We Mourn the Loss of Two Greats in Our Industry: Xianmin Wang and Dr. Mark Simmons

September 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm

We are very sad to announce the recent passing of two wonderful gentlemen within our greenroof and greenwall industry:

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Professor Xianmin Wang of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association in Beijing, China (left) and Dr. Mark Simmons of the Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas (right).

Both men died at the end of August, and our hearts go out to their respective families and colleagues across the globe!

We have been compiling comments and some photos from associatess and will post individual In Memoriam reflections for each starting tomorrow.

If you have anything to share with our community, please send to me at: linda@greenroofs.com.

Thank you,

~ Linda V.

Watch “Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?” by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring from Our Virtual Summit 2013

February 13, 2015 at 12:23 pm

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com‘s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air “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) from the University of Sheffield.

Christine, as you know, has been a long time contributor to Greenroofs.com – review my recent post Watch “Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time” by Christine Thuring from Our Virtual Summit 2013.  And, Christine and Mark also participated in our inaugural “Inspiration Nook” with this short video.

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Even if you were not presenting, as an attendee you could submit your under 3 minute (non-overtly commercial) videos of research, ideas, projects, poster boards, thought leadership, etc., which were followed by your own live Discussion Chat.

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.

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Mark and Christine proposed, “Now that we are an urban species, we are ever more compelled to create and regenerate urban ecological function to maintain global sustainability, human health and our relationship to the natural world.  But is ecological function really being prioritized and implemented in our cities?  Are methods and technologies like green roofs, living walls, water sensitive designs and natural green space being as widely used as they could be?  If not, what’s holding it up?

“This short 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.” In order to gauge how opinions vary by culture and discipline, participants were invited to participate in a short 10 question, global online survey which sought to answer how can we do better as professionals.

Here’s more:

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Austin, TX, USA. Dr. Mark Simmons is Director of Research and Consulting at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas. His research and consulting projects focus on sustainable and regenerative landscapes, including green roofs, native turfgrass, urban prairies, prescribed fire, and urban green space restoration. He consults with local and national clients including the US Army Corps of Engineers, George Bush Presidential Center, NASA, and the National Park Service. He teaches university and professional courses in and sustainable landscape design and sits on several technical committees including the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™).

Sheffield, UK. Christine Thuring has been working with green roofs since 2001 in various capacities, and is currently doing her PhD in Landscape Ecology (University of Sheffield). See her complete bio here. ~ VS2013   

Watch “Upping the Urban Green.  What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?” by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

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

How Green Roofs in Copenhagen Create New Opportunities, Climate Adapt Our City and Transform Our Living Video by Dorthe Rømø.

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

12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs Keynote Video by Steven Peck.

Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants Video by Kevin Songer.

La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España – Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain Panel Session with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán- Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates Video by Dr. Tobias Emilsson.

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

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

Introduction to Integrated Water Management Video by Jeff Bruce.

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

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

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

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

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

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

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:

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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:

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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(TM) 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

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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

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

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

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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

Naturacion Urbana en Espana – “Urban Greening in Spain” by Dr. Julian BrizDr. Jose Mari­a Dura¡n-AltisentDr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer in Spanish with English subtitles

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 Iberoamerica y Espana” – “Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain.”

Thursday, March 7, 2013:

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

Jorg 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.