Watch “Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage?” by Aditya Ranade, PhD, MBA from Our Virtual Summit 2013

December 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com’s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the Opening Keynote Address video by Aditya Ranade, PhD, MBA and Senior Analyst on the Lux Research Intelligence team.  According to Lux Research, the global market size for greenroofs and walls has burgeoned into a projected $7.7 billion market in 2017.

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Aditya Ranade will present “Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage?” Rapid urbanization over the past five decades has led to environmental issues like air pollution, urban heat-island effect, and loss of green spaces.  In response, cities such as Copenhagen, London, Singapore, and Chicago have implemented mandates or incentives for vegetated roofs to reduce storm-water volume, clean air pollutants, reduce the urban heat-island effect, and sequester carbon dioxide.

Aditya says “Based on my recent Lux Research report, in this talk we examine the drivers as well as barriers for growth in this emerging and burgeoning market, and project the global market size for green roofs and walls from 2012 to 2017.”

Here’s more:

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Boston, MA. USA. Dr. Aditya Ranade is a Senior Analyst on the Lux Research Intelligence team leading the Sustainable Building Materials Intelligence service. His other areas of expertise include solar photovoltaic energy, advanced polymeric materials, and next generation agriculture technologies. He has authored reports on building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), sustainable architectural coatings, and global green building hotspots.

Before joining Lux Research, Aditya obtained his MBA in Global Management (Magna Cum Laude) from Babson College. During his MBA he consulted for Fortune 500 companies like Air Products and various start-ups in the U.S., India, and Norway. During his MBA he also interned with Flagship Ventures, identifying and analyzing CleanTech investment opportunities in thermoelectric and advanced energy storage materials. He was also the founder and President of the Babson General Management Club.

Prior to business school, Aditya was a Sr. Research Engineer with Saint-Gobain, where he developed novel encapsulant, frontsheet and backsheet products for crystalline silicon and flexible CIGS based solar PV modules. He set up Saint-Gobain’s Solar PV testing and characterization facilities at the Northborough R&D center. He also developed safety protocols for handling nanomaterials.

Before joining Saint-Gobain, Aditya obtained his PhD (Macromolecular Science) from Case Western Reserve University. His PhD research focused on the nano-engineering of polymer layers to control their photonic bandgap properties. He has co-authored 10 peer-reviewed publications and an invited book chapter. During his PhD, Aditya also completed coursework in other emerging technology areas such as drug delivery and nanotechnology for electronics. He also holds a B.E. in Engineering from the University of Pune, India.” ~ VS2013

UPDATE: Make sure to read the August 19, 2014 “Innovation Will Drive Costs of Green Roofs and Walls by 28% in 2017 by Aditya Ranade, Lux Research Senior Analyst and lead author of the July 23, 2014 report titled, Crossing the Chasm: Demonstrating Economic Value Is the Next Test for Building-integrated Vegetation.”

Watch “Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage?” – by Aditya Ranade below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

GRHC Call for Papers: CitiesAlive 2015 in NYC – Due on February 27, 2015

December 11, 2014 at 10:41 am

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, fresh from its CitiesAlive 2014 conference in Nashville, has issued their 2015 Call for Papers:

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Invitation to Present Living Architecture Design, Policy, or Research at CitiesAlive 2015 in New York City

Living Architecture in New York
For Resilient People, Communities and Places

Green roofs and walls have a vast, but unrealized potential to address many of the fundamental challenges facing New York City. CitiesAlive is heading to the Big Apple for the first time in October 2015. The conference will draw an anticipated 1000 delegates and will work to explore and showcase underutilized living architecture opportunities. These include:

  • Maintaining and improving community well-being
  • Supporting individual health and well-being
  • Creating quality affordable housing
  • Cleaning NYC’s waterways
  • Preparing to address the ongoing threat of climate change and severe weather:
    • Rising sea levels/storm surges
    • Increasing heat waves/urban heat island
    • Extreme weather events/flooding

The walls and the roofs of New York City provide hundreds of square miles of surfaces that can be used to help address many of these pressing issues. CitiesAlive delegates will tour leading edge projects, research facilities and see some unique sites such as the High Line and Brooklyn Grange. Technical sessions are directed towards design, research and policy communities and will focus on the latest scientific research, products, and policies all of which are critical to meeting the challenge of promoting healthy and resilient people and places in New York City.

2015 Topic Areas

This Call for Papers is due no later than February 27, 2015. We are in search of academic papers, projects and policies around the following themes:

  • Resilient People
    • Nature as The Model:
      • The latest in biophilic design theory
      • The impacts of biophilic design on individual mental health and well-being
      • The economic impact of biophilic design on real estate values, human productivity
    • Healthy Living on the Roof:
      • Leveraging green infrastructure for human health and well-being
      • Rooftop parks:
        • Programming, design, installation and maintenance
      • Healing gardens:
        • Programming, design, installation and maintenance
      • Working Green:
        • Policies and actions that generate green jobs
  • Resilient Communities
    • Making Green Affordable:
      • Benefits associated with green infrastructure and affordable housing
    • Engagement:
      • Community based design processes
      • Green infrastructure to influence the urban form
    • Building it Green:
      • Effective policy making for rapid green infrastructure deployment
      • Community revitalization and green infrastructure
    • Payback from the Rooftop:
      • The business case for living architecture – life-cycle cost-benefit analysis
      • The economics of green wall, design installation and maintenance (cost-benefit)
  • Resilient Places:
    • Keeping it Cool:
      • Urban heat island research and modeling
      • Urban heat island economics
    • Respecting the Water:
      • Stormwater volume and quality attenuation, green roofs and walls
      • Water harvesting techniques – grey and black water
    • Roof-to-Table:
      • Urban agricultural production (plants and animals)
      • Urban food production and resiliency
      • The business case for urban farming
    • Keeping it Green:
      • Maintenance and living architecture

Benefits of presenting at CitiesAlive

• Opportunity to present your groundbreaking research, innovative design case study or novel policy changes to a highly interested group of green roof and wall enthusiasts.
• Speakers are featured on www.citiesalive.org with their presentation description, photo and biography.
• Speakers will receive a reduced rate of $350 to attend as a full delegate, which includes the trade show, plenary sessions, the Awards of Excellence, networking receptions and other sessions.
• Speakers will also receive a free electronic copy of the conference proceedings (valued at $160).

The deadline to submit your abstract and short bio is February 27, 2015! These will be reviewed and scored by an expert panel and you will be notified by March 31st.

CALL FOR PAPERS APPLICATION FORM

Visit www.citiesalive.org for more information about the conference in the coming months.

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I guess Haven and I had better get to it and get our abstract ready for our 2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design!  For our 2014 Top 10 List we selected The Big Green Apple: New York City in our #3 position as a wonderful area of the world which has been deeply involved with living architecture for years – very appropriate!

Cities Alive in NYC will be awesome – we’ll get to see “old” friends (Wendy and Chris Wark, and Steven Cantor among just a few) and partake of the bounty that is New York City!

~ Linda V.

As Seen On: White House Live Stream: Vanessa Keitges Presenting to President Obama on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

December 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Named to President Obama’s Export Council in September, 2013, Vanessa Keitges, CEO of Columbia Green Technologies, Inc., has been active in this committee of government and private-sector leaders which advise the President on trade and export related issues.

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“I am honored and excited to represent the green building industry among these strong business leaders. As CEO of a small business headquartered on the west coast, I believe I bring a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities for exportation of products made in the USA.” ~ Vanessa Keitges, President and CEO of Columbia Green, September, 2013

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Watch Vanessa live – click here to watch the live stream on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

Vanessa Keitges will be presenting progress against her proposal for small/green business funding to President Obama at the President’s Export Council meeting this Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. eastern, and we can all watch it via the live stream found here:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Thursday’s PRESIDENT’S EXPORT COUNCIL Agenda:

December 11, 2014
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Washington, DC

I. Welcome & Opening Remarks

II. National Export Initiative “NEI/NEXT” Update

III. Report on the Fact-Finding Trip to Poland and Turkey

IV. Report on the Review and Prioritization of Prior Recommendations

V. Overview of the Administration’s Trade Agenda and the President’s Trip to Asia

VI. Adjournment

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Vanessa’s work in live action with the President of the United States of America!

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Happy green promoting, Vanessa, and continued success!

~ Linda V. & all the readership here on Greenroofs.com!

Watch the “Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future” Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge from Our Virtual Summit 2013

December 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com’s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the “Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future” Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge, Co-founder of Livingroofs.org and President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), among others.

Dusty has been a frequent collaborator of Greenroofs.com, contributing several Guest Feature Articles over the years.  And, he was an early supporter of our inaugural 2011 Virtual Summit where he participated in the “Biodiversity and Greenroofs” Panel Presentation with Christine Thuring, Nathalie Baumann, and Gary Grant.

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Here’s more:

London, UK. Dusty Gedge is a green roof campaigner and designer, who has actively promoted green roofs in the UK since 1997. He has designed a number of seminal roofs and helped develop the London Green Roof Policy. He is also the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), established three PhD studies on green roof research, and has a particular interest in biodiversity on green roofs. He is also a writer, blogger and sometimes TV presenter.

Dusty is co-author of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, 2011 and DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs, among other publications. In 2004 Dusty co-founded Livingroofs.org, a non-profit organisation established to promote, advise upon and seek research into green roofs and similar structures within the context of urban and rural regeneration. In 2012 he travelled and worked in Ecuador on a film for the Yasuni TT initiative that aims to protect the national park from oil exploration, and has been working in Sweden, France and elsewhere on green roof policies and guidelines.” ~ VS2013

Watch the “Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future” Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.tv playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish