’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012 at 6:54 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 June 15, 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 June 15th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Vicenza (San Bortolo) Hospital, built in 2008 in Vicenza, Italy.  This hospital is part of the “Corporate Health Authority 6 Vicenza,” and is the main hospital of the city of Vicenza, Italy.  The greenroof project area is about 2,500 square meters on a flat roof above the interior of the public facility. Architect Enrico Dall’Osto worked to design the greenroof so that it could contribute to the healing process of the hospital’s patients, while offering a nice and beautiful green space.

The intensive greenroof area plants include Hypericum “Hidcote,“ Rosa austrariana, Spirea bumalda, and Berberis “Rose Glow;“ the extensive areas are planted with various types of sedums.  The system substrate is German, made from Flordepot, and imported in Italy from ClimaGruen.  

– To learn more about the Vicenza (San Bortolo) Hospital,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch our 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,” by Dr. Clayton Rugh.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Urban Agriculture Takes Root with ZinCo’s New “Urban Rooftop Farming System.”

Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) presentation focuses on green roof design by R&S Landscaping President Robert Schucker.

LiveRoof Introduces LiveWall ® – New Planted Wall System Achieves Simplicity and Sustainability.

Roofmeadow Welcomes Two New Employees: Director of Design Laura Hansplant, RLA, LEED AP and Project Field Specialist Paul Spirou, LEED AP.

Elmich Australia chosen for Intensive Green Roof project in Darlinghurst, New South Wales.


–  Columbia Green Technology is seeking to hire a Western Sales Director based in the Pacific Northwest, USA.

Industry News

–  According to a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, installing green roofs and cool roofs in southern California could save consumers more than $211 million in energy bills, reduce emissions equivalent to removing 91,000 cars from the road each year, and reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes California’s beaches.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

–  Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “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” and “’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: June 8, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  June 16th: is a Vegetated Roof Plantings Workshop, in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

– June 16th: is the 10th Anniversary Celebration of The Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT), in Chicago, IL.

– June 18th-20th: is TeCobI Expo 12, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (@TeCobIExpo)

– June 18th-22nd: is the 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, in Milan, Italy.

– June 19th-22nd: is the 2012 APGA Conference: Garden Paths, in Columbus, OH. (@PublicGardens)

– And June 21st: is the 2012 World Green Energy Symposium, in Washington, DC.

– “In the News“

–  Richard Morgan of the Wall Street Journal Blog has a “Q&A: A [Columbia University] Professor Pushes for Greener NYC.”  Earlier this year, officials announced that the world’s largest rooftop garden will be built in Sunset Park in New York City.  Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis checked in with Columbia University microbiologist, Dickson Despommier, who advocates for urban greenhouses he calls “vertical farms.”

He talks about vertical farms around the world like NuVege in Japan that sells radiation-free vegetables from a three-story vertical farm, The Plant, in Chicago, and The Plantagon, a “true” vertical farm tower in Sweden.  He also says Queens has “all that empty, wasted warehouse space out there….It’s that these farms fix hunger, they fix unemployment, they fix health, they develop a sense of connection and community, they do all the best things a city structure can do.”

– The Seattle Post Intelligencer Blog says “Twitter employees revel in company’s new headquarters.”  Twitter moved 800 employees to the Art Deco building on Market, and Monday morning, they opened its doors with a rooftop barbecue and hundreds of employees relishing in the wonderful weather and new lush greenroof.  City officials hope this move will help jumpstart other corporate and commercial companies in the area to refresh and rejuvenate life and add green spaces into their own buildings.

Even Mayor Ed Lee, supporter of the six-year “Twitter tax break,” made an appearance at opening day.  You can check out the full article for pictures Twitter employees, and co-founder Jack Dorsey, took about the new Twitter HQ roof deck.

– 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!

– Make sure to keep up with everything by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, being a member of our network on LinkedIn, and subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for   June 15th, 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.

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.