Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video

December 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Dear readers,

2015 is fast coming to a close and we’re taking this time to highlight all of our Projects of the Week which we featured this year with a smooth, chill video for your perusal.

From massive, iconic projects such as Sejong City by Balmori Associates, the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark by Safdie Architects, and ACROS (Asian Crossroads Over the Sea) from Emilio Ambasz to intimate and personal projects such as Forest Lodge Eco House, the Private Kiawah Island Residence, and 41 Bond, we invite you to watch the Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

If you want more info on any of these, you can find their individual profiles showcased on our Greenroof & Greenwall Projects of the Week Gallery page.

We’ve got lots of exciting plans for in 2016 and if you’d like your project featured as an upcoming Project of the Week, we have to first have a completed profile! Read How Do We Select the Greenroof/Greenwall Project of the Week? Blog Post.

See our entire December 30, 2015 Announces Their Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video Press Release.

Here’s a toast to all of us in the New Year for a happy, healthy, loving, productive, and green 2016!

Continued success,

~ Linda V.

Happy Earth Day! The Winner of the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest is…

April 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

With a whopping 729 votes, the project receiving the highest number of total votes and winner of the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest is…


ASAF COHEN, who submitted the “Great Greenwall in Israel” project.  Congratulations!


2014PhotoContestWinner-AsafCohenAs soon as we receive additional project information from Asaf, we will highlight this project as our highly popular “Project of the Week.”

And, Asaf will now receive a $100 gift card from as a small token of our appreciation for entering the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest and celebrating the living architecture of greenroofs and greenwalls – and, of course, Earth Day itself.

In total, we received 14 entries – not including the two we submitted for samples – the Musée du quai Branly greenwall in Paris and the California Academy of Sciences  living roof in San Francisco, which, by the way, both received votes anyway.  This was a very international offering, just like our Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database itself, with entries from Israel, Spain, Taiwan, Panama, USA (Rochester, NY; Durham, NC; New York City, NY (2); Alaska; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; and Cincinnati, OH), Brazil, and India.


The beautiful & popular 2014 Photo Contest winning entry: Green Wall in Israel by Asaf C.

It’s interesting that the first year we include greenwalls in the photo contest that a greenwall project wins!  Not only that, but the second entry, with another huge number of votes at 452, is also a greenwall – the stunning vertical garden in Zaragoza Spain.

Here are the final voting stats:


Way to get your friends and colleagues behind you, Israel and Spain – that’s the power of social media!

2014’s submissions were so varied and all are truly awesome.  Some we already have in the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database, like the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green WallThe Republik Building/ Xero Flor America HQ Green Roof, and the Empire State Building (see: Empire State Building, 30th Floor West with the entry photo; Empire State Building, 21st Floor East & West, and Empire State Building, 25th Floor Northwest).  And, we hope to add all of the new projects to our Projects Database so we can all learn more about each.

Thank you to everyone who entered a project and voted for their favorites on our Facebook page.  Happy Earth Day and beyond!


Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall ~ Linda V.

Voting Ends Tomorrow at 11:59 am EDT in the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest

April 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Wow, all of a sudden, voting has become fast and furious in our 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest!


You have until tomorrow to vote – up til 11:59 am EDT on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

We sent out a reminder email last Thursday, and the voting has exploded!  Here are the current voting stats as of 1:50 pm EDT:


Two gorgeous greenwalls are leading the pack, one from Israel with 490 votes, and one from Zaragoza, Spain with 332 votes.

Haven’t voted yet?  It’s super easy – just:


1) Like Us on our Facebook page;
2) Click the Earth Day Photo Contest Camera Icon;
3) Click on the Vote button;
4) Vote DAILY for your favorite roof or wall! (At least today and tomorrow morning.)

Then to get more people behind “your” project, use hashtag #earthdayphotocontest in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

The photo with the most votes will be announced as the winner.  Yes, it’s a popularity contest!


At noon EDT on Earth Day 2014 – tomorrow, April 22 – the photo entry with the most votes will win a $100 gift card – plus receive some publicity, too, by being featured as an upcoming “Project of the Week” here on

Participate to celebrate Earth Day 2014 and the beautiful, organic architecture of greenroof and greenwall technology!

Happy Earth Week,

~ Linda V.”™s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: July 8, 2011

July 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here’s the transcript from July 8, 2011 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 this week, July 8th 2011 on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is Universal Studios Singapore, built in 2010.  Asia’s first movie-theme park, Universal Studios Singapore is a casino-resort off the south coast of the island nation.  It’s an integral part of Resorts World Sentosa, and celebrated its grand opening on May 28th of this year.  Among the make-believe world of movies, roller-coaster rides, theme dining and shopping, the Park also has dealt with down-to-earth issues and has sustainable green features including solar panels and green roofs, which were extensively integrated into the theme park’s concept and design, showing its firm commitment to energy conservation and responsible environmental management.  Totaling  about 35,000 square meters, the massive green roofs provide an insulating shield against Singapore’s tropical temperatures, helping to cool building interiors and their immediate surroundings, mitigating urban heat island effect as well as contributing aesthetically to the  ambiance  of the park.  Elmich Green Roof was used as the wide structural spans of the immense roofs with their VersiDrain ® 25P water retention and drainage layers, EnviroMix ® GRs and VersiCell ® structural drainage and insulation cells.

– To learn more about Universal Studios Singapore,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.

What’s New“

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

–  KISSS America’s Water Efficient Product Is “Smart” For Smart Irrigation Month.

–  Over at the Sky Gardens Blog, check out Linda’s latest posts: Enter the International Skyrise Greenery Awards 2011 by August 1!  GRHC Awards of Excellence Submissions was due this week on July 6th, “Roofmeadow Creates Philly’s First Bus Shelter Green Roof,” and our GPW as well as’s “TWIR” on GreenroofsTV.

–   “Upcoming Events“

– July 9th: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is having an Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture Course in New York, New York and another one on July 11th in Toronto, Canada.

– July 9th-12th: is the 2011 Association of Horticulture Professionals (OFA) Short Course in Columbus, Ohio.

– July 14th-15th: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is having a Green Roof Boot Camp in Kansas City, Missouri (101 and 201 courses only).

–  And don’t forget our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design conference and expo is coming up next month, August 23rd & 24th online around the world!  Registration information coming soon!

–   “In the News“

–  Katherine Scott of invites you to “Take a tour of PECO’s green roof.” The 45,000 square foot green roof on the eighth floor of the PECO Building is the largest ever installed on an existing building in Philadelphia. Liz Williamson of PECO says they “made a very definite decision to choose plants that were drought resistant or drought tolerant.” Such plants include 12 different species of sedums, which have a root system that help retain moisture and are low-growing and low-maintenance, ornamental grasses and perennials, all of which are growing locally in Pennsylvania. You can go directly to to watch their news story about the greenroof.

– Amy Zimmer of DNAinfo talks about “Upper East Side Co-op Builds Rooftop Garden For Children.” Plymouth Tower co-op resident Sheila Tendy in Manhattan had a vision about letting children of the building learn about food by getting their hands dirty, planting and taking care of fresh herbs, hot peppers, eggplants, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, and strawberries themselves. She says, “It’s just a matter of realizing you can grow things in small quantities and grow food for yourself. It’s not that difficult. A ‘farm’ could be a 6-inch pot on your windowsill.” Tara Reddi, another parent in the building, who runs several Plymouth Tower kids events, long dreamed of doing a garden for the co-ops’s kids; and says “The best thing has been planting with the kids and having them discover how wonderful it is to put their hands in the earth and plant something and watch it grow.”

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

–   Have something you think we should know about and post on our website?   You can send us your green articles, videos and images to

–   Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at by subscribing to our  greenroofsTV channel on YouTube, following us on  Twitter, liking us on  Facebook and being a member of our network on  LinkedIn.

–  This has been This Week in Review for July 8th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez 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.