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.

The Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm Project

May 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm

What an awesome concept the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm project is!  I first heard about this late last year but then about a week ago colleagues Bill Foley and Wendy Wark alerted me again, and so now I finally took action this afternoon by donating $50 to the cause.  Not a lot of money, but enough to show Greenroofs.com‘s support for an extremely worthwhile undertaking.

As we all know in this green industry of ours, underutilized rooftop space is one of the greatest real estate potentials for greenroof implementation.  In this age of trying to come together as a community, organic farming, and healthy food plus security issues, what better way to help mitigate the developmental woes of a building’s footprint that planting crops at rooftop level?  And (hopefully) make a profit?

That’s exactly what Brooklyn Grange is doing for their own community – they’re in the process of starting a rooftop farm with a team of five partners and a whole bunch of friends, and the organizer, Ben Flanner, says it’s “A big project that requires a lot of hard work to say the least, and one that sets an example for using under-utilized rooftop space across this dense city to do something productive.  There are many benefits to the city and community from such an operation.”  Most certainly, and we can all help by donating even just $1 – by this Friday, May 28, 2010 – but $10 gets a bee named after you!  Actually, for all donations of $10 or more, they will list you as a donor on their website and name one of their honeybees after you.

They’ve setup a campaign on an interesting new website called kickstarter, which is designed to help raise funds for enterprising people to start new projects – such as this one.  Kickstarter has a unique platform where you set your goal at the onset of the campaign, and then you need to hit that goal from online pledges to receive funding, otherwise all of your pledges are simply returned to the pledgers.  People can click on your project and pledge any amount during the course of the campaign.

So what is the project really all about?  Their page on kickstarter  says:

“Brooklyn Grange will be a 1 acre rooftop farm situated in New York City. Such a commercially-viable rooftop farm has yet to be realized in this country. We will use simple greenroof infrastructure to install over 1 million pounds of soil on the roof of an industrial building on which we will grow vegetables nine months of the year. Being in the country’s largest city, the farm will create a new system of providing local communities with access to fresh, seasonal produce. We plan to expand quickly in the first few years, covering multiple acres of New York City’s unused rooftops with vegetables. The business has many environmental and community benefits, and allows our city dwelling customers to know their farmer, learn where their food comes from, and become involved.”

Ironically, as it turns out, Brooklyn Grange’s first project isn’t in Brooklyn but on a 40,000 square foot, 6-story industrial rooftop in Queens!  And the group is very happy to have the good fortune  of this company’s backing, too, and they’ll be selling their produce in both boroughs as well, including tomatoes, eggplants, chilies, and various leafy greens.  The farm will be run by Ben Flanner, who started and ran a proof of concept rooftop farm in the summer of 2009.  The beyond-organic produce will be sold directly to the community at an onsite stand, affording shoppers a direct relationship with the farm and farmers.  Additional produce will be sold to a small group of market-driven local restaurants.  He explains the business philosophy:

“We are a for-profit business. We believe in adding fiscal sustainability to the sustainability rubric so that urban rooftop farms can expand across the city, the Northeast and even the world! Any profits we make will go towards paying our farmer a living wage and whatever remains will be reinvested in the business so we can keep growing.” ~ Ben Flanner

In what stage is the project now?  In a newsletter today, May 25, 2010, Ben shares that “At this moment, we’ve installed about two-thirds of the rooftop soil, and we have about 110 sacks (~300,000 lbs) to lift yet with the crane, continuing tomorrow morning early.”

Brooklyn Grange needed to hit their goal of $20,000 by Friday, May 28, to get some important funds for the farm through kickstarter, and I’m pleased to report they have!  As of right now, supporters and fans have pledged $20,740.50, but please consider contributing more to their entrepreneurial greening efforts.  To pledge now, visit here, and they’d love it if you would also help spread the word!  Read “High Above Queens, the Dirt Is Deep, and Good” by Diane Cardwell  in the New York Times of May 13, 2010, see their profile on kickstarter.

For more info, visit  Brooklyn Grange’s own website or contact Ben at: ben.flanner@gmail.com or 608.215.0218.

Happy veggie rooftop greening! ~ Linda V.