See the Final Agenda, Tour Schedules & More: WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015 on October 14-16, 2015

September 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Photos and Graphics Courtesy of WGIN Japan


The World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) is an annual international event organized by country members of WGIN – the World Green Infrastructure Network –  on urban green infrastructure which provides social, environmental and economical benefits through sustainable greening systems such as green roofs, living walls, urban forests, landscape regeneration, wetland renewal and water sensitive urban design practices.


Aramis and I have been fortunate to be able to attend previous WGIN congresses in Mexico City (2010), Hangzhou (2012), Nantes (2013), and most recently last year in Sydney.  Beautiful Nagoya is the site for 2015 and the organizers hope you will join them!

The agenda and tours information for the WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015 (WGIC 2015) have been finalized and are available for your perusal!  Organized by WGIN NAGOYA in cooperation with the NPO Sky Front Forum, the upcoming WGIC 2015 will be held in Nagoya on October 14-16, situated in the very center of Japan.  Getting to anywhere in Japan is easy from Nagoya.


Presented simultaneously translated into both English and Japanese, the three-day 2015 Congress in Nagoya will provide international and national keynote experts presenting on new research, case studies, best practice management, and the latest technologies in this expanding industry.

A wide variety of green site tours including visits to greenroofs and greenwalls will be offered after the WGIC 2015 on October 15 and 16 in the cities of Nagoya, Tokyo, and Osaka, and promise to be both educational and fun.


Here are the final agendas for the WGIC 2015 – click to download as PDFs:


  • Opening Ceremony and Keynote Lectures, 14th October
  • Workshops, 15th Octoberwgic2015_postersession
  • Poster Session, 15th Octoberwgic2015_greensitetour_nagoya
  • Green Site Tour at Nagoya, 16th October – includes lunch and will visit: Dai Nagoya Building, JP Tower; Nagoya Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Building; Nagoya Center Building; Nagoya City Science Musium; Hisaya Odori Park, OASIS 21; and “Chikusa-za,” Chikusa Culture Small Theater.wgic2015_greensitetour_tokyo
  • Green Site Tour at Tokyo, 17th October – includes lunch and will visit: “OOTEMORI,” OtemachiTower; Marunouchi Nakadori Gyoko-dori; Marunouchi Park Buidling; ARK Hills; Sengokuyama-tower; Toranomon Hills; and “Granroof,” Tokyo Station City, JR Tokyo Station.wgic2015_greensitetour_osaka
  • Green Site Tour at Osaka, 17th October – includes lunch and will visit: South and North Towers, Grand Front Osaka; “Floating Garden,” “Kibo-no-Kabe” Shin Umeda City; “Midori-no-Terrace,” Osaka Maru Building; “Nakanojima Shiki-no-Oka,” Dai Building; and Namba Parks.



Since the annual National Green Fair of Japan will be held during the same period as the WGIC 2015, all of the international speakers and attendees will be able to also visit this highly anticipated yearly venue at at the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park, running concurrent from September 12 to November 8, 2015.


Visit the WGIC Nagoya 2015 website to learn much more.


If you haven’t already, don’t miss the August Sky Gardens Post “Come to Japan for the WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015 on October 14-16, 2015!” by Dr. Hajime Koshimizu, Chairperson of Nagoya WGIN Team, and former Meiji University Professor.  Professor Koshimizu is the leading authority for research and advocacy on urban agriculture in Asia.  Contact him at:

The Japanese organizing committee is available to assist you and your travel plans.  For additional information about the WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015, please contact Sachiko Kikuchi, PhD at:

~ Linda V.’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: September 21, 2012

September 22, 2012 at 2:59 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 September 21, 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 21st, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the Potter League for Animals, built in 2008 in Middleton, Rhode Island.  Annually, the Potter League houses about 1,900 animals and provides pound services including facilitating adoptions for 1,100 animals a year and returning 450 lost pets to their owners.  Officials chose to go green for the new LEED Gold shelter because its location is on wetlands and close to Bailey Brook, which eventually feeds into North Easton’s Pond, a drinking-water source for Aquidneck Island.

Designed by ARQ Architects, the rooftop garden is Newport County’s first greenroof. Located over the adoption shelter, the living roof uses a Roofmeadow 6″, semi-intensive system established with plugs and 4″ pots, with Sika Sarnafil providing the waterproofing and Apex Green Roofs as the greenroof contractor.  The un-irrigated intensive system supports a large variety of species including lavenders, alliums, sedums and grasses specifically planted for their tolerance to wind, heat and drought.  The facility also has a rain water recovery system that collects water from the roof surfaces and diverts it into a 15,000 gallon underground cistern.

– To learn more about the Potter League for Animals,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Advertiser Press Release:

–  A&A Melters builds an all new 500 gallon Melter! Their melters have been used for green roof projects in the Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center, the Ohio State University Cancer Center and at Harvard University, just to name a few”¦

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “ Announces Strategic Partnership with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for the Second Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013!“ and “’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: September 14, 2012.”

–  Industry News

–  International Code Council (ICC) and the State of California

The ICC Council provides access to new “California Solar Permitting Guidebook” that makes permit review, installation of solar pv systems in California easier.   The State of California Guidebook is available as a free download or in print from the Code Council, and addresses permitting requirements, and assists installers and code officials.  It highlights solar PV installations on residential and commercial building rooftops, in parking lots and on parking structures, and those mounted on the ground.  Although the combination of solar and greenroofs together are not yet addressed, they could be in the future.

– “Upcoming Events“

–  September 21st-23rd: is the Techos Verdes – Jardines Verticales Workshop by Gernot Minke, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

–  Also September 21st-23rd: is the Mother Earth News Fair, in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania (Follow on Twitter: @MotherEarthFAIR & #MENF).

–  September 25th: is the World Class Sustainable Cities 2012, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

–  September 26th-28th: is the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

–  And September 27th-28th: is the 3rd Annual Green Initiatives Conference, in Peachtree City, Georgia.

– “In the News“

–  Ashley Wells of The Atlantic Cities talks about “A Plush Rooftop Garden for Tokyo Shoppers.”  The Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Project is located at the Harajuku shopping district and features a rooftop garden, or a “roof-forest,” as the locals refer to it.

This rooftop garden has 34 trees, over 50 different kinds of plants, and has technological systems that purify the air.  It’s a beautifully peaceful place that allows its visitors to forget their urban dense setting for a bit.

–  Ryan Rogers of AxiomNews, says “TD’s Living Roof Demonstrating its Commitment to Sustainability.”  TD Bank Group is continuing its leadership in sustainable design by utilizing environmentally-friendly green practices like installing a green roof on its downtown center in Toronto.  The design mimics the heritage building and features 692 planters and 11,000 grass plants on the 22,000 square foot roof.

Some of the environmental and economic benefits this roof will provide will be to filter carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air, absorb water and rainfall and keep the interiors cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

– 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 September 21st,  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.