Support Awesome Kickstarter Venture: Chris Wark, Our Energy Editor, Just Launched P-Pods by Ponix!

August 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Based in Manhattan, Christopher Wark has been Greenroofs.com‘s Energy Editor since 2010 (see his excellent column, including his seven-part series entitled “Cooler Than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn’t Move Through a Green Roof“).

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After years of research, Chris and wife Wendy Amengual Wark have just launched their new venture, P-Pods by Ponix, on Kickstarter, and with only 16 days to go, they need our support!

They are looking for backers, both large AND small.  As you may know, Kickstarter promotes campaigns that have more backers, not more money pledged, so if they can get 100 people to pledge even $1.00, that would help get the campaign noticed.

So, what is a P-Pod?

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P-Pods are mini-greenhouses that work in areas as small as 3 square feet!  The P-Pods’ versatile, portable design protect from wind, insulate and use less water.

“Ponix is proud to introduce the best environment for growing all kinds of herbs and vegetables in small outdoor spaces, especially where plants can be damaged by wind, storms, and pests. The concept design we developed is a rugged, compact plant pod that has been dubbed the “P-Pod” and will be easy to buy, easy to use, and easy to look at.

With P-Pods, you can stop paying big bucks for wilted herbs, Styrofoam strawberries, and past-due peppers. No matter how small – or large – your space and no matter what the weather, you can enjoy healthy, home-grown produce any time of year.” ~ Ponix Press Release

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P-Pod prototypes #2 (right) and #3 (left)

P-Pods’ Features:

*  Low-profile design withstands high winds on balconies & roofs
*  Double-wall panels: excellent insulation and diffuse sunlight
*  Easy access: 2-way access panels – no swinging doors or lids
 Protection from insects, birds, rodents and deer
 For conventional, semi-hydroponic, & fully hydroponic gardening
 Lightweight and portable: Easy to assemble – only 6 parts
 Optional thermostatically-controlled heated irrigation system

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“A convenient configuration for balconies is the Duo.  It is made up of 2 P-Pods side-by-side with no wall between the individual P-Pods.  This allows more room for larger plants to spread out.  The greater volume also helps to keep all the enclosed plants warmer during cold weather.  There is no limit to the number of P-Pods that can be attached side-by-side.” ~ Chris Wark

Various sizes of P-Pods are available, including the Mini-Pod (base is 24 inches wide and 18 inches deep; the back is 24 inches) and the Midi-Pod (24 x 24 inches at the base and 36 inches high at the back) – available with an optional heated irrigation system for year-round growth – both part of the Kickstarter campaign:

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NOTE:  The Mongo-Pod concept has a 3 ft x 3 ft tray and is 5 ft tall at the back.  Because it is wider than the Mini-Pod and Midi-Pod, they simply couldn’t fit it into this campaign.

Watch the fun and informative P-Pod video from Chris and Wendy Wark of Ponix:

Please visit the Ponix website, www.pponix.com, to learn more about P-Pods and how they can be used to maximize the productivity and quality of your locally grown micro-garden.  See the FAQ’s here.

Also, read the entire “P-Pods by Ponix Just Launched on Kickstarter! Micro-garden your own greens, reds, and yellows year-round in whatever space you have” Press Release.  For further info, contact Chris at:

Christopher Wark, President, Ponix
cwark@pponix.com
www.pponix.com
1.917.475.1847 / 1.347.835.2178
P.O. Box 64 – New York, NY 10018.

Urban rooftop growing just got a new player with P-Pods.  With hundreds of balconies, decks and terraces in the upper west side, the opportunities for growing fresh herbs and veggies are enormous within New York City alone!  In my humble opinion, every urban space in the world could benefit from a P-Pod or two, or more.

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Whether you have a large company that believes this product could use your backing for commercial gardening, or are simply an individual who wishes to promote sincere, hard-working entrepreneurship while growing your own organic produce, please:

Back Chris Wark and the P-Pods on Kickstarter before September 5! 

Aramis and I are proud to be supporters and backers, and we hope that you, too, can do the same by sharing this awesome opportunity with media and organizations interested in gardens, food, urban farming, micro-gardening and eco-roofs.

Happy greening in any kind of weather,

~ Linda V.

CITYGREEN – Stepping Up with Green

August 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

The latest issue of CITYGREEN on green roofs and walls has just been released.  Now in its seventh issue, the award-winning publication CITYGREEN is published by Singapore’s Centre for Urban Greenery & Ecology (CUGE).

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CITYGREEN is a biannual publication and winner of the APEX 2012 Awards for Publication Excellence as well as MPAS Awards 2012 Finalist, and covers topics on greening and ecology of the urban environment.

Through its cover story, research reports and other feature articles, the magazine updates its readers on a diversity of topics along the theme “Stepping Up with Green,” bringing forth the emerging trends in the field of skyrise greening across the world.

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In this issue, CITYGREEN unravels the new possibilities in the advancement of skyrise greenery. It rounds up a number of impressive project features.  Featured Writers for CITYGREEN issue 7 include Cornelia Oberlander, Marc Ottelé, Wong Mun Summ, Maureen Connelly and Paul Erlichman.

Locally within Singapore, the PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel and Jardin condominium go beyond extensive integration with the façade, to bring greenery into close interaction with users.

Internationally, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre demonstrates remarkable design of green roof deeply integrated with the building’s water conservation and treatment strategy, and innovative designs of commendable winners of the international Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence as well as Hong Kong’s Skyrise Greenery Awards in 2012.

Stepping Up with Green also shares the positive financial forecasts for the global green roof and green wall market. In Aditya Ranade’s report of the economic study, Lux Research forecasts a USD 680 million market by 2017 for green walls, suggesting a sure role for such landscape treatments in the future of cities.  By the way, Aditya Ranade was one of our keynotes at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit 2013 – if you didn’t attend, you sure missed one exciting video!

In line with the growing market, more rigorous standards and testing of various green materials will prove essential. Marc Ottelé shares the findings of a life-cycle assessment conducted with collaborators to understand the cradle-to-grave environmental impacts of five different types of vertical greenery systems.

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Latest Research Reports

Read these interesting articles and more in the latest issue of CITYGREEN – preview it here.  Available at leading bookstores for only SGD 15.00 you can purchase it online.  For more information, please visit CUGE’s online store.

I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m sure the articles are great!  I can’t wait to get my copy.

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Happy reading,

~ Linda V.

 

Contributions Wanted for Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition & Photo Contest: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013

July 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm

The International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) invites you to attend their Nanjing World Green Roof Congress in beautiful Nanjing, China from September 15th to the 18th, 2013.

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***Please note change of WGRC dates to: September 15th to 18th, 2013***

The 2012 WGIN Green Roof Congress was held in Hangzhou, China and was exceptionally well attended by 1,600 participants from across the world, including Aramis and me!


Left to right: William Wei, Julian Briz, Francois Lassalle, Patrick Blanc, Aramis Velazquez, Isabel de Felipe, Manfred Kohler, Professor Wang Xianmin, Florian Betlzer, Zuoshuang Zhang, Karla Dakin, Dorte Romo, Linda Velazquez, and Damian Tang

New elements present in this year’s Nanjing World Green Roof Congress include the Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition and the “The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart” Photo Contest.

“The Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition is organized by IRLA (International Rooftop Landscaping Association) and CABEE (China Association of Building Energy Efficiency), endorsed by VGAG (Vertical Greening Academic Group).  It is a great honor in Chinese landscape planning community as well as the highest level of competition and a highly rewarded one in China.  It provides a platform for public welfare as well as fair, impartial and open competition. It aims at finding talents as well as training and introducing them. Thus, there will be more amazing works which promotes the idea of green China. Moreover, we have the top prestigious judges from all over the world. The winners will be invited to join the World Green Roof Congress—Nanjing China held at Zidong International Creative Park from September 19th to 22nd, 2013. They will also have the chance to exchange idea with specialists, scholars and many other elites as well as receive prize money.

If you are a creative designer, if you are passionate about environment protection, landscape planning and vertical landscaping, if you already have a good idea in your mind, then come on and join us! Share your idea with us! For green urban-rural environment, green China and a green world!” ~ Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition

The deadline for submissions has been extended through August 20, 2013.  Learn all about it at: www.c1118.com.

“The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart” Photo Contest, organized by IRLA and the Website of China National Radio, aims at leading the world to caring more about natural ecology. It is expected to express and intensify people’s greening and environmental awareness through photographing. The contest is designed to show the world new ideas and technologies of international vertical greening, to bring more practical thoughts and methods on construction to city planners. It also opens up a brand new photographing area for shutterbugs, forging a platform of common view and a spiritual homeland for vertical green construction all over the world.

More info:

Contributions Wanted

With the growing land cost every year, vertical greening has become the most economical way of greening in urban center. From the aspect of lowering atmospheric temperature and protecting the environment, rooftops and walls are precious resource of cities’ cyclic development, and they are the revival land of scientific developing greenbelt. At present, rooftop greening groups all over the world are still growing, but its spreading and promoting have a bright future.

I. Sponsors and Organizers

Sponsor: The Website of China National Radio, 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress Committee

Organizer: The Website of China National Radio, International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA)

Co-organizer: Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council (AGAG), China Green Rooftop and Energy Efficiency Council

Official Website: The Website of China National Radio www.cnr.cn

Contributing Website: http://photo.cnr.cn

Special Website: http://pic.cnr.cn/sdq/

Launch Ceremony: Jul. 11th, 2013

Submission Deadline: Aug. 31st, 2013

Entry Range: worldwide

Grading time: Sep. 1st, 2013 – Sep. 14th, 2013

Prize-giving time: Sep. 19th, 2013

Prize-giving site: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress

II. Topic of the Contest

There is no specific category of the Compete Photo, as long as it accords with “green rooftops, green walls, indoor gardens, green overpasses, green balconies” and any other green construction above the ground. There is also no limit about whether the entry is photochrome or black-and-white photograph, single picture or set pictures.

III. Grading Standard

  1. The content should be real and focus on the topic.
  2. The picture should be vivid, powerful and infective.
  3. The title and illustration should be precise, concise, and concordant with this contest.

IV. Prizes

Gold Prize (one winner): 90,000RMB and Certificate

Silver Prize (two winners): 60,000RMB and Certificates

Bronze Prize (three winners): 30,000RMB and Certificates

Honorable Mentions (several)

V. Format Specifications

  1. Single picture or series both are accepted, but series should contain maximum 5 pictures.
  2. Only JPGE format can be accepted, and the pictures should not be bigger than 20M. If a Compete Photo has been cropped, the longest side must be at least 2,000 pixels.
  3. The Compete Photo must be taken by the participant himself/herself.
  4. No published pictures are allowed. Frame and author’s ID must not be added. If possible, the information of EXIF should be kept.
  5. Each participant can only have 10 entries at most.
  6. Each picture should have its title, topic, illustration and the author’s name in detail.

VI. Way of Participation

  1. The participants need to sign an agreement with CNR Pictures about digital copyright. They also have to sign in through “Society Photographer” and become a “Society Photographer” of CNR Picture Gallery.

The following is the website of illustration for photo gallery signing in and uploading: http://photo.cnr.cn/pms/upload.jsp

  1. The entry must be uploaded to CNR Picture Gallery.

The website of CNR Picture Gallery is: http://photo.cnr.cn

  1. While uploading your entry, please select this category in photo gallery: “Photo Contest – the Beautiful Homeland in My Heart”.
  2. Each entry should be named using the following pattern:

[The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart], Entry’s Name, (Author’s Name)

For example: [The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart], A Home of Green, (John)

  1. The telephone of CNR Picture Gallery and information about the contest is  86-10-56807195

“The goal of photographing is to share your happiness and sorrow. Let’s build the future vision of our homeland together. We are looking forward to your excellent works.” ~ International Rooftop Landscaping Association and the Website of China National Radio

Register now to the Nanjing World Green Roof Congress by clicking below:

***Please note change of WGRC dates to: September 15th to 18th, 2013***

If you have any questions about either contest or planning your trip to spectacular China for the Nanjing World Green Roof Conference, please contact William Wei of WGRC and IRLA at: wrgmay2010@hotmail.com.

Happy traveling,

~ Linda V.

July 19: Early Bird Deadlines for CitiesAlive in San Francisco!

July 11, 2013 at 7:59 am

Planning for conferences is so much fun, right?  Well, it’s a lot more fun when you can save up to $200!

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Held on October 23 -26 in beautiful San Francisco, the 2013 CitiesAlive theme is Securing Urban Resiliency with Living Architecture: Food – Water – Energy

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“The 2013 CitiesAlive conference is a unique opportunity for the green roof and wall industry to gain insight into the leading culture and philosophy of innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Delegates will be exposed to the Bay Area entrepreneurial mindset and discover new and enlightened ways of approaching their enterprise as well as professional and industry development. Conversely, the conference presents an opportunity for the leaders of the green roof and wall industry to ignite the San Francisco Bay Area to becoming a global leader in green roof and wall technology and development.” ~ Paul Kephart, Executive Director, Rana Creek

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California Academy of Sciences Living Roof by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Rana Creek Living Architecture, and many more; Photo: California Academy of Sciences.

CitiesAlive Registration

Here are just a few benefits to registering early and attending:

– Save $200 on the Best Price Delegate Package or Delegate Pass with registration on/before July 19, 2013.
– Earn 14.75 credit units toward your GRP accreditation
– Attend a delegate reception at the world famous Academy of Sciences with an unforgettable green roof designed by Renzo Piano
– Eric Corey Freed, well known for his thought-leadership in organic architecture, will lead a discussion with other experts (including Peter Busby from Perkins + Will) on the role of green roofs and walls in securing urban resiliency
– Expert panel discussion on TransBay Terminal development, an ambitious project in the heart of San Francisco that integrates green walls and roofs for the highest levels of sustainability

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And, if you’re considering exhibiting here, consider this:

Sign up by the deadline to save $300 on the cost of a 10′ by 10′ booth.  San Francisco is a growing hub of green infrastructure technology, and with a host of new topics being presented at the conference (including solar, wind, and cool roof systems), the range of trade show attendees will be bigger and better than ever before.  For more information or to register for a booth, please contact Rebecca Black, Director of Business Development, at rblack@greenroofs.org or 416.535.2586.

As a GRP myself, you know I’ll be there along with many colleagues!  Please visit citiesalive.org for more info.

~ Linda V.