2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit Round #2 is Open with Special Discounted Pricing!

October 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm

2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Round #2 Special Pricing

The 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit Round #2

If you haven’t registered yet for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, Round #2 is now open – and the time is now! Highlighting excellence and lessons learned in green living architecture, the 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is the living architecture industry’s marquee innovation event that only takes place every other year.

Presented by Greenroofs.com, the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit runs on demand with live social media events through December 31, 2017.

Special Discounted Pricing Through the End of the Year

Register through December 31, 2017 at the 50% off discounted rate of only $25:

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Round #1 Speakers

Watch and learn from our 4 awesome Keynotes and 27 esteemed Speakers from Round #1…

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L to R: Emilio Ambasz; Patrick Blanc; Stephen Ritz; and Joanne Rodriguez

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Round #2 Speakers

…PLUS our 10 brand new Short Videos (under 10 minutes) from 9 new colleagues, firms, and organizations from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the U.S.:

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An International Line-Up

Now we have 16 countries across 5 continents represented from Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, North America, and South America.  Come and hear perspectives from a truly diverse and wide range of professionals – at your leisure.

See the entire Agenda to learn more about each video check out all of our 40 wonderful Speakers and their 36 talks – short, medium, and long!

Industry Support

Additionally, we must thank our Sponsors, Exhibitors, and living architecture/green infrastructure Organization Partners who support our work:

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Learn, Network, and Support Our Work

If you haven’t joined us yet, take advantage of the 50% off special registration rate now through the end of year.  Support our work, learn about new projects, happenings, and people, and connect with your fellow green infrastructure colleagues from across the planet.

Stay tuned for more Live Social Media Events in November!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017!2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Round #2 Special Pricing

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little

October 6, 2016 at 11:55 am

If you want to hear from two highly engaging, knowledgeable, and entertaining Englishmen with varied, self-trained backgrounds in birds, plants, ecology, and green infrastructure plus understand how to construct DIY low-impact living roofs, then you simply cannot miss watching “Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little 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 over 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.

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Filmed in Essex and London, Dusty and John’s collaborative video “Small Scale Green Roofs” is an important step for those of us who have been thinking of building our own greenroof atop a smaller structure, perhaps a shed or shipping container, for example.  Between the two of them, they have extensive experience which they are very happy to share.

By illustration, John’s company has built over 70 timber grass/greenroofs and Dusty has been working in the field since 1997.  Now with over 36 years combined experience of building living roofs, they discuss the opportunities of greening up small roofs both old and new.

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Their love of the subject is quite visible in this fun yet extremely informative video which also shows how to integrate animal biodiversity for invertebrates, pollinators, and others.

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Having written extensively in print and online, their work provides an inspiration for individuals who want to make a contribution themselves and also for those people who don’t yet have the confidence to build on their own.  Their experiences resulted in the minutely detailed small greenroofs guide (2005 and then 2014 for the web-based guide), providing advice and confidence for DIYers, and workshops followed allowing homeowners and small building and landscape contractors some great practical, hands-on advice.

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London, UK.  Dusty Gedge is a green roof campaigner and designer, who has actively promoted green roofs in the UK since 1997. He has designed a number of seminal roofs and helped develop the London Green Roof Policy. He is also the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), and sits on the EU’s working group for the green Infrastructure and ecosystem services policy. His work in Europe over the last few years working on a Pan-European green roof course and he is currently advising on a project on green roofs, pollinators and solar power – Biosolar Roofs. Update: The Biosolar program has completed its research.

Dusty is co-author of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, 2011 and DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs, among other publications. In 2004 Dusty co-founded Livingroofs.org, a non-profit organisation established to promote, advise upon and seek research into green roofs and similar structures within the context of urban and rural regeneration. With John Little he has written a small-scale green roof guide to help individuals, buildings and landscape contractors to construct small wildlife friendly green roofs. He is also a designer of green roofs and other green infrastructure through his consultancy. Dusty is also a regular speaker at conferences through UK, Europe and the world.

As a birdwatcher first and foremost he has always had a vision that good green infrastructure and green roofs should deliver for biodiversity as well other headline issues connected with cities and climate change adaptation.  Dusty also co-presented “Biosolar Roofs” with Nathalie Baumann at the 2015 Virtual Summit.

Essex, UK. John Little is a landscape contractor and designer. He is well known in the UK for his seminal work on social housing estates, transforming one estate from an amenity grassland desert to wildlife friendly and food growing paradise. He is also well known for his work on small scale green roofs both delivered through his company the Grassroof Company.

John is co-author of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, 2011 and DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs, among other publications. With Dusty Gedge he has written a small-scale green roof guide to help individuals, buildings and landscape contractors to construct small wildlife friendly green roofs. Greenroofshelters is another of John’s companies that provides modular small green roofed buildings. The type of buildings that company designs and sells include binshelters, bike sheds and small green roofed freight container buildings. One of these featured in Nigel Dunnett’s award winning garden at the Chelsea Flower show back in 2011.

John’s garden has featured in many garden and horticulture magazines. Full of wildflowers and now home a plethora of bee habitat walls and green roofs, it is an oasis of biodiversity in the heart of Essex.

Read about “Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

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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:

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.

 “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Urban and Social Needs of Green” by Marc Grañén.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“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.”

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.

Don’t Miss the London Green and Solar Roof Conference Next Week!

September 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm

The future of roofs is Biosolar!

If you are a proponent of or involved with the fantastic synergy of greenroofs and photovoltaics, then you simply cannot miss the 1st European Biosolar Roof Conference in London next week!  Even better because it’s more comprehensive, the Conference will highlight combining greenroof and solar technologies for biodiversity, renewable energy, and resilient cities.

BIOSOLAR ROOFS CONFERENCE 2015 BROCHURE

Supported by the Mayor of London and CIRIA, the one-day event will be held at the London Living Room at City Hall, London, on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm.  The cost is only £50, including lunch.

The timing is particularly perfect after all of the media hype over the “new French greenroof law” which is actually still under consideration.

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Organizers say the 1st European Biosolar Roof Conference brings together leading speakers to show how combining solar and green roof technologies benefit everyone from inhabitants to investors because they:

• Decarbonise the grid, and create energy resilience by decentralising renewable energy production;
• Provide urban havens for pollinators, now that many cities are more biodiverse than the agrichemical countryside;
• Help cities withstand the impacts of climate change, cooling the city, managing storm water and improving air quality.

Speakers include:

London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment & Energy Matthew Pencharz
COO of the Renewable Energy Association Stuart Pocock
President of the EU Federation of Green Roof Associations Dusty Gedge
Head of Global FM Technical at Standard Chartered Bank Darren Sear
Architect Justin Bere
Gill Perkins of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
And many others, chaired by sustainable futurist Jim McClelland.

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Download the Conference Brochure, and all info and booking can be found online at: www.biosolarroof.eu.

For immediate questions, please contact:

Blanche Cameron
Biosolar Roof Conference 2015
Tel: +44 (0)7731 304 966
becameron@hotmail.co.uk
Twitter: @blanchecameron @biosolarroof

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If you haven’t already, you can read more about it from the July 21, 2015 Sky Gardens blog post “London Green and Solar Roof Conference 28th September 2015 (and the French Solar Green Roof Law that Is Not Yet a Law)” by Dusty Gedge President, European Federation of Green Roofs and Walls Associations and Livingroofs.org.  He sits on the EU’s working group for the green Infrastructure and ecosystem services policy.  His work in Europe over the last few years working on a Pan-European green roof course and he is currently advising on a project on green roofs, pollinators, and solar power – Biosolar Roofs.

“Intelligent planning and design should work towards combining green roof and solar technologies – it should not aim towards an ‘either or’ situation. This brings into focus the general thrust of…the Biosolar Roof Project.

The ‘Bio’ element of the Biosolar Roof Project focuses on the provision of biodiversity on green roofs through the use of solar panels.  Solar panels on green roofs can in fact, through good design, provide a more diverse native floral community, which in turn benefits biodiversity, especially pollinators.  This fits neatly into the European Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services Strategy that aims to address Europe’s declining biodiversity.” ~ Dusty Gedge on Greenroofs.com, 2015

Dusty and his colleague Nathalie Baumann spoke on the Biosolar Roofs subject at our 3rd  Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  Filmed in UK and Switzerland, the presentation celebrates the work of the EU-funded project called Up on the Roof; watch their Biosolar Trailer below:

The London Conference condenses the Biosolar Roof Project’s array of information and stories from across Europe where biosolar roofs are being installed, including in London.  The conference will be of interest to policy makers, building owners, facility managers, architects, landscape architects, ecologists and sustainability professionals – and more.

This is going to be an awesome conference!  We really wish we could have fit it into our travel schedule, but unfortunately we can’t go – this time…Enjoy!

~ Linda V.

London Green and Solar Roof Conference 28th September 2015 (and the French Solar Green Roof Law that Is Not Yet a Law)

July 21, 2015 at 7:00 am

By Dusty Gedge
President, European Federation of Green Roofs and Walls Associations
and Livingroofs.org

The news that the French have passed a law on green roofs and solar roofs has been captivating people around the world.  It was a great pleasure to be part of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015 – my presentation with Nathalie Baumann on Biosolar Roofs generated quite a bit of interest.  Most of the conversations since have been about the so-called French Law.  This makes the forthcoming European Biosolar Roof Conference in London on 28th September even more relevant.

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Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on a biosolar roof in southern Germany. Photo Credit: Optigrün International AG.

The Solar Green Roof Law that is Not Yet a Law

The French ‘Law’ is still generating a lot of traction on the social networks and even in political circles.  Just last week I had an email regarding a forthcoming White Paper – ‘I am currently researching a White Paper that looks at whether the UK Government could implement legislation akin to the recent French decree that specifies all new commercial builds must have partial green roof or solar array.’  A number of UK politicians have also been in touch.

The irony is that the law in question is, in fact, not a law.  The statement on green and solar roofs sits with the new Loi de la Biodiversité is not yet legally enshrined.  In fact, this weekend I gathered from a recent news piece in French that the French Senate has stripped out many of the progressive elements within the proposed law, including the statement on green and solar roofs.

So the law that isn’t law that got the social networks all abuzz is perhaps no more.  Referring to the French article:

“The National Assembly wanted to see installation of green roofs or including renewable energy devices on retail space under construction. Deleted again by senators who seem to prefer ultra-artificialized cities and at the expense of the quality of life of those who live there. However, they appreciate seeing advertising banners installed instead…”

The National Assembly in France and the French Environment Minister, Ségolène Royal, may try to re-instate the statement but we will have to wait and see whether the law that is not a law actual becomes a legal entity.

Since Nathalie Baumann’s and my video presentation at the 2015 Virtual Conference, I have been inundated with emails from planners across the world wanting to understand the ‘law that isn’t quite a law.’

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This brings into focus the general thrust of our video presentation – the Biosolar Roof Project.  Intelligent planning and design should work towards combining green roof and solar technologies – it should not aim towards an ‘either or’ situation.

This where we come to the detail of the proposed French Law – the original statement inserted into the act stated ‘green roofs AND solar’.  However, this was changed in the first reading in the lower house ‘…to put on a supermarket surface either solar panels or green roofs or the combination of both partially or on the whole surface…’

If this scenario finally becomes legal in France and is followed by other countries, including the UK, it could be to the detriment of a burgeoning green roof market.  Why?  The average developer would turn to solar in preference to green roofs.

The ‘Bio’ element of the Biosolar Roof Project focuses on the provision of biodiversity on green roofs through the use of solar panels.  Solar panels on green roofs can in fact, through good design, provide a more diverse native floral community, which in turn benefits biodiversity, especially pollinators.  This fits neatly into the European Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services Strategy that aims to address Europe’s declining biodiversity.

BIOSOLAR ROOFS CONFERENCE 2015 BROCHURE

The conference in London condenses the Biosolar Roof Project’s array of information and stories from across Europe where biosolar roofs are being installed, including in London.  The project ends this year but the London conference in September is a new beginning – one that aims to ensure professionals working in the built environment and contractors in the fields of landscape and renewable energy have the knowledge and awareness to deliver biosolar roofs across Europe.

The conference will be of interest to policy makers, building owners, facility managers, architects, landscape architects, ecologists and sustainability professionals.

One Roof for Energy or One Roof for Ecosystem Services is Not Smart.

The conference and the Biosolar Roof Project will show that we do not have to be reductive when it comes to designing roofs.  We can make a future where roofs deliver the benefits each technology has for society, in one place, on one roof.

The conference will also highlight the need for a biodiversity approach to the specification and design of green roofs to support Europe’s pollinators.  A biosolar future for roofs in Europe can easily be replicated across the globe, to ensure that our cities are resilient, adapted to climate change and support a low carbon economy that embraces biodiversity.

I know that this will have little effect on the ‘law that isn’t quite a law’ in France.  It may, however, influence other countries, especially my own, to take a more inclusive and intelligent approach to sustainable roofs.

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The European Biosolar Roof Conference will be held at the London Living Room at City Hall, London, on 28th September 2015.  Download the Conference Brochure.

Hopefully some of you may attend and I look forward to seeing you in London to help further the cause.

Dusty Gedge
President, European Federation of Green Roofs and Walls Associations
Livingroofs.org

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London, UK. Dusty Gedge is a green roof campaigner and designer, who has actively promoted green roofs in the UK since 1997. He has designed a number of seminal roofs and helped develop the London Green Roof Policy. He is also the current President of the European Federation of Green Roofs and Walls Associations (EFB), and sits on the EU’s working group for the green Infrastructure and ecosystem services policy. His work in Europe over the last few years working on a Pan-European green roof course and he is currently advising on a project on green roofs, pollinators and solar power – Biosolar Roofs.

Dusty is co-author of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, 2011 and DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs, among other publications. In 2004 Dusty co-founded Livingroofs.org, a non-profit organisation established to promote, advise upon and seek research into green roofs and similar structures within the context of urban and rural regeneration. With John Little he has written a small-scale green roof guide to help individuals, buildings and landscape contractors to construct small wildlife friendly green roofs. He is also a designer of green roofs and other green infrastructure through his consultancy. Dusty is also a regular speaker at conferences through UK, Europe and the world.

As a birdwatcher first and foremost he has always had a vision that good green infrastructure and green roofs should deliver for biodiversity as well other headline issues connected with cities and climate change adaptation.

Contact Dusty at: dusty@dustygedge.co.uk.