’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 17, 2012

August 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from August 17, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for August 17th, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Our project of the week is the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3 built in 2012, in Brooklyn, New York.  This rooftop farm located on the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, is a massive 65,000 sq ft roof towering eleven stories over the East River.  The lion’s share of the financing for the installation of the Navy Yard farm was granted by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Initiative.  With over 45,000 sq ft of the roof covered in soil and planted, it manages over one million gallons of stormwater each year, easing the burden on the overtaxed Red Hook Wastewater Pollution Control Plant.

The farm’s 12-inch deep growing beds are comprised of a special soil medium, rooflite ® intensive ag, blended specifically for rooftop use and custom designed by Brooklyn Grange and Skyland USA.  With high productivity already underway, Brooklyn Grange’s second farm anticipates an estimated annual yield of 20,000 pounds of fresh produce per year.  Crops will include leafy greens, aromatic herbs, heirloom tomatoes and carrots.  The farm is productive during the months of April-November, while winter months see the planting of cover crops, such as clover and vetch, to prevent soil erosion and replenish vital nutrients.

– To learn more about the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

–  Welcome to our newest sponsor here on!  Bioroof Systems is a truly North American solution for the green roof marketplace, carrying the ideals of a robust environmental philosophy throughout their green roof solution.

–  Contributing Editor

– Read George Irwin’s latest contributing article, “Food Factories Now At Every Scale.”

Advertiser Press Release:

–  LiveRoof ® Green Roof Creates Rooftop Garden on the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Building.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post: “’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 10, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  August 19th-22nd: is GovEnergy 2012, in Cincinnati, OH (@GovEvergy & #GovEnergy)

–  August 19th-23rd: is StormCon – The North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Expo, in Denver, CO (@StormCon & #StormCon)

–  And August 23rd-25th: is the Farwest Show, in Portland, OR (#FarwestShow)

– “In the News“

–  Jonathan Devin, of the Memphis Commercial Appeal says “Sustainable tourism boon to businesses, travelers and environment.”  Tennessee is becoming a national leader in the idea of using tourist attractions to sustain the environment while drawing in tourists who want to support all things green.  No more “tourist traps” filled with cheaply manufactured knickknacks and people passing through not thinking about what they’re leaving behind in their footprints.

Tourism is now helping to sustain the natural beauty of the state.  A statewide initiative to get Tennessee’s hotels, restaurants, and attractions to start incorporating sustainability practices was put into effect at a kickoff celebration in April 2008.  Ruby Falls in Chattanooga became the first tourist attraction in Tennessee to become Green Globe Certified, and in Memphis, the Riverfront Development Corp.’s Beale Street Landing features a green roof that flows along with nearby Tom Lee Park.

– Anthony Martinez, of WBEZ91.5, talks about “A green roofs check-in.”  A local radio listener asked the question: “Are the tops of skyscrapers still being planted with green space and what have the benefits been?”  A lot of people still don’t really know that much about green roofs and the good they do.  So Anthony Martinez went out to find some more information about Chicago’s green roofs.  He started with Michael Berkshire, the Green Projects Administrator for Chicago’s Department of Housing and Economic Development.

Berkshire explained that besides the natural beauty of green roofs, they provide economic and environmental benefits like lowering heating and cooling costs, extending a roof’s life expectancy and managing stormwater runoff.  Although the amount of construction has slowed down, green roofs are still being built right now, helping to improve Chicago.  Martinez concluded his research with Dr. Milind Khire of Michigan State University, a member of the school’s Green Roofs Research Program. Khire agreed that green roofs have positive effects on buildings and their communities but to fully understand the benefits for the entire city, we need lots of green roofs, not just ones here and there.  He’s currently working on a computer model to predict what the city-wide benefits would look like in that case.

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

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

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– This has been This Week in Review for  August 17th, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

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

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

~ Linda V.

Green Roof Research Summit at the University of Maryland on August 16-17, 2012

August 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm

By Steven M. Cohan, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice
Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
University of Maryland

The First Annual Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium will be hosted by the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park, Maryland.  International and national green roof researchers will be presenting the latest results of their respective programs.

“Redefining Green Roof Science”

This is the first venue that has brought these individuals together along with representatives from government agencies to collaborate on defining green roof performance parameters.

Attendance at this event will enable individuals to become informed of the latest green roof research developments as well as technology that is being used to monitor the performance of these systems.  The speaker presentations on Thursday, August 16 will segue way into Friday’s panel discussions on August 17 which will focus on establishing guidelines for green roof designers based upon performance parameters.

Registration is available on line at:


Schedule of Events:

Day 1: Thursday, August 16, 2012

8:00  –  8:15:  Welcome and Statement of 2012 Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium (MGRST) Mission by  Dr. Steven Cohan, University of Maryland
8:15 – 9:00:   Keynote:  “Evolvement of Germany’s Green Roof Quality Assurance” by  Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohler, University of Applied Sciences
9:00 – 9:45:  “The Need for Establishing Performance Metrics” by  Charlie Miller, Roofmeadow

9:45  –  10:15:  Coffee / Soda Break

10:15 – 11:15:  “Establishing Monitoring Protocols; Challenges in Data Collection and Reporting”  by  Dr. Stuart Gaffin, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and  Dr. John Lea-Cox, University of Maryland
11:15 – 12:15:  “Substrates” by  Dr. Andrew Ristvey, University of Maryland and Dr. Brad Rowe, Michigan State University

12:15 – 1:15:  Boxed Lunch

1:15 – 2:15:  “Hydrology” by  Dr. Elizabeth Fassman, University of Auckland and Olyssa Starry, graduate student, UMD
2:15 – 3:15:  “Plant Palettes…Succession Sustainability, Ecological Templates” by  Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knoll Farms, Dr. Colleen Butler, St. Mary’s University, and  Dr. Brad Rowe, Michigan State University

3:15 – 3:45:  Coffee / Soda Break

3:45  5:15:  “Standardizing Green Roof System Performance for U.S. Conditions” by  Dr. Rob Berghage, PSU, Dr. Stuart Gaffin, The Earth Institute, and Dr. Elizabeth Fassman, University of Auckland

5:30 – 7:00:  Cocktail Reception / Poster Session Stamp Student Union

Dinner on your own with friends and colleagues.

Day 2: Friday, August 17, 2012

8:00 – 8:45:  Keynote: “Importance of Developing Standards for Designing and Monitoring Performance in German Green Roof Systems” by  Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohler, University of Applied Sciences

Panel Discussions

9:00 – 10:00:  “Standards and Environmental Regulations” with  Stewart Comstock, Maryland Department of Environment and  Rebecca Stack, District Department of the Environment
10:00  –  10:45:  “Case Studies” with Charlie Miller, Roofmeadow, Mike Furbish, Furbish Company, and Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knoll Farms
10:45  –  11:30:  “Green Roof Management” with Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knolls Farms, Darren DeSteffano, GSA, and Dr. Brad Rowe, Michigan State University
11:30  –  12:00:  Wrap-up with Dr. Elizabeth Fassman, Charlie Miller, and Ed Snodgrass

12:00 – 1:00 Box Lunch, Tour of UMD Green Roof Platforms.

Read the Speaker Bios here, and print the Schedule of Events here.

Once again, to register please visit:  We hope you will join us in sharing the latest green roof research from Germany, New Zealand, and the U.S.!

Steven M. Cohan, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice
Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
University of Maryland
2124 Plant Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-6969

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 27: One Decade of Ultralight Green Roof Proof-of-Concept on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant

June 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

Today we have the pleasure to air Dr. Clayton Rugh’s “One Decade of Ultralight Green Roof Proof-of-Concept on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant” video presentation from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

We’ve known Clayton for years, and his company, Xero Flor America, has been a Sponsor advertiser of ours from the beginning.  Clayton is one of the coolest, funniest, and most laid back professor/researcher/greenroof expert types you’ll ever meet!  Maybe it’s the pony tail, I’m not sure, but we love him.

Below are Clayton, left, and Aramis, right, at the 2010 CitiesAlive  Conference  in Vancouver, B.C. at the Awards Lunch:

I was the one who suggested he talk about the Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Plant since I felt it was a great, ground breaking project which had received mixed reviews lately, and I wanted to offer him the opportunity to set the record straight.  In fact, we highlighted this 454,000 sf extensive greenroof for the month of June, 2008 in our inaugural  Greenroofs of the World™  12-Month Calendar.

And, we felt he did a great job on his video for the 2011 Virtual Summit – yet he was a bit unhappy with it, so he decided to re-shoot it for the release on   GreenroofsTV  and posterity – and it’s awesome!  The updated video presentation was recently (in early June 2012) re-filmed atop  Ford’s beautiful River Rouge Truck Plant and shows how thriving the very low greenroof profile is.

More info:

Clayton Rugh, PhD is Manager & Technical Director of Xero Flor America.  Dr. Rugh received his BS in Botany and Genetics and MS in Plant biology, both from The Ohio State University; and PhD from the University of Georgia.  Xero Flor America, LLC. (XFA) was formed concurrently with the 10.4 acre green roof installation on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant.  XFA was borne out of 30 years of technical development by its parent organization, Xero Flor International GmbH, and extensive German and U.S. university R&D to develop various green roof systems tailored to individual project design goals and regional North American climates.

Xero Flor pre-grown vegetated mats are installed on custom designed base layers as “instant” green roof systems, which are independent laboratory certified against weed encroachment, wind uplift, spread of fire, or surface erosion.  These features and more on the Dearborn Truck Plant and an additional 400+ Xero Flor green roof installations throughout North America since the initiation of the Ford – XFA – Michigan State University collaborative green roof research trials in 2001.

In 2001, the Ford Motor Company, Xero Flor America, LLC., and Michigan State University began collaborative green roof research trials resulting in the installation of the massive 10.4 acre green roof on Ford’s River Rouge Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Ford project held the record of “The World’s Largest Green Roof” for several years and has matured into a thriving, healthy, low profile vegetated roof which is being continually evaluated.

By the way, as testament to Clayton’s sense of “humor,” when I asked him to send me a photo of himself for the Virtual Summit Speakers page, this is what he sent me, at left:

So, although I was temped to use this lovely photo from 2011’s Durham, NC Zombie Crawl, I found another online (above) that I felt may have been just a tad more appropriate.

Enjoy!  Visit to see “One Decade of Ultralight Green Roof Proof-of-Concept on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant” or click below:

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our 2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our 2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our  28th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 – our next to the last!

~ Linda V.