Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 10, 2012

August 13, 2012 at 6:39 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 August 10, 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  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Auckland International Airport Novotel Hotel Green Wall built in 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand.  Their website describes the Square Restaurant & Bar, where the green wall is located, as bringing “together exquisite cuisine, fine design and impeccable service with an unmistakably New Zealand sense of hospitality.”  It is open 24 hours a day, and features “a stunning “˜living wall,’ [it is] the perfect place to relax with friends or colleagues.  Enjoy an extensive selection of New Zealand wines and beers, artfully mixed cocktails and gourmet snacks as you soak up the relaxing atmosphere.”

The green wall has an array of native New Zealand flora, including cascading ferns and pan-pacific creepers.  Completed last year, the two-story green wall was designed, built and installed by Natural Habitats, and is nurtured by a hydroponic system.  It improves the indoor air quality by removing air pollutants and raising humidity levels, and it provides visual interest and environmental benefits, creating a more comfortable and relaxing work environment.  The Auckland International Airport’s Novotel Hotel was awarded silver in the Spatial Design category at the 2011 Best Awards.

– To learn more about the Auckland International Airport Novotel Hotel Green Wall,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

–  We’d like to welcome Optigreen International AG, our new advertiser!  They are one of the leading companies in the green roof industry out of Germany.  Look for one of their greenroofs featured as our Project of the Week coming very soon!

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Skyland USA Has Added Another Product to the Growing Portfolio of rooflite ® Certified Green Roof Media Products: rooflite ® Intensive Ag.

Industry News

–  American Rivers released their latest white paper, “Growing Green: How Green Infrastructure Can Improve Livability and Public Health.”  They explore how green infrastructure practices can mitigate the urban heat island effect and provide a number of other public health benefits.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post:  “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 3, 2012.”

– Guest Bloggers

– And check out Dr. Nigel Dunnett’s guest blog post about the “London Olympic Park: Star of the Show,” along with Dr. Steven Cohan’s guest blog post about the upcoming “Green Roof Research Summit at the University of Maryland on August 16-17, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  August 14th-16th: is the Ag Progress Days, at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, in Rock Springs, Pennsylvania. #agprogress

–  Also August 14th-16th: is the Plantscape Industry Expo 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. @PIAgrows

–  August 15th-18th: is the Urban Agriculture Summit, in Toronto, Canada. @urbanagsummit

–  August 16th-17th: is the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium at the University of Maryland, in College Park, Maryland.

–  And August 16th-18th: is Boston GreenFest 2012, in Boston, Massachusetts. @BosGreenFest

– “In the News“

–  Novia D. Rulistia of the Jakarta Post, says “Vertical gardens take root and flourish in green zone.”  The Indonesia Greenwall office is one of several buildings and houses in Jakarta that utilizes green walls.  Decky Rinawan of Indonesia Greenwall says, “the building itself has become a showroom for what vertical gardening can achieve. It shows everyone who is interested in helping make the city greener what can be done with technology and imagination.”

Last year the building underwent a makeover so it could feature the hanging garden of Harmoni and now features 339 square meters of vertical gardening.

– Ryan Gilbert of the Hartford Courant, talks about “Science Center’s Garden In Full Bloom With Flora And Grasshoppers.”  The Connecticut Science Center opened its rooftop garden in May, and has become a popular attraction for both children and adults alike to enjoy native plants, views of downtown Hartford, the Connecticut River and the nearby countryside.

The 6,316-square-foot rooftop garden has several micro climates including a shade garden, an alpine garden and a children’s sensory garden.  Some of the foliage include: blueberry bushes, strawberry plants, canna lilies, prickly pear cactus, various herbs and milkweeds.  The Science Center is LEED-Gold certified and was recently certified as a monarch butterfly way-station. They are offering free admission to Hartford residents in the month of August.  Check out their website (ctsciencecenter.org) for more information on tickets.

– 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 10th, 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.

Green Roof Research Summit at the University of Maryland on August 16-17, 2012

August 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm

By Steven M. Cohan, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice
Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
University of Maryland

The First Annual Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium will be hosted by the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park, Maryland.  International and national green roof researchers will be presenting the latest results of their respective programs.

“Redefining Green Roof Science”

This is the first venue that has brought these individuals together along with representatives from government agencies to collaborate on defining green roof performance parameters.

Attendance at this event will enable individuals to become informed of the latest green roof research developments as well as technology that is being used to monitor the performance of these systems.  The speaker presentations on Thursday, August 16 will segue way into Friday’s panel discussions on August 17 which will focus on establishing guidelines for green roof designers based upon performance parameters.

Registration is available on line at:  www.mgrstsymposium.eventbrite.com.

Location:  

Schedule of Events:

Day 1: Thursday, August 16, 2012

8:00  –  8:15:  Welcome and Statement of 2012 Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium (MGRST) Mission by  Dr. Steven Cohan, University of Maryland
8:15 – 9:00:   Keynote:  “Evolvement of Germany’s Green Roof Quality Assurance” by  Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohler, University of Applied Sciences
9:00 – 9:45:  “The Need for Establishing Performance Metrics” by  Charlie Miller, Roofmeadow

9:45  –  10:15:  Coffee / Soda Break

10:15 – 11:15:  “Establishing Monitoring Protocols; Challenges in Data Collection and Reporting”  by  Dr. Stuart Gaffin, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and  Dr. John Lea-Cox, University of Maryland
11:15 – 12:15:  “Substrates” by  Dr. Andrew Ristvey, University of Maryland and Dr. Brad Rowe, Michigan State University

12:15 – 1:15:  Boxed Lunch

1:15 – 2:15:  “Hydrology” by  Dr. Elizabeth Fassman, University of Auckland and Olyssa Starry, graduate student, UMD
2:15 – 3:15:  “Plant Palettes…Succession Sustainability, Ecological Templates” by  Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knoll Farms, Dr. Colleen Butler, St. Mary’s University, and  Dr. Brad Rowe, Michigan State University

3:15 – 3:45:  Coffee / Soda Break

3:45  5:15:  “Standardizing Green Roof System Performance for U.S. Conditions” by  Dr. Rob Berghage, PSU, Dr. Stuart Gaffin, The Earth Institute, and Dr. Elizabeth Fassman, University of Auckland

5:30 – 7:00:  Cocktail Reception / Poster Session Stamp Student Union

Dinner on your own with friends and colleagues.

Day 2: Friday, August 17, 2012

8:00 – 8:45:  Keynote: “Importance of Developing Standards for Designing and Monitoring Performance in German Green Roof Systems” by  Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohler, University of Applied Sciences

Panel Discussions

9:00 – 10:00:  “Standards and Environmental Regulations” with  Stewart Comstock, Maryland Department of Environment and  Rebecca Stack, District Department of the Environment
10:00  –  10:45:  “Case Studies” with Charlie Miller, Roofmeadow, Mike Furbish, Furbish Company, and Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knoll Farms
10:45  –  11:30:  “Green Roof Management” with Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knolls Farms, Darren DeSteffano, GSA, and Dr. Brad Rowe, Michigan State University
11:30  –  12:00:  Wrap-up with Dr. Elizabeth Fassman, Charlie Miller, and Ed Snodgrass

12:00 – 1:00 Box Lunch, Tour of UMD Green Roof Platforms.

Read the Speaker Bios here, and print the Schedule of Events here.

Once again, to register please visit:  www.mgrstsymposium.eventbrite.com.  We hope you will join us in sharing the latest green roof research from Germany, New Zealand, and the U.S.!

Steven M. Cohan, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice
Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
University of Maryland
2124 Plant Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-6969
scohan@umd.edu
http://www.psla.umd.edu/