Vote Now in the Greenroofs.com “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall” 2016 Photo Contest!

April 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Photo Contest

Happy Earth Day!

As of noon eastern time zone, voting is now open in our “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016! #lovetheearthcontest

We have a total of 8 entries, so for those of you who submitted, start telling people to vote for you/your project!

Remember, one vote per entry on Facebook.  Share it on social media with #lovetheearthcontest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  Voting will continue through the end of April, Earth Month, at 11:59 pm eastern time zone.

Here are the entries, 6 greenroofs and 2 greenwalls, from when they were entered, starting with the earliest:

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Residential Greenwall, Canada.

 

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Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Seattle, Washington, USA.

 

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Courtyard Marriott, Washington DC/Foggy Bottom, USA.

 

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Living Roofs, Otternes, Norway.

 

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Multnomah Building Green Roof, Portland, Oregon, USA.

 

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Bristol-Myers Squibb, Devens, Massachusetts, USA.

 

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Federal Building, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 

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Pinkberry Greenwalls, Alpharetta, Georgia, USA.

“Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Photo ContestAll of them are beautiful and special in their own way and deserve to be highlighted!

Visit our special “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016 page on Facebook to read a little more about each project and to vote.

Decided purely by the most number of votes on Facebook,
the winner will be announced on May 1, 2016 and receive a whopping $100 Amazon.com Gift Card – just a small token of our esteem – but you’ll get some publicity, too!

The mission of the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest is to create interest in all kinds, styles, and sizes of beautiful living architecture and highlight some outstanding designs.  It’s designed to be quick and simple, and is basically a popularity contest among our international readership, so promote, promote, promote.

Visit our Facebook page to see who’s winning!  Not your favorite?  Get others to vote for yours! Use #lovetheearthcontest on social media.

Click here to see the Official Rules.

Although it’s not necessary to see the photos or vote, if you’re not already a fan of Greenroofs.com, we invite you to Like Us and stay connected.

Learn what Earth Day Network has been doing across the world to encourage action and celebrate Earth Day 2016:

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Once again, Happy Earth Day, and thank you to the millions of you out there who honor our planet every day with your sustainable actions, policies, projects, and ideals!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall,

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

Celebrate Earth Month with Greenroofs.com! Enter the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall” 2016 Photo Contest

April 7, 2016 at 4:49 pm

April is Earth Month, a 30-day emphasis on our planet, sustainability, and how we can make the world a better place, and April 22 is the 46th year we celebrate Earth Day.  Earth Day Network is the global organizer behind Earth Day and creates tools and resources for you to get involved with Earth Day in your community, and there are tons of activities planned across the world.

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Read “10 Tips to Celebrate Earth Month!” from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net via ISF.

April is also World Landscape Architecture Month, an international celebration of landscape architecture, and my own background.  Join us as we showcase environmental design and fight environmental apathy by highlighting some fantastic, endearing, earth-healing landscapes on roofs and walls.

Celebrate Greenroofs & Walls with our Earth Month Photo Contest

In celebration, once again Greenroofs.com is happy to announce our “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016#lovetheearthcontest

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Although we started this feature annually in 2010, we switched to featuring it biennially in off years of our biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture due to time overlapping, and we hope you join in.

The Essentials:

Submit your favorite picture on our special Facebook Contest tab of a beautiful greenroof or greenwall project by noon Eastern Time on Earth Day, April 22 – one entry per email.

Enter a caption for your photo including its name and location – tell us how it is a living example of loving the Earth and worthy of being an example of forward-thinking sustainable design.

Tell people to vote for you/yours – one vote per person.  Share it on social media with #lovetheearthcontest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Start voting for your favorite on Facebook at 12:01 pm Earth Day through the end of Earth Month, at 11:59 pm – one vote per entry on Facebook.

Decided purely by the most number of votes, the winner will be announced on May 1, 2016 and receive a whopping $100 Amazon.com Gift Card – just a small token of our esteem – but you’ll get some publicity, too!

More Info:

The mission of the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest is to create interest in all kinds, styles, and sizes of beautiful living architecture and highlight some outstanding designs.  It’s designed to be quick and simple, and is basically a popularity contest among our international readership, so promote, promote, promote.

What kinds of projects are eligible?  

Any and all types of real greenroofs or walls are eligible, any place on Earth, old or new. Most importantly, no concepts or Photoshopping will be accepted!

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The beautiful & popular 2014 Photo Contest winning entry: Green Wall in Israel by Asaf C.

Once voting is open, you can see all of the submitted projects on our Facebook page before voting for your favorite – and see who’s winning!

What do I have to do to enter the contest or vote?

Then, click here and follow the directions to submit your photo.  You’ve got just over two weeks to enter, and then you’ll have until April 30 to rally your friends, family, and colleagues to vote for your submission.

Does it have to be “my” project or just one of my favorites?

The contest is open to everyone, not just the roof/wall owner or the designers of record.  But you must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted.  Didn’t take the photo yourself?  Make sure you contact the source and check for any copyright issues and get it in writing.

How do people vote?

Once open on April 22 at 12:01 pm, click on the View Gallery tab and click on the photo you want to vote for. Use #lovetheearthcontest on social media.

“Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Photo ContestHow do I win?

The photo with the most votes will be announced as the winner.

What do I get if “my” project wins?

The winner will have “their” project highlighted on Greenroofs.com as an upcoming Greenroof or Greenwall Project of the Week, and receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card to spend on your favorite Spring project!

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Image courtesy of ponsulak at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Click here to see the Official Rules.

If you’re not already a fan of Greenroofs.com, we invite you to Like Us and stay connected.

Let’s honor Earth Month by participating in our “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016 with our living architecture community to help inspire awareness of and appreciation for our Earth’s environment!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall,

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

Project of the Week for March 7, 2016: Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Truck Plant

March 7, 2016 at 8:01 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/07/16

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Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Truck Plant
Dearborn, MI, USA
454,000 sq.ft. sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

Publisher’s Note:  In tribute to the passing of Xero Flor founder Wolfgang Behrens last week, we are honoring his memory by highlighting this Ford Motor Company’s famous greenroof.  Read more at In Memoriam: Wolfgang K. Behrens, Founder of XeroFlor Green Roofs by Clayton Rugh and In Memoriam: Wolfgang Behrens, the Father of Green Roofs by Joy Schmidt.

Project of the Week Description & Details

In 2000, the 600-acre, $2 billion Ford Rouge Center near Dearborn, Michigan, underwent major redevelopment of its 1917 complex, laying the groundwork for sustainable manufacturing at one of the world’s largest and oldest industrial icons. With William McDonough + Partners as design architects, numerous pilots of advanced environmental concepts were constructed alongside the nation’s largest ecologically inspired living roof on the new assembly plant. In 2004, the 10.4 acre Ford Truck Plant green roof was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest living roof and helped jump-start the early North American green roof industry.

Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

The green roof was a critical part of the overall comprehensive landscaped system plan, and after visiting Germany, pre-vegetated mats from Xero Flor using the drainage component from Bonar (formerly Colbond) were chosen by Bill McDonough and team due to their thin and light properties. They were installed with just 1.25 inches of growing medium integrated into the mats, and weigh less than ten pounds per square foot when fully saturated. The original mats retain a very healthy appearance with a dynamic mix of plant varieties. The most recent plant coverage study, conducted in 2010 by Michigan State University, found that 13 of the 15 original species were thriving with 93 to 98 percent coverage of hearty vegetation sprawling across the roof. In addition to serving as a habitat for nesting birds, the green roof provides insulation for the truck plant, and according to Ford, it keeps the roof an estimated 10 degrees warmer in winter and 10 degrees cooler in summer, reducing energy costs significantly. The River Rouge Plant is open for tours and visitors can see the living roof from an 80-foot observation deck atop the LEED® Gold Certified Visitor Center.

View the 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 Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

Year: 2003
Owner:
Ford Motor Company
Location:
Dearborn, MI, USA
Building Type:
Industrial
Type:
Extensive, Test/Research
System:
Custom
Size:
454000 sq.ft.
Slope:
1.5%
Access:
Inaccessible, By Appointment

Project of the Week Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Design Architect: William McDonough + Partners
Vegetated Mats: Xero Flor
Architect of Record, Civil MEP and Structural Engineers: Arcadis Giffels
Construction Manager: Walbridge Aldinger
Project Manager: Joy Schmidt, Vitaroofs International (formerly Xero Flor Canada Ltd.)
Research Support: Michigan State University, Department of Crop & Soil Science and Department of Horticulture
Stormwater Consultant: Cahill Associates
Vegetation Consultant: Wildtype Native Plants
Plant Suppliers: Hortech, Inc., Walters Gardens, Inc., Xero Flor America, LLC.
Waterproofing: Siplast
Roof Membrane Installer: Christen Detroit
Drainage: Bonar (formerly Colbond, Inc.)

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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

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

Project of the Week for February 1, 2016: Levi’s® Stadium

February 1, 2016 at 11:22 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

In honor of the exciting upcoming Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, February 7, we are once again highlighting the awesome Levi’s® Stadium as our Project of the Week here on Greenroofs.com.  Whether you are a Broncos or Panthers fan, we know all fans of living architecture will enjoy the beautiful living roof atop this sports venue!

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Levi’s® Stadium
Santa Clara, CA, USA
27,000 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Levi's Stadium

Project Description & Details

Hosting the Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, Levi’s® Stadium is a $1.27 billion multi-purpose facility with the flexibility to host a wide range of events with seating for about 68,500 people, featuring 176 luxury suites and 9,000 club seats. Fans attending San Francisco 49ers home games experience football in the most eco-friendly and sustainable LEED Gold certified facility in the league. State of the art technology is used throughout the stadium, and visitors may view a live dashboard display featuring current energy measurements, water and air monitors, and other dynamic green features as the building operates daily. Designed by HNTB, the iconic feature of the stadium is the massive 5-story Suite Tower on the west side, topped by the NRG Solar Terrace green roof.

Project of the Week Levi's Stadium

The installation of 1,186 solar panels on the canopy framework on the green roof and on three solar pedestrian bridges connecting the parking lot to the park generate 375 kW of power at Levi’s Stadium – as much renewable energy as it will consume on game days. And the NRG Solar Terrace green roof is an inviting space which can be booked for receptions and ceremonies. The 27,000 square foot American Hydrotech green roof contains 16 species of vegetation native to the Bay area for the concessionaires, who will utilize produce within local farm-to-table menus. 85 percent of the water used at the stadium is recycled, used for both potable and non-potable uses such as the playing field irrigation water.

VIEW the PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Publisher’s Note: Levi’s® Stadium was included in Greenroofs.com’s “2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” in the # 5 category “Fields of Green: Big League Sports Venues.”

Project of the Week Levi's Stadium

Year: 2014
Owner: Santa Clara Stadium Authority
Location: Santa Clara, CA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 27,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public (with paid entrance)

Project of the Week Levi's Stadium

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff California Architects
General Contractor: Turner Devcon, A Joint Venture
Landscape Architect & Greenroof Design: The Guzzardo Partnership, Inc.
Greenroof System: Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Greenroof Installation: Jensen Corporation Landscape Contractors
Solar Design & Installation: NRG Solar
Solar Design & Installation: SunPower Corp.

Project of the Week Levi's Stadium


Project of the Week Video Feature

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

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP