’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: June 22, 2012

June 23, 2012 at 1:18 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 June 22, 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 22nd, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, built in 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The former site of Atlanta’s most popular retailer throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries, the iconic Rich’s Department Store, the present Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center serves as the home of several federal agencies and is one of the city’s most environmentally friendly facilities.  The high-rise building of the Center houses a forested courtyard with a stand of approximately 50 maple trees, flowering cherry trees, and various other deciduous species, as well as native drought-resistant vegetation and paths of semi-pervious concrete pavers.

Utilizing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, the $2.6 million project renovation’s goals, consistent with the General Services Administration’s roofing program, were to provide thermal and moisture protection; conserve energy and the environment; reduce utility costs; and help attain energy security by meeting Energy Independence and Security Act requirements.  In 2011 the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center received the inaugural RoofPoint™ Award from the Center of Environmental Innovation in Roofing for “Excellence in Life Cycle Management,” distinguished by its efficient re-use of original roofing materials, and it has received other awards, too.

The two vegetated roofs are beautiful highlights of the buildings, with more than 198,000 colorful sedums, delospermas, native cacti, alliums and more from Saul Nurseries.  They were planted 3 plugs per square foot and are set in 4 inches of growing media from ItSaul Natural in a planting plan designed by Tremco Roofing’s Mary Ann Uhlmann.

– To learn more about the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center,  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 #28:  “The Green Bronx Machine”  by Steve Ritz.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

Industry News

– A three-bill package sponsored by New Jersey Assembly Democrats Ruben Ramos, Jr., John McKeon, Wayne DeAngelo, and Connie Wagner, which is designed to encourage the proliferation of environmentally-friendly buildings, has been approved.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 28: The Green Bronx Machine,” “Greenroofed Sam Nunn Federal Center Dedicated in Atlanta!,” and “’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: June 15, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

– June 24th-27th: is the Western Roofing Expo 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

– “In the News“

–  Charles A. Birnbaum of the Huffington Post talks about “The Real High Line Effect — A Transformational Triumph of Preservation and Design.”  New York’s High Line, the stretch of abandoned elevated railroad on New York’s West Side that has been transformed into a public park and one of the city’s most popular destinations, has generated a lot of buzz about the so-called “High Line effect.”  Several cities are looking at their own forgotten areas, trying to figure out how they too can transform them into environmentally-friendly spaces.  The High Line was made possible by a team of landscape architects, architects, horticulturalists, engineers and others, led by James Corner Field Operations, and they were able to keep historic preservation and design.

By the way, the High Line isn’t the only successful “adaptive reuse” approach that works; San Francisco’s Crissy Field was an asphalt airfield and now is a “must-go-to destination that connects San Franciscans with their industrial waterfront heritage while restoring and conserving its natural and ecological values.”

Other projects include the 36-acre Point State Park in Pittsburgh, Tampa’s NationsBank Plaza, designed in the 1980s by Dan Kiley and now known as Kiley Garden, and Philip Johnson’s Water Garden in Fort Worth, Texas.  Landscape architect Laurie Olin suggests that when thinking about changes to an urban landscape that has a history, the conversation should address what stays and what goes and the virtues of bringing something new or an addition to an existing site.

–  Rachel Nuwer of says, “Eating on a Green Roof: New York’s Buildings Provide Food, Habitat for Wildlife.”  She says, “New York’s green roofs do more than add a splash of green to the urban habitat.  They also provide a crucial stopping ground and habitat for birds flying through.

Researcher Dustin Partridge tracks the insect life on roofs throughout New York to see if the roofs are providing food sources for the birds.”  The author visited Partridge on one of his roofs and put together a great video on the full article about the studies he’s conducting on New York’s green roofs.  He talks about the visiting birds and what wildlife benefits green roofs provide and compares the data he received with traditional black roofs.

– 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 June 22nd,  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.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 28: The Green Bronx Machine

June 20, 2012 at 8:12 am

Today we have the pleasure to air Steve Ritz’s PowerPoint presentation “The Green Bronx Machine” from our inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

I’m sure many of you know already of the excellent work of Bronx educator Steve Ritz – we’ve written about him several times already when he spoke at TEDxManhattan last January with “Changing the Way We Eat” where there’s a link to the TED talk) at the Times Center in New York City and Caroline Menetre’s GLT in NYC: A Weekend of Training, Education, & Fun blog post of January, 2011.

As founder of the Green Bronx Machine, Steve’s presentation gives an overview of some of the current issues in the Bronx as well as the positive effects of the Green Bronx Machine. Did you know the very young organization has already grown over 25,000 pounds of organic vegetables, later sold to local markets? Read more in the May 10, 2012 editorial Growing healthy jobs, food and the environment by Sterling Roberson, Vice-President of CTE for United Federation of Teachers.

Here is some more recent press on Steve Ritz and his work:

Green Bronx Machine: Growing Our Way Into a New Economy, Harvesting Hope, and Cultivating Minds in Edible Schoolyard of May 9, 2012;

Teacher’s green machine tackles Bronx poverty in NY METRO NEWS of April 20-22, 2012;

Greening the Curriculum in Principal Leadership – Green Schools (page 20) under “Growing Green: Discovery High School, Bronx, NY” of December 2011.

Originally slated to precede the “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx” Panel Session that we showed earlier with New York State Senator Gustavo RiveraBronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.(Moderator) Robert BiederJon BeuttlerJess DannhauserJavier Lopez and Steve Ritz, the “The Green Bronx Machine” PowerPoint Presentation had to be cut from that video due to time restraints – as it was, we had to edit that excellent panel session down to an already long – but well worth it – 59:28!

During the live Virtual Summit 2011 and 30-day archives, attendees could see the PowerPoint Presentation in its entirety in the On Demand Auditorium.

It’s a great, uplifting message of leadership and backgrounder on the work of former South Bronx teacher Steve Ritz and others in the community!

If you haven’t seen the passionate “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx” Panel Session yet, please do – there is a lot of great interaction and information here among this very distinguished group of New Yorkers. Just click above.

By the way, Steve’s contact email address shown in the PowerPoint has changed to:

Enjoy!  Visit to see “The Green Bronx Machine” or click below:

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our 2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our 2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 29th and final installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 – the wonderful Keynote Address from UK landscape Architect Andrew Grant of Grant Associates! He presented on the stunning “Gardens by the Bay, Singapore” and appropriately was our Closing Keynote Speaker from our live Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011.

~ Linda V.