Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 17, 2012

August 18, 2012 at 2:31 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 August 17, 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 17th, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Our project of the week is the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3 built in 2012, in Brooklyn, New York.  This rooftop farm located on the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, is a massive 65,000 sq ft roof towering eleven stories over the East River.  The lion’s share of the financing for the installation of the Navy Yard farm was granted by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Initiative.  With over 45,000 sq ft of the roof covered in soil and planted, it manages over one million gallons of stormwater each year, easing the burden on the overtaxed Red Hook Wastewater Pollution Control Plant.

The farm’s 12-inch deep growing beds are comprised of a special soil medium, rooflite ® intensive ag, blended specifically for rooftop use and custom designed by Brooklyn Grange and Skyland USA.  With high productivity already underway, Brooklyn Grange’s second farm anticipates an estimated annual yield of 20,000 pounds of fresh produce per year.  Crops will include leafy greens, aromatic herbs, heirloom tomatoes and carrots.  The farm is productive during the months of April-November, while winter months see the planting of cover crops, such as clover and vetch, to prevent soil erosion and replenish vital nutrients.

– To learn more about the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

–  Welcome to our newest sponsor here on Greenroofs.com!  Bioroof Systems is a truly North American solution for the green roof marketplace, carrying the ideals of a robust environmental philosophy throughout their green roof solution.

–  Contributing Editor

– Read George Irwin’s latest contributing article, “Food Factories Now At Every Scale.”

Advertiser Press Release:

–  LiveRoof ® Green Roof Creates Rooftop Garden on the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Building.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post: “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 10, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  August 19th-22nd: is GovEnergy 2012, in Cincinnati, OH (@GovEvergy & #GovEnergy)

–  August 19th-23rd: is StormCon – The North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Expo, in Denver, CO (@StormCon & #StormCon)

–  And August 23rd-25th: is the Farwest Show, in Portland, OR (#FarwestShow)

– “In the News“

–  Jonathan Devin, of the Memphis Commercial Appeal says “Sustainable tourism boon to businesses, travelers and environment.”  Tennessee is becoming a national leader in the idea of using tourist attractions to sustain the environment while drawing in tourists who want to support all things green.  No more “tourist traps” filled with cheaply manufactured knickknacks and people passing through not thinking about what they’re leaving behind in their footprints.

Tourism is now helping to sustain the natural beauty of the state.  A statewide initiative to get Tennessee’s hotels, restaurants, and attractions to start incorporating sustainability practices was put into effect at a kickoff celebration in April 2008.  Ruby Falls in Chattanooga became the first tourist attraction in Tennessee to become Green Globe Certified, and in Memphis, the Riverfront Development Corp.’s Beale Street Landing features a green roof that flows along with nearby Tom Lee Park.

– Anthony Martinez, of WBEZ91.5, talks about “A green roofs check-in.”  A local radio listener asked the question: “Are the tops of skyscrapers still being planted with green space and what have the benefits been?”  A lot of people still don’t really know that much about green roofs and the good they do.  So Anthony Martinez went out to find some more information about Chicago’s green roofs.  He started with Michael Berkshire, the Green Projects Administrator for Chicago’s Department of Housing and Economic Development.

Berkshire explained that besides the natural beauty of green roofs, they provide economic and environmental benefits like lowering heating and cooling costs, extending a roof’s life expectancy and managing stormwater runoff.  Although the amount of construction has slowed down, green roofs are still being built right now, helping to improve Chicago.  Martinez concluded his research with Dr. Milind Khire of Michigan State University, a member of the school’s Green Roofs Research Program. Khire agreed that green roofs have positive effects on buildings and their communities but to fully understand the benefits for the entire city, we need lots of green roofs, not just ones here and there.  He’s currently working on a computer model to predict what the city-wide benefits would look like in that case.

– 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  August 17th, 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: July 20, 2012

July 21, 2012 at 12:11 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 July 20, 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 July 20th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Nashville Music City Center built in 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  This Center is a 1.2 million square foot convention center just finished last month in the South of Broadway district in Nashville.  The finished roof has three independent greenroof sections on its wavy roof; and also features a 360,000 gallon water reclaim tank, which is used for things like flushing the toilets and site irrigation.  With the design of the grand ballroom portion of the roof, the Music Center Team envisioned installing solar panels.

The Center is working to achieve LEED Silver status, and a prominent feature of this will be the 175,000 square-foot greenroof, designed to flow along with the rolling hills of Tennessee.  Rooflite ® provided the growing media, Sempergreen the pre-vegetated mats, Sika Sarnafil the waterproofing membrane and the greenroof was designed by Roofmeadow.

– To learn more about the  Nashville Music City Center,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Introducing LiveScreen ®, the Mobile Version of LiveWall ®, the Planted Wall System Designed in Harmony with Nature.

–  Contributing Editor

– Read the latest article from our contributing editor Ralph Velasquez, “Sustainability, Friend or Foe?“

Industry News

–  ASTM Sustainability Committee develops standard for use of expanded shale, clay and slate in vegetated roofing systems.

–  NASA has released a fact sheet detailing efforts to research, use, and improve upon the concept of greenroofs.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post:  “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 13, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  July 27th: is the RCI Region II Meeting, in Charleston, SC.

– “In the News“

–  The Materials Handling World Magazine talks about “Leading supplier of single ply roof membranes, Sika-Trocal Helps Reduce “˜Carbon Pawprint.'”  Sika-Trocal has helped to keep stray and abandoned dogs sheltered at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres in Shrewsbury and Loughborough (UK).  Sika-Trocal’s single ply roof membranes have been used on these buildings to create beautifully stunning greenroofs.  Specialist roofing contractor Telclad was assigned to complete the roof installations, and developed a series of retention battens that would be strong enough to restrain the curved greenroof from slippage while meeting Sika-Trocal’s installation standards.

Delivered by main contractor McPhillips and designed by architects Peter Napier & Co., the facilities were built as environmentally sustainable as possible to help reduce the Dogs Trust’s carbon “pawprint.”  The design incorporated materials with low environmental impact including rainwater harvesting, solar panels and a greenroof, helping the building to become the first of its kind to achieve the highest BREEAM Outstanding rating in the world.

–  Business Green says, “Scientists: Green walls lead to cleaner cities.”  “Lining cities with wall[s] of vegetation could reduce air pollution by 30 per cent at less cost than current policies.”  According to a new research published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology, plants can clean the air of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, which cause a huge portion of the 35,000 to 50,000 of premature deaths in the UK that are attributed to outdoor air pollution each year. The World Health Organization’s outdoor air quality database puts the figure of air quality related premature deaths at more than one million a year worldwide.

Scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster say pollution struggles to escape “street canyons,” which makes planting green walls of grass, climbing ivy and other plants way more effective at filtering out pollutants than previously thought. Transport for London has installed green walls at Edgware Road station and at The Mermaid in Blackfriars, as part of a package of targeted short term measures introduced where particulate levels are at their highest.

– 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 July 20th, 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.