Greenroofs.com’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 Greenroofs.com 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.

Joblinks

–  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 “Greenroofs.com’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 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   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 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.