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.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 28: The Green Bronx Machine

June 20, 2012 at 8:12 am

Today we have the pleasure to air Steve Ritz’s 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.

I’m sure many of you know already of the excellent work of Bronx educator Steve Ritz – we’ve written about him several times already when he spoke at TEDxManhattan last January with “Changing the Way We Eat” where there’s a link to the TED talk) at the Times Center in New York City and Caroline Menetre’s GLT in NYC: A Weekend of Training, Education, & Fun blog post of January, 2011.

As founder of the Green Bronx Machine, Steve’s presentation gives an overview of some of the current issues in the Bronx as well as the positive effects of the Green Bronx Machine. Did you know the very young organization has already grown over 25,000 pounds of organic vegetables, later sold to local markets? Read more in the May 10, 2012 editorial Growing healthy jobs, food and the environment by Sterling Roberson, Vice-President of CTE for United Federation of Teachers.

Here is some more recent press on Steve Ritz and his work:

Green Bronx Machine: Growing Our Way Into a New Economy, Harvesting Hope, and Cultivating Minds in Edible Schoolyard of May 9, 2012;

Teacher’s green machine tackles Bronx poverty in NY METRO NEWS of April 20-22, 2012;

Greening the Curriculum in Principal Leadership – Green Schools (page 20) under “Growing Green: Discovery High School, Bronx, NY” of December 2011.

Originally slated to precede the “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx” Panel Session that we showed earlier with New York State Senator Gustavo RiveraBronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.(Moderator) Robert BiederJon BeuttlerJess DannhauserJavier Lopez and Steve Ritz, the “The Green Bronx Machine” PowerPoint Presentation had to be cut from that video due to time restraints – as it was, we had to edit that excellent panel session down to an already long – but well worth it – 59:28!

During the live Virtual Summit 2011 and 30-day archives, attendees could see the PowerPoint Presentation in its entirety in the On Demand Auditorium.

It’s a great, uplifting message of leadership and backgrounder on the work of former South Bronx teacher Steve Ritz and others in the community!

If you haven’t seen the passionate “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx” Panel Session yet, please do – there is a lot of great interaction and information here among this very distinguished group of New Yorkers. Just click above.

By the way, Steve’s contact email address shown in the PowerPoint has changed to: snl978@aol.com.

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see “The Green Bronx Machine” 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 29th and final installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 – the wonderful Keynote Address from UK landscape Architect Andrew Grant of Grant Associates! He presented on the stunning “Gardens by the Bay, Singapore” and appropriately was our Closing Keynote Speaker from our live Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011.

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011: See More of Our Awesome Speakers!

September 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 is less than two weeks away!



Last week I told you about our seven fantastic panel sessions who you’ll be watching followed by a live Question and Answer session, including:  “Biodiversity and Green Roofs,” Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx,” “The Portland Ecoroof Program: A Cross-section of the Green Roof Movement in Portland, Oregon,” “Vertical Agriculture: A Global Movement Starts Locally, from Walls & Roofs to Table,” “Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs.,” “Greenroofs: Wind & Fire,” and “Green Roofs Without the Hype.”

In addition to our four awesome Keynote Speakers whom we’ve already profiled –  Andrew Grant,  Charlie Miller,  Ed Snodgrass and  Ralph Velasquez – and other luminaries previously highlighted, here are more brilliant speakers you will enjoy hearing:

Roland Appl, Germany:  The Technical Director of ZinCo and President of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) will present “Combining Green Roofs with Photovoltaics.”

 

Jörg Breuning, USA and Germany:  The principal of Green Roof Technology (Previously Green Roof Service) and co-founder of Green Roof Safari will present “Green Roof Technology Sails Around the World.”

 

Ignacio Espoz, Chile:  The founder of LatinGreen, Director of the World Green Roof infrastructure Network (WGIN), and Director of the Chilean Association of Green Infrastructure will present “Green Infrastructure in Chile and Innovative Living Walls for Environmental Restoration in Mining of the Atacama Desert.”

Tanya Müller Garcia, Mexico:  The founder of AMENA – Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas – (National Mexican Greenroof Association), Vice-President of WGIN, and Director of Urban Reforestation and Bikeways for the City of Mexico will present “Development of Greenroofs and Walls in Mexico and Latin America.”

Richard Hayden,  RLA, ASLA, CLARB,  USA:  The landscape architect and Garden Roof Department Manager at American Hydrotech, Inc. will present “Sloped and Complex Green Roofs.”

 

Haven Kiers, LEED AP, GRP, USA:  The founding partner of GreenSwell Design and Planning, trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and contributing editor on Greenroofs.com will co-present the “2011 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” with Linda Velazquez.

Terry McGlade, Canada:  The horticulturalist, landscape designer, and  founder and President of Gardens in the Sky will present “Constructing Gardens in the Sky.”

 

Chris Wark,  MSME, LEED AP,  USA:    The engineer, Senior Energy Analyst for Viridian Energy & Environmental, and contributing editor on Greenroofs.com  will present “E = MC2 of Green Roofs: Ranking Energy Benefits by Mission, Climate and Construction.”

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Next week I’ll highlight the rest of our stellar cast of greenroof and greenwall professionals and enthusiasts!

See the GGW Virtual Summit  Speakers page and  Agenda to learn all about each presenter and their presentations or the panel sessions.

You’ve got to admit that you can’t beat the super low registration fee of $99 for September 27 and 28 plus the 30 days archived on demand through October 28 to hear from all of these excellent speakers…

… but we want everyone to qualify for the even lower  Associate Rate of only  $49 (just type in the name of the non-profit/organization/constituency that you belong when prompted)  or the Students/Faculty/Government Professionals Rate of only  $25 (state the school/university or government).

And, you’ll be  automatically  entered for the chance at winning our second Apple iPad2 drawing, announced on September 30, 2011.

Pre-register or learn more by visiting:    virtual.greenroofs.com.

We hope you join us for this very interactive virtual experience – think film festival meets 2-day  webinar  and online expo extravaganza!

Brought to you by  Greenroofs.com, we’d like to thank to our Virtual Summit Sponsors  TREMCO (Rare Earth) and  American Hydrotech (Emerald) and our Exhibitors, Associates, and Media Partners – make sure to visit them at the  Expo Pavilions.

See you  online  on September 27 & 28, 2011!

~ Linda V.