The 3rd International Green Roof Congress in Hamburg, Germany on May 13-15, 2013

March 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

Have you thought about attending the  3rd International Green Roof Congress  in Hamburg, Germany this May 13-15, 2013?  Aramis and I are.

3rd International Green Roof Congress in Hamburg, GermanyHosted by the  International Green Roof Association (IGRA)  and the German Roof Gardener Association (DDV),  the latest technological developments and new areas of application in the field of Green Roofs will be presented.

If you haven’t already, read this month’s Guest  Feature Article from IGRA Director Wolfgang Ansel – “3rd International Green Roof Congress – Hamburg Will Be the Showcase for Green Roofs in 2013.”

Waterscapes, Landscapes, Roofscapes –
Visionary projects presented by Award Winning Companies, including:

IGRA's International Green Roof Congress: Photo Copyright WOHA

Photo:  Copyright  WOHA

Breathing Architecture  – presented by Wong Mun Summ (Architect; Founding Director of WOHA, Singapore) – WOHA is Winner of the Green Good Design Award 2012

Green is the New Black  – presented by Jakob Lange (Partner and Project Leader at Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG, Denmark) – BIG is winner of the American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture 2012

Urban Waterscapes – Rainwater in Urban Planning  presented by Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl (Landscape Architect, Town Designer; Atelier Dreiseitl; Germany, Singapore, China, USA) – Atelier Dreiseitl is Winner of the World Architecture Festival Landscape Price 2012

Based on their philosophy to integrate nature and architecture these and other experts will present some of the world’s most spectacular Green Roof projects (e.g. VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre*  – Vancouver, Newton Suites – Singapore, Potsdamer Platz – Berlin, Mountain Dwellings – Copenhagen, Zuidpark Rooftop Farm – Amsterdam).

*Don’t miss this week’s Project of the Week profile on the awe-inspiring  VanDusen Botanical Garden Centre.

 VanDusen Botanical Garden; Photo: Perkins+Will

Photo: Perkins+Will

Acknowledged international Green Roof experts from various disciplines will discuss the status quo and the future trends of Green Roofs with architects, designers, landscape contractors and decision-makers from the public and industrial sectors.

The focus of the discussions and talks will be on sustainable urban development and the spectacular Green Roof projects by renowned architecture firms, as well as on current technical developments and international Green Roof guidelines and standards. The lecture programme will be complemented by practical workshops, Green Roof excursions in and around Hamburg and by an accompanying trade show.

3rd International Green Roof Congress, in Hamburg, Germany

Congress Venue

The Empire Riverside Hotel towers over the river Elbe and embosses the skyline of Hamburg’s port with its Hanseatic elegance. The lifestyle hotel, designed by the renowned British architect David Chipperfield, with its generous events and convention area and modern multimedia technology, offers optimal conditions for a successful congress.


Registration and Accommodations:   The registration fee for two days, including workshops, working materials and meals, will be EUR 495,- (plus VAT); one-day tickets are available for EUR 295,- (plus VAT). Arrangements were made with several hotels in the vicinity of the congress venue. For detailed information, please visit the  website.

28 Lectures – 2 Excursions – 2 Workshops

– 1 Vision: Bringing Nature Back to Town

Online Registration:

By the way, Aramis and I are happy to say that we will also be attending the  3rd International Green Roof Congress, where I’ll be moderating the sessions.   We hope that you can join us for a wonderful experience in lovely Hamburg!

~ Linda V.

Don’t Miss the VS2013 this Week: Phytoremediation Panel #2; Keynote Steven Peck; Skyrise Ag; Hydroponic Living Walls; Vegetation Development; Hamburg; Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants, & More

February 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm

We had an exciting Week #1 at our Virtual Summit 2013 with a good amount of participation – thank you to all who have attended and participated so far!   Registration is open throughout the 30 days and we want to see you!

Once a video has played it becomes available On Demand, as well as the Q & A transcripts.   Q & A Sessions are live and while you can only participate in real time on the scheduled day and time, you can post questions and commentary for speakers to answer later.  

Learn about all the presentations so far from Week #1, now On Demand.

Please support our work and commitment to keeping future fees low and accessible to all by registering now – use either the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities discount codes of GCOM or GRHC for only $39.

Week # 2 started today with lots of exciting videos from your colleagues from across the world.   Here’s the entire Agenda for Week #2 – don’t miss these awesome presentations with live Q & A’s to follow each:

Monday, February 18, 2013 – now On Demand in the Rare Earth Auditorium, sponsored by Tremco:

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

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

Tuesday, February 19:

Panel Session “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 (Moderator)

Expo Wednesday, February 20 at the Expo Pavilions:

VS2013: Expo Pavilions


Expo Wednesdays are Feb. 13, 20, 27 & Mar. 6 – four full days of live action where you’ll see leading companies and learn about their products and services, and The Associates Pavilion, where you’ll learn about different world organizations.   Visit them all 30 days and leave them a message if it’s not a Wednesday!

Expo Wednesday February 20 in the Rare Earth Auditorium:

VS2013: Steven Peck Keynote

Keynote Address  by  Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA: “12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Productionwith Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin

Thursday, February 21:

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

Friday, February 22:

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Timeby Christine Thuring

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

Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plantsby Kevin Songer

See the Agenda, Agenda-at-a-Glance, and Speakers pages for the complete list of dates and times.

~ Connect with Social Media Open 24 Hours all 30 Days!


Registration for the entire 30 days:

Regular Price $99


WGIN Members (including Green Roofs for Healthy CitiesGet GRP credits!) & Advertisers $39

Associates $59

Students/Staff/Faculty & Government $29

See our Registration Page and Register Here.

We here at will be online throughout the 30 days of the Virtual Summit and hope to see you via video, audio or text chatting.     Come visit our booth – where we’ll be offering a Special Advertising Discount to participants to get listed in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory   – or just connect with us in the Networking Lounge.

We greatly appreciate our Rare Earth Sponsor, Tremco, for supporting our efforts and also wish to thank our growing list of exhibitors – by the way, it’s still not to late to exhibit!

If you haven’t yet, Register Now.   It’s a great way to see who’s doing What, Where, and How, not to mention all the networking opportunities to connect with your peers – plus, participate to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Looking forward to chatting with you!

~ Linda Velazquez

VS2013: Sponsors and Exhibitors

* The Inspiration Nook is for under 3-minute videos – it’s not too late to submit yours!   Learn how.’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: March 9, 2012

March 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from March 9th, 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 9th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the Epcot Living Wall built in 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  Epcot ® theme park is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort, and is divided into Future World and World Showcase.  Located in the Festival Center, the interior EcoWall was created as part of the 2011 Epcot ® International Flower and Garden Festival, and now serves as a dual purpose for Disney’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival as well, and is permanently on display in the park.

It features 1300 tropical plants and ferns and during the Food and Wine Festival edible plants, like pineapples, dwarf banana trees and citruses, are incorporated as part of an interactive display to show unique spaces, saving solutions in urban farming.  The EcoWall uses a unique and lightweight combination of inorganic growing medium into the design.  The material locks in moisture and nutrients, which reduces the amount of resources required to sustain healthy plant growth.  Guests get to walk through the living wall as they enter and exit the Festival Center.

– To learn more about the Epcot Living Wall,  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 13: “Green Roof Policies – An International Review of Current Practices and Future Trends“ by Wolfgang Ansel.

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

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

Colbond’s Parent Company Invests In Green Roof Market By Acquiring Xero Flor International GmbH.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

–  Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 13: Green Roof Policies – An International Review of Current Practices and Future Trends.”

– “Upcoming Events“

– Today, March 9th through the 11th: there is a Green Living Technologies (GLTi) Canada Professional Installer Certification Program, in Princeton, Canada.

– March 10th-14th: is the  National League of Cities – 2012 Congressional City Conference, in Washington, D.C.

– March 13th-25th: is the Environmental Film Festival, in Washington, D.C.

– March 14th-18th: is the Boston Flower & Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center, in Boston, MA.

– March 15th-18th: is GardenScape 2012, Recipe for Springtime, in Rochester, NY.

– And March 15th-20th: is the RCI – 27th International Convention and Trade Show, in Dallas, TX.

– “In the News“

–  Hosea Sanders of, reports on “Chicago produce firm runs earth-friendly operation.”  Testa Produce is a 100-year-old family business and has recently constructed a new warehouse that features a barreled greenroof, a 238-foot tall wind turbine, and a solar hot water system.

Testa Produce President, Peter Testa, said the greenroof and wind turbine are his two biggest accomplishments and that the electricity the turbine produces with save him as much as $80,000 a year.  Testa Produce has also implemented a long list of operational changes to reduce waste, such as switching to reusable mesh pallet wraps from disposable plastic and recycling all cardboard.  They have earned a LEED Platinum certification.  You can visit the full article and watch the local news clip.

–  Samantha Marcus of the Allentown Morning Call, talks about “Hospitals, schools pursue energy technology with savings in mind.”  She says “with energy bills reaching as high as $10 million, conservation is not just about the environment.”  The greenroof on top of St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network’s Heart and Vascular Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is doing its job: improving air and water quality while insulating the building.  Inside, systems detect ambient light coming in and close the shades accordingly.

Same smart energy savings are happening at the Lehigh Valley Health Network, which has ultraviolet lights to extend the life and efficiency of air handlers by preventing bacteria and mold from building up on heater coils.  Greenroofs and solar arrays are the most visible ways buildings are saving on energy costs but high-efficiency motors and boilers are also hard working inside buildings to help promote savings.  Lehigh Valley Healthcare has installed two 300,000 kilowatt solar arrays at its Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg campuses, with the help of local and state grants, and they’ve already seen savings.  Several schools in the area have already had energy efficient replacements and more are scheduled.

–  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 and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything 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 9th, 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*

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 13: Green Roof Policies – An International Review of Current Practices and Future Trends

March 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

Today we have the pleasure to air Wolfgang Ansel’s  “Green Roof Policies – An International Review of Current Practices and Future Trends”  from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Wolfgang Ansel is a biologist who studied at the University of Hohenheim, Germany.  He is currently the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA).  IGRA`s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological green roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of green roofs and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable green roof technology.  Wolfgang Ansel is co-author of different green roof books.  During the last year he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America and Asia.  One of his main areas of work is implementing green roof policies and guidelines on an international level.

In Wolfgang’s presentation he says that green roof policies are one of the basic key factors for the successful development of a green roof market.  Longstanding experiences and case studies from different countries and municipalities are creating a source of ideas that can be adapted and modified according to the needs of the local green roof stakeholders.  His video highlights success stories and failures likewise.  Information from Europe, North America and Asia will be merged into a “Best Practice Guideline for Green Roof Policies.”

Enjoy!  Visit to see “Green Roof Policies – An International Review of Current Practices and Future Trends”  or click below:

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our  GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Episode #12: “Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs.”  Panel Session with  Dr. Bill Retzlaff,  David Aponte,  Kevin Songer, and  Joe Webb.
Episode #11: “GreenRoofs in Australasia”  by  Matthew Dillon.
Episode #10: “The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities: An Interview with Patrick Blanc”  by  Patrick Blanc  and  me  with an introduction  by  Caroline Menetre.
Episode #9: “Sloped and Complex Green Roofs”  by  Richard Hayden.
Episode #8: “The Portland Ecoroof Program: A Cross-section of the Green Roof Movement in Portland, Oregon”  with  Tom Liptan,  Matt Burlin,  Amy Chomowicz,  Casey Cunningham, and  Alice Meyers.
Episode #7: “Constructing Gardens in the Sky”  by  Terry McGlade.
Episode# 6:  “Sky Meadows – Integrating People and Nature: Sustainable Green Roofs and Roof Gardens”  by  Dr. Nigel Dunnett.
Episode #5:  “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx”  Panel Session with  New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera,  Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.,  Robert Bieder,  Jon Beuttler,  Jess Dannhauser,  Javier Lopez  and  Steve Ritz.
Episode #4:  Keynote Address “CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility – The Who, What, Where, When and How” by  Ralph Velasquez.
Episode #3:  “CDA Leads the Way for Incorporating Green Roof Space in an Airport Environment”  by  Rosemarie Andolino.
Episode #2:  “2011 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”  by  Haven Kiers  and  me.
Episode #1:  Opening Keynote Address “A New Place”  by  Charlie Miller.
VS2011 Opening Address  by Linda Velazquez (me!).

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our  2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our  2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our  14th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.