Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: May 25, 2012

May 26, 2012 at 3:27 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 May 25, 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 May 25, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Private Kiawah Island Residential Green Roof, built in 2011 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  This greenroof is located in the marsh sensitive ecology of coastal South Carolina; and perennial grasses were chosen in order to create a seamless visual transition from the roof to the marsh below.  The semi-intensive greenroof works to visually outline the union between the building and the surrounding tidal marsh environment and also works to protect the vital buffer zone from harmful storm water.

The installation was challenging as space was limited for staging materials and lifting the growing media and pavers to the roof, but the team at Living Roofs, Inc. persevered through hot and muggy Charleston weather to finish another beautifully successful project.  The roof will significantly reduce storm water that would have previously dumped runoff into an important buffer zone just feet away.  The design seeks to minimize delineations between the roof structure and the surrounding environment, and Living Roofs, Inc. consulted on plant selection to help blend in the marsh view.  Walking among the perennial grasses on the roof is just like wandering through the native marshland at grade.

– To learn more about the Private Kiawah Island Residential Green Roof,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode  24: Panel Session “Greenroofs: Wind & Fire” with Kelly Luckett, Mike Ennis, and Jim Kirby.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  First Sun-Root™ System Installed In North America by Green Roof Technology and Highview Creations.

–  Entrance to Harrah’s Cherokee to Feature a Stunning Green Roof by LiveRoof ®.

Green Living Technologies Founder, George Irwin, to Speak in Honduras as part of the U.S. Department of State International Information Programs.

Joblinks

–  Sika Sarnafil USA is seeking a Regional Sales Manager in the Greater Chicago Area, Illinois.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 24: Greenroofs: Wind & Fire Panel,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: May 18, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  Going on since May 23rd and through Saturday, the 26th: is EXPO Construe 2012, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

–  And May 30th-31st: is the UrbanTec China Conference, in Beijing, China.

– “In the News“

–  David Templeton of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette talks about “New building in Phipps Conservatory is greenest of its kind.”  The new Center for Sustainable Landscapes building behind the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland features old-barn wood sidings, lots of windows and a rooftop garden.  It also represents America’s largest green building at 24,350 square feet and can claim net-zero energy and water usage.  The center will capture rainwater, then process it in wetland lagoons with sewage retained in wetland pits and then processed through sand filters, allowing the water’s reuse inside the building.  With ultraviolet technology, processed rainwater will be distilled to 100% pharmaceutical grade, but be used to water Phipps’ orchids.

The education, administration and research complex features a $500,000 solar-photovoltaic panel array with ground-mounted panels and others atop various Phipps buildings.  The solar-photovoltaic panels will produce 124 kilowatts of electricity with additional power generated by the 5-kilowatt vertical-axis wind turbine and 14 geothermal wells.  Building design also includes passive heating, cooling and lighting, including the rooftop garden, a large atrium, ventilation, a highly efficient air-conditioning system and triple-pane windows, all of which reduce the building’s energy needs by 80%.  Although the building is more expensive than the typical office building, Phipps’ benefits include never having to pay monthly bills for electricity, natural gas, water or sewage for the building.

–  Alice Hutton of the Cambridge News, says “Display is heaven scent for hay fever sufferers.”  More than 157,000 visitors will fill up this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week with floral displays, alpine troughs and rooftop gardens which are among some of the examples of horticulture remedies for hay fever sufferers.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden has collaborated with plant nursery Scotsdales, in Great Shelford, to create a garden with the lowest pollen count possible.

Urban Greening – Not To Be Sneezed At is displayed in the Great Pavilion and was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal College of Pathologists and is filled with the flowers and plants least likely to agitate allergies.  High allergen culprits like silver birch are replaced with low-allergen Japanese maples and ornamental shrubs like choisya and citrus are selected over lavender and fremontodendron, and the low-allergen Allium are used instead of itch-inducing Globe Thistles.  Check out the full article to find out how to buy tickets to the flower show.

– 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 May 25, 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.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 21: Green Roof Technology Sails Around the World

May 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

Today we have the pleasure to air Jörg Breuning’s  video  presentation “Green Roof Technology Sails Around the World” from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on  greenroofs.tv and our  GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Originally  from Germany,  Jörg has been living in the U.S. since the later 1990’s, starting his business  Green Roof Service (now Green Roof Technology) along with former business partner Peter Philippi.  His company has greened or consulted on many award-winning greenroofs here in the U.S. and in Germany.  We’ve known him for almost a decade and his warm smile matches his expertise and workmanship pertaining to greenroofs.

Back in the summer of 2008 he told me about the first cruise ship that Celebrity Cruises had greened – the  Solstice –  and we were happy to publish his Guest Feature Article about this unique experience, “Modern Green Roof Technology Literally Shipped from Germany!,” in November, 2008.  It was such as novel idea that Haven Kiers and I featured it in our 2008 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof Design.

Our readers weren’t the only ones impressed with this gorgeous sea-faring greenroof – in 2009, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities awarded the  Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship – Lawn Club a  Special Recognition Award for its many green features and corporate leadership.  Since then, Celebrity Cruises has more ships with greenroofs – hence the topic of  Jörg’s presentation!

Jörg Breuning is the principal of Green Roof Technology (previously Green Roof Service) which offers a full range of design services to meet green roof, green wall, and natural swimming pool/bio-filtration pool needs.  Jörg began working with green roofs in 1980 and brought the first modern green roof technology to the U.S. in 1999 with the Chicago City Hall project.

His expertise is known by universities, architects, manufacturers and installers across the U.S. and in Europe.  He is especially recognized for his ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice offering the most efficient green roof solutions.  Also, he co-founded Green Roof Safari.

In “Green Roof Technology Sails Around the World”  Jörg  points out that playing golf, croquet or bocce in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean may sound like a far fetched dream.  However, Green Roof Service LLC in Bel Air, Maryland made this dream come true for Royal Caribbean and their half a million guests.

In this seminar Jörg Breuning explains the engineering and installation of live grass on Cruise Ships that face some of the most extreme environmental challenges.  Nice, green, and beautiful, it is the ultimate green roof experience.

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see “Green Roof Technology Sails Around the World” or click below:

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

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

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 22nd installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: February 17, 2012

February 18, 2012 at 6:55 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  February 17th, 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 February 17th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the John Theurer Cancer Center at the Hackensack University Medical Center built in 2011 in Hackensack, New Jersey. This center is a nonprofit, teaching and research hospital that has grown to become the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in New Jersey. The Center would not be possible without the generous $10 million donation by Helena Theurer in memory of her husband John. The new facility offers patients an environment that promotes spiritual as well as physical health and the roof garden is a key component of the hospital’s efforts to make the patient experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible.

GreenGrid greenroof modules were installed as well as a demonstration vegetable garden that allows patients to learn about growing healthy foods while recovering amongst a beautiful scenery. In addition to the walk-through roof terrace garden at the second floor, tranquility/ meditation rooms and fitness center are available to help patients and caregivers relax and rejuvenate. And the four-story lobby atrium also boasts a 40-foot high hydroponic living wall with over 30 plant species accompanied by a 24-foot waterfall. In 2001, Hackensack University Medical Center was the first hospital in the nation to adopt completely green cleaning practices.

– To learn more about the John Theurer Cancer Center at the Hackensack University Medical Center,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photo).

What’s New

–  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 10: “The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities” An Interview with Patrick Blanc.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our greenroofsTV page here on Greenroofs.com or on our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

Green Roof Technology releases new Podium Roof Garden Assessment.

Time-Lapse video captures complexity of a green roof installation by Living Roofs, Inc.

Contributing Editor Columns

– Check out Ralph Velasquez’s “Greenwashing Follow-up.”

– And George Irwin’s latest article, “Hydroponic Living Walls – DIY – Really?“

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, Haven Kiers and Linda have started a new series called “Chic Sustainability Watch: Trends, Projects & People.”  Make sure to read Haven’s first post:  Chickens and Urban Agriculture.”  Read Linda’s latest blog posts: “Greenroof CEO Vanessa Keitges Named as Female Startup Entrepreneur in Oregon,” Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV for February 3rd & 10th, 2012, and “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 10: The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities: An Interview with Patrick Blanc.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  February 22nd-24th: NRCA’s 125th Annual Convention & International Roofing Expo 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

– February 23rd: is a Green Walls 101: Introduction to Systems and Design in New York, New York.

– And February 24th-25th: is the “It Takes a Village: Collaborations in Good Food and School Gardens” Winter Conference in Pleasantville, New Jersey.

– “In the News“

–  Mary Catherine O’Connor of the SmartPlanet.com Blog says, “Streetscaping reduces stormwater runoff, pollutants, at utility campus.” California’s Burbank Water and Power, an electric and water utility campus, has been making some green upgrade to their facilities, including a new electric power plant in 2005 and more recently, five different stormwater management systems, all designed to reduce stormwater run-off. There are planters with drought and storm tolerant plants diverting stormwater, permeable concrete pavers, and biofilters on the redesigned roof; and the administrative building has its own greenroof which collects about 70% of its rainwater while reducing air pollutants and lowering building temperatures. Also, the Burbank Water and Power campus has been entered as a pilot site into the Sustainable Sites Initiative, which aims to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.

–  Laura Mihelich of Medill Reports: Chicago talks about [how]”Chicago restaurants move toward hyper-local food production.” She says, “more and more restaurants in Chicago are producing their own ingredients – up on the roof.” Restaurant owners are becoming smarter and realizing that converting their urban rooftops to green gardens not only helps to reduce their environmental impact and save them money in the long run, but are also supporting local food production. Business partners Isaac Weliver and Daniel Greenwald are planning to build the largest rooftop garden in the Midwest atop their restaurant, for now being called “The Local Root,” at about 20,000 square feet – scheduled for an April opening.

The Bleeding Heart Bakery and Café in West Town is another restaurant hoping to open a greenroof this spring and patrons there will be able to dine on the rooftop which offers a new and beautiful dining experience. We all know the many benefits greenroofs provide but added benefits for restaurant buildings are the contributions they make toward increasing local food production, which is great news for business owners and their guests alike.

–  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 February 17th, 2012 on   GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see 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.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: December 2, 2011

December 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here’s the transcript from December 2nd, 2011 from our daughter,  Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or  here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for December 2nd  on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–   Our project of the week is the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central built in 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Free Library is one of the most visited educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.   On September 29, 2008, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter cut a green ribbon and officially unveiled the Parkway Central Library’s new greenroof demonstration project atop the four story 1927 Beaux-Arts building. The green roof was made possible through generous support from H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, PECO, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Quita W. Horan.

The 5,000 square foot greenroof is protected by an EPDM waterproofing membrane and includes 100 cubic yards of rooflite growing median and more than 5,400 plants. The Library’s greenroof demonstration represents the first greenroof on a city-owned building and is part of the Mayor’s initiative to make Philadelphia one of the greenest cities in the country. The accessible greenroof offers a beautiful view of central Philadelphia from the terrace. Green Roof Technology, formerly Green Roof Service, was also a consultant on the project.

To learn more about the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central greenroof, click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage.

What’s New“

–   Make sure to read our latest articles. Ralph Velasquez, our Guest Contributing Editor, asks, “Are those products you buy really Green? Or are you a victim of Greenwashing?” in his latest column, “The Six Sins of Greenwashing.” And Andrés Ibáñez Gutiérrez, Faculty of Architecture for the University of Hong Kong and Biotectonica S.A.S, Colombia, talks about “Pioneering Vegetated Architecture in Colombia: From Research to Regulations,” in his guest feature article.

Advertiser Press Releases:

$2,000 is Available Toward School Garden Projects: Green Living Wall School Garden – Green Living Technologies Mobile Edible Wall Unit Qualifies.

Industry News Update

–   The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) have joined forces to promote the Federal Green Challenge Initiative in New England federal facilities.

–  New York City’s Green Infrastructure Program will give out up to $4 million more in grants to build greenroofs, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, right-of-way bioswales and other projects to reduce and manage stormwater.

–   Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Hope to See You @ CitiesAlive 2011 in Philly This Week!“  and our GPW.

– “Upcoming Events“

–   Going on now through Saturday, December 3rd: is Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ CitiesAlive 2011 9th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

–   December 6th: is an Ecoroof Seminar for Professionals, City of Portland, BES, in Portland, OR.

And December 6th-8th: is the Ecobuild America Conference in Washington, DC.

– “In the News“

–   Denise Piper of the Whangarei Leader, talks about “Living roof concept `great branding.” She quotes Dusty Gedge, president of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations, about living roofs when he spoke to 40 people as one of four talks in New Zealand last week. He says “living roofs could be great branding for Northland,” and that “Hundertwasser [Austrian painter and architect who embraced the living roof concept] obviously loved this part of the world. Living roofs could add subtly to the tourist route.” The Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa are well known for their grass roofs. The Hundertwasser Art Centre proposed for Whangarei to have a living roof park, ramping up from the ground to the top of the building.

–   Will Parsons of Environmental Data Interactive, reports on “Green wall unveiled at Edgware Road Tube station.” The 200 square meter green wall was completed this week with a ceremony that saw the Mayor of London’s director of the environment, Kulveer Ranger, add the final piece into place. The project took only a month to complete and is part of the London Clean Air Fund, financed by the Department for Transport; and the 15 varieties of plants used in the wall will improve the air quality by trapping particulate matter coming from traffic emissions. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said of the green wall: “Delivering cleaner air for London is a top priority for me and this ingenious green wall traps harmful pollution on one of our busiest roads, helping to cleanse the air at this popular spot as well as helping to soften and beautify the local environment.”

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 green wall 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 December 2nd, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez 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.