Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark

June 2, 2016 at 8:01 am

Are you are interested in the key impacts of green roofs and walls—what they are, how impacts can be predicted, what factors affect performance, and how performance compares to predictions? Then you cannot miss the “From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark video from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been almost a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video From Passive House to Cold North

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The panel discussion will lead to some conclusions about how vegetative envelope components could influence the wider development of residential and commercial buildings based on the Passive House and Zero Net Energy concepts.  Four experts will share their knowledge of these topics through brief presentations followed by a lively discussion.

Moderator Allen Lee leads a wide range of studies related to energy efficiency and technologies.  Bob Cameron brings to the panel information from a study comparing replicate buildings that allowed measurement of the effects of different green building components on energy use, comfort, wastewater treatment, and food growing.  Karen Liu shares her extensive knowledge of the impacts of green roofs and how they depend on climate differences, seasonal variations, and other factors.  Chris Wark draws upon his broad experience in the analysis of green roofs, development of green roof systems, and systems thinking related to Passive House design.

Robert “Bob” D. Cameron, PhD

Virtual Summit 2015 Video From Passive House to Cold North

University Park, PA, USA. Bob spent more than two decades directing the global environmental programs of a Fortune 30 multi-national conglomerate. In the late ‘70s in collaboration with NASA, he designed, permitted, and constructed the first constructed wetlands to treat wastewater from the natural gas industry. Working on every continent except Antarctica, Bob designed award winning environmental programs based on sustainability concepts. Later as President of his own corporation, he de-engineered historic buildings destined for the wrecking ball, which he then relocated and reconstructed with green architectural features.

Pursuing a life-long goal, he recently earned his doctorate from Penn State University at the Center for Green Roof Research. His thesis entailed the invention and construction of a functional architectural system to attenuate wastewater pollutants while reducing a building’s energy use and providing a platform for urban agriculture. Currently, Bob has an appointment with the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State University and teaches collegiate courses and conducts research on greenroofs, livings walls, constructed wetlands, aquaponics, and artificial islands while also managing Eco Applied Technologies, a consulting firm for commercial, residential, and industrial applications. He has lectured on sustainable technologies around the world and in 2013 he literally circumnavigated the globe while working on environmental issues in numerous countries, including teaching environmental engineering for several months at a Chinese university which culminated in the design and construction of a living wall with the students. See the 2:45 video of his early work at Penn State “Robert Cameron investigates biofilters to clean dirty water.”

Publisher’s Note:  Read his March 2015 Guest Feature “An Integrated Biofilter System to Contribute to Net Zero Architecture While Providing Decentralized Wastewater Treatment” here on Greenroofs.com.

Amy Chomowicz (Organizer)

Portland, OR, USA. Amy Chomowicz is the Program Administrator for the Sustainable Stormwater Management Division and the Ecoroof Program, City of Portland Environmental Services. Amy has worked in the water quality and watershed restoration fields for 23 years and worked on her first ecoroof project in 1997. Prior to that, Amy worked in energy conservation and renewable energy.

Accepted by Amy Chomowicz, the City of Portland received a 2013 Green Roof Leadership Award for Municipalities from the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) at the 2013 International Green Roof Congress.

Publisher’s Note:  Amy came up with this idea for the panel and had intended to spotlight greenroofs and walls and their energy implications.  Once she realized that prior work commitments wouldn’t allow her to participate, she continued to help organize it and invited Allen Lee, PhD to moderate instead. By the way, you can hear from Amy and her colleagues from Bureau of Environmental Services at The City of Portland, Oregon in their presentation from our inaugural Virtual Summit 2011 in “The Portland Ecoroof Program” A Cross-section of the Green Roof Movement in Portland, Oregon, USA.”

Allen Lee, PhD, LEED AP (Moderator)

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The roof of a family housing project in Portland, OR.

Portland, OR, USA. Allen Lee, Ph.D., is an executive director in the Energy Services Division in Cadmus’ Portland, Oregon office. He has more than 25 years’ experience in energy and environmental research and leads a wide range of studies related to energy efficiency and technologies. His management and technical expertise includes demand side management, energy services, codes and standards, green buildings, externalities analysis, and renewables. He has managed more than 60 energy program evaluations and a comparable number of other projects.

He has conducted research on the energy and environmental impacts of green roofs for more than 15 years. He co-developed the original green roof energy analysis module for DOE’s EnergyPlus building simulation model. Dr. Lee has a PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate School, a master of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and a bachelor of science in engineering from Caltech.

Allen publishes widely on energy issues and has presented papers and made presentations at numerous conferences. He is a co-author of “Residential Efficiency Crossroads: Opportunities for the Future.” Besides being a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, he is a member of the Association of Professional Energy Managers and the Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP).

Karen Liu, PhD

Virtual Summit 2015 Video From Passive House to Cold North

Toronto, Canada. Dr. Karen Liu is a Product Manager for Bonar Xeroflor GmbH. Karen has been conducting green roof research since 2000 when she was a research officer at the National Research Council in Ottawa. She has also led the green roof research team at British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, BC.

Karen established the first North American field facility dedicated to green roof research and conducted several field studies across Canada to study the climate sensitivity of the technology. She now focuses her work on research and product development at Xeroflor. Karen received her PhD from the University of Toronto, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry.

Publisher’s Note:  Read her November 2015 Guest Feature “Designing Green Roofs for Stormwater Management Technological Advances Offer Low-Weight Options.”

Christopher G. Wark

Virtual Summit 2015 Video From Passive House to Cold North

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New York, NY, USA. Christopher Wark has 26 years of multidisciplinary engineering experience providing technical and analytical support for manufacturers, universities and national labs. For the past 12 years, he has focused his efforts on technical solutions in building design and is currently an Associate with BuroHappold Engineering, managing the Analytics group in their New York office.

In 2002, Chris established SHADE Consulting/Green Roof Innovations with his wife Wendy. With SHADE, Chris developed and marketed several innovative modular eco-roof systems, a roof system heat transfer and cost computer program, and conducted green roof system heat transfer analyses for 5 major cities and organizations. In 2010, he developed a modular planting system in partnership with Guiyang Chuangjia High-Tech Accelerator Co. LTD in Guiyang, China.

Chris has also been involved in other thermodynamic related work at Caterpillar Inc., Lawrence Livermore National Lab and two private research laser development companies. He has presented at numerous conferences, has several articles published on a wide variety of engineering topics, and has had the privilege of working directly with several universities, including Stanford’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) program.

Chris holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University where his graduate work focused on thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and combustion. He has also been a contributing editor, the Energy Editor, with Greenroofs.com since 2011. Download Chris Wark’s complete 32-page Green Roof Energy Series (PDF, 2011). ~ VS2015

Read about the “From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video From Passive House to Cold North

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Hurry, Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Soon, this Sunday May 29!

May 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Grey to Green Conference

Online registration closes this Sunday, May 29th for the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference on Green Infrastructure and Climate Change, presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.  Don’t miss this opportunity to come to a great city, hear from some awesome presenters, and visit some wonderful sustainable design projects during Grey to Green 2016!

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Held in Toronto on June 1 through June 4, 2016, the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference is about living green infrastructure and its ability to provide tangible, scientifically proven solutions to the challenges of climate change, particularly in cities.  We are in the solutions business!  Green roofs, green walls, bioswales, and urban forests can help us mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption directly in buildings and indirectly by reducing the urban heat island effect.  We can also use plants to pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, locking them in the soil and tissue of plants.  Green infrastructure can also be designed to capture and retain huge volumes of stormwater in a ‘treatment train’ from the roofs, to the walls, to the streets, and so on.  This helps us reduce the risk of flooding, which is costing billions in insurance claims.  Green infrastructure also provides new opportunities for us to produce food, in and around buildings.

At Grey to Green will explore the wide breadth of these, and even more opportunities that living technologies provide to allow us to prepare for climate change and make our cities more livable. ~ Read more at Living Green Infrastructure is at the Heart of Grey to Green 2016 by Steven Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Held once again at Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science, I’m really excited to be returning to Toronto – the last time Aramis and I visited was in October, 2009 when Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, as members of the then WGRIN (now WGIN) held its first conference named “CitiesAlive! World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress.”  This was, of course, before they renamed the original Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities to the current CitiesAlive.  You can see lots of photos at my The Inaugural CitiesAlive! – Seeds of Success and CitiesAlive! ’09 Day Tour & Evening Fiesta.

Toronto City Hall

This was our view, above, from our hotel window in late October, 2009 – the new (still being installed, actually) Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof, a LiveRoof modular system.  Here’s what it looked like in July 2010:

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By User:GreenRoofGardener – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, on Wikimedia Commons.

I think I’m most looking forward to meeting and networking with all of the new colleagues we’ll meet at Grey to Green 2016 next week, although I’m pretty excited to be touring the Ryerson Urban Farm (formerly Rye’s Homegrown), below, too:

Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Sunday May 29

If you go, don’t miss my presentation on Friday, June in the “Session 12: Impacts of Green Infrastructure Design: Living Architecture Wonders, Technical Issues and Life-Cycle Costing.”  It’s a new topic for me: “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World.”  Eco-Agents?  You know, like secret agents – just fighting for the good of our climate-changing  world in broad daylight!  Here’s my description:

How does the design world combat climate change, deteriorating landscapes, and our ever-growing population? Green infrastructure can be both low and high-tech, and when combined with emerging technologies, this double punch of environmental design propels change and provides inspiration for the rest of us.

Designing with living architecture in our built and natural environments continues to ameliorate and connect our flora, fauna, and human ecosystems. Progressive governments as well as avant-garde architects and designers have captured the essence of living with nature and these timely, important, and spectacular projects will be highlighted from across the globe as eco-agents offering positive effects on a meso-scale. ~ Linda S. Velazquez, Grey to Green Abstract

I’ll also be moderating a session, and attending the fun Networking on the Lake at the Amsterdam Brewery on the Toronto harbor on Thursday, June 2nd.

Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Sunday May 29

Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Sunday May 29

Aramis and I hope you can join everyone at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ Grey to Green 2016 next week!

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Don’t Miss the Last Early Bird Rate for Grey to Green on May 5!

May 3, 2016 at 9:00 am

Grey to Green 2016

We are just under a month away from the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference on Green Infrastructure and Climate Change presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.  As a Media Partner once again, Greenroofs.com wants you to save some money and take advantage of their last Early Bird Registration!

Register by this Thursday, May 5th and save up to $50 off Delegate Pass ($325 CDN).

Grey to Green 2016

Join us and your colleagues at the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference this summer in Toronto, the most populous city in Canada and the home to innovative green infrastructure policies, design, and technologies. Take advantage of the Canadian/American exchange rate where Americans can expect savings of up to 20%.

Held on June 1 – 4 at Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science, Grey to Green 2016 is about the value of green infrastructure (bioswales, green roofs and walls, urban forests, etc.) as an important tool in the fight to both mitigate against and adapt to climate change.

Here are FOUR reasons that you shouldn’t miss Grey to Green this year:

1. Tour Toronto’s Most Innovative Green Infrastructure Projects:

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Ryerson University Rooftop Farm Tour

University of Toronto GRIT Lab Tour

Pan Am Village/ Canary District Tour

Learn about all of the tours here.

2. Enhance Your Knowledge with Professional Development Training Courses:

Attend the following training courses at Grey to Green to improve your professional practice and earn continuing education (professional development) hours:

  • Make it Work: How to Properly Construct LID Green Infrastructure
  • Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture
  • Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design
  • Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance, and Projects
  • Advanced Green Roof Maintenance

3. Networking Among Industry Professionals on the Lake:

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Come and spend the night at Harbourfront Toronto! Tickets include beer sampling, light dinner, expert-led Green Infrastructure Tour of Music Garden & HTO Park and unique opportunities to network with green infrastructure industry professionals.

4. Attend Technical Sessions by Canadian Industry Professionals:

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Toronto’s New Green Streets:
Building a Resilient City
Sheila Boudreau, City of Toronto

Financial Tools to Support Adaptation: Stormwater Charges and Fees
Victoria Kramkowski, City of Mississauga

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Toronto’s Green Roof By Law and its Positive Impacts on Resiliency
Jane Welsh, City of Toronto

Coming Full Circle: The Future of Living Architecture Design
Craig Applegath, Dialog

Conference Delegate Pass includes all sessions & keynote speakers, trade show, hospitality (coffee breaks & lunch on trade show floor), and webcast proceedings.

Grey to Green 2016

Investment in living green infrastructure within our communities will help us mitigate and adapt to climate change and to stimulate much needed employment for a broad range of professionals, and Grey to Green 2016 highlights this goal.

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For more information visit Grey to Green at www.greytogreenconference.org.

Hopefully we’ll see you there!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Grey to Green Early Bird Discount Ends on April 7

April 1, 2016 at 1:17 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

We are 2 months away from the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference on Green Infrastructure and Climate Change presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and just under 1 week away from their Early Bird Registration!

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Held in Toronto, ON on June 1 – 4 at Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science, Grey to Green 2016 is about helping us understand the value of green infrastructure (bioswales, green roofs and walls, urban forests, etc.) as an important tool in the fight to both mitigate against and adapt to climate change.

As a Media Partner once again of the 2016 Grey to Green Conference, Greenroofs.com is pleased to share more info with you from GRHC:

Highlights

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June 1: Training courses including rooftop agriculture, green wall design, advanced green roof maintenance, low impact development course, and an introduction to green infrastructure.

June 2, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Networking on the Lake at the Amsterdam BrewHouse Evening Reception – sure to be lots of fun!

June 2-3: Experience more than 60 expert speakers – see the full agenda online at www.greytogreenconference.org.  By the way, I’ll also be speaking this year at Grey to Green where I’ll be presenting the “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World.”

June 4: Tour Toronto’s fantastic green infrastructure projects.

And, the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition is going to release a ground breaking, first time study on the status of the urban forest in the Greater Toronto Area during the event, and the Canadian Minister of Energy and Climate Change, Glen Murray, has confirmed his participation as a keynote speaker.

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Most importantly for now is for you to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount which ends on April 7 to save up to $100 off on the Delegate Pass!  With the Canadian/American exchange rate, Americans can expect a savings of 30%.  (Of course, the exchange rate is subject to change.)

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“The 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference is about living green infrastructure and its ability to provide tangible, scientifically proven solutions to the challenges of climate change, particularly in cities. We are in the solutions business! Green roofs, green walls, bioswales and urban forests can help us mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption directly in buildings and indirectly by reducing the urban heat island effect. Green infrastructure can also be designed to capture and retain huge volumes of stormwater in a ‘treatment train’ from the roofs, to the walls to the streets and so on. This helps us reduce the risk of flooding, which is costing billions in insurance claims. Green infrastructure also provides new opportunities for us to produce food, in and around buildings.

“Living green infrastructure has so much to offer us in terms of mitigating and adapting to climate change, and it is all but ignored by provincial and federal policy makers who are poised to spend billions and billions of public dollars on grey infrastructure alone in the coming months, and little to nothing on green infrastructure. Together we need to work to change that.” ~ Steven Peck, GRHC

If you haven’t already, make sure to read the Sky Gardens Blog post “Living Green Infrastructure is at the Heart of Grey to Green 2016” by Steven Peck.

Investment in living green infrastructure within our communities will help us mitigate and adapt to climate change and to stimulate much needed employment for a broad range of professionals, and Grey to Green 2016 highlights this goal.

For more information visit their website at www.greytogreenconference.org.

~ Linda V.