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:

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 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.


Visit for more information about the conference in the coming months.


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.


“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


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:


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!


Happy green promoting, Vanessa, and continued success!

~ Linda V. & all the readership here on!

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’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 and President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), among others.

Dusty has been a frequent collaborator of, 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.


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, 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 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 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

Video & Project of the Week for June 30, 2014: American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

July 3, 2014 at 11:03 am Project of the Week: 6/30/14


American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters
Washington, DC, USA
2,500 sf Greenroof


Project Description & Details

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. In an effort to reduce energy consumption, maximize recycling and contribute to a healthier environment, in April 2014 a second greenroof was added to APA properties at their headquarters (see the APA/World Resources Institute HQ from 2008), which qualified for the DDOE grant program. In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency rated both buildings in the top 10 percent of buildings in the U.S. with the lowest carbon footprint.

The design at the APA HQ building was focused on how greenroofs benefit people’s mental well being. Rebate funding was provided by the District Department of the Environment through a program  administered by the Anacostia Watershed Society; many private companies were also involved which made this project successful. Installed by Capitol Greenroofs, the system design called for plenty of seating and relaxation with Bison Innovative Products decking tiles, metal planters, and perennial planting areas. Composed of a mixture of perennials, woody shrubs and small magnolia trees set within modern style seating areas with bright decorative accents, this greened patio creates usable event space with spectacular views of the Capitol building.

Year: 2014
Owner: American Psychological Association
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Roof Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Roof Size: 2,500 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Gensler Associates
Landscape Architect: Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc.
Contractor: HITT Contracting
Greenroof System: Henry Intensive Greenroof
Installation: Capitol Greenroofs
Decking Tiles: Bison Innovative Products
Contractor: Consolidated Waterproofing
Planters, Edging & Planter Benches Manufacturer: Ore Inc.

New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters Project of the Week Video below or see it on our on greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see the entire profile and learn more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.