’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: April 22nd, 2011

April 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on through our “This Week in Review” video.   Here’s the transcript for April 22, 2011 from our daughter,  Anjuli –  click on the photo below to see the video, or  here.   Enjoy!

–   Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for April 22nd, 2011, Earth Day,  on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the  Cook+Fox Architects Office built in 2006 in New York, NY.  The Cook+Fox Architects decided to set a greener, healthier example with a roof that absorbs stormwater, lowers surface temperature, and benefits both the local ecosystem and the human environment.  The firm was interested in a flexible system that could allow for a custom shaped greenroof, and the Green Paks were a perfect fit.  In December 2006, the new Cook+Fox office was officially awarded Platinum certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors.  Cook+Fox designed its project in collaboration with Green Roof Blocks, a St. Louis, Missouri-based roofing company, but was able to contribute most of the labor needed for installation from their own architects and staff, substantially reducing the cost of the project.  The greenroof has become a highlight of the office and a valuable educational tool for clients, visitors, and employees.

– To learn more about Cook+Fox Architects, LLP Office, click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage,  read Linda’s blog post on Sky Gardens or watch the premiere of our Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World WebTV episode featuring the Cook+Fox Architects Office now playing on our homepage, greenroofsTV page and on our greenroofsTV YouTube channel!

–   “What’s New“

–   Check out what John Shepley, our new Green Business Editor, has to share in his first column titled “Sustainable Business Insights.”

–  Advertiser Press Release:    LiveRoof Selects Stormwater360 New Zealand to Distribute its Green Roof System in New Zealand and Australia.

Submitting a photo for our  2011 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest has been extended to next Friday, April 29th – so go to our Facebook page and keep submitting your greenroofs and walls photos and tell your friends and family to vote!

– Be sure to read Linda’s Sky Gardens Blog posts  “Our New Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World WebTV Video Premiere & GPW: Cook+Fox Architects, LLP,” “Cradle to Cradle & Inhabitat’s Green Giveaway,” and “’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: April 15th, 2011.”

Industry News

–   The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten example of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.  And three  of those 10 have greenroofs! Congrats to Cherokee Studios, First Unitarian Society Meeting House and the Vancouver Convention Centre West for their achievements!

–   “Upcoming Events“

–   April 27th: GRHC’s GRP Exam will be held in Toronto, Canada.

–   April 27th-28th: are Tremco Roofing & Maintenance Division – Educational Seminars for Environmental Excellence, 2-day High Performance Buildings Expo in Toronto, Canada.

–   April 27th-29th: is the Living Future – The UNconference for Deep Green Professionals in Seattle, WA.

–   April 28th: Building Green Expo & Workshops in New York, NY.

–   April 28th-29th: is the ASLA Texas Chapter – Regional Conference & Expo in Galveston, TX.

–   And on April 28th-May 1st: is the GRHC: Green Roof Boot Camp in New York, NY.

–   “In the News“

–    Joe Peach of This Big City Blog asks, “Is the World’s Greatest Green Roof in Warsaw, Poland?”  He says, “Warsaw is Poland’s biggest city…and with its violent history now something of the past, the city has been able to refocus, positioning itself as a metropolitan hub linking west and east Europe.”  One way that has happened is with the University of Warsaw’s Library: a building with an impressive green roof that is also an urban park.

–   Tracey Lindeman of the Montreal Mirror talks about “Life from above.”  Lufa Farms and the Rooftop Garden Project make eating local an urban reality by installing their own rooftop garden and rooftop greenhouse.  “It’s farming for geeks,” says Kurt Lynn, co-founder of Lufa farms.  But actually, its 21st century community-supported agriculture: food grown on a roof just around the corner from the people who eat it.

–   To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our  In the News or  newslinks section of our website.

–   Have something you think we should know about and post on our website?   You can send us your green articles, videos and images to

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–   This has been This Week in Review for April 22nd, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by  The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by*

Did we miss something?   We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Cradle to Cradle & Inhabitat’s Green Giveaway

April 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Of course, we’re not the only ones with an Earth Day related contest – I just received my newsletter from MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry) and saw this great contest between MBDC and one of‘s perennial favorites, Inhabitat (I get Inhabitat’s Daily Digest as well, but don’t always read it right away since it has so many cool posts – I do need enough time to read them all!).

To celebrate Earth Week, the two have joined up to offer Inhabitat readers  four fabulous prizes  during Earth Week.  Each winner will receive and a copy of the book  Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things and  the following Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM products:

Monday: Method products & Casabella Eclipse cleaning system
Tuesday:  Pendleton Eco-Wise wool throw
Wednesday:  Herman Miller Sayl work chair
Thursday:  Shaw Ultra Shag area rug (as featured in InStyle Magazine)
Friday:  Winners are announced

At the 2001  Greenprints Conference Visionary Dinner here in Atlanta, I had the pleasure of (briefly) meeting early green architect  William  McDonough (after standing in a long line).  I had become aware of his firm’s work when I still a student of landscape architecture at the University of Georgia in the late 1990’s and had encountered the awesome  Gap Headquarters (901 Cherry).  Former Partner & Director of Practice  Kevin Burke was very helpful to me in my initial studies of greenroof technology, and I’m a big fan of William McDonough + Partners‘ work.

Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM products resulted after the wonderful success of the book  Cradle to Cradle, 2002 from North Point Press, New York, NY, written by William McDonough and environmental chemist Michael Braungart.  I fully embraced the philosophies behind the “paradigm shift” in our thinking towards our built environments and products, and the need for “eco-effectiveness” versus just “eco-efficiency.”

In fact, in my Recommended Readings book review of  Cradle to Cradle, I felt that this book should be a part of every teenager’s reading curriculum so that we may inform and inspire our young minds to rethink and remake our architectural and engineering worlds to be actually good for the Earth.  This is one true “Bible” of green thinking that should be a part of each of our libraries.    If you’re interested, you can read more here.

On a related note, Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM products will be featured on  The Early Show for Earth Day.  You can tune in to CBS on Friday, April 22 7:00-9:00 am EST to see some of them.

To enter the Inhabitat Green Giveaway, go to and click on the daily blog post.  In my opinion, just receiving a copy of Cradle to Cradle is well worth winning!

Happy Greening,

~ Linda V.