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)!

TODAYShow-GLTi-GreenBronxMachine

“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!

Greenwall Project of the Week for March 18, 2013: Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green Wall

March 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Greenroofs.com‘s Project of the Week: 3/18/13

Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green Wall
Rochester, NY, USA
320 sf. Greenwall

Project Description & Details

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is a multidisciplinary academic unit at the Rochester Institute of Technology whose mission is to undertake world-class education and research programs in sustainability with major foci on sustainable production, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility and ecologically friendly information technology systems.

Sustainability Institute Hall, the new world-class GIS headquarters, will be a living lab designed and constructed to exceed LEED Platinum standards. The recently completed massive green wall by Green Living Technologies International spans 8 feet wide and 40 feet tall near the building’s west entrance, containing 1,776 green plants that contribute to air quality as well as aesthetics. Additional sustainable features include fuel-cell power, water conservation, a geothermal system, and a 3,300 sf greenroof, part of Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo Butterfly Beltway project.

Visit Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) at The Expo Pavilion in the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013, now through April 13, 2013!

Year: 2013
Owner: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 320 sq. ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: FXFOWLE in collaboration with SWBR
Design-Build Team Leader: LeChase Construction Company
Green Wall Specialist: George Irwin, Green Living Technologies International
Green Wall Specialist: Plant Designs (Rochester New York)
Green Wall System: Green Living Technologies International (GLTi)
Civil Engineering Consultant: Stantec
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering: M/E Engineering

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

Did we miss your contribution?  Please let us know to add you to the profile.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured?  We have to have a profile first!  Submit Your Project Profile.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Happy New Year – Start it Off Right with our 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Calendar!

January 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Our new 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ 12 Month Wall Calendar is still available for purchase and will make a great way to start the New Year off right – now in our sixth consecutive year, the Calendar combines two of our most popular destinations on Greenroofs.com: The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and Upcoming Events.

Enjoy gorgeous vegetated roofs and walls each month and see where the international green conferences and happenings will be held by month!  Upcoming Events dates in the Calendar are confirmed as of publishing date, but are always subject to change so visit the Upcoming Events page for the latest updates and links to the conference organizers.  Learn more  or  order now.

At only $9.95 each, including standard shipping and handling for the United States and Canada, the 2013 Greenroofs and Walls of the World™ Calendar makes a great gift for the greenroof and greenwall lover in your life.

And new this year, we can ship calendars directly to your individual colleagues and loved ones anywhere within the U.S. and Canada with a special Happy New Year’s Greeting in your name!

Save with quantity discounts on orders of more than 10 to one address – note that the special individual mailing offer does not apply here – and contact us for destination shipping rates.

As usual, our 2013 Calendar is printed on 50% recycled paper with 25% post consumer waste using soy inks.   This year you can enjoy vibrant project photos from France, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and across the U.S.   Specifically, here are the project photos you’ll see every month – click to see the profile in the Projects Database:

 January – Private Kona Coast Line, HI Residence from Green Living Technologies International (GLTi):

February – Cuartel de Ballajá (Ballajá Infantry Barracks Building) from rooflite:

March – The Barnes Foundation from Roofmeadow:

April –  Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) from Bioroof Systems:

May –  Lincoln Center Theatre, LCT3 from Green Roof Blocks:

June – Atlantic Wharf (Russia Wharf)  from GreenGrid:

July –  Bellême Hospital from Vegetal i.D.:

August –  Grand Pines Assisted Living Center LiveWalls by LiveRoof:

September –  Hotchkiss School Biomass Treatment Facility from ZinCo USA:

October –  Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) from Xero Flor America:

November-  Orlando Health MD Anderson Cancer Center Labyrinth Vegetated Roof Garden:

December-  Fenimore Art Museum by  Barrett Company:

We’ve been featuring many of these awesome selections recently as our Greenroof or Greenwall Projects of the Week, and for good reason!

Special thanks go to our participating Sponsors in the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ 12 Month Wall Calendar  – we certainly appreciate your support of Greenroofs.com:

Barrett Company, Bioroof Systems, GreenGrid Roofs, Green Living Technologies International (GLTi), Green Roof Blocks, LiveRoof, rooflite, Roofmeadow, Tremco, Vegetal i.D., Xero Flor America, and ZinCo-USA!

Thank you also to Harris Hatcher Photography for permission to use the beautiful Rock Mill Park photo of the Greenroof Pavilion & Greenroof Trial Gardens  from American Hydrotech on our cover – one of my own designs, I must admit!

Happy New Year 2013 & Happy Greening,

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: October 5, 2012

October 6, 2012 at 9:25 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 October 5, 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 October 5th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the Fashion Valley Mall Living Wall, built in 2012, in San Diego, California.  Fashion Valley Mall is an upscale, open-air shopping mall in Mission Valley and is the county’s largest regional mall.  The 800 sf living wall is located in a plaza and meeting place at the main entrance to the mall and is the newest component of a $15 million renovation nearing completion at the Mission Valley venue.  The project utilized 4,000 plants with the soil-based VGM ® planting system by Tournesol Siteworks and was completed by Greenscaped Buildings.

Each plant grew for four months in a controlled area before moving to Fashion Valley Mall.  Using triangulated drip irrigation, the wall is 18′ tall and 51′ wide and utilizes 250 Tournesol Siteworks modules.  The drip irrigation system uses gravity to flow water throughout the modules.  Meant to resemble the keys on a piano, plants used include spider plants, lemon button ferns, ribbon ferns, Ajuga, moneywort and mondo grass, among others.

– To learn more about the Fashion Valley Mall Living Wall,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Rouse Management Tops Off Parman Place Apartments in Madison Wisconsin with a LiveRoof ® Green Roof.

–  Green Living Technologies International: Green Living Roof Can Reduce SYSCO Foods Annual Cooling Energy Cost by 7%.

Industry News

–  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is pleased to announce the launch of a premium  collectable  publication that celebrates the biggest and brightest stars in the universe of living architecture.  “The Rise of Living Architecture” coffee table book features beautiful graphic profiles of over fifty visionaries who have fueled the explosive growth of green roofs and walls across North America over the past decade.  Its release will be celebrated at the CitiesAlive: 10th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference, held October 17-20, 2012, in Chicago, IL.

– Portland Bureau of Environmental Services will begin accepting applications again in October 2012 for ecoroof construction.  The City of Portland offers an incentive to property owners and developers to add more ecoroofs.  The incentive program is part of Portland’s Grey to Green initiative to increase sustainable stormwater management practices, control non-native, invasive plants, and protect sensitive natural areas.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “It’s Not Too Late for the 2012 World Green Roof Congress in Hangzhou, China!,” “Congrats to the Winners of the 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: September 28, 2012.”

– Guest Blogger

–  Also check out our new Guest Blogger, Steve Waller, who writes about “Bridging the Urban Jungle: Mile End Park.”

– “Upcoming Events

–  October 15th: is the IHDC 2012 Conference – Ecosystem Services Come to Town, in London, UK.

–  And on October 17-20 is the big one, the 10th Annual Cities Alive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago!

– “In the News“

–  Tamara Hinson of Metro asks, “Could the future of the environment be found within the vertical garden?”  More and more buildings are going green and choosing beautiful vegetated facades instead of cement ones.  French botanist Patrick Blanc is one of the world’s most famous vertical garden designers and realized the potential of vertical gardening after noticing the way some plants were able to grow vertically without soil and started creating ways of using lightweight, low-maintenance vegetation walls.

One of Patrick’s most famous creations is the vertical garden at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris.  The garden measures 200m by 12m high and features a wide range of plants including species native to Brazil, South Korea and the Himalayas. Toronto has plans for a Sky Farm, which will have eight million square feet of vertical growing space for crops and will bring in the same amount of produce as a 420 hectare farm.  And several buildings in Jakarta that have vertical gardens are living proof of the many benefits that come from green walls like producing fresh air, growing herbs and vegetables and reducing heating and cooling costs for the buildings.

–  Adam Thomas of the University of Delaware talks about, “Members of UD, Delaware community celebrate green roof completion.”  Not only the community and students celebrated but even U.S. Senator Tom Carper was in attendance last Friday on the new green roof.  Senator Carper said, “This new green roof project at the University of Delaware is a great example of the power of public-private partnerships.  With support from the state of Delaware, DuPont and the University of Delaware, this project is helping to lower energy use, clean the air and teach sustainable environmental practices to future generations at the same time.”

Chad Nelson, assistant professor of landscape design, didn’t want to use a membrane system but wanted a modular system consisting of 2-feet by 2-feet plastic trays that could be installed by the students and local volunteers and then moved for roof maintenance.  The green roof has heat-hardy plants including several varieties of colorful sedum, plus chives and crocus; and some of the benefits it will provide will be reducing carbon dioxide emissions, absorbing stormwater runoff, providing a living classroom for students, as well as giving them the opportunity for hands-on experience in growing and maintaining the plants.

– 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 October 5th,  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.