You Only Have a Few Days Left to Join Us at the WGIN World Green Infrastructure Congress in Nantes from September 9 – 13!

September 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm

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Our friends over at ADIVET and the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) remind us that there are:

ONLY A FEW DAYS to join the WGIN World Green Infrastructure Congress in Nantes, France from 9 to 13 September 2013.

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Highlights of the program:

– Training sessions (Monday 9/9) led by twenty experts

– The conference of the opening session led by Jerome Bonaldi (Tuesday 10/9)

– Conference’s big names in architecture and landscape (Ambasz, Pena, White …) (Tuesday 10/9 and Wednesday 11/9)

– 100 technical and scientific papers, 9 round tables, a unique source of international news (Tuesday 10/9 and Wednesday 9/11)

– The first large lounge revegetation building in France (Tuesday 10/9 and Wednesday 11/9)

– The timing of elected officials and local communities (Wednesday 9/11)

– Technical visits (25 sites) in Region Pays de la Loire (Thursday 12/9) to Paris (Friday 13/9).

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Visit the website, or CONTACT THEM SOON TO ENJOY THEIR FINAL OFFERS:

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Marc LACAILLE:
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If you haven’t already, make sure to read these Guest Feature Articles on Greenroofs.com by Marc Lacaille, Director General of ADIVET (L’Association des Toitures Vegetales):

August: Three awesome reasons to attend the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in Nantes, France!

July: “The World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in Nantes: A Key Feature of the Sustainable Cities of Tomorrow”

Aramis and I are going this evening, flying into Paris and connecting to Nantes – can’t wait.

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Hope to see you there!

~ Linda V.

Contributions Wanted for Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition & Photo Contest: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013

July 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm

The International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) invites you to attend their Nanjing World Green Roof Congress in beautiful Nanjing, China from September 15th to the 18th, 2013.

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***Please note change of WGRC dates to: September 15th to 18th, 2013***

The 2012 WGIN Green Roof Congress was held in Hangzhou, China and was exceptionally well attended by 1,600 participants from across the world, including Aramis and me!


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

New elements present in this year’s Nanjing World Green Roof Congress include the Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition and the “The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart” Photo Contest.

“The Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition is organized by IRLA (International Rooftop Landscaping Association) and CABEE (China Association of Building Energy Efficiency), endorsed by VGAG (Vertical Greening Academic Group).  It is a great honor in Chinese landscape planning community as well as the highest level of competition and a highly rewarded one in China.  It provides a platform for public welfare as well as fair, impartial and open competition. It aims at finding talents as well as training and introducing them. Thus, there will be more amazing works which promotes the idea of green China. Moreover, we have the top prestigious judges from all over the world. The winners will be invited to join the World Green Roof Congress—Nanjing China held at Zidong International Creative Park from September 19th to 22nd, 2013. They will also have the chance to exchange idea with specialists, scholars and many other elites as well as receive prize money.

If you are a creative designer, if you are passionate about environment protection, landscape planning and vertical landscaping, if you already have a good idea in your mind, then come on and join us! Share your idea with us! For green urban-rural environment, green China and a green world!” ~ Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition

The deadline for submissions has been extended through August 20, 2013.  Learn all about it at: www.c1118.com.

“The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart” Photo Contest, organized by IRLA and the Website of China National Radio, aims at leading the world to caring more about natural ecology. It is expected to express and intensify people’s greening and environmental awareness through photographing. The contest is designed to show the world new ideas and technologies of international vertical greening, to bring more practical thoughts and methods on construction to city planners. It also opens up a brand new photographing area for shutterbugs, forging a platform of common view and a spiritual homeland for vertical green construction all over the world.

More info:

Contributions Wanted

With the growing land cost every year, vertical greening has become the most economical way of greening in urban center. From the aspect of lowering atmospheric temperature and protecting the environment, rooftops and walls are precious resource of cities’ cyclic development, and they are the revival land of scientific developing greenbelt. At present, rooftop greening groups all over the world are still growing, but its spreading and promoting have a bright future.

I. Sponsors and Organizers

Sponsor: The Website of China National Radio, 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress Committee

Organizer: The Website of China National Radio, International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA)

Co-organizer: Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council (AGAG), China Green Rooftop and Energy Efficiency Council

Official Website: The Website of China National Radio www.cnr.cn

Contributing Website: http://photo.cnr.cn

Special Website: http://pic.cnr.cn/sdq/

Launch Ceremony: Jul. 11th, 2013

Submission Deadline: Aug. 31st, 2013

Entry Range: worldwide

Grading time: Sep. 1st, 2013 – Sep. 14th, 2013

Prize-giving time: Sep. 19th, 2013

Prize-giving site: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress

II. Topic of the Contest

There is no specific category of the Compete Photo, as long as it accords with “green rooftops, green walls, indoor gardens, green overpasses, green balconies” and any other green construction above the ground. There is also no limit about whether the entry is photochrome or black-and-white photograph, single picture or set pictures.

III. Grading Standard

  1. The content should be real and focus on the topic.
  2. The picture should be vivid, powerful and infective.
  3. The title and illustration should be precise, concise, and concordant with this contest.

IV. Prizes

Gold Prize (one winner): 90,000RMB and Certificate

Silver Prize (two winners): 60,000RMB and Certificates

Bronze Prize (three winners): 30,000RMB and Certificates

Honorable Mentions (several)

V. Format Specifications

  1. Single picture or series both are accepted, but series should contain maximum 5 pictures.
  2. Only JPGE format can be accepted, and the pictures should not be bigger than 20M. If a Compete Photo has been cropped, the longest side must be at least 2,000 pixels.
  3. The Compete Photo must be taken by the participant himself/herself.
  4. No published pictures are allowed. Frame and author’s ID must not be added. If possible, the information of EXIF should be kept.
  5. Each participant can only have 10 entries at most.
  6. Each picture should have its title, topic, illustration and the author’s name in detail.

VI. Way of Participation

  1. The participants need to sign an agreement with CNR Pictures about digital copyright. They also have to sign in through “Society Photographer” and become a “Society Photographer” of CNR Picture Gallery.

The following is the website of illustration for photo gallery signing in and uploading: http://photo.cnr.cn/pms/upload.jsp

  1. The entry must be uploaded to CNR Picture Gallery.

The website of CNR Picture Gallery is: http://photo.cnr.cn

  1. While uploading your entry, please select this category in photo gallery: “Photo Contest – the Beautiful Homeland in My Heart”.
  2. Each entry should be named using the following pattern:

[The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart], Entry’s Name, (Author’s Name)

For example: [The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart], A Home of Green, (John)

  1. The telephone of CNR Picture Gallery and information about the contest is  86-10-56807195

“The goal of photographing is to share your happiness and sorrow. Let’s build the future vision of our homeland together. We are looking forward to your excellent works.” ~ International Rooftop Landscaping Association and the Website of China National Radio

Register now to the Nanjing World Green Roof Congress by clicking below:

***Please note change of WGRC dates to: September 15th to 18th, 2013***

If you have any questions about either contest or planning your trip to spectacular China for the Nanjing World Green Roof Conference, please contact William Wei of WGRC and IRLA at: wrgmay2010@hotmail.com.

Happy traveling,

~ Linda V.

Today is the Last Day for Discounts for the Nantes, France WGIC!

July 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

If you’re dreaming of going to Paris and the beautiful French countryside, why not make it a working vacation? Attend the WGIC – World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in gorgeous Nantes, France this upcoming September!

But hurry – today, July 15, 2013, is the Last Day for the Early Bird Discount!

Presented by ADIVET (L’Association des Toitures Vegetales) – The French association for green roofs and walls – under the auspices of the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network (WGIN), the conference is supported by many major partners involved in this area of industry (construction, landscaping, environment and research).

Learn all about the WGIC by reading this month’s Guest Feature Article “The World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in Nantes: A Key Feature of the Sustainable Cities of Tomorrow” by Marc Lacaille, Director General of ADIVET.

Make up your mind now and save a couple of hundred bucks – register here.

Hopefully we’ll see you there ~ happy greening,

Linda V.

April 4 Abstract Extension: World Green Infrastructure Congress in Nantes, France

March 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

This year the annual  World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) Congress will be held  at the  La Cité Nantes Event Center  in  France on 9-13 September 2013, with simultaneous translation in French and English.

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Call for Abstracts Extended to April 4, 2013

Due to outstanding interest of the participants, the Call for Abstracts deadline  for this  World Green Infrastructure Congress  has been extended to 4 April 2013.   Selected speakers will be notified at the beginning of May, and the deadline for early bird registration and the final agenda will be announced in early June.

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“The constant effort of a few stakeholders from the 90s and the one of ADIVET, combined with a growing awareness of environmental issues, has led France became a leading global markets regarding the green roofing.The greening of facades, for its part, took its rise in our country and spreads, through a variety of techniques, on all continents, from Santiago to Sydney via Mumbai.

Considering the innovative dynamism, economic and technological, it’s logical that the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) has entrusted to ADIVET the task of organizing in France the professional world event of 2013 for the sector.

The city of Nantes, designated “European Green Capital” in 2013, combined with the Région des Pays de la Loire, which houses a global hub of competitive vegetation, came naturally to host this Congress.

The purpose of it is to make a state of knowledge, to allow confrontation of practices, the genesis of collaborations: together to create a positive dynamic in favor of greening infrastructure. It is also provide tools for decision-maker to foster the emergence of a city that appropriates nature.

In this perspective, the program of this congress ambitions to unite all stakeholders landscape, urban planning and construction, future professionals, “beginner” professionals (one day training is offered to them) and experienced professionals.

With a program dedicated to public and private decision-makers, a scientific program of the highest caliber and a practical approach of issues (two days of field visits), all we’ll meet to learn, discuss and exchange views around a shared vision of the greened assembly and the city nature. See you soon!!” ~ François Lassalle, Président du Comité de pilotage

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Nantes and the Region

Port city on the Atlantic coast on the banks of the beautiful Loire, Nantes Metropolis sets the tone for green and blue landscape of the territory. Quality of life sees itself in three dimensions: a lifestyle conducive to well-being, creativity and social cohesion.

Nantes is one of the three most dynamic French cities, both in terms of economics and demographics. With 600,000 inhabitants, Nantes is the sixth largest urban area in France  by population.

“Nantes is different thanks to innovative and participatory public policies, in particular with regard to town planning. Among its strengths: Agenda 21, sustainable energy action plan, the water policy and natural vegetated areas. Nantes has brought the realization of green roofs of a dozen public buildings into play. The metropolis is the seat of events and innovative festivities of international reputation on the subject of plants: tree herons (“l’Arbre aux Hérons”), Floating Gardens (“les Jardins Flottants”), Plants Madness Festival  (“la Folie des Plantes”).”

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in Nantes; photo courtesy of ADIVET

The lovely  city of Nantes  is an eco-responsible site certified Charter of Quality and Sustainability and has an approved eco-consultant, carbon auditor approved ADEME, which supports eco-design of events. It is also certified ISO 9001 and AIPC Quality Standard Gold.

Exhibitor and sponsor opportunities are available.  Read all about the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 at their websites in English and French.  If you have any questions, please notify the Organizing  Committee at  wgic2013@clq-group.com.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in Nantes; graphic courtesy of ADIVET

What a great region of the world to have a greenroof conference!  Vive la France!

~ Linda V.