Save the Date and Call for Papers: the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 in Sydney

April 25, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Matt Dillon, Green Roofs Australasia (GRA) President and World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) Board Member and his colleagues invite you to Save the Date and have issued the Call for Papers for the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014.

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Brought to you by GRA and WGIN and held in awesome Sydney, Australia on October 7-10, 2014, we are sure this will be another trip of a lifetime combining international speakers, tours, and networking!  Read on:

Call for Papers:

Dear Colleagues,

Please accept our invitation to submit an abstract for presentation and publication at the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 (WGIC2014).

The WGIC2014 Organising Committee invites you to submit an Abstract of approx 200 words to be considered for presentation and publication at the World Green Infrastructure Congress in Sydney, Australia from 07 – 10 October, 2014. The theme of the WGIC2014 is Developing with Nature.

Preference will be given to new industry data, previously unpublished or recently presented. Please refer to the list of TOPICS AND GUIDELINES HERE.

Benefits of presenting at the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014:

• Opportunity to share your knowledge and receive international recognition
• Opportunity to be peer reviewed by the Academic Committee. Speakers are featured on the congress website with their presentation description, photo and biography
• Opportunity to be published in the WGIC2014 journal
• Opportunity to be posted on websites for WGIC2014; WGIN and GRA with affiliated links
• Opportunity to attend the WGIC2014 at reduced costs
• Opportunity to enhance your current reputation within this rapidly expanding industry

CALL FOR PAPERS APPLICATION
Please click here to DOWNLOAD THE SUBMISSION FORM.
All submissions are online via email to wgic2014@graus.com.au.

Submissions Close: Friday, 16th May, 2014
Acceptance Notification: Friday, 23rd May, 2014

The WGIC2014 mission is education, advocacy, research, professional development and celebrations of excellence which incorporates living green infrastructure into the urban fabric – green roofs, living walls, urban landscape renewal & restoration, canopy trees & urban forests, urban farming.

The WGIC2014 is presented by Green Roofs Australasia (GRA) & the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).

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Also, the just published Green Cities in the World book, edited by WGIN and PRONATUR, will  be officially launched at the WGIC2014 in Sydney in October.  I wrote a chapter entitled “Greenroofs & Greenwalls in the New Millennium: The Influence of the Age of Technology through Online and Social Media” – stay tuned for more info on this exciting compilation from a wide representation of international industry leaders!

Join Aramis and me down under – I’ll be presenting Haven Kiers and my Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.

We wouldn’t miss this event!  Plan now for an awesome trip to Australia in October, and visit Green Roofs Australasia and the Congress website, http://www.wgic2014.org/, to learn more.

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Happy greening,

~ Linda V.

A Successful Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013 — a New Landmark of China’s Greening Industry

November 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

By Annie Xu
Photos Courtesy of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA)

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The 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress was successfully held in the Purple Palace from September 15th to the 17th.

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The event was sponsored by the China Association of Building Energy Efficiency, Nanjing Municipal People’s Government, China Green Building Council of Chinese Society for Urban Studies, Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Jiangsu Province, World Green Infrastructure Network and the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA).

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The group pictures above are of the smog in Beijing this past June.  We can see clearly there are 18 days of haze in merely a month, which brought Beijing to the top 10 cities with the worst air quality in China.  In fact, it’s not only Beijing that is in this situation, but many other cities in China are suffering from this severe pollution as well.  As the air quality and environmental pollution are getting worse and worse, the Chinese government has also realized that it’s time we should do our best to restore fresh air, clear water and vigorous nature, which contributed to the theme of the Nanjing Congress: vertical greening dispelling haze, conservation culture beautifying cities and towns.

During the congress, we visited several outstanding greening projects in Nanjing, all of which expouse advanced ideas and technologies.  For example, all buildings in the Zidong International Creative Park, the cooperator of the congress, have attained the standard of national green building, and all of the buildings have green roofs.

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“Phoenix Valley” boasts mobile remote controlling for all of its rooftops offering precise irrigation solutions.

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A little different from Phoenix Valley, here you can see “Hexi New Ecocity,” with the idea and realization of the new ecocity as green architecture and smart city, along with vertical greening.

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Among all the projects, the most creative one should be the “Tree Cube” in Changzhou, because the buildings have made micro circulation and zero garbage discharge come true.

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These projects are just typical representatives of green architecture in China.  Through this Congress, Chinese designers and people who are enthusiastic in greening can exchange ideas with experts all over the world, and also learn experience from them, thus enabling more people to construct more green projects like these.

With this goal, and to facilitate the communication among designers from different countries, the award ceremony of the Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition* was held simultaneously with the 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress.  Academician Zhaozhen Meng, left below, attended the ceremony as award presenter.

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The 2013 Nanjing Congress, with over a thousand attendees, greatly inspired students, manufacturers and designers as well.

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Above you can see the Award Ceremony of the highly successful Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition, with IRLA Vice Chairman Wang Xianmin, left middle, and Zhaozhen Meng, right middle.

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The Sino-Singapore Green Land Property Forum, Sino-Japan Hanging Garden Forum and forums about new materials and technologies pointed out bright ways for relevant Chinese workers in our industry.  After the three-day congress, many attendees told the council they felt fruitful and willing to learn more about how to practice the theories.  They also expressed their anticipation of the 2014 Qingdao World Green Roof Conference.

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With all these magnificent achievements from the 2013 Nanjing Congress this time, we believe that in the future, more classic projects will spring up, and our greening industry will prosper in every corner of the world.

We invite you to participate in the 2014 Qingdao World Green Roof Conference!

~ Annie Xu

*Publisher’s Note: Read more about the Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition at my blog post of July, 30, 2013, “Contributions Wanted for Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition & Photo Contest: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013.”

Annie Xu works in the International Department of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA). Contact Annie at:

Email: wrgmay2010@hotmail.com
Web: www.wgrc.cn; Tel:+86 10 67115339
Address: Building 4, No. 9 Yuan, Institution of Construction, Sanlihe Road, Haidian District, 100037, Beijing, PRC

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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Brought to you by these fine companies:

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

Laurence KUHNER:
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or
Marc LACAILLE:
marc.lacaille@adivet.net

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.

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”).”

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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.

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

~ Linda V.