Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012 at 6:54 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 15, 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 15th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Vicenza (San Bortolo) Hospital, built in 2008 in Vicenza, Italy.  This hospital is part of the “Corporate Health Authority 6 Vicenza,” and is the main hospital of the city of Vicenza, Italy.  The greenroof project area is about 2,500 square meters on a flat roof above the interior of the public facility. Architect Enrico Dall’Osto worked to design the greenroof so that it could contribute to the healing process of the hospital’s patients, while offering a nice and beautiful green space.

The intensive greenroof area plants include Hypericum “Hidcote,“ Rosa austrariana, Spirea bumalda, and Berberis “Rose Glow;“ the extensive areas are planted with various types of sedums.  The system substrate is German, made from Flordepot, and imported in Italy from ClimaGruen.  

– To learn more about the Vicenza (San Bortolo) Hospital,  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 27: “One Decade of Ultralight Green Roof Proof-of-Concept on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant,” by Dr. Clayton Rugh.

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

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Urban Agriculture Takes Root with ZinCo’s New “Urban Rooftop Farming System.”

Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) presentation focuses on green roof design by R&S Landscaping President Robert Schucker.

LiveRoof Introduces LiveWall ® – New Planted Wall System Achieves Simplicity and Sustainability.

Roofmeadow Welcomes Two New Employees: Director of Design Laura Hansplant, RLA, LEED AP and Project Field Specialist Paul Spirou, LEED AP.

Elmich Australia chosen for Intensive Green Roof project in Darlinghurst, New South Wales.

Joblinks

–  Columbia Green Technology is seeking to hire a Western Sales Director based in the Pacific Northwest, USA.

Industry News

–  According to a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, installing green roofs and cool roofs in southern California could save consumers more than $211 million in energy bills, reduce emissions equivalent to removing 91,000 cars from the road each year, and reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes California’s beaches.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

–  Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 27: One Decade of Ultralight Green Roof Proof-of-Concept on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: June 8, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  June 16th: is a Vegetated Roof Plantings Workshop, in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

– June 16th: is the 10th Anniversary Celebration of The Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT), in Chicago, IL.

– June 18th-20th: is TeCobI Expo 12, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (@TeCobIExpo)

– June 18th-22nd: is the 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, in Milan, Italy.

– June 19th-22nd: is the 2012 APGA Conference: Garden Paths, in Columbus, OH. (@PublicGardens)

– And June 21st: is the 2012 World Green Energy Symposium, in Washington, DC.

– “In the News“

–  Richard Morgan of the Wall Street Journal Blog has a “Q&A: A [Columbia University] Professor Pushes for Greener NYC.”  Earlier this year, officials announced that the world’s largest rooftop garden will be built in Sunset Park in New York City.  Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis checked in with Columbia University microbiologist, Dickson Despommier, who advocates for urban greenhouses he calls “vertical farms.”

He talks about vertical farms around the world like NuVege in Japan that sells radiation-free vegetables from a three-story vertical farm, The Plant, in Chicago, and The Plantagon, a “true” vertical farm tower in Sweden.  He also says Queens has “all that empty, wasted warehouse space out there….It’s that these farms fix hunger, they fix unemployment, they fix health, they develop a sense of connection and community, they do all the best things a city structure can do.”

– The Seattle Post Intelligencer Blog says “Twitter employees revel in company’s new headquarters.”  Twitter moved 800 employees to the Art Deco building on Market, and Monday morning, they opened its doors with a rooftop barbecue and hundreds of employees relishing in the wonderful weather and new lush greenroof.  City officials hope this move will help jumpstart other corporate and commercial companies in the area to refresh and rejuvenate life and add green spaces into their own buildings.

Even Mayor Ed Lee, supporter of the six-year “Twitter tax break,” made an appearance at opening day.  You can check out the full article for pictures Twitter employees, and co-founder Jack Dorsey, took about the new Twitter HQ roof deck.

– 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 15th, 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: July 22, 2011

July 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here’s the transcript from July 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 this week, July  22nd, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the San Francisco Residential Living Wall built in 2010 in California.  A newly remodeled modern house sits on a bottom of a hillside in Pacific Heights with a notable retaining wall at the back of the property.  The backyard is sunken into the hill edged with three large, tall concrete walls surrounded by greenery.  The owner/designer’s mission was to create a striking display of vertical gardens that would take advantage of the walls to their greatest potential.  The goal was to show a living wall that brings biodiversity, beauty and enjoyment to the owner’s lifestyle.  This planting display is modeled after a natural vertical garden similar to a woodland cliff on a north facing hill in California.  The vision of a mixture of subtropical plants with northwestern ferns and fern-allies gives the wall its lush looking state.  The framework of the wall uses Tournesol Siteworks modules and bracket systems and had been in planning for six months prior to the installation of the 96 VGM modules with 1,536 plants used to cover the back yard.  The planting was based on a planting plan developed from a sketch drawn by the homeowner and designer Michelle Bond of Thumbellina Gardens; and the plan has over 75 varieties of shade loving plants which were appropriate for the north facing hillside of the site.

– To learn more about the San Francisco Residential Living Wall, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.

What’s New“

Pre-Registration is now open for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011! Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, a Greenroofs.com Virtual Conference and Expo will be held on August 23rd & 24th of this year! Pre-Register by the Early Bird Registration date of August 10th and you’ll be entered to win one of two iPad2’s that we’ll be giving away!

Advertiser Press Releases:

VGM green wall modules by Elmich Australia have been installed at Fujitsu headquarters in Melbourne to create an internal north facing green wall.

–  Plug Plant Sale Now on at Sedum Master!

–  LiveRoof is the First Green Roof System to be FM Approved fulfilling the highest standards for performance, safety and quality.

Joblinks:

– The University of Sheffield is looking for a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher in Green Roof Stormwater Management in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

– Over at the Sky Gardens Blog, check out Linda’s latest posts about “The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 from Greenroofs.com!,” and how to Win an iPad2 by Pre-Registering by August 10, “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 15th, 2011″ and our GPW.

– “Upcoming Events“

– July 25th: is the Skyrise Greenery Awards 2011 Deadline!

– July 26th: is a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Advanced Green Roof Maintenance Course in Toronto, Canada.

– And August 23rd & 24th: is our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 held online around the world!

– “In the News“

–  Ana Lisa Alperovich of the Inhabitat Blog, talks about “RIBA Award-Winning Dental Practice Rises From The Lush British Countryside.” Going to the dentist can be a stressful and unsettling experience for some, maybe most, people and the sterilized white dental surgery rooms don’t seem to help the situation. David Sheppard Architects wanted to change that and created Brown’s Dental Practice, a relaxing woodland double-height dental practice that incorporates local materials like stone, wood and glass, while blending in with the lovely Ivybridge countryside. The dental surgery center also features a sloping green sedum roof and a range of photovoltaic panels which produce renewable energy used throughout the building. Also, this project was recently awarded this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects Award.

– Lisa Law of Americus Times-Recorder, reports on “Medical center to feature “˜green’ rooftop.” The new Phoebe Sumter Medical Center’s anticipated opening date is December 17th, later this year and with its opening, patients will enjoy the largest green rooftop in the southeastern United States. The director of marketing and public relations, Marcus Johnson, says “the roof is 26,000 square feet and the primary goal of the roof is to provide not only beautiful scenery, but provide a holistic environment for patients as well as visitors.” He also says it’s been proven that patients heal better when surrounded by plants, and the greenroof is eco-friendly offering other benefits like, providing thermal insulation, cutting down on dust, along with reducing energy costs. The greenroof will feature sedum and delosperma in a vast variety of colors of reds and yellows; and will serve as a sanctuary for butterflies, wild bees, beetles and more.

– 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 editor@greenroofs.com.

– Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at Greenroofs.com by subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and being a member of our network on LinkedIn.

– This has been This Week in Review for July 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 Greenroofs.com.*

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

~ Linda V.