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: 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.