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‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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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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.

Watch “Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production” with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin from Our Virtual Summit 2013

January 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm

First of all, Happy New Year 2015!

In anticipation of’s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the Collaborative Video “Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production” with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.  The current importance of urban agriculture is evidenced by the numerous food farms currently operating at many different scales and many different parts of the world.  We visit just 5 innovative approaches to growing local produce on horizontal and vertical spaces on rooftops and on the interior from Canada and the United States.


Watch Mohamed Hage, the founder of Lufa Farms in Montreal; Helen Cameron, co-owner of Uncommon Ground in Chicago; Ben Flanner, head farmer, CEO, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in New York City; George Irwin, the founder and CEO of Green Living Technologies International in Rochester; and Alan Joaquin, the founder of FarmRoof in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu.

Here’s more:

Mohamed Hage: The founder of Lufa Farms tells how his 31K-square foot greenhouse, opened in 2011, is bringing fresh vegetables year round to families in Montreal. Antiquated zoning regulations and building codes, rather than agriculture, were the most challenging hurdles before he could get his business “off the ground.” Hage believes that rooftop farms will change the fresh-food dynamic and vastly improve the way city-dwellers eat.

Helen Cameron: The co-owner of Uncommon Ground shares how the multiple-award winning restaurants in Chicago have been operating for 21 years as community-based, committed to supporting local farmers and purchasing as locally and sustainably as possible. Helen shares their mission of giving guests a high quality dining experience at a relatively affordable price, all while educating guests on the importance of a thriving, healthy local food system.

Ben Flanner: The head farmer, CEO, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, based in New York City, will take the audience on an overview of Brooklyn Grange. Ben will describe the green roof systems that the farm uses, soil media, the ins and outs of farming on a roof, sales and distribution, NYC’s first commercial honey producing apiary, and Brooklyn Grange’s other entrepreneurial activities.

George Irwin: The founder and CEO of Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) describes a scalable vertical farm that utilizes buildings, factories or otherwise unused spaces refurbishing them to grow quality produce. Utilizing the GLTi “A” Frame configuration, The Food Factory is dedicated to providing local jobs and is an educational, research and development facility as well as a place for community members to congregate. The concept of urban farms is not new, however the Food Factory is a year round vertical farm that uses high quality compost vs. hydroponic growing, with the prototype in Rochester.

Alan Joaquin: Based in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu, FarmRoof was founded by Alan Joaquin in 2008. With a focus on innovation, our company has invested heavily in research and development. The FarmRoof® system has been refined both on rooftops throughout Hawaii and at ground level on our mountainside farm. Our proprietary technology promises to forever change both the local food system and the urban landscape. We are deeply committed to cultivating a sustainable future for Hawaii and beyond. Protecting our planet’s natural resources and ensuring food security is critical to maintaining our cultural, social, and economic health. We are honored to be a part of positive global change. Our video will highlight the journey of this exciting new company, provide a glimpse of where we came from and where we are headed, and give an overview of the key management decisions that were made along the way.” ~ VS2013

Watch “Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production” with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for July 25, 2014: Green Living Technologies International

July 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

New feature on!

Our Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week is an exclusive benefit for companies listed in our Directory, highlighting their business to our audience of stakeholders, professionals, and decision makers:


Green Living Technologies International

Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) is a soil based, true vertical agriculture manufacturer/designer of green roofs & walls available in a 2′ x 2′ x 3″ configuration or with custom dimensions and depth. GLTi & the GLT Institute continue to evolve as a leader and solutions company.

GLTi-logoGreen Living Technologies International is privately owned, manufacturing patented modular green living walls and green roofs for easy installation using fully Certified GLT Installers and local Certified Maintenance Technicians and Growers.  Other services include engineering, custom manufacturing, project management and lifetime warranties.

Green Living Walls

The Green Living Wall was developed as an application for sloped green roofs. Manufactured from aluminum or stainless steel for crop production, it is available in a variety of sizes and depths. The original “Edible Wall,” we specialize in vertical crop production for private, educational and commercial production.

Green Living Roof Panels

  • Available pre-vegetated or as planted in place Extensive
  • Create shapes and odd angles and account for undulations
  • Always the base for Intensive or Hybrid systems
  • Extensive is less than 15 pounds per square foot saturated

Green Living Roof Trays

  • Easy do it yourself green roof, no special skills or tools
  • Save over 75% in installation labor compared to others
  • 4 inch depth is only 15 pounds per square foot saturated
  • Available pre-vegetated or planted in place
  • Available in 4 inch, 6 inch and 8 inch depths
  • Can adjust the water retention capabilities by adding or removing the GLT water retention mats

The first engineered growing media specifically for Living Walls, it is manufactured using a fermentation process utilizing 100% bio-solids. The Nitrogen content is 3%, high levels of phosphorus and potassium allow the same matrix to be used as the organic ingredient for the Green Living Extensive and Intensive green roof blends. Unlike synthetic fertilizers, the GLT bioSoil does not leech into the environment making bioSoil an excellent top dressing for green roofs.

Green Living Technologies International products touch the world in many ways by providing quality market driven solutions and applying a compassionate and comprehensive skill set to each opportunity with a goal to bridge community involvement, providing learning opportunities, and creating jobs without impacting the environment.


For more detailed information about Green Living Technologies International, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.

In addition to the eNews blast to our 10,000+ opt-in subscribers, we have created a prominent position on the Homepage for this weekly spotlight as well as posted on all our social media sites…  And, the centerpiece of this premier feature is the original video!  This exclusive video (about 2:00 min.) of each firm is also included inside their company profiles – see below.  For additional exposure, these videos will also be playing on various playlists in our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

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~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for March 17, 2014: Arc House

March 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm Project of the Week: 3/17/14


Arc House
East Hampton, NY, USA
1,110 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Located on the east end of Long Island in East Hampton, New York on three forested acres, the Arc House is a private modern residence designed with a stunning combination of glass, steel, stone and wood. With over half of the 6,400 square foot structure partially buried, the subterranean construction home was prescribed by the owners who desired a pared-down aesthetic. Designed by Maziar Behrooz Architect and inspired by an airplane hangar, the roof and side walls of the upper level are constructed with a 60-foot by 20-foot self-supporting corrugated steel arch.

Green features include geothermal heating, a rainwater collection system on both ends of the arch, and a vegetated roof on the four-car garage from Green Living Technologies International (GLTi). The green roof acts in a manner such as an infinity pool: the vegetation blends into the background providing a seamless appearance. This project was a culminating activity by students from The Bronx Discovery High at the GLTi beta classroom as part of a four year program that implemented the company’s’ green roofs and walls to enhance learning. The students practiced the skills they learned in the classroom and installed the green roof – while earning a living wage.

The Arc House is currently on the market for $3.95M and was just featured on March 9, 2014 on the Travel Channel’s Extreme Vacation Homes. Join George Irwin of GLTi, and the Green Wall Editor here on, at Canada Blooms in Toronto on March 22 at booth A 10, “Urban Wilderness” by Hollander Landscaping Ltd and Janet Ennamorato.


Year: 2010
Owner: Private
Location: East Hampton, NY, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,110 sq.ft.
Grade: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Maziar Behrooz Architect
Greenroof System: Green Living Technologies International, LLC
Greenroof Installation: George Irwin, GLTi & Students from The Bronx Discovery High
Contractor: Mark Proctor Construction

New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

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Click here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.