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.

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. 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  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 – 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 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

Date Change for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011

August 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm

We here at have rescheduled the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 for September 27th (Tuesday) & 28th (Wednesday).   A large number of unexpected events have made this decision necessary  – from speaker delays/conflicts to personal events to technical glitches – yet, we know that the extra time will be well worth it in the end!

We are very excited about our exceptional line-up of speakers and exhibitors and the extra time will ensure that the event will be a unique experience like no other!

We will also be extending the  Early Bird Pre-Registration date for the Virtual Summit quite a bit – up to a little more than 2 weeks before the event, which now will run through September 9.

Remember the Early Bird rate is only $49 (or $25 for students/faculty and government professionals) for both days plus the 30 archived on-demand days afterwards which includes over 30 presentations and panel sessions from 50+ colleagues from around the world.  So that means that the drawing for the first of two Apple iPad2s that we’ll be giving away will be announced on September 10 here on the Sky Gardens blog.

I’m hoping to finally release the agenda by the end of this week or Monday.  We have some incredibly awesome presentations, both individual and panel sessions – stay tuned!

See our Press Release here.  See you at the end of September!

~ Linda V.