Greenroofs.com”™s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 12, 2011

August 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here’s the transcript from August 12, 2011 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for this week, August 12th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–   Our project of the week is the BCIT Green Roof Research Facility built in 2003 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The British Columbia Institute of Technology designed a dedicated Green Roof Research Facility with the support of regional government, organizations, industry associations and material suppliers to help address the major barriers to market penetration of green roofs in BC. The BCIT Green Roof Research Facility was constructed to evaluate green roof performance for stormwater source control and thermal efficiency.   It has three independent roof surfaces – one reference roof and two green roofs – each with their own weather poles to measure climatic parameters. In addition to researching stormwater source control and thermal performance of green roofs, the BCIT Centre for the Advancement of Green Roof Technology also conducts product performance testing, serves for demonstration, and offers research-based education and training across disciplines. The Centre is a leading sustainable initiative that will help re-define how buildings are designed, and how land and water can be more effectively managed.

–  To learn more about the BCIT Green Roof Research Facility, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.

What’s New“

–   Due to a series of unexpected events, we have rescheduled our  Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 to September 27th & 28th. 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. The extra time will be well worth it in the end to allow our speakers more time to prepare their presentations, people to be back from vacations, and for all of us to start spreading the word! So, our Early Bird Pre-Registration has also been extended and now you have until September 9th to pre-register and be entered to win an iPad2!

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

–   AIA Credits Available at Boston GreenFest for the GLTi “Green Roof Installations” Lecture with George Irwin.

–   Community College of Philadelphia Selects LiveRoof ® for Two New Green Roofs at its Main Campus.

–  Industry News

–   The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems & treatment plants, at an estimated cost of $4.7 billion over 23 years, to eliminate illegal overflows of untreated raw sewage, including basement backups; and to reduce pollution levels in urban rivers and streams.

 

–   Over at Sky Gardens, read Linda’s latest posts: “Date Change for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011,” TWIR for 8.5.11 and our GPW.

– “Upcoming Events“

–   August 16th: there is a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities – GRP Exam in Washington, DC.

–   August 16th-18th: is Ag Progress Days, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences in Rock Springs, Pennsylvania.

 

–   And August 18th-20th: is Boston GreenFest 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

–   And check out our homepage for more Upcoming Events!

– “In the News“

–   Darah Hansen of The Vancouver Sun talks about “Car dealership buzzing with sweet activity.” In 2007, the 62,000-sq.-ft. Auto West BMW dealership in Richmond opened with more than $1 million in sustainable features, including a 16-meter-tall wind turbine, solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and a rooftop garden. Honey bees came two years later, following the rise of alarming news articles on the global collapse of honey bee colonies. The rooftop garden includes more than 3,500 bee-friendly plants, from lavender, wild strawberries and red currant to pink carpet roses, blueberries and apple blossoms. The project is also part of a study led by York University exploring how the urban environment affects the nesting habits of honey bees.

–   The Your News Now, web staff says “Downtown building gets new green roof.” The roof of the Monroe Building in downtown Syracuse now has a new environmentally-friendly roof with stormwater management capabilities projected to capture more than 90,000 gallons of water each year. The building’s owner applied for and received help from Onondaga County’s Green Improvement Fund, which is part of the county’s Save the Rain campaign. Its goal is to help reduce storm water pollution and clean up Onondaga Lake. The Green Improvement Fund covers several areas in the City of Syracuse.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or newslinks section of our website.

– Have something you think we should know about and post on our website? You can send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com.

– Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at Greenroofs.com by subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and being a member of our network on LinkedIn.

– This has been This Week in Review for August 12th,  2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by Greenroofs.com.*

Did we miss something? We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011: Connecting with Content!

August 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 is eight weeks away, and the  Early Bird Pre-Registration rate of $49 – which is 50% off the registration rate of $99 –  ends on September 9!

 

Of course, if you’re a student/faculty or government employee, you can sign up to the last minute for the super discounted rate of only $25– you’ll just miss out on your chance at winning the first of the two fabulous iPad2s we’re giving away.

Today I’ve posted the 2:45 video  “Connecting with Content” from the 6Connex Virtual Experience Platform below  which helps you navigate around to find specific types of content available at our Virtual Summit.  Once again, the Campus, above, is the home or starting point – in the videos it’s called the Lobby – same thing:

Basically, the fastest way to find a piece of content is by using the search field in the marquee on top – simply type in the word or phrase in the search area. You can also also adjust your preferences in the navigation bar below to specify what type of content you’re interested in browsing within your Recommendations tab.

The Recommendations tab is a shortcut to content found elsewhere in the virtual environment – review this content at any time by clicking the star icon.  There’s also “virtual browsing” by using the viewport, which is this large center portion of the environment from the greenroof campus which you can access from various areas.  When entering the Auditorium, for example, you can browse through the various pieces of content and then interact by simply clicking the play button for videos or you can add documents to your briefcase as a convenient zip file to your desktop, add videos to playlist, etc.  And don’t forget you can always access the Agenda  posted on the log-in page, Help Desk and Auditorium area.

Remember, you can access these features from the navigation bar, adjust your preferences,  edit your profile at any time, and if you need assistance, you can always just go to the help desk for a live person on either September 27 or 28.

Review the  Social Collaboration Network (SCN) video or see all of them here – and look for another video highlight soon.

Follow us on our  Twitter page and we encourage you to tweet to your followers using our event hashtag, #virtualsummit2011.

Visit our  LinkedIn Event page and share the event info with your connections and networks.

Like our  Facebook page and help us promote it to your fans.

Subscribe to our  YouTube GreenroofsTV Channel.

And, feel free to visit our  Downloads page with Event Banner Ads for you to post and share, too.

 

Visit the  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 website  here to learn more!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com”™s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: July 29, 2011

July 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here’s the transcript from July 29, 2011 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for this week, July  29th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the Church Street Station, built in 2002 in Evanston, Illinois.  Focus Development wanted to build their 17-story postmodern Church Street Station Condominiums not only with beautiful interiors but also to be a place that their customers would love to call home.  They also had future needs in mind by putting in a garden roof where condo owners could go to get away from the day-to-day stresses.  Adding natural beauty to the 5th floor roof atop the residents’ parking structure, this 8,500 s.f. garden roof sits alongside a beautiful pool and fitness room.  American Hydrotech provided the Garden Roof Assembly, which is a seamless, hot-applied rubberized asphalt membrane that provides long-lasting protection and incorporates a minimum of 25% recycled materials – along with retaining moisture, irrigating the vegetation from the underside, helping to recreate the plants’ natural growing environment on the roof.  Birch, maple and evergreen trees, tall grasses, and flowering shrubs and perennials create a naturalistic backdrop to the lush lawn and beautiful arbors, making the garden roof a benefit for the building owner, its occupants, and the whole neighborhood.

To learn more about the Church Street Station garden roof, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.

What’s New“

–    Pre-Registration is now open for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011! Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, a Greenroofs.com Virtual Conference and Expo, which will be held on August 23rd & 24th of this year!  Remember to Pre-Register by the Early Bird Registration date of August 10th and you’ll be entered to win one of two iPad2’s that we’ll be giving away!

–   Also here on Greenroofs.com:   Our monthly eNewsletter is going out today, so look for it in your inboxes!

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

–   CitySoil™: New Growing Media for Green Roofs and Urban Agriculture now in the market.

–  Industry News

–   This week state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced that urban forestry grants totaling $966,489 are being awarded to communities & organizations across New York.  The NY State Urban & Community Forestry Program provides technical assistance to communities through local Urban Foresters & ReLeaf volunteers.

– You can apply for a Greening Western Queens Fund Grant by submitting an application to the North Star Fund by September 12, 2011.  Special consideration will be given to the planning and/or creation of greenroofs and other newly created green spaces that demonstrate multiple benefits, for example, energy conservation and increased local food production.

–   Joblinks Update:

New York Green Roofs is looking for a Foreman-in-training and a Green Roof Installation Laborer in New York, NY.

– At the Sky Gardens Blog,  read Linda’s latest posts:   “CitiesAlive Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow, August 29!” – which is today, so make sure you register to save $150 off the registration rate; “Virtual Summit 2011: Participating with the SCN!,” “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 22nd, 2011,” and our GPW!

– “Upcoming Events“

– August 23rd & 24th: is our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 held online around the world!

–   And check out our homepage for more Upcoming Events!

– “In the News“

–   Alexandra and Elena Hall, of blogTO talk “Atop the Sky Garden of UofT.”  They say, “initiated by the Urban Agriculture Society and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and urban agriculture enthusiasts, the Sky Garden is one of Toronto’s largest rooftop vegetable gardens and the first of its kind on a Canadian university rooftop.”  The garden has grown fresh produce for the student community and all harvested vegetables and herbs are donated to the University of Toronto’s food banks, Hot Yam!, a student-run vegan cafe, and/or divided among the volunteers.  Reducing the amount of time and labour necessary for maintenance, the garden’s built-in irrigation system makes sure that water and organic fertilizers are evenly distributed.  Read the full article to find out how you can take a tour of the Sky Garden!

–   Wade Malcolm of The News Journal announces, “First green roof on UD campus will keep class comfortable.”  Annette Shine, a chemical engineering associate professor at the University of Delaware, decided to grown a garden on the roof of the Colburn building.  The 14,000 square feet of small sedums planted in trays with 4 to 8 inches of soil is UD’s first greenroof.  Rooftop gardens are popping up on campuses around the country and are a great way to cool buildings in hot weather and teach faculty and students about the benefits of greening their buildings.  In the case of the Colburn building at UD, the plants cause the peak temperature on the roof to occur later in the day, at a time when they don’t have many classes.  Another greenroof is currently under construction at the university.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or newslinks section of our website.

– Have something you think we should know about and post on our website? You can send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com.

– Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at Greenroofs.com by subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and being a member of our network on LinkedIn.

– This has been This Week in Review for July 29th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by Greenroofs.com.*

Did we miss something? We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Virtual Summit 2011: Participating with the SCN!

July 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm

We’re getting closer to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 and Early Bird Pre-Registration is coming along quite nicely!  If you haven’t done so yet, pre-register by the end of August 10, 2011 to qualify for the first of two iPad2s that we’re giving away.

Have you seen the videos on the Virtual Summit Homepage yet?  They’re quite short yet very informative and will set you up to expect easy navigation and great interactive participation. They talk about various features of the very cool Social Collaboration Network or SCN, which is the collaboration glue for the entire virtual experience!

The Campus, above, is the home or starting point.  Search for people by multiple ways, see their profile, and send personal messages via video  or text.  This allows you to connect directly with colleagues, old or new, by inviting them to chat.

Remember, you can access these features from the navigation bar, edit your profile at any time, and if you need assistance, you can always just go to the help desk for a live person on either August 23 or 24.

We’ll be featuring more of these short but sweet videos soon! Until then, stay up to date with our social media sites where you can help us get the word out by inviting your friends and associates – tell them they can register for only $49 (or less if they’re student or faculty or a government employee):

Follow us on our  Twitter page and we encourage you to tweet to your followers using our event hashtag, #virtualsummit2011.

Visit our  LinkedIn Event page and share the event info with your connections and networks.

Like our  Facebook page and help us promote it to your fans.

Subscribe to our  YouTube GreenroofsTV Channel.

And, feel free to visit our  Downloads page with Event Banner Ads for you to post and share, too.

Visit the  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 website  here to learn more!

~ Linda V.