A Successful Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013 — a New Landmark of China’s Greening Industry

November 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

By Annie Xu
Photos Courtesy of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA)

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The 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress was successfully held in the Purple Palace from September 15th to the 17th.

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The event was sponsored by the China Association of Building Energy Efficiency, Nanjing Municipal People’s Government, China Green Building Council of Chinese Society for Urban Studies, Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Jiangsu Province, World Green Infrastructure Network and the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA).

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The group pictures above are of the smog in Beijing this past June.  We can see clearly there are 18 days of haze in merely a month, which brought Beijing to the top 10 cities with the worst air quality in China.  In fact, it’s not only Beijing that is in this situation, but many other cities in China are suffering from this severe pollution as well.  As the air quality and environmental pollution are getting worse and worse, the Chinese government has also realized that it’s time we should do our best to restore fresh air, clear water and vigorous nature, which contributed to the theme of the Nanjing Congress: vertical greening dispelling haze, conservation culture beautifying cities and towns.

During the congress, we visited several outstanding greening projects in Nanjing, all of which expouse advanced ideas and technologies.  For example, all buildings in the Zidong International Creative Park, the cooperator of the congress, have attained the standard of national green building, and all of the buildings have green roofs.

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“Phoenix Valley” boasts mobile remote controlling for all of its rooftops offering precise irrigation solutions.

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A little different from Phoenix Valley, here you can see “Hexi New Ecocity,” with the idea and realization of the new ecocity as green architecture and smart city, along with vertical greening.

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Among all the projects, the most creative one should be the “Tree Cube” in Changzhou, because the buildings have made micro circulation and zero garbage discharge come true.

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These projects are just typical representatives of green architecture in China.  Through this Congress, Chinese designers and people who are enthusiastic in greening can exchange ideas with experts all over the world, and also learn experience from them, thus enabling more people to construct more green projects like these.

With this goal, and to facilitate the communication among designers from different countries, the award ceremony of the Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition* was held simultaneously with the 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress.  Academician Zhaozhen Meng, left below, attended the ceremony as award presenter.

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The 2013 Nanjing Congress, with over a thousand attendees, greatly inspired students, manufacturers and designers as well.

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Above you can see the Award Ceremony of the highly successful Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition, with IRLA Vice Chairman Wang Xianmin, left middle, and Zhaozhen Meng, right middle.

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The Sino-Singapore Green Land Property Forum, Sino-Japan Hanging Garden Forum and forums about new materials and technologies pointed out bright ways for relevant Chinese workers in our industry.  After the three-day congress, many attendees told the council they felt fruitful and willing to learn more about how to practice the theories.  They also expressed their anticipation of the 2014 Qingdao World Green Roof Conference.

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With all these magnificent achievements from the 2013 Nanjing Congress this time, we believe that in the future, more classic projects will spring up, and our greening industry will prosper in every corner of the world.

We invite you to participate in the 2014 Qingdao World Green Roof Conference!

~ Annie Xu

*Publisher’s Note: Read more about the Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition at my blog post of July, 30, 2013, “Contributions Wanted for Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition & Photo Contest: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013.”

Annie Xu works in the International Department of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA). Contact Annie at:

Email: wrgmay2010@hotmail.com
Web: www.wgrc.cn; Tel:+86 10 67115339
Address: Building 4, No. 9 Yuan, Institution of Construction, Sanlihe Road, Haidian District, 100037, Beijing, PRC

IRLA’s Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013 Changed to September 15-18

August 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

As reported earlier, the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) would love to have you to attend their Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013 in beautiful Nanjing, China next month in September.

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Because of a conflict with a traditional Chinese festival, the Mid-autumn Festival, the dates have been changed and the Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013 will now run from September 15th to the 18th, 2013.

For more congress, travel, and sponsorship information, please contact IRLA at: wrgmay2010@hotmail.com.

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***Please note change of WGRC dates to: September 15th to 18th, 2013!***

Please plan accordingly!

~ Linda V.

Contributions Wanted for Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition & Photo Contest: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013

July 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm

The International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) invites you to attend their Nanjing World Green Roof Congress in beautiful Nanjing, China from September 15th to the 18th, 2013.

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***Please note change of WGRC dates to: September 15th to 18th, 2013***

The 2012 WGIN Green Roof Congress was held in Hangzhou, China and was exceptionally well attended by 1,600 participants from across the world, including Aramis and me!


Left to right: William Wei, Julian Briz, Francois Lassalle, Patrick Blanc, Aramis Velazquez, Isabel de Felipe, Manfred Kohler, Professor Wang Xianmin, Florian Betlzer, Zuoshuang Zhang, Karla Dakin, Dorte Romo, Linda Velazquez, and Damian Tang

New elements present in this year’s Nanjing World Green Roof Congress include the Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition and the “The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart” Photo Contest.

“The Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition is organized by IRLA (International Rooftop Landscaping Association) and CABEE (China Association of Building Energy Efficiency), endorsed by VGAG (Vertical Greening Academic Group).  It is a great honor in Chinese landscape planning community as well as the highest level of competition and a highly rewarded one in China.  It provides a platform for public welfare as well as fair, impartial and open competition. It aims at finding talents as well as training and introducing them. Thus, there will be more amazing works which promotes the idea of green China. Moreover, we have the top prestigious judges from all over the world. The winners will be invited to join the World Green Roof Congress—Nanjing China held at Zidong International Creative Park from September 19th to 22nd, 2013. They will also have the chance to exchange idea with specialists, scholars and many other elites as well as receive prize money.

If you are a creative designer, if you are passionate about environment protection, landscape planning and vertical landscaping, if you already have a good idea in your mind, then come on and join us! Share your idea with us! For green urban-rural environment, green China and a green world!” ~ Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition

The deadline for submissions has been extended through August 20, 2013.  Learn all about it at: www.c1118.com.

“The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart” Photo Contest, organized by IRLA and the Website of China National Radio, aims at leading the world to caring more about natural ecology. It is expected to express and intensify people’s greening and environmental awareness through photographing. The contest is designed to show the world new ideas and technologies of international vertical greening, to bring more practical thoughts and methods on construction to city planners. It also opens up a brand new photographing area for shutterbugs, forging a platform of common view and a spiritual homeland for vertical green construction all over the world.

More info:

Contributions Wanted

With the growing land cost every year, vertical greening has become the most economical way of greening in urban center. From the aspect of lowering atmospheric temperature and protecting the environment, rooftops and walls are precious resource of cities’ cyclic development, and they are the revival land of scientific developing greenbelt. At present, rooftop greening groups all over the world are still growing, but its spreading and promoting have a bright future.

I. Sponsors and Organizers

Sponsor: The Website of China National Radio, 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress Committee

Organizer: The Website of China National Radio, International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA)

Co-organizer: Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council (AGAG), China Green Rooftop and Energy Efficiency Council

Official Website: The Website of China National Radio www.cnr.cn

Contributing Website: http://photo.cnr.cn

Special Website: http://pic.cnr.cn/sdq/

Launch Ceremony: Jul. 11th, 2013

Submission Deadline: Aug. 31st, 2013

Entry Range: worldwide

Grading time: Sep. 1st, 2013 – Sep. 14th, 2013

Prize-giving time: Sep. 19th, 2013

Prize-giving site: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress

II. Topic of the Contest

There is no specific category of the Compete Photo, as long as it accords with “green rooftops, green walls, indoor gardens, green overpasses, green balconies” and any other green construction above the ground. There is also no limit about whether the entry is photochrome or black-and-white photograph, single picture or set pictures.

III. Grading Standard

  1. The content should be real and focus on the topic.
  2. The picture should be vivid, powerful and infective.
  3. The title and illustration should be precise, concise, and concordant with this contest.

IV. Prizes

Gold Prize (one winner): 90,000RMB and Certificate

Silver Prize (two winners): 60,000RMB and Certificates

Bronze Prize (three winners): 30,000RMB and Certificates

Honorable Mentions (several)

V. Format Specifications

  1. Single picture or series both are accepted, but series should contain maximum 5 pictures.
  2. Only JPGE format can be accepted, and the pictures should not be bigger than 20M. If a Compete Photo has been cropped, the longest side must be at least 2,000 pixels.
  3. The Compete Photo must be taken by the participant himself/herself.
  4. No published pictures are allowed. Frame and author’s ID must not be added. If possible, the information of EXIF should be kept.
  5. Each participant can only have 10 entries at most.
  6. Each picture should have its title, topic, illustration and the author’s name in detail.

VI. Way of Participation

  1. The participants need to sign an agreement with CNR Pictures about digital copyright. They also have to sign in through “Society Photographer” and become a “Society Photographer” of CNR Picture Gallery.

The following is the website of illustration for photo gallery signing in and uploading: http://photo.cnr.cn/pms/upload.jsp

  1. The entry must be uploaded to CNR Picture Gallery.

The website of CNR Picture Gallery is: http://photo.cnr.cn

  1. While uploading your entry, please select this category in photo gallery: “Photo Contest – the Beautiful Homeland in My Heart”.
  2. Each entry should be named using the following pattern:

[The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart], Entry’s Name, (Author’s Name)

For example: [The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart], A Home of Green, (John)

  1. The telephone of CNR Picture Gallery and information about the contest is  86-10-56807195

“The goal of photographing is to share your happiness and sorrow. Let’s build the future vision of our homeland together. We are looking forward to your excellent works.” ~ International Rooftop Landscaping Association and the Website of China National Radio

Register now to the Nanjing World Green Roof Congress by clicking below:

***Please note change of WGRC dates to: September 15th to 18th, 2013***

If you have any questions about either contest or planning your trip to spectacular China for the Nanjing World Green Roof Conference, please contact William Wei of WGRC and IRLA at: wrgmay2010@hotmail.com.

Happy traveling,

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com Updates & Happy Holidays!

December 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Hello readers and fellow colleagues,

I hope you have all been enjoying your holidays with family and friends with an eye towards the New Year – especially  after our collective escape from the dire but thankfully misled (or misinterpreted) Mayan  predictions on the winter solstice of 12.21.12!

Kidding aside, we here at Greenroofs.com  have simply been swamped since late summer with various milestones including our trips to Chicago followed immediately by 2 weeks in China, not to mention orchestrating our 2nd annual  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013.

And, by the way, I couldn’t make it to The International Green Conference in Bangalore, India last month – a recent bout with upper respiratory problems were aggravated with all the traveling and I developed ear issues and was told not to fly for a few months.  I was extremely upset but everyone told me that the Conference was wonderful.

And so I’ve been very behind in my various blog posts ~ so one of my New Year’s  resolutions  is to catch up here at Sky Gardens with the following blog posts:

– On a personal note, most of you who have been following us for years know that I have been an international flight attendant with Delta Air Lines for a long time (hey, I didn’t want to give up my “day” job until I knew this greenroof gig would work out!)…well, as of  September  1, I  officially  retired after 33 years of loving (almost) every bit of it!  I had the  privilege  of working with the best people ever – the end of an era…

– The 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago – what a great town!  For now I will say it was great, one of the very best get-togethers we as an industry have enjoyed so far.  If you  have  photos to share, please send them to linda@greenroofs.com – there was a lot I missed and then Aramis and I had to leave Saturday morning following the conference since we left for Shanghai the next day and we missed out on all the tours (I also took a class on Wednesday, so I couldn’t go then, either).

– The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) World Green Roof Congress in Hangzhou, China which was simply awesome!  The resort was beautiful and the organization was amazing as there were at least 1,400 – 1,500 attendees – the largest crowd I’ve ever presented to before (I presented Haven Kiers’ and my “2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design“).

We had a day of touring  followed  by 2 days of the  wonderful  speakers, excellent food and hospitality, ending with another day of touring.  Each  evening  there was a celebratory feast – Professor Xianmin Wang and his awesome International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) team of William Wei, Lisa and many others are to be highly commended.  We then followed this  sumptuous  experience with an additiional 8 or 9 more days of once in a  lifetime  touring around  China!

– All about our  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013  on February 12 through March 13, 2013 –  it’s going to be very different from last year. First of all, this time we’ve  partnered  with the  World Green Infrastructure Network  and we’re thrilled to have them on board to provide an ever greater world stage.

You’ll enjoy  a full 30 days of scheduled and on demand video Keynotes, panel sessions, individual and combo presentations with a lot more interactive fun with scheduled live Q & A chat  sessions  with  speakers and other greenroof & greenwall enthusiasts from around the globe, plus visiting the  Sponsor Spaces and Social Media Areas.  Here are our 5 distinguished Keynotes:

New this year is the Prize Center where you’ll accumulate points for cool prizes; the Joblinks Lounge where you can post jobs wanted and view job openings; and the Inspiration Nook where you can post under 3-minute videos about your research idea, project, or poster boards (no commercial ventures!) and participate in scheduled chat discussions which will be included on the Agenda.

In order to feature our Sponsors and exhibitors, we will also offer 4 dedicated days – one per week – to our Expo Trade Show, each anchored by a Keynote Presentation and a Panel Discussion from leading authorities.  By the way, we’d like to thank Tremco for once again committing their greenroof industry leadership through our highest level of  Sponsorship  – the Rare Earth Sponsor!

Other Greenroofs.com News:

– Starting in the New Year, our “This Week in Review” news roundup video, hosted by our daughter Anjuli Velazquez, will come back as “This Month in Review.”

– We’re currently  scheduling our “Greenroof or Greenwall Project of the Week” series – if you’d like to see your project highlighted, first of all we need to have a profile for it in the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database!  (We are still backlogged with entries but hope to be up to date within a month).

We only spotlight profiles that have 10 or 11 photos and lots of descriptive content.  People ask us if they have to be listed in the Greenroof Directory to be selected, and the answer is no – although we do highlight our advertisers about 4:1 as compared to non-advertisers for their loyalty.

Advertising with Us  is extremely affordable, and we certainly appreciate the support!  Plus there’s no better place in our industry to have your company listed than with us, the #1 website in the world for greenroofs.

– And ordering our  2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Wall Calendar is still an inexpensive (only $9.95 including shipping & handling within the U.S.and Canada) and perfect last minute gift to ring in the New Year.

That’s it for now – we’d like to wish you and yours Seasons Greetings & a Happy New Year 2013!

~ Linda V. & all of us here at Greenroofs.com