Virtual Summit 2013: The Winners of the $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway to the Top 3 Participants Are…

March 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Yesterday was the original last day of our  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013  –  Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, originally scheduled from February 12 through March 13, 2013.  In our Prize Center, we were running a contest to encourage the most participation…

VS2013: Prize Center

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Prize Winners

We are pleased to announce the following top three attendees who have accumulated the most points in our Virtual Summit 2013 – congratulations to these top three participants:

“¢ Heiko Schmidt of Optigreen international AG

“¢ Jason Gerry of BamBoo Guru

“¢ Pilar Dominguez of Pons Agropecuaria, S.L

Win a chance for an Amazon Gift Card of $100 just for participating!

You have each received a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Thank you to these three enthusiastic colleagues, and once again, we would like to extend our thanks as well to the rest of our attendees.

As you know, our  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013  has been extended for an additional 30 days now through April 13, 2013.  Please tell your friends and associates to register and see the 35 videos from almost 60 speakers from around the world plus participate in all of the social networking opportunities and visit our exhibitors in the Expo Pavilions.

VS2013: Extension

Register now  using one of the many Discount Codes available.  See you online!

~ Linda V. Announces 30-Day Extension for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013 to April 13!

March 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm

As you may have heard by now, due to an overwhelming response,, in association with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN),  is pleased to announce that our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design has been extended to  April 13, 2013.

VS2013 Extension

Here’s the rest of our Press Release from yesterday, March 12, 2013:

Thank you to all of our fantastic speakers and exhibitors for making the 2nd Virtual Summit a spectacular experience!

To our attendees, we invite you to take your time and watch all of our awesome Keynotes, Panel Sessions, Collaborative Presentations and Individual Videos from our Virtual Summit 2013 – all available on demand now.   Re-visit our Rare Earth Sponsor, Tremco Incorporated, at the Expo Pavilion as well as all the rest of our Exhibitors and Associates.  And keep up the networking.

If you haven’t signed up yet because you didn’t think you’d have enough time to participate and see it all, now you can – from the comfort of your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.   Now’s the time for you to start networking with your peers – international leaders in their fields!”   ~ Linda S. Velazquez, Founder & Publisher,

When?   Online February 12 now through April 13, 2013.   You can still:

  • Watch all content, now On Demand;
  • Visit the Exhibitors in The Expo Pavilion and Associates Pavilion, download material, request a chat, send them emails, etc.;
  • Read and add commentary to any Q & A Session Transcript;
  • Post commentary in the Auditorium, Networking Lounge, etc.;
  • Network via all the social media features: view attendee profiles, use video, audio or text chatting options + send emails, vCards, etc.   Check out Who’s Here at the click of a button!
  • Send us an under 3-minute video of your idea/work for the Inspiration Nook.

Who?   World renowned speakers and experts are just a click away during an additional whole month of lively speaker videos, panel sessions, unlimited social networking, and virtual fun capitalizing on the limitless global reach of the Internet.   See the Agenda and Speakers pages.

What?   Virtual Summit Topics:

  • State-of-the Market & Potential
  • Sustainability Strategies
  • Biophilia
  • Sky Parks in the Public Realm
  • Top 10 List of Hot Design Trends
  • Urban Ecology
  • Green Walls & Maintenance
  • Phytoremediation
  • Women Business Leaders
  • Updates from Vancouver, B.C., Singapore, Hamburg, Mexico City, Malmö, Copenhagen, Spain, Australia, and China
  • Lessons Learned from Award Winners
  • Integrated Water Management & Wastewater Recycling
  • Investing in Green Roofs
  • Skyrise Agriculture
  • Hydroponic Living Wall Systems
  • The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort
  • Green Roofs & Solar
  • Vegetation Development Over Time
  • Coastal Green Roof Design & Native Plants
  • Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Congress

Our mission embraces extremely affordable pricing.   Regular Price $99.

Associates $59 Advertisers/Readers & WGIN Members (GRHC: receive GRP credits) $39
Students/Faculty/Staff & Government $29

Check out all the associates, WGIN member organizations, and Discount Codes.

Why Virtual?

As important as physical conferences are, the proliferation of international events makes it impossible to exhibit and attend them all in terms of time and money.   At a fraction of the cost of a physical event, you have an incredible opportunity to meet and watch video presentations and panel sessions from awesome thinkers, movers, and practitioners in our industry – without leaving your office.   Jump into the greenest conference model there is and join in the conversation – get on the leading edge by connecting!

Register Now & See You Online!

Thank You to Our Rare Earth Sponsor: Tremco, and all our Exhibitors!

VS2013: Thank you to all of our Exhibitors!


Since 1999, has been the international greenroof industry’s resource and online information portal. We inform, promote and inspire through the interchange of ideas, projects, news, videos, events, research, people, company and community updates and marketing opportunities; exclusives include the Sky Gardens ~ where cool green meets lofty blue Blog, Contributing Editor Columns, and Guest Features. is the publisher of the International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database, The Greenroof Directory,, Greenroofs of the World™ 12-Month Wall Calendar,
and the Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™ WebTV series. Visit us at

About the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN)
The objectives of World Green Infrastructure Network are to be a globally-important motivator of the use of green infrastructure in cities; expand opportunities for member organizations to learn about green roof infrastructure science, technology, practice, economics and environmental and social benefits; promote education in green infrastructure benefits particularly at university levels and trade school levels, to provide skills for the green roof industry that can be expected to develop more widely; promote green infrastructure research and extension in soundly-based green infrastructure development; provide sound networking and conference study opportunities for member organizations; and to publicize the global environmental and cost-saving advantages of green infrastructure, especially those related to reducing climate change problems.

For more information:

Aramis M. Velázquez, CEO, LLC.
(888) 477-1326

If you’re interested, see the Press Release in English and in Spanish.  If you haven’t yet, I really hope you will join us!

~ Linda V.

Greenroof Project of the Week for February 25, 2013: Torre Murano

February 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm  Project of the Week: 2/25/13

Torre Murano
Mexico City, Mexico
7,535 sf. Greenroof

Torre Murano: Courtesy of Azoteas Verdes

Project Description & Details

The 27-story Torre Murano is a high end corporate high-rise with many amenities, complete with a helipad. Many different companies are located here, so the building performs multi-functional uses. In early 2012, the fact that there was still vacancy, doubled with the availability of using the spacious rooftop for recreation space, persuaded the owners to install a greenroof to help attract and retain tenants.

Azoteas Verdes, a Mexican company specializing in greenroofs, created a beautiful rooftop garden planted with all native vegetation. Drainage was a key element due to the huge volumes of water present during the rainy season from May to October, which usually generates 8 to 15 great storms. The greenroof provides plenty of greenspace for collective and private social events and offers spectacular views of the largest urban park in Mexico City below.

Visit Azoteas Verdes at The Expo Pavilion in the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013.

Year: 2012
Owner: Private
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 7,535 sq. ft.
Slope: 3%
Access: Accessible, Private

 Torre Murano: Courtesy of Azoteas Verdes

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Edmonds International Ltd.
Structural Engineer:
CTC Ingenieros Civiles
Greenwall Design: Gabriela Perez, Arq., Jose Luis Esparza, Eng., Juan Manuel Ibarra, Azoteas Verdes
Greenwall System: Azoteas Verdes
Design/Build: Azoteas Verdes

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.

Don’t Miss the VS2013 this Week: Phytoremediation Panel #2; Keynote Steven Peck; Skyrise Ag; Hydroponic Living Walls; Vegetation Development; Hamburg; Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants, & More

February 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm

We had an exciting Week #1 at our Virtual Summit 2013 with a good amount of participation – thank you to all who have attended and participated so far!   Registration is open throughout the 30 days and we want to see you!

Once a video has played it becomes available On Demand, as well as the Q & A transcripts.   Q & A Sessions are live and while you can only participate in real time on the scheduled day and time, you can post questions and commentary for speakers to answer later.  

Learn about all the presentations so far from Week #1, now On Demand.

Please support our work and commitment to keeping future fees low and accessible to all by registering now – use either the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities discount codes of GCOM or GRHC for only $39.

Week # 2 started today with lots of exciting videos from your colleagues from across the world.   Here’s the entire Agenda for Week #2 – don’t miss these awesome presentations with live Q & A’s to follow each:

Monday, February 18, 2013 – now On Demand in the Rare Earth Auditorium, sponsored by Tremco:

Inspiration Nook*: “Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring

Inspiration Nook:Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients by João Manuel Linck Feijó

Tuesday, February 19:

Panel Session “Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State – Phytoremediation Chapter 2 with Patrick Carey (Moderator)

Expo Wednesday, February 20 at the Expo Pavilions:

VS2013: Expo Pavilions


Expo Wednesdays are Feb. 13, 20, 27 & Mar. 6 – four full days of live action where you’ll see leading companies and learn about their products and services, and The Associates Pavilion, where you’ll learn about different world organizations.   Visit them all 30 days and leave them a message if it’s not a Wednesday!

Expo Wednesday February 20 in the Rare Earth Auditorium:

VS2013: Steven Peck Keynote

Keynote Address  by  Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA: “12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Productionwith Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin

Thursday, February 21:

A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spainby Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano

Friday, February 22:

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Timeby Christine Thuring

Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy by Wolfgang Ansel

Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plantsby Kevin Songer

See the Agenda, Agenda-at-a-Glance, and Speakers pages for the complete list of dates and times.

~ Connect with Social Media Open 24 Hours all 30 Days!


Registration for the entire 30 days:

Regular Price $99


WGIN Members (including Green Roofs for Healthy CitiesGet GRP credits!) & Advertisers $39

Associates $59

Students/Staff/Faculty & Government $29

See our Registration Page and Register Here.

We here at will be online throughout the 30 days of the Virtual Summit and hope to see you via video, audio or text chatting.     Come visit our booth – where we’ll be offering a Special Advertising Discount to participants to get listed in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory   – or just connect with us in the Networking Lounge.

We greatly appreciate our Rare Earth Sponsor, Tremco, for supporting our efforts and also wish to thank our growing list of exhibitors – by the way, it’s still not to late to exhibit!

If you haven’t yet, Register Now.   It’s a great way to see who’s doing What, Where, and How, not to mention all the networking opportunities to connect with your peers – plus, participate to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Looking forward to chatting with you!

~ Linda Velazquez

VS2013: Sponsors and Exhibitors

* The Inspiration Nook is for under 3-minute videos – it’s not too late to submit yours!   Learn how.