Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists at the 2017 Virtual Summit

April 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

We hope you’ll join us for our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture. Highlighting excellence and lessons learned in green living architecture, the 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is being held from April 9 through December 31, 2017.

We’ll have a variety of live events scheduled though December 2017 – all with the backdrop of our fantastic speaker videos you can watch on demand from across the globe.  But up first is the Long Earth Day Weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – don’t miss watching these videos in time for their Q & As!

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists at the 2017 Virtual Summit!

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

For Earth Week we’re highlighting these awesome colleagues and practitioners and their engrossing videos:

Keynote Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, Tremco Director, Sustainable & Strategic Initiatives:

Roofing BMP’s for Low-Impact Development Projects

Adrienne Aiona, PE, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Stormwater Management Manual Manager and Henry Stevens, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services:

Credits for Stormwater Management: A Survey of North American Cities with a Focus on Portland, OR

David L. Aponte, MSCE, GRP, PRGD Inc. Founder & Principal:

Managing Stormwater with the Use of Green Infrastructure in the Caribbean Region

Jörg Breuning, Green Roof Service LLC / Green Roof Technology Founder:

Green Tea 4 Two with Patrick Carey & Jörg Breuning” – a talk along with architectural designer Patrick Carey, GRP

Dusty Gedge, European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) President and Livingroofs.org Founder:

Green Roofs and Walls – a View from London

Elizabeth Hart, CDT, GRP, Tremco, Inc. Manager, Sustainability Program Development and Green Roof Info Think-tank (GRiT) Executive Director:

Extended Lifecycle Green Roofs – Avoiding Failure of Roofing and Vegetation

Thomas W. Liptan, FASLA, Green Infrastructure Specialist:

Sustainable Stormwater Management: A Landscape-Driven Approach to Planning and Design

Eyal Mirelman, BLDVEG – Building Vegetation Co-Founder & Owner:

Hardware and Software – Balancing the Ingredients for the Middle East

Charlie Miller, PE, Roofmeadow Founding Principal and President:

The Second City – Elevated, Grounded, Inspired”- along with landscape architect Laura Hansplant, RLA, LEED AP

Amy Norquist, GRP, Greensulate Founder & CEO:

Experience Gained: Lessons Learned by a Decade-old Green Roof Company

James Ramsey, raad Founder & Principal, Lowline Designer:

The Lowline

See the entire Agenda.

Speaker Q & As this Long Earth Day Weekend

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

Don’t miss our upcoming first live event over the Long Earth Day Weekend for Speaker Q & As – see the Agenda for dates and times.

FREE Global Social Media Event

This is a FREE global Social Media Event!  Connect with your favorite speakers and we’ll see you online soon!

Thank you to our Partners, and please contact Aramis if you’re interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at aramis@greenroofs.com:

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

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

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Architects, Designers & Landscape Architects at the 2017 Virtual Summit

April 17, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

We hope you’ll join us for our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture. Highlighting excellence and lessons learned in green living architecture, the 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is being held from April 9 through December 31, 2017.

We’ll have a variety of live events scheduled though December 2017 – all with the backdrop of our fantastic speaker videos you can watch on demand from across the globe.  But up first is the Long Earth Day Weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – don’t miss watching these videos in time for their Q & As!

Watch Architects, Designers & Landscape Architects at the 2017 Virtual Summit!

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

For Earth Week we’re highlighting these awesome colleagues and practitioners and their engrossing videos:

Keynote Emilio Ambasz, Emilio Ambasz & Associates Founder & Principal, Architect, and Author:

The Green Over the Gray

Keynote Patrick Blanc, PhD, Vertical Garden (Mur Végétal) Inventor and Designer, Botanist, Researcher, and Author:

Field Trip with Patrick Blanc in West Sumatra

Patrick Carey, GRP, Hadj Design Principal, and Admiral at the Lake Green Roof Maintenance & Groundskeeper:

Green Tea 4 Two with Patrick Carey & Jörg Breuning” – a talk along with green infrastructure specialist Jörg Breuning

Lance Davis, AIA, LEED Fellow, U.S. General Services Administration Sustainability Architect:

Expanded Use for the Green Roof (a US Government Perspective)

 Chris DeVolder, AIA, LEED AP, HOK Sustainable Design Leader, Sport + Recreation + Entertainment | Vice President, Architect:

Building Healthy Communities through Green Roofs and Walls

Laura Gatti, Studio Laura Gatti Landscape Consultants Principal, Agronomist and Landscape Designer:

Greening the Vertical City – the Bosco Verticale and a Look into the Future of Urban Living

Laura Hansplant, RLA, LEED AP, Roofmeadow Director of Design and Landscape architect:

The Second City – Elevated, Grounded, Inspired” along with green infrastructure specialist Charlie Miller, PE

Aslan Jonoubi, Khato & Safhe Founder, Architect and Chief Director; and IGIN President:

Elevated Greenery in Mega Projects

Meg Needle, AIA, GRP, LEED AP B+C, CDT, Lord, Aeck & Sargent architect:

WHY Green Roofs – An Architect’s Perspective

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, GRP, LEED AP, Greenroofs.com Founder/Publisher & Sky Gardens Design Consultant:

Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World

Diana Wiesner, Diana Wiesner Arquitectura y Paisaje EU – (Ecología Urbana) – Architecture & Landscape Architecture Urban Ecology, Principal:

From Planning to Action, Design and Social Commitment

John L. Wong, FASLA, FAAR, SWA Managing Principal, Chairman, and Landscape Architect:

The Design of Green Roofs in the Urban Public Realm

See the entire Agenda.

Speaker Q & As this Long Earth Day Weekend

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

Don’t miss our upcoming first live event over the Long Earth Day Weekend for Speaker Q & As – see the Agenda for dates and times.

FREE Global Social Media Event

This is a FREE global Social Media Event!  Connect with your favorite speakers and we’ll see you online soon!

Thank you to our Partners, and please contact Aramis if you’re interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at aramis@greenroofs.com:

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

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

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

Project of the Week for March 6, 2017: Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House

March 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/06/17

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Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House
Atlanta, GA, USA
300 sq. ft. Extensive Greenroof & approximately 100 linear ft. of Intensive Roof Deck Planters

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

The Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House has two locations in Atlanta, and is a popular seafood and raw bar offering excellent food with a full service bar and wide selection of beers. And both restaurants are known for their lively outdoor rooftop dining areas. But the Westside location not only boasts a lush plant storefront, its main curb appeal is the small custom-designed greenroof pavilion welcoming guests. Located directly in front, patrons can sit and relax under the shade, where special events are sometimes held as well. Also, you can go upstairs to the roof patio/bar and catch the terrific views of Atlanta’s Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead from above the greenroof. The airy wood deck has a long bar and ample umbrella-covered seating, and the continuous lushly planted flower box surrounding the deck provides colorful blooms, shrubs and vines, and frames the deck beautifully. A peek over the edge reveals the pitched greenroof, multi-hued in all seasons.

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

“Music Under the Green Roof” was held in April, 2016 by Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House.

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Owner Tad Mitchell was intrigued by greenroofs, and wanted to create an appealing cool space for his customers. Designed and installed by Bennett Design & Landscape and built by Russell Meyer, the J-Drain GRS System from JDR Enterprises was used along with Mr. Natural Lightweight Soil Mix growing media featuring a mixture of Stalite PermaTill® expanded slate and organic compost. This attractive 300 sq.ft. living roof was planted with several Delosperma, Sedum, and Talinum varieties. The restaurant is doing its part to reduce their carbon footprint; for example, the wind turbine at their Westside location reduces the amount of greenhouse gas, electricity, and helps to feed the power grid – the first restaurant in Atlanta to use wind energy. Recently named among Travel + Leisure magazine’s Top 30 American Outdoor Bars, you can take in breathtaking panoramic views of Atlanta’s skyline at either rooftop bar location, but you can only enjoy the open-air greenroof pavilion at the West Midtown Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House.

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Year: 2010
Owner: Tad and Nancy Mitchell
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 300 sq.ft.
Slope: 30%
Extensive Greenroof Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public
Rooftop Deck Access: Accessible, Open to the Public

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect/Contractor: David Bennett, Bennett Design & Landscape
Drainage: J-Drain GRS System, JDR Enterprises
Growing Media: Mr. Natural Liteweight Soil Mix, ItSaul Natural with Stalite PermaTill®
Plant Supplier: Saul Nurseries
Greenroof Construction: Russell Meyer
Wind Turbine: Skystream 3.7, Soenso Energy

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

View the Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/06/17 video photos courtesy of Bennett Design & Landscape, Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, Linda S. Velazquez, and Rick A. via Yelp.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

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

Happy New (Challenging) Year 2017 and Let’s Get Involved

January 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Happy New Year to all and continued prosperity!

With the new leadership in the U.S., 2017 promises to be a challenging one for those of us in the pro-environment industry, here and abroad.  With the elections past and a new president in office, many of us feel disillusioned, angry, and even scared with the looming specter of the new administration’s upcoming four years.  But even if you say and believe “He’s not My president,” like it or not he actually is for now – but there is always something we can do as citizens to not feel so disenfranchised.  We can be part of the solution (or at least the opposition)!

Happy New Challenging Year 2017 Let's Get Involved Climate Change

Joseph Velazquez in Atlanta for the The March for Social Justice and Women. Photo by Hilary Bradford, Atlanta, 2017.

Even if you were not particularly politically active in the past, as I have been, for me this is the time for our collective similar-minded community to speak up and contribute our thoughts and actions.  We can voice our opinions and fight for a just, open, healthy, pro-environment and all-embracing peaceful community – on a small scale for all of our people and places, and on a grand scale for the future health of our planet.  Even if you voted for Trump for a host of other reasons, it must be clear that his policies on the environment and energy are dire, at best and to say the least.

Earlier this month two of our family members participated in The March for Social Justice and Women, which had an attendance of about 60,000 here in Atlanta and 3,000,000 globally.  On February 16 Aramis and I are planning to attend the Climate & Health Meeting: How the Climate Crisis Affects Public Health from The Climate Reality Project in partnership with the American Public Health Association, Harvard Global Health Institute, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment, and Dr. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health at the Carter Center.  Originally scheduled as a 3-day conference, it was unexpectedly cancelled earlier this month:

The Climate & Health Meeting is being held following the abrupt cancellation of a major climate change-public health conference planned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin told The Washington Post that the CDC’s event was called off preemptively in an attempt to avoid any entanglements with the then-incoming Trump Administration, which has nominated several climate deniers to key cabinet positions relating to the environment and already has ordered science-based government agencies to cease the release of important public information and put a freeze on Environmental Protection Agency grants and contracts that could, according to the Post, “affect everything from state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental justice projects aimed at helping poor communities.” ~ The Climate Reality Project

And we are keeping our eyes open for more information on the 2017 People’s Climate March on Washington just announced two days ago for April 29:

Happy New Challenging Year 2017 Let's Get Involved Climate Change

A steering committee of more than two dozen organizations is organizing the event. It is supported by the major national environmental groups and an array of social justice, religious, and labor groups, ranging from the Hip Hop Caucus to the Franciscan Action Network to the BlueGreen Alliance. More than 100 groups have endorsed the march. ~ InsideClimateNews

Climate reality is just that – science-based and real, here to stay.  Preaching to the choir here, we all know how climate change affects so many aspects of our lives, and we believe that designing with nature by incorporating plants on, over, and within our built environment can ameliorate at least our own neighborhoods and urban heat islands.  Greening buildings and creating green infrastructure is what we all do in some form or another – it’s our industry, so let’s get involved!

In the past many have devoted their time and effort to promoting Earth Hour, March 25; Earth Month, April; or specifically Earth Day, April 22.  But these events are meant to serve as reminders that our planet should be revered and protected every day of the year, not just sometimes.

So what can we do?  Beyond writing and calling your state senators and representatives, why not join or see what The Climate Reality Project, Earth HourEarth MonthEarth Day and these other organizations are doing, too: 350.orgNRDCAvaaz, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, EARTHJUSTICEGreen AmericaGreenpeace, Scientists’ March on Washington, ACORE, WWF, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and of course Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, our own North American industry association, among so many others!

Of course, we would love to have you join/follow us our social media networks, too, to voice your opinion within our specific industry: Greenroofs.com Network on LinkedIn; Facebook; Twitter; GreenroofsTV Channel on YouTubePinterest; and our eNewsletters.

Earlier this month on January 18 both NASA and NOAA announced that 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded (since 1880), to the indifference of climate-deniers.  Previously, 2015 held the title of Warmest Global Year on Record.

Happy New Challenging Year 2017 Let's Get Involved Climate Change

In the past I have always believed in supporting our U.S. presidents – at least having respect for the Office of the President, but for me currently there is very little to respect in the persona of Donald Trump.  But with enough voices and actions, perhaps we can create some change and at least make his tenure palatable.

And to this effect, we hope you join us for our 4th biennial 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit starting on April 9 through April 30. With a distinguished Advisory Group for 2017 and easier and more socially interactive online platforms, come network with us along with a host of fellow influencers from around the world, and bring your voice to the global table.

Happy New Challenging Year 2017 Let's Get Involved Climate Change

Here’s to peace, love, happiness, thriving business, and action for all in 2017!

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