Watch the Panel Session “Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity” with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok from Our Virtual Summit 2013

January 7, 2015 at 2:30 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 Panel Session “Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity” with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.  How can we captivate the use of under-utilized area of rooftops and explore our city in elevated plan and section for the creation of new amenities space and vibrant public places, and for bridges as pedestrian and cycle transportation routes, and even for food security opportunities?

How can an exploration of Sky-Gardens and elevated green ways support Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan – and vice-versa? The City of Singapore, through experience and precedents, can provide a global context to advance the vision.

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Dr. Maureen Connelly of the Centre for Architectural Ecology, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) School of Construction and the Environment leads this panel with Deputy City of Vancouver Manager Sadhu Johnston and Randy Sharp of Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture in Vancouver, B.C. Canada with Tan Puay Yok of the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore in Singapore.

Here’s more about the speakers:

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Maureen Connelly, MAIBC, PhD: Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Dr. Maureen Connelly, MAIBC is Director, Faculty, at the Centre for Architectural Ecology, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) School of Construction and the Environment. Combining a science background with a professional affiliation as an architect, Maureen developed the vision, oversaw the construction and the instrumentation of the BCIT green roof research facility in 2002. Her initial research focused on the architectural and planning impact of green roofs, which led to the Phase 1 research on stormwater and thermal performance. Maureen developed the first credited course on green roofs in Canada.

Current research focus is on the quantification of the acoustical capacity for green roofs and walls to reduce sound transmission through buildings reduce noise build up in urban areas and enhance personal and shared soundscapes. She continues to direct the strategic research and planning process at the BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology. Maureen received the BCIT Applied Research Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge, and of economic and societal well-being through the application and implementation of new technology and most recently accepted the Canadian Institute of Energy 2010 Research and Development award on behalf of the Centre.

Sadhu Aufochs Johnston: Vancouver, B.C., Canada. As Deputy City Manager, Sadhu contributes to the overall management of the City of Vancouver. Sadhu Johnston oversees the environmental and emergency management areas within the City Manager’s Office including oversight of the implementation of the Greenest City Action Plan, including programs such as curbside organics collection; public bike share implementation; district energy strategy development; and electric vehicle station deployment, among other areas.

Sadhu also has oversight of resilient city initiatives such as the city’s earthquake plan, the city’s heavy urban search and rescue team and the city’s climate adaptation strategy development and implementation. Sadhu is a founder and co-chair of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), a network of over 120 municipal staff focused on greening their cities, representing over 50 million urban dwellers in North America. Sadhu is also chair of the executive committee of the STAR Community, which helps cities and counties achieve meaningful sustainability through the first national framework for local community efforts and tools that measure progress.

Prior to moving to Vancouver, Sadhu served as Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Chief Environmental Officer responsible for the City of Chicago environmental initiatives and was involved in the development and implementation of the Chicago Climate Action Plan; city’s blue cart recycling system; creation and oversight of a green jobs strategy for Chicago; and oversight of programs to engage Chicago’s businesses and residents such as Earth Hour, Green Hotels, the Green Office Challenge, and the GreenWorks Awards.

Sadhu also served as the Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Environment (DOE). Prior to working for the City of Chicago, Sadhu served as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Green Building Coalition.

Randy Sharp, BLA, BCSLA, FCSLA, ASLA, GRP: Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Randy Sharp is the co-founder and principal of Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture. Randy launched his career in 1977 with his involvement in the redesign of Granville Island, respected as one of the most successful examples of civic space in North America, and founded Sharp & Diamond shortly after. Focused on improving the urban environment and making sustainable methods visible, Randy authored Ecological Based Site Development: A Regional Guide to Design, Construction and Maintenance, commissioned by Metro Vancouver, and the WaterWise Landscape Guidelines for the City of Vancouver.

Randy’s interest in green roofs, living walls, and rain gardens has kept him as a leader and active participant in international conferences and a member of the Canada, Cascadia, and US Green Building Councils. Randy is a pioneer in ecological design in Vancouver and is still as passionate about making the city as beautiful today as he was over 35 years ago.

Tan Puay Yok, PhD: Singapore. Dr. Tan Puay Yok is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore, where he contributes to the Masters programs in landscape architecture and integrated sustainable design. His teaching and research are centered around the policies, practices and management of greenery and ecology in the context of a high density and compact city like Singapore.

Prior to joining the academia, Puay Yok spent a number of years in of the National Parks Board, which is the national custodian of urban greenery and nature reserves of Singapore. He contributed in various capacities, including the management of the living collection of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and management of research programs, including that of its Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUBE). He has been actively involved in research, promotional efforts and policy formulation in the highrise greening of Singapore (known as Skyrise Greening locally since the commencement of active promotion in the early 2000s). Since then, he has contributed to 19 publications in this area, including the first book on plant selection for green roofs in the tropics, development of the first green roof and green wall research demonstration projects in Singapore, development of a monetary incentive scheme on green roof implementation, and provided input on various related policies.” ~ VS2013

Watch “Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity” with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok 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:

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

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

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!