Register Now for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit!

March 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Register Now 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit

Registration is now open for the
2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit

We here at are extremely excited to invite everyone to watch fantastic expert speakers, participate in Facebook Live Q & As, and reconnect and engage during our 4th biennial Virtual Summit, opening April 9 – 30, and on demand through December 31, 2017.

Register Now 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit

Check out the Speakers & Agenda pages to see all of the awesome people presenting at this year’s Virtual Summit!

How does it work?

Simply Register and then starting on April 9, 2017 you can start watching videos from either the Agenda or the individual Speaker  page. Visit the Expo for free and learn about our awesome Partners! See your favorite Speakers streaming their Q & A’s on Facebook Live and via Twitter over the long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23, 2017. Post your comments, watch them answer live, and network!

Your registration is open through the end of 2017, so watch or re-watch all of the videos on demand until December 31 so you can:

  • View world renowned speakers – thinkers and designers – sharing their experiences with world class living “vegitecture” projects
  • Watch from your desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone or any streaming device
  • Gain knowledge of lessons learned from immersions into real life case studies
  • Be inspired by visionary architects and designers on the cutting edge of design
  • Collaborate and communicate with vendors, subject matter experts, and peers
  • Download unlimited take-home, multi-media product information from the Expo Pavilion
  • Network with colleagues and make new contacts via Social Media on Facebook Live & Twitter

How much does it cost?

Register Now 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit


Since our living architecture and green infrastructure community can’t all be together in person all of the time, it’s great to know we can still connect every other year over time and space – online at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture ~ People, Projects & Design!

Register Now 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit

Register Now for the
2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit

Find more information at

Thank you to our wonderful Association/Organization & Media Partners #virtualsummit2017:

Register Now 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit

Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT), Green Roofs AustralasiaGreen Roofs for Healthy Cities, International Green Roof Association (IGRA), International Skyrise Greenery Conference/Green Urbanscape AsiaPRONATUR, Rate It Green™, and WGIC 2017 Berlin.

Sponsor Us

Be a part of one of the most innovative, groundbreaking, and unique online conferences in the world – and the first in our industry.  Contact Aramis at if you are interested in learning more!

See you online soon ~ Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall),

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

IGRA Green Roof News 2/2015 Main Focus: Urban Green Roof Policies

August 11, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Are you on the eNewsletter list of IGRA – the International Green Roof Association?  If not, you’re missing a great IGRA journal with their recently published IGRA Green Roof News 2/2015… while the 43-page issue is full of informative articles and case studies, its main focus is on Urban Green Roof Policies:


As you may already know, the International Green Roof Association “offers the platform for the worldwide promotion and dissemination of ecological Green Roof ideas.”

Read a little about this very instructive issue from our IGRA colleague, Sabine Frueh:

“It’s summer in the cities of the northern hemisphere. A wonderful time but the immense volume of concrete, steel, and asphalt absorbs and releases radiant heat, which can raise and maintain summer temperatures at unbearable levels. Cities can be ten to twenty degrees warmer than similarly situated rural areas and the extreme heat threatens the health of individuals. Plants cool the air by transpiration and are like mini air conditioners in summer, whether they are growing on the ground or on the rooftop.

Cities such as Paris and Rotterdam have long recognized that vegetation on roofs is offering a high potential for the improvement of the urban climate and the reduction of the “urban heat island effect.” Green Roof Policies play a very important role for their sustainable urban planning.

If you’re a city dweller, you might be comfort to know that there is already an international information exchange in this field existing: The International Green Roof City Network is a platform to facilitate the application of Green Roofs Policies within a city. Read more about the Green Roof Policy Toolkit and innovative projects from Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, South Africa, USA and Germany in the IGRA Green Roof News Journal.” ~ Sabine Frueh, Co-Editor & Public Relations, IGRA International Green Roof Association

Also very interesting is the “Interview with Amy Chomowicz (Green Roof Manager, City of Portland, OR) and Wolfgang Ansel (Director, IGRA)” – two of our favorite people!


IGRA had asked me to contribute a piece for this issue about our recently completed Virtual Summit 2015, so you’ll also find an article from me on page 39 entitled “2015 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: For the 3rd time, Shines a Virtual Spotlight on the Greenroof & Greenwall Industry, Market, & Community.”

I also plan to publish an expanded version of this article very soon here on, so look for that, too!

Download the PDF version of the IGRA Green Roof News 2/2015 here and learn more about the International Green Roof Association by visiting their website.

Happy reading!

~ Linda V.

Only Two Weeks Left for the Virtual Summit 2015! See the “ 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” by Haven Kiers & Linda Velazquez Now

May 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm

We hope you have you been participating and gaining insight from our third biennial:


Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015 –
Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture:
People, Projects & Design

You still have two weeks to engage with your fellow living architecture colleagues and watch over 12 hours of informative and high-spirited video presentations from 33 global experts and leaders online:

Now all Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand + Networking is Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015


Register here for only $49 or $25.  Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.

New!  As you probably now by now, in celebration of the Virtual Summit 2015 we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our spectacular speakers on our Sky Gardens Blog by gauging their 5 Key Learning Objectives.  If you haven’t yet, peruse the New Series to see each one’s crucial benefits and find out if you just can’t miss watching the entire video, for example with Dr. Ken Yeang, one of our distinguished Keynotes:


1. Ken’s philosophy, ecological design agenda, and specifics regarding architectural devices of the Solaris, National Library of Singapore, and the EDITT Tower (the Ecological Design in the Tropics) among others;

2. How he was influenced early on from studying under Ian McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania;

3. The concept of “ecomimicry”…  See the rest here.

See the Agenda to learn about all of the presentations.  Once in the virtual environment, just click on any of the Public Group Chats in the Sky Gardens Lobby, Rare Earth Auditorium, or the “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere!” Networking Lounge to chime in.  Or invite your peers to a private chat anywhere, any time.


Register to support our work!  These video presentations will not be made public for at least one year – with one exception:  Watch the collaborative 43:43 video “ 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” by Haven Kiers and me on our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015 channel on YouTube or below, now public:


So what are our own 5 Key Learning Objectives?

1. Become familiar with the latest design trends in living architecture!;

2. Regarding built projects, understand highlights of the project drivers and the design process;

3. If conceptual, explore the design inspiration and local context – feel the energy of the designer for the design!;

4. Receive additional designer resources and information for each project;

5. As usual, be dazzled and inspired by the amazing projects and have fun!

The Expo Pavilion featuring our Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Association Partners remains open on demand through May 31, 2015.  Continue to visit each company and organization, watch their videos, gather take home info, and connect with the reps.


Thank you for the support from our visionary Rare Earth Sponsor Tremco Incorporated plus our:

Diamond Sponsors: Bonar/Xero Flor and Green Roof Outfitters

Exhibitors: Green Living Technologies International and Sunlite Science & Technology

Industry Partners: AEC Daily, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and the International Green Roof Association


Learn more about the Virtual Summit 2015.

We feel the virtual sharing platform is so important and beneficial to our community and industry. By removing the barriers of travel, huge investments of time and money – not to mention your carbon footprint – the financial playing field is leveled, allowing easy access to awesome people, projects, and design at your leisure.

Don’t miss joining in on the conversation. It’s about connecting and social networking across the entire globe, and the Virtual Summits are the wave of the future!

We hope you and your colleagues will support our work and join us during this very special online event through May 31st – the next Virtual Summit will be in 2017!

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” Inspiration Nook Video by Christine Thuring.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

Only Two Weeks Left for the Virtual Summit 2015! See the “ 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” by Haven Kiers & Linda Velazquez Now.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

The Expo Pavilion is Open – Join Us at the Virtual Summit 2015!

April 11, 2015 at 11:00 am

Join us today and tomorrow, Saturday & Sunday April 11 & 12 at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture for the live Expo Pavilion Trade Show!


The Expo Pavilion is the exhibit hall with access to all of the individual booths, and they are open now for the Live Social Weekend Hangout through tomorrow.  Visit with the Virtual Summit 2015 supporters – chat with the wonderful industry reps, see what their companies have to offer.  In their booths you can checkout videos, project and material information and simply download tons of interesting info.

WHO’S HERE?  Our Sponsors:

Tremco Incorporated:


Tremco Incorporated has been our Rare Earth Sponsor for the 3rd Virtual Summit in a row – thank you!  Tremco Roofing is a leading supplier of sustainable roofing systems, including vegetative, cool roofing, and more.

“We are committed to building upon this base to create new mechanisms that improve sustainability and value for our customers.” ~ Tremco Incorporated

Bonar/Xero Flor:


Bonar/Xero Flor offers greenroof components and systems, German engineered for over 40 years. Enkadrain®, the most trusted name in subsurface drainage, also drains green roofs & reinforces roots.  XeroFlor’s Pre-cultivated Mat Technology – proven on thousands of vegetated projects worldwide.

Green Roof Outfitters®:


GRO modules from Green Roof Outfitters® are a versatile modular green roofing system combining design flexibility with cost effective installation.  GRO modules are designed for simple installation and ease of access for roof maintenance and repair.

And our Exhibitors & Association Partners:

Green Living Technology International:


Green Living Technology International (GLTi) is a global pioneer of Green Roofs, Green Walls, Vertical Agriculture, Edible Walls, Job / Education Training, National Learning Standard Aligned Education and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) based philosophy.

Sunlite Science & Technology: Pioneering LED Greenwall Lighting:


Sunlite Science & Technology: Pioneering LED Greenwall Lighting has been designing customized LED greenwall lighting systems since 2011. By the end of the year there will be 19.

International Green Roof Association (IGRA):


The International Green Roof Association (IGRA) is a global network, for the promotion and dissemination of information on Green Roof topics and Green Roof technology. Due to the status as multi-national, non-profit organisation, IGRA offers the platform and infrastructure. They produce the bi-yearly International Green Roof Congress, this year in Istanbul on April 20-21, 2015.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC):


Green Roofs for Healthy Cities North America (GRHC) is a rapidly growing not-for-profit industry association working to promote the industry throughout North America. They produce the yearly Grey to Green Conference, this year held on June 1-2, 2015 and the CitiesAlive Conference, this year on October 5-8, 2015, as well as provide trainings, the GRP accreditation and much more.

AEC Daily:


AEC Daily is a developer of online education courses for the construction sector.  It is an e-learning provider for architects, engineers, and other construction professionals and serves over 450 companies.

And of course,!


After the Live Social Weekend Hangout, the Expo Pavilion will remain open on demand through May 31, 2015 where you can continue to learn about each company and organization, gather take home info, and connect with the reps.

Register here for only $49 or $25.


Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015
Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design

See you online!

~ Linda V.