CounterpointeSRE PACE Program Announces Innovative Financing for Greenroofs

August 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing for Greenroofs

CounterpointeSRE Program Announces Innovative PACE Financing Greenroofs

If you are lucky to be located in a U.S. state covered by PACE financing, you may be eligible for financing 100% of the costs to fund permanent green energy-saving, water-saving and seismic strengthening improvements – now including greenroofs!

Last week, Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate, a leader in commercial real estate PACE financing, announced the launch of new financing program for the installation, service, and maintenance of greenroofs nationwide.

This innovative new financing program will help property owners comply with San Francisco’s new Living Roof Ordinance for one, and is backed by property-tax assessments funding – known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing – through which the local county or municipality offers a voluntary tax assessment increase in exchange for the funding costs.

“The financing provided by Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate provides financing for 100% of the costs of green roof installation. Through the CounterpointeSRE’s PACE program, the assessment that funds the improvements is repaid with long term, fixed rates through an additional line item on the property tax statement. This will allow hotels, offices, hospitals and other commercial properties to finance green roofs while preserving capital and potentially qualifying for off balance sheet treatment. Assessments are tied to the property, so they may be passed through to tenants, are non-recourse to owners and are transferrable upon sale of the property.

A highlighted feature of the new program is 100% financing that includes all related soft costs such as design, engineering, egress installation, and prepaid service or maintenance contracts for the green roof.” ~  Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate

CounterpointeSRE Green Roof Program

CounterpointeSRE Program Announces Innovative PACE Financing Greenroofs

Download the CounterpointeSRE Green Roof Program PDF to read more about it and how you and your property may qualify.

“CounterpointeSRE is pleased to work in conjunction with city planners to helps reduce heat island effects, manage stormwater, and increase open space in commercial spaces.

Through this program, property owners can increase ROI, property aesthetics and property value while making our cities more environmentally friendly.” ~ Eric Alini, managing partner at Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate

Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate (CounterpointeSRE) is a leading PACE provider, financing commercial real estate clean energy and resiliency improvements nationwide from $100,000 to $50,000,000.

Sounds like an amazing opportunity to fund commercial greenroofs and we need to look more into it!  For more information, please visit CounterpointeSRE.

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

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge

July 14, 2016 at 1:00 am

The combination of greenroofs and solar – or “biosolar” – technologies is an exciting, intelligent, and beautifully pragmatic way to enhance green infrastructure, so don’t miss watching “Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Biosolar Roofs Nathalie Baumann Dusty Gedge

Dusty Gedge and Nathalie Baumann are two of the hardest working/researching living roof proponents on the planet, and have been promoting the industry tirelessly for about 20 years or so!  We’ve had the pleasure of their company numerous times and have seen many projects in Basel and London with them both.  Dusty provided an awesome Closing Keynote Address for our 2013 Virtual Summit, see his Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner video.  And both biodiversity champions participated in our inaugural Virtual Summit 2011; watch the Panel Session “Biodiversity and Greenroofs” with Christine Thuring as Moderator along with Gary Grant, Dusty Gedge, and Nathalie Baumann.  Dusty has also written numerous articles here on, and always has something to say!

In their Virtual Summit 2015 video they talk about the Biosolar Roof Project, a Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project that spearheaded a series of pilot training projects in partner countries.  The project aims to link the SMART CITES agenda with the Green infrastructure and Ecosystem Services approach to cities.  Filmed in the UK and Switzerland in April, 2015 with both colleagues, their video presentation celebrates the work of an EU funded project called Up on the Roof.

You will see how the biosolar roof agenda weaves architects, ecologists, and engineers together and how we can successfully combine and link the production of renewable energy (high tech) and the delivery of biodiversity with greenroofs (low tech).

Nathalie Baumann

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Biosolar Roofs Nathalie Baumann Dusty Gedge

Basel, Switzerland. Nathalie Baumann, MSc, (BioGeograph/Social Anthropologist) is a Research Associate at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Life Sciences and Facility Management in Wädenswil. She is a research fellow / research associate with her research field in urban greening and urban ecology; Nathalie is a member of research groups on urban ecology, institute environment, and natural resources.

She accomplished her Master’s of Sciences degree at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Afterwards she worked on different projects of NGO’s like WWF Switzerland in the context of River Ecology, Biodiversity Assessment, Urban Ecology and Ecology of ground nesting birds.

She has become a leader with the EU and is creating a greater European cooperation within the green roof research world. A member of the collective UG LAB, Nathalie shares her deep knowledge skillfully by teaching many courses, lecturing internationally, on going research projects and video conferencing.

Dusty Gedge

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Biosolar Roofs Nathalie Baumann Dusty Gedge

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), and sits on the EU’s working group for the green Infrastructure and ecosystem services policy. His work in Europe over the last few years working on a Pan-European green roof course and he is currently advising on a project on green roofs, pollinators and solar power – Biosolar Roofs.

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. With John Little he has written a small-scale green roof guide to help individuals, buildings and landscape contractors to construct small wildlife friendly green roofs. He is also a designer of green roofs and other green infrastructure through his consultancy. Dusty is also a regular speaker at conferences through UK, Europe and the world.

As a birdwatcher first and foremost he has always had a vision that good green infrastructure and green roofs should deliver for biodiversity as well other headline issues connected with cities and climate change adaptation.

Dusty also joined his colleague John Little also from the UK to talk about “Small Scale Green Roofs” which will be released at a later date.

Read about “Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Biosolar Roofs Nathalie Baumann Dusty Gedge

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

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

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”


The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Enter Your Project in the World-Class Competition: THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards!

June 23, 2016 at 7:00 am

2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress The Next Green Awards

Now is the time to enter your green infrastructure projects in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards, presented by the Colombian Network of Green Infrastructure RECIVE (Red Colombiana de Infraestructura Vegetada) alongside the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).

This year’s World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) will be held in beautiful Bogotá, Colombia on October 19-21, 2016.  Organized by RECIVE, WGIN, and partner universities, THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is open to institutions, designers, researchers, and students!

“The World Green Infrastructure Congress is a world-class event that every year attracts experts from 25 countries to discuss the latest advances on urban Green Infrastructure. This year, Bogota has the privilege of hosting the event on the 19th, 20th and 21st of October, after previous years events held in Japan, Australia, France, China and Mexico.

The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) appointed the capital of Colombia for its leadership in the development of the building greening industry over the last 8 years in which more than 300.000 m2 of concrete surfaces were turned into living landscapes.” ~ WGIC2016

Aramis and I have had the wonderful opportunity to attend several of these World Green Infrastructure Congresses, including in Sydney (2014); Nantes (2013); and Mexico City (2010) – as well as the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference held by WGIN member the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA).

And, we are very pleased to do so again this October in Bogotá, where’ll I’ll be presenting and also have the privilege of being one of the jurors for the THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.

What is it?

Most importantly, THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is a world-class competition that selects and promotes the best projects of Green Infrastructure that interface nature and man-made environment at any scale from micro to macro:  objects, products, furniture, buildings, parks, master plans, green belts, bioswales, man-made wetlands, etc.  Application to THE-NEXT-GREEN awards 2016 is now open to all countries.

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Competition Tracks:

Environment: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Community: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Design: Concept designs or full designs proposed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.
Research and Innovation: Research Projects completed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.

Each track has two categories:

Global: Projects and authors from all countries except Latin American. Submission information must be in English.
Latin America: Projects and authors from Latin America. Submission information may be in English or Spanish.

All proposals submitted by students will be evaluated separately from the applications submitted by professionals and institutions.

2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress The Next Green Awards

Important Dates:

Submissions Deadline: August 19, 2016 (World Humanitarian Day)
Announcement of Winners: September 22 (World Car Free Day)
Awards Ceremony: October 20, World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016, Bogotá, Colombia.

If you have a great project located anywhere in the world that fits the requirements of these categories, we strongly encourage you to participate in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.

Most of all, make sure to visit the website to familiarize yourself with the Congress, the Awards process, and most importantly, the wonderful, exciting, and increasingly green city of Bogotá and country of Colombia!

2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress The Next Green Awards

In addition, we’ll be sharing much more information about the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016 soon but for now, if you have any questions, visit the organizers at: or contact:

~ Saludos y buena suerte!

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

The Winner of’s “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016 Is…

May 1, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Love the Earth Plant a Roof or Wall Contest 2016

…Living Roofs, Otternes, Norway! The winner of’s “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest for 2016 received the highest number of votes at 173.

This photo was submitted by Dave Taube from his recent trip to Norway: 

These living roofs are located in the tiny village of Otternes, Norway, between Flam and Aurland.  These living roofs, so common in Scandinavia, not only compress the logs of the structures, but they insulate the houses and make the walls and roofs more airtight, so they are functional as well as attractive. ~ Dave Taube


In second place is the Aleutian Spray Fisheries (Seattle, WA) which garnered 75 votes: “A green roof that helps the land, the air and the sea! So our children may have a beautiful world to live, work and play!”

Love the Earth Plant a Roof or Wall Contest 2016

Aleutian Spray Fisheries, submitted by Columbia Green Technologies, came in second place.

And in third place receiving 50 votes is the Courtyard Marriott, Washington DC/Foggy Bottom: “The benefits of sustainable design with vegetative roofs have been recognized by the largest hotel operator in the world. Whether set up with seating for relaxation or as an intimate outdoor reception area, this Greenroof Patio offers the hotel’s guests the chance to love a little of the outdoors in the heart of a busy Metro area. The clever, contemporary design affords many guests the heartwarming vista of the flowerbeds and shrubs and sculpted blue aggregate “waves” from their room window or balcony.”

Love the Earth Plant a Roof or Wall Contest 2016

Courtyard Marriott, Washington DC/Foggy Bottom, submitted by Barrett Company, came in third.

So Dave Taube will receive the whopping $100 Gift Card – just a small token of our esteem – congrats, and thanks for participating!

Thank you, too, to everyone who participated, both submitters and voters!

You know that this feature of ours is basically just a popularity contest among our international readership, created to stir up interest in all shapes and sizes of living architecture from across the world, and we do it in honor of April’s being Earth Month.  So the person with the greatest social network ends up the winner – not necessarily the “best” project, which is, of course, highly subjective in any case (and this is not a juried award of any kind).

We hope to feature all of these projects this year as upcoming Projects of the Week, and the contest participants will be encouraged to submit profiles to us for The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

These are the final tallies for all of the photo voting:

Love the Earth Plant a Roof or Wall Contest 2016

Please join us again in 2018 for our next biennial “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Month Photo Contest, using #lovetheearthcontest on social media.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall,

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