Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 17, 2012

August 18, 2012 at 2:31 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 August 17, 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 August 17th, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Our project of the week is the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3 built in 2012, in Brooklyn, New York.  This rooftop farm located on the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, is a massive 65,000 sq ft roof towering eleven stories over the East River.  The lion’s share of the financing for the installation of the Navy Yard farm was granted by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Initiative.  With over 45,000 sq ft of the roof covered in soil and planted, it manages over one million gallons of stormwater each year, easing the burden on the overtaxed Red Hook Wastewater Pollution Control Plant.

The farm’s 12-inch deep growing beds are comprised of a special soil medium, rooflite ® intensive ag, blended specifically for rooftop use and custom designed by Brooklyn Grange and Skyland USA.  With high productivity already underway, Brooklyn Grange’s second farm anticipates an estimated annual yield of 20,000 pounds of fresh produce per year.  Crops will include leafy greens, aromatic herbs, heirloom tomatoes and carrots.  The farm is productive during the months of April-November, while winter months see the planting of cover crops, such as clover and vetch, to prevent soil erosion and replenish vital nutrients.

– To learn more about the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

–  Welcome to our newest sponsor here on Greenroofs.com!  Bioroof Systems is a truly North American solution for the green roof marketplace, carrying the ideals of a robust environmental philosophy throughout their green roof solution.

–  Contributing Editor

– Read George Irwin’s latest contributing article, “Food Factories Now At Every Scale.”

Advertiser Press Release:

–  LiveRoof ® Green Roof Creates Rooftop Garden on the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Building.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post: “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 10, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  August 19th-22nd: is GovEnergy 2012, in Cincinnati, OH (@GovEvergy & #GovEnergy)

–  August 19th-23rd: is StormCon – The North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Expo, in Denver, CO (@StormCon & #StormCon)

–  And August 23rd-25th: is the Farwest Show, in Portland, OR (#FarwestShow)

– “In the News“

–  Jonathan Devin, of the Memphis Commercial Appeal says “Sustainable tourism boon to businesses, travelers and environment.”  Tennessee is becoming a national leader in the idea of using tourist attractions to sustain the environment while drawing in tourists who want to support all things green.  No more “tourist traps” filled with cheaply manufactured knickknacks and people passing through not thinking about what they’re leaving behind in their footprints.

Tourism is now helping to sustain the natural beauty of the state.  A statewide initiative to get Tennessee’s hotels, restaurants, and attractions to start incorporating sustainability practices was put into effect at a kickoff celebration in April 2008.  Ruby Falls in Chattanooga became the first tourist attraction in Tennessee to become Green Globe Certified, and in Memphis, the Riverfront Development Corp.’s Beale Street Landing features a green roof that flows along with nearby Tom Lee Park.

– Anthony Martinez, of WBEZ91.5, talks about “A green roofs check-in.”  A local radio listener asked the question: “Are the tops of skyscrapers still being planted with green space and what have the benefits been?”  A lot of people still don’t really know that much about green roofs and the good they do.  So Anthony Martinez went out to find some more information about Chicago’s green roofs.  He started with Michael Berkshire, the Green Projects Administrator for Chicago’s Department of Housing and Economic Development.

Berkshire explained that besides the natural beauty of green roofs, they provide economic and environmental benefits like lowering heating and cooling costs, extending a roof’s life expectancy and managing stormwater runoff.  Although the amount of construction has slowed down, green roofs are still being built right now, helping to improve Chicago.  Martinez concluded his research with Dr. Milind Khire of Michigan State University, a member of the school’s Green Roofs Research Program. Khire agreed that green roofs have positive effects on buildings and their communities but to fully understand the benefits for the entire city, we need lots of green roofs, not just ones here and there.  He’s currently working on a computer model to predict what the city-wide benefits would look like in that case.

– 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  August 17th, 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: August 3, 2012

August 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

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 August 3, 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 August 3rd, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Or Torah High School built in 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel.  Or Torah is a Yeshiva high school offering intensive Jewish studies emphasizing the relevance of Torah to modern life as well as a high level of secular studies, including technology, communications and the arts from grades 7 through 12.  It was a pilot project by the Jerusalem Municipality and is the first public building in Jerusalem to apply a greenroof.

Arie Kutz of Studio Landscape Architecture and Nir – Kutz Architects says, “the design process was done with the students,” and the “final plans were directly inspired from sketches done by them.”  The execution was a collaboration between a professional contractor, using ZinCo systems, and the students with their teachers.  All of the timber work: the wooden deck, benches, etc, was done by the Carpentry Class of the school. They also participated in the planting process, and the follow up care is in control of the Science Class.  About half of the greenroof is intensive and the other half extensive with a variety of local vegetation planted with about 12 inches of substrate.

– To learn more about the Or Torah High School greenroof,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

–  The Greenroofs.com eNewsletter

– Our July, 2012 eNewsletter is out!  Read all about our Contributing Editor articles, Sky Gardens Blog Posts, APRs, Joblinks and much more!  Subscribe now and check it out.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 27, 2012″ and Contributing Editor Christine Thuring’s latest post entitled “Green Roofs: Mainstream and the Industry.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  August 5th-10th: is the 97th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, in Portland, OR.

–  And on August 15-18 is the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto – have you signed up yet?

– “In the News“

–  Henry Goldman of Bloomberg.com, says “Brooklyn Yields Cucumbers as NYC Expands Industrial Roof Farms.”  Part of Mayor Bloomberg’s two-year-old strategy to reduce emissions of climate-changing carbon gases 30% by 2030, the 1 acre farm capable of sprouting 2-tons of rainbow chard, kale, basil, eggplant and cucumbers sits on top of an industrial building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Currently New York City’s largest rooftop garden, it will soak up more 1 million gallons of stormwater a year.  That water that would otherwise overflow sewers and runoff into local rivers, will be used to irrigate the crops, and the soil will provide better insulation for the building, reducing heating and cooling costs.

This is Brooklyn Grange’s second farm, and along with the leafy greens, they intend to grow aromatic herbs, heirloom tomatoes and carrots from April to November, with cover crops such as clover in winter to prevent erosion and to replenish vital nutrients.

–  ForConstructionPros.com talks about “Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Is First LEED Silver Certified Medical Center Campus In Georgia.”  Phoebe Sumter Medical Center has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council on the fourth and final building, making it the first LEED-Silver certified medical center campus in Georgia.  With every building now being certified LEED Silver, the campus includes a 190,000-square-foot, 76-bed hospital as well as three outpatient facilities: a women’s and family health center, oncology and surgery center and a wellness and education center.

Brasfield & Gorrie, Gresham, Smith and Partners, KLMK Group and TLC Engineering for Architecture worked with Phoebe Putney Health System to design and build the healthcare campus after an EF3 tornado swept through Americus, Georgia in 2007, demolishing the community’s former facility.  They didn’t want to replace the old building but design and build for the future.  They always had LEED certification in mind, and now all four buildings are officially certified.  To achieve Silver certification, certain guidelines needed to met and some of the highlights include: stormwater management, an irrigation system that utilizes captured rainwater, energy efficiency like an improved thermal envelope, reduced interior lighting power density and high efficiency HVAC systems, and a 26,000-square-foot greenroof to improve the hospital’s thermal performance and as well help to heal patients faster in a more pleasantly beautiful setting.

– 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 August 3rd,  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: February 24, 2012

February 24, 2012 at 4:43 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  February 24th, 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 February 24th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG built in 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany. EnBW supplies its customers with reliable, economical, and environmentally-friendly electricity and heat. Its 16-story Administrative Complex has three wings and a high-rise with many extensive greenroofs and useable intensive greenroofs over their underground parking. Designed by architects RKW, the EnBW City consists of nine buildings including a 60-meter-high skyscraper, a parking garage with 1,200 parking spaces, the Forum, Piazza, meeting rooms, canteen, and more. The design of the courtyards is devoted to various energy topics: wind, light and the water court; and an adjacent nature preserve offers rest and recreation for visitors and staff.

– EnBW City uses energy more intelligently and efficiently and exceeds the strict requirements of the Energy Conservation Act with cutting-edge technologies such as window shading, ventilation, cooling, lighting domes and geothermal energy. Various Optigreen system solutions were used on the project including: “Natural Roof,” “Garden Roof,” “Public Roof,” and “Landscape Roof.” The EnBW complex was a challenging project for Optigreen and the installing partners, yet has resulted in a very lovely “state of energy technology” workplace.

– To learn more about the EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photo).

What’s New

–  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

VS2011 Greenroofs Australasia by Matthew Dillon

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 11: “GreenRoofs in Australasia”  by Matthew Dillon.

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

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

Sika Sarnafil announces Roofing Contractor of the Year Competition winners.
Green Living Technologies Canada Professional Installer Certification Program has been scheduled.
LiveRoof ® Brings James Greenhouses in Georgia into its National Network of Licensed Regional Growers for the LiveRoof ® Hybrid Green Roof System.

Tremco Incorporated Headquarters Achieves LEED Gold Certification.

Joblinks

Etera is looking for a Sales Support Coordinator in Mt. Vernon, Washington, USA.

–  Industry News

– Building on their 2011 Strategic Agenda, EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program is pleased to unveil their new website and to announce the availability of technical assistance to 10-20 partner communities. The first opportunity they are announcing is the direct assistance from EPA to facilitate the use of green infrastructure to protect water quality. Technical assistance will be provided through EPA contract support, and will be directed to watersheds/sewersheds with significant water quality degradation associated with urban stormwater.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

–  Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “dc greenworks Has a New Website!,” “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 11:   “GreenRoofs in Australasia”  by Matthew Dillon,” “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: February 17th, 2012,” and “Call for Papers for CitiesAlive 2012!”

– “Upcoming Events“

– February 27th-28th: is the 2012 RESNET Building Performance Conference in Austin, TX.

– “In the News“

–  Kevin Collison of The Kansas City Star, reports on “Brad Pitt’s foundation to help redevelop Bancroft School.” Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation is reaching out beyond New Orleans to Kansas City to renovate the long-closed 103-year-old Bancroft School and turn it into 29 affordable apartments with a 6,250 sq ft community center. A new 21-apartment building is also in the works. And, there will be a secure garage for 50 vehicles that will have its own greenroof.

Bancroft renovation supporters say this could be a good model for how to redevelop other closed schools. This project will be built to LEED Platinum environmental standards and marks the first major project to be built in the Green Impact Zone. President of the Historic Manheim Neighborhood Association, Sandra Hayes, said “this project will help because it will become a community campus with the Truman Medical Center programs, senior activities, day care, job training, arts and crafts – that will change the whole fabric of the neighborhood.” Hopefully this is just the first of many green renovations to help communities around our country.

– PRWeb announces “Brooklyn Grange To Build A Rooftop Farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yards: World’s Largest Rooftop Farm To Add Second, Larger Location in Spring 2012.” New York City’s first commercial rooftop farm, Brooklyn Grange, will be installing a 45,000 sq ft productive greenroof on Building No. 3, 63 Flushing Avenue, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The Green Infrastructure Grant from the Department of Environmental Protection will be contributing the funding of this project in large part; and staying in line with the DEP’s mission to reduce combined sewage overflow and improve water quality in New York City, this second location will more than double the current farm’s acre of growing space and manage more than one million gallons of stormwater. Brooklyn Grange will work with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and City Growers, the farm’s educational non-profit, to create training programs, community partnerships and provide fresh produce, like heirloom tomatoes, herbs, peppers, kale, and more to the surrounding area.

–  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 February 24th, 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.

Vote for the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm for “Vertigo Farming”!

November 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Ben Flanner, co-founder and head farmer of the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in New York, recently  wrote Greenroofs.com asking for our vote in this year’s BBC WORLD CHALLENGE for their “Vertigo Farming” entry – or even sky gardening, right?  It’s certainly up our alley:

“Two years ago, I started the Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm with a great group.  We intensively grow vegetables on a 1-acre soil-covered rooftop, and sell them to local restaurants and farmer’s markets around New York.  We also have bees, chickens, kids, and we launched an educational non-profit this year.  It’s a busy place.

Recently, the farm was chosen as one of twelve finalists in the BBC World Challenge, a competition that rewards folks who are turning niche sustainability concepts into business models.  It’s an impressive group of 12 finalists who were selected for the challenge, and we are the only rep from the US, so we are very proud to be in the runnings.  After the votes are tallied, the top 3 all receive cash prizes, which would be really helpful as we’re preparing to start our 2nd location next spring.” ~ Ben Flanner

 

The Grand Prize is $20,000 and voting ends on November 11th – click here to vote. Ben also invites everyone to send him a note or call at ben.flanner@gmail.com and 608-215-0218, or come visit the farm.  Learn more about the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm at their website.

Please support  the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm with your vote!  Only one per person makes it a snap – Aramis and I did it and Ben and all at the  Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm will certainly appreciate your help.

Happy Farming in the Sky,

~ Linda V.