A Successful First UK Green Roof Research Conference: Marie Curie Industry-Academic Partnerships and Pathways

June 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

I’m a bit late on reporting on this, but Jeff Sorrill of the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield says the first UK Green Roof Research Conference went very well and was well received by those attending!

Held on March 18 and 19, 2013  at the University of Sheffield, Green Roof Centre, The Green Roof Research Conference - Bringing together the world’s leading green roof scientists – was the first entirely science focused vegetated roof conference.  The principle aim of the Marie Curie Industry-Academic Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) Green Roof Systems Project is to create a long term strategic partnership between the Green Roofs Research Group at The University of Sheffield and ZinCo GmbH:

The conference fed back on the 4 year EU funded project between the University of Sheffield and ZinCo GmbH, Germany, and set out to challenge the custom and practice of green roofs.

The research findings established through this Industry – Academia partnership interrogated the fundamental green roof understanding of the current age. The very performance metrics by which green roof elements are measured were questioned, the outcomes demonstrated that new research agendas should be adopted.

In addition, leading scientists from the most innovative green roof research centre’s around the world presented their leading edge investigative activity. Speakers included Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knoll Farms, Maryland, USA; Claire Farrell, University of Melbourne, Australia; Professor Nigel Dunnett, IAPP Project Coordinator, University of Sheffield; Dr. Robyn Simcock, Landcare Research, New Zealand; Dr. Abigail Graceson, Harper Adams University College, UK; Mr. Ralf Walker, Division Manager Research and Development, ZinCo GmbH.; Daniel Roehr, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada; Dr. Anna Palla, University of Genoa, Italy and Dr. Virginia Stovin, University of Sheffield.

Research topic areas include plant selection + screening; Optimised hydrological performance (both, vegetation establishment and stormwater) and Integrative whole system hydrological modelling.

The conference was intentional programmed as a single stream of presentation to emphasise the importance and impact of each consideration of green roofs.

The conference was well attended by a wide range of delegates, from those with a general interest in green roofs, to those with particular research agenda in plants, substrates design and function, manufactured layers and their interaction with water and stormwater management. ~ Green Roof Research Centre 2013 Press Release

By the way, Christine Thuring – PhD researcher (included in the above group  photo and also one of our contributing editors along with Ed Snodgrass)- was also one of the Marie Curie IAPP Green Roof Systems Project Researchers.

You can review much more information as well as the abstracts available at www.green-roof-systems.co.uk.  For additional information, please contact:

Jeff Sorrill,Department of Landscape
University of Sheffield
Arts Tower
Sheffield
S10 2TN
Tel: 0114 222 0622
j.sorrill@sheffield.ac.uk

Happy greening (and continued research!),

~ Linda V.

 

Transatlantic Spring to Vancouver and Toronto in March & April

March 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I’m in the mystical phase of “PhD write-up”, which is challenging, exhilarating, good fun, and much more.  In particular, I’d underestimated the degree of excitement this phase would stir up, owing mainly to elements of time management challenges (e.g., teaching) and anxiety (e.g., the uncertainty of next steps).

Christine atop the Rathaus

What this means is I’ve earned an Easter holiday.  To make the most of my air miles (sigh), to meet up with many colleagues and friends in a short period of time, and to share what I’ve been working on, I’m giving a couple talks along my itinerary.  If you’re in Vancouver or Toronto, I’d love to see you!

Rathaus PV and bee

I will be presenting the latest research exploring ecological dynamics and processes of plants and substrates on old extensive green roofs.

Within the context of UN Decade on Biodiversity and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, this work explores opportunities – and responsibilities – for the green roof industry to think global and act local.

CT-UN Decade on Biodiversity

Vancouver:
Thurs. March 28 @ 17:30pm > BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology (Green Roof Research Facility) at GNW campus.
If you can make the talk, meet us from 19:30 at Arts Club Lounge (Granville Island).

Toronto:
Tues. April 9 @ 17:30 > Carrot Common
Hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Hope to see you there!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Christine Thuring

PhD candidate, University of Sheffield
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www.greenroofsafari.com
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Christine@greenroofs.com

Don’t Miss the VS2013 this Week: Phytoremediation Panel #2; Keynote Steven Peck; Skyrise Ag; Hydroponic Living Walls; Vegetation Development; Hamburg; Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants, & More

February 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm

We had an exciting Week #1 at our Virtual Summit 2013 with a good amount of participation – thank you to all who have attended and participated so far!  Registration is open throughout the 30 days and we want to see you!

Once a video has played it becomes available On Demand, as well as the Q & A transcripts.  Q & A Sessions are live and while you can only participate in real time on the scheduled day and time, you can post questions and commentary for speakers to answer later. 

Learn about all the presentations so far from Week #1, now On Demand.

Please support our work and commitment to keeping future fees low and accessible to all by registering now – use either the Greenroofs.com/ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities discount codes of GCOM or GRHC for only $39.

Week # 2 started today with lots of exciting videos from your colleagues from across the world.  Here’s the entire Agenda for Week #2 – don’t miss these awesome presentations with live Q & A’s to follow each:

Monday, February 18, 2013 – now On Demand in the Rare Earth Auditorium, sponsored by Tremco:

Inspiration Nook*: “Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring

Inspiration Nook:Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients by João Manuel Linck Feijó

Tuesday, February 19:

Panel Session “Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State – Phytoremediation Chapter 2 with Patrick Carey (Moderator)

Expo Wednesday, February 20 at the Expo Pavilions:

VS2013: Expo Pavilions

 

Expo Wednesdays are Feb. 13, 20, 27 & Mar. 6 – four full days of live action where you’ll see leading companies and learn about their products and services, and The Associates Pavilion, where you’ll learn about different world organizations.  Visit them all 30 days and leave them a message if it’s not a Wednesday!

Expo Wednesday February 20 in the Rare Earth Auditorium:

VS2013: Steven Peck Keynote

Keynote Address by Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA: “12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Productionwith Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin


Thursday, February 21:

A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spainby Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano


Friday, February 22:

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Timeby Christine Thuring

Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy by Wolfgang Ansel

Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plantsby Kevin Songer

See the Agenda, Agenda-at-a-Glance, and Speakers pages for the complete list of dates and times.

~ Connect with Social Media Open 24 Hours all 30 Days!

 


Registration for the entire 30 days:

Regular Price $99

Discounts:

WGIN Members (including Green Roofs for Healthy CitiesGet GRP credits!) & Greenroofs.com Advertisers $39

Associates $59

Students/Staff/Faculty & Government $29

See our Registration Page and Register Here.

We here at Greenroofs.com will be online throughout the 30 days of the Virtual Summit and hope to see you via video, audio or text chatting.   Come visit our booth – where we’ll be offering a Special Advertising Discount to participants to get listed in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory  - or just connect with us in the Networking Lounge.

We greatly appreciate our Rare Earth Sponsor, Tremco, for supporting our efforts and also wish to thank our growing list of exhibitors – by the way, it’s still not to late to exhibit!

If you haven’t yet, Register Now.  It’s a great way to see who’s doing What, Where, and How, not to mention all the networking opportunities to connect with your peers – plus, participate to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Looking forward to chatting with you!

~ Linda Velazquez

VS2013: Sponsors and Exhibitors

* The Inspiration Nook is for under 3-minute videos – it’s not too late to submit yours!  Learn how.

See the Amazing Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013 Collaborative Videos!

February 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

There are just 4 days left until the start of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013!  We here at Greenroofs.com and WGIN are excited and hope you have already registered for this this networking opportunity.

You’ve heard about our awesome Keynotes and our expert Panel Sessions, and now check out our assortment of lively collaborative video presentations from industry leaders and innovators, all followed by 15-minute live Q & A Sessions where you can interact with each of them online:


Opening Day: Tuesday, February 12, 2013:

“Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt

Women Leaders: Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt

Hear about the trials, tribulations and personal stories of not only running a woman-led company/organization, but highly succeeding at it from: Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells, Co-Owners of Motherplants Nursery; Vanessa Keitges, President & CEO of Columbia Green Technologies; and Joy Schmidt, CEO of Vitaroofs International.

 

Thursday, February 14:

“The Greenroofs.com 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2013 by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers

Top 10 for 2013 + a peek into 2013 by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers

Greenroofs.com Founder & Publisher Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers, Greenroofs.com Editor present our highly popular annual series.  2012 was the sixth year we have been compiling our “Hot Top 10 List” and our presentation will show you the latest and greatest from 2012 and we’ll include spectacular new projects from around the world sure to be on our Hot Top 10 List for 2013!


Friday, February 15:

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts

Award Winners Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts

Join these four Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2012 Award of Excellence winners as they share the trials and tribulations of their greenroof living architecture projects: The Royal York Condominium in Manhattan; The Ledge in Boston, Daniel F and Ada L Rice Plant Conservation Science Center’s Green Roof Garden in Chicago, and the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market in Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

Monday, February 18:

Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?“ by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring

"Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?" by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring

Meet Mark Simmons, PhD from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas and Christine Thuring (Chlorophyllocity) from the University of Sheffield in The Inspiration Nook.  Their under 3-minute video gives a brief introduction to urban ecology and presents a case for collaborative ecological urban design towards an optimistic future for our cities and planet.

 

Expo Wednesday, February 20:

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production“ with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin

"Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production"with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin

The current importance of urban agriculture is evidenced by the numerous food farms currently operating at many different scales and many different parts of the world.  We visit just 5 innovative approaches to growing local produce on horizontal and vertical spaces on rooftops and on the interior from Canada and the United States.  Watch Mohamed Hage, the founder of Lufa Farms in Montreal; Helen Cameron, co-owner of Uncommon Ground in Chicago; Ben Flanner, head farmer, CEO, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in New York City; George Irwin:  The founder and CEO of Green Living Technologies International in Rochester; and Alan Joaquin, the founder of FarmRoof in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu.

 

Thursday, February 21:

A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain“ by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano in Spanish with English voice-overs and subtitles, followed by a live Q & A in English with Dr. Alan Darlington

of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain" by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano

Dr. Alan Darlington of NEDLAW Living Walls will present “Indoor Air Biofilters.”  His presentation will outline the science and engineering behind the biofilters; their impact on the indoor space as well as issues related to design and integration into the built environment.

Ignacio (Nacho) Solano of Paisajismo Urbano will share the history of Paisajismo Urbano and how the love of plants has been transformed into one of the leading companies in our sector worldwide.  Come and discover his interviews with rare footage and follow this firm which is synonymous with experience and expertise in the world of advanced vertical gardening.

 

Thursday, February 28:

A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano in Spanish with English voice-overs and subtitles, followed by a live Q & A in Spanish with Nacho Solano

Naturación Urbana en España - “Urban Greening in Spain” by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer in Spanish with English subtitles

"Naturación Urbana en España" - "Urban Greening in Spain" by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer

Four Spaniards from the worlds of academia and architecture share their views on the current situation in Spain in Spanish with English subtitles.  Their videos will serve as backgrounders for the Panel Session La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España” - “Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain.”

 

Thursday, March 7, 2013:

Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits! with Jörg Breuning and Ryan Miller

"Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits!" with Jörg Breuning and Ryan Miller

Jörg Breuning, Principal of Green Roof Technology (and newest Greenroofs.com contributing editor) and Office Manager Ryan Miller will explain the many benefits of integrating renewable energy into modern green roof technology through the use of solar energy, and will demonstrate the upfront costs and paybacks within 5-10 years.

So, if you haven’t registered yet, here are the extremely low rates – this includes access to all of the Speaker videos and all of the virtual environment, too, including the Expo Pavilions and all the different Lounges and Social Media Spaces:

Regular Price $99

Discounts:

WGIN Members (including Green Roofs for Healthy Cities - Get GRP credits!) & Greenroofs.com Advertisers $39

Associates $59

Students/Staff/Faculty & Government $29

See our Registration Page for more information and Register Here.

See you online this Tuesday!

~ Linda V.