Don’t Miss the Last Early Bird Discount for 2015 CitiesAlive Ending This Friday, September 18!

September 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Last Chance for the CitiesAlive 2015 in NYC Early Bird Discount Plus the Exclusive Hotel Rate!

Hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) for the 13th time, the 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference in Brooklyn is just around the corner!  Have you finalized all of your plans yet?  Most importantly, have you registered?

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Don’t forget to:

Register before September 18th for the Last Early Bird Discount  + Special Hotel Rate!

That’s this Friday!

As usual, CitiesAlive is going to be a great event with tons of activities, learning, networking, and just plain fun.  And you can’t get a better city than New York to accommodate it all!

GRHC has done a great job in putting all of this together.  Join over 60 expert speakers in the field of sustainability examining themes of resilience including:

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BILL BROWNING
Terrapin partner and co-founder Bill Browning has received this year’s Design for Humanity Award, presented by the American Society for Interior Designers.
Bill Browning will be featured at CitiesAlive as a keynote speaker. His address will inform you about the science of biophilic design and how living architecture contributes to productivity, health, and happiness.
BIRGIT SIBER
Birgit Siber is a principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects where sustainable design is central to her work. She incorporated the first large scale living wall biofilter at the University of Guelph-Humber.
Along with Alan Darlington, Founder and Vice President of Nedlaw Living Walls, Birgit will explore the design, functionality, and return on investment of living wall biofilters.
BRUCE FOWLE
Bruce Fowle co-founded FXFOWLE in 1978 and has guided the firm to international recognition for excellence in design, pioneering socially and  environmentally responsible architecture and planning.
Using the renovation and expansion of the Javits Center as a case study, Bruce will discuss the complexity of choreographing the updating of the building systems.

I would be pretty amiss if I also didn’t say to please come and see our Design Editor Haven Kiers and my presentation at CitiesAlive – our annual Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2015 .  We’ll be releasing the Greenroofs.com 2015 Top 10 List Press Release soon, so stay tuned for that, too:

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LINDA S. VELAZQUEZ
Linda Velazquez, ASLA, GRP, LEED AP, is the founder and publisher of Greenroofs.com (1999) and the principal of Sky Gardens Design. Greenroofs.com publishes The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database, The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory, and the GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube. Greenroofs.com produces the biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits (2015, 2013, 2011).
HAVEN KIERS
Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP, designs and presents nationally about greenroofs and is a founding partner of GreenSwell Design and Planning. She is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities where she facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, & 401 Courses. Haven also teaches courses at the University of California, Davis. Haven is the Design Editor on Greenroofs.com (2005).

Other activities at CitiesAlive include:

A la carte Registration to fit your schedule
Attend exclusive networking Events like a rooftop dinner and a networking cruise
Receive a special discounted rate for On-Site Accommodations
Discover products and people at the Trade Show
Cutting-edge Training opportunities
Full show Program available for details.

And, check out just some of these awesome CitiesAlive tours on Wednesday, October 7:

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L – R Photos: Mark Morrison; Art Elmers; David Sundberg.

Visionaire Rooftop
Wednesday October 7th
3pm – 5pm: $29
1 Hotel Central Park
Wednesday October 7th
3pm – 5pm: $29

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Roof
Wednesday October 7th
3pm – 5pm: $29
Attend this unique tour of a roof terrace designed by Mark K. Morrison Landscape Architecture, located on the 35th floor of a LEED Platinum-certified condominium in lower Manhattan. This project features a large potager vegetable garden with vertical screens for climbing vegetables and a fruit orchard with dwarf trees as well as a cold frame for year round harvest, an herb garden in a knot design, and a patch for berries. Visit this new green hotel on Sixth Avenue just one block from Central Park in the heart of Manhattan and explore the inner workings of the efficiency irrigation and fertilization system installed by Netafim that supports a three-story exterior living wall.  Other eco-friendly design features, including the use of reclaimed and natural materials throughout the hotel, reflect 1 Hotel’s commitment to sustainability.
Visit the Javits Convention Center, home to the second largest green roof on a single, free-standing building in the USA installed by Xeroflor. This 292,000 square foot rooftop has been transformed into an energy-saving green haven using sedum grown on a farm in Upstate New York. A recent study found that the roof has attracted nearly a dozen different species of birds who are using the green roof for nesting and breeding.

And these tours on Thursday, October 8:

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L – R Photos: Greensulate; Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies; Barbara Norman.

Regis High School
Thursday October 8th
3pm – 5pm: $29
Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies
Thursday October 8th
3pm – 5pm: $29
PS41 – The Greenwich Village School Green Roof, Thursday October 8th, 3pm – 5pm: $29
Explore one of New York City’s largest green roofs with this exclusive tour of Regis High School’s rooftop gardens. Tucked away above Regis’ stately, landmark designated facade, this mini-ecosystem includes native grasses, solar panels, an observatory, apiaries, and herb gardens that supply the school’s cafeteria. Joining us to discuss the design and the environmental benefits of the green roof will be Alexander Roth, Greensulate’s lead landscape designer. The Tour will conclude with a small wine reception. The Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies at P.S. 333, The Manhattan School for Children, is a rooftop environmental education greenhouse, producing hydroponically grown vegetables on the Upper West Side. The project was designed by NY Sun Works, a non-profit organization that builds hydroponic science labs in urban schools. It provides science and sustainability education for approximately 150 K-8th grade students every day. The GELL Project Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory is the first green roof installed by the New York City Department of School Construction Authority (SCA). A 15,000 sq. ft. LiveRoof system covers the building with a wide variety of sedums and New York native plants. The tour will be led by science teacher and project founder Vicki Sando, who will discuss navigating the design process, funding, and construction of this $2 million-dollar project along with how the green roof is integrated into the curriculum.

See all of the tour descriptions at CitiesAlive here.

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And, don’t miss the Closing Dinner on Wednesday October 5th which is sure to be an outstanding event, courtesy of Rooflite, on the Brooklyn Grange Roof Farm #1.

CHECK OUT THE FULL PROGRAM ONLINE AT http://citiesalive.org/.

We here at Greenroofs.com hope to see you next month at CitiesAlive 2015!

~ Linda V.

GRHC Announces 2015 Green Roof & Wall Design Awards of Excellence Winners

September 11, 2015 at 11:55 am

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) announced yesterday its second group of winners of its 2015 Design Awards of Excellence.

Jeffrey Bruce, Chair of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), announced the winners in the lead-up to CitiesAlive®: 13th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference coming up just around the corner in October in Brooklyn, NY.

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“Awards in eight categories recognizing outstanding design projects were awarded. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is proud to have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate these examples of excellence, and share them with attendees at CitiesAlive. The Awards will be formally presented at a luncheon at CitiesAlive (October 5-8, 2015) at the Brooklyn Marriott on Wednesday, October 7th. This year’s conference theme is Resilient People, Communities and Places, featuring cutting-edge designs, new technical performance research, innovative policy work, a trade show with industry leaders, and informative professional training and tours.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Read on from the GRHC September 10, 2015 Press Release:

2015 Design Awards of Excellence Winners

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Project: TriBeCa Loft – New York, NY
Award Recipient: New York Green Roofs LLC
Floating amidst lower Manhattan’s skyline, architecture meets nature to transform a penthouse residence into the ultimate garden apartment. This project retrofits a nineteenth century loft building’s rooftops into a series of dynamic and diverse gardens.

Special Recognition
Project: LeFrak Lakeside Center Prospect Park – New York, NY
Award Recipient: Roofmeadow
This recreation facility inserted into the historic landscape, includes two skating rinks, one that is topped with an extensive green roof and intensive green roof areas which are seamlessly integrated into the surrounding landscape, preserving historic design while meeting the needs of a diverse contemporary urban community.

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Intensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: Aventura Optima Plaza – Aventura, FL
Award Recipient: Savino & Miller Design Studio
Conceived as a balance of the loss of green space caused by the building’s construction by raising the landscape up and inviting office employees to use the space, activating it with a glass enclosed gymnasium and a tranquil space for relaxation.

Extensive Institutional
Project: Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology – Philadelphia, PA
Award Recipient: Roofmeadow
The Meadow Roof is a prominent feature of the building attracting individuals and groups eager to enjoy time in the rooftop amenity space. Surrounded by floor to ceiling etched glass walls on three sides and a clear glass railing open to the city on the fourth side, the Meadow Roof is accessible to all who have access to the building.

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Extensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: Fidek Office Building – Red Deer, AB
Award Recipient: Berry Architecture + Associates
Part of a major renovation of a run down 1950’s bowling alley, the building is located in the downtown core of the city. The green roof helps to refresh the neighborhood both aesthetically and environmentally.

Small Scale Residential
Project: 58A Melville Ave – Toronto, ON
Award Recipient: Johanne Daoust
This single family rooftop garden implementation was inspired by issues of food security and changing sustainability demands in North America.

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Intensive Institutional
Project: Helen Schuler Nature Centre (HSNC) – Lethbridge, AB
Award Recipient: O2 Planning + Design
HSNC is an urban nature centre with the goal of delivering diverse and dynamic nature interpretive programs through a team of volunteers, staff and partners. As part of HSNC’s LEED-Gold certified expansion and renovation, interpretive roof gardens were constructed with the goal of creating a demonstration area for delivering interpretive programs and providing a living classroom for visitors.

External Green Wall
Project: Breathe Wall – Grand Rapids, MI
Award Recipient: LiveWall, LLC
Installed in an urban center, Breathe Wall was intentionally redesigned multiple times over a two year period. With multiple rotating palettes of over 70 different species annuals, edibles and perennials, the wall was used as an abstract art piece designed to convey the message that plants give us more than beauty; they supply us with the very oxygen we breathe.”

The Awards of Excellence luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Brooklyn Marriott in New York City during CitiesAlive. Visit www.citiesalive.org for more information about the Awards (including photos and background materials). Visit www.citiesalive.org for conference, event, and media registration. For conference media passes contact Tracy Jackson at tjackson@greenroofs.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Steven Peck, founder & president, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, speck@greenroofs.org or 416-971-4494 ext. 223.”

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What a wonderful selection of outstanding projects!  Congratulations to everyone involved, in particular to our own Sponsors, Roofmeadow and LiveWall (LiveRoof)!

We’ve recently featured both of Roofmeadow’s awesome honorees, the LeFrak Lakeside Center Prospect Park and the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology as our Project of the Week here on Greenroofs.com and look forward to learning more about the others – and then sharing more with you, too.

We hope to see many of you at CitiesAlive 2015 in Brooklyn!

~ Linda V.

GRHC Announces First Round of 13th Awards of Excellence Winners

September 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) Announces 13th Awards of Excellence Winners: Celebrating Outstanding Contributions to the Green Roof and Wall Industry Across North America

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities just announced the first group of winners of its 2015 Awards of Excellence. Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, GRHC Chairman of the Board, shared the news on August 28, 2015 in the lead-up to CitiesAlive®: 13th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference coming up in October in Brooklyn, NY.

“Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is proud to have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate these examples of excellence, and share them with attendees at CitiesAlive.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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Read on from their Press Release:

“Awards in 4 categories recognizing accomplishments in research, policy development, advertising design, and corporate leadership were deliberated on and awarded to the most engaging projects and engaged individuals in the industry.

The Awards will be formally presented at CitiesAlive (October 5-8, 2015) at the Brooklyn Marriott on Wednesday, October 7th. This year’s conference theme is Resilient People, Communities and Places, featuring cutting-edge designs, new technical performance research, innovative policy work, a trade show with industry leaders, and informative professional training and tours.

2015 Awards of Excellence Winners

Civic Award:
Award Recipient: Kevin Shafer, P.E. – Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Mr. Shafer has been instrumental in providing the regional leadership in implementing green infrastructure in MMSD facilities and on private property. This leadership has resulted in a new development approach by the communities and developers in the region. He also coordinated a $58 million long-range planning process that produced the most intensive water quality research ever for six Milwaukee area watersheds. Mr. Shafer has been critical to the success of the Greenseams program and the installation of rain-capturing projects. Additionally, under his leadership, MMSD instituted a regional stormwater runoff rule and has been a leader for innovative ways to manage stormwater runoff.

Research Award:
Award Recipient: Bill Retzlaff, PHD – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Dr. Retzlaff has a BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Forestry with a minor in plant phyisiology. He has Post-Doctoral experience in Horticulture, Viticulture, and Environmental Sciences. He is currently the research co-director of the St. Louis metropolitan area research collaboration (G.R.E.E.N. – Green Roof Environmental Evaluation Network) based at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). His main areas of research interest include: evaluation of green roof and green wall technologies, sustainable green infrastructure, and sustainable use of residual waste products.

Advertising Design Award:
Award Recipient: Carlisle SynTec, Inc
Carlisle SynTec Systems has been the leader in the commercial single-ply roofing industry for more than 50 years. It continues to lead the roofing industry today by providing its customers with superior roofing systems and services through a select network of manufacturer’s representatives, distributors and applicators. Dedicated supporters of the Living Architecture Monitor, their ad-design communicate and exemplify their commitment to excellence. “After much deliberation Carlisle SynTec has won our first ever award of excellence for advertising design.” said Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, GRHC Chairman of the Board.

President’s Corporate Award:
Award Recipient: American Hydrotech, Inc
American Hydrotech was an early adopter of green roofs and has supported the development of the industry in numerous ways for more than a decade. American Hydrotech has developed many Awards of Excellence winning projects, supported the development of training programs that lead to the Green Roof Professional Accreditation Program, and has contributed to CitiesAlive and the Living Architecture Monitor magazine for years. Representatives has stood on the GRHC Board of Directors as the Technical Standards Issues Representative, and has worked diligently to address FM Global’s unjustifiable wind uplift standards and promote the use of better root repellency standard tests. “American Hydrotech has been a long standing supporter of the green roof industry and we wouldn’t be where we are without them.” said Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, GRHC Chairman of the Board.

The Awards of Excellence luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Brooklyn Marriott in New York City during CitiesAlive. Visit www.citiesalive.org for more information about the Awards (including photos and background materials). Visit www.citiesalive.org for conference, event, and media registration. For conference media passes contact Tracy Jackson at tjackson@greenroofs.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Steven Peck, founder & president, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, speck@greenroofs.org or 416-971-4494 ext. 223.”

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Congratulations to this year’s first group of winners of the 2015 Awards of Excellence from Greenroofs.com, in particular to our own Sponsors American Hydrotech and Carlisle SynTec, and former Contributing Editor, Dr. Bill Retzlaff!

Stay tuned for the second half announcing the design award winners and – see you in NYC?

~ Linda V.

Five Great Reasons to Come to CitiesAlive in New York

August 21, 2015 at 8:00 am

By Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Founder and President Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

All Photos Courtesy of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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New York is a very special place!  The character of its many citizens, its diversity, wealth, delicious food, and sheer size provide Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) with unique opportunities to provide you with an exceptional 13th Annual CitiesAlive Conference experience this October 5-8.  Here are five ways we have worked with the good people of New York to bring you an awesome CitiesAlive 2015 experience this fall, which you can tailor to your own needs and desires – just don’t wait too long because space is limited:

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1. Multiple Tours.  We have set aside Wednesday afternoon after the Awards of Excellence Luncheon, and all day Thursday to bring you a wide variety of tour experiences.  From Beekeeping at Brooklyn Grange and Integrated Water Management at Queen’s Botanical Gardens to Regis High School and the enormous Jacob Javits Convention Center, there are lots to choose from.  We’ve paired a number of presentations in the program with tours which follow…  Take in some of the amazing green infrastructure projects we have lined up for you, and cap it off Thursday evening with a free amble along the High Line.

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2. Harbor Cruise.  The Local Host Committee has been fund raising to help offset the cost of dinner and drinks on board the Zephyr Yacht on Tuesday night, with support from New York Green Roofs, Permaloc, and Metro Green Visions.  When the Trade Show ends Tuesday night, we’ll walk or taxi down to the historic Brooklyn Pier, board a water taxi across the East Hudson, and then board the Zephyr for a two-hour networking cruise of New York Harbor.  You can choose to stay in Manhattan or return via the Water Taxi to Brooklyn at the end of the cruise.  Tickets for this outstanding event are limited.

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3. Program.  Technical Programming this year contains lots of leading edge work on design, research, and policy, much of it focused on the contribution being made by New Yorkers.  We have scientific studies on climate change, water purification and green infrastructure, irrigation system design for green walls, and more.  After five years of development, we are also launching the full two-day training on Net Zero Water for Buildings and Sites on Sunday and Monday, October 4 and 5.

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4. Hotel.  The Marriott New York by the Brooklyn Bridge is a fantastic conference hotel, recently having completed renovations which is perfectly situated for the conference delegates.  We’ve negotiated a great rate of $299 for a deluxe suite for conference delegates.  The room rate is only good until mid September so book now at: citiesalive.org/index.php/venue/hotel (718-226-7000).  The conference hotel is at the center of everything we are doing, and a short subway ride into Manhattan.

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5. Farm Dinner.  The Closing Dinner on Wednesday October 5th will be an outstanding event given that we are having it, courtesy of Rooflite, on the Brooklyn Grange Roof Farm, which boasts fresh food directly from the roof on the menu and awesome views of the New York skyline.  Tickets are also very limited so don’t be disappointed and register early.

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CitiesAlive New York is designed to allow you to chose what you would like to do, just don’t wait to long to register because space is limited!  We look forward to seeing you in the Big Apple on October 5-8, 2015.  Have a great finish to your summer!

Sincerely,

Steven Peck

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Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA
Founder and President
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Founder, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition
Co-Founder, World Green Infrastructure Network
Tel: 416-971-4494 ext. 233
www.greenroofs.org