband Dave Totten, family, friends, and colleagues she had accumulated in her joyous 60 years from both within and beyond the greenroof and greenwall world.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Caroline Menetre Totten

She was a dear, dear colleague of mine and Aramis and had become a wonderful friend to me.  It has been hard for me to finish this In Memoriam but Caroline deserves to be honored and recognized for the witty, funny, warm soul that she is, and what she meant to me.  For the past several years she had been an independent landscape designer, environmental horticulturist, and local organic garden manager. Yet many of you in our business knew her from being Greenroofs.com’s Student Intern from 2008 – 2009; with a chuckle she always said she was probably the oldest student intern ever – but loved it!  Caroline graduated in 2009 North Metro Tech in Atlanta with a degree in Environmental Horticulture with a specialization in Sustainable Urban Horticulture.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

L to R: Greenroofs.com Editors Caroline Menetre, Patrick Carey, Haven Kiers, and Linda and Aramis Velazquez at our exhibitor booth at CitiesAlive in Vancouver, B.C. in 2010.

Caroline with camera and field notebook in hand, August 2008.

We met in 2008 when Janet Faust (formerly with JDR Enterprises here in Alpharetta, and also a dear colleague) was teaching an Environmental Horticulture class at North Metro Tech and had asked me to come in and talk to the students about greenroofs. This was Caroline’s second degree – her first was in Commercial Art from Mississippi University for Women.  In fact, before moving to Marietta, Georgia she was employed for 20 years as senior art director with one of northwest Florida’s most established and successful advertising agencies.  But in her career change and new life in Georgia, she wanted to concentrate on her love of ecological landscape design and gardening, and in particular greenroofs and greenwalls along with vertical agriculture/urban farming.

Caroline and I clicked from the beginning, and we were so lucky she agreed to collaborate with us on diverse projects, including building our Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database; setting up the design of this Sky Gardens blog; helping me weed and maintain “my” greenroof project here for the City of Alpharetta – The Greenroof Pavilion & Greenroof Trial Gardens of Rock Mill Park and also helping me with the layout and design for its outdoor interpretive greenroof and Cherokee heritage book for the City; re-designing the look of our (former) yearly calendars; and artwork for our inaugural biennial 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit (plus through 2015), among many other design and local projects such as greenroof information sharing work with a local Girl Scouts troop and elementary school, and so much more.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

On top of The Greenroof Pavilion in Alpharetta, GA, 2008. It may not look like it, but we do have safety gear in place.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Girl Scout Daisy Troop at Rock Mill Park under The Greenroof Pavilion, 2010.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Here we are at Birmingham Falls Elementary School planting a couple of modular greenroof units to show the kids what types of plants work well, 2010.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

For our 2011 Virtual Summit Caroline greened up our International Pavilion template from 6Connex to really represent the lushness of our greenroof and greenwall industry.

We went on many adventures together, and she started attending the CitiesAlive conferences with us in 2008 in Baltimore through Nashville in 2014.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

2008 Greenroofs.com Editors & Friends dinner in Baltimore during the then named Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference (now CitiesAlive). Caroline is second from the left.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

L to R: Manfred Koehler, Caroline, Linda, and Trish Luckett at Saul’s Nursery during the “Goodbye City, Hello Burbs” Tour at the 2009 Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Caroline, left, in 2010 visiting Uncommon Ground restaurant and rooftop farm in Chicago during the CitiesAlive Purple Line Tour. Middle: co-owner Helen Cameron, right: fellow tour goer.

Always the artist, she never went anywhere without her camera, and had a sensitive sense of style and composition, always capturing the fun, uniqueness, and beauty of a setting.  While we were in Baltimore in 2008 Ed Snodgrass invited Aramis, Caroline and me along with Trish Luckett, Tom Liptan, Dr. Brad Rowe, and Kirsten Getter to visit Emory Knoll Farms, which was fantastic for many reasons – read about it here.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Along the fields and nature trails on the Emory Knolls Farm property we also visited the testing area for greenroofs, greenwalls, solar panels, the old barn, bee hives, and the nearly 10,000 sf of greenhouse space and acres of stock plants.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Caroline standing in front of one of Ed’s more humorous ways to incorporate sedums in an art form.

Caroline shot lots of photos and played around with several of them with art effects which you can appreciate below:

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

A member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Caroline was on our Local Host Committee when the Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference was held here in Atlanta in 2009.  Along with Janet, we all served on the Tours Committee and Caroline lent her years of experience in graphics advertising and editorial publications to create the Atlanta Green Roofs Tours 2009 brochure:

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Because of Caroline’s love for greenwalls, in January 2011 Caroline and I flew up to New York and attended the Green Living Technologies’ Professional Installer Certification Training.  We had a great time with George Irwin and made lots of new friends including Steve and Lizette Ritz, plus learning a lot, too.  You can read her blog post GLT in NYC: A Weekend of Training, Education, & Fun for more.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

L to R: Lynn Torgerson, Liz Holloway, Caroline, Linda, and Naomi Person at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School where a student-led greenwall was installed after the GLT training in mid January, 2011.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

On our way home to the airport, we had a chance to visit the beautiful NBC Experience Shop Greenwall installed by George Irwin and Steve Ritz’s students in 2011.

And in September 2011 I interviewed French botanist Dr. Patrick Blanc, renown for his stunning Le Mur Végétal or Vertical Gardens – in Chicago for our inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit.  Caroline accompanied me along with my son Joey, the videographer (she said she didn’t care what she had to do – carry my bags, etc. – but she just had to come along and meet him!).  Of course, she did help a lot!  She was a huge fan of his, and you can see Caroline in action in her introduction of Patrick in our video “The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities: An Interview with Patrick Blanc.”

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

L to R: Caroline, Linda, and Patrick Blanc.

We thoroughly enjoyed our day in the Windy City as you can see below; to learn more, read Caroline and my September 14, 2011 blog post Notre Voyage Fantastique: Chicago & Patrick Blanc.  Enjoy some of Caroline’s photo art, too:

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

We finagled our way up to see the Apple Store greenroof and had some great views!

Although born in Mississippi, Caroline always considered herself a Florida girl, having lived there for 24 years – or at least a beach girl – and was happiest on the beach. In 2014 Caroline wed the love of her life, Dave Totten, and they were able to spend a good amount of time on Siesta Key, Florida throughout their time together.  Dave is a great guy and Aramis and I had fun with them whenever we got together.

Caroline’s family was priority number one in her life, and along with husband Dave she is survived by her brother Brian Menetre, sister Mary Ellen Menetre Edwards, stepdaughter Alaina and stepson Eric Totten, many nieces and nephews, and six great nephews and three great nieces.  She loved being a great aunt and always proudly shared photos and updates with everyone.

In fact, Caroline loved life and giving of herself to others.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

I’ll miss her beautiful smile, our impromptu lunches, and going to the Fox Theatre to see the plays Mamma Mia and Wicked, and mostly her kind and gentle soul.

Caroline’s family held a lovely Celebration Life for her on November 5, 2016 in Marietta, GA.  Please feel free to share your comments below, or send me photos to add at: linda@greenroofs.com.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Caroline, you will be greatly missed by all!

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

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones

September 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

If you want to hear from a highly affable young person who has overcome a troubled past with an eager passion for learning, sharing, and greening, then don’t miss “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been over a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Darius Jones

The “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones – Part 1 was highlighted last week.  With a very emotional story, it’s clear that Darius Jones is an exceptional young man! In 2015 moderator extraordinaire Patrick Carey met Darius while taking some classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden where Darius worked at the time (see his updated bio below).

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Darius Jones

After chatting with Darius, Patrick formulated the idea for the “Social Healing with Greening” Panel which ultimately resulted in two panels since Darius couldn’t be present during filming with the original panelists.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Darius Jones

The premise of this Panel Session is that the idea of ecology is not limited to stormwater runoff and saving energy.  It also includes how we relate to each other, how imbalances are addressed – no less so than in the natural environment. Learn about Darius’ life consequences growing up in the west Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago which resulted in: his incarceration, struggles, and influences for rehabilitation in Cook County’s Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center, enrollment in the nine-month Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program concentrating on sustainable urban agriculture, and his transition to the Chicago Botanic Garden and promotion to the McCormick Rooftop Farm.

“The Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program annually enrolls 15 to 20 students in a nine-month classroom and hands-on certificate course in sustainable urban agriculture that is accredited by the Illinois Community College Board for 31 continuing education credits. The certificate includes a 14-week paid internship at Windy City Harvest (WCH) farms or partnering urban-farming operations. The program … attracts a diverse group of students: career changers, young adults with a history of incarceration, and those with significant barriers to employment.” ~ Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship, Chicago Botanic Garden

Darius gives us a really unique perspective from the experience of coming though one of these programs!

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Darius Jones

Chicago, IL, USA. Patrick Carey, GRP, has a degree in architecture and is principal of Hadj Design. Since 2000, Hadj Design has evolved from a design-build green roof and living wall to a research and design organization. Patrick has designed, installed, or consulted on over 100 green roofs to date. This work ranges from residential to commercial and institutional, various geometries and global climate regions, and with various performance characteristics such as storm water, food production, healing garden, habitat support, public art, and phytoremediation.

As such, he has been an activist in forming or aiding in the formation of grass roots green roof groups. His academic background is in philosophy, architecture, and botany/horticulture.  Patrick is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities where he facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, 301, & 401 Courses and has also taught at various universities.

Chicago, IL, USA. Darius Jones was born and raised in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s west side. He first became interested in urban agriculture while serving a five-month sentence in the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center’s garden program in 2010. In 2011, he enrolled in the nine-month Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program and received his certificate in October of that year.

He began working as the sales coordinator for the program, increasing sales by 100 percent for each of the two years that he had that role. In 2015 Darius became the coordinator of the McCormick Place Rooftop Farm. Updated bio: As of present, he is Partner & General Manager of Garfield Produce Company, using sustainable urban agriculture and entrepreneurship to develop sustainable careers in disenfranchised communities across the City of Chicago.

In 2013, WBEZ Radio named Darius an “Eco-Hero” for his work with urban agriculture ventures in Chicago. In 2014, he was named one of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Employees of Distinction, and was also awarded one of six “Golden Beet Awards” by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance for the “other varieties” category.

Read about “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Darius Jones

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

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

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

 “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Urban and Social Needs of Green” by Marc Grañén.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin

September 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm

If you believe ecology is not limited to stormwater runoff and saving energy but that it also includes how we relate to each other and how imbalances are addressed, then you must watch “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been over a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Ensign Irwin

With our dear friend and associate Patrick Carey of Hadj Design, Peter Ensign of DC Greenworks, George Irwin of Green Living Technologies International, and Darius Jones from the Chicago Botanic Garden, we put together a fantastic panel on methods of dealing with some of the social inequities we face through various public and private programs.  But at the last minute Darius was unable to participate on filming day, so we created a second panel for Patrick to interview him on a subsequent time.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones will be highlighted next week!

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Patrick Carey is one of, if not THE most, knowledgeable persons I know where greenroofs are concerned – and a bit too humble about it!  It seems we’ve known Patrick forever – he was one of my earliest greenroof colleagues from 2000 or so.  He’s also been one of our earliest contributing editors, the Architecture Editor, and writes a very occasional architectural column entitled “A View from the Sky Trenches,” where he selects and discusses pertinent greenroof industry topics.

As an interviewer/moderator, Patrick is masterful and thoughtful! Don’t miss his excellent A Guide to Phytoremediation: A Symbiotic Relationship with Plants, Water & Living Architecture which he wrote to go along with the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013’s “Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation – Chapter One” Panel Session with Patrick Carey (Moderator), Dr. Alan Darlington, Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, and Dr. Clayton Rugh and “Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State – Phytoremediation Chapter 2” Panel Session with Patrick Carey (Moderator).

From 2011’s Virtual Summit you can watch the excellent Panel Session “Green Roofs Without the Hype” with Patrick Carey, Dr. Robert Berghage, Charlie Miller, and Ed Snodgrass where Patrick started his moderating skills with Greenroofs.com.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Ensign Irwin

We’ve known Peter Ensign for a while, leading the now-closed DC Greenworks’ wonderful work in the Washington, D.C. community.  In fact, Haven Kiers and I have highlighted their programs and projects previously in our yearly Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.  As DC Greenworks closed last summer 2015 having fulfilled their mission, Peter moved on several months ago and joined Riverbend Nursery to market the LiveRoof systems.

George Irwin is another esteemed colleague of ours, formerly our Green Wall Editor.  Known for his outspoken and sometimes controversial opinions, you can stay up to date with his happenings at his company, Green Living Technologies International (GLTi). George has also participated in previous Virtual Summits; see his collaborative video “Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production” with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin from 2013 and the “Vertical Agriculture: A Global Movement Starts Locally, from Wall to Table” with George Irwin, Tom Ferraro, and U.S. Congressman Tom Reed from 2011.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Ensign Irwin

In this hour plus video, learn about the numerous benefits to the green economy when including greenroofs and greenwalls and with different training programs how people – at risk youth, underprivileged adults or transitioning adults – can turn their lives around and heal themselves and the environment.  Panelists will share their experiences and perspectives with years of experience in working with issues of human ecology like unemployment, poverty, and rehabilitation through projects that also heal the natural environment.

Patrick Carey, GRP

Chicago, IL, USA. Patrick Carey, GRP, has a degree in architecture and is principal of Hadj Design. Since 2000, Hadj Design has evolved from a design-build green roof and living wall to a research and design organization. Patrick has designed, installed, or consulted on over 100 green roofs to date. This work ranges from residential to commercial and institutional, various geometries and global climate regions, and with various performance characteristics such as storm water, food production, healing garden, habitat support, public art, and phytoremediation.

As such, he has been an activist in forming or aiding in the formation of grass roots green roof groups. His academic background is in philosophy, architecture, and botany/horticulture.  Patrick is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities where he facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, 301, & 401 Courses and has also taught at various universities.

Peter Ensign, LEED AP BD+C, GRP

Washington, DC, USA. This is Peter’s bio from early 2015: Peter Ensign, LEED AP BD+C, GRP,  has been the Executive Director of DC Greenworks in Washington, DC since 2010. Peter has overseen the installation of over 70 green roofs, 3500 rain-barrels, dozens of rain and native habitat gardens, and the only rooftop farm in DC. In 2014 Peter developed and delivered the first green roof maintenance training program, Growing Futures, in the District of Columbia. Upon completion all of the graduates were employed within 30 days. Peter has served as a speaker on stormwater issues and green job training through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Peter envisions a future where rainwater is considered a valuable resource to be harvested and reused for the greater good, requiring a local skilled labor force to perform stewardship of our natural assets. Peter holds a multi-disciplinary degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

George Irwin

Rochester, NY, USA. George Irwin is founder and President of Green Living Technologies International, LLC (GLTi), a privately held company manufacturing patented Green Living Walls and Green Living Roofs, and is a global pioneer in vertical farming. Prior to founding GLTi, George was a landscape contractor for 20+ years. He holds a degree in education and maintains his passion for out-of-the-box learning. His efforts have earned him recognition as an education partner for the New York City Department of Education and additional higher education facilities, such as the State University of New York (and other international universities), with the development of a dedicated degree track in “Green Technology / STEM” education.

GLTi’s patented product applications of green walls and roofs include scalable vertical farms utilizing a compost-based growing media (GLTi bioSoil), allowing indoor farming operations 12 months a year to maximize production space including walls, roof, and the vertical floor plan. George is a former contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2008-2015) where as the Green Wall Editor he shared his own experience as well as industry happenings within the field.”

Read about “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Social Healing Greening Carey Ensign Irwin

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

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

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“Urban and Social Needs of Green” by Marc Grañén.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring

September 8, 2016 at 11:45 am

If you are interested in hearing about theory versus practice on how biodiversity is the keystone to ecosystem function and services which greenroofs could adopt, then watch “Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

Today we are spotlighting the Inspiration Nook video “Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by our dear associate Christine Thuring, PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, principal of Chlorophyllocity, co-founder of Green Roof Safari, and also one of our longest standing contributing editors (since 2004).  She also writes Christine’s Ramblings and contributes to Exclusives.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

We have been very fortunate to have Christine add her voice, experience, and opinions in our previous two Virtual Summits: the Panel Session “Biodiversity and Greenroofs” with Christine Thuring (Moderator), Nathalie Baumann, Gary Grant, and Dusty Gedge in 2011; and the individual video “Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time” plus the Inspiration Nook video “Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?” by the late Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring in 2013.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

So what is the “Inspiration Nook”?  This series is focused around sparking conversation, ideas, dialogue and connections around a specific greenroof/wall-related topic – a mosaic of bright ideas for a greener world – in a condensed time frame.

For those people who are not invited to present at our Virtual Summits, we still want to engage our attendees to share their own work.  In 2013 we started the Inspiration Nook where you can submit your 3 minute (non-overtly commercial) video of research, ideas, projects, poster boards, thought leadership, etc., which, just like the invited speakers, are followed by live Discussion Chats.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

Christine’s brief Inspiration Nook talk for 2015 ruminates on incidental results from her ecological surveys of some of the oldest extensive green roofs in Germany.  Earthworms and ant colonies were encountered in sufficient numbers during soil sampling to suggest that their presence in green roof substrates is not entirely uncommon.  With reference to terrestrial soil ecosystems, Christine reflects on this unexpected aspect of green roof soil ecology and contemplates how the presence of such ecosystem engineers could change our treatment of extensive green roofs.

Christine Thuring

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

Sheffield, UK.  “Christine Thuring has been working with green roofs since 2001 in various capacities, including installation, advocacy, research, consulting, design, and education.  Prior to green roofs, she worked as a field botanist and restoration ecologist.  With a BSc in Environmental Resource Science & Biology (Trent University) and MSc Horticulture (The Pennsylvania State University), Christine is finishing her PhD in Landscape Ecology (University of Sheffield).

She co-founded Green Roof Safari, and offers consulting and technical translation through Chlorophyllocity.

Christine is a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com; she is the Research Editor (and former Student Editor).  She also writes Christine’s Ramblings and contributes to Exclusives.

Read about “Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

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

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.