Greenroofs.com Updates & Happy Holidays!

December 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Hello readers and fellow colleagues,

I hope you have all been enjoying your holidays with family and friends with an eye towards the New Year – especially  after our collective escape from the dire but thankfully misled (or misinterpreted) Mayan  predictions on the winter solstice of 12.21.12!

Kidding aside, we here at Greenroofs.com  have simply been swamped since late summer with various milestones including our trips to Chicago followed immediately by 2 weeks in China, not to mention orchestrating our 2nd annual  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013.

And, by the way, I couldn’t make it to The International Green Conference in Bangalore, India last month – a recent bout with upper respiratory problems were aggravated with all the traveling and I developed ear issues and was told not to fly for a few months.  I was extremely upset but everyone told me that the Conference was wonderful.

And so I’ve been very behind in my various blog posts ~ so one of my New Year’s  resolutions  is to catch up here at Sky Gardens with the following blog posts:

– On a personal note, most of you who have been following us for years know that I have been an international flight attendant with Delta Air Lines for a long time (hey, I didn’t want to give up my “day” job until I knew this greenroof gig would work out!)…well, as of  September  1, I  officially  retired after 33 years of loving (almost) every bit of it!  I had the  privilege  of working with the best people ever – the end of an era…

– The 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago – what a great town!  For now I will say it was great, one of the very best get-togethers we as an industry have enjoyed so far.  If you  have  photos to share, please send them to linda@greenroofs.com – there was a lot I missed and then Aramis and I had to leave Saturday morning following the conference since we left for Shanghai the next day and we missed out on all the tours (I also took a class on Wednesday, so I couldn’t go then, either).

– The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) World Green Roof Congress in Hangzhou, China which was simply awesome!  The resort was beautiful and the organization was amazing as there were at least 1,400 – 1,500 attendees – the largest crowd I’ve ever presented to before (I presented Haven Kiers’ and my “2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design“).

We had a day of touring  followed  by 2 days of the  wonderful  speakers, excellent food and hospitality, ending with another day of touring.  Each  evening  there was a celebratory feast – Professor Xianmin Wang and his awesome International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) team of William Wei, Lisa and many others are to be highly commended.  We then followed this  sumptuous  experience with an additiional 8 or 9 more days of once in a  lifetime  touring around  China!

– All about our  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013  on February 12 through March 13, 2013 –  it’s going to be very different from last year. First of all, this time we’ve  partnered  with the  World Green Infrastructure Network  and we’re thrilled to have them on board to provide an ever greater world stage.

You’ll enjoy  a full 30 days of scheduled and on demand video Keynotes, panel sessions, individual and combo presentations with a lot more interactive fun with scheduled live Q & A chat  sessions  with  speakers and other greenroof & greenwall enthusiasts from around the globe, plus visiting the  Sponsor Spaces and Social Media Areas.  Here are our 5 distinguished Keynotes:

New this year is the Prize Center where you’ll accumulate points for cool prizes; the Joblinks Lounge where you can post jobs wanted and view job openings; and the Inspiration Nook where you can post under 3-minute videos about your research idea, project, or poster boards (no commercial ventures!) and participate in scheduled chat discussions which will be included on the Agenda.

In order to feature our Sponsors and exhibitors, we will also offer 4 dedicated days – one per week – to our Expo Trade Show, each anchored by a Keynote Presentation and a Panel Discussion from leading authorities.  By the way, we’d like to thank Tremco for once again committing their greenroof industry leadership through our highest level of  Sponsorship  – the Rare Earth Sponsor!

Other Greenroofs.com News:

– Starting in the New Year, our “This Week in Review” news roundup video, hosted by our daughter Anjuli Velazquez, will come back as “This Month in Review.”

– We’re currently  scheduling our “Greenroof or Greenwall Project of the Week” series – if you’d like to see your project highlighted, first of all we need to have a profile for it in the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database!  (We are still backlogged with entries but hope to be up to date within a month).

We only spotlight profiles that have 10 or 11 photos and lots of descriptive content.  People ask us if they have to be listed in the Greenroof Directory to be selected, and the answer is no – although we do highlight our advertisers about 4:1 as compared to non-advertisers for their loyalty.

Advertising with Us  is extremely affordable, and we certainly appreciate the support!  Plus there’s no better place in our industry to have your company listed than with us, the #1 website in the world for greenroofs.

– And ordering our  2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Wall Calendar is still an inexpensive (only $9.95 including shipping & handling within the U.S.and Canada) and perfect last minute gift to ring in the New Year.

That’s it for now – we’d like to wish you and yours Seasons Greetings & a Happy New Year 2013!

~ Linda V. & all of us here at Greenroofs.com

It’s Not Too Late for the 2012 World Green Roof Congress in Hangzhou, China!

October 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

So, living architecture enthusiasts,

Are you coming to the lovely city of Hangzhou, China, for the upcoming World Green Infrastructure Network’s World Green Roof Congress on October 22nd to October 26th, 2012?

The 2012 World Green Roof Congress in Hangzhou, China is co-sponsored by the  World Green Infrastructure Network  (WGIN),  International Rooftop Landscaping Association  and  Hangzhou Municipal People’s Government.

But you do have to act fast.  Business visa requirements differ by country; minimum mail processing time here in the U.S. is 5 days.  See more information  here.

Scenic Hangzhou, via HANGZHOU.GOV.CN

A famous Chinese saying goes, “Just as there is Paradise in Heaven, there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth.”  The beautiful city of Hangzhou has always been the richest in China.  Located in the Yangtze River Delta, Hangzhou is typically characterized with the fastest-growing economy and urbanization in the country.

If your company does business in China or is looking to establish connections here or the region, this Conference is for you to learn and network with your peers.

Yes, travel to China is expensive, but if you are in the market for a monumental once in a lifetime trip, the rewards will be huge!  Aramis and I are going and we really looking forward to this exciting adventure.

Highlights

Local dignitaries and international experts in the field of vertical greening:

Keynotes  &  Speakers:  

Including Dr. Qiu Baoxing, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development; Shao Zhanwei, Mayor, Hangzhou Municipal People’s Government; Manfred Koehler, President of World Green Roof Infrastructure Network; Dr. Patrick Blanc, Dr. Ken Yeang, and many more!

10 Forums:

-Forum One: Vertical Greening Controls PM 2.5 (Forum of Vertical Greening Function)
-Forum Two: New Technologies of Roof Greening
-Forum Three: New Technologies of Green Walls
-Forum Four: New Technologies of Roof Agriculture and Roof Garden
-Forum Five: New Technologies Rainwater Harvesting and Soft Slop
-Forum Six: Incentive Policy
-Forum Seven: Protecting Natural Wetland and Artificial Wetland
-Forum Eight: Roof Greening of Underground Garage
-Forum Nine: Idea-King Winning Designer Form
-Forum Ten: Ecological Garden City Building Form

Sponsorship & Exhibiting:

Opportunities are still available.

Tours:

Tour iconic Chinese cities, monumental attractions, and important historical and cultural sites.

Included in the registration are Local Tours, see above and below: Hangzhou Vertical Greening and Roof Agriculture and West Lake Hangzhou, Ecological Wetland, Historic Gardens.

Additional 4-6 Day Tours afterwards:

–  Tour 1: Four-day tour to Suzhou and Shanghai

 Tour 2:  Six-day tour to Beijing and Xi’an, the Tour of China’s Ancient Capital Cities (Aramis and I will be on this one).

Visit the  2012 Hangzhou China “¢ World Green Roof Conference website to learn more and register.

Hangzhou, via www.hzstats.gov.cn/web/

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to read Greenroofs.com’s April Guest Feature by Wang Xianmin, Secretary-general of the 2012 Hangzhou China “¢ World Green Roof Conference entitled  “You’re Invited to Hangzhou, China for the 2012 World Green Roof Congress.”

Also read my recent blog post  “Only 4 Weeks for the WGIN World Green Roof Conference 2012 in Hangzhou: Chinese Visa Tips.”

It would be a pleasure to see or meet you in Hangzhou this October 22-26, 2012!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: September 21, 2012

September 22, 2012 at 2:59 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 September 21, 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 September 21st, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the Potter League for Animals, built in 2008 in Middleton, Rhode Island.  Annually, the Potter League houses about 1,900 animals and provides pound services including facilitating adoptions for 1,100 animals a year and returning 450 lost pets to their owners.  Officials chose to go green for the new LEED Gold shelter because its location is on wetlands and close to Bailey Brook, which eventually feeds into North Easton’s Pond, a drinking-water source for Aquidneck Island.

Designed by ARQ Architects, the rooftop garden is Newport County’s first greenroof. Located over the adoption shelter, the living roof uses a Roofmeadow 6″, semi-intensive system established with plugs and 4″ pots, with Sika Sarnafil providing the waterproofing and Apex Green Roofs as the greenroof contractor.  The un-irrigated intensive system supports a large variety of species including lavenders, alliums, sedums and grasses specifically planted for their tolerance to wind, heat and drought.  The facility also has a rain water recovery system that collects water from the roof surfaces and diverts it into a 15,000 gallon underground cistern.

– To learn more about the Potter League for Animals,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Advertiser Press Release:

–  A&A Melters builds an all new 500 gallon Melter! Their melters have been used for green roof projects in the Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center, the Ohio State University Cancer Center and at Harvard University, just to name a few”¦

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “Greenroofs.com Announces Strategic Partnership with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for the Second Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013!“ and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: September 14, 2012.”

–  Industry News

–  International Code Council (ICC) and the State of California

The ICC Council provides access to new “California Solar Permitting Guidebook” that makes permit review, installation of solar pv systems in California easier.   The State of California Guidebook is available as a free download or in print from the Code Council, and addresses permitting requirements, and assists installers and code officials.  It highlights solar PV installations on residential and commercial building rooftops, in parking lots and on parking structures, and those mounted on the ground.  Although the combination of solar and greenroofs together are not yet addressed, they could be in the future.

– “Upcoming Events“

–  September 21st-23rd: is the Techos Verdes – Jardines Verticales Workshop by Gernot Minke, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

–  Also September 21st-23rd: is the Mother Earth News Fair, in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania (Follow on Twitter: @MotherEarthFAIR & #MENF).

–  September 25th: is the World Class Sustainable Cities 2012, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

–  September 26th-28th: is the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

–  And September 27th-28th: is the 3rd Annual Green Initiatives Conference, in Peachtree City, Georgia.

– “In the News“

–  Ashley Wells of The Atlantic Cities talks about “A Plush Rooftop Garden for Tokyo Shoppers.”  The Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Project is located at the Harajuku shopping district and features a rooftop garden, or a “roof-forest,” as the locals refer to it.

This rooftop garden has 34 trees, over 50 different kinds of plants, and has technological systems that purify the air.  It’s a beautifully peaceful place that allows its visitors to forget their urban dense setting for a bit.

–  Ryan Rogers of AxiomNews, says “TD’s Living Roof Demonstrating its Commitment to Sustainability.”  TD Bank Group is continuing its leadership in sustainable design by utilizing environmentally-friendly green practices like installing a green roof on its downtown center in Toronto.  The design mimics the heritage building and features 692 planters and 11,000 grass plants on the 22,000 square foot roof.

Some of the environmental and economic benefits this roof will provide will be to filter carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air, absorb water and rainfall and keep the interiors cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

– 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 September 21st,  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 Announces Strategic Partnership with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for the Second Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013!

September 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

As you know if you are a regular visitor to the Internet, the way we interact has been drastically evolving in the last few years – from YouTube to social media to mobile, and if you’re not communicating online, you’re not  taking advantage and  growing as a community or business!

Along those lines, I’ve been promising you some big news regarding our second annual  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013…here’s our latest Greenroofs.com Press Release:

Building on the success of our inaugural Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011, it is with great pleasure to announce our important new international partnership! Greenroofs.com, in association with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), is presenting:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design

“Last year’s groundbreaking Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 was an exciting first in our industry. Greenroofs.com is very proud of our state of the art online conference and we’re absolutely delighted to be partnering this year with WGIN, who will bring an even greater international audience to our world stage. 2013’s Virtual Summit alliance with WGIN allows us to optimize resources and promote leading edge information in a multi-lingual format.” ~ Linda S. Velazquez, Founder & Publisher, Greenroofs.com

“The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) is delighted to be co-organizing the 2nd Virtual Summit, a cutting edge event, giving people worldwide the opportunity to learn about green roofs and walls as well as the opportunity to interact with leading trendsetters. You will without doubt find valuable information regarding green roofs and walls, from public policies, latest investigations to the most innovative projects. Be a part of the next great Virtual Summit!” ~ Tanya Mueller Garcia, Vice President, WGIN

People:
Creative thinkers, innovators, and trailblazers sharing organic green infrastructure ideas.
Friendly and knowledgeable exhibitors on hand live at the Expo.

Projects:
International icons of sustainability demonstrating early successes plus current & visionary case studies of excellence in design.

Design:
Proven standards of diverse green technologies plus dynamic, cutting edge, forward thinking schemes for greening the planet with building integrated greenery. Bioclimatic high design promoting biodiversity, biomimicry & chic sustainability.

When? January 9 through February 8, 2013.

What? World renown speakers and experts are just a click away during a whole month of lively speaker videos, Q & A sessions, panels, social networking, and virtual fun! We’re shining a virtual international spotlight on vegetative roofing & greenwalls integrating technology, multimedia, and the limitless global reach of the Internet.

Mission
To inform, share, and create a global social media experience for imagining, learning & networking via the power of the Internet.

In addition to raising the awareness of our market and industry, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 will be an interactive platform for the interchange of ideas through a combination of keynote speakers, expert panel sessions, moderated chat sessions with live q & a, on-demand presentations, plus live video, audio and text chatting at the Sponsor Spaces, Social Media Areas, and the spectacular Expo Pavilions showcasing vendors and organizations from across the world.

Participants: Network and connect with your peers in real time, be inspired by our featured presenters, and learn about new companies, products, and projects on our live Expo dates.

Speakers: Share your project, sustainable vision, and experience on a global platform.

Exhibitors: Enhance your live trade show experience by spotlighting your company to an international audience of a thousand+, increase your exhibiting ROI’s, and reduce your carbon footprint in our eco-friendly environment.

Registration, Agenda, and Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunity Information will be available soon.

Thank You Again to Our Rare Earth Sponsor: Tremco!

Event Platform Provider
In 2013 the Virtual Summit will be powered by INXPO.

“With its proven virtual event technology, we selected INXPO because of what they bring to the table for a successful digital event. Simplicity and power are the keys to an even richer online experience for our worldwide greenroof and wall community.” ~ Aramis M. Velazquez, CEO,  Greenroofs.com

Why Virtual?
As important as physical conferences are, the proliferation of international events makes it impossible to exhibit and attend them all in terms of time and money. At a fraction of the cost of a physical conference, you have an incredible opportunity to meet and greet awesome experts and practitioners in our field – without leaving your office. Every day, the new ubiquity of architectural greening gains new advocates, designers, and specifiers – be cutting edge by connecting and participating!

Stay tuned!

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About Greenroofs.com
Since 1999, Greenroofs.com has been the international greenroof industry’s resource and online information portal. We inform, promote and inspire through the interchange of ideas, projects, news, videos, events, research, people, company and community updates and marketing opportunities; exclusives include the Sky Gardens ~ where cool green meets lofty blue Blog, Contributing Editor Columns, and Guest Features. Greenroofs.com is the publisher of the International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database, The Greenroof Directory, greenroofs.tv, Greenroofs of the World™ 12-Month Wall Calendar, the “This Week in Review” video, and the Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™ WebTV series. Visit us at www.greenroofs.com.

About the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN)
The objectives of World Green Infrastructure Network are to be a globally-important motivator of the use of green infrastructure in cities; expand opportunities for member organizations to learn about green roof infrastructure science, technology, practice, economics and environmental and social benefits; promote education in green infrastructure benefits particularly at university levels and trade school levels, to provide skills for the green roof industry that can be expected to develop more widely; promote green infrastructure research and extension in soundly-based green infrastructure development; provide sound networking and conference study opportunities for member organizations; and to publicize the global environmental and cost-saving advantages of green infrastructure, especially those related to reducing climate change problems.

On October 22-26, 2012 the 3rd Annual WGIN World Green Roof Conference 2012 will be held in Hangzhou, China.

For more information:

Aramis M. Velázquez, CEO
Greenroofs.com, LLC.
(888) 477-1326
media@greenroofs.com

Manfred Köhler, President
World Green Infrastructure Network
koehler@hs-nb.de

We’re very excited about our new partnership, and Greenroofs.com and WGIN are putting together a spectacular line up of design and research professionals – we’ll keep you posted.

See our Greenroofs.com Announces Strategic Partnership with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for the Second Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013!  press release online, or download it as a PDF.

So make plans to expand your social horizons and extend your reach in 2013! Vanish distances and connect people by bringing your company, school or office into the virtual world.

Join us next year in January and February at the  The Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design!

~ Linda V.