Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011: See More of Our Awesome Speakers!

September 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 is less than two weeks away!

Last week I told you about our seven fantastic panel sessions who you’ll be watching followed by a live Question and Answer session, including:  “Biodiversity and Green Roofs,” Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx,” “The Portland Ecoroof Program: A Cross-section of the Green Roof Movement in Portland, Oregon,” “Vertical Agriculture: A Global Movement Starts Locally, from Walls & Roofs to Table,” “Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs.,” “Greenroofs: Wind & Fire,” and “Green Roofs Without the Hype.”

In addition to our four awesome Keynote Speakers whom we’ve already profiled –  Andrew Grant,  Charlie Miller,  Ed Snodgrass and  Ralph Velasquez – and other luminaries previously highlighted, here are more brilliant speakers you will enjoy hearing:

Roland Appl, Germany:  The Technical Director of ZinCo and President of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) will present “Combining Green Roofs with Photovoltaics.”


Jörg Breuning, USA and Germany:  The principal of Green Roof Technology (Previously Green Roof Service) and co-founder of Green Roof Safari will present “Green Roof Technology Sails Around the World.”


Ignacio Espoz, Chile:  The founder of LatinGreen, Director of the World Green Roof infrastructure Network (WGIN), and Director of the Chilean Association of Green Infrastructure will present “Green Infrastructure in Chile and Innovative Living Walls for Environmental Restoration in Mining of the Atacama Desert.”

Tanya Müller Garcia, Mexico:  The founder of AMENA – Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas – (National Mexican Greenroof Association), Vice-President of WGIN, and Director of Urban Reforestation and Bikeways for the City of Mexico will present “Development of Greenroofs and Walls in Mexico and Latin America.”

Richard Hayden,  RLA, ASLA, CLARB,  USA:  The landscape architect and Garden Roof Department Manager at American Hydrotech, Inc. will present “Sloped and Complex Green Roofs.”


Haven Kiers, LEED AP, GRP, USA:  The founding partner of GreenSwell Design and Planning, trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and contributing editor on will co-present the “2011 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” with Linda Velazquez.

Terry McGlade, Canada:  The horticulturalist, landscape designer, and  founder and President of Gardens in the Sky will present “Constructing Gardens in the Sky.”


Chris Wark,  MSME, LEED AP,  USA:    The engineer, Senior Energy Analyst for Viridian Energy & Environmental, and contributing editor on  will present “E = MC2 of Green Roofs: Ranking Energy Benefits by Mission, Climate and Construction.”

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Next week I’ll highlight the rest of our stellar cast of greenroof and greenwall professionals and enthusiasts!

See the GGW Virtual Summit  Speakers page and  Agenda to learn all about each presenter and their presentations or the panel sessions.

You’ve got to admit that you can’t beat the super low registration fee of $99 for September 27 and 28 plus the 30 days archived on demand through October 28 to hear from all of these excellent speakers…

… but we want everyone to qualify for the even lower  Associate Rate of only  $49 (just type in the name of the non-profit/organization/constituency that you belong when prompted)  or the Students/Faculty/Government Professionals Rate of only  $25 (state the school/university or government).

And, you’ll be  automatically  entered for the chance at winning our second Apple iPad2 drawing, announced on September 30, 2011.

Pre-register or learn more by visiting:

We hope you join us for this very interactive virtual experience – think film festival meets 2-day  webinar  and online expo extravaganza!

Brought to you by, we’d like to thank to our Virtual Summit Sponsors  TREMCO (Rare Earth) and  American Hydrotech (Emerald) and our Exhibitors, Associates, and Media Partners – make sure to visit them at the  Expo Pavilions.

See you  online  on September 27 & 28, 2011!

~ Linda V.

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Winner of the 1st iPad2 is…

September 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Early Bird Pre-Registration ended last night at midnight for the inaugural  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011, and Aramis and I had our 2 and half year old grandson, Nicky, do the honor of selecting the winning name for the first iPad2:

Without further ado, the winner of the first Apple iPad2 is…

James Neville of Neville Environmental Services!

James hails from Vancouver, B.C., Canada and is an environmental consultant, GRP, and member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.  Congratulations!

Thanks, James, for your Early Bird Registration!  He’ll be contacted today and after we receive acknowledgment, we’ll be shipping out his brand new Apple iPad 2.

Stay tuned for more Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 updates and info on how attendees can become eligible to win the drawing for the second iPad2, which will be randonly selected on September 30th, 2011.  See the official Rules & Regulations  here.

See you online on September 27 and 28, 2011!

~ Linda V.”™s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: July 22, 2011

July 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here’s the transcript from July 22, 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 this week, July  22nd, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the San Francisco Residential Living Wall built in 2010 in California.  A newly remodeled modern house sits on a bottom of a hillside in Pacific Heights with a notable retaining wall at the back of the property.  The backyard is sunken into the hill edged with three large, tall concrete walls surrounded by greenery.  The owner/designer’s mission was to create a striking display of vertical gardens that would take advantage of the walls to their greatest potential.  The goal was to show a living wall that brings biodiversity, beauty and enjoyment to the owner’s lifestyle.  This planting display is modeled after a natural vertical garden similar to a woodland cliff on a north facing hill in California.  The vision of a mixture of subtropical plants with northwestern ferns and fern-allies gives the wall its lush looking state.  The framework of the wall uses Tournesol Siteworks modules and bracket systems and had been in planning for six months prior to the installation of the 96 VGM modules with 1,536 plants used to cover the back yard.  The planting was based on a planting plan developed from a sketch drawn by the homeowner and designer Michelle Bond of Thumbellina Gardens; and the plan has over 75 varieties of shade loving plants which were appropriate for the north facing hillside of the site.

– To learn more about the San Francisco Residential Living Wall, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.

What’s New“

Pre-Registration is now open for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011! Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, a Virtual Conference and Expo will be held on August 23rd & 24th of this year! Pre-Register by the Early Bird Registration date of August 10th and you’ll be entered to win one of two iPad2’s that we’ll be giving away!

Advertiser Press Releases:

VGM green wall modules by Elmich Australia have been installed at Fujitsu headquarters in Melbourne to create an internal north facing green wall.

–  Plug Plant Sale Now on at Sedum Master!

–  LiveRoof is the First Green Roof System to be FM Approved fulfilling the highest standards for performance, safety and quality.


– The University of Sheffield is looking for a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher in Green Roof Stormwater Management in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

– Over at the Sky Gardens Blog, check out Linda’s latest posts about “The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 from!,” and how to Win an iPad2 by Pre-Registering by August 10, “’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 15th, 2011″ and our GPW.

– “Upcoming Events“

– July 25th: is the Skyrise Greenery Awards 2011 Deadline!

– July 26th: is a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Advanced Green Roof Maintenance Course in Toronto, Canada.

– And August 23rd & 24th: is our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 held online around the world!

– “In the News“

–  Ana Lisa Alperovich of the Inhabitat Blog, talks about “RIBA Award-Winning Dental Practice Rises From The Lush British Countryside.” Going to the dentist can be a stressful and unsettling experience for some, maybe most, people and the sterilized white dental surgery rooms don’t seem to help the situation. David Sheppard Architects wanted to change that and created Brown’s Dental Practice, a relaxing woodland double-height dental practice that incorporates local materials like stone, wood and glass, while blending in with the lovely Ivybridge countryside. The dental surgery center also features a sloping green sedum roof and a range of photovoltaic panels which produce renewable energy used throughout the building. Also, this project was recently awarded this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects Award.

– Lisa Law of Americus Times-Recorder, reports on “Medical center to feature “˜green’ rooftop.” The new Phoebe Sumter Medical Center’s anticipated opening date is December 17th, later this year and with its opening, patients will enjoy the largest green rooftop in the southeastern United States. The director of marketing and public relations, Marcus Johnson, says “the roof is 26,000 square feet and the primary goal of the roof is to provide not only beautiful scenery, but provide a holistic environment for patients as well as visitors.” He also says it’s been proven that patients heal better when surrounded by plants, and the greenroof is eco-friendly offering other benefits like, providing thermal insulation, cutting down on dust, along with reducing energy costs. The greenroof will feature sedum and delosperma in a vast variety of colors of reds and yellows; and will serve as a sanctuary for butterflies, wild bees, beetles and more.

– 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

– Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at 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 July 22nd, 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*

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

~ Linda V.

Pre-Register for our GGW Virtual Summit 2011 by August 10 to Win an iPad2!

July 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Pre-Registration  opened yesterday, July 20, 2011 for the  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 hosted by   Held online across the globe on August 23 and 24 (and then on demand for the next 30 days), we have a great line-up of visionaries, movers, and shakers within our industry that we know you’ll enjoy, plus exhibitors from all over to show and discuss their latest projects, products, and services.

And we can’t offer something without some perks, now can we?   Pre-Register by August 10, 2011 and receive the 50% off Early Bird Registration rate of only $49 AND qualify to win an Apple iPad2!

As I’ve said before, we’re really  giving away two iPad2’s to registrants and attendees.    But increase your chances by pre-registering early and becoming eligible for the first drawing, announced on August 11, 2011 at noon.

One random winner will be chosen from the Early Bird Registrations and one from attendees who have been the most active using the Social Collaboration Network (SCN), including all your online chatting and visiting our very important sponsor and exhibitor booths at the Expo Pavilions!  Swipe your Virtual Badge at each exhibitor booth you visit to increase your chances.   See the official Rules & Regulations here.

Visit the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 website  here  to see how it all works.

Virtual Means Business without Borders, so we hope to see you there!

~ Linda V.