Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012 at 11:31 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 12, 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 12th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the Multnomah County Multnomah Building, built in 2003 in Portland, Oregon.  Designed as Portland’s first public green roof demonstration garden, the Multnomah Building offers a powerful opportunity for education.  Three distinct educational were addressed: public accessibility, interpretive activities and free sharing of data between professionals.  Upon exiting the 5th floor elevator, the greenroof panorama of wildflowers, grasses and sedums is immediately visible from the vast expanse of picture windows, and descriptive interpretive signs allow for easy access to green roof information.

Since the vegetative roof itself is not accessible, the serpentine raised bed has displayed representative project plant material, and it also acts as a seating wall for visitors.  In 2010 Multnomah County and the City of Portland partnered and created the “Hope Garden” here and planted an organic vegetable garden.  With Tremco as roofing consultant, the roof also serves as a laboratory for green roof development with experiments conducted by various agencies, including Portland State University and the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services.

– To learn more about the Multnomah County Multnomah Building,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

– We’d like to welcome Onset Computer Corp., our new advertiser here at Greenroofs.com!  Their HOBO ® data loggers are widely recognized as the industry standard for measuring and recording environmental conditions.

–  Greenroofs.com Press Release

¿Habla Español?  Then read our Virtual Summit 2013 Press Release now available in Spanish!

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “CitiesAlive 2012 is Next Week!” “Kevin Songer, our own Tropical Green Roof Editor, at TEDxRiversideAvondale on October 20, 2012,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: September 28, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  October 17th-18th: is the 14th Annual 3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference, in Monroeville, PA.

–  October 17th-20th: is the CitiesAlive 2012 10th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference, in Chicago, IL.  Linda and Haven will be presenting their 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof and Greenwall Design, so make sure to attend their presentation on Friday!

–  And October 20th: is TEDxRiversideAvondale with Kevin Songer, our newest editor – The Tropical Green Roof Editor – in Jacksonville, FL (Follow on Twitter: @TEDxRA).

– “In the News“

–  Danielle Tcholakian of Metro.us reports on “Rooftop farm opens at East Village school building.”  The Robert Simon Complex in the East Village in New York City now features a rooftop farm designed by Michael Arad, the architect behind the 9/11 memorial.

Fifth Street Farm spans 2,400 square feet and will be used to educated students about the plants grown there and the environment.  Students will be growing, harvesting and eating their own herbs, vegetables and fruits. Capturing stormwater and using solar energy are also possibilities for the roof’s new addition.

– The PBS NewsHour talks about “Coping with Climate Change: Green Roofs of Chicago.”  Global temperatures are rising, and cities are facing the challenge of keeping their infrastructure and residents cool.  Chicago is tackling the problem with a green design makeover that includes 369 green roofs covering 5.5 million square feet, which is more than any other city in North America.

This article takes a look at some of the most impressive ones, starting with [Chicago] City Hall.  This 23,000 square foot green roof serves as a  test bed  for researching and measuring what green roofs can do.  This roof alone saves the city about $3,600 a year in heating and cooling costs.  Millennium  Park is 24.5 acres, and currently one of the largest greenroofs in the world.  It covers two parking garages, a railway and an opera hall.  Check out the full article for more amazing Chicago projects.

– 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 12th,  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: September 28, 2012

September 29, 2012 at 12:00 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 September 28, 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 September 28th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

-Our project of the week is the New York PS41 Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory (GELL), built in 2012 in Greenwich Village, New York, NY. PS41 is a K-5 grammar school that serves about 800 students at the heart of one of New York City’s high-density neighborhoods with little open space. After six years of planning, fundraising, building evaluation and construction, the Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory at PS41 is open. The goal is to create a learning laboratory that raises environmental literacy and enhances students’ awareness of the stewardship role they play in the health of the planet.

The school’s 9,000 sf greenroof includes a central outdoor classroom area and is the centerpiece of GELL. Installed in August 2012, it uses the LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System. Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer said, “The opening of the Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory at PS41 is a landmark event, not just because it is the largest such roof at a New York City public school – but because it expands our commitment to making environmental study a fixture in classrooms.”

– To learn more about the New York PS41 Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory (GELL), click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

– The Greenroofs.com eNewsletter

Our September eNewsletter is out!  So check your inboxes and catch up on what was new this month, what we’ve been blogging about in our latest Sky Gardens posts, our Advertiser Press Releases and more!  (You can also click on the above photo to see it online. Or subscribe now and check it out.)

Guest Feature Article

– Read our latest guest feature “Using Seeds as an Installation Method on Green Roofs” by Dr. Kathryn McDavid.  This is a short summary of the author’s Ph.D. research at Penn State University.

– Joblinks

– LiveRoof® is now hiring a Customer Service Representative in Spring Lake, MI.

– Advertiser Press Releases:

LiveRoof® Green Roof Greens Up San Diego County Operations Center.

– LiveRoof® – Green Roof Environmental Literacy Laboratory [is] Ready for Students Returning to P.S. 41 in Greenwich Village.

Industry News

– The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) has opened a public comment period seeking input on the proposed 2013 Prerequisites and Credits.

– Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence.

– The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) has announced eight projects that have achieved certification.

– Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Chic Sustainability Watch: 2012 European Solar Decathlon, London Design Festival, Venice Architecture Biennale, Milan Design Week & Canada Blooms Garden Festival”; “Hotel Discount for CitiesAlive Expires Oct. 1st!”; “Only 4 Weeks for the WGIN World Green Roof Conference 2012 in Hangzhou: Chinese Visa Tips”; and “Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: September 21, 2012.”

Upcoming Events

– September 28th-October 1st: ASLA 2012 Annual Meeting & EXPO, in Phoenix, AZ. Twitter: #ASLA2012

– September 29th-October 8th: is the 85th Annual Water Environment Federation, Technical Exhibition and Conference, in New Orleans, LA.

– October 1st is the last day to take advantage of the hotel discount for CitiesAlive in Chicago.

– And October 2nd-4th: is the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo, in Chicago, IL. Twitter: @hcarefacilities & #HFSE

In the News

– KGW.com reports on “PSU students install green roof on campus.”  Students of Portland State University spent their weekend installing their own greenroof.  About 30 students helped put together the 3,000-square-foot greenroof and install the plants onto the roof of the Cramer Hall.

Project Manager Austin Hudson said, “This allows us to more effectively assess how the native and non-native plants are compared against each other.”  The students of civil and environmental engineering classes will now have a living laboratory and a great learning experience that can last for years.

-Douglas Canter of Examiner.com talks about “Mayor Vincent Gray makes DC Department of Environment headquarters greener.”  Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray is making the Department of Environment’s headquarters more environmentally-friendly by adding two new recently completed rain gardens.  The ground outside of the HQ slopes down toward a pebble-covered swale, filled with wetland plants, flowering perennials, grasses and blueberry bushes.

Also part of the Mayor’s effort, the Department installed a 10,500 square foot greenroof last year and hopes to install solar panels by the end of this year. Greenroofs and rain gardens act as Earth’s filtration and will help reduce pollution that would otherwise flow into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, Rock Creek and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.

– 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 September 28th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof & Greenwall 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: September 14, 2012

September 19, 2012 at 10:11 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 September 14, 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 September 14, 2012 on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  J. L. McMillan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse built in 2011 in Florence, South Carolina.  It is a project of the Federal Recovery Act of 2009, and joins the rankings of one of the largest green roofs in the Southeast United States to date, and actually may be the largest in South Carolina.  An extensive green roof system was selected due to the load constraints of the existing structure.

About 51,000 plugs from Emory Knoll Farms including species of Sedums, Delosperma, Talinum, and Allium were planted in 329 tons of lightweight Stalite-PermaTill growing medium at a 4″ depth.  Staging this project was especially challenging because the courthouse remained open during its construction.  The crane was frequently moved to accommodate employee parking and a few night shifts were necessary to access one side of the building.  Lifting 220 crane bags of growing media to a 5-story roof could have been a logistical nightmare, but the team at Living Roofs, Inc. executed the entire installation with no serious complications.

– To learn more about the J. L. McMillan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse,  click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage  (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs.com Press Release

–  Read about our major news story:  Greenroofs.com Announces Strategic Partnership with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for the Second Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013!

Linda S. Velazquez, Founder & Publisher of   Greenroofs.com  says, “Last year’s groundbreaking Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 was an exciting first in our industry.  Greenroofs.com is very proud of our trendsetting online conference and we’re absolutely delighted to be partnering this year with WGIN, who will bring an even greater international audience to our world stage. 2013’s Virtual Summit alliance with WGIN allows us to optimize resources and promote leading edge information in a multi-lingual format.”

And, Tanya Mueller Garcia, Vice President of   WGIN  says, “The World Green Infrastructure Network is delighted to be co-organizing the 2nd Virtual Summit, a cutting edge event, giving people worldwide the opportunity to learn about green roofs and walls as well as the opportunity to interact with leading trend setters. You will without doubt find valuable information regarding green roofs and walls, from public policies, latest investigations to the most innovative projects. Be a part of the next great Virtual Summit!”  Make sure to read the entire Press Release on our Homepage.

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Skyland USA (rooflite) Introduces the Green Roof Media Calculator.

Vegetal I.D. Introduces Hydropack ®, an optimal solution for Stormwater Management in North America.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “Don’t Miss the Early Bird Discount for CitiesAlive this September 15!“ and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 31 and September 7, 2012.”

Guest Blogger

– And don’t miss our latest Guest Post by Dr. Payam Bahrami who writes “CTBUH-IIT Team Wins Grant for Green Wall Façade Research.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  Don’t forget, September 15th: is the last day for the Early Bird Registration for the 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago!  Take advantage of the $169 savings!

–  September 16th-22nd: is the APLD International Landscape Design Conference, in San Francisco, CA. (Follow on Twitter: @APLD)

–  September 18th-21st: is the 2012 World Green Roof Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Follow on Twitter: @worldgreenroof #worldgreenroof)

–  And September 21st: is the Greenscaped Buildings Semi-Annual Fall Plant Sale & Open House, in San Diego, CA.

– “In the News“

– Christina Williams of Sustainable Business Oregon, talks about “Oregon BEST awards commercialization grants for green roofs, energy storage.”  Last week they announced two commercialization grant awards: one that uses ice slush to store power, and another to fund collaborative research on green roofs.

In 2010, Oregon BEST (the Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center) launched its grant program and is now on their way to awarding $1 million in grants this year.  Applied Exergy Inc. is a startup company working with Oregon State University to create energy storage technology that captures and stores energy as an icy slush and then uses it when needed.  A Portland ecoroof startup, Columbia Green Technologies, whom we’ve reported on before, will use their grant to fund their work with Portland State University researchers to measure and track how ecoroof systems manage stormwater runoff in urban settings.

–  The Staff at the Government of Ontario News reports on “Ontario Completes Ottawa Courthouse Green Roof.”  The courthouse’s new green roof will reduce energy costs, improve air quality and help Ontario meet its long-term energy conservation goals.  It features 60 varieties of plants and helps to protect the building’s structure from the elements of nature.  70,000 square feet of green space total the 26 separate multi-elevated green roofs that all contribute in helping to keep Ottawa’s air clean.

The McGuinty government believes that investing in infrastructure is part of the plan to create jobs for Ontarians and strengthen their economy.  A strong economy protects the services that mean the most to families: health care and education.

– 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 September 14, 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.

Ecoroof Incentive Deadline – One Week Away!

May 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

By Matt Burlin

Portland is preparing for the deadline of the sixth round of the Ecoroof Incentive.  The City offers $5 per square foot of ecoroof (extensive green roofs) on all approved projects, and the next deadline is June 1, 2011.

Since 2008, the ecoroof incentive has been awarded to 125 projects for 8.3 acres.  In total there are close to 300 ecoroofs in Portland covering 14 acres, and 421 green roofs (extensive and intensive) totaling nearly 30 acres.  Here are a couple of Portland ecoroof incentive recipients:

On a smaller scale, the project above is a Portland State University Bike Shelter with a total of 1,120 ft ² of ecoroof.

On a considerably larger scale, above you can see The Ramona – Affordable Housing in Northwest Portland with 31,000 ft ².

The incentive round follows a successful month of March – designated “˜Ecoroof Month‘ by Portland City Council.  One great outcome was the completion of ecoroof test plots designed for habitat and biodiversity, below:

The project evolved from discussions with  Stephan Brenneisen during his visit in March, and the test plots were installed with the help of his colleague Raphael Schneider during April.

Finally, the Greenroof Information Think-tank, a network of businesses, organizations, and green roof professionals in the Pacific Northwest, has grown to 270 since 2009.  This past year, the group consulted with Gunderson Manufacturing in the design of a pilot habitat ecoroof on their industrial property in Northwest Portland, seen above.

~ Matt Burlin

Matt Burlin is the Outreach Coordinator for Sustainable Stormwater Management with the City of Portland Environmental Services (BES). Contact Matt at 503.823.7863 or his new email address: matt.burlin@portlandoregon.gov. Visit the City of Portland’s website for complete info. You can also stay up to date by liking their facebook page.