Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: October 5, 2012

October 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video. Here is the transcript from October 5, 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 October 5th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the Fashion Valley Mall Living Wall, built in 2012, in San Diego, California.  Fashion Valley Mall is an upscale, open-air shopping mall in Mission Valley and is the county’s largest regional mall.  The 800 sf living wall is located in a plaza and meeting place at the main entrance to the mall and is the newest component of a $15 million renovation nearing completion at the Mission Valley venue.  The project utilized 4,000 plants with the soil-based VGM ® planting system by Tournesol Siteworks and was completed by Greenscaped Buildings.

Each plant grew for four months in a controlled area before moving to Fashion Valley Mall.  Using triangulated drip irrigation, the wall is 18′ tall and 51′ wide and utilizes 250 Tournesol Siteworks modules.  The drip irrigation system uses gravity to flow water throughout the modules.  Meant to resemble the keys on a piano, plants used include spider plants, lemon button ferns, ribbon ferns, Ajuga, moneywort and mondo grass, among others.

– To learn more about the Fashion Valley Mall Living Wall,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Rouse Management Tops Off Parman Place Apartments in Madison Wisconsin with a LiveRoof ® Green Roof.

–  Green Living Technologies International: Green Living Roof Can Reduce SYSCO Foods Annual Cooling Energy Cost by 7%.

Industry News

–  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is pleased to announce the launch of a premium  collectable  publication that celebrates the biggest and brightest stars in the universe of living architecture.  “The Rise of Living Architecture” coffee table book features beautiful graphic profiles of over fifty visionaries who have fueled the explosive growth of green roofs and walls across North America over the past decade.  Its release will be celebrated at the CitiesAlive: 10th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference, held October 17-20, 2012, in Chicago, IL.

– Portland Bureau of Environmental Services will begin accepting applications again in October 2012 for ecoroof construction.  The City of Portland offers an incentive to property owners and developers to add more ecoroofs.  The incentive program is part of Portland’s Grey to Green initiative to increase sustainable stormwater management practices, control non-native, invasive plants, and protect sensitive natural areas.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “It’s Not Too Late for the 2012 World Green Roof Congress in Hangzhou, China!,” “Congrats to the Winners of the 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: September 28, 2012.”

– Guest Blogger

–  Also check out our new Guest Blogger, Steve Waller, who writes about “Bridging the Urban Jungle: Mile End Park.”

– “Upcoming Events

–  October 15th: is the IHDC 2012 Conference – Ecosystem Services Come to Town, in London, UK.

–  And on October 17-20 is the big one, the 10th Annual Cities Alive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago!

– “In the News“

–  Tamara Hinson of Metro asks, “Could the future of the environment be found within the vertical garden?”  More and more buildings are going green and choosing beautiful vegetated facades instead of cement ones.  French botanist Patrick Blanc is one of the world’s most famous vertical garden designers and realized the potential of vertical gardening after noticing the way some plants were able to grow vertically without soil and started creating ways of using lightweight, low-maintenance vegetation walls.

One of Patrick’s most famous creations is the vertical garden at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris.  The garden measures 200m by 12m high and features a wide range of plants including species native to Brazil, South Korea and the Himalayas. Toronto has plans for a Sky Farm, which will have eight million square feet of vertical growing space for crops and will bring in the same amount of produce as a 420 hectare farm.  And several buildings in Jakarta that have vertical gardens are living proof of the many benefits that come from green walls like producing fresh air, growing herbs and vegetables and reducing heating and cooling costs for the buildings.

–  Adam Thomas of the University of Delaware talks about, “Members of UD, Delaware community celebrate green roof completion.”  Not only the community and students celebrated but even U.S. Senator Tom Carper was in attendance last Friday on the new green roof.  Senator Carper said, “This new green roof project at the University of Delaware is a great example of the power of public-private partnerships.  With support from the state of Delaware, DuPont and the University of Delaware, this project is helping to lower energy use, clean the air and teach sustainable environmental practices to future generations at the same time.”

Chad Nelson, assistant professor of landscape design, didn’t want to use a membrane system but wanted a modular system consisting of 2-feet by 2-feet plastic trays that could be installed by the students and local volunteers and then moved for roof maintenance.  The green roof has heat-hardy plants including several varieties of colorful sedum, plus chives and crocus; and some of the benefits it will provide will be reducing carbon dioxide emissions, absorbing stormwater runoff, providing a living classroom for students, as well as giving them the opportunity for hands-on experience in growing and maintaining the plants.

– 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 editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com 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 October 5th,  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 Greenroofs.com.*


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

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: May 18, 2012

May 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from May 18, 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 May 18th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Drew School Sam Cuddleback III Assembly Wing Vertical Garden, built in 2011 in San Francisco, California.  The Drew School was founded in 1908 by the respected Bay Area educator John Sheehan Drew and has grown from a one student “coaching school” to a fully accredited co-educational college preparatory school enrolling 250 high school students.  The new $15 million Drew School Sam Cuddleback III Assembly Wing, performing arts space, and classroom building will be among the first high school buildings in the Bay Area to attain LEED Gold Certification™ for New Construction and for School Pilot.

Green features include: an external 1,720 sf living wall/vertical garden by Patrick Blanc, a 2,630 sf living roof by Rana Creek, recycled and sustainable USGBC-certified materials, and environmental sensors.  The vertical garden is made up of about 4,579 native Californian plants and approximately 64 of the 105 species are from the San Francisco Bay area. The hydroponic system delivers water supplemented with a low concentration of nutrients to the roots automatically from the top, four to five times a day.  Students study the plants on the wall as a living lab for many subjects, like botany, chemistry, and physics; one example was studying native plant uses by American Indians.

– To learn more about the Drew School Sam Cuddleback III Assembly Wing Vertical Garden, 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  23: “Naturalism: Large-Scale Applications,” by Paul Kephart.

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

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) and Hyload Launch Green Roof Single Source Extended Warranty Program.

The First “New Block™” Development, Park Landing Apartment Homes in Buena Park, California will Feature LiveRoof ® for its Green Roof.

Joblinks

–  An International Manufacturer of Roofing Products is looking for an Area Technical Sales Manager in South London, UK.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 23: Naturalism: Large-Scale Applications of Living Architecture,” “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: May 11, 2012,” and “Vanessa Keitges of Columbia Green in Forbes!”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  May 22nd-26th: is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, in Chelsea, London.

–  May 23rd: is a Green Roofs (Toitures Vegetalisees) Meeting, in La Rochelle, France.

–  May 23rd-24th: is the EMC West Coast Energy Management Congress, in Seattle, Washington.

–  And May 25th-27th: is ROOF INDIA 2012, in Chennai, India (@RoofIndiaExpo)

– “In the News“

–  Ralph Gardener Jr. of the Wall Street Journal, reports on “Open-Air Status Symbols.” He says there are all kinds of envy in New York, and one that gets overlooked, is “roof envy” – the jealous feelings that are aroused towards “those who own, or at least have access to, outdoor spaces where they can sunbathe, barbecue or simply enjoy vistas larger than those framing their neighbors’ apartments.”

If you’re curious to see the green roofs of New York, then check out photojournalist Alex MacLean’s new book, “Up On the Roof.”  Last week, I mentioned a newslink that showcased some of MacLean’s amazing photos, and this newslink features an interview with him.  Gardener and MacLean talk about how the idea of his book came to be, how wealth and growing environmental consciousness attributes the the rise of green roofs in New York, and how green roofs, like the one at the Cook+Fox Architects building, were planted to help reduce the heat island effect and stormwater run off in New York City.

–  Green Building Press talks about “Cities Must Adapt To Climate Change Now – Reports Says.”  “Urban adaption to climate change in Europe,” the report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), says “Europe should seize the opportunity of improving quality of life while adapting to climate change in cities,” and it “also warns that delaying adaptation will be much more costly in the long-term.”  Most of Europe’s wealth is generated in cities, and urban areas are particularly at risk due to climate change; temperature is increasing, precipitation is changing and the sea level is rising.  Adaptation should work with nature, not against it and many adaptation measures can make cities more pleasant places to live.

Malmö in Sweden manages rainwater flows with a new open storm-water-system.  Greenroofs and open water channels lead rainwater into collection points that form a temporary reservoir.  Following water shortages in the 1990s, the City of Zaragoza in Spain managed to create a “water saving culture.”  Within 15 years this successful campaign aimed at citizens and businesses helped the city cut water consumption by almost 30%, despite a 12% population increase.  The recently launched European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT provides a comprehensive web resource aimed at policy makers and “practitioners” – engineers, planners and administrators – who can obtain adaptation knowledge in Europe and learn from the experience of others facing similar challenges already carrying out adaptation actions elsewhere.

– 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 editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com 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 May 18th, 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 Greenroofs.com.*


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

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: March 16, 2012

March 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from March 16th, 2012 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 March 16th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the Soleil @ Sinaran built in 2011 in Singapore.  These 36-story twin towers offer trendy professionals and young couples a 50 meter lap pool, two spa pavilions and eight entertainment pavilions – all are covered with extensive greenroofs.  They also have themed lounges and expansive sky gardens, with gymnasiums on the 20th floor of each tower.  The Soleil @ Sinaran has been awarded the BCA Green Mark Gold showing collaborative effort on its part to achieve sustainability in the built environment.

Elmich‘s greenroof system contributed substantially to the condominium’s green initiative and the 1,150 square meter greenroofs give the condos a resort-like ambiance while protecting and prolonging the waterproofing membrane on the rooftops and mitigating Singapore’s urban heat island effect.  The Elmich Greenroof is both lightweight and easy to install and was the ideal system for this project.  Elmich Greenroof is comprised of a VersiDrain ® 25P water retention and drainage layer, a geotextile filter layer and EnviroMix ® GR – a primarily inorganic soil-less lightweight planting media – and drought-tolerant plant species that require little or no maintenance.

– To learn more about the Soleil @ Sinaran,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photo).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 14: “The Work of ATVBrasil” by Joao Manuel Linck Feijo.

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

Advertiser Press Releases:

– Sika Limited is gearing up for its biggest Ecobuild exhibition yet as it prepares to demonstrate its “Solutions for a Sustainable Future”

Plant Connection Installs Living Wall That Helps Patients Heal.

Joblinks

–  Roofmeadow is now hiring a Project Field Specialist and a Landscape Designer in Philadelphia, PA.

Industry News

– The American federal government spends about $500 billion per year on services and products and about almost half of it is allocated to use services and buying products from small businesses in America.  Did you know that you can now search for opportunities to install and maintain “green roofs?”  If you have business in our industry, you might be asking yourself if the American federal government wanted your products or services.  There aren’t any charges to register or join up and the procedure to be part of it is pretty simple.

–  The Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF) announced this week it’s launched into the Chicago market.  The East Lansing, Michigan-based green building certification organization brings affordable, streamlined and accessible environmental certification to the metro’s building owners, managers and developers.  As part of SERF’s Chicago launch, it is certifying two Chicago buildings: the office portion of the iconic 330 North Wabash building, and the Norcon Construction headquarters. Additionally, the organization established a Chicago office and appointed a regional director to oversee operations and outreach efforts for the region.

–  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and The Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY) are pleased to announce the return of the popular Green Roof Boot Camp training series to New York City, from March 22nd to the 25th.  This event will include a tour of the NYC Parks & Recreation Department’s greenroof laboratory on Randall’s Island – a unique opportunity to examine over 25 different greenroof systems side-by-side.  The Parks Department’s 29,000 square foot greenroof is one of the only projects in the country to feature such a vast array of different systems.  You can read about this project in depth in the June 2011 Guest Feature Article by Artie Rollins and John Robilotti from NYC Parks and Recreation – see our Archives section.

Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post: Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 14: The Work of ATVBrasil

Upcoming Events

-From March 3rd through April 22nd: is The Orchid Show – Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens, in The New York Botanical Gardens, New York.

–  March 16th-25th: is the National Home Show, in Toronto, Canada.

–  March 20th: is Reinventing the Connecticut Garden Lecture, in Wilton, CT.

–  March 20th-21st: is Water & Environment 2012, CIWEM’s Annual Conference, in London, England.

–  March 20th-22nd: is Ecobuild 2012, in London, England.

–  Also March 20th-22nd: is the North/East Roofing Contractors Association’s Convention & Trade Show in Mashantucket, CT.

–  March 21st-25th: is the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, in San Mateo, CA.

–  And March 23rd: is the Low Impact Development (LID) Expo 2012, in Sarasota, FL.

– “In the News“

–  A News Release from AHS.org says “The American Horticultural Society has announced the winners of its annual book awards.”  Each year, the American Horticultural Society recognizes outstanding gardening books published in North America with its annual Book Award.  One of those is  “Small Green Roofs”  by our greenroof colleagues  Nigel Dunnett,  Dusty Gedge, John Little and  Edmund (ED) C. Snodgrass,  one of our contributing editors here on Greenroofs.com.

Judge Greg Williams says its “a real trailblazer because it is the only in-depth guide to do-it-yourself green roofs, with plenty of case studies to build confidence and provide ideas for homeowners.”  Another judge, Fiona Gilsenen was impressed with the authors’ “approach, ethos and emphasis on using green roofs to encourage biodiversity, plus making it doable in a wide range of places.”  Congratulations, guys!  Check our greenroof bookstore for more info on this book and other greenroof and greenwall related books and magazines.

–  Jennifer Maloney of the Wall Street Journal talks about what’s “Fun for Kids, Good for the Waterways.”  She says New York City has enlisted trees, greenroofs, and massive tanks in its effort to reduce the untreated wastewater that overflows the city’s waterways each year and now it’s looking at schoolyards.  The city’s Department of Environmental Protection is developing a plan with the national non-profit group, Trust for Public Land, to build up to 10 green playgrounds that will capture the first inch of rain in every storm.

Five proposed schoolyards in Brooklyn and Queens are going through soil tests and if they are picked, will be transformed into public playgrounds with features like rain barrels, raised gardens, porous pavers and an under-layer of gravel that holds water during a storm then seep gradually into the ground.  A recent project, at P.S. 164 in Borough Park, Brooklyn, served as a pilot of sorts for the new initiative, because it includes some of the same rainwater-retention features, including a greenroof.  The first few new playgrounds should be open to the public by the end of next year.

– 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 editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com 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 March 16th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV. I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see 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.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: February 17, 2012

February 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from  February 17th, 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 February 17th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the John Theurer Cancer Center at the Hackensack University Medical Center built in 2011 in Hackensack, New Jersey. This center is a nonprofit, teaching and research hospital that has grown to become the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in New Jersey. The Center would not be possible without the generous $10 million donation by Helena Theurer in memory of her husband John. The new facility offers patients an environment that promotes spiritual as well as physical health and the roof garden is a key component of the hospital’s efforts to make the patient experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible.

GreenGrid greenroof modules were installed as well as a demonstration vegetable garden that allows patients to learn about growing healthy foods while recovering amongst a beautiful scenery. In addition to the walk-through roof terrace garden at the second floor, tranquility/ meditation rooms and fitness center are available to help patients and caregivers relax and rejuvenate. And the four-story lobby atrium also boasts a 40-foot high hydroponic living wall with over 30 plant species accompanied by a 24-foot waterfall. In 2001, Hackensack University Medical Center was the first hospital in the nation to adopt completely green cleaning practices.

– To learn more about the John Theurer Cancer Center at the Hackensack University Medical Center,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photo).

What’s New

–  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 10: “The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities” An Interview with Patrick Blanc.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our greenroofsTV page here on Greenroofs.com or on our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

Green Roof Technology releases new Podium Roof Garden Assessment.

Time-Lapse video captures complexity of a green roof installation by Living Roofs, Inc.

Contributing Editor Columns

– Check out Ralph Velasquez’s “Greenwashing Follow-up.”

– And George Irwin’s latest article, “Hydroponic Living Walls – DIY – Really?“

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, Haven Kiers and Linda have started a new series called “Chic Sustainability Watch: Trends, Projects & People.”  Make sure to read Haven’s first post:  Chickens and Urban Agriculture.”  Read Linda’s latest blog posts: “Greenroof CEO Vanessa Keitges Named as Female Startup Entrepreneur in Oregon,” Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV for February 3rd & 10th, 2012, and “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 10: The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities: An Interview with Patrick Blanc.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  February 22nd-24th: NRCA’s 125th Annual Convention & International Roofing Expo 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

– February 23rd: is a Green Walls 101: Introduction to Systems and Design in New York, New York.

– And February 24th-25th: is the “It Takes a Village: Collaborations in Good Food and School Gardens” Winter Conference in Pleasantville, New Jersey.

– “In the News“

–  Mary Catherine O’Connor of the SmartPlanet.com Blog says, “Streetscaping reduces stormwater runoff, pollutants, at utility campus.” California’s Burbank Water and Power, an electric and water utility campus, has been making some green upgrade to their facilities, including a new electric power plant in 2005 and more recently, five different stormwater management systems, all designed to reduce stormwater run-off. There are planters with drought and storm tolerant plants diverting stormwater, permeable concrete pavers, and biofilters on the redesigned roof; and the administrative building has its own greenroof which collects about 70% of its rainwater while reducing air pollutants and lowering building temperatures. Also, the Burbank Water and Power campus has been entered as a pilot site into the Sustainable Sites Initiative, which aims to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.

–  Laura Mihelich of Medill Reports: Chicago talks about [how]”Chicago restaurants move toward hyper-local food production.” She says, “more and more restaurants in Chicago are producing their own ingredients – up on the roof.” Restaurant owners are becoming smarter and realizing that converting their urban rooftops to green gardens not only helps to reduce their environmental impact and save them money in the long run, but are also supporting local food production. Business partners Isaac Weliver and Daniel Greenwald are planning to build the largest rooftop garden in the Midwest atop their restaurant, for now being called “The Local Root,” at about 20,000 square feet – scheduled for an April opening.

The Bleeding Heart Bakery and Café in West Town is another restaurant hoping to open a greenroof this spring and patrons there will be able to dine on the rooftop which offers a new and beautiful dining experience. We all know the many benefits greenroofs provide but added benefits for restaurant buildings are the contributions they make toward increasing local food production, which is great news for business owners and their guests alike.

–  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  editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything  Greenroofs.com 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 February 17th, 2012 on   GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see 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.