Send Us Your Under 3-Minute Video for the Inspiration Nook!

January 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm

What is the “Inspiration Nook?”

Just about all of us – designers, manufacturers, researchers, students, etc., – have something on our mind that we’d like to share with our greenroof and greenwall community, right?  Well, as much as we’d love to have a hundred speakers at our Virtual Summits, it’s just impossible.

But, as an attendee of the  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013  you can submit and schedule your <3 minute (non-overtly commercial) videos of research, ideas, projects, poster boards, thought leadership, etc., here in the “Inspiration Nook” which will be followed by your own scheduled live Discussion Chat.

Based on under 3-minute videos, this series is focused around sparking conversation, ideas, dialogue and connections around a specific greenroof/wall-related topic – a mosaic of bright ideas for a greener world.  Yes, they have to be under 3 minutes to qualify!

Quality Over Quantity

We’ve all heard of the “Elevator Pitch” – why not  show your succinct pitch in a < 3-minute video!  Examples:

– As a researcher or student you may have recently spent a lot time (and money) creating a poster board for a conference or class – share it with like-minded people and get their input.

– You have a new book coming out (yes, a little commercial, but informational as well) – tell our audience about it and then be on board to answer audience questions.

– Your firm is working on (or finished) a really cool project that you have short film of – show it and share your experience (cannot be product-oriented, it would need to be project-oriented).

– You have an idea for the public good and would love some constructive feedback from your peers.

Inspiration!

Read about one,  “Upping the Urban Green.  What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?“, by Mark Simmons, PhD from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas and Christine Thuring (Chlorophyllocity and one of our contributing editors) from the University of Sheffield.

By the way, it cannot be specifically about a product per se – for that you are welcome to be a part of our wonderful Expo at only $600 for an Exhibitor Booth.

The Inspiration Nook will be housed in its own location within our virtual campus, to identify it as something special!

Photo Source: FriendBurst by Barbara_K

We will include your short bio and photo on the Speakers page and a subject photo and short description on the Agenda, plus schedule a day and time to show it.  Make sure you’re available afterwards to participate in the live Q & A that follows.

Virtual Summit 2013 Registration Fees:

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.

So, in addition to seeing all of our great presentations from awesome speakers and participating in all of the social media opportunities, you can also have the opportunity to highlight your own  novel  work, groundbreaking research, innovative  ideas, or lofty ideals!

If you have any questions, email me at: linda@greenroofs.com.

Take advantage of this opportunity to share your short story and get networking!

See you online soon,

~ Linda V.

The World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012 in 3 Weeks!

August 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

The exciting  World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012 will be held in three weeks!  Have you made final plans and registered yet?

Founded and organized by our talented UK colleague Dusty Gedge – also President, European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) and co-founder  of  livingroofs.org  –  the  World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012  follows on the success of the previous World Green Roof Congresses held in London in 2010 and 2008.

International Ideas Exchange

“This bi-annual World Green Roof Congress will bring together the leading practitioners – policy makers, architects, designers, urban planners, manufacturers, engineering, environmental & ecological consultants – from around the world to highlight the need to transform urban grey to urban green.” ~  World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012

Hosted by the city of Copenhagen and supported by the Danish Ministry of the Environment and the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, the organizers says the scene is set for a congress that has sustainability at its core.  Copenhagen’s ambitious goal of being carbon neutral by 2025 means that greenroofs are embedded as an integral part of political policy.

And, Copenhagen is the first city in Scandinavia to have a mandatory greenroof policy.  The new policy makes vegetation and soil a mandatory obligation in planning new developments. The policy covers all roofs that have less than a 30 degree ptich in the new local plans.

Congress Programme

You’ll hear from  60 speakers from over 28 countries and the program is jam-packed:

18 September: Pre-congress Tour & Welcome Reception  includes the Green Roof Tour and Case Study: Malmö where you’ll visit the  Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden and the Emporia Shopping Centre.

(We visited the  Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden in 2003 and it was really interesting then – I’m sure much has grown! For example, I don’t remember seeing this cool fountain on any of the roofs, below:)

19 September: Congress Day 1  opens with the Congress Welcome Address by Dusty Gedge,  Lord Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of the City of Copenhagen, and Congress Chairman Introduction from  Jim McClelland.  The Keynote Address by renowned green architect Emilio Ambasz  (whom we had the distinct pleasure of meeting in Singapore in 2010) follows.  A full day of great speakers and Q & A sessions will entertain you where you can choose from the following parallel sessions: Water, Food Finance Contracts, Hot and Arid, and Plants & Biodiversity, capped off by the Congress Reception from 19.30 – 21.00.

(Side note: I’m sure the WGRC 2012  Congress Reception will be great – Aramis and I attended in 2008 and we had an awesome time!  The food, drinks and service were awesome!)

20 September: Congress Day 2  opens with the Chairman’s Welcome by Manfred Köhler,  University of Applied Sciences in Neubrandenburg and President of WGIN,  and Tina Saaby,  City Architect for the City of Copenhagen,  Architecture, followed by the Keynote Address from Nur Faezah Mohd Sanif, Skyrise Greenery National Parks Board in Singapore.  During the day you’ll select from these tracks:  Approaches to Planting, Energy, and Plants, Walls, & Rain Gardens.

The unique  City Mayors Panel Discussion, sponsored by CIRIA, follows.  This  international panel of mayors will be sharing the vision for their cities in 2020.

“Take a world tour of green roofs.  Join Mayors and policy makers from world cities and understand each city’s unique incorporation of Green Roofs into existing and new city infrastructure.” ~  World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012

Learn about all the speakers  here.

21 September: Post-Congress Tour  to the  Danish State Archives, the awesome Big 8 Windswept House, and Tivoli Hotel.

Your congress ticket includes: access to all plenary and parallel conference sessions, pre conference reception on the 18th September, conference reception on the 19th September, conference materials and refreshments on both congress days – tours are separate.

Registration Discount Code

Make sure  to quote VIP Code WGRC114 when making your booking here.

Unfortunately, Aramis and I cannot attend this time because of all of our other international travels later this fall to China and India (look for my upcoming posts about it!).  Copenhagen is a great city and reason enough alone to attend the WGRC 2012!  Throw in Dusty Gedge and all these great speakers and participants, and it’s a win-win for all.

But, the ever lovely Contributing Editor Christine Thuring  will be in attendance and has promised to report back to everyone!  In fact, she’ll be speaking on the first day of the WGRC 2012 in the Plants & Biodiversity track about her experiences with the  University of Sheffield and “Ecological Dynamics of Old Extensive Green Roofs.”

If you’re going, we’d love to hear from you as well.  Please send us photos and a few lines and we’ll put your reflections up here as a Guest Post.

By the way, if you haven’t already, make sure to read Dusty Gedge’s June 2012 guest feature article “Copenhagen, the Green City for the  Third World Green Roof Congress” here on Greenroofs.com.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, contact the WGRC Conference Team at: wgrc2012@tfigroup.com and 0044 207 808 5617.

We wish Dusty, CIRIA and all the attendees a wonderful and successful  World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012!

Happy Greening,

~ 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: June 1, 2012

June 3, 2012 at 3:05 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 June 1, 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 June 1st, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the City Creek Center, built in 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. City Creek Center is Utah’s newest retail and dining destination and one of the largest sustainably designed urban communities in the state.  It covers two downtown city blocks and features a unique shopping environment with a retractable roof, a creek winding through the property, a pedestrian skybridge, and two 18 foot waterfalls.  The Center’s fully retractable glass roof is the nation’s first in a shopping center and retracts over the retail galleria so visitors can enjoy the shopping center in any kind of weather.  It also features three unique fountains that delight and entertain Salt Lake City shoppers with musically choreographed animations using the elements of fire and water.

Designed by SWA Group, City Creek has earned Silver LEED for Neighborhood Development as a pilot project.  Sustainable principles have been applied in design, construction and operation of City Creek; for example, more than 50% of the demolition debris was recycled. The 1-kilometer-long recreated creek with live fish and other flora/fauna habitat serves as the central organizing feature for the retail/housing/office development downtown, and is the largest flowing watercourse of its kind built on-structure in the U.S.  The water portion of the creek totals about 19,000 sf of over-structure greenroof, but paving, plantings, courtyards, and roof gardens add up to a total of 90,000 sf over-structure.  There is also a pond with live trout, lush plantings of native material and an interactive fountain in which children can play.  American Hydrotech supplied 300,000 sf of waterproofing for the entire City Creek Center.

– To learn more about the City Creek Center,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011  Episode #25: “Biodiversity and Greenroofs” Panel Presentation  with  Christine Thuring, Nathalie Baumann, Gary Grant and Dusty Gedge.

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

–  The Greenroofs.com eNewsletter

– Our May 2012 eNewsletter is out!    Check your inboxes for what’s been going on here all month long and if you’re not  subscribed,  click on the mail icon on our homepage and enter your e-mail address!

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  LiveRoof ® Selected for Green Roof on Biomedical Discovery District Facility at the University of Minnesota.

Joblinks

–  Sika Sarnafil USA is seeking a Technical Sales Representative in the Greater Chicago Area, Illinois.

Industry News

–  The American Institute of Architects introduced the first overview guide on how architects can implement the International Green Construction Code in their practice which was introduced in March by the International Code Council.  The guide, entitled simply, “Guide to the IgCC,” is meant as a one-stop-shop document exclusively for AIA-member architects working in jurisdictions where the IgCC is adopted or soon will be.

–  According to the 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects, results show a preference for an undemanding outdoor space for lots of entertaining.  Landscape architects with a specialization in residential design across the country were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements.  When thinking of gardening, Americans tend toward the practical and sustainable with native plants (86.3%), food/vegetable gardens (81.2%) – with over half of them preferred to be organic (61.2%), rain gardens (55.6%), and rooftop gardens (38.3%).

–  Sky Gardens Blog

–  Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Submission Deadline to the Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence Extended to June, 1st!,” “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 25: Biodiversity and Greenroofs Panel Presentation,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: May 25, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

– June 1: is the new submission deadline for the Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence presented in Chicago at this year’s CitiesAlive in October.

–  June 2nd: is the Summer Exhibition – Urban Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, in Brooklyn, NY.

The new Garden Shop will have  Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens, a comprehensive look at New York’s most exceptional rooftop gardening projects””including BBG’s Visitor Center””on sale for the first time.  Featuring an authoritative guide to NYC green roofs””including a rooftop farm in Queens and a high school classroom in the Bronx in addition to BBG’s own Visitor Center””Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens offers inspirational ideas and practical advice for a gardener of any level interested in learning more about gardening on the highest level.  Chapters include contributions from editors here at Greenroofs.com including: Green Roofs Past, Present, and Future, by Linda S. Velazquez, Green Roof and Living Wall Trends, by    Linda S. Velazquez  with Haven Kiers, and Green Roof Horticulture, by Edmund C. Snodgrass.

–  June 2nd-3rd: is the Mother Earth News Fair, in Puyallup, WA. Follow on Twitter: @MotherEarthFAIR #MENF

–  June 5: is World Environment Day. Follow on Twitter: @UNEPandyou

–  And June 6th-7th: is the 7th Annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference, in Boston, MA.

– “In the News“

 

–  Jackie Wills of The Guardian, reports on “M&S: a sustainable blueprint to behold.”  The retailer’s landmark Ecclesall Road M&S store combines a range of unique characteristics, from LED lighting to rainwater toilets; and has become a learning store, where sustainability skills are shared among staff and local students.  It is the first United Kingdom store to win full Forest Stewardship Council project certification.

Some of the unique features include: natural ventilation in the stockroom and staff areas rather that air conditioning, glass doors on mobile fridges that cut energy use by 45% and an HFC-free refrigeration system, water use has been cut by 46% by installing low flush toilets, sensor taps and a rainwater-harvesting tank below ground.  Also, sun pipes bring natural lighting onto the shop floor, every brick was reclaimed from a disused mill in Manchester and polishing the concrete floor meant no need for coverings; and the shop has a sedum roof and a living wall for wildlife, which among other environmental benefits, will insulate the store and filter pollution.

–  Sarah DeWeerdt of The Atlantic Cities, talks about “A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, in a Parking Garage.”  The project, dubbed the UpGarden, will have space for about 120 local gardeners.  The project came about because Seattle’s P-Patch community gardening program was looking for space to build a new garden in the neighborhood.  Eric Higbee, a landscape architect working on the project says, “as far as we can tell it’s the first community-managed food production garden on a rooftop” in the country.

Typical green roof technologies were too expensive, so they settled on a series of wooden raised beds 12 to 18 inches deep, which will be filled with potting soil, which is lighter than topsoil.  Roofs are bright and hot, which should make it easier to grow hot-weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants but to offset the windy element and to help the soil stay moist, the team is considering putting in a drip irrigation system.  The knowledge developed here will aid in the development of other rooftop gardens in Seattle and elsewhere around our country.

– 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 June 1st,  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.