Watch Educators & Academics and Urban Ag Innovators at the 2017 Virtual Summit

April 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Have you registered yet? We do hope you’ll join us for our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture. Highlighting excellence and lessons learned in green living architecture, the 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is being held from April 9 through December 31, 2017.

First Live Event: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

We’ll have a variety of live events scheduled though December 2017 – all with the backdrop of our fantastic speaker videos you can watch on demand from across the globe.  But up first is the Long Earth Day Weekend Live Event this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – don’t miss watching these videos in time for their Q & As!

Watch Educators & Academics and Urban Ag Innovators at the 2017 Virtual Summit!

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

For Earth Week we’re highlighting these awesome colleagues and practitioners and their engrossing videos.  First up, the:

Educators & Academics:

Keynote Stephen Ritz, South Bronx Educator, Green Bronx Machine Founder, Author:

The Power of a Plant

Bob Cameron, PhD, Penn State University Adjunct Professor, Eco Applied Technologies Principal:

Fresh Herbs in the Kitchen: How to Construct a Small Scale Aquaponics System for the Home

CY Jim, PhD, University of Hong Kong Professor & Researcher:

Green Roofs Create Oases in the City: Hong Kong

Kelly Ksiazek-Mikenas, PhD candidate, Researcher, Author and Olyssa Starry, PhD, Portland State University Assistant Professor & Author:

Design, Publishing, and Widespread Use of the Children’s Activity Book: Growing UP in the City: A Book About Green Roofs” – a collaborative talk

Leila Tolderlund, LEED AP, GRP, University of Colorado Denver Senior Instructor and Research Associate:

RootDOWN Green Wall at Denver International Airport

And the Urban Ag Innovators:

Zaro Bates, Empress Green Inc. Founder, Staten Island Urby Farmer-in-Residence:

All We See is Green: Intensive Green Roofs and Urban Farming in NYC

Richard Nelson, SolaRoof International CEO & Owner and Chris Wark, Wark Energy Consulting Principal, Ponix Founder:

Food Production and the Built Environment: How Local Can You Go? Controlled-Environmental Agriculture (CEA) Panel

Annie Novak, Growing Chefs Founder & Director, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Co-founder & Farmer, Author:

The Rooftop Growing Guide: Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers on the Rooftop Landscape

Mary Ostafi, LEED AP, Urban Harvest STL Executive Director 

FOOD ROOF Farm: Grow Food, Grow Community

See the entire Agenda to check out all of our wonderful Speakers and their talks.

Speaker Q & As this Long Earth Day Weekend, April 21, 22 & 23

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Don’t miss our upcoming first live event over the Long Earth Day Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Speaker Q & As – see the Agenda for dates and times.

FREE Global Social Media Event

If you’re still considering registering to watch the videos, you can still participate in the Speaker Q & As as this is a FREE global Social Media Event!  Connect with your favorite speakers and we’ll see you online soon!

Thank you to our Partners, and please contact Aramis if you’re interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at aramis@greenroofs.com:

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!

Save the Dates for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit: April 9 – 30!

January 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Greenroofs.com is excited to announce the dates for our upcoming 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture on April 9 – 30!

Save Dates 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit April 9-30

Held previously in 2015, 2013 and 2011, our biennial Virtual Summits have been very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our fields of green infrastructure and living architecture via the power of the Internet – and we have new speakers and cool special features to make 2017 the best to date!

“Imagine a world of green: What are we doing to advance living architecture?” ~ Greenroofs.com’s Virtual Summits

Building upon these initiatives, our 4th foray into the world of online virtual conferences embraces these awesome, inspiring, and highly esteemed Keynotes confirmed for the 2017 Virtual Summit so far:

EMILIO AMBASZ:
Commendatore (Commander) della Rep. Italiana, Ordine della Stella d’Italia; Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects; Honorary International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; ISA 2014 Medal for Science, The Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bologna; First Madre Terra Awardee

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Emilio Ambasz is a highly acclaimed green architect, award-winning industrial and graphic designer, author, and former Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and is best known for his “Green over Gray” philosophy of design sensitivity.  Since its inception in 1976 as building consultants and planners, Emilio Ambasz & Associates has created a belief in and identification with quality to find representative expression in form, performance, added value, and strong symbolic content.

In all its projects, the firm seeks to reconcile the building with nature with the complete integration of building and the landscape.  A pioneer of ecological architecture, just a few of Emilio’s iconic living architecture portfolio projects include the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan, Environment Park (EnviPark) in Turin, Italy, and the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation (Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus) in Venice, Italy.  The design sense in all three of these examples reconciles a developer’s desire for profitable use of a site with the public’s need for open green space:

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STEPHEN RITZ:
STEM / STEAM Executive Director, National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in South Bronx; Founder of Green Bronx Machine; 2015 Global Teacher Prize Top Ten Finalist; TED TALK 2012: A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx

Save Dates 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit April 9-30

For over 30 years Stephen Ritz has been a science teacher/administrator in the nation’s poorest congressional district, the South Bronx.  His mantra is “Si se puede!” (Yes you can!) using “Amer-I-Can” innovation and spirit in his message of hope, urgency, and resilience.  As founder of the student-led Green Bronx Machine, his super-charged energy focuses on education, affordable local food systems, and 21st century workforce development.

Years ago Stephen’s class had the first living wall in an NYC school growing veggies and herbs, and in 2016 opened the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center, a 100+ year old reclaimed school library, with indoor gardens, robotics, a 100% mobile classroom kitchen with broadcast capabilities, solar and pedal power stations, computer lab, outside gardens, and more.  The innovative STEM/STEAM curriculum is integrated with plant-based teaching lessons that align with core school curriculum.  His upcoming book The Power of a Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools (May 2017), is his inspiring story about how incorporating gardening and plants into teaching curriculum moved the graduation rate of students from 17% to 100% and improved attendance to 93% in his South Bronx high school.

Save Dates 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit April 9-30

New in 2017

For maximum engagement between speakers and participants from across the globe, for the VS 2017 we’ll be offering some very social platforms so you can easily watch your favorite videos then network in real time with your favorite speakers with new ways to connect, watch, and interact.  Come join us online to find out!

People, Projects & Design

Our website and the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture have always been focused on People, Projects & Design:

PEOPLE: Creative thinkers, innovators, and trailblazers sharing project-focused organic “vegitecture”

PROJECTS: International icons of sustainability: early successes + current & visionary profiles of excellence in design

DESIGN: Proven standards of diverse green technologies + dynamic and cutting edge designs for greening the planet with building integrated greenery: bioclimatic, biodiversity, biomimicry & chic sustainability

This is what and who we are.  Stay tuned for more exciting information, coming soon!

We’ll keep you posted along the way, but for now please Save the Dates now for April 9 – 30, 2017 for your participation in the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture!

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

Vote for the Green Bronx Machine in the Real Food Media Challenge Now!

February 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm

One of the 10 contest finalists, our friends over at the Green Bronx Machine need your support now by voting for them in the Real Food Media Challenge!

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Voting ends this Sunday on March 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST, so visit now!

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What is the challenge all about?

“The Contest is the project of the Real Food Media Project, a collaborative initiative using online movies and a web-based action center along with grassroots events around the country to spread the stories of sustainable food and farming. The Project is a program of Corporate Accountability International.” ~ Real Food Media Challenge

What is the Green Bronx Machine all about?  To start, it’s a federally registered and approved non-for-profit organization (501c3) who educates and promotes Urban Greenscaping with Mobile Edible Wall Units, Green Walls and Green Roofs; Urban Agriculture: Indoor, Mobile and Traditional Farming; Economic and Community Development: Youth and Adult Work Force Development and Senior Services, and much more:

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“Green Bronx Machine was born of the belief that we are all AMER-I-CANS! Together, we can grow, re-use resources and recycle our way into new and healthy ways of living; complete with self sustaining local economic engines. Inclusively and collectively, each and every member of our society offers a unique perspective with unlimited potential. Together, we can move those who are “apart from” society to become “part of” the driving force behind new solutions benefiting all of us.

Green Bronx Machine believes that the greening of America starts with the greening of hearts, minds and wallets rooted in triple bottom line orientations. Green Bronx Machine is dedicated to changing mind-sets and landscapes while harvesting hope and cultivating opportunities inclusively for all of America. Green Bronx Machine works to weave a city of neighborhoods into a united and prosperous One Bronx / Un Solo Bronx; where people do not have to leave their neighborhood to live, learn and earn in a better one!

Green Bronx Machine is zoned for people to live, work and play. Our hometown city that gave the world hip-hop and phunky fresh beats is now poised to grow and export locally grown, organic red beets along with our talent and diversity. Behold the glory and bounty that is Bronx County! Green Bronx Machine is coming to a city near you soon!” ~ Green Bronx Machine

I’m sure you’re familiar with the Green Bronx Machine’s founder, real go-getter and visionary Bronx educator and activist Stephen Ritz, and all the great work he and his team have done with high school students in the area for the past several years.

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He says,

“Help support my students and me in the Real Food Media Challenge by voting for Green Bronx Machine – the next generation of students who become graduates, citizens, chefs and healthy residents via urban farming – we  would greatly appreciate it while branding The Bronx in a whole new light!” ~ Stephen Ritz

Scroll down the Real Food Media Challenge page to the last video on the left to see their Green Bronx Machine video before voting – it’s only 2:50 long and it’s awesome!

Additional Info About Stephen Ritz:

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He and the Green Bronx Machine have been in the news a lot lately – on a Progressive auto ad, TNT’s Dramatic Difference, The Disney Channel’s Pass the Plate: Urban Farming, TEDx Traverse City in 2013, and here on Greenroofs.com.  We’ve covered him when he spoke at TEDxManhattan in January, 2012 with “Changing the Way We Eat” at the Times Center in New York City.

And you may have seen Steve’s 2011 PowerPoint presentation “The Green Bronx Machine” from our inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.  His presentation gave an overview of some of the issues in the Bronx as well as the positive effects of the Green Bronx Machine.  To watch, click below:

Note:  If you haven’t seen the passionate “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx” Panel Session that accompanied “The Green Bronx Machine” PowerPoint yet, please do – there is a lot of great interaction and information here among this very distinguished group of New Yorkers including New York State Senator Gustavo RiveraBronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.(Moderator) Robert BiederJon BeuttlerJess DannhauserJavier Lopez and Steve Ritz Just click below.

Remember, voting for the Green Bronx Machine in the Real Food Media Challenge ends March 2nd at 11:59 pm EST.  Please show your support for growing fresh local produce on greenwalls, greenroofs, and community gardening by casting your vote for the Green Bronx Machine!

As Steven says, Sí, se puede!  Yes, we can!

~ Happy Greening, Linda V.

The TODAY Show: Tune in Live Monday April 22 with the Green Bronx Machine and GLTi!

April 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Tune in live tomorrow, Earth Day 2013, Monday April 22 at 8 a.m. EDT for the TODAY Show highlighting the work of the Green Bronx Machine using Mobile Edible Wall Units from Green Living Technologies International (GLTi)!

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“NBC’s TODAY Show is scheduled to celebrate Earth Day, Monday, April 22, by building six green living walls on Rockefeller Plaza with local students from Bronx public schools. The segment will highlight the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and the Center’s flagship event, the Green Apple Day of Service.

Rachel Gutter, the director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, along with Green Apple ambassador and Bronx educator Stephen Ritz* and students from his dynamic community program, the Green Bronx Machine, will join TODAY Show hosts Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, along with celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis and others, to build the walls and participate in Earth Day activities throughout the morning.” ~ The Center for Green Schools at USGBC Scheduled to Help NBC’s TODAY Show Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by Marisa Long of April 17, 2013

The TODAY Show recently filmed Steve Ritz and crew of the Bronx Machine at the Urban Garden Center LLC, photo above and below.

Sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), watch it at home or you can also join the TODAY show crew in New York City on April 22 to watch the segment live during the 8 and 9 a.m. hours of the show.  The first guests will receive Green Apple t-shirts to show their support.  The organizers say to please arrive at Rockefeller Center before 7 a.m. for best viewing.

Whether you’re there in person or watching it on TV, make sure to get a closer look at the success of vertical farms and the Mobile Edible Wall Unit (MEWU) in schools featuring local students and 6 – 12′ high vertical walls, each one more spectacular than the next!

Also join Giada De Laurentiis with “Off the Wall Cooking” using the GLTi vertical herb wall for freshness you cannot get anywhere else.  From Wall to Table!

In 2010 George Irwin, CEO of GLTi – and our own “Green Wall Editor” here on Greenroofs.com – was asked to design a greenwall for NBC’s “Green is Universal” week, along with Graham Stanley of Walls of Green, and he collaborated with Steve Ritz and Discovery High School students to create beautiful examples for display at the NBC Experience Store.

George says:

“What an honor and privilege to be asked back for Earth Day.  Tune in on April 22!  This is a testament to the success of our ability to engage students.  Visit our education link and view the video GLT Featured on NBC from November 18, 2010.” ~ George Irwin

If you can’t make it live, don’t forget to set your DVRs for April 22 at 8 a.m. EDT!

Hooray for NBC, the USBGC (I’m a LEED AP), the Green Bronx Machine and GLTi!

~ Linda V.

*About Steve Ritz

Here at we Greenroofs.com we just love Bronx innovator and educator Steve Ritz! Make sure you watch or read the following about some of his awesome work:

Stephen Ritz, South Bronx Educator/Administrator at TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat - Tomorrow!” blog post of January 20, 2012.

The Green Bronx Machine” by Steve Ritz and “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx Panel Session with New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Robert Bieder, Jon Beuttler, Jess Dannhauser, Javier Lopez and Steve Ritz, both from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit 2011.

GLT in NYC: A Weekend of Training, Education, & Fun blog post of January, 21, 2011.

About the Green Bronx Machine

Green Bronx Machine was born of the belief that we are all AMER-I-CANS! Together, we can grow, re-use resources and recycle our way into new and healthy ways of living; complete with self sustaining local economic engines. Inclusively and collectively, each and every member of our society offers a unique perspective with unlimited potential. Together, we can move those who are “apart from” society to become a part of” the driving force behind new solutions benefiting all of us.

Green Bronx Machine believes that the greening of America starts with the greening of hearts, minds and wallets rooted in triple bottom line orientations. Green Bronx Machine is dedicated to changing mind-sets and landscapes while harvesting hope and cultivating opportunities inclusively for all of America. Green Bronx Machine works to weave a city of neighborhoods into a united and prosperous One Bronx / Un Solo Bronx; where people do not have to leave their neighborhood to live, learn and earn in a better one!

Green Bronx Machine is zoned for people to live, work and play. Our hometown city that gave the world hip-hop and phunky fresh beats is now poised to grow and export locally grown, organic red beets along with our talent and diversity. Behold the glory and bounty that is Bronx County! Green Bronx Machine is coming to a city near you soon!

About Green Living Technologies International LLC (GLTi) & GLT Institute LLC

Founder and inventor George Irwin continuously improves the green wall, green roof and edible wall technology. He is a leader in “Zero Miles” from farm to table with indoor and outdoor edible walls for the freshest fruit and produce grown in urban environments, parking lots, brown field sites, schools, roof tops. Job training programs with a variety of scalable options include the mobile edible wall unit for classroom use. Green Living Technologies International, LLC completes a package that includes custom manufacturing, design, consulting, patented products and educational services.

About Green Apple

Green Apple is an initiative of the Center for Green schools at USGBC to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. Green Apple’s flagship event is the Green Apple Day of Service, which takes place on Sept. 28, 2013, and will bring together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to improve our school environments through service projects, education, community events and more. You can visit mygreenapple.org to learn more about green living walls and other activities you can do throughout the year. Green Apple is funded through generous support from partners including United Technologies Corporation, Interface, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, SolarCity and Excel Dryer.

About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, ambassadors, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, visit centerforgreenschools.org, follow us on Twitter at @mygreenschools, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/centerforgreenschools.

~ Enjoy!