Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

January 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm

We’ve created a short (3-minute) and fun trailer for our 2nd annual  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013.

We’re highlighting just a few of our awesome speakers and snippets of the promo videos in various languages including English, Spanish, German, French, Spanish, Korean and Chinese (Mandarin).  We hope you’ll like it!

See it here below:

By the way, you can watch all of the really short promo videos in multiple languages from me and all the WGIN members who attended the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference  last October, too.

You can see them all on our playlist and we have them playing on the Virtual Summit 2013 homepage, or you can see them individually by clicking on our names:

Linda Velazquez, Steven Peck, Julian Briz,  Matt Dillon,  Manfred Koehler, Francois Lassalle,  Eun-Heui Lee,  Dorthe Romo,  Wang Xianmin, and  Tanya Müller  Garcia.

It was really lots of fun filming these little promos amidst cars and trucks beeping, people walking by talking really loudly, flocks of birds chirping and squawking, etc. And you have to admit, the backgrounds were stunning!

Check out http://virtual.greenroofs.com for more information and to register for this event like no other.

See you online soon!

~ Linda V.

Register Now for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013 – Contact Us for Your Discount!

January 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

We are so excited about our 2nd annual  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013!  It’s going to be awesome!

As you surely know by now, this year our Virtual Summit 2013 is presented in association with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), and we here at Greenroofs.com are happy to have them on board as a partner.

There is simply not a greener conference model out there.

Plus, here’s your chance to not only see over 30 video presentations from leading experts, but network with them, too!  Participate in the many Social Media options like participating in the live Speaker  Q & A Sessions and live video, audio and text chatting during the entire 30 days of scheduled activities.

People:

  • Creative innovators and trailblazers sharing organic green infrastructure ideas and lessons learned.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable exhibitors on hand live at the Expo.

Keynotes – thinkers, designers, trend setters, leaders, eco-luminaries:

“¢ Dusty Gedge, President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations and Co-Founder of Livingroofs.org
“¢ Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities  and Founding Member of the  World Green Infrastructure Network
“¢ Dr. Aditya Ranade, Senior Analyst on the Lux Research Intelligence team
“¢ Javier Senosiain, Architect, Principal of Arquitectura Orgánica
“¢ Mary Ann Uhlmann, GRP, Environmental Horticulturist and Tremco, Inc. Manager, Vegetated Roof Systems Program Development

Visit the Speakers page to see all of our outstanding presenters!

See the Preliminary Agenda to read about the Keynotes, Individual and Collaborative Presentations, Expert Panel Sessions, and “Inspiration Nook” topics.

Expo Wednesdays:

Visit our fantastic  Sponsors and Exhibitors  at the cool  Expo Pavilions and see all the new products and services in our industry from leading manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers as well as learn about different world organizations on  4 dedicated days!

We’ve lowered the price, too, in case you’re considering getting a booth:  only $600.  This year the live Expo will be held on all 4 Wednesdays during the Virtual Summit – on  February  13, February 20, February 27 & March 6, 2013.  Our Expo Trade Show Wednesdays will each be anchored by a Keynote Presentation and a Panel Discussion from leading authorities.

Our mission embraces information sharing across the globe at extremely affordable pricing.  Registration includes access to the entire virtual environment – all the keynote, speaker and panel session videos, Q & A’s, social media networking, Sponsor Spaces, Prize Center, JobLinks Lounge, and the spectacular Expo Trade Show – for the entire 30 days.

How much?   Regular Price $99

Discounts:

WGIN Members & Greenroofs.com Advertisers $39
If you are an advertiser of ours contact us  for the Discount Code.  Contact your organization if you are a member of one of the following from the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN):

Green Roofs for Healthy CitiesGet GRP credits!
AMENA
Association pour le Développement et l’Innovation de la Végétalisation Extensive des Toitures (ADIVET)
Green Roofs Australasia
International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA)
Korea Green Roof & Infrastructure Association
PromoVerde
PRONATUR
WGIN

Associates $59
Available to participating non-WGIN organization members including ASLA, AIA, USGBC, IGRA, SGRI, EFB, NRCA, etc.  Contact each organization for your Promo Code.  Contact us to get your organization listed as an Associate.

Students & Government $29
You do not need a Promo Code.  But your email extension needs to be approved, including: .edu, .gov, upm.es.  If you qualify but have a different extension, contact us.

See our Registration Page and Register Here.

By the way, we’d like to thank  Tremco  for once again committing their greenroof industry leadership through our highest level of  Sponsorship  – the  Rare Earth Sponsor!

Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities:
See how you, too, can be a Sponsor or Exhibitor and reach our highly targeted greenroof & greenwall market – contact us  at virtual.greenroofs.com.

Join your internationally recognized peers and industry leaders for our dynamic 30-day Virtual Summit 2013 and explore the world of greenroofs & walls – all from the comfort of your office, home, laptop, tablet, or phone – wherever you are and however you like to connect.

Visit  virtual.greenroofs.com  to stay up to date.

We hope to see you online for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013  on  February 12 through March 13, 2013!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com Updates & Happy Holidays!

December 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Hello readers and fellow colleagues,

I hope you have all been enjoying your holidays with family and friends with an eye towards the New Year – especially  after our collective escape from the dire but thankfully misled (or misinterpreted) Mayan  predictions on the winter solstice of 12.21.12!

Kidding aside, we here at Greenroofs.com  have simply been swamped since late summer with various milestones including our trips to Chicago followed immediately by 2 weeks in China, not to mention orchestrating our 2nd annual  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013.

And, by the way, I couldn’t make it to The International Green Conference in Bangalore, India last month – a recent bout with upper respiratory problems were aggravated with all the traveling and I developed ear issues and was told not to fly for a few months.  I was extremely upset but everyone told me that the Conference was wonderful.

And so I’ve been very behind in my various blog posts ~ so one of my New Year’s  resolutions  is to catch up here at Sky Gardens with the following blog posts:

– On a personal note, most of you who have been following us for years know that I have been an international flight attendant with Delta Air Lines for a long time (hey, I didn’t want to give up my “day” job until I knew this greenroof gig would work out!)…well, as of  September  1, I  officially  retired after 33 years of loving (almost) every bit of it!  I had the  privilege  of working with the best people ever – the end of an era…

– The 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago – what a great town!  For now I will say it was great, one of the very best get-togethers we as an industry have enjoyed so far.  If you  have  photos to share, please send them to linda@greenroofs.com – there was a lot I missed and then Aramis and I had to leave Saturday morning following the conference since we left for Shanghai the next day and we missed out on all the tours (I also took a class on Wednesday, so I couldn’t go then, either).

– The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) World Green Roof Congress in Hangzhou, China which was simply awesome!  The resort was beautiful and the organization was amazing as there were at least 1,400 – 1,500 attendees – the largest crowd I’ve ever presented to before (I presented Haven Kiers’ and my “2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design“).

We had a day of touring  followed  by 2 days of the  wonderful  speakers, excellent food and hospitality, ending with another day of touring.  Each  evening  there was a celebratory feast – Professor Xianmin Wang and his awesome International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) team of William Wei, Lisa and many others are to be highly commended.  We then followed this  sumptuous  experience with an additiional 8 or 9 more days of once in a  lifetime  touring around  China!

– All about our  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013  on February 12 through March 13, 2013 –  it’s going to be very different from last year. First of all, this time we’ve  partnered  with the  World Green Infrastructure Network  and we’re thrilled to have them on board to provide an ever greater world stage.

You’ll enjoy  a full 30 days of scheduled and on demand video Keynotes, panel sessions, individual and combo presentations with a lot more interactive fun with scheduled live Q & A chat  sessions  with  speakers and other greenroof & greenwall enthusiasts from around the globe, plus visiting the  Sponsor Spaces and Social Media Areas.  Here are our 5 distinguished Keynotes:

New this year is the Prize Center where you’ll accumulate points for cool prizes; the Joblinks Lounge where you can post jobs wanted and view job openings; and the Inspiration Nook where you can post under 3-minute videos about your research idea, project, or poster boards (no commercial ventures!) and participate in scheduled chat discussions which will be included on the Agenda.

In order to feature our Sponsors and exhibitors, we will also offer 4 dedicated days – one per week – to our Expo Trade Show, each anchored by a Keynote Presentation and a Panel Discussion from leading authorities.  By the way, we’d like to thank Tremco for once again committing their greenroof industry leadership through our highest level of  Sponsorship  – the Rare Earth Sponsor!

Other Greenroofs.com News:

– Starting in the New Year, our “This Week in Review” news roundup video, hosted by our daughter Anjuli Velazquez, will come back as “This Month in Review.”

– We’re currently  scheduling our “Greenroof or Greenwall Project of the Week” series – if you’d like to see your project highlighted, first of all we need to have a profile for it in the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database!  (We are still backlogged with entries but hope to be up to date within a month).

We only spotlight profiles that have 10 or 11 photos and lots of descriptive content.  People ask us if they have to be listed in the Greenroof Directory to be selected, and the answer is no – although we do highlight our advertisers about 4:1 as compared to non-advertisers for their loyalty.

Advertising with Us  is extremely affordable, and we certainly appreciate the support!  Plus there’s no better place in our industry to have your company listed than with us, the #1 website in the world for greenroofs.

– And ordering our  2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Wall Calendar is still an inexpensive (only $9.95 including shipping & handling within the U.S.and Canada) and perfect last minute gift to ring in the New Year.

That’s it for now – we’d like to wish you and yours Seasons Greetings & a Happy New Year 2013!

~ Linda V. & all of us here at Greenroofs.com

The Greenroofs.com 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design

November 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

2012 has been a whirlwind year for an amazing assortment of spectacular living architecture projects, and Haven Kiers and I have taken notice.  Did you see our  October 16, 2012 Greenroofs.com Announces the “2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”  Press Release about it?

Here we go:

2012 marks the sixth year of our “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.”  Compiled by our Design Editor Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP and I, we have been proud to share the Top 10 List at the following conferences so far:

The 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago, IL on October 17-20, 2012 and the  WGIN World Green Roof Conference 2012 (WGRC) in Hangzhou, China on October 22-26, 2012.

Next up is the International Green Conference 2012 in Bangalore, India on November 26-28, 2012, and, of course, we will be presenting it at our second  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 on February 12 through March 13, 2013.  And for the Virtual Summit we will add a twist – a sneak peek into projects on our radar for the 2013 Top 10 List.  Haven and I always have a great time showing amazing examples of living architecture and will be available afterward for a live Q & A session – right from the convenience of your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

So, what’s it all about in 2012?

Starting with trends that we’ve seen in previous years that have either refused to go away or have sprung back with new vigor within the last year, we continue to see amazing integration of urban agriculture into new and existing structures, the use of vegetation to create soothing and healing gardens within hospital settings, and the design of schools that incorporate living architecture into their basic curriculum.  As always, we doff our caps to the fantastic skyscrapers that spiral up through the clouds and the client specific boutique greenroofs that defy categorization.

We are also excited to highlight new trends in green infrastructure.  This year, museums embraced their inner green goddesses and began highlighting living art both in and outside of their walls (and roofs).  Another rising trend features elevated walks.  Capturing everything from bridges, railways and promenades, this category features stunning expanses of elevated greenery.  And new this year, we’re incorporating two of the greenest cities in the world as categories in and of themselves, starting with tropical Singapore, a “herban” oasis that has started a green revolution on the island nation.

We culminate our Top 10 List of Hot Design Trends with a look at Chicago, an early trendsetter in city greening and now the definitive leader in living and green infrastructure and our #1 spot for 2012.

The Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2012:

10) Client Specific “Boutique” Greenroofs
9) Green Museums: Art Living Inside & Out
8) Educational Facilities as Green Living Laboratories
7) Upward Spirals of Green
6) Hospitals Healing through Living Architecture
5) Gardens in the Clouds: Stacking & Stepping with Vegetation
4) Sky Farms on the (High)Rise
3) Singapore: A City within a Sky Garden
2) Green Elevated Walks: Bridges, Railways & Promenades
1) Chicago’s Trend-Setting Style: A “Miracle Mile High” City of Plants & Leadership

If you didn’t make it to one of the fabulous physical conferences listed above, please join us in January and February 2013 for our second annual Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 to experience first hand our fast-paced, lively, and presentation jam packed with awesome and sometimes incredible greenroof & greenwall photos of projects worldwide.

After the 2013 Virtual Summit, we will be happy, once again, to post our video of the 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design on our Top 10 page and on  greenroofsTV, our video channel on YouTube.

See you in Bangalore or at the Virtual Summit in 2013!

Linda V.