Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 3: Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino, Chicago Department of Aviation

December 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

Today we have the pleasure to air “CDA Leads the Way for Incorporating Green Roof Space in an Airport Environment” by Rosemarie Andolino from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on  greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

We all know that Chicago has led the way in North America in greenroof implementation for the past decade, including its airports.  I first corresponded with Rosemarie in 2005 after I wrote the paper “European Airport Greenroofs – A Potential Model for North America,” which looked at impacts of using a greenroof within airports as well as some of the potential barriers to greenroofs.  More recently, I had contacted the Chicago Department of Aviation about O’Hare and Midway International updates for a presentation I did at the Atlanta Aero Club last February – see: A Look (Again) at Airport Greenroofs.

We were thrilled when Commissioner Andolino accepted our invitation to speak at our inaugural Virtual Summit:

Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner (CDA) Rosemarie S. Andolino is responsible for the management and operation of one of the world’s largest and busiest airport systems, comprised of O’Hare and Midway International airports. She is also charged with implementing the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP), which is reconfiguring O’Hare’s intersecting runways into a modern, parallel layout allowing for reduced delays and increased capacity well into the future.

Andolino’s leadership has brought the CDA to the forefront of airport sustainability. She led the creation of the groundbreaking OMP Sustainable Design Manual (SDM) and an updated and expanded version called the CDA Sustainable Airport Manual. The manual is internationally recognized as the definitive source for sustainable airport design, construction, planning, operations and maintenance, concessions, and tenant activities.

Both Andolino and the O’Hare Modernization Plan have been recognized for excellence in environmental stewardship by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, the United Nation’s Environmental Programme for Livable Communities, as well as several government agencies and industry publications.

Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino speaks about the Chicago Department of Aviation’s industry-leading sustainability initiatives, with a focus on the existing and future green roof projects at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

Chicago’s airports currently feature 230,000 square feet (5.3 acres) of green roof coverage. That includes a new O’Hare FedEx cargo facility, which is the largest continuous green roof at an airport in the world.  Andolino will discuss the benefits and unique challenges of incorporating green roof space in an airport environment.

Rosemarie Andolino is joined here by Amy Malick, Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability Chicago Department of Aviation.

Enjoy!  Visit  greenroofs.tv to see “CDA Leads the Way for Incorporating Green Roof Space in an Airport Environment”  or click below:

If you saw Haven’s and my  2011 Top 10 presentation, you’ll remember seeing Rosemarie in a photo representing the Chicago Department of Aviation at O’Hare’s new Aeroponic Vegetable Garden as a representative project in the # 8 category: Interior Plantings: Indoor Building Integrated Greenery.  Here, twenty-six towers will supply the international airport’s restaurants with swiss chard, red habanero peppers, lettuce, green beans, and 42 other types of fresh herbs and vegetables.  Learn more about the  Chicago Department of Aviation and all their great greening initiatives.

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit  greenroofs.tv play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our  GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our  2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our  2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 4th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 2: The 2011 Hot Top 10 List by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers

December 14, 2011 at 11:48 am

As I promised at our presentation at CitiesAlive in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago, today we are airing Haven Kiers‘ and my2011 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”  from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on  greenroofs.tv and our  GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

“This is our fifth anniversary of the “Top 10 List” and an amazing amount of development has occurred over the past five years in the vegetative roofing industry.  Projects that were once scoffed at and considered impossible to get built are popping up all over the globe, and greenroofs are no longer considered fringe architecture, destined to be the first sacrifice to value engineering.

“To honor the new ubiquity of architectural greening, this year our Top 10 will focus on greenroofs at all different scales, from micro to macro.

“As “vegitecture” increasingly becomes a mainstay of both sustainable and cutting edge design, the list of greenroof and greenwall trends continues to expand.

This year we’re showcasing greening at both the micro and the macro scale, from small scale DIY greenroof projects to towering skyscrapers stacked with fruit and vegetable crops, parks, and energy facilities atop sky gardens, walls and bridges.” ~ Haven Kiers and Linda Velazquez

I have to say that Haven and I had a blast putting this together, and especially filming it together!  She flew to Atlanta last September just for the occasion, and I think you’ll really get a feel for our enthusiasm.

And, since we didn’t have any time restrictions like we normally do at all the conferences – where we have to speed through our project selections – here we took our time a bit more and, as a result, feature quite a few more projects that you would normally see.

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see the “2011 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”  or click below.

We’ll be working over the next few weeks to add most of the projects here to the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database so you can learn more about each.  We appreciate your feedback, and welcome your thoughts on the new and newsworthy projects for our 2012 Top 10 Hot List!  Feel free to contact Haven me directly at DesignEditor@greenroofs.com and me at Linda@greenroofs.com.

Didn’t get to see the Opening Keynote Address “A New Place”video by  Charlie Miller yet which we featured last week?  No problem – watch it after the Top 10 on the exclusive Virtual Summit  greenroofs.tv play list.

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our  2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our  2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 3rd installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 1: Charlie Miller

December 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

As I wrote about yesterday, today we are airing the Opening Keynote Address video by Charlie Miller from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on  greenroofs.tv and our  GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Charlie Miller, P.E. and principal of  Roofmeadow (formerly Roofscapes, Inc.), has been a mentor and inspiration to me since my early days as a landscape architecture student who had “discovered” greenroofs in 1997/98.  It was a no-brainer for me to choose Charlie as our opening keynote speaker – to honor his open attitude about information sharing and to share his outlook and expertise with our Virtual Summit audience!

Charlie’s  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit  2011 keynote address is titled  “A New Place.”

“After an acquaintance of almost 20 years, Americans may think that they know green roofs.  In fact, there is much left to discover as we colonize the world of the great urban plateau.” ~ Charlie Miller, P.E.

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv  to see “A New Place” here or click below.

We appreciate your feedback, and feel free to contact Charlie directly at: cmiller@roofmeadow.com.

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our  2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our  2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 2nd installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.

See all the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Videos on greenroofs.tv!

December 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm

We received a lot of positive feedback from attendees  participating in our inaugural Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 this past September through October about the very high quality of the speakers we offered for such an affordable price…

…And conversely, a lot of speakers have asked us if their videos would be available afterwards for viewing by the general public – those who did not pay the $49 or $25 to attend.

We certainly do not want all of the Virtual Summit’s speakers’ efforts and great information to go to waste”¦and we feel that our readership would love to see the content!

So, Greenroofs.com‘s plan is to show each of our 4 keynote speakers, 7 panel sessions, and 19 video presentations (plus my opening and closing remarks) in its entirety as we played it at the 2011 Virtual Summit – from everyone who grants us permission.

You can see my Opening Welcome and Overview now, along with the Virtual Summit Highlights Video and the Trailer on  greenroofs.tv.  We’ll be showing our  Opening Keynote Speaker Charlie Miller as the first featured video tomorrow, on Wednesday, December 7 followed by one or two videos a week thereafter which we’ll highlight on our Homepage.

Once played, each video will remain available to everyone on demand on the greenroofs.tv page and our  GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.  We hope to  show everyone what they missed at our inaugural Virtual Summit and create buzz for the 2012 Virtual Summit!

If you didn’t join us for 2011 we hope you will in 2012 – then you won’t have to wait months to see all of the great new keynote, panel, and presentation videos!

We hope you enjoy each of the 32 videos and use them in the future for your reference – we’re very proud of the wonderful collaborations from around the world.  Please share with your greenroof and greenwall colleagues.

Happy greening ~

Linda V.