GRHC Awards of Excellence Submissions is Due Tomorrow July 6!

July 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

For those of you out there with outstanding greenroof and greenwall projects, don’t forget that the  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities submissions for their annual Awards of Excellence is due tomorrow!

As I’m sure you know, this year the  CitiesAlive: The 9th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference will be held in Philadelphia on November 30-Dec 2, 2011.   And the Awards are a great opportunity for peer recognition of the entire design team.

“The Awards of Excellence continue to draw attention to the tremendous integrated design work being achieved in the green roof and wall profession, and the awards ceremony is a highlight of our annual conference.” Jeffrey L. Bruce, Chair, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

The Awards are selected by a seven-member, multi-disciplinary judging team which includes architects, landscape architects, engineers and horticulturists. Submissions are evaluated according to a broad range of weighted criteria including aesthetic, economic, functional and ecological components.

There are seven design award categories, three for extensive green roofs, three for intensive green roofs, and one for green walls:

  • *  The Design Awards acknowledge excellence in innovative and integrative green roof and wall design and raise awareness of the multiple benefits that green infrastructure can provide clients and the general public.
  • *  The Research Award honors individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the green roof industry in research.
  • *  The Civic Award honors individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the green roof industry in policy development.

The winner for GRHC’s 2010 Extensive Institutional Green Roof was the stunning  Vancouver Convention Centre, above.  The  Award recipient was PWL Partnership  Landscape Architects Inc.

Submission forms for the Green Roof Design Awards and the Green Wall Design Awards are now available online.  Find out more details at their  web site and agenda for the 9th Annual CitiesAlive conference.

Good luck!

~ Linda V.


Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ 2011 CitiesAlive Conference Update

June 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

By Steven Peck

This week  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities launched the web site and agenda for our 9th Annual CitiesAlive conference and it’s going to be a great way to finish off the year.

Our co-hosts are the City of Philadelphia and the  Pennsylvania  Horticultural Society, two of the key players in the communities planning to spend $2 billion on living green infrastructure technologies to address their stormwater management challenges and revitalize their community.

This year’s theme is Restoring Urban Waters and will have designs, scientific research papers and policies all devoted to exploring how living architecture technologies such as green roofs and walls can play a major role in addressing stormwater challenges.

We’ll also get together and discuss emerging issues and opportunities such as growing media standards, integrated design practices, and the research needed to increase indoor greening.

The CitiesAlive: The 9th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference is November 30-Dec 2, 2011.  Save the date and don’t forget that the deadline for this year’s Awards of Excellence Submissions is July 6.

See you in Philly…   SWP

Steven W. Peck, GRP, HASLA, is  Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and  Co-Founder, Green Infrastructure Foundation; visit or call Steven at:  416.971.4494 (233).

Learn more at these links from  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities:

Join the more than 400 accredited Green Roof Professionals (GRPs)!
Save the date: CitiesAlive: The 9th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference – November 30th to December 3rd, Philadelphia
Read the Health Issue of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine
Check out Online Proceedings from CitiesAlive 2010 (on sale until July 31st)
Join GRHC and build a business in green roofs and walls


The (Award-Winning) Green Wall Editor in the News

November 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm

In all the hustle and bustle of editing feature articles,  posting news stories, upcoming events, industry news and project profiles, amid other publisher duties, I sometimes forget to acknowledge the outside accomplishments (from of our contributing editors…   This oversight will be addressed as one of my upcoming New Year’s resolutions, but for now let’s start with George Irwin, our Green Wall Editor:

George and the GLT A-Frame Assembly; Photo by James Rajottefor the New York Times

George Irwin, C.E.O. of Green Living Technologies, discusses the design of an A-frame planter his company makes.

George was recently interviewed for  the “Business of Green” article by Ken Belson titled “The Rooftop Garden Climbs Down a Wall” that appeared in the Energy & Environment section on of November 18 and the New York Times print version on November 19, 2009.   One of his Green Living Technologies‘ living wall products was featured when NYC  architect Brad Zizmor had an edible wall installed on the backyard deck  of his first-floor Manhattan apartment.  

The article really delves into the “Business of Green” – costs are included and Barthelmes Manufacturing Company, the sheet metal fabricator, was also  highlighted as well as Kari Elwell Katzander,  a landscape designer who designed the  3-panel green wall.    Although the author points out that these small greening solutions can be costly, he refers to another of George’s collaborations, the Urban Farming Food Chain green wall project in Los Angeles, and  says:

“Mr. Irwin has shown that edible walls can work on a larger scale. At four locations in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, there are walls with more than 4,000 plants growing: tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, spinach, leeks, even baby watermelon. At one location, a homeless shelter, residents tend to a six-foot-high, 30-foot-long wall, eating some food they harvest and selling the rest.

The project, urban farming advocates say, is just the start of something larger.”

Make sure to also click on the slide show “Edible Walls of Green” – there are 12 awesome photos of the Zizmor wall, a living wall at the College of Applied Sciences and Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology, and cool manufacturing shots, with just a few below:


Owner Bradley Zizmor and designer Kari Elweell Katzander working on the installation of the

A close-up of the Zizmor Green Wall by James Rajotte of

Oh yeah, while I’m am it, I should tell you that George Irwin won the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence in the Green Walls category this year.   Presented on June 5, 2009 at the 7th Annual Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards, and Trade Show at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, he won for his involvement  and contribution to the Urban Farming Food Chain green walls, truly a dedicated community affair of residents, manufacturers, students, professors, activists, and designers.   We were very proud of him, of course, and I should have blogged about this very prestigious accomplishment after the conference, but somehow didn’t.

The Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence for Green Walls

You can read more about this  award from the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities website, and see each of the initial four  green wall sites of the Urban Farming Food Chain in The Greenroof Projects Database:   Skid Row Housing Trust’s ‘The Rainbow’; The Weingart Center Association; Miguel Contreras Learning Complex and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Green Wall.

Volunteers at the Urban Farming Food Chain Skid Row project in 2008; Photo Courtesy George Irwin

I should also probably mention that because of his work with this project, George has also been on Good Morning America and invited to the White House, too.   I am a forgetful editor, indeed!   George writes about this exciting, worthy,  and humbling experience in his upcoming Green Walls column, which should be up very soon.   Kudos, George!

 George Irwin accepting his GRHC award at the 2009 ceremony; Photo GLT.

~ Linda V.