Enter Your Project in the World-Class Competition: THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards!

June 23, 2016 at 7:00 am

2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress The Next Green Awards

Now is the time to enter your green infrastructure projects in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards, presented by the Colombian Network of Green Infrastructure RECIVE (Red Colombiana de Infraestructura Vegetada) alongside the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).

This year’s World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) will be held in beautiful Bogotá, Colombia on October 19-21, 2016.  Organized by RECIVE, WGIN, and partner universities, THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is open to institutions, designers, researchers, and students!

“The World Green Infrastructure Congress is a world-class event that every year attracts experts from 25 countries to discuss the latest advances on urban Green Infrastructure. This year, Bogota has the privilege of hosting the event on the 19th, 20th and 21st of October, after previous years events held in Japan, Australia, France, China and Mexico.

The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) appointed the capital of Colombia for its leadership in the development of the building greening industry over the last 8 years in which more than 300.000 m2 of concrete surfaces were turned into living landscapes.” ~ WGIC2016

Aramis and I have had the wonderful opportunity to attend several of these World Green Infrastructure Congresses, including in Sydney (2014); Nantes (2013); and Mexico City (2010) – as well as the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference held by WGIN member the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA).

And, we are very pleased to do so again this October in Bogotá, where’ll I’ll be presenting and also have the privilege of being one of the jurors for the THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.

What is it?

Most importantly, THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is a world-class competition that selects and promotes the best projects of Green Infrastructure that interface nature and man-made environment at any scale from micro to macro:  objects, products, furniture, buildings, parks, master plans, green belts, bioswales, man-made wetlands, etc.  Application to THE-NEXT-GREEN awards 2016 is now open to all countries.

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Competition Tracks:

Environment: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Community: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Design: Concept designs or full designs proposed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.
Research and Innovation: Research Projects completed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.

Each track has two categories:

Global: Projects and authors from all countries except Latin American. Submission information must be in English.
Latin America: Projects and authors from Latin America. Submission information may be in English or Spanish.

All proposals submitted by students will be evaluated separately from the applications submitted by professionals and institutions.

2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress The Next Green Awards

Important Dates:

Submissions Deadline: August 19, 2016 (World Humanitarian Day)
Announcement of Winners: September 22 (World Car Free Day)
Awards Ceremony: October 20, World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016, Bogotá, Colombia.

If you have a great project located anywhere in the world that fits the requirements of these categories, we strongly encourage you to participate in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.

Most of all, make sure to visit the website to familiarize yourself with the Congress, the Awards process, and most importantly, the wonderful, exciting, and increasingly green city of Bogotá and country of Colombia!

2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress The Next Green Awards

In addition, we’ll be sharing much more information about the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016 soon but for now, if you have any questions, visit the organizers at: http://www.wgicbogota2016.com/ or contact: info@recive.org.

~ Saludos y buena suerte!

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

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: info@wgin-nagoya.jp

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: kikuchi927b@gmail.com

~ Linda V.

In Memoriam: Wang Xianmin

September 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm

As reported yesterday, we regret to announce the passing of Mr. Wang Xianmin or Wang Xian Min (in Chinese) of Beijing, China on August 19, 2015 at the age of 72 years.


Wang Xianmin

Xianmin Wang was the secretary-general of the WRGA, the World Green Roof Association, which produces the annual China World Green Roof Conferences (WGRC).  Also known as the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA,) the organization is a founding member of the World Green Infrastructure Network – WGIN.


A true leader of Chinese greening efforts, Wang Xianmin was the founder (2006) and former secretary-general of the Beijing Green Roof Association.  He graduated from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics.  Among others, Xianmin Wang authored Beautiful Award for Second World Landscape Planning and Design Contest Set (Chinese Edition), 2015; Roof Garden Design and Case Analysis, 2013; China 2010 Shanghai World Expo venue three-dimensional Green, 2011; and Roof Garden, 2007.

Professor Wang enjoyed numerous accomplishments through his life, and was devoted to promoting green infrastructure throughout China.  In addition to the above named posts, here are just a few more:


L to R: Wang Xianmin in 2014 China Qingdao City with the world’s ecological green roof of the General Assembly and 2013 China Nanjing World Green Roof Assembly. Photos courtesy of IRLA.

Wang Xianmin was the Secretary-general of the Association of Professional Committee of China Building Energy Efficiency and International Association for the Promotion of the Electric Vehicle, 2015-2013;
Secretary-general of the 2014 (Qingdao), 2013 (Nanjing), and 2012 (Hangzhou) China World Green Roof Conferences;
Deputy Chief of the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council;
Former Secretary-general of the Great Wall Green Engineering Organizing Committee;
Former Deputy Dean of the Asia-Pacific Education Centre of Peking University;
Former Director of the Research Center for Better Business China.

See his remembrance from the WGRA and IRLA in Mandarin Chinese here (click on translate to see the English version).


L to R: Wang Xianmin in Hangzhou, China 2012 World Green Roof Assembly; Hainan, China 2011 World Green Roof Assembly; and Shanghai, China 2010 World Green Roof Assembly. All photos courtesy of IRLA.

Ed Snodgrass of Emory Knoll Farms told us the news, and has this to say about Professor Wang:

“Wang Xianmin, Professor, founder of China’s Green Roof Associations, and the Executive Vice President of International Rooftop Landscaping Association passed away recently.  Mr. Wang was a warm and gentle man that I have had the pleasure to get to know and work with over the last four years.  He worked hard to promote green roofs and green walls in China.

He was adept at making everyone feel welcome and cared for.  He will certainly be missed.” ~ Ed Snodgrass


L to R: Mr. Mung; Mr. Snodgrass; Mr. Wang.

We remember Mr. Wang fondly for his beautiful nature and decades of very important work; here are some thoughts from his fellow WGIN members:

“Professor Xianmin Wang was responsible for the thriving green infrastructure industry in China by holding many conferences including Hainan 2010, the Shanghai Expo 2011, World Congress in 2012, Nanjing 2013.  Professor Wang made many friends in Australia when he spoke in Sydney in 2011 and at the 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress.  He was well respected internationally and loved for his warmth, generosity and passion about green roofs.” ~ Matthew Dillon, Green Roofs Australasia

On August 25 Green Roofs Australasia observed a 3-minute moment of silence with China at 2100.

“Professor Wang was leading the charge to bring Green roofing into the mainstream in China.  He had a huge smile, and a gentleness and kindness about him that made everyone feel welcome!  He will be missed!  ” ~ Steven Peck, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

A board member of the World Green Infrastructure Network, Mr. Wang is also remembered on the WGIN website:

“WGIN members appreciate his great work on Green infrastructure over many years.  We will keep him in our best memories as professional and as long year friend. ” ~ Manfred Koehler, World Green Infrastructure Network

Professor Wang was a great conference organizer and believer in the promotion of new ideas as well as youth.  Below he’s speaking in Qingdao, 2014 promoting greenroofs and green energy as a member of the International Association for the Promotion of the Electric Vehicle:


Here he is (middle, left of Mr. Mung) in Nanjing at the 2013 Award Ceremony of Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition:


Aramis and I met Professor Wang for the first time in Singapore where he and I both spoke in 2010 at the inaugural International Skyrise Greenery Conference.  We were captivated by his genuine smile, gentle demeanor and fierce commitment to engage us to come to China and help spread the word about greenroofs and greenwalls, which we did in 2012 along with Steven, Matt, Manfred, and many more.



Left to right: Manfred Kohler, Julian Briz, Francois Lassalle, Patrick Blanc, Florian Betlzer, Aramis Velazquez, Isabel de Felipe, Karla Dakin, Dorte Romo, Linda Velazquez, Damian Tang, Ho Wan Weng, Zuoshuang Zhang, and Professor Wang Xianmin.


Organized again by Wang Xianmin and his great staff at IRLA, the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference was attended by hundreds – I would guess about 1,600.  It was a fantastic event and we all were treated like royalty.





Afterwards about 10 of us went on an amazing whirlwind 6-day tour to several cities including Beijing and Xi’an, the Great Wall of China – and we even had two airplane trips.





Professor Wang met us in Beijing and treated us to a dinner extravaganza including awesome food, musicians, acrobats, and even a magician.  Led by Professor Wang’s right hand man, William Wei (middle photo, left), our experiences will be greatly cherished and it was truly a trip of a lifetime.

Back at home, Professor Wang graciously participated in both Greenroofs.com’s inaugural Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 and in 2013.  See his videos below:

“The Status of Chinese Green Roofs & Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Congress” for the Virtual Summit 2013: Wang Xianmin  gave us an overview of greenroof challenges and growth in China and invited participants to attend the 2013 China World Green Roof Congress in Nanjing held in October of that year. Following Wang Xianmin’s video, you can see videos that IRLA shared with Greenroofs.com from the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress, in both Mandarin and English.

Promo for the Virtual Summit 2013: We filmed Professor Wang at the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress in November, 2012.

For the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Professor Wang presented “The Current Situation and Future of Green Roofs in China.”

We visited with Professor Wang last October in Sydney at the 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress, and will always remember him respectfully and fondly.


Professor Wang Xianmin will be greatly missed and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues, and supporters in China and across our greenroof and greenwall community!

Please add your comments, too.

In memoriam,

~ Linda V.

Watch the “Greenroofs.com VS2013 Closing Address from Linda Velazquez” from Our Virtual Summit 2013

February 27, 2015 at 2:07 pm

So we have come to the end of airing all of the awesome video presentations from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013, presented by Greenroofs.com in association with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), culminating with my short and sweet VS2013 Closing Address.

You will now find all of these videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

We are extremely excited about producing our third biennial online conference, the spectacular Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015 which will be held on April 6 through May 31, and certainly hope you will join us and our global colleagues on the Internet!


About me:

Alpharetta, GA, USA.  Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP is founder and publisher of Greenroofs.com (1999), the international greenroof industry’s resource portal. Greenroofs.com is the founder and organizer of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015, its third biennial online conference (2011, 2013). Linda writes and reports extensively about greenroofs and holds a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia (2000) with honors. She is also principal of Sky Gardens Design (2004), a greenroof design and consulting firm. Linda is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with the U.S. Green Building Council, and a Green Roof Professional (GRP) with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC).

Greenroofs.com is an internet news media organization whose goal is to inform, promote and inspire the earth friendly technology of organic greenroof architecture through the free interchange of ideas, projects, news, video, research, organization/government updates, and marketing opportunities. Exclusives include guest articles, contributing editor columns, the Sky Gardens Blog and the WebTV series Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™.

Greenroofs.com publishes The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database currently with over 1,600 projects; The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory of Manufacturers, Suppliers, Professional Services & Organizations; and the GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube, a video channel devoted to greenroofs and greenwalls.

Linda will be your host, and open and close the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015. She will also co-present “The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” with Haven Kiers.”

Watch the “Greenroofs.com VS2013 Closing Address from Linda Velazquez” below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations, plus 12 promo videos in six languages, see below.

Thank you once again to our Rare Earth Sponsor, Tremco Incorporated, all of our Exhibitors, and our event partner, the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) who made our second foray in the world of virtual conferences possible, along with all of our distinguished speakers who gave their time and expertise so freely!  And of course, we thank all of our attendees who participated in the VS2013, too!


Watch all of the VS2013 videos:

Greenroofs.com VS2013 Closing Address from Linda Velazquez Individual Video.

Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State – Phytoremediation Chapter 2 with Patrick Carey Panel Session.

Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation – Chapter One Panel Session Video with Patrick Carey, Dr. Alan Darlington, Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, and Dr. Clayton Rugh.

Green Roofs on Lean-tos in Adirondack Wilderness Areas Inspiration Nook Video by Alison Liedkie.

The Status of Chinese Green Roofs & Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Congress Collaborative Video by Wang Xianmin and others.

Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities? Inspiration Nook Video by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring.

Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients Inspiration Nook Video by João Manuel Linck Feijó.

How Green Roofs in Copenhagen Create New Opportunities, Climate Adapt Our City and Transform Our Living Video by Dorthe Rømø.

A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain Collaborative Video by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano.

12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs Keynote Video by Steven Peck.

Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants Video by Kevin Songer.

La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España – Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain Panel Session with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán- Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates Video by Dr. Tobias Emilsson.

Naturación Urbana en España – Urban Greening in Spain Collaborative Video by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy Video by Wolfgang Ansel.

Introduction to Integrated Water Management Video by Jeff Bruce.

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned Collaborative Video with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts.

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will be able to see all of these unique and interesting video presentations at your leisure!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish