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.

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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(TM) 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

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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

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

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

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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

Naturacion Urbana en Espana – “Urban Greening in Spain” by Dr. Julian BrizDr. Jose Mari­a Dura¡n-AltisentDr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer in Spanish with English subtitles

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 Iberoamerica y Espana” – “Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain.”

Thursday, March 7, 2013:

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

Jorg 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.

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.