Support Awesome Kickstarter Venture: Chris Wark, Our Energy Editor, Just Launched P-Pods by Ponix!

August 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Based in Manhattan, Christopher Wark has been Greenroofs.com‘s Energy Editor since 2010 (see his excellent column, including his seven-part series entitled “Cooler Than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn’t Move Through a Green Roof“).

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After years of research, Chris and wife Wendy Amengual Wark have just launched their new venture, P-Pods by Ponix, on Kickstarter, and with only 16 days to go, they need our support!

They are looking for backers, both large AND small.  As you may know, Kickstarter promotes campaigns that have more backers, not more money pledged, so if they can get 100 people to pledge even $1.00, that would help get the campaign noticed.

So, what is a P-Pod?

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P-Pods are mini-greenhouses that work in areas as small as 3 square feet!  The P-Pods’ versatile, portable design protect from wind, insulate and use less water.

“Ponix is proud to introduce the best environment for growing all kinds of herbs and vegetables in small outdoor spaces, especially where plants can be damaged by wind, storms, and pests. The concept design we developed is a rugged, compact plant pod that has been dubbed the “P-Pod” and will be easy to buy, easy to use, and easy to look at.

With P-Pods, you can stop paying big bucks for wilted herbs, Styrofoam strawberries, and past-due peppers. No matter how small – or large – your space and no matter what the weather, you can enjoy healthy, home-grown produce any time of year.” ~ Ponix Press Release

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P-Pod prototypes #2 (right) and #3 (left)

P-Pods’ Features:

*  Low-profile design withstands high winds on balconies & roofs
*  Double-wall panels: excellent insulation and diffuse sunlight
*  Easy access: 2-way access panels – no swinging doors or lids
 Protection from insects, birds, rodents and deer
 For conventional, semi-hydroponic, & fully hydroponic gardening
 Lightweight and portable: Easy to assemble – only 6 parts
 Optional thermostatically-controlled heated irrigation system

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“A convenient configuration for balconies is the Duo.  It is made up of 2 P-Pods side-by-side with no wall between the individual P-Pods.  This allows more room for larger plants to spread out.  The greater volume also helps to keep all the enclosed plants warmer during cold weather.  There is no limit to the number of P-Pods that can be attached side-by-side.” ~ Chris Wark

Various sizes of P-Pods are available, including the Mini-Pod (base is 24 inches wide and 18 inches deep; the back is 24 inches) and the Midi-Pod (24 x 24 inches at the base and 36 inches high at the back) – available with an optional heated irrigation system for year-round growth – both part of the Kickstarter campaign:

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NOTE:  The Mongo-Pod concept has a 3 ft x 3 ft tray and is 5 ft tall at the back.  Because it is wider than the Mini-Pod and Midi-Pod, they simply couldn’t fit it into this campaign.

Watch the fun and informative P-Pod video from Chris and Wendy Wark of Ponix:

Please visit the Ponix website, www.pponix.com, to learn more about P-Pods and how they can be used to maximize the productivity and quality of your locally grown micro-garden.  See the FAQ’s here.

Also, read the entire “P-Pods by Ponix Just Launched on Kickstarter! Micro-garden your own greens, reds, and yellows year-round in whatever space you have” Press Release.  For further info, contact Chris at:

Christopher Wark, President, Ponix
cwark@pponix.com
www.pponix.com
1.917.475.1847 / 1.347.835.2178
P.O. Box 64 – New York, NY 10018.

Urban rooftop growing just got a new player with P-Pods.  With hundreds of balconies, decks and terraces in the upper west side, the opportunities for growing fresh herbs and veggies are enormous within New York City alone!  In my humble opinion, every urban space in the world could benefit from a P-Pod or two, or more.

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Whether you have a large company that believes this product could use your backing for commercial gardening, or are simply an individual who wishes to promote sincere, hard-working entrepreneurship while growing your own organic produce, please:

Back Chris Wark and the P-Pods on Kickstarter before September 5! 

Aramis and I are proud to be supporters and backers, and we hope that you, too, can do the same by sharing this awesome opportunity with media and organizations interested in gardens, food, urban farming, micro-gardening and eco-roofs.

Happy greening in any kind of weather,

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: March 23, 2012

March 26, 2012 at 3:44 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 March 23rd, 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 March 23rd,  2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the WaterShed House, built in 2011 in Washington, DC.  This prototype solar house entry from the team at the University of Maryland won the U.S. Department of Energy 2011 Solar Decathlon – an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.  WaterShed is a solar-powered home inspired and guided by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, interconnecting the house with its landscape to promote sustainability and ecosystem protection.  Two rectangular modules form the house, and it is capped by a split-butterfly roof, which is well suited to capturing and using sunlight and rainwater.

Key features of the house include a greenroof to retain stormwater and reduce the volume and velocity of run-off, and constructed wetlands to filter stormwater and grey water for reuse.  The south module of the WaterShed House has an extensive greenroof supplied by the LiveRoof ® Hybrid Green Roof System with LiveRoof Lite modules.  LiveRoof modules feature the company’s Soil Elevator™ and Moisture Portal™, horticultural innovations that establish a greenroof as a cohesive ecosystem.  The LiveRoof design unifies the entire installation into a naturally functioning biological system.  Natural function maximizes plant health, long-term sustainability, rooftop aesthetics, roof membrane protection, and environmental benefits.

– To learn more about the WaterShed House,  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 15:  “E = MC2 of Green Roofs: Ranking Energy Benefits by Mission, Climate and Construction” by  Christopher Wark.

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

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Tremco Headquarters Renovation Receives Cleveland Engineering Society Award.

Tecta America Corp. Announces Enhancement of Tecta Green Website.

LiveRoof ® Launches Overburden Removal Warranty Program for its Green Roof System.

Work and relaxation on a pitched roof: functional roof landscape at SOLON SE in Berlin-Adlershof by ZinCo.

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Sika Sarnafil USA is seeing an Inside Sales Representative in Canton, MA.

Industry News

–  The District of Columbia is a national leader in the total amount of Greenroofs constructed – second only to Chicago, IL in the total area of greenroofs per capita.  The District’s Green Roof Rebate Program is the perfect way to fund your greenroof – and it’s now back in full swing.  Anacostia Watershed Society is offering $5 per square foot on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified DC buildings of any size!

– Guest Blogger

– Read our guest blog post, “Greening the District with Green Roofs,” by Laura S. Washington, Green Roof Rebate Program Coordinator, of the Anacostia Watershed Society.  And also our guest feature article, “Portland Builds Over 100,000 Square Feet of Greenroofs in 2011,” by Casey Cunningham, Landscape Architect with the City of Portland’s Sustainable Stormwater Division.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

And over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “CitiesAlive Call for Papers Extended to March 29, 2012,” “Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV for March 16th, March 9th, and 2nd, 2012″ respectively, and “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 15: E = MC ² of Green Roofs: Ranking Energy Benefits by Mission, Climate and Construction.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  March 23rd & 24th: is the Open House & Plant Sale, Good Earth Plants & GreenScaped Buildings, in San Diego, CA.

– March 23rd-25th: is the Better Living Show – Home, Garden & Lifestyle, in Portland, OR.

– March 29th-30th: is the 10th Annual New York State Green Building Conference, in Syracuse, NY.

– “In the News“

–  Richard Lee, of the Danbury News Times, reports on “LaurelRock adds “˜green walls’ to its offerings.”  Earlier this week, LaurelRock, a Wilton-based landscape design and installation business, hosted George Irwin, CEO of Green Living Technologies International [and one of our contributing editors], where he demonstrated how his company creates green walls.  LaurelRock is the exclusive installer of GLTi’s patented panel technology in the company’s service area.  LaurelRock President Burt DeMarche believes gardeners will be interested in GLTi’s “edible walls” concept, because they can produce fruits, vegetables, and herbs in an easier way for gardeners who want to grow their own food but don’t have the time or energy to do it the “old-fashioned way.”

At the Millstone Farm presentation, George stood by a 2×6 foot frame holding plants including moss, waffle leaf, palm, ferns and more; and he said, “this wall has light indoor plants which are relatively low maintenance.  They provide an incredible opportunity to clean the air in the room” and that his “idea was to mimic Mother Nature.  It provides an opportunity for roots to migrate from cell to cell.”  Green Living Technologies International developed a program with the Innovation Charter School in Harlem, where students learn the technology, preparing them for work a companies like LaurelRock.

–  Bill Marken, of Garden Design Magazine, talks about “Green Roofs.”  He reflects on the evolution of greenroofs being just an “eco-fantasy” to becoming the current “eco-solution.” He says greenroofs have become natural fits for many public buildings, thanks to the environmental and financial benefits like energy efficiency, storm-water management, sound insulation, while also being habitats for birds, bees, butterflies, and other insects and animals that help our environment.  Residential greenroofs will accomplish most of the same environmental goals but the financial benefits will take longer to realize.  There are do-it-yourself kits nowadays but developing a sustainable green roof usually calls for someone who knows the structural demands, assembly systems, drainage, local conditions, plants, and maintenance.

To explore the possibilities of having a greenroof of your very own, author Ed Snodgrass, and contributing editor here at greenroofs.com, suggests starting out with a doghouse or a birdhouse.  He says, “starting with a birdhouse is a good first step to getting your feet wet and understanding the limits – and opportunities – of growing plants in such a shallow root space.”  And from there, there’s no place to go but up!

– 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 March 23rd,  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.