In Memoriam: Caroline Menetre Totten

December 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm

With great regret and a heavy heart, we share the passing of the lovely and talented Caroline Menetre Totten of AML Leukemia with family and friends by her side on October 30, 2016.  Our heartfelt condolences are shared with her husband Dave Totten, family, friends, and colleagues she had accumulated in her joyous 60 years from both within and beyond the greenroof and greenwall world.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Caroline Menetre Totten

She was a dear, dear colleague of mine and Aramis and had become a wonderful friend to me.  It has been hard for me to finish this In Memoriam but Caroline deserves to be honored and recognized for the witty, funny, warm soul that she is, and what she meant to me.  For the past several years she had been an independent landscape designer, environmental horticulturist, and local organic garden manager. Yet many of you in our business knew her from being Greenroofs.com’s Student Intern from 2008 – 2009; with a chuckle she always said she was probably the oldest student intern ever – but loved it!  Caroline graduated in 2009 North Metro Tech in Atlanta with a degree in Environmental Horticulture with a specialization in Sustainable Urban Horticulture.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

L to R: Greenroofs.com Editors Caroline Menetre, Patrick Carey, Haven Kiers, and Linda and Aramis Velazquez at our exhibitor booth at CitiesAlive in Vancouver, B.C. in 2010.

Caroline with camera and field notebook in hand, August 2008.

We met in 2008 when Janet Faust (formerly with JDR Enterprises here in Alpharetta, and also a dear colleague) was teaching an Environmental Horticulture class at North Metro Tech and had asked me to come in and talk to the students about greenroofs. This was Caroline’s second degree – her first was in Commercial Art from Mississippi University for Women.  In fact, before moving to Marietta, Georgia she was employed for 20 years as senior art director with one of northwest Florida’s most established and successful advertising agencies.  But in her career change and new life in Georgia, she wanted to concentrate on her love of ecological landscape design and gardening, and in particular greenroofs and greenwalls along with vertical agriculture/urban farming.

Caroline and I clicked from the beginning, and we were so lucky she agreed to collaborate with us on diverse projects, including building our Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database; setting up the design of this Sky Gardens blog; helping me weed and maintain “my” greenroof project here for the City of Alpharetta – The Greenroof Pavilion & Greenroof Trial Gardens of Rock Mill Park and also helping me with the layout and design for its outdoor interpretive greenroof and Cherokee heritage book for the City; re-designing the look of our (former) yearly calendars; and artwork for our inaugural biennial 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit (plus through 2015), among many other design and local projects such as greenroof information sharing work with a local Girl Scouts troop and elementary school, and so much more.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

On top of The Greenroof Pavilion in Alpharetta, GA, 2008. It may not look like it, but we do have safety gear in place.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Girl Scout Daisy Troop at Rock Mill Park under The Greenroof Pavilion, 2010.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Here we are at Birmingham Falls Elementary School planting a couple of modular greenroof units to show the kids what types of plants work well, 2010.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

For our 2011 Virtual Summit Caroline greened up our International Pavilion template from 6Connex to really represent the lushness of our greenroof and greenwall industry.

We went on many adventures together, and she started attending the CitiesAlive conferences with us in 2008 in Baltimore through Nashville in 2014.

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2008 Greenroofs.com Editors & Friends dinner in Baltimore during the then named Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference (now CitiesAlive). Caroline is second from the left.

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L to R: Manfred Koehler, Caroline, Linda, and Trish Luckett at Saul’s Nursery during the “Goodbye City, Hello Burbs” Tour at the 2009 Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference.

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Caroline, left, in 2010 visiting Uncommon Ground restaurant and rooftop farm in Chicago during the CitiesAlive Purple Line Tour. Middle: co-owner Helen Cameron, right: fellow tour goer.

Always the artist, she never went anywhere without her camera, and had a sensitive sense of style and composition, always capturing the fun, uniqueness, and beauty of a setting.  While we were in Baltimore in 2008 Ed Snodgrass invited Aramis, Caroline and me along with Trish Luckett, Tom Liptan, Dr. Brad Rowe, and Kirsten Getter to visit Emory Knoll Farms, which was fantastic for many reasons – read about it here.

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Along the fields and nature trails on the Emory Knolls Farm property we also visited the testing area for greenroofs, greenwalls, solar panels, the old barn, bee hives, and the nearly 10,000 sf of greenhouse space and acres of stock plants.

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Caroline standing in front of one of Ed’s more humorous ways to incorporate sedums in an art form.

Caroline shot lots of photos and played around with several of them with art effects which you can appreciate below:

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

A member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Caroline was on our Local Host Committee when the Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference was held here in Atlanta in 2009.  Along with Janet, we all served on the Tours Committee and Caroline lent her years of experience in graphics advertising and editorial publications to create the Atlanta Green Roofs Tours 2009 brochure:

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Because of Caroline’s love for greenwalls, in January 2011 Caroline and I flew up to New York and attended the Green Living Technologies’ Professional Installer Certification Training.  We had a great time with George Irwin and made lots of new friends including Steve and Lizette Ritz, plus learning a lot, too.  You can read her blog post GLT in NYC: A Weekend of Training, Education, & Fun for more.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

L to R: Lynn Torgerson, Liz Holloway, Caroline, Linda, and Naomi Person at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School where a student-led greenwall was installed after the GLT training in mid January, 2011.

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On our way home to the airport, we had a chance to visit the beautiful NBC Experience Shop Greenwall installed by George Irwin and Steve Ritz’s students in 2011.

And in September 2011 I interviewed French botanist Dr. Patrick Blanc, renown for his stunning Le Mur Végétal or Vertical Gardens – in Chicago for our inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit.  Caroline accompanied me along with my son Joey, the videographer (she said she didn’t care what she had to do – carry my bags, etc. – but she just had to come along and meet him!).  Of course, she did help a lot!  She was a huge fan of his, and you can see Caroline in action in her introduction of Patrick in our video “The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities: An Interview with Patrick Blanc.”

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L to R: Caroline, Linda, and Patrick Blanc.

We thoroughly enjoyed our day in the Windy City as you can see below; to learn more, read Caroline and my September 14, 2011 blog post Notre Voyage Fantastique: Chicago & Patrick Blanc.  Enjoy some of Caroline’s photo art, too:

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

We finagled our way up to see the Apple Store greenroof and had some great views!

Although born in Mississippi, Caroline always considered herself a Florida girl, having lived there for 24 years – or at least a beach girl – and was happiest on the beach. In 2014 Caroline wed the love of her life, Dave Totten, and they were able to spend a good amount of time on Siesta Key, Florida throughout their time together.  Dave is a great guy and Aramis and I had fun with them whenever we got together.

Caroline’s family was priority number one in her life, and along with husband Dave she is survived by her brother Brian Menetre, sister Mary Ellen Menetre Edwards, stepdaughter Alaina and stepson Eric Totten, many nieces and nephews, and six great nephews and three great nieces.  She loved being a great aunt and always proudly shared photos and updates with everyone.

In fact, Caroline loved life and giving of herself to others.

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I’ll miss her beautiful smile, our impromptu lunches, and going to the Fox Theatre to see the plays Mamma Mia and Wicked, and mostly her kind and gentle soul.

Caroline’s family held a lovely Celebration Life for her on November 5, 2016 in Marietta, GA.  Please feel free to share your comments below, or send me photos to add at: linda@greenroofs.com.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Caroline, you will be greatly missed by all!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

See the Agenda for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 on October 2-3 & GRP Course on October 4

September 23, 2016 at 3:02 am

The Agenda for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 held on October 2 and 3 has been finalized, and a GRP Course from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has been added on October 4:

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Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Just click above to register, or Register Here.

That kind of says it all, right?

Liz Hart, GRiT Executive Director, and the volunteer members of GRiT have done a great job organizing everything – please contact Liz at elizabethkhart@comcast.net or 404-725-1602 if you have any questions; also visit the GRiT webpage for more information.

The Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 is going to be fun, I can tell ~ hopefully Aramis and I will see you there!

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin

September 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm

If you believe ecology is not limited to stormwater runoff and saving energy but that it also includes how we relate to each other and how imbalances are addressed, then you must watch “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been over a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

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With our dear friend and associate Patrick Carey of Hadj Design, Peter Ensign of DC Greenworks, George Irwin of Green Living Technologies International, and Darius Jones from the Chicago Botanic Garden, we put together a fantastic panel on methods of dealing with some of the social inequities we face through various public and private programs.  But at the last minute Darius was unable to participate on filming day, so we created a second panel for Patrick to interview him on a subsequent time.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones will be highlighted next week!

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Patrick Carey is one of, if not THE most, knowledgeable persons I know where greenroofs are concerned – and a bit too humble about it!  It seems we’ve known Patrick forever – he was one of my earliest greenroof colleagues from 2000 or so.  He’s also been one of our earliest contributing editors, the Architecture Editor, and writes a very occasional architectural column entitled “A View from the Sky Trenches,” where he selects and discusses pertinent greenroof industry topics.

As an interviewer/moderator, Patrick is masterful and thoughtful! Don’t miss his excellent A Guide to Phytoremediation: A Symbiotic Relationship with Plants, Water & Living Architecture which he wrote to go along with the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013’s “Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation – Chapter One” Panel Session with Patrick Carey (Moderator), Dr. Alan Darlington, Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, and Dr. Clayton Rugh and “Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State – Phytoremediation Chapter 2” Panel Session with Patrick Carey (Moderator).

From 2011’s Virtual Summit you can watch the excellent Panel Session “Green Roofs Without the Hype” with Patrick Carey, Dr. Robert Berghage, Charlie Miller, and Ed Snodgrass where Patrick started his moderating skills with Greenroofs.com.

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We’ve known Peter Ensign for a while, leading the now-closed DC Greenworks’ wonderful work in the Washington, D.C. community.  In fact, Haven Kiers and I have highlighted their programs and projects previously in our yearly Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.  As DC Greenworks closed last summer 2015 having fulfilled their mission, Peter moved on several months ago and joined Riverbend Nursery to market the LiveRoof systems.

George Irwin is another esteemed colleague of ours, formerly our Green Wall Editor.  Known for his outspoken and sometimes controversial opinions, you can stay up to date with his happenings at his company, Green Living Technologies International (GLTi). George has also participated in previous Virtual Summits; see his collaborative video “Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production” with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin from 2013 and the “Vertical Agriculture: A Global Movement Starts Locally, from Wall to Table” with George Irwin, Tom Ferraro, and U.S. Congressman Tom Reed from 2011.

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In this hour plus video, learn about the numerous benefits to the green economy when including greenroofs and greenwalls and with different training programs how people – at risk youth, underprivileged adults or transitioning adults – can turn their lives around and heal themselves and the environment.  Panelists will share their experiences and perspectives with years of experience in working with issues of human ecology like unemployment, poverty, and rehabilitation through projects that also heal the natural environment.

Patrick Carey, GRP

Chicago, IL, USA. Patrick Carey, GRP, has a degree in architecture and is principal of Hadj Design. Since 2000, Hadj Design has evolved from a design-build green roof and living wall to a research and design organization. Patrick has designed, installed, or consulted on over 100 green roofs to date. This work ranges from residential to commercial and institutional, various geometries and global climate regions, and with various performance characteristics such as storm water, food production, healing garden, habitat support, public art, and phytoremediation.

As such, he has been an activist in forming or aiding in the formation of grass roots green roof groups. His academic background is in philosophy, architecture, and botany/horticulture.  Patrick is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities where he facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, 301, & 401 Courses and has also taught at various universities.

Peter Ensign, LEED AP BD+C, GRP

Washington, DC, USA. This is Peter’s bio from early 2015: Peter Ensign, LEED AP BD+C, GRP,  has been the Executive Director of DC Greenworks in Washington, DC since 2010. Peter has overseen the installation of over 70 green roofs, 3500 rain-barrels, dozens of rain and native habitat gardens, and the only rooftop farm in DC. In 2014 Peter developed and delivered the first green roof maintenance training program, Growing Futures, in the District of Columbia. Upon completion all of the graduates were employed within 30 days. Peter has served as a speaker on stormwater issues and green job training through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Peter envisions a future where rainwater is considered a valuable resource to be harvested and reused for the greater good, requiring a local skilled labor force to perform stewardship of our natural assets. Peter holds a multi-disciplinary degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

George Irwin

Rochester, NY, USA. George Irwin is founder and President of Green Living Technologies International, LLC (GLTi), a privately held company manufacturing patented Green Living Walls and Green Living Roofs, and is a global pioneer in vertical farming. Prior to founding GLTi, George was a landscape contractor for 20+ years. He holds a degree in education and maintains his passion for out-of-the-box learning. His efforts have earned him recognition as an education partner for the New York City Department of Education and additional higher education facilities, such as the State University of New York (and other international universities), with the development of a dedicated degree track in “Green Technology / STEM” education.

GLTi’s patented product applications of green walls and roofs include scalable vertical farms utilizing a compost-based growing media (GLTi bioSoil), allowing indoor farming operations 12 months a year to maximize production space including walls, roof, and the vertical floor plan. George is a former contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2008-2015) where as the Green Wall Editor he shared his own experience as well as industry happenings within the field.”

Read about “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

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We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“Urban and Social Needs of Green” by Marc Grañén.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin

May 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting the “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey of Hadj Design, Peter Ensign of DC Greenworks, and George Irwin of Green Living Technologies International.  Originally designed to include the 4th participant, Darius Jones from the Chicago Botanic Garden, he was unable to join the others for the live taping so Patrick interviewed him on a subsequent day.

Therefore, “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones will be highlighted tomorrow.

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You know that Patrick has been one of our earliest contributing editors, the Architecture Editor, and writes an occasional architectural column entitled “A View from the Sky Trenches,” where he selects and discusses pertinent greenroof industry topics.  He has written much including the excellent A Guide to Phytoremediation: A Symbiotic Relationship with Plants, Water & Living Architecture, and moderated several other panels prior to these; see these videos from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013: “Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation – Chapter One” Panel Session with Patrick Carey (Moderator), Dr. Alan Darlington, Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, and Dr. Clayton Rugh and “Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State – Phytoremediation Chapter 2” Panel Session with Patrick Carey (Moderator).

Patrick is a masterful and thoughtful facilitator, and we cherish him dearly for all of his contributions!

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Peter Ensign is a great guy, and has been involved in our industry with DC Greenworks for many years, tirelessly promoting the health and promise of the human spirit, living architecture, and green infrastructure – in fact, Haven Kiers and I have highlighted their wonderful work previously in our yearly Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.

George Irwin is another esteemed contributing editor of ours, the Green Wall Editor, known for his outspoken and sometimes controversial opinions – he calls it as he sees it and has no qualms about it!  He has also participated in previous Virtual Summits; see his collaborative video “Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production” with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin from 2013 and the “Vertical Agriculture: A Global Movement Starts Locally, from Wall to Table” with George Irwin, Tom Ferraro, and U.S. Congressman Tom Reed from 2011.

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The premise of the Social Healing with Greening” Panel Session is that the idea of ecology is not limited to stormwater runoff and saving energy.  It also includes how we relate to each other, how imbalances are addressed – no less so than in the natural environment.  In this hour plus, panelists experienced in working with issues of human ecology like unemployment, poverty, and rehabilitation through projects that also heal the natural environment, will share their experiences and perspectives.

Chicago, IL, USA. “Patrick Carey, GRP, has a degree in architecture and is principal of Hadj Design. Since 2000, Hadj Design has evolved from a design-build green roof and living wall to a research and design organization. Patrick has designed, installed, or consulted on over 100 green roofs to date. This work ranges from residential to commercial and institutional, various geometries and global climate regions, and with various performance characteristics such as storm water, food production, healing garden, habitat support, public art, and phytoremediation.

As such, he has been an activist in forming or aiding in the formation of grass roots green roof groups. His academic background is in philosophy, architecture, and botany/horticulture.  Patrick is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities where he facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, 301, & 401 Courses and has also taught at various universities.” ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

Washington, DC, USA. “Peter Ensign, LEED AP BD+C, GRP,  has been the Executive Director of DC Greenworks in Washington, DC since 2010. Peter has overseen the installation of over 70 green roofs, 3500 rain-barrels, dozens of rain and native habitat gardens, and the only rooftop farm in DC. In 2014 Peter developed and delivered the first green roof maintenance training program, Growing Futures, in the District of Columbia. Upon completion all of the graduates were employed within 30 days. Peter has served as a speaker on stormwater issues and green job training through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Peter envisions a future where rainwater is considered a valuable resource to be harvested and reused for the greater good, requiring a local skilled labor force to perform stewardship of our natural assets. Peter holds a multi-disciplinary degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.” ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

Rochester, NY, USA. “George Irwin is founder and President of Green Living Technologies International, LLC (GLTi), a privately held company manufacturing patented Green Living Walls and Green Living Roofs, and is a global pioneer in vertical farming. Prior to founding GLTi, George was a landscape contractor for 20+ years. He holds a degree in education and maintains his passion for out-of-the-box learning. His efforts have earned him recognition as an education partner for the New York City Department of Education and additional higher education facilities, such as the State University of New York (and other international universities), with the development of a dedicated degree track in “Green Technology / STEM” education.

GLTi’s patented product applications of green walls and roofs include scalable vertical farms utilizing a compost-based growing media (GLTi bioSoil), allowing indoor farming operations 12 months a year to maximize production space including walls, roof, and the vertical floor plan.” ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin share on the subject:

1) Learn about the numerous benefits to the green economy when including greenroofs and greenwalls and with different training programs how people – at risk youth, underprivileged adults or transitioning adults – can turn their lives around and heal themselves and the environment.  What are the social benefits to these programs?  Why is it important to have some classroom component, internship, and field skills for a trained workforce;

2) Peter Ensign: For 21 years DC Greenworks has been working in the green and green infrastructure industry with schools in underserved neighborhoods, creating demonstration projects including greenroofs, rain gardens, rain barrels, conservation landscaping, etc., moving from installation to training and workforce development and now greenroof  maintenance; 

3) George Irwin: He stepped down as CEO (now president) of Green Living Technologies to focus on vertical farming and educational programming: learning by doing, hands-on; edibles equal renewables which creates jobs.  3200 people have come through their training, with education in 13 countries plus across the U.S.  Their pilot classroom in the Bronx was at Discovery High which went from 43 – 93% attendance to 100% attendance rates for four years in a row; 

4) What are the benefits and limitations of – and how they work – incentives and mandates from a public or non-profit perspective versus how the private sector operates around the independent contractor; the blending of the public and private;

5) Patrick Carey: What promises and nightmares do you see on the horizon for the social productivity of what you’re doing, in terms of the theme of the panel – the transition between education and work experience?

Watch the 1:18:08 video presentation “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.