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.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 3, 2012

August 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

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 3, 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 August 3rd, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Or Torah High School built in 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel.  Or Torah is a Yeshiva high school offering intensive Jewish studies emphasizing the relevance of Torah to modern life as well as a high level of secular studies, including technology, communications and the arts from grades 7 through 12.  It was a pilot project by the Jerusalem Municipality and is the first public building in Jerusalem to apply a greenroof.

Arie Kutz of Studio Landscape Architecture and Nir – Kutz Architects says, “the design process was done with the students,” and the “final plans were directly inspired from sketches done by them.”  The execution was a collaboration between a professional contractor, using ZinCo systems, and the students with their teachers.  All of the timber work: the wooden deck, benches, etc, was done by the Carpentry Class of the school. They also participated in the planting process, and the follow up care is in control of the Science Class.  About half of the greenroof is intensive and the other half extensive with a variety of local vegetation planted with about 12 inches of substrate.

– To learn more about the Or Torah High School greenroof,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

–  The Greenroofs.com eNewsletter

– Our July, 2012 eNewsletter is out!  Read all about our Contributing Editor articles, Sky Gardens Blog Posts, APRs, Joblinks and much more!  Subscribe now and check it out.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 27, 2012″ and Contributing Editor Christine Thuring’s latest post entitled “Green Roofs: Mainstream and the Industry.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  August 5th-10th: is the 97th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, in Portland, OR.

–  And on August 15-18 is the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto – have you signed up yet?

– “In the News“

–  Henry Goldman of Bloomberg.com, says “Brooklyn Yields Cucumbers as NYC Expands Industrial Roof Farms.”  Part of Mayor Bloomberg’s two-year-old strategy to reduce emissions of climate-changing carbon gases 30% by 2030, the 1 acre farm capable of sprouting 2-tons of rainbow chard, kale, basil, eggplant and cucumbers sits on top of an industrial building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Currently New York City’s largest rooftop garden, it will soak up more 1 million gallons of stormwater a year.  That water that would otherwise overflow sewers and runoff into local rivers, will be used to irrigate the crops, and the soil will provide better insulation for the building, reducing heating and cooling costs.

This is Brooklyn Grange’s second farm, and along with the leafy greens, they intend to grow aromatic herbs, heirloom tomatoes and carrots from April to November, with cover crops such as clover in winter to prevent erosion and to replenish vital nutrients.

–  ForConstructionPros.com talks about “Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Is First LEED Silver Certified Medical Center Campus In Georgia.”  Phoebe Sumter Medical Center has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council on the fourth and final building, making it the first LEED-Silver certified medical center campus in Georgia.  With every building now being certified LEED Silver, the campus includes a 190,000-square-foot, 76-bed hospital as well as three outpatient facilities: a women’s and family health center, oncology and surgery center and a wellness and education center.

Brasfield & Gorrie, Gresham, Smith and Partners, KLMK Group and TLC Engineering for Architecture worked with Phoebe Putney Health System to design and build the healthcare campus after an EF3 tornado swept through Americus, Georgia in 2007, demolishing the community’s former facility.  They didn’t want to replace the old building but design and build for the future.  They always had LEED certification in mind, and now all four buildings are officially certified.  To achieve Silver certification, certain guidelines needed to met and some of the highlights include: stormwater management, an irrigation system that utilizes captured rainwater, energy efficiency like an improved thermal envelope, reduced interior lighting power density and high efficiency HVAC systems, and a 26,000-square-foot greenroof to improve the hospital’s thermal performance and as well help to heal patients faster in a more pleasantly beautiful setting.

– 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 3rd,  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.