Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: February 3, 2012

February 14, 2012 at 10:29 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 3rd, 2012 with an overview from the beginning of the new year  from our daughter,  Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and after a short hiatus, welcome back to This Week in Review!  First of all, we here at Greenroofs.com wish all of you a very healthy and prosperous New Year, and hope you’re off to a great start in 2012!

This is not only a “This Week in Review” for February 3rd, 2012, but also pretty much a “This Month in Review for January 2012,” here on GreenroofsTV.

–  Projects of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the Private Brussels Residence Vertical Garden & Greenroof built in 2006 in Brussels, Belgium. The architect of the private home is Philippe Samyn with Patrick Blanc as the botanist and designer of the Vertical Garden Wall. Construction took eight years with one year of fine-tuning the plant selection and as a result, the four-story house is covered completely in plants on three sides, plus the roof. It was Patrick Blanc’s first opportunity to design an entire house in vegetation, including the rooftop. Patrick had to carefully select the numerous plant species for the lush semi-circular facade form, keeping in mind sun patterns and micro climates. Water is collected from the rooftop edges and used for irrigation and is supplemented by a well; also, any runoff is recycled.

To learn more about the Private Brussels Residence Vertical Garden & Greenroof, designed by the internationally famously fascinating Patrick Blanc, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photo).

– Read about the following Projects of the Week that we’ve featured since my last “This Week in Review” – find them in   Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database using their profile ID # below each photo (or click on the photo):

– December 26 & 19, 2011: Tremco Incorporated Headquarters #1371

– January 2, 2012: Delft University of Technology Library #534

– January 9, 2012: Heritage Flight #1253

– January 16, 2012: Queens Botanical Garden Visitor and Administration Center #653


– January 23, 2012:  Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre #79

What’s New

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 8: Panel Presentation “The Portland Ecoroof Program: A Cross-section of the Green Roof Movement in Portland, Oregon” with Tom Liptan, Matt Burlin, Amy Chomowicz, Casey Cunningham, and Alice Meyers.  If you haven’t already, check out these first 7 episodes on our greenroofsTV page and on YouTube:

Episode 7: “Constructing Gardens in the Sky” by Terry McGlade

Episode 6: “Sky Meadows – Integrating People and Nature: Sustainable Green Roofs and Roof Gardens” by Dr. Nigel Dunnett

Episode #5: “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx” Panel Session with New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Robert Bieder, Jon Beuttler, Jess Dannhauser, Javier Lopez and Steve Ritz

Episode #4: Keynote Address “CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility – The Who, What, Where, When and How” by Ralph Velasquez

Episode #3: “CDA Leads the Way for Incorporating Green Roof Space in an Airport Environment” by Rosemarie Andolino

Episode #2:   2011 Top 10 Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design by Haven Kiers and Linda Velazquez

Episode #1: Opening Keynote Address   “A New Place“  by Charlie Miller

–  Don’t forget: the  2012 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ 12 Month Wall Calendar is still available for purchase – now at the discounted rate of $9.95, so order yours today!

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

Xero Flor Green Roof Products Receives Cradle to Cradle Certification for Environmental Stewardship.

Green Living Technologies International – New Jersey Farm to School Network announces Winter Conference – It Takes a Village: Collaborations in Good Food and School Gardens.

Sika Sarnafil announces that the United States Postal Service NY – the Largest Vegetated Green Roof in New York City – has won the 2011 RoofPoint™ Excellence in Design Awards.

SKYLAND USA, LLC – rooflite ® Announces Launch of New Spanish Website: www.techosvegetales.com.

RUBBERMASTER/A & A Melters are approved by Material Manufacturers.

Green Roof Technology introduces the “˜Sun-Root’ Living Roof System – Green Roofs embrace Renewable Solar Energy.

GLTi Green Training Course Added at the State University New York (SUNY) Ulster.

Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance Adhesive added to BioPreferred Program.

–    Joblinks Update

– LiveRoof is now hiring a Sales Specialist – Wisconsin in Spring Lake, Michigan, USA.

– Prides Corner Farms (a LiveRoof ® Licensed Grower) is looking for a Green Roof Sales Specialist in the Metro NY area.

Guest Feature

– Read Todd Skopic’s guest feature article, “All-Aboard the Greenroof Ship at the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.”

–  Industry News Update

–    This week, the NRDC released a new report on how local and state governments can stimulate potentially billions of dollars of private investment, to offset the costs of repairing our nation’s broken stormwater infrastructure. It’s worth a read for policymakers, investors, and anyone who receives a wastewater or stormwater bill from a local utility. The new report, “Financing Stormwater Retrofits in Philadelphia and Beyond,” uses the City of Brotherly Love as a test case to explore how innovative financing mechanisms, currently being used for energy efficiency retrofits, can be adapted to the stormwater management context.

– The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) has announced the first three projects to be certified by the nation’s most comprehensive system for rating the sustainable design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes. The corporate headquarters of an international manufacturing company, a new university green space and a children’s playground in an urban park are the first to be recognized for their sustainable land practices from among 150-plus pilot projects that began the certification process in summer 2010.

– The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is providing incentive funding to increase green roof coverage within its service area. The Regional Green Roof Initiative will provide up to $5 per square foot of an approved green roof project. The District’s interest in green roofs is to hold rainwater where it falls, thereby diminishing the risk of sewer overflows and improving the overall water quality in the region. In addition to managing stormwater, green roofs offer numerous additional environmental, economic, and social benefits.

– The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is once again providing rebates, at $5 per square foot, for green roofs to qualified applicants for the third consecutive year. The Anacostia Watershed Society is administering the program for DDOE and believes this is a great opportunity to help people cover some costs of their proposed green roofs as well as an opportunity to reach out to those unfamiliar with this technology all in an effort to help restore the watershed.

Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 episodes, “Stephen Ritz, South Bronx Educator/ Administrator at TEDx Manhattan “˜Changing the Way We Eat’ Tomorrow!,” “8 House Honored by the AIA,” and our GPWs.  Also read “Current Green Roof Trends in Germany (2011)” by Christine Thuring.

– “Upcoming Events“

– February 2nd-4th: is the 11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in San Diego, CA.

– February 7th: is an EPA Green Infrastructure Forum in New York, NY.

– February 8th-9th: is BUILDEX Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

– Also February 8th-9th: is Better Buildings By Design Conference 2012 in Burlington, VT.

– February 8th-10th: is ProGreen EXPO 2012 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.

– And February 15th: is the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities class, Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance and Projects, held at the Southface Institute Eco-Office in Atlanta, Georgia.

– “In the News“

–  Daniel Beekman of the New York Daily News, reports on “Classroom farm at Bronx public high school, Green Bronx Machine, shut down despite fresh successes.” He says that the “celebrated classroom farm that yielded fresh produce and great jobs for students at a South Bronx public high school has been quietly shut down.” For two years, Discovery High School special education teacher, Steve Ritz, used green walls to teach his students about science and technology and how to grow your own vegetables in an urban setting. Lesson plans he developed there are now being used at the college level at the State University of New York. Steve says he’s “disappointed… [and] the kids loved it,” also that the Green Bronx Machine “really took root because it cultivated minds and harvested hope.”

He created the Green Bronx Machine after meeting George Irwin, founder and CEO of Green Living Technologies, and they began growing vegetables while developing a curriculum. Students trained by Irwin even got summer jobs installing green roofs. This program has helped the Bronx students and every one of them who took part in the program has begun college or is on the track to getting there. Senator Gustavo Rivera said, “Steve is a guy who can get people energized about healthy eating…he has proven he can get students to care about school. I hope that continues.” We all hope it does and are confident that Steve will continue his work with the Green Bronx Machine and help even more students.  Check out their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/green.BX.machine.

– Lauren Lloyd of the LAist talks about “From Rooftop to Fork: Downtown LA Club Grows Its Own Greens.” She says, California’s largest urban farming operation, Farmscape, recently wrapped a first-of-its-kind project in Downtown LA. A large rooftop garden, designed to grow fresh organic greens sits on top of The Jonathan Club. The 200-square-foot custom organic garden will produce greens such as snap and snow peas, spinach, arugula, lettuces, a variety of herbs and much more in the winter growing season, as well as fruits like lemons, limes, oranges, and figs. Farmscape and the club are loving their new garden.

Farmscape CEO, Jesse DuBois, says “we’re excited to be able grown the freshest produce possible for The Jonathan Club’s new head chef,” and that “we hope that building this rooftop garden right in the middle of Los Angeles demonstrates that food cultivation can happen almost anywhere.” It can happen almost anywhere, and hopefully other urban restaurants and buildings will follow in their footsteps.

–  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 green wall 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 3rd, 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.

GPW: Cuartel de Ballajá

November 8, 2011 at 1:24 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/31/11
Cuartel de Ballajá
(Ballajá Infantry Barracks Building)
San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
24,000 sf. Greenroof

Year: 2011
Owner: Oficina de Conservacion Historica
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 24,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project Description & Details

El Cuartel de Ballajá was constructed by the Spanish army between 1854 and 1864. The structure is one of the most impressive constructed by Spain in the New World and it stands as the last example of monumental military architecture by the Spanish Monarchy in the Americas. Today, the Ballajá Barracks houses several educational and cultural organizations, namely the Museo de Las Américas.

Designed by the architect Edmundo Colon with the help of GRP David Aponte, the green roof was part of several “green intervention” projects done to the Cuartel de Ballajá, including a 151.2 KW PV system with 720 solar panels. The project was built using a 60 mil PVC waterproofing system (Durolast), a 16 oz. protective mat, 2″ of rooflite drain w/ drain channels, filter fabric, 4″ average of rooflite growing medium and 60,000 plants that vary from plugs to 6″ pots. The green roof also has greenwalls and an artificial wetland to manage higher roof storm water amounts, which is used on a needed basis as the supplemental irrigation system.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record

Architect/Designer: Edmundo Colon, ECO Architecture
Green Roof Specialist: David Aponte, MSCE, GRP, PR Design Group, Inc.
General Contractor: Jorge Castellano, WTI Inc.
Waterproofing Contractor: WTI, Inc.
Waterproofing Material: Durolast
Green Roof Contractor: PR Design Group, Inc.
Green Roof System: rooflite Drainage w\ rooflite Growing Media
Plant Providers: Saul Nurseries, Palma Roja Nursery, EHR
Plant Consultants: Ed Snodgrass, David Aponte, Sigfredo Faria and Karen Amador
Structural Engineer: MFS Consulting Engineers

Additional Info

The  Cuartel de Ballajá is situated  on the northwestern-most point of the islet of San Juan, Puerto Rico in view of El Morro (1539), or the Fort San Felipe del Morro, also known as the Morro Castle.  In 1961, the United States Army officially retired from El Morro and the fort became a part of the National Park Service to be preserved as museums.  In 1983,  El Morro  and the city walls were declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.  The photo above by Kamran Saraf shows “a panoramic view of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico from atop Fort San Felipe del Morro.”

Located in the Old San Juan area on a lot of approximately three acres, the  Cuartel de Ballajá  lies between Morovis, Beneficencia and Norzagaray streets, and occupies six city blocks of the Ballaja community (Barrio Ballaja) that were expropriated and demolished in 1853.

“In 1976 the government of Puerto Rico acquired the Ballajá Infantry Barracks Building (Antiguo Cuartel de Ballajá) from the federal government of the United States of America by way of a transfer with a commitment to restore and use the building for cultural, educational and touristic purposes.

In 1986 the restoration of The Barracks began under the “Plan de Reforma Interior de la Zona Histórica de San Juan” (San Juan Interior Historic Zone Restoration Plan). The restoration work was realized from 1990 to 1993. Previously , in 1992 “El Museo de las Américas” (Museum of the Americas, second floor), was founded, with various exhibitions pertaining to the cultural history of Puerto Rico and the Americas. ” ~ Ballaja.com

Although this important historic resource was built for military purposes, El Cuartel de Ballajá  has evolved into a cultural center, rendering tribute to Puerto Rico’s rich cultural heritage.  Major community happenings are hosted here throughout the year including opera, concerts, festivals and artesan fairs.

The greenroof is just one of the numerous renovation projects here with sustainability in mind.  Due to the building’s age and historical status,  MFS Consulting Engineers provided the Oficina Estatal de Conservación Histórica with a structural analysis and structural investigation of the rooftop of the Cuartel de Ballajá for the proposed construction of the  wetland  greenroof.

With its large solar array, the Cuartel de Ballajá was included this year in the Puerto Rico Solar Tour 2011:

David Aponte of PR Design Group says the idea of introducing the wetland and greenwall on the roof came from the design/construction team (General Contractor, Green Roof Contractor and Architect), and the client agreed.  The  greenwall measures  6 x 80.  It’s a custom design, following the Patrick Blanc hydroponic greenwall technique of a soil-less system.  The wall has an internal dripline that is supplied with water from the wetland.

If you’re in San Juan, you must visit the historic El Morro, one of Puerto Rico’s most popular tourist attractions.  Then it’s a quick stop over to visit the beautiful  Cuartel de Ballajá and its wetland rooftop garden with greenwalls.

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!  Click  here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.  See how you can submit yours here.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Greenbuild and Greenroofs in Toronto!

October 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

The U.S. Green Building Council’s  annual conference and expo, Greenbuild, is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.  And now the USGBC is hosting its first Greenbuild outside the United States.

Greenbuild 2011 is being held in Toronto, Canada from October 4-7 and is celebrating what’s NEXT for green building!  What innovative ideas will you bring?  Learning, Networking and Celebrating – Greenbuild is a perfect opportunity to meet with green building colleagues, network with leading industry professionals and learn from international representatives from around the world.

Greenroof and Greenwall Exhibitors:

As usual, Greenbuild will showcase the latest in innovative products and services, exemplifying the idea of utilizing green to grow business to attendees from around the world.  The Expo Hall will be open October 4-6, 2011.

Don’t miss exhibits from American Hydrotech – Booth#2024N, Bison Innovative Products – Booth#244N, CETCO – Booth#339N, Conservation Technology – Booth#218N, Flynn Canada – Booth#6328S, Green Living Technologies International – Booth#6653S, GreenGrid/Weston Solutions – Booth#6514S, ILD (International Leak Detection) – Booth#7140S, KISSS America – Booth#6250S, LiveRoof – Booth#125N, MGV GroRoof/Metro Green Visions – Booth#340N, Rooflite – Booth#642N, Sedum Master – Booth#6450S, Sempergreen – Booth#3542S, Sika Sarnafil – Booth#4942S,  – Booth#6135S, VAST Enterprises – Booth#6940S, XeroFlor America – Booth#241N and ZinCo USA – Booth#3651S.

Did you know that Greenbuild 2011 is streaming live, and you can watch from home? Live streaming sessions include the opening plenary with Thomas Freidman, Cokie Roberts, Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell and Paul Farmer; the closing plenary; Master Speakers Neri Oxman, Frans Johannson and Amory Lovins; and LEED Master Series sessions.  Very cool!

Greenroofs at Greenbuild:

Thursday, October 6:  OF05 – Enacting a Green Roof by Law –  Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to Tour the award-winning 37,000 sf  LiveRoof Green Roof Installation at Toronto City Hall.  Featured in an off-site educational session at Greenbuild, the guided tour is part of “OF05 – Enacting a Green Roof by Law” and will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2011, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

“The 37,000-square-foot podium green roof at Toronto City Hall is the largest publically accessible extensive green roof in all of Canada.  This LiveRoof project stands out as a prominent element in the revitalization of Nathan Phillips Square. It has won several awards, including a 2011 Regional Honour Award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.” ~ Dave MacKenzie, horticulturalist and president, LiveRoof, LLC.

And, Terry McGlade, environmental business development representative at Flynn Canada Ltd, the company that installed and project managed the overall green roof contract for Toronto City  Hall says:

“Toronto is the first North American city to require new developments to include green roofs. Greenbuild will offer an educational session devoted to the development, implementation, results, and future of Toronto’s pioneering initiative. The guided tour of the City Hall green roof is sure to be a highlight of this off-site session.”

Friday, October 7: HD13 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities – Greenroof and Wall Tour

“The green roofs and walls on this tour provide excellent examples of integrated design that improve the quality of life for inhabitants of the building and for the surrounding community. One of the more important features of a green roof or wall is its ability to enhance other sustainable features. From providing food and biodiversity in an urban setting, to enhancing a building’s air quality and improving on-site sustainable energy production, green roofs and walls provide dynamic and aesthetically pleasing components to green buildings. These projects are all uniquely Canadian through their location (both interior and exterior) and a hardy plant selection, as well as their functions and required maintenance through the various seasons of Toronto.” ~ Greenbuild

Visit the Greenbuild website to learn more.

Happy Greening!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com”™s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: June 10, 17 & 24, 2011

June 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on  Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  After a summer vacation, here’s the transcript from June 24 which also covers the weeks of June 17 & 10, 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, June 24th 2011, as well as for the past two weeks since I was gone for a little summer break, on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Projects of the Week

–   Our project of the week is the Hotel Ushuaïa Low-Tech Vertical Garden built in 2011 in Ibiza, Spain.  Situated in the Hotel Ushuaïa de Ibiza, the four panel eco.bin greenwall acts as a sound barrier between the open air disco, which is located in between the hotel’s central courtyard and the surrounding guest rooms.  The garden wall consists of rows of ceramic terra cotta containers whose circular openings are individually filled with growing medium and planted. Each interconnected planted ceramic has its own substrate and vegetation, and works together to create this sound-absorbent garden space.  This is the first such type of greenwall garden system in the world.  Also, the designers have selected a variety of native plants which can adapt and thrive in these Mediterranean conditions; and as you can see, they provide a multitude of colors during the year.

–   Our project of the week last week was the NYC Parks Five Borough Administrative Building built in 2007 in Randall’s Island, New York, New York. In response to Mayor Bloomberg’s visionary 2007 PlaNYC initiative, the Five Borough Technical Services division began a program of installing green roofs of various designs, realizing that they could contribute significantly to the city’s sustainability effort.  To date, the division, together with Parks’ Green Apple Corps and others, has installed 24 systems covering over 29,000 square feet of roof on the west wing of the building including Green Paks, GreenGrid, BioTrays, Bioroof, Xero Flor, and many custom designs. Five Borough’s is the only known green roof in the U.S. to feature such a vast array of distinct systems side-by-side, which vary by types of growing medium, depth of growing medium, and plant selection.  And there are also other non-traditional green roof systems here including a green wall, container systems, a “walkable” atrium system, as well as planters on top of parapet walls.  By the way, look for a very in-depth look at this roof as our Guest Feature Article coming very soon!

–   Our project of the week for June 10th was the Ruthven Garage built in 2010 in Tacoma, Washington.  In 2010, Jenny Ruthven was a horticulture student at Oregon State University, and after graduating found employment within the green roofing industry and wanted to design and install her own greenroof, and her parents’ garage was the perfect spot.  With the help of family and friends, they had to first add some additional structural support to the garage and replace the 29+ year old shingles. Then, they used a custom made blend of soil which ended up consisting of about 52% inorganic and 48% organic.  Inorganic was all pumice, with a bit of perlite thrown in. Half of the organic component was cedar grove compost, and the rest was coconut fiber, peat moss, mushroom compost, chicken compost, and steer compost. They planted 432 plants, with about 60 different species and varieties total.  Looking back now, Mom Sandra says that she  figured that she’d really like her greenroof, but had never   anticipated how much.

–   To learn more about the Ruthven Garage greenroof, type in project ID #1150 in our Projects Database, the NYC Parks Five Borough Administrative Building greenroof, project ID #787 and as always for our current project of the week, this week being the Hotel Ushüaia Low-Tech Vertical Garden, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.  And, you can also always go to our Sky Gardens Blog and read Linda’s expanded post about our project of the week every week!

What’s New“

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

–  LiveRoof ® Adds an Architectural Specialist, Michael R. Selleck, in Chicago to Support Sales of the LiveRoof ® Hybrid Green Roof System.

–  Tremco Headquarters Completes Comprehensive Green Renovation, Becomes a Showcase of Sustainable Construction Technology.

Registration is now open in Ottawa, Canada – for a Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) Green Wall Seminar.

–  Skyland USA is pleased to announce the launch of a new rooflite ® certified growing media website.

–  Joblinks:

The University of Sheffield is looking for a Hydrologist or Urban Drainage Marie Curie More Experienced Researcher in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

–  You can go to  greenroofs.com/joblinks.htm more information on this job and other Green Roof Job postings.

–   Make sure to check out our latest Guest Feature Articles and Blog Posts:

–   Christine Thuring gives us her latest report on the 1st International Green Roof Students Conference in Sheffield, UK.

–   And Steven Peck fills us in on a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ 2011 CitiesAlive Conference update.

–   Over at the Sky Gardens Blog, catch up on all of Linda’s other posts about Chris Wark’s 2011 7-part Green Roof Energy Series is now available on PDF, and the Greenroofs.com’s “TWIR” on GreenroofsTV for June 3rd, 2011.

–  Industry News

–   Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway announced the 15 winners of Department of Environmental Protection’s 2011 Green Infrastructure Grant Program. Selected from a total of 52 applications, the 15 winners will share approximately $3.8 million of funds to build green infrastructure projects that will reduce combined sewer overflows and improve water quality in the New York Harbor.

–  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities announces co-host agreements with the City of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for its 9th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference November 30th – December 3rd, 2011.

–  The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 13 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards.

–   “Upcoming Events“

–   June 21st-25th: is the 2011 APGA Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

–   June 27th-29th: is the 48th International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress in Zurich, Switzerland.

–   And on June 29th-30th: is Greenbuild EXPO Exhibition & Conference of Sustainable Building in Manchester, United Kingdom.

–  For more Upcoming Events visit our homepage.

–   “In the News“

–   Julia Johnson of the Ottawa Citizen reports on “Old film treasure preserved in federal news archives building.”  Earlier this week, Library and Archives Canada unveiled its new $14.7-million preservation facility for nitrate film on the government’s Shirleys Bay campus.  The new building now houses 5,575 reels of nitrate film dating back to 1912.  Archivist and librarian of Canada, Daniel Caron says that the new facility was also designed to be environmentally friendly, including efficient mechanical systems, insulated walls and a greenroof.  And Mario Gasperetti, the archives’ manager of strategic accommodation adds that the greenroof helps with keeping the vault cool by reducing heat exchange and instead of using manicured grass on the roof, it is designed to look exactly like the meadow landscape surrounding the building.

–   Julie Young of the Richmond Times-Dispatch talks about “Burnt-out home goes from ashes to awesome.”  She says a few years ago, the 1920s row house on Grove Avenue was an “architectural corpse.  Its skeletal remains consisted of a disfigured facade, broken bones and devastating internal damage.”  Then along came Dr. Susan Miller and her husband Dr. Kenneth Kendler to the rescue.  In 2008, they signed on to breathe life back into this burnt down home.  Over the next two years, “The Phoenix” was reborn and filled with green eco-friendly sustainable features like their own greenroof, the 25 foot tall green wall located in the home between the dining room and great room, thirty photovoltaic  roof panels, solar panels, concrete countertops flecked with reclaimed glass and rocks their now-adult children collected as kids, and much more.  The living wall ecosystem was designed by Scotty Guinn Dilworth of SG Designs and installed by Capitol Greenroofs who also installed the roof-top garden.

–   Ted Kortan of NewsNet5.com announces “Tremco Incorporated headquarters dedicated in Beachwood.”  Tremco Incorporated, a building products and solutions company, and subsidiary of RPM International, dedicated its renovated 40-year-old corporate headquarters last week.  Tremco said the project has resulted in a “high performance” building that is substantially more efficient, cost effective, and sustainable than the previous headquarters, with features like their vegetated roof with almost 1,600 plants and the area’s first solar powered electric car charging station.  Joining with company officials at Tremco’s Green Road campus for the dedication were Ohio Governor John Kasich, U.S. Senator Rob Portman, U.S. Congresswoman Betty Sutton and Beachwood Mayor Merle Gorden.

–   Sandy Bauers of Philly.com says “A tiny step forward for green roofs in Philadelphia” includes “a cheerful puff of plant life atop a bus-stop shelter.”  Tiffany Ledesma Groll, the project’s coordinator said, “We basically see this project as an opportunity to inspire homeowners.  A lot of the green roofs that are really fabulous and gorgeous are on high-rises” – which most people never see.  She goes on to say, “We thought it would be fun to bring it down to eye level.”  Last week, workers from Roofmeadow, a Philadelphia green roofs company that did the installation pro bono, were busy topping the shelter with its “mini-oasis.”  They planted a fuzz of pink dianthus, multicolored portulaca, and sedum and Roofmeadow also has committed to maintaining the roof for its first two years.  Charlie Miller, president and founder of Roofmeadow, said the roof “will give people a sense of familiarity…how it contributes to the quality of life.”  His son, Ari, designed the installation so it could be replicated as a “kit” for other bus-stop roofs in the city.

–   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  editor@greenroofs.com.

–   Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at  Greenroofs.com 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 June 24th, 2011 as well as June 10th and 17th 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  Greenroofs.com.*

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

~ Linda V.