Five Great Reasons to Come to CitiesAlive in New York

August 21, 2015 at 8:00 am

By Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Founder and President Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

All Photos Courtesy of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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New York is a very special place!  The character of its many citizens, its diversity, wealth, delicious food, and sheer size provide Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) with unique opportunities to provide you with an exceptional 13th Annual CitiesAlive Conference experience this October 5-8.  Here are five ways we have worked with the good people of New York to bring you an awesome CitiesAlive 2015 experience this fall, which you can tailor to your own needs and desires – just don’t wait too long because space is limited:

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1. Multiple Tours.  We have set aside Wednesday afternoon after the Awards of Excellence Luncheon, and all day Thursday to bring you a wide variety of tour experiences.  From Beekeeping at Brooklyn Grange and Integrated Water Management at Queen’s Botanical Gardens to Regis High School and the enormous Jacob Javits Convention Center, there are lots to choose from.  We’ve paired a number of presentations in the program with tours which follow…  Take in some of the amazing green infrastructure projects we have lined up for you, and cap it off Thursday evening with a free amble along the High Line.

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2. Harbor Cruise.  The Local Host Committee has been fund raising to help offset the cost of dinner and drinks on board the Zephyr Yacht on Tuesday night, with support from New York Green Roofs, Permaloc, and Metro Green Visions.  When the Trade Show ends Tuesday night, we’ll walk or taxi down to the historic Brooklyn Pier, board a water taxi across the East Hudson, and then board the Zephyr for a two-hour networking cruise of New York Harbor.  You can choose to stay in Manhattan or return via the Water Taxi to Brooklyn at the end of the cruise.  Tickets for this outstanding event are limited.

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3. Program.  Technical Programming this year contains lots of leading edge work on design, research, and policy, much of it focused on the contribution being made by New Yorkers.  We have scientific studies on climate change, water purification and green infrastructure, irrigation system design for green walls, and more.  After five years of development, we are also launching the full two-day training on Net Zero Water for Buildings and Sites on Sunday and Monday, October 4 and 5.

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4. Hotel.  The Marriott New York by the Brooklyn Bridge is a fantastic conference hotel, recently having completed renovations which is perfectly situated for the conference delegates.  We’ve negotiated a great rate of $299 for a deluxe suite for conference delegates.  The room rate is only good until mid September so book now at: citiesalive.org/index.php/venue/hotel (718-226-7000).  The conference hotel is at the center of everything we are doing, and a short subway ride into Manhattan.

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5. Farm Dinner.  The Closing Dinner on Wednesday October 5th will be an outstanding event given that we are having it, courtesy of Rooflite, on the Brooklyn Grange Roof Farm, which boasts fresh food directly from the roof on the menu and awesome views of the New York skyline.  Tickets are also very limited so don’t be disappointed and register early.

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CitiesAlive New York is designed to allow you to chose what you would like to do, just don’t wait to long to register because space is limited!  We look forward to seeing you in the Big Apple on October 5-8, 2015.  Have a great finish to your summer!

Sincerely,

Steven Peck

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Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA
Founder and President
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Founder, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition
Co-Founder, World Green Infrastructure Network
Tel: 416-971-4494 ext. 233
www.greenroofs.org

First Early Bird Discount for 2015 CitiesAlive Conference in NYC Ends This Wednesday, July 15!

July 13, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Did you receive our eNews Blast Friday informing you that the first and best Early Bird Discount for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities‘s 2015 CitiesAlive Conference in awesome NYC was extended and now ends this Wednesday, July 15?

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Once again as a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) Media Sponsor for CitiesAlive, we here at Greenroofs.com want to let you know about this Early Bird Discount for the 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference in New York City – take advantage by Wednesday, July 15!

Register here by July 15th to receive the first early bird rate – the lowest rates to attend CitiesAlive.
Use discount code CA2015EARLYBIRD.

GRHC asks “What’s New for 2015?”

More Tours, Networking Cruise, and Exclusive Rooftop Dining!

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TOURS
This year CitiesAlive has the largest selection of tours yet!  Enjoy all that New York City has  to offer in green roofs, living walls and green buildings with these amazing projects.

Image: Queens Botanical Garden
Credit: Peggy Rockefeller
 

EVENING CRUISE
After a full day of programming on October 6, delegates will board the Private Yacht Zephyr and sail for two hours around the New York harbor. Great food and an open bar.

Image: Zephyr Yacht
Credit: Circle Line Downtown

ROOFTOP DINING
Join delegates for an exclusive rooftop dining and networking experience at Brooklyn Grange. Catered by Brooklyn Grange, with yields straight from their rooftop garden.

Image: Brooklyn Grange
Credit: Shantanu Starick

Green roofs and walls have a vast but unrealized potential to address many of the fundamental challenges facing New York City. For the first time CitiesAlive is heading to the Big Apple October 5-8, 2015. New York City is home to thousands of designers, millions of people and boasts numerous Awards of Excellence winning projects.

CitiesAlive delegates will partake in technical sessions that focus on the latest scientific research, design, products, and policies all of which are critical to meeting the challenge of promoting healthy and resilient people and places in New York City. Delegates can tour leading edge projects and research facilities plus see some unique sites such as the High Line, Javits Center, and Brooklyn Grange.

Some tour locations are not available for view by the general public.

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BILL BROWNING
Terrapin partner and co-founder Bill Browning has received this year’s Design for Humanity Award, presented by the American Society for Interior Designers.

Bill Browning will be featured at CitiesAlive as a keynote speaker. His address will inform you about the science of biophilic design and how living architecture contributes to productivity, health, and happiness.

BIRGIT SIBER
Birgit Siber is a principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects where sustainable design is central to her work. She incorporated the first large scale living wall biofilter at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Along with Alan Darlington, Founder and Vice President of Nedlaw Living Walls, Birgit will explore the design, functionality, and return on investment of living wall biofilters.

BRUCE FOWLE
Bruce Fowle co-founded FXFOWLE in 1978 and has guided the firm to international recognition for excellence in design, pioneering socially and  environmentally responsible architecture and planning.

Using the renovation and expansion of the Javits Center as a case study, Bruce will discuss the complexity of choreo-graphing the updating of the building systems.


Join over 60 expert speakers at North America’s only conference dedicated to green roofs and walls around the theme of resilience for people, communities and places.

  • Learn how green roofs and walls can treat gray and blackwater.
  • Participate in discussions on improving the policy climate in New York City.
  • Uncover the latest in native plant research and designing for maximum biodiversity.
  • Get involved in discussions about wind uplift regulations.
  • Discover programs that supply funding for your green roof project.
  • Learn about the opportunities and challenges associated with multi-unit residential projects.
  • See how green roofs and walls can contribute to healthier people through biophilic design.
  • Discover the latest advances in growing media research on alternative inputs.
  • Learn how to design for maximum stormwater retention.

EARN UP TO 18 CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS AT CITIESALIVE.

CHECK OUT THE FULL PROGRAM ONLINE AT http://citiesalive.org/.

Stay at the Conference Hotel: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

CitiesAlive attendees receive a discounted rate of only $299 (plus applicable taxes) for a deluxe room.  Click here to book a room at this rate.

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Of course Aramis and I will be there along with some of Greenroofs.com‘s contributing editors – plus a few hundred of our colleagues!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to save money for the CitiesAlive Conference in New York!

 These rates won’t be available again.  Last chance!  Register Now.

See you there!

~ Linda V.

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.