Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: September 14, 2012

September 19, 2012 at 10:11 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 September 14, 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 September 14, 2012 on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  J. L. McMillan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse built in 2011 in Florence, South Carolina.  It is a project of the Federal Recovery Act of 2009, and joins the rankings of one of the largest green roofs in the Southeast United States to date, and actually may be the largest in South Carolina.  An extensive green roof system was selected due to the load constraints of the existing structure.

About 51,000 plugs from Emory Knoll Farms including species of Sedums, Delosperma, Talinum, and Allium were planted in 329 tons of lightweight Stalite-PermaTill growing medium at a 4″ depth.  Staging this project was especially challenging because the courthouse remained open during its construction.  The crane was frequently moved to accommodate employee parking and a few night shifts were necessary to access one side of the building.  Lifting 220 crane bags of growing media to a 5-story roof could have been a logistical nightmare, but the team at Living Roofs, Inc. executed the entire installation with no serious complications.

– To learn more about the J. L. McMillan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse,  click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage  (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs.com Press Release

–  Read about our major news story:  Greenroofs.com Announces Strategic Partnership with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for the Second Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013!

Linda S. Velazquez, Founder & Publisher of   Greenroofs.com  says, “Last year’s groundbreaking Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 was an exciting first in our industry.  Greenroofs.com is very proud of our trendsetting online conference and we’re absolutely delighted to be partnering this year with WGIN, who will bring an even greater international audience to our world stage. 2013’s Virtual Summit alliance with WGIN allows us to optimize resources and promote leading edge information in a multi-lingual format.”

And, Tanya Mueller Garcia, Vice President of   WGIN  says, “The World Green Infrastructure Network is delighted to be co-organizing the 2nd Virtual Summit, a cutting edge event, giving people worldwide the opportunity to learn about green roofs and walls as well as the opportunity to interact with leading trend setters. You will without doubt find valuable information regarding green roofs and walls, from public policies, latest investigations to the most innovative projects. Be a part of the next great Virtual Summit!”  Make sure to read the entire Press Release on our Homepage.

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Skyland USA (rooflite) Introduces the Green Roof Media Calculator.

Vegetal I.D. Introduces Hydropack ®, an optimal solution for Stormwater Management in North America.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “Don’t Miss the Early Bird Discount for CitiesAlive this September 15!“ and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 31 and September 7, 2012.”

Guest Blogger

– And don’t miss our latest Guest Post by Dr. Payam Bahrami who writes “CTBUH-IIT Team Wins Grant for Green Wall Façade Research.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  Don’t forget, September 15th: is the last day for the Early Bird Registration for the 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago!  Take advantage of the $169 savings!

–  September 16th-22nd: is the APLD International Landscape Design Conference, in San Francisco, CA. (Follow on Twitter: @APLD)

–  September 18th-21st: is the 2012 World Green Roof Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Follow on Twitter: @worldgreenroof #worldgreenroof)

–  And September 21st: is the Greenscaped Buildings Semi-Annual Fall Plant Sale & Open House, in San Diego, CA.

– “In the News“

– Christina Williams of Sustainable Business Oregon, talks about “Oregon BEST awards commercialization grants for green roofs, energy storage.”  Last week they announced two commercialization grant awards: one that uses ice slush to store power, and another to fund collaborative research on green roofs.

In 2010, Oregon BEST (the Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center) launched its grant program and is now on their way to awarding $1 million in grants this year.  Applied Exergy Inc. is a startup company working with Oregon State University to create energy storage technology that captures and stores energy as an icy slush and then uses it when needed.  A Portland ecoroof startup, Columbia Green Technologies, whom we’ve reported on before, will use their grant to fund their work with Portland State University researchers to measure and track how ecoroof systems manage stormwater runoff in urban settings.

–  The Staff at the Government of Ontario News reports on “Ontario Completes Ottawa Courthouse Green Roof.”  The courthouse’s new green roof will reduce energy costs, improve air quality and help Ontario meet its long-term energy conservation goals.  It features 60 varieties of plants and helps to protect the building’s structure from the elements of nature.  70,000 square feet of green space total the 26 separate multi-elevated green roofs that all contribute in helping to keep Ottawa’s air clean.

The McGuinty government believes that investing in infrastructure is part of the plan to create jobs for Ontarians and strengthen their economy.  A strong economy protects the services that mean the most to families: health care and education.

– 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 September 14, 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/

Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit 2011 Closing Address

July 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Today it’s my pleasure to air my own very short and sweet “Linda’s Summary and Virtual Summit Close” from our inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Aramis and I are very proud of Greenroofs.com’s initial virtual conference offering and are in the works to announce plans for an even wider spread out international affair!  Before we do that, though, we must thank various people without whom this endeavor would have been impossible:

  •  Our illustrious keynotes and speakers.
  •  The many global industry associations and non-profit organizations who supported us.  All of the brave participant souls – hopefully including you – who signed up for the first virtual conference of our greenroof and greenwall industry in the world!  Although we had a fantastic line up of world renown leaders, thinkers, and designers, you didn’t know what to expect – but you joined in the conversation just the same – thank you!
  •  And, most importantly, we’d like to acknowledge once again our 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World (TM) Virtual Summit Sponsors and Exhibitors and tell you how much we appreciate your continued support:

Event Sponsors:

RARE EARTH:

Tremco Incorporated is a leading supplier of sustainable roofing systems, including vegetative, cool roofing and more. We are committed to building upon this base to create new mechanisms that improve sustainability and value for our customers.

EMERALD: 

American Hydrotech is the global leader in the development of waterproofing and roofing technology, and is considered a single source supplier of greenroof systems.

Exhibitors:

Grant Associates is a Landscape Architecture consultancy specialising in the creative design of both urban and rural environments. We are involved in a number of forward looking projects throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East, often working with some of the world’s leading architects and designers.

Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) is a US based green roof, wall and only soil based true vertical agriculture manufacturer/designer. Standard Green Living Wall systems are available as a 2′ x 2′ x 3″ configuration or with custom dimension and depth.

GREEN ROOF BLOCKS allow every building owner to have a green roof. Self contained, portable units can be arranged and rearranged as you see fit and are compatible with all roof membranes

Weston Solutions, in partnership with American Builders & Contractors (ABC) Supply Company, introduced the new GreenGrid System in August 2001. The modular greenroofing system can be placed over existing low slope roofs.

Emory Knoll Farms is a perennial nursery specializing in green roof plants, currently stocking over 100 varieties of green roof plants. Co-owner Ed Snodgrass is also a greenroof horticultural consultant.

International Leak Detection (ILD)’s trained & certified inspectors perform non-destructive integrity tests of waterproofing membranes utilizing the patented Electric Field Vector Mapping technology. Membrane defects are located with pin point accuracy.

JDR Enterprises provides key components for successful greenroofs, as attached systems or as individual units. J-DRain GRS is a pre-assembled greenroof drainage system consisting of a high strength dimple core, root barrier fabric, and filter fabric.

ROOFMEADOW develops greenroof projects throughout the United States, offering the Roofmeadow family of greenroofs. These are light-weight, low-maintenance vegetated roof covers that are ideal for retrofit installations on existing buildings.

Associations:  

AMENA (Asociacion Mexicana para la Naturacion de Azoteas) is an association created in 2005 to investigate, inform and train on the environmental, social & economic benefits of greenroofs. Here you can share ideas, news, projects, research, materials, services & regulations related to greenroofs.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) continues to serve as a benchmark for environmental stewardship by embracing the best environmentally, socially, and economically responsible practices at our airports. Our goal is to complement and promote the City of Chicago’s commitment to sustainable initiatives and to enhance the quality of life for our citizens.

City of Portland Environmental Services provides Portland residents with water quality protection, watershed planning, wastewater collection & treatment, sewer installation & stormwater management.

The Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology, or CUGE in short, is jointly established by the National Parks Board and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. CUGE has a critical mass of knowledge to share and advance expertise on urban greenery and ecology. CUGE provides professional skills training programmes for all levels of professionals and is a national training institution of the Landscape Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ). CUGE serves as a regional repository of best practices to advance urban and green living environment. CUGE will serve as the lead training provider for all levels of the landscape industry workforce. It will use the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) System to train and certify skills training and facilitate career development in the landscape industry.

Green Roofs Australasia is a not-for-profit membership organization with an elected committee that draws together the various governmental, organizational and business groups and individuals interested in being kept informed about green roof science, technology, practice, regulations and specifications.

The basic idea of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) is to support the Green Roof market on an international level by sharing knowledge and experiences in the field of Green Roof technology and public relations – serving as a global networking & coordination centre.

The International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) was formed by voluntary workers in the greenroof industry. Our aim is to be a peace-loving organization that protects the global environment, constructs low-carbon, energy, livable, and beautiful landscape ecology; enhancing agricultural development, improving land utilization, and promoting human sustainable social development.

The Green Roof Centre, in association with Livingroofs.org is an independent advice and resource centre offering bespoke consultancy services. We aim to educate and up-skill the public and construction industry with training, conferences and tours.

Media:

Thank you so much in putting your faith in this exciting, fledgling yet burgeoning Internet marketplace for information seekers and product and services providers! You’ll hear more from us about the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit in late July.

Enjoy my little closing video (not my best photo)!  Visit the Virtual Summit 2011 play list to see “Linda’s Summary and Virtual Summit Close” or click below:

Watch all the 2011 videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit 2011 play list, or see them all now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Episode #12: “Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs. Panel Session with Dr. Bill RetzlaffDavid AponteKevin Songer, and Joe Webb.
Episode #11: “GreenRoofs in Australasia” by Matthew Dillon.
Episode #10: “The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities: An Interview with Patrick Blanc” by Patrick Blanc and Linda Velazquez with an introduction by Caroline Menetre.
Episode #9: “Sloped and Complex Green Roofs” by Richard Hayden.
Episode #8: “The Portland Ecoroof Program: A Cross-section of the Green Roof Movement in Portland, Oregon” with Tom LiptanMatt BurlinAmy ChomowiczCasey Cunningham, and Alice Meyers.
Episode #7: “Constructing Gardens in the Sky” by Terry McGlade.
Episode# 6: “Sky Meadows – Integrating People and Nature: Sustainable Green Roofs and Roof Gardens” by Dr. Nigel Dunnett.
Episode #5: “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx” Panel Session with New York State Senator Gustavo RiveraBronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.Robert BiederJon BeuttlerJess DannhauserJavier Lopez and Steve Ritz.
Episode #4: Keynote Address “CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility – The Who, What, Where, When and How” by Ralph Velasquez.
Episode #3: “CDA Leads the Way for Incorporating Green Roof Space in an Airport Environment” by Rosemarie Andolino.
Episode #2: “2011 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” by Haven Kiers and me.
Episode #1: Opening Keynote Address “A New Place” by Charlie Miller.
VS2011 Opening Address by Linda Velazquez (me!).

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our 2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our 2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Hopefully I’ll see you in February for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit 2013!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 26: Right Plant, Right Place

June 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

Today we have the pleasure to air Ed Snodgrass’ keynote address “Right Plant, Right Place” from our inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

As I’ve talked about many times, Ed has been a long standing editorial contributor to Greenroofs.com – the longest (2004-present) of all of our current 11 editors.  He is known as The Plant Editor and writes the occasional column “Ask Ed.”  Yet he has been so busy writing books, appearing on radio and TV, and traveling the globe speaking about all his experiences that we really haven’t heard enough from him lately!  But he did recently write about his appearance on The Martha Stewart Show for Earth Day, and we certainly do understand about time constraints…

Ed is a great, humble guy with a dry wit and hearty laugh, and the inaugural Virtual Summit would not have the same without him as one of our Keynote Speakers!

Back in 2008 Aramis, Caroline Menetre, and I visited his farm and along with Trish Luckett (the better half of another contributing editor, Kelly Luckett of Green Roof Blocks) from St. Louis, Tom Liptan, the Ecoroof Program Manager at the City of Portland, and Dr. Brad Rowe and Kristin Getter from Michigan State.  Ed’s lovely wife and fellow author, Lucie Snodgrass, prepared us a wonderful locally grown lunch for us in their beautiful 1881 farmhouse.

As you know if you saw co-owner (and contributing editorJohn Shepley‘s 2011 Virtual Summit video, “Sustainability at a Small Business: Emory Knoll Farms,” their farm is designed with protocols of the Natural Step and run with social responsibility and equitable practices along with sustainable elements including solar panels, greenroofs, and test greenroof beds.

Read my From Llamas to Greenroofs: An Interview with Ed Snodgrass for more information about Ed, the farm, and this fun day of ours.

More info:

Edmund Snodgrass is co-owner of Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants in Street, MD.  Edmund Snodgrass started the first green roof nursery in North America and has collaborated on green roof research with colleges and universities.  He is co-owner and president of Emory Knoll Farms Inc.  Ed speaks and lectures widely on green roofs and has presented in England, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Canada and the US.  In 2009, Ed was the recipient of the Spencer P. Ellis award from the Maryland Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects and is the 2011 recipient of the G.B. Gunlogson Award from the American Horticultural Society.  Ed is the co-author of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, 2011; The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening, 2011; The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide to Design, Installation, and Maintenance, 2010; and Green Roof Plants, A Planting and Resource Guide, 2006.

Ed is also a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2004): the Plant Editor where he answers reader questions, writes occasional articles, and features seasonal greenroof plants in “Ask Ed.”

In Ed’s keynote address he gives the participant an overview on how this axiom often used for landscape design is no less true on green roofs.  This talk explores some of the ways plants are used on green roofs to perform ecosystem services.

A live 15-minute Q & A Session followed Ed’s video – the transcript is no longer available. Make sure to have your own questions answered from our speakers at the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™  Virtual Summit by attending!

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see “Right Plant, Right Place” or click below:

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit greenroofs.tv play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our 2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our 2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

We’re almost finished with our series – check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 27th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.