Get Your 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ – 12 Month Wall Calendar Now!

December 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Yes, it’s that time of year when the air is turning crisp in the Northern Hemisphere (warm in the Southern) and we start to hear the jingling of bells and the smell of fresh Christmas trees – plus planning for the New Year. And, of course, we start thinking of affordable gifts for our family and friends…


What better way to share your token of appreciation and passion of living roofs and walls than with‘s new 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar?  At only $9.95 each, it’s very affordable – with discounts for orders over 10, too.  Plus we’ll include free shipping within the contiguous U.S. and Canada (please call for international rates).

And to make gift-giving even easier, we’ll send them directly to your people in your name!

The cover sports the gorgeous California Academy of Sciences, The Osher Living Roof – thanks to Tom Fox of the SWA Group for permission to use his beautiful photo!

In addition to tons of greenroof and wall happenings listed from around the world from Upcoming Events, your 2014 Calendar highlights these spectacular projects from across the globe from The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database:


January features the GOLISANO INSTITUTE for SUSTAINABILITY in Rochester, NY. 


February features the NASHVILLE MUSIC CITY CENTER in Nashville, TN.


March features the HANOVER® ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS in Hanover, PA. 


April features the WILLIAMS ENGINEERING Building in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 


May features the 1133 AVENUE of the AMERICAS Building in New York, NY. 


June features the DAVID L. LAWRENCE CONVENTION CENTER in Pittsburgh, PA.


July features the MORZINE AQUATICS CENTER in Morzine, France.


August features the GRAND RAPIDS DOWNTOWN MARKET in Grand Rapids, MI.


September features the VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN VISITOR CENTRE in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.


October features the THE REPUBLIK BUILDING in Durham, NC.


November features the CASA FELIZ STUDIOS in San Jose, CA.


December features the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND in Washington, D.C.

2014Calendar-QRcodeLearn more about each profile by simply scanning the QR Code with your smartphone or tablet built-in camera.  If you don’t want to scan, you can still get more information about each project the old fashioned way – by entering the Project ID number located under each photo in The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

See our November 26, 2013 Press Release “Our new 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ – 12 Month Wall Calendar is available for purchase!” and visit the Calendar page on to order yours today.


Special thanks go to our 2014 Calendar Sponsors:
Barrett Company, Bioroof, Carlisle, Green Living Technologies International (GLTi),
Green Roof Blocks, LiveRoof, rooflite, Roofmeadow, Tremco, Vegetal iD,
Xero Flor America and ZinCo USA!

Happy gift-giving (and receiving),

~ Linda V.


Greenwalls & Greenroof Project of the Week for November 25, 2013: Grand Rapids Downtown Market

November 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm Project of the Week: 11/25/13


Grand Rapids Downtown Market Living Walls & Green Roof
Grand Rapids, MI, USA

832 sq. ft. Living Walls & 4,800 sq. ft. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

The $30 million development Grand Rapids Downtown Market is a mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local produce. The founders had a vision for a green facility which reflected their commitment to local, sustainable products. As the first LEED-intended green market in the U.S., the design team carefully chose products which met the green building standards.

First, a LiveWall system totaling 832 square feet was installed this past May on three separate sections of the exterior brick walls planted with hardy colorful perennials, enhancing sustainability and drawing the attention of passersby. In keeping with the Downtown Market values, the LiveRoof team followed with a green roof in June, establishing a healthy, sustainable ecosystem that covers the rooftop with seamless vegetation. Publicly accessible, it provides a relaxing space for visitors and staff and features three patterned plant mixes of yellow, green and pink, and red and purple.


The Grand Rapids Downtown Market Living Walls & Green Roof are featured in the month of August in The 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar – order yours today. They make a perfect holiday gift for your family, friends, staff and clients!

GrandRapidsDowntownMarketLiveWall2Year: 2013
Owner: Downtown Market Inc.
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 832 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%

Type: Extensive Greenroof
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 4800 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Hugh A. Boyd, Architect
General Contractor: Pioneer Construction
Greenwall System:
LiveWall, LLC.
Living Wall Plant Palette & Layout Design:
Pete Lazdins and Michelle Hoffner, ProgressiveAE
Green Wall Supplier:
LiveWall, LLC.
Greenroof System:
LiveRoof, LLC.
Greenroof Supplier:
LiveRoof, LLC.
Green Roof Installation:
Modern Roofing

Click Greenwalls and Greenroof to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Vote for “Back to Eden” by Dave MacKenzie of LiveWall at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI through Saturday 9/28!

September 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Hosted in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ArtPrize is the world’s largest art competition and contains thousands of entries – and the viewers are also the voters:  public vote determines the winner of a $200,000 prize.



There are also large juried awards – —$360,000 to be exact!  Dave MacKenzie, founder and president of LiveWall, LLC and LiveRoof, LLC, is entering a 11′ x  130′ living mural called “Back to Eden.”

“The entry of “Back to Eden” is a living entry that ties the bonds between art, architecture and nature.  As ArtPrize is attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors, the living wall entry raises awareness of sustainable building practices and the unlimited potential for creativity in designing them.” ~ Dave MacKenzie


His VOTING code is:  54712


Tens of thousands attend ArtPrize, so this is a very high profile event for the entire living architecture industry. The competition opens today, September 18 and runs through October 6, 2013.


“Two rounds of voting will whittle down the field of 1,524 entries to 10 finalists.

Round one begins today and continues for the next 10 days. Each and every registered voter can cast a ballot for as many of the 1,524 entries as they like.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, ArtPrize’s website will begin posting the artists currently in the Top 100, Top 50 and Top 25 in the popular vote. The rankings will go up sometime after noon on that day.

Over the next four days, the standings will fluctuate in real time until the close of first-round voting at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Voting in the second round begins shortly after the Top 10 are unveiled. Registered voters get just one vote over the next four days until second-round voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.

ArtPrize offers several ways to vote and participate in the radically open, urban exhibition founded by social media entrepreneur Rick DeVos.

You can vote online at each entry’s page on ArtPrize’s web site. You also can vote by text message by texting each artists’ unique, 5-digit voting code to 808080.

Finally, you can vote by mobile apps for both the iPhone and Android platforms.” ~ Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, MLive


About ArtPrize

When: Sept. 18-Oct. 6, 2013
Voting for Top 10 to be eligible for prizes: Sept. 18-28, 2013
How to Vote for “Back to Eden”:  VOTING code is:  54712.  Only people who register via phone app within the ArtPrize area or register at one of the hubs in downtown Grand Rapids can vote (so you actually have to be there to help determine the winner).  Find out more at:
Where: 168 venues within a 3-square mile district downtown between Leonard Street and Wealthy Street, north to south; and between Straight/Alpine Avenue and College Avenue, west to east; and Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE.
Venue Hours: Minimum hours for all venues are 5-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday from Sept. 18 through Oct. 6. Venues may be open for additional hours.
Venue Hours: Exhibition Centers and Showcase Venue hours: Noon-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 18 through Oct. 6.
Admission: Free admission to all ArtPrize venues during ArtPrize hours.


Time Magazine named ArtPrize one of Top Five Favorite Festivals – see here.


What a great way to highlight beautiful public art and bring people downtown in a fun, family atmosphere!  If you’re in the Grand Rapids area and attend ArtPrize, please vote for “Back to Eden” by our colleague Dave MacKenzie, VOTING code:  54712.


Learn more about ArtPrize:

Happy greening!

~ Linda V.


Greenroof Project of the Week for June 10, 2013: Sebert Landscaping Corporate Office

June 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Sebert Landscaping Corporate Office
Bartlett, IL, USA

6,500 sf. Greenroof

Project Description & Details

Sebert Landscaping’s multi-award winning LEED Gold certified corporate office was designed to be both a state-of-the-art green building and demonstration for clients and allied professionals. A green roof, along with permeable pavers, native plantings and a water feature that helps manage stormwater, are among the award-winning landscape elements recognized for sustainable construction.

The rooftop includes a patio area with wood decking made of reclaimed wood; furnishings, a pergola and lush planters provide a sense of enclosure. Beyond the patio is the passive portion of the rooftop, incorporating a LiveRoof modular system, whose pre-grown plants provided instant color and texture. It uses four-inch trays of Allium and Sedum, and six-inch trays of grasses, which together detain roughly 1,500 gallons of water in a one-inch rainfall. A $50,000 grant stemming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, helped make the green roof possible.

Year: 2010
Owner: Sebert Landscaping
Location: Bartlett, IL, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 6,500 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect: Sebert Landscaping
Landscape Contractor:
Sebert Landscaping
Modular Greenroof System:
Plant Consultant:
Midwest Groundcovers
Sebert Landscaping

Click here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.