The Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium is August 7 & 8, 2014

July 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

If you are located in the U.S.’s Mid-Atlantic region, be sure not to miss the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology (MGRST) Symposium on August 7 & 8, held at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.

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Everyone speaking is an expert in his or her respective field, as you can see below, including two of our very engaging Contributing Editors, Ed Snodgrass of Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants and Jorg Breuning of Green Roof Service/Green Roof Technology:

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Also presenting are a couple of Greenroofs.com advertisers who are long time leaders in our industry – and both awesome individuals, too:  Charlie Miller of Roofmeadow and Greg Long of Capitol Greenroofs.

Register at: http://bit.ly/1eEWANU

For more information about the Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium, please contact:

Steven M. Cohan, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice
University of Maryland
(301) 405-6969
scohan@umd.edu

~ Linda V.

 

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 10, 2012

August 13, 2012 at 6:39 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 10, 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  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Auckland International Airport Novotel Hotel Green Wall built in 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand.  Their website describes the Square Restaurant & Bar, where the green wall is located, as bringing “together exquisite cuisine, fine design and impeccable service with an unmistakably New Zealand sense of hospitality.”  It is open 24 hours a day, and features “a stunning “˜living wall,’ [it is] the perfect place to relax with friends or colleagues.  Enjoy an extensive selection of New Zealand wines and beers, artfully mixed cocktails and gourmet snacks as you soak up the relaxing atmosphere.”

The green wall has an array of native New Zealand flora, including cascading ferns and pan-pacific creepers.  Completed last year, the two-story green wall was designed, built and installed by Natural Habitats, and is nurtured by a hydroponic system.  It improves the indoor air quality by removing air pollutants and raising humidity levels, and it provides visual interest and environmental benefits, creating a more comfortable and relaxing work environment.  The Auckland International Airport’s Novotel Hotel was awarded silver in the Spatial Design category at the 2011 Best Awards.

– To learn more about the Auckland International Airport Novotel Hotel Green Wall,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

–  We’d like to welcome Optigreen International AG, our new advertiser!  They are one of the leading companies in the green roof industry out of Germany.  Look for one of their greenroofs featured as our Project of the Week coming very soon!

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Skyland USA Has Added Another Product to the Growing Portfolio of rooflite ® Certified Green Roof Media Products: rooflite ® Intensive Ag.

Industry News

–  American Rivers released their latest white paper, “Growing Green: How Green Infrastructure Can Improve Livability and Public Health.”  They explore how green infrastructure practices can mitigate the urban heat island effect and provide a number of other public health benefits.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post:  “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 3, 2012.”

– Guest Bloggers

– And check out Dr. Nigel Dunnett’s guest blog post about the “London Olympic Park: Star of the Show,” along with Dr. Steven Cohan’s guest blog post about the upcoming “Green Roof Research Summit at the University of Maryland on August 16-17, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  August 14th-16th: is the Ag Progress Days, at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, in Rock Springs, Pennsylvania. #agprogress

–  Also August 14th-16th: is the Plantscape Industry Expo 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. @PIAgrows

–  August 15th-18th: is the Urban Agriculture Summit, in Toronto, Canada. @urbanagsummit

–  August 16th-17th: is the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium at the University of Maryland, in College Park, Maryland.

–  And August 16th-18th: is Boston GreenFest 2012, in Boston, Massachusetts. @BosGreenFest

– “In the News“

–  Novia D. Rulistia of the Jakarta Post, says “Vertical gardens take root and flourish in green zone.”  The Indonesia Greenwall office is one of several buildings and houses in Jakarta that utilizes green walls.  Decky Rinawan of Indonesia Greenwall says, “the building itself has become a showroom for what vertical gardening can achieve. It shows everyone who is interested in helping make the city greener what can be done with technology and imagination.”

Last year the building underwent a makeover so it could feature the hanging garden of Harmoni and now features 339 square meters of vertical gardening.

– Ryan Gilbert of the Hartford Courant, talks about “Science Center’s Garden In Full Bloom With Flora And Grasshoppers.”  The Connecticut Science Center opened its rooftop garden in May, and has become a popular attraction for both children and adults alike to enjoy native plants, views of downtown Hartford, the Connecticut River and the nearby countryside.

The 6,316-square-foot rooftop garden has several micro climates including a shade garden, an alpine garden and a children’s sensory garden.  Some of the foliage include: blueberry bushes, strawberry plants, canna lilies, prickly pear cactus, various herbs and milkweeds.  The Science Center is LEED-Gold certified and was recently certified as a monarch butterfly way-station. They are offering free admission to Hartford residents in the month of August.  Check out their website (ctsciencecenter.org) for more information on tickets.

– 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 10th, 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.

Green Roof Research Summit at the University of Maryland on August 16-17, 2012

August 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm

By Steven M. Cohan, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice
Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
University of Maryland

The First Annual Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium will be hosted by the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park, Maryland.  International and national green roof researchers will be presenting the latest results of their respective programs.

“Redefining Green Roof Science”

This is the first venue that has brought these individuals together along with representatives from government agencies to collaborate on defining green roof performance parameters.

Attendance at this event will enable individuals to become informed of the latest green roof research developments as well as technology that is being used to monitor the performance of these systems.  The speaker presentations on Thursday, August 16 will segue way into Friday’s panel discussions on August 17 which will focus on establishing guidelines for green roof designers based upon performance parameters.

Registration is available on line at:  www.mgrstsymposium.eventbrite.com.

Location:  

Schedule of Events:

Day 1: Thursday, August 16, 2012

8:00  –  8:15:  Welcome and Statement of 2012 Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium (MGRST) Mission by  Dr. Steven Cohan, University of Maryland
8:15 – 9:00:   Keynote:  “Evolvement of Germany’s Green Roof Quality Assurance” by  Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohler, University of Applied Sciences
9:00 – 9:45:  “The Need for Establishing Performance Metrics” by  Charlie Miller, Roofmeadow

9:45  –  10:15:  Coffee / Soda Break

10:15 – 11:15:  “Establishing Monitoring Protocols; Challenges in Data Collection and Reporting”  by  Dr. Stuart Gaffin, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and  Dr. John Lea-Cox, University of Maryland
11:15 – 12:15:  “Substrates” by  Dr. Andrew Ristvey, University of Maryland and Dr. Brad Rowe, Michigan State University

12:15 – 1:15:  Boxed Lunch

1:15 – 2:15:  “Hydrology” by  Dr. Elizabeth Fassman, University of Auckland and Olyssa Starry, graduate student, UMD
2:15 – 3:15:  “Plant Palettes…Succession Sustainability, Ecological Templates” by  Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knoll Farms, Dr. Colleen Butler, St. Mary’s University, and  Dr. Brad Rowe, Michigan State University

3:15 – 3:45:  Coffee / Soda Break

3:45  5:15:  “Standardizing Green Roof System Performance for U.S. Conditions” by  Dr. Rob Berghage, PSU, Dr. Stuart Gaffin, The Earth Institute, and Dr. Elizabeth Fassman, University of Auckland

5:30 – 7:00:  Cocktail Reception / Poster Session Stamp Student Union

Dinner on your own with friends and colleagues.

Day 2: Friday, August 17, 2012

8:00 – 8:45:  Keynote: “Importance of Developing Standards for Designing and Monitoring Performance in German Green Roof Systems” by  Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohler, University of Applied Sciences

Panel Discussions

9:00 – 10:00:  “Standards and Environmental Regulations” with  Stewart Comstock, Maryland Department of Environment and  Rebecca Stack, District Department of the Environment
10:00  –  10:45:  “Case Studies” with Charlie Miller, Roofmeadow, Mike Furbish, Furbish Company, and Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knoll Farms
10:45  –  11:30:  “Green Roof Management” with Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knolls Farms, Darren DeSteffano, GSA, and Dr. Brad Rowe, Michigan State University
11:30  –  12:00:  Wrap-up with Dr. Elizabeth Fassman, Charlie Miller, and Ed Snodgrass

12:00 – 1:00 Box Lunch, Tour of UMD Green Roof Platforms.

Read the Speaker Bios here, and print the Schedule of Events here.

Once again, to register please visit:  www.mgrstsymposium.eventbrite.com.  We hope you will join us in sharing the latest green roof research from Germany, New Zealand, and the U.S.!

Steven M. Cohan, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice
Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
University of Maryland
2124 Plant Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-6969
scohan@umd.edu
http://www.psla.umd.edu/

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: March 23, 2012

March 26, 2012 at 3:44 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 March 23rd, 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 March 23rd,  2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the WaterShed House, built in 2011 in Washington, DC.  This prototype solar house entry from the team at the University of Maryland won the U.S. Department of Energy 2011 Solar Decathlon – an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.  WaterShed is a solar-powered home inspired and guided by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, interconnecting the house with its landscape to promote sustainability and ecosystem protection.  Two rectangular modules form the house, and it is capped by a split-butterfly roof, which is well suited to capturing and using sunlight and rainwater.

Key features of the house include a greenroof to retain stormwater and reduce the volume and velocity of run-off, and constructed wetlands to filter stormwater and grey water for reuse.  The south module of the WaterShed House has an extensive greenroof supplied by the LiveRoof ® Hybrid Green Roof System with LiveRoof Lite modules.  LiveRoof modules feature the company’s Soil Elevator™ and Moisture Portal™, horticultural innovations that establish a greenroof as a cohesive ecosystem.  The LiveRoof design unifies the entire installation into a naturally functioning biological system.  Natural function maximizes plant health, long-term sustainability, rooftop aesthetics, roof membrane protection, and environmental benefits.

– To learn more about the WaterShed House,  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 15:  “E = MC2 of Green Roofs: Ranking Energy Benefits by Mission, Climate and Construction” by  Christopher Wark.

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

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Tremco Headquarters Renovation Receives Cleveland Engineering Society Award.

Tecta America Corp. Announces Enhancement of Tecta Green Website.

LiveRoof ® Launches Overburden Removal Warranty Program for its Green Roof System.

Work and relaxation on a pitched roof: functional roof landscape at SOLON SE in Berlin-Adlershof by ZinCo.

Joblinks

Sika Sarnafil USA is seeing an Inside Sales Representative in Canton, MA.

Industry News

–  The District of Columbia is a national leader in the total amount of Greenroofs constructed – second only to Chicago, IL in the total area of greenroofs per capita.  The District’s Green Roof Rebate Program is the perfect way to fund your greenroof – and it’s now back in full swing.  Anacostia Watershed Society is offering $5 per square foot on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified DC buildings of any size!

– Guest Blogger

– Read our guest blog post, “Greening the District with Green Roofs,” by Laura S. Washington, Green Roof Rebate Program Coordinator, of the Anacostia Watershed Society.  And also our guest feature article, “Portland Builds Over 100,000 Square Feet of Greenroofs in 2011,” by Casey Cunningham, Landscape Architect with the City of Portland’s Sustainable Stormwater Division.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

And over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “CitiesAlive Call for Papers Extended to March 29, 2012,” “Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV for March 16th, March 9th, and 2nd, 2012″ respectively, and “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 15: E = MC ² of Green Roofs: Ranking Energy Benefits by Mission, Climate and Construction.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  March 23rd & 24th: is the Open House & Plant Sale, Good Earth Plants & GreenScaped Buildings, in San Diego, CA.

– March 23rd-25th: is the Better Living Show – Home, Garden & Lifestyle, in Portland, OR.

– March 29th-30th: is the 10th Annual New York State Green Building Conference, in Syracuse, NY.

– “In the News“

–  Richard Lee, of the Danbury News Times, reports on “LaurelRock adds “˜green walls’ to its offerings.”  Earlier this week, LaurelRock, a Wilton-based landscape design and installation business, hosted George Irwin, CEO of Green Living Technologies International [and one of our contributing editors], where he demonstrated how his company creates green walls.  LaurelRock is the exclusive installer of GLTi’s patented panel technology in the company’s service area.  LaurelRock President Burt DeMarche believes gardeners will be interested in GLTi’s “edible walls” concept, because they can produce fruits, vegetables, and herbs in an easier way for gardeners who want to grow their own food but don’t have the time or energy to do it the “old-fashioned way.”

At the Millstone Farm presentation, George stood by a 2×6 foot frame holding plants including moss, waffle leaf, palm, ferns and more; and he said, “this wall has light indoor plants which are relatively low maintenance.  They provide an incredible opportunity to clean the air in the room” and that his “idea was to mimic Mother Nature.  It provides an opportunity for roots to migrate from cell to cell.”  Green Living Technologies International developed a program with the Innovation Charter School in Harlem, where students learn the technology, preparing them for work a companies like LaurelRock.

–  Bill Marken, of Garden Design Magazine, talks about “Green Roofs.”  He reflects on the evolution of greenroofs being just an “eco-fantasy” to becoming the current “eco-solution.” He says greenroofs have become natural fits for many public buildings, thanks to the environmental and financial benefits like energy efficiency, storm-water management, sound insulation, while also being habitats for birds, bees, butterflies, and other insects and animals that help our environment.  Residential greenroofs will accomplish most of the same environmental goals but the financial benefits will take longer to realize.  There are do-it-yourself kits nowadays but developing a sustainable green roof usually calls for someone who knows the structural demands, assembly systems, drainage, local conditions, plants, and maintenance.

To explore the possibilities of having a greenroof of your very own, author Ed Snodgrass, and contributing editor here at greenroofs.com, suggests starting out with a doghouse or a birdhouse.  He says, “starting with a birdhouse is a good first step to getting your feet wet and understanding the limits – and opportunities – of growing plants in such a shallow root space.”  And from there, there’s no place to go but up!

– 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 March 23rd,  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.