Register Now for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013 – Contact Us for Your Discount!

January 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

We are so excited about our 2nd annual  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013!  It’s going to be awesome!

As you surely know by now, this year our Virtual Summit 2013 is presented in association with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), and we here at are happy to have them on board as a partner.

There is simply not a greener conference model out there.

Plus, here’s your chance to not only see over 30 video presentations from leading experts, but network with them, too!  Participate in the many Social Media options like participating in the live Speaker  Q & A Sessions and live video, audio and text chatting during the entire 30 days of scheduled activities.


  • Creative innovators and trailblazers sharing organic green infrastructure ideas and lessons learned.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable exhibitors on hand live at the Expo.

Keynotes – thinkers, designers, trend setters, leaders, eco-luminaries:

“¢ Dusty Gedge, President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations and Co-Founder of
“¢ Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities  and Founding Member of the  World Green Infrastructure Network
“¢ Dr. Aditya Ranade, Senior Analyst on the Lux Research Intelligence team
“¢ Javier Senosiain, Architect, Principal of Arquitectura Orgánica
“¢ Mary Ann Uhlmann, GRP, Environmental Horticulturist and Tremco, Inc. Manager, Vegetated Roof Systems Program Development

Visit the Speakers page to see all of our outstanding presenters!

See the Preliminary Agenda to read about the Keynotes, Individual and Collaborative Presentations, Expert Panel Sessions, and “Inspiration Nook” topics.

Expo Wednesdays:

Visit our fantastic  Sponsors and Exhibitors  at the cool  Expo Pavilions and see all the new products and services in our industry from leading manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers as well as learn about different world organizations on  4 dedicated days!

We’ve lowered the price, too, in case you’re considering getting a booth:  only $600.  This year the live Expo will be held on all 4 Wednesdays during the Virtual Summit – on  February  13, February 20, February 27 & March 6, 2013.  Our Expo Trade Show Wednesdays will each be anchored by a Keynote Presentation and a Panel Discussion from leading authorities.

Our mission embraces information sharing across the globe at extremely affordable pricing.  Registration includes access to the entire virtual environment – all the keynote, speaker and panel session videos, Q & A’s, social media networking, Sponsor Spaces, Prize Center, JobLinks Lounge, and the spectacular Expo Trade Show – for the entire 30 days.

How much?   Regular Price $99


WGIN Members & Advertisers $39
If you are an advertiser of ours contact us  for the Discount Code.  Contact your organization if you are a member of one of the following from the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN):

Green Roofs for Healthy CitiesGet GRP credits!
Association pour le Développement et l’Innovation de la Végétalisation Extensive des Toitures (ADIVET)
Green Roofs Australasia
International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA)
Korea Green Roof & Infrastructure Association

Associates $59
Available to participating non-WGIN organization members including ASLA, AIA, USGBC, IGRA, SGRI, EFB, NRCA, etc.  Contact each organization for your Promo Code.  Contact us to get your organization listed as an Associate.

Students & Government $29
You do not need a Promo Code.  But your email extension needs to be approved, including: .edu, .gov,  If you qualify but have a different extension, contact us.

See our Registration Page and Register Here.

By the way, we’d like to thank  Tremco  for once again committing their greenroof industry leadership through our highest level of  Sponsorship  – the  Rare Earth Sponsor!

Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities:
See how you, too, can be a Sponsor or Exhibitor and reach our highly targeted greenroof & greenwall market – contact us  at

Join your internationally recognized peers and industry leaders for our dynamic 30-day Virtual Summit 2013 and explore the world of greenroofs & walls – all from the comfort of your office, home, laptop, tablet, or phone – wherever you are and however you like to connect.

Visit  to stay up to date.

We hope to see you online for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013  on  February 12 through March 13, 2013!

~ Linda V.

Are you all set for the 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago next week?

October 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Are you all set for the 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago next week?

Presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the City of Chicago, it’s going to be quite a unique experience and lots of fun as well.

Learning, Networking, and Celebrating 10 Years in our Industry!  

Here are some highlights:

You’ll experience Phenomenal Programming with some of the foremost leaders in our fields with four concurrent sessions featuring expert speakers on policy, design and research topics.   The “˜On the Roof With’ sessions provide an opportunity to learn from distinguished panelists and discuss emerging issues and opportunities with experts.

(Make sure to come to Haven Kiers’ and my 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof &   Greenwall Design on Friday, October 19 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm.)

The Training Courses on Wednesday, October 17 are leading-edge.   Work towards your GRP or get professional education credits.

Although the walking tours have been sold out for a while, the Bus Tours on Saturday, October 20 will also be  fantastic!

CitiesAlive serves as an opportunity for numerous Committee Meetings on Wednesday, October 17 (except for the GRP Committee on October 18th) – get involved with your association!   Contact Paul Erlichman at if you are interested.

– The Trade Show is bigger and better than ever with 70+ exhibitors.   See lots of cool new exhibits and experienced product and service providers – all happy to show you their wares and discuss your next project!   Be there for the opening on Wednesday, October 17 @ 6:00 pm.

– “The Rise of Living Architecture book release will be celebrated on Thursday, October 18th from 1 – 2 pm in the Rendezvous Lounge at the Congress Plaza Hotel.   Participants include architects and landscape architects, planners, engineers, policy makers, and the manufacturers who share their dreams and aspirations for the industry.

Steven Peck says:  

“Congratulations!   The Rise of Living Architecture Commemorative Edition is upon us and it is packed with fabulous pictures by Brad Temkin, an essay by yours truly, great interviews with many industry leaders, a Forward by outstanding biophilic academic Stephen Kellhert, as well as great project images and many insights into the future!!!”

I’m quite honored to be included in this commemorative book.   You know I’ll be at the book signing, and I’ll also be giving away some of our brand new 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendars.

Did you know that proceeds from the book will go to support ongoing training and development activities of GRHC and GIF?

The Receptions, Lunches, Parties and After-Parties will be a wonderful time to reconnect with your colleagues and see friends you haven’t seen in a year!

Visit to learn more and, if you still haven’t yet, register to learn about the future of green infrastructure and avoid on-site costs.  

See you next week!

~ Linda V.

Don’t Miss the Early Bird Discount for CitiesAlive this September 15!

September 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

As I’ve mentioned before, the heavy fall line-up of conferences is here!  Get ready for some awesome speakers, networking, and travel!

For those of us here in North America, the one surely not to be missed is the 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference – the one that started it all – in beautiful Chicago, Illinois this October 17-20 2012.

As usual, programming at CitiesAlive features the leading experts from green roof and wall design, policy and research, plus engaging ‘On the Roof With’ sessions that bring living architecture to life.  In addition to inspiring plenaries, top-notch presentations, fantastic receptions, a record-setting Rise of Living Architecture Commemorative Edition book-signing – of which, by the way, I’m very proud to be included – and trade show, you can add in professional training workshops and inspirational green roof and wall tours to make your CitiesAlive 2012 experience unforgettable.

Aramis and I, along with many of our Contributing Editors will be hand, either speaking, exhibiting, taking a course, or just joining in the fun of going on the tours and, of course, networking!   For example, now for the 6th year, Haven Kiers and I will be delivering our fast-paced and fun 2012 Top 10 Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design – see the entire Agenda here.

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to read our Guest Feature Article this month by Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, and Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities entitled “10th Anniversary – CitiesAlive Returns to Chicago To Celebrate and Plan Ahead.” has been a part of the CitiesAlive Conferences from the beginning in 2003 and we wouldn’t miss it!   Can’t wait to get back to the Windy City ~ we hope to see you there as well.

Visit to learn more and register to learn about the future of green infrastructure and earn credits through LA CES, GBCI, AIA CES, APLD, RCI, and GRHC.

But don’t delay – save up to $169 if you register now for the 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference.

Happy greening!

~ Linda V.’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 31 and September 7, 2012

September 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on  through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from August 31 and September 7, 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 August 31st & September 7th, 2012 on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Projects of the Week

–  Our Project of the Week this week is the Origin Energy Greenwall Project, built in 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  The Origin Energy head office at 321 Exhibition Street is a commercial complex consisting of premium office and retail space, aiming to be the best practice in sustainability and energy efficiency through the design and installation of a state of the art trigeneration plant.  The tallest greenwall in Australia was recently completed here by Mark Paul of The Greenwall Company.

Spanning 22 floors, each floor has its own unique planting make up, specifically designed to maximize varying angles and lighting.  Utilizing non-biodegradable inorganic media, their greenwalls are grown with epiphytic and lithophytic plants which provide some of the country’s endangered species with a home in order to preserve their existence.  And, the Greenwall Company builds its walls from 94% of recyclable materials.

–  Our Project of the Week  last week was the Central Park Praha, Phase 1, built in 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic.  Located near the historic Prague city center, Central Park Praha is a new multi-family residential complex by designers A96 Architects and AED Project.  Attractive exteriors and innovatively designed interiors are combined with environmental considerations and energy efficiency.  The layout of the apartment complex was inspired by the natural environment, transforming its sharp features into a park through an artificial green embankment, which is actually a terraced building with greenroofs and façades.

The greenroof connects the grounds of the park with the residential buildings and creates a seamless green transition.  The pitched roofs were realized using the Optigreen “slope roof system type T,” an anti-slip system for roof slopes up to 45 °, necessary to keep the substrate and pre-cultivated sedum mats in place.

–  To learn more about the Origin Energy Greenwall Project,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage  (or on the above photos); and to learn more about the Central Park Praha, Phase 1, search project ID #1392 in our Projects Database.

What’s New

–  The eNewsletter

– Our August,  2012 eNewsletter was released last week, so be sure to check it out! Catch up on what was new in August, what we’ve been blogging about in our latest Sky Gardens posts, Advertiser Press Releases and more!  Or, subscribe  now.

–  Welcome

– We’d like to welcome two new advertisers here at!  Basques Hardwood Charcoal is a manufacturer of a horticultural amendment for rooftop media.

– And Vector Mapping/IR Analyzers has been performing vector mapping integrity testing since 1984.

–  Guest Feature Article

– Make sure to read Steven Peck’s guest feature article, “10th Anniversary – CitiesAlive Returns to Chicago To Celebrate and Plan Ahead“ all about the upcoming event in October – register by September 15 to receive the Early Bird Discount!

–  Advertiser Press Release:

–  Optigreen International (AG) has developed a new Green Roof system: Retention Roof Meander 30.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “The World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012 in 3 Weeks!” and “’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 24, 2012.”

–  Industry News

The NRCA is offering a new LEED Guide entitled “A Roofing Professional’s Guide to LEED ®” which includes specifics about vegetative roofing points.

– “Upcoming Events“

– Going on since September 1-30: is the 9th Annual Architecture and the City Festival in San Francisco, CA.

– September 6th-9th: is the 2012 Waterproofing Contractors Association (WCA) Fall Convention, in Myrtle Beach, SC.

– September 11th-14th: is the CONSTRUCT2012 and the CSI Annual Convention, in Phoenix, AZ – Follow on Twitter: @CONSTRUCTshow #CONSTRUCT

– September 12th: is the Greenroof Design & Construction Workshop, Wetland Studies & Solutions, in Gainesville, VA.

– September 13th-14th: is the European Conference on Sustainable Renovation of Buildings, in Karlsruhe, Germany.

–  And September 15-16 is the 10th Annual San Francisco Living Home Tours.

– “In the News“

–  James Bruggers of The Courier-Journal Blog, talks about “Louisville Housing Authority shows off new green roof.”  Louisville Metro Housing Authority’s Vine Street administration building features a new green roof with more than 1,200 plantings, including different grasses, ground coverings, serviceberry trees and various types of bushes; and it cost less than a traditional roof replacement.

It also has a walkway and benches for its building occupants to take a break and enjoy the lovely view it offers while it is helping to reduce the urban heat island effect.  This new sustainable addition will save on the building’s energy cost all year long, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

– The staff at Buffalo Rising says, “NFTA Bus Shelter Gets A Living Green Roof.” eco_logic STUDIO, the company behind this project, said that this bus shelter is “a demonstration project for NFTA utilizing an existing bus shelter.  In the last year NFTA has installed about 100 PV systems on bus shelters.  This is the first green roof!”

Just some of the benefits this green roof will help to do are to absorb pollution and put back clean air in the environment, help keep the inside of the shelter cool in the summer and help to improve rain retention.

– 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  and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world! – Make sure to keep up with everything  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  August 31st & September 7th,  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*

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

~ Linda V.