Photo Reflections of the CitiesAlive Chicago Green Roofs “Purple Line Tour,” Oct. 2012

March 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm

All Photos by Caroline Menetre unless otherwise noted.

Not-so-recently back* (ha) from the 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the City of Chicago

*I actually started this blog entry in November – then I don’t know what happened. Well, yes, I do – Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I have no excuse for January, and then the Virtual Summit 2013 started!

It was a great conference – as usual – with training classes, informative sessions featuring expert speakers on policy, design and research topics, trade show, receptions, parties, networking, tours, and more in the wonderful city of Chicago! I’m sure Linda will blog some more on the conference – when she can catch her breath. Verrry busy at Greenroofs.com!

Speaking of Linda – she was profiled in the beautiful book The Rise of Living Architecture as one of 50 visionaries who have fueled the explosive growth of green roofs and walls over the past decade across North America. And rightfully so!

She certainly sparked my interest years ago speaking at my greenroofs class at school.  The book is gorgeous, and there was a hectic book signing one day that we all took advantage of.

I mainly wanted to mention the great bus tour I had on Saturday after the conference to several green roofs around Chicago, and share some pics.  (More in-depth project info can be found on Greenroofs.com Projects page, and several have been highlighted featured on the Project of the Week feature.)

The Purple Line Tour was just one of several tours offered at the conference.  We left the hotel early Saturday morning with our local tour hosts Mike Curry, (Landscape Architect and Horticulturist @ Midwest Trading) and Emily Shelton (Horticulturist @ the Chicago Botanical Garden).

You could not have asked for a more beautiful day for a tour!

Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center

Our first stop was the Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center – where we were shown around by Tommy Hileman, Maintenance Supervisor w/Intrinsic Landscaping @ the Tyner Center.

Redeveloped from a former Naval Air Station, the Village of Glenview elected to preserve approximately 14 acres of remnant prairie along with 18 acres of old field buffer habitat as the Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie.  The “Inside-Out” approach integrates the building into the prairie almost as if it were an organic element.

The LEED Platinum certified building features a 4,000 sf green roof and permeable pavement, solar slates, and a geothermal system.  The use of these features, along with the surrounding native vegetation of the site, significantly reduces the amount of stormwater runoff from the site.

The Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center provides groups and individuals with educational opportunities during both formally scheduled and informal visits.  Even when closed, the Tyner Center fulfills an educational function, as interpretive signs and displays are accessible from the building’s exterior, as well as teaching gardens and walking trails, which we got to enjoy.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Next on the tour was the Chicago Botanic Garden. I was very excited about this stop since I had never been. Emily Shelton, Horticulturist @ Chicago Botanic Garden, showed us around her “home base,” naturally!

(By the way, you can see Emily in action now on the Chicago Botanic Garden green roof at the Virtual Summit 2013 going on through April 13 – she is part of the Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned video presentation.)

The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center features a green roof that underscores the Garden’s commitment to plant conservation. Combining practical benefits with aesthetic appeal, the Green Roof Garden also provides an opportunity for research and education, serving as a living laboratory.

Serving as an outdoor classroom to thousands of Garden visitors annually, the 16,000 sf green roof is accessible to the public via a grand staircase, and an overlook with interpretive panels educates visitors about all aspects of rooftop gardens.

Two distinct areas serve specific functions: the Ellis Goodman Family Foundation Green Roof Garden South features regional and national native plants, many of which are not currently used as rooftop plants; the Josephine P. & John J. Louis Foundation Green Roof Garden North features a mix of plants known as good green roof plants, plus native and exotic plants that have potential for green roof use.

Generally, the plants are sun loving, drought tolerant, have a shallow root system, and can withstand windy conditions.

The growing medium consists of a mixture of expanded clay and shale, vermiculite, perlite and some sand with about 5% organic matter consisting of mostly mulch.  An area also contains some GreenGrid modules for easy testing.  Nesting Killdeer have established themselves on the roof along with visiting bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds.

We learned the green roof is growing and evolving after 3 full growing seasons. Despite the challenging weather of 2011 and 2012, the vast majority of the 240 taxa currently on the green roof have thrived.  While their goal is to minimize the care and resources put into maintaining the roof, they had to give the plants supplemental water once in July 2011 and twice in June 2012 during periods of extreme heat and drought.

Not surprisingly, the greatest stress was on plants in the shallow 4-inch-deep plots. But the great news is that plants rebounded quickly once they received the additional water.

Church Street Station

Next stop was Church Street Station in Evanston, Illinois.  Greg Raymond, Managing Partner w/Eco Gardens @ Church Street Station, met us on the property and took us up to the beautiful 5th floor green roof.

Focus Development wanted to build their 17-story postmodern Church Street Station Condominiums not only with beautiful interiors but also to be a place that their customers would love to call home.

They also had future needs in mind by putting in a garden roof where condo owners could go to get away from the day-to-day stresses.

American Hydrotech provided the Garden Roof Assembly, which is a seamless, hot-applied rubberized asphalt membrane that provides long-lasting protection and incorporates a minimum of 25% recycled materials along with retaining moisture, irrigating the vegetation from the underside, helping to recreate the plants’ natural growing environment on the roof.

Adding natural beauty to the 5th floor roof atop the residents’ parking structure, this 8,500 sf garden roof sits alongside a beautiful pool and fitness room.

Birch, maple and evergreen trees, tall grasses, and flowering shrubs and perennials create a naturalistic backdrop to the lush lawn and beautiful arbors, making the garden roof a benefit for the building owner, its occupants, and the whole neighborhood.

I loved this roof and think I took some great shots. The white of the birch trees, arbors and building columns were a beautiful contrast against the blue sky that day.

Uncommon Ground Restaurant

By the time we left the Botanical Garden, it was close to noon.  Our tour guides brilliantly planned the next stop to include lunch – at the wonderful Uncommon Ground Restaurant at 1401 W. Devon.  I had the pleasure of hearing Helen Cameron, co-owner of Uncommon Ground, at one of the conference tracks just a day before and I was very impressed with her, and couldn’t wait to eat at the “World’s Greenest Restaurant” and see the “First Certified Organic Roof Top Farm in the Country.”

(You can also hear from Helen Cameron at the Virtual Summit 2013 – she is part of the Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production” with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin video presentation.)

Due to an early flight that day – I was very bummed – I had to rush through the (delicious!) lunch and tour.  But Helen herself graciously had my order put in ahead of, not only our tour, but a lot of the packed restaurant patrons so I could make my flight.  Then she gave me my own private rooftop tour – so sweet of her!

(Keep in mind when we were there in October 2012 it was the end of summer crops.)

Helen and her husband Michael purchased the property in Chicago in June of 2007, and did an extensive rehab on the single story (existing) restaurant.  It was their intention from the start to build an organic production farm on the roof, and the brick load-bearing walls were reinforced to hold steel beams, which support a roof top deck made of the composite material that is a combination of recycled plastic and wood, designed by LEED AP architect Peter Moser of Swiss Design Group.

Plumbing was brought to the roof for planter box irrigation.  Excess water from the roof is collected in rain barrels and is used to water the ground level plants.

Their menu features a wide variety of the freshest, in-season selection of veggies, fruits and herbs grown and harvested right from the roof and curbside planters. (There is also honey from their own beehives.)

Uncommon Ground also capitalizes upon its ability to grow specialty crops that are relatively unattainable by other storefronts.  Most guests flock to Uncommon Ground because the food simply tastes too good to be true! What is not grown themselves is purchased from sustainable farms in the region, with whom they develop relationships through regular visits.

Some of the organic plants that are rotated through the raised beds over time include: varieties of sweet and hot peppers, varieties of eggplant, lettuces, heirloom tomatoes, radishes, beets, okra, spinach, fennel, mustard, bush beans, and shallots.  Herbs include: rosemary, thyme, chives, garlic chives, tarragon, sage, parsley, dill, mint, lavender, basil, anise hyssop, etc…

There is so much to love about this urban eatery and rooftop organic farm – I can’t begin to mention it all.  I wish I could have spent more time and not been rushed – but all I can say if you are in the area – visit their restaurant(s)!  And also visit uncommonground.com for their green fact sheet and more.

And while we’re on the subject of urban ag- check out eatupag.wordpress.com – the blog by Lauren Mandel of Roofmeadow and also the book released this spring.

At this point I had to leave our Purple Line Tour and head to the airport, so I missed the last stop with Aaron Durnbaugh, Director of Sustainability @ Loyola University. (Perhaps another tour member can blog about it!)

I do want to thank Mike and Emily for heading up this tour and was so glad I got to take some time on Saturday to participate.  The tours are always such a great part of the annual CitiesAlive Conference and Trade Show.

I’m really looking forward to San Francisco!

Best,

Caroline

Happy New Year – Start it Off Right with our 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Calendar!

January 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Our new 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ 12 Month Wall Calendar is still available for purchase and will make a great way to start the New Year off right – now in our sixth consecutive year, the Calendar combines two of our most popular destinations on Greenroofs.com: The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and Upcoming Events.

Enjoy gorgeous vegetated roofs and walls each month and see where the international green conferences and happenings will be held by month!  Upcoming Events dates in the Calendar are confirmed as of publishing date, but are always subject to change so visit the Upcoming Events page for the latest updates and links to the conference organizers.  Learn more  or  order now.

At only $9.95 each, including standard shipping and handling for the United States and Canada, the 2013 Greenroofs and Walls of the World™ Calendar makes a great gift for the greenroof and greenwall lover in your life.

And new this year, we can ship calendars directly to your individual colleagues and loved ones anywhere within the U.S. and Canada with a special Happy New Year’s Greeting in your name!

Save with quantity discounts on orders of more than 10 to one address – note that the special individual mailing offer does not apply here – and contact us for destination shipping rates.

As usual, our 2013 Calendar is printed on 50% recycled paper with 25% post consumer waste using soy inks.   This year you can enjoy vibrant project photos from France, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and across the U.S.   Specifically, here are the project photos you’ll see every month – click to see the profile in the Projects Database:

 January – Private Kona Coast Line, HI Residence from Green Living Technologies International (GLTi):

February – Cuartel de Ballajá (Ballajá Infantry Barracks Building) from rooflite:

March – The Barnes Foundation from Roofmeadow:

April –  Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) from Bioroof Systems:

May –  Lincoln Center Theatre, LCT3 from Green Roof Blocks:

June – Atlantic Wharf (Russia Wharf)  from GreenGrid:

July –  Bellême Hospital from Vegetal i.D.:

August –  Grand Pines Assisted Living Center LiveWalls by LiveRoof:

September –  Hotchkiss School Biomass Treatment Facility from ZinCo USA:

October –  Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) from Xero Flor America:

November-  Orlando Health MD Anderson Cancer Center Labyrinth Vegetated Roof Garden:

December-  Fenimore Art Museum by  Barrett Company:

We’ve been featuring many of these awesome selections recently as our Greenroof or Greenwall Projects of the Week, and for good reason!

Special thanks go to our participating Sponsors in the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ 12 Month Wall Calendar  – we certainly appreciate your support of Greenroofs.com:

Barrett Company, Bioroof Systems, GreenGrid Roofs, Green Living Technologies International (GLTi), Green Roof Blocks, LiveRoof, rooflite, Roofmeadow, Tremco, Vegetal i.D., Xero Flor America, and ZinCo-USA!

Thank you also to Harris Hatcher Photography for permission to use the beautiful Rock Mill Park photo of the Greenroof Pavilion & Greenroof Trial Gardens  from American Hydrotech on our cover – one of my own designs, I must admit!

Happy New Year 2013 & Happy Greening,

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit 2011 Closing Address

July 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Today it’s my pleasure to air my own very short and sweet “Linda’s Summary and Virtual Summit Close” from our inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Aramis and I are very proud of Greenroofs.com’s initial virtual conference offering and are in the works to announce plans for an even wider spread out international affair!  Before we do that, though, we must thank various people without whom this endeavor would have been impossible:

  •  Our illustrious keynotes and speakers.
  •  The many global industry associations and non-profit organizations who supported us.  All of the brave participant souls – hopefully including you – who signed up for the first virtual conference of our greenroof and greenwall industry in the world!  Although we had a fantastic line up of world renown leaders, thinkers, and designers, you didn’t know what to expect – but you joined in the conversation just the same – thank you!
  •  And, most importantly, we’d like to acknowledge once again our 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World (TM) Virtual Summit Sponsors and Exhibitors and tell you how much we appreciate your continued support:

Event Sponsors:

RARE EARTH:

Tremco Incorporated is a leading supplier of sustainable roofing systems, including vegetative, cool roofing and more. We are committed to building upon this base to create new mechanisms that improve sustainability and value for our customers.

EMERALD: 

American Hydrotech is the global leader in the development of waterproofing and roofing technology, and is considered a single source supplier of greenroof systems.

Exhibitors:

Grant Associates is a Landscape Architecture consultancy specialising in the creative design of both urban and rural environments. We are involved in a number of forward looking projects throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East, often working with some of the world’s leading architects and designers.

Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) is a US based green roof, wall and only soil based true vertical agriculture manufacturer/designer. Standard Green Living Wall systems are available as a 2′ x 2′ x 3″ configuration or with custom dimension and depth.

GREEN ROOF BLOCKS allow every building owner to have a green roof. Self contained, portable units can be arranged and rearranged as you see fit and are compatible with all roof membranes

Weston Solutions, in partnership with American Builders & Contractors (ABC) Supply Company, introduced the new GreenGrid System in August 2001. The modular greenroofing system can be placed over existing low slope roofs.

Emory Knoll Farms is a perennial nursery specializing in green roof plants, currently stocking over 100 varieties of green roof plants. Co-owner Ed Snodgrass is also a greenroof horticultural consultant.

International Leak Detection (ILD)’s trained & certified inspectors perform non-destructive integrity tests of waterproofing membranes utilizing the patented Electric Field Vector Mapping technology. Membrane defects are located with pin point accuracy.

JDR Enterprises provides key components for successful greenroofs, as attached systems or as individual units. J-DRain GRS is a pre-assembled greenroof drainage system consisting of a high strength dimple core, root barrier fabric, and filter fabric.

ROOFMEADOW develops greenroof projects throughout the United States, offering the Roofmeadow family of greenroofs. These are light-weight, low-maintenance vegetated roof covers that are ideal for retrofit installations on existing buildings.

Associations:  

AMENA (Asociacion Mexicana para la Naturacion de Azoteas) is an association created in 2005 to investigate, inform and train on the environmental, social & economic benefits of greenroofs. Here you can share ideas, news, projects, research, materials, services & regulations related to greenroofs.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) continues to serve as a benchmark for environmental stewardship by embracing the best environmentally, socially, and economically responsible practices at our airports. Our goal is to complement and promote the City of Chicago’s commitment to sustainable initiatives and to enhance the quality of life for our citizens.

City of Portland Environmental Services provides Portland residents with water quality protection, watershed planning, wastewater collection & treatment, sewer installation & stormwater management.

The Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology, or CUGE in short, is jointly established by the National Parks Board and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. CUGE has a critical mass of knowledge to share and advance expertise on urban greenery and ecology. CUGE provides professional skills training programmes for all levels of professionals and is a national training institution of the Landscape Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ). CUGE serves as a regional repository of best practices to advance urban and green living environment. CUGE will serve as the lead training provider for all levels of the landscape industry workforce. It will use the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) System to train and certify skills training and facilitate career development in the landscape industry.

Green Roofs Australasia is a not-for-profit membership organization with an elected committee that draws together the various governmental, organizational and business groups and individuals interested in being kept informed about green roof science, technology, practice, regulations and specifications.

The basic idea of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) is to support the Green Roof market on an international level by sharing knowledge and experiences in the field of Green Roof technology and public relations – serving as a global networking & coordination centre.

The International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) was formed by voluntary workers in the greenroof industry. Our aim is to be a peace-loving organization that protects the global environment, constructs low-carbon, energy, livable, and beautiful landscape ecology; enhancing agricultural development, improving land utilization, and promoting human sustainable social development.

The Green Roof Centre, in association with Livingroofs.org is an independent advice and resource centre offering bespoke consultancy services. We aim to educate and up-skill the public and construction industry with training, conferences and tours.

Media:

Thank you so much in putting your faith in this exciting, fledgling yet burgeoning Internet marketplace for information seekers and product and services providers! You’ll hear more from us about the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit in late July.

Enjoy my little closing video (not my best photo)!  Visit the Virtual Summit 2011 play list to see “Linda’s Summary and Virtual Summit Close” or click below:

Watch all the 2011 videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit 2011 play list, or see them all now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Episode #12: “Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs. Panel Session with Dr. Bill RetzlaffDavid AponteKevin Songer, and Joe Webb.
Episode #11: “GreenRoofs in Australasia” by Matthew Dillon.
Episode #10: “The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities: An Interview with Patrick Blanc” by Patrick Blanc and Linda Velazquez with an introduction by Caroline Menetre.
Episode #9: “Sloped and Complex Green Roofs” by Richard Hayden.
Episode #8: “The Portland Ecoroof Program: A Cross-section of the Green Roof Movement in Portland, Oregon” with Tom LiptanMatt BurlinAmy ChomowiczCasey Cunningham, and Alice Meyers.
Episode #7: “Constructing Gardens in the Sky” by Terry McGlade.
Episode# 6: “Sky Meadows – Integrating People and Nature: Sustainable Green Roofs and Roof Gardens” by Dr. Nigel Dunnett.
Episode #5: “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx” Panel Session with New York State Senator Gustavo RiveraBronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.Robert BiederJon BeuttlerJess DannhauserJavier Lopez and Steve Ritz.
Episode #4: Keynote Address “CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility – The Who, What, Where, When and How” by Ralph Velasquez.
Episode #3: “CDA Leads the Way for Incorporating Green Roof Space in an Airport Environment” by Rosemarie Andolino.
Episode #2: “2011 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” by Haven Kiers and me.
Episode #1: Opening Keynote Address “A New Place” by Charlie Miller.
VS2011 Opening Address by Linda Velazquez (me!).

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).

Hopefully I’ll see you in February for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit 2013!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: June 1, 2012

June 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from June 1, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for June 1st, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the City Creek Center, built in 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. City Creek Center is Utah’s newest retail and dining destination and one of the largest sustainably designed urban communities in the state.  It covers two downtown city blocks and features a unique shopping environment with a retractable roof, a creek winding through the property, a pedestrian skybridge, and two 18 foot waterfalls.  The Center’s fully retractable glass roof is the nation’s first in a shopping center and retracts over the retail galleria so visitors can enjoy the shopping center in any kind of weather.  It also features three unique fountains that delight and entertain Salt Lake City shoppers with musically choreographed animations using the elements of fire and water.

Designed by SWA Group, City Creek has earned Silver LEED for Neighborhood Development as a pilot project.  Sustainable principles have been applied in design, construction and operation of City Creek; for example, more than 50% of the demolition debris was recycled. The 1-kilometer-long recreated creek with live fish and other flora/fauna habitat serves as the central organizing feature for the retail/housing/office development downtown, and is the largest flowing watercourse of its kind built on-structure in the U.S.  The water portion of the creek totals about 19,000 sf of over-structure greenroof, but paving, plantings, courtyards, and roof gardens add up to a total of 90,000 sf over-structure.  There is also a pond with live trout, lush plantings of native material and an interactive fountain in which children can play.  American Hydrotech supplied 300,000 sf of waterproofing for the entire City Creek Center.

– To learn more about the City Creek Center,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011  Episode #25: “Biodiversity and Greenroofs” Panel Presentation  with  Christine Thuring, Nathalie Baumann, Gary Grant and Dusty Gedge.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

–  The Greenroofs.com eNewsletter

– Our May 2012 eNewsletter is out!    Check your inboxes for what’s been going on here all month long and if you’re not  subscribed,  click on the mail icon on our homepage and enter your e-mail address!

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  LiveRoof ® Selected for Green Roof on Biomedical Discovery District Facility at the University of Minnesota.

Joblinks

–  Sika Sarnafil USA is seeking a Technical Sales Representative in the Greater Chicago Area, Illinois.

Industry News

–  The American Institute of Architects introduced the first overview guide on how architects can implement the International Green Construction Code in their practice which was introduced in March by the International Code Council.  The guide, entitled simply, “Guide to the IgCC,” is meant as a one-stop-shop document exclusively for AIA-member architects working in jurisdictions where the IgCC is adopted or soon will be.

–  According to the 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects, results show a preference for an undemanding outdoor space for lots of entertaining.  Landscape architects with a specialization in residential design across the country were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements.  When thinking of gardening, Americans tend toward the practical and sustainable with native plants (86.3%), food/vegetable gardens (81.2%) – with over half of them preferred to be organic (61.2%), rain gardens (55.6%), and rooftop gardens (38.3%).

–  Sky Gardens Blog

–  Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Submission Deadline to the Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence Extended to June, 1st!,” “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 25: Biodiversity and Greenroofs Panel Presentation,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: May 25, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

– June 1: is the new submission deadline for the Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence presented in Chicago at this year’s CitiesAlive in October.

–  June 2nd: is the Summer Exhibition – Urban Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, in Brooklyn, NY.

The new Garden Shop will have  Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens, a comprehensive look at New York’s most exceptional rooftop gardening projects””including BBG’s Visitor Center””on sale for the first time.  Featuring an authoritative guide to NYC green roofs””including a rooftop farm in Queens and a high school classroom in the Bronx in addition to BBG’s own Visitor Center””Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens offers inspirational ideas and practical advice for a gardener of any level interested in learning more about gardening on the highest level.  Chapters include contributions from editors here at Greenroofs.com including: Green Roofs Past, Present, and Future, by Linda S. Velazquez, Green Roof and Living Wall Trends, by    Linda S. Velazquez  with Haven Kiers, and Green Roof Horticulture, by Edmund C. Snodgrass.

–  June 2nd-3rd: is the Mother Earth News Fair, in Puyallup, WA. Follow on Twitter: @MotherEarthFAIR #MENF

–  June 5: is World Environment Day. Follow on Twitter: @UNEPandyou

–  And June 6th-7th: is the 7th Annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference, in Boston, MA.

– “In the News“

 

–  Jackie Wills of The Guardian, reports on “M&S: a sustainable blueprint to behold.”  The retailer’s landmark Ecclesall Road M&S store combines a range of unique characteristics, from LED lighting to rainwater toilets; and has become a learning store, where sustainability skills are shared among staff and local students.  It is the first United Kingdom store to win full Forest Stewardship Council project certification.

Some of the unique features include: natural ventilation in the stockroom and staff areas rather that air conditioning, glass doors on mobile fridges that cut energy use by 45% and an HFC-free refrigeration system, water use has been cut by 46% by installing low flush toilets, sensor taps and a rainwater-harvesting tank below ground.  Also, sun pipes bring natural lighting onto the shop floor, every brick was reclaimed from a disused mill in Manchester and polishing the concrete floor meant no need for coverings; and the shop has a sedum roof and a living wall for wildlife, which among other environmental benefits, will insulate the store and filter pollution.

–  Sarah DeWeerdt of The Atlantic Cities, talks about “A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, in a Parking Garage.”  The project, dubbed the UpGarden, will have space for about 120 local gardeners.  The project came about because Seattle’s P-Patch community gardening program was looking for space to build a new garden in the neighborhood.  Eric Higbee, a landscape architect working on the project says, “as far as we can tell it’s the first community-managed food production garden on a rooftop” in the country.

Typical green roof technologies were too expensive, so they settled on a series of wooden raised beds 12 to 18 inches deep, which will be filled with potting soil, which is lighter than topsoil.  Roofs are bright and hot, which should make it easier to grow hot-weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants but to offset the windy element and to help the soil stay moist, the team is considering putting in a drip irrigation system.  The knowledge developed here will aid in the development of other rooftop gardens in Seattle and elsewhere around our country.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, being a member of our network on LinkedIn, and subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for June 1st,  2012 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by Greenroofs.com.*


Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.