Watch the “12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs” Keynote by Steven Peck from Our Virtual Summit 2013

February 3, 2015 at 2:01 pm

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com‘s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the Keynote Video “12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs” by Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, founding member of the World Green Infrastructure Network, and founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American Green Roof Industry Association.

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Steven Peck has been working to develop the green roof and wall industry for over 15 years. His presentation will focus on the major reasons why government policy makers (and building owners) should invest in supporting the development of green roofs and green wall technology on new and existing buildings in their communities.

Steven’s keynote will cover recent scientific literature on green roof and wall performance as well as studies on human health and well being.

Here’s more:

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 “Toronto, Canada. Steven W. Peck is the Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American trade association for the green roof and wall industry. He is also the co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to promoting living green infrastructure and co-founder of the World Green Infrastructure Network. For well over a decade, Steven has conducted public policy research on a variety of environment and economy issues with a focus on environmental technology transfer and public policy. He is a founding member of the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) that encourages the formation of green roof industry associations throughout the world, and the Green Infrastructure Foundation Ontario Coalition. In 2006, Steven won the Canadian Urban Institute Urban Leadership Award for his efforts to promote ‘City Livability.’

Steven enjoys a honors degree in economics and political science from McGill University. He is the publisher of the Living Architecture Monitor, a quarterly magazine that is focused on developments in the green roof and wall industry. He has authored or co-authored numerous reports and written extensively on the topic of green roof design, policy and research and has spoken on the subject at conferences throughout North America and internationally. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and participated on the committee which developed the first and only form of accreditation for those working in the green roof industry, the Green Roof Professional (GRP) designation.

Steven Peck recently published a new book, The Rise of Living Architecture (Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, October 2012), which contains interviews with over 50 leaders in the field of green roofs and walls from across North America. Steven is also the Moderator for the “Green Wall Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices” Panel with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, and James Sable. ~ VS2013   

Watch the “12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs” Keynote Video by Steven Peck below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, 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.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

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 join us in watching all of these as we present them!

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

Watch the “Urban Green in Australia” Video by Matt Dillon from Our VS2013 – Get Ready for WGIC 2014 in Sydney!

September 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, 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.

As you may recall, this time Greenroofs.com partnered with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) and between us we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers – here’s the video breakdown: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

In anticipation of releasing information regarding Greenroofs.com’s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – coming soon, we will now begin to make the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

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What better way to inaugurate the Virtual Summit 2013 (VS2013) series than by showing you a video with great people and a couple of awesome projects in Sydney, host city of the upcoming (next week!) World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 held by Green Roofs Australasia and WGIN?  Hosted by Matthew Dillon, president of Green Roofs Australasia, you will be highly entertained and get a glimpse of sustainable design Down Under.

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Matt Dillon, President of Green Roofs Australasia, takes you on a journey with onsite talks about new urban green sites in Australia, including the current Central Park Towers in Sydney and the Ivy, “a sophisticated urban playground for grown ups.”

Located in the Broadway section of Sydney, the mixed-use Central Park Towers development is designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and French botanist Patrick Blanc – inventor of the vertical garden. The vertical hanging gardens will be the most visible feature. At 150 metres, One Central Park will be his tallest (not largest overall) garden to date, using a variety of species, many native to Australia. His informative video will also include coverage of his interview with Patrick Blanc discussing the progress of One Central Park.

Matt also interviewed Daniel Baffsky of 360° Landscape Architects about the new spectacular Ivy, “a mad burlesque of circus, dance and sensory overload throughout 10 bars, 4 levels & 3 stages” cloaked in greenery. The Ivy is part Brazilian modernism and Hollywoodish Palm Springs its blue roof/green rooftop – a bit of an urban jungle.

Here’s more:

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Newtown, Australia. Since 1980 Matthew has expanded his architectural discipline to also encompass interior architecture, sustainable building design, landscape design, public sculpture and green infrastructure for the built form.  He is the President of Green Roofs Australasia (GRA) and a member of the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), being primarily focused on advocacy to promote the industry.  Matthew is also principal of verdant australia, which provides green infrastructure consultancy for residential, commercial & industrial architectural design in Australasia.” ~ VS2013

Watch “Urban Green in Australia” by Matt Dillon below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Watch the other VS2013 video released so far:

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

See these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.tv playlist and look for more videos after our return from lovely Sydney and Auckland – at the end of the year:

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

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com Negotiates 50% Discount for WGIC 2014 in Sydney!

August 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

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WGIC 2014 Greenroofs.com INVITATION

Just announced!  Greenroofs.com has negotiated an astounding 50% Discount on Registration to our readership for the upcoming World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2014 in awesome Sydney this October 8 – 10.

We’re able to pass on these truly astonishing rates to you since Greenroofs.com is a Media Partner of the WGIC 2014 and has been affiliated with its host Green Roofs Australasia (GRA) – plus the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) – for years now.

For more details, read all about it here:
http://www.greenroofs.com/pdfs/WGIC-2014-GreenroofsReadershipOffer.pdf

WGIC Program Session Titles:

Government Drivers
Living Walls
World Vision
Urban Green Infrastructure
Research
Water Sensitive Cities – WSUD
Policy and Development
Urban Rationale
GI Benefits
New Research
Case Studies: Architecture & Landscape

Expert Speakers

Here are just a few of the esteemed professionals presenting:

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L-R: Daniel Tohill, Permaculture Institute, New Zealand; Tong Mahn Ahn, Seoul National University “Green Roofs in Seoul to Make the Metropolis Healthier,” South Korea – Keynote Presentation; Jeff Sorrill, Green Roof Centre; Department of Landscape and School of Architecture; University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

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L-R: Sacha Coles, Registered Landscape Architect, AILA, FAILA, ASPECT Studios, Australia – Keynote Presentation; Renèe Davies, Registered Fellow of NZILA, IFLA Delegate for New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand; Keith Stead, Landscape Architect, OCULUS, Sydney, Australia

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L-R: Dr. Puay Yok Tan, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment of the National University of Singapore, Singapore – Keynote Presentation; Raphael Garcia, Project Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Landscape Architect, Biologist, Entomologist, San Francisco, USA; and Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Toronto, Canada – Keynote Presentation.

Learn and engage with these leading experts and so many more from all four corners of the globe, from Scandinavia to Spain / Canada to Brazil / China to New Zealand.

Visit the following pages to learn more: Program, Speakers, Professional Training, Accommodation, Green Site Tours, Post Congress Tours, and Registration with your Greenroofs.com 50% Discount.

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One Central Park, Broadway, Sydney: The world’s tallest vertical garden with 450 types of different plants and 250 local species.

Just one of many case studies highlighted, French botanist Dr. Patrick Blanc, the designer of the One Central Park (OCP) vertical garden, will be presenting on the project. The project manager, Craig Elgie, and landscape architect Keith Stead will also be presenting with the stunning OCP included in the all day Sydney Green Site Tour on October 8.  The guided bus tour will provide an informative field trip with visits to small, medium and large projects within the inner Sydney area.  Project details and specifications will be included in the Green Site Booklet with talks from projects designers; a comfortable bus will be provided along with a picnic lunch at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

If you’re considering this fantastic Australian trip-of-a-lifetime but still weighing the costs, now is certainly the time to take advantage of this deal and make your dream trip real!

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Green Roofs Australasia and we warmly invite you to share in this unique conference setting and experience with us.

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“Join us for spring in Australia. Join us for a meeting of the best minds, the most capable hands and the most generous spirits in the “Land Down-Under.” Expand your knowledge, broaden your horizons and develop a worldwide network of professionals, educators, doers and thinkers. The World Green Infrastructure Congress promises all this and more.”~ Matthew Dillon, GRA

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I’m excited to be inaugurating Haven Kiers’ and my 2014 Top 10 Hot List of Greenroof & Greenwall Trends here, and hope you can join Aramis and me in Sydney!  Visit www.wgic2014.org for everything you need, and click here for your 50% Discount on Registration.

Revisit Green Roofs Australasia President Matthew Dillon’s Green Roofs Down Under: 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress Sydney, Green – Global – ConnectedGuest Feature – the photos alone are amazing!

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Can’t wait to see greenroofs and greenwalls Down Under!  Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2014 as either an attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor!

~ Linda V.

“Green Cities in the World” Book Available Now

May 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

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Although the newly published Green Cities in the World book will officially be launched at the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2014 in Sydney, Australia on October 7-10, 2014, it is now available for purchase in paper book and PDF.

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Edited by Julián Briz, Manfred Köhler, and Isabel de Felipe of WGIN – the World Green Infrastructure Network, Green Cities in the World is a compilation comprising 23 authors, including myself.

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The World Expo Zaragoza, Spain. Source: Greenroofs.com; Photo Courtesy: ZinCo

“The book Green Cities in the World is the result of a convergence of interest from individuals and public and private institutions looking to provide the urban society with a reference publication of a diversity of main topics and opinions from the green urban market. It has been edited by WGIN and PRONATUR.

The mix of academics, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and professionals in this publication leads to fruitful interactions and provides new insights into green urban development of the world. The publication has 16 chapters and 25 national stories, from 23 authors and 241 photos.

The book is structured in four scenarios: Economy, Sociology and Policy; Environment; Architecture and Technical; and National Stories.” ~ Green Cities in the World Editors

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Cook+Fox Architects’ 8th floor penthouse in Manhattan. Source: Greenroofs.com. Photo Courtesy of Green Roof Blocks.

World Green Infrastructure Network Project

The first book project by WGIN, the huge effort was spearheaded by Professor em. Polytechnic University of Madrid Julián Briz, and Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid Isabel de Felipe.  Both are board and founding members of WGIN from PRONATUR – Sociedad Española para la Naturación Urbana (Spanish Society for Urban Greening).

The 358-page book has a very interesting mix of contributors including non-WGIN members green architect Emilio Ambasz, Singapore’s Dr. Puay Yok Tan (with Ho Wan Weng), Michigan State’s Dr. Brad Rowe, PhD. candidate Kelly Ksiazek, and myself.

Multiple Contributors

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The Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Source: Greenroofs.com. Photo Courtesy of Green Living Technologies International (GLTi).

In addition to chapters from Julián Briz (with Jose M. Duran and Kerstein Röhrich), WGIN  President Manfred Köhler, and Isabel de Felipe (with Teresa Briz), WGIN authors include founding board members Steven Peck of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Matthew Dillon of Green Roofs Australasia, Brazil’s João Manuel Linck Feijó (with Renan Eschiletti Machado Guimarães and Luis Alberto Suárez Correa) and Japan’s Hajime Kozhimizu.  Additional WGIN member authors include Ho Wan Weng (with Dr. Puay Yok Tan), Colombia’s R. Andres Ibáñez Gutierréz, Poland’s Ewa Piatek-Kozuchowska (with Dr. Jan Lukaszkiewicz), Hong Kong’s C. Y. Jim, and Denmark’s Dorthe Rømø (and WGIN Green Ambassador).

Green Cities in the World is a thoughtful and important, heartfelt combined effort from dedicated professionals across many disciplines on many facets of international green building, urban greening and in particular, of course, the living architecture of greenroofs and greenwalls.   The spread and depth of topics and perspectives are unique and truly enlightening, full of keen observations, detailed research, project applications, and further reading.

Awesome Photos

Brimming with spectacular color photos from around the world (many which I supplied from Greenroofs.com’s various esteemed colleagues and advertisers – thank you!), they beautifully illustrate key points and projects.

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A pioneer in rooftop agriculture, Brooklyn Grange is a 40,000 square foot commercial farm located above a six-story building in the dense urban environment of Queens, New York. Photo © Andy Kropa.

Linda Velazquez’s Contribution

I wrote about a subject near and dear to Greenroofs.com‘s heart: Green Cities in the World Chapter 5 – Greenroofs & Greenwalls in the New Millennium: The Influence of the Age of Technology through Online and Social Media. An except is included below:

“The rise in popularity of vegetated roofs and walls is no doubt due in part to advances in information technology and the rise of multi-media exposure.  Beyond the traditional print, radio and even television venues, the power to reach, inform, and influence the masses at all levels of age and socio-political-geographical backgrounds from around the world has never been greater with the advent of the Internet.  According to Internet World Stats, by December 31, 2000, the Internet had 360,985,492 users worldwide and by June 30, 2012 the amount had exploded to 2,405,518,376 users. With Asia leading the way with 1,076,681,059 users, followed by Europe (518,512,109), North America (273,785,413), Latin America / Caribbean (254,915,745), Africa (167,335,676), the Middle East (90,000,455), and Oceania / Australia with 24,287,919, this figure represents a 566.4% growth rate (Internet World Stats, 2013).

Ecommerce, entertainment, the rapid diffusion of news and events, along with Email, instant messaging, social networking, texting, video calling over Wi-Fi and Skyping, is not only possible, but expected at the touch of a keyboard or mobile devices.  Our views of culture, social relationships, and how we interact in the world of e-business have forever changed through electronic media and smart devices.  The Internet has altered the way we do business forever – surfing the net has become a way of life around the world. ” ~ Linda Velazquez in Green Cities in the World

Order Online

As in many first-print editions, the paper copy of Green Cities in the World has some typos and photo caption errors.  All of the ones I caught were amended in the PDF version and will appear in the second printing of the book, too.

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2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Village. Source: Greenroofs.com; Photo Courtesy of Vitaroofs International Inc.

The paper copy cost is 40 € Euros plus shipping and handling costs, and the digital copy is 25 € Euros.  Order directly online here or from:

Editorial Agrícola Española

Email questions to:

Libros@editorialagricola.com or administracion@editorialagricola.com

Hopefully you’ll order a copy of this fine book, and we’ll see you in Sydney this October with many, if not all, of the authors for the official Green Cities in the World book launch!

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Happy reading,

~ Linda V.