Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: September 21, 2012

September 22, 2012 at 2:59 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 September 21, 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 September 21st, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the Potter League for Animals, built in 2008 in Middleton, Rhode Island.  Annually, the Potter League houses about 1,900 animals and provides pound services including facilitating adoptions for 1,100 animals a year and returning 450 lost pets to their owners.  Officials chose to go green for the new LEED Gold shelter because its location is on wetlands and close to Bailey Brook, which eventually feeds into North Easton’s Pond, a drinking-water source for Aquidneck Island.

Designed by ARQ Architects, the rooftop garden is Newport County’s first greenroof. Located over the adoption shelter, the living roof uses a Roofmeadow 6″, semi-intensive system established with plugs and 4″ pots, with Sika Sarnafil providing the waterproofing and Apex Green Roofs as the greenroof contractor.  The un-irrigated intensive system supports a large variety of species including lavenders, alliums, sedums and grasses specifically planted for their tolerance to wind, heat and drought.  The facility also has a rain water recovery system that collects water from the roof surfaces and diverts it into a 15,000 gallon underground cistern.

– To learn more about the Potter League for Animals,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Advertiser Press Release:

–  A&A Melters builds an all new 500 gallon Melter! Their melters have been used for green roof projects in the Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center, the Ohio State University Cancer Center and at Harvard University, just to name a few”¦

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “Greenroofs.com Announces Strategic Partnership with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for the Second Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013!“ and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: September 14, 2012.”

–  Industry News

–  International Code Council (ICC) and the State of California

The ICC Council provides access to new “California Solar Permitting Guidebook” that makes permit review, installation of solar pv systems in California easier.   The State of California Guidebook is available as a free download or in print from the Code Council, and addresses permitting requirements, and assists installers and code officials.  It highlights solar PV installations on residential and commercial building rooftops, in parking lots and on parking structures, and those mounted on the ground.  Although the combination of solar and greenroofs together are not yet addressed, they could be in the future.

– “Upcoming Events“

–  September 21st-23rd: is the Techos Verdes – Jardines Verticales Workshop by Gernot Minke, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

–  Also September 21st-23rd: is the Mother Earth News Fair, in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania (Follow on Twitter: @MotherEarthFAIR & #MENF).

–  September 25th: is the World Class Sustainable Cities 2012, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

–  September 26th-28th: is the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

–  And September 27th-28th: is the 3rd Annual Green Initiatives Conference, in Peachtree City, Georgia.

– “In the News“

–  Ashley Wells of The Atlantic Cities talks about “A Plush Rooftop Garden for Tokyo Shoppers.”  The Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Project is located at the Harajuku shopping district and features a rooftop garden, or a “roof-forest,” as the locals refer to it.

This rooftop garden has 34 trees, over 50 different kinds of plants, and has technological systems that purify the air.  It’s a beautifully peaceful place that allows its visitors to forget their urban dense setting for a bit.

–  Ryan Rogers of AxiomNews, says “TD’s Living Roof Demonstrating its Commitment to Sustainability.”  TD Bank Group is continuing its leadership in sustainable design by utilizing environmentally-friendly green practices like installing a green roof on its downtown center in Toronto.  The design mimics the heritage building and features 692 planters and 11,000 grass plants on the 22,000 square foot roof.

Some of the environmental and economic benefits this roof will provide will be to filter carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air, absorb water and rainfall and keep the interiors cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

– 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 September 21st,  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.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: June 8, 2012

June 11, 2012 at 1:57 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 8,  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 8th,  2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, built in 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. This popular seafood and raw bar has two locations in Atlanta, one in Grant Park and the other in Westside. The Westside location boasts a lush plant storefront, but the main curb appeal is their small custom-designed green roof pavilion structure in front of the restaurant where patrons can sit and relax. Also, you can go upstairs to the roof patio/bar and catch the terrific views of the city from above the green roof. The airy wood deck has a long bar and ample umbrella-covered seating, and the long colorfully planted flower box with shrubs and vines surrounding the deck provides beautiful blooms, and a peek over the edge reveals the pitched greenroof, colorful in various seasons.

Owner Tad Mitchell was intrigued by green roofs, and wanted to create an appealing cool space for his customers while outside. The restaurant is doing its part to reduce their carbon footprint; for example, the windmill at their Westside location reduces the amount of greenhouse gas electricity that they use and helps to feed the power grid. In addition, Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House: recycles compostables, paper and cardboard as possible; uses and maintains energy-efficient equipment; uses compact fluorescent, linear fluorescent or LED lighting; powers up & powers down; does not use plastic water and soda bottles; uses takeout packaging to include corn starch to-go cups, takeaway utensils made from potato starch and recyclable paperboard takeout containers; and uses only recycled paper.

– To learn more about the Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House,  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 #26: “Keynote Address Right Plant, Right Place”  by  Ed Snodgrass.

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

Joblinks

–  Apex Green Roofs is looking to fill a Maintenance Position in Somerville, MA.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 26: Right Plant, Right Place” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: June 1, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

– June 10th: is the Deadline for the “Show Off Your Green Thumb In The PHS City Gardens” Contest, in Philadelphia, PA.

– “In the News“

–  James West and Tim McDonnell of The Atlantic Cities, take us on “An Interactive Journey Through New York’s Roofscape Makeover.”  Green roofs and reflective roofs are becoming more popular in New York City since the 2008 city rule that requires new roofs to be more environmentally-friendly.  Also, NYC is making it easier for solar panel installers to help their rooftops to become a bigger and better energy provider.

Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration with The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Slate, and others went to the city’s rooftops to see first-hand how the roofscape of New York is adapting to our changing climate.  Click on each image “go GREEN” for greenroofs, “go SOLAR” for solar panels and “go WHITE” for reflective roofs to watch videos about what they saw.

–  Zoe Settle of the Huffington Post Blog, talks about “A Yacht With A Conscience.” Swiss designers Milena Cvijanovich and Denis Muller of MCM Design Studio have come up with a sexy sustainable luxury mega-yacht.  Island(E)motion will have a green roof, solar panels, wind turbines and a rainwater collector.  Cvijanovich is the daughter of Dr. George B. Cvijanovich, the inventor of one of the first solar panels, and she’s made environmental awareness and sustainability key components in her design.

Island(E)motion features over 700,000 square meters of flexible photovoltaic solar panels on the flat roofs, which will supply enough energy to cover basic electricity. Thermal panels provide hot water and small wind turbines will run the rest of the electrical needs with bio-diesel electric backup generators on hand.  The recycled-steel hull was designed to reduce fuel consumption, a brand-new propeller system captures the best of hydrogen and LNG fuel cell technology and, it also boasts rainwater storage and grey and black water reuse.  Also, the MCM team planned for the traditional yachting needs, including a helipad, massage rooms, a sandy beach and a dining room that seats 24.

– 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 8th,  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.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: March 2, 2012

March 22, 2012 at 3:07 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 March 2nd, 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 March 2nd, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

– 360 Smith Street Residences built in 2011 in Brooklyn, New York. These 19th century garden brownstones are in the heart of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and have easy access to public transportation, schools, playgrounds, the waterfront, and downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan. The greenroof that sits atop the new residential building offers a unique 360 degree view of the Manhattan skyline and downtown Brooklyn. It is 6700 sq ft of relaxation for its residents while serving as a vital role in stormwater retention.

An Optigreen drainage profile from Conservation Technology was used and Sempergreen green roof sedum mats were installed for the extensive area. The rooflite ® depth is 3.5 inches for most areas; and Joe Donnelly of rooflite ® said, “What a stunning project – visual interest in all seasons. Well planned, and well executed by Future Green. Created a beneficial space for all residents of the building. When we visited the project in November 2011, the superintendent remarked on how easy his maintenance has been, and a party crew was there to set up tiki torches and equipment for a resident’s event. Add that to the list of green roof benefits – happy management and happy residents.”

– To learn more about the 360 Smith Street Residences,  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 12: Panel Session “Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs.” with Bill Retzlaff, David Aponte, Kevin Songer and Joe Webb.

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

The Greenroofs.com eNewsletter

– Our February 2012 eNewsletter is out!  Subscribe now and check it out.

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

Joblinks Update

– Ginkgo Sustainability is seeking a Green Roof Installation Foreman in Toronto, Canada.

–  Intrinsic Landscaping, Inc. is looking for a Maintenance Supervisor in Glenview, Illinois.

–  Apex Green Roofs is looking for an Intern to aid in maintenance tasks in Somerville, Massachusetts.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

–  Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 12: Panel Session “Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs.,” “Chic Sustainability Watch: Trends, Projects & People – Some Newly Started, Almost Done, & Finished,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: February 24th, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  March 4th-7th: is Green Cities 2012 – THINK Conference, in Sydney, Australia.

–  March 4th-11th: is the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, in Philadelphia, PA.

–  March 6th: is What’s up (on the roof) with winter? Seminar, Minnesota Green Roofs Council, in St. Paul, MN.

–  March 6th-8th: NESEA Building Energy 12 Conference and Trade Show, in Boston, MA.

–  March 7th-8th: is the GREENPRINTS Conference & Trade Show, at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, in Atlanta, GA.

–  And also March 7th-8th: is GLOBALCON – Energy, Power, & Facility Management Strategies & Technologies, in Atlantic City, NJ.

– “In the News“

–  Clare Peddie of the Herald Sun, offers us “Living in the future: a glimpse of a zero-carbon home.” This home, that is to be built in South Australia, was designed as part of the Zero Carbon Challenge competition and features green walls covered in vines to cool the house in the summer and keep it warm in the winter.

Team Collaborative Future was one of the four finalists and wanted to take a different approach to shading, and the team’s lead architect, Brett Aylen, said “the vines are deciduous…in summer it’s going to be quite green, quite dense shade – then in winter it’s going to lose leaves so you get the winter sun.” The home will also feature solar panels, is set to begin construction mid-year, and you can follow the project at facebook.com/zerocarbonchallenge.

– Ben Martin of The Ecologist, reports on “Lofty ambitions: why green roofs are the future of urban gardening.” He asks, “run out of space in your garden? Look to higher ground and you’ll find an eco-friendly solution.” Greenroofs are becoming more popular across the world as more and more people are getting in the know and realizing the many benefits greenroofs have to offer. Sedum and plantation expert, Jim Blundell, lists a couple greenroof benefits: they provide a mini-habitat for birds, bugs, and butterflies, so you can have your own mini eco-system on your roof, and in urban areas where there isn’t a lot of green space, greenroofs can breathe some life back into that “concrete jungle.”

We know that greenroofs offer energy savings, reduce stormwater run-off, improve air quality, reduce the urban heat island effect, increase biodiversity and a roof’s lifespan. And Dusty Gedge, wildlife consultant, greenroof expert, and friend here at Greenroofs.com, added the benefit of the eye-pleasing qualities that beautiful flowers and plants can bring into our lives: he says, “people should view [them] as a sustainable measure, but also as a real life enhancement. The pleasure I get from it is huge.”

Building your own greenroof is no easy task, and does require research. But the benefits are worth the time and effort and we offer help for you to get started. You can visit our Projects Database to learn about specific projects all around the world and you can search our Greenroof Directory to find some manufacturers, suppliers, professional services, and more in your area to help you on your way.

–  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 March 2nd, 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.

Greenroofs.com”™s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: May 20th, 2011

May 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on  Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.   Here’s the transcript covering May 20 and May 13, 2011 from our daughter, Anjuli –  click on the photo below to see the video, or here.   Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for May 20th as well as for May 13th, 2011, on    GreenroofsTV since we took a week off.

–  Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is SeQuential’s Biofueling Retail Station built in 2006 in Eugene, Oregon.  This biofuel station is an example of realistic, feasible, and sustainable technologies demonstrating real world solutions that reduce energy usage and local water quality impacts.  These features include solar panels on the fuel pump canopies, passive solar design of the convenience store, and a vegetated roof that is part of a site-stormwater system including bioswales and a detention pond.  Habitats staff, who were also project managers, designed the fuel station site plan, landscape and stormwater features, and designed, installed and planted the vegetated roof, which contains over 4,800 individual plants in 5 inches of soil.

–  Last week we featured Aqua, the winner of our “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest.  Designed to comply with LEED certification, Aqua is a mixed-use residential skyscraper overlooking Harbor Park on the shores of Lake Michigan and is setting new heights for innovation and beauty among Chicago skyscrapers.  Each floor of the 82-story tower has an architectonic facade of curvaceous white concrete balconies, and the 80,000 sf intensive Greenroof-Roofscapes ® System roof garden by Barrett Company caps Aqua’s three-story podium roof, providing a naturalistic, eco-friendly landscape.  And an International Leak Detection (ILD) system was installed to protect against membrane damage as well as other electric field leakage problems.

–  To learn more about SeQuential’s Biofueling Retail Station, click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage, and for Aqua, go to the Projects Database landing page and under Keyword > Project ID # > simply type in “1136.”

–   “What’s New“

–  Joblinks:    Apex Green Roofs is looking for an Office Administrator/Manager in Boston area, MA.  You can go to greenroofs.com/joblinks.htm more information on this job and other Green Roof Job postings.

–  Advertiser Press Release:  Bel Air receives its first Green Roof donated by local green roof design firm Green Roof Service.

–  Industry News

–   Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions for the 2011 Green Roof and Wall Design Awards of Excellence, presented at CitiesAlive: the 9th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference in Philadelphia, PA November 30th through December 3rd, 2011.

– Make sure to check out our latest Guest Blog post on the Sky Gardens Blog, “Rainwater Harvesting on Greenroofs?“ by Steve Williams.

– And while at Sky Gardens, read Linda’s latest posts about the last two GPW’s for “SeQuential’s Biofueling Retail Station“ and “Aqua;” “Dr. Karen Weber Receives NEWIEE Achievement Award;” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: May 6th, 2011.”

–   “Upcoming Events“

–  -Today and tomorrow, May 21st: is Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) Certification Training in Detroit, MI.

– And on May 22nd: is GLTi Urban Farming & Edible Walls in Detroit, MI.

– May 21st-22nd: is Green Festival – A Joint project of Global exchange & Green America in Seattle, WA.

– May 23rd-29th: is the 3rd Annual High-Performance Building Week, in Washington, DC.

– May 23rd: is ARCSA’s 100-Level Workshop, Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting in Athens, GA.

– And May 24th-25th: is the 200-Level 2-Day ARCSA Rainwater Harvesting Accreditation Course in Athens, GA with the 300-Level 2-Day ARCSA 2-Day Design & Construction Workshop on May 26th-27th.

– May 24th-28th: is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London.

–  For more Upcoming Events visit our homepage.

–   “In the News“

–  Bobby Tanzilo of OnMilwaukee.com reports on “Central Library renews environment via green roof.”  Instead of going for a conventional roof last year when the library needed to replace its 25-year-old roof, a 30,000 sf greenroof was constructed and 132 solar electric panels were added to generate about 36,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.  On the first floor, there is an area dedicated to the greenroof initiative and the library’s public services manager, Christine Arkenberg, says “everyone’s very enthused about it.”

– The Norman Transcript announces “University of Okla. receives EPA Award.”  The University of Oklahoma was among winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards presented earlier this week at the state Capitol.  The university received the 2010 Performance and Innovation in the State Revolving Fund Creating Environmental Success in EPA Region 6, because of its experimental green roof project that reduces stormwater runoff and blocks solar radiation.

– The Clemson Newsroom releases “Clemson University institute to study ‘vertical farming’ feasibility in Charleston.”  Research elements of the proposed vertical are water and energy self-sufficiency by incorporating elements of alternative energy sources and gray water collection and reuse; greenroof and vertical garden technologies; sustainable production of high-quality organic foods within a reduced urban footprint; enhanced hydroponics; rooftop and vertical wetlands for water quality treatment; and community-based sustainable development education.

– Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune reflects on “A mayor who left his mark on Chicago’s cityscape.”   His (Mayor Richard Daley) record-setting 22 years in office led to an urban legacy and dramatic changes including mega-projects like Millennium Park, former commuter railroad tracks which now arguably houses the world’s largest greenroof.  In total, Chicago now boasts more than 7 million sf “” more than any other city in America “” of planted roofs.

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

–   Have something you think we should know about and post on our website?   You can send us your green articles, videos and images to  editor@greenroofs.com.

–   Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at  Greenroofs.com by subscribing to our  greenroofsTV channel on YouTube, following us on  Twitter, liking us on  Facebook and being a member of our network on  LinkedIn.

–   This has been This Week in Review for  May 20th and May 13th,    2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez 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.