Early Bird Discount for the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in Nantes, France!

June 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Summer is here and it’s time for fall conference planning, starting with the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in gorgeous Nantes, France this upcoming September!

Aramis and I will be attending as I’ll be presenting Haven Kiers’ and my 7th annual Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.  Although we’ve been to Paris several times, we haven’t ventured too far, so we’re really excited about spending some time in the lovely, picturesque town of Nantes.

Look for a Guest Feature Article in a couple of days all about this Congress from Marc Lacaille, Délégué général, but for now read on for general information from le secrétariat du Congrès, Laurence Kuhner to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in Nantes, France which runs through July 15, 2013:

Dear Madam, dear Sir,

We are pleased to announce you that the program of the World Green Infrastructure Congress is available online

You benefit from a preferential rate to register to the congress before July 15, 2013. We invite you to register directly online by clicking here. 

 Please note that GROUP REGISTRATIONS are also available, do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information. 

Pre booked Hotels rooms are available till August 6, 2013. After this deadline, rooms will not be guaranteed.

To select your property, rates & availability or to reserve directly online please click here.

For any further information please proceed to the congress website right now at www.wgic2013.com.

And for our French-speaking friends here you go:

Madame, Monsieur,

Le programme du congrès mondiale de la végétalisation du bâtiment est finalisé (cliquez ici).

Dépêchez-vous! Il ne vous reste plus que 4 jours pour bénéficier du tarif préférentiel avant majoration le 15 juillet 2013, cliquez ici

Que vous soyez en entreprise ou membre d’un organisme, nous vous proposons aussi un TARIF GROUPE très avantageux. N’hésitez pas à me contacter pour prendre connaissance des modalités d’inscription. 

Enfin pour faciliter votre séjour, nous avons également pré-réservé des chambres dans différents hôtels de Nantes. Ces hôtels sont à votre disposition jusqu’au 6 août 2013. Au-delà de cette date, les chambres ne pourront être garanties.

Pour procéder à votre réservation, veuillez cliquer ici 

Pour toute information complémentaire, rendez-vous sur le site du congrès dès maintenant www.wgic2013.com.

For additional information, please contact:

Le secrétariat du Congrès, Laurence Kuhner
wgic2013@clq-group.com
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 64 15 15

See you in France this September!

~ Linda V.

CitiesAlive San Francisco Call for Papers due March 4th!

February 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Just a quick note to let you know that the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ “CitiesAlive San Francisco Call for Papers” has been extended to Monday, March 4th.  Have you submitted yours yet?

GRHC: 2013 CitiesAlive in San Francisco

Haven Kiers and I just did for our “2013 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” – “early” for once!  Speaking of which, you can see our “Greenroofs.com 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2013” video on demand now through March 13 at the Greenroofs & Walls of the Worldâ„¢ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture.

Hopefully we’ll get selected again for our 7th annual Top 10 List – Haven lives in the area and San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world!

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

Check out the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ Call for Abstracts here.

See you in the City by the Bay this October?

Until then, happy greening!

~ Linda V.

Connect with the $7.7 billion 2017 global market now at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013!

February 12, 2013 at 1:15 am

Today is the start of our Virtual Summit 2013 – don’t miss our exciting Opening Keynote Address “Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage?” by Dr. Aditya Ranade, Senior Analyst on the Lux Research Intelligence team leading the Sustainable Building Materials Intelligence service.

What does this have to do with living architecture?  Plenty!  Aditya is the lead author of the recent and much extolled Lux Research report on the potential of our burgeoning greenroof and wall market.  Armed with an Engineering degree, MBA, and PhD in Macromolecular Science, Aditya has enjoyed a long and varied career in science-driven innovation and emerging technologies.

Aditya Ranade Keynote

Lux Research states that greenroofs will account for $7 billion of the market, presenting a $2 billion opportunity to suppliers of polymeric materials such as geosynthetic fabrics and waterproof membranes. Greenwalls will swell to a $680 million market, using $200 million worth of materials such as self-supporting polyurethane foam growth media.

The full contents are only available to clients of the Sustainable Building Materials Intelligence service…But want to learn more?  Don’t miss Aditya’s in-depth, exclusive research Keynote this morning, Tuesday, February 12 @ 10:00 am EST (15:00 GMT), followed by his live 15-minute Q & A Session.

New this year are the Expo Wednesdays – Feb. 13, 20, 27 & Mar. 6 – four full days of live action at The Expo Pavilion 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 Pavilions at the VS2013

The entire Agenda for this week, with live Q & A’s to follow each:

Opening Day, Tuesday, February 12, 2013:

Opening Remarks from Linda Velazquez and Prof. Dr. Manfred Köhler

Opening Keynote Address by Aditya Ranade, PhD, MBA:Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage?

Panel Session Green Wall Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck (Moderator), and James Sable

 

Opening Expo Wednesday, February 13:

Mary Ann Uhlmann

Keynote Address by Mary Ann Uhlmann, GRP:Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect

Visit the Expo Pavilions live and see our wonderful exhibitors!

 

Thursday, February 14:

The Greenroofs.com 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2013 by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers



Friday, February 15:

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned” with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way with Barbara Deutsch, Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt

Panel Session “Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation – Chapter One with Patrick Carey (Moderator), Dr. Alan Darlington, Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, and Dr. Clayton Rugh

 

See the Agenda and Speakers pages for the complete list.

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


Registration for the entire 30 days:

Regular Price $99

Discounts:

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

Associates $59

Students/Staff/Faculty & Government $29

See our Registration Page for the Discount Codes and Register Here.

Registration is open through the entire 30 days.  Once a video has played it becomes available On Demand, but Q & A Sessions are live and you can only participate on the scheduled day and time.  Transcripts will be available On Demand, too.

We here at Greenroofs.com 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 - or just connect with us in the Networking Lounge.

Once again, thank you to our Rare Earth Sponsor, Tremco, and to our growing list of exhibitors – by the way, it’s not to late to exhibit and join in the networking!

See you online!

~ Linda Velazquez

  VS2013-SponsorsandExhibitors

See the Amazing Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013 Collaborative Videos!

February 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

There are just 4 days left until the start of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013!  We here at Greenroofs.com and WGIN are excited and hope you have already registered for this this networking opportunity.

You’ve heard about our awesome Keynotes and our expert Panel Sessions, and now check out our assortment of lively collaborative video presentations from industry leaders and innovators, all followed by 15-minute live Q & A Sessions where you can interact with each of them online:


Opening Day: Tuesday, February 12, 2013:

“Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt

Women Leaders: Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt

Hear about the trials, tribulations and personal stories of not only running a woman-led company/organization, but highly succeeding at it from: Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells, Co-Owners of Motherplants Nursery; Vanessa Keitges, President & CEO of Columbia Green Technologies; and Joy Schmidt, CEO of Vitaroofs International.

 

Thursday, February 14:

“The Greenroofs.com 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2013 by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers

Top 10 for 2013 + a peek into 2013 by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers

Greenroofs.com Founder & Publisher Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers, Greenroofs.com Editor present our highly popular annual series.  2012 was the sixth year we have been compiling our “Hot Top 10 List” and our presentation will show you the latest and greatest from 2012 and we’ll include spectacular new projects from around the world sure to be on our Hot Top 10 List for 2013!


Friday, February 15:

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts

Award Winners Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts

Join these four Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2012 Award of Excellence winners as they share the trials and tribulations of their greenroof living architecture projects: The Royal York Condominium in Manhattan; The Ledge in Boston, Daniel F and Ada L Rice Plant Conservation Science Center’s Green Roof Garden in Chicago, and the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market in Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

Monday, February 18:

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

"Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?" by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring

Meet Mark Simmons, PhD from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas and Christine Thuring (Chlorophyllocity) from the University of Sheffield in The Inspiration Nook.  Their under 3-minute video gives a brief introduction to urban ecology and presents a case for collaborative ecological urban design towards an optimistic future for our cities and planet.

 

Expo Wednesday, February 20:

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

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

The current importance of urban agriculture is evidenced by the numerous food farms currently operating at many different scales and many different parts of the world.  We visit just 5 innovative approaches to growing local produce on horizontal and vertical spaces on rooftops and on the interior from Canada and the United States.  Watch Mohamed Hage, the founder of Lufa Farms in Montreal; Helen Cameron, co-owner of Uncommon Ground in Chicago; Ben Flanner, head farmer, CEO, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in New York City; George Irwin:  The founder and CEO of Green Living Technologies International in Rochester; and Alan Joaquin, the founder of FarmRoof in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu.

 

Thursday, February 21:

A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain“ by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano in Spanish with English voice-overs and subtitles, followed by a live Q & A in English with Dr. Alan Darlington

of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain" by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano

Dr. Alan Darlington of NEDLAW Living Walls will present “Indoor Air Biofilters.”  His presentation will outline the science and engineering behind the biofilters; their impact on the indoor space as well as issues related to design and integration into the built environment.

Ignacio (Nacho) Solano of Paisajismo Urbano will share the history of Paisajismo Urbano and how the love of plants has been transformed into one of the leading companies in our sector worldwide.  Come and discover his interviews with rare footage and follow this firm which is synonymous with experience and expertise in the world of advanced vertical gardening.

 

Thursday, February 28:

A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano in Spanish with English voice-overs and subtitles, followed by a live Q & A in Spanish with Nacho Solano

Naturación Urbana en España - “Urban Greening in Spain” by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer in Spanish with English subtitles

"Naturación Urbana en España" - "Urban Greening in Spain" by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer

Four Spaniards from the worlds of academia and architecture share their views on the current situation in Spain in Spanish with English subtitles.  Their videos will serve as backgrounders for the Panel Session La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España” - “Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain.”

 

Thursday, March 7, 2013:

Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits! with Jörg Breuning and Ryan Miller

"Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits!" with Jörg Breuning and Ryan Miller

Jörg Breuning, Principal of Green Roof Technology (and newest Greenroofs.com contributing editor) and Office Manager Ryan Miller will explain the many benefits of integrating renewable energy into modern green roof technology through the use of solar energy, and will demonstrate the upfront costs and paybacks within 5-10 years.

So, if you haven’t registered yet, here are the extremely low rates – this includes access to all of the Speaker videos and all of the virtual environment, too, including the Expo Pavilions and all the different Lounges and Social Media Spaces:

Regular Price $99

Discounts:

WGIN Members (including Green Roofs for Healthy Cities - Get GRP credits!) & Greenroofs.com Advertisers $39

Associates $59

Students/Staff/Faculty & Government $29

See our Registration Page for more information and Register Here.

See you online this Tuesday!

~ Linda V.