Only 4 Weeks for the WGIN World Green Roof Conference 2012 in Hangzhou: Chinese Visa Tips

September 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm

On October 22 through 26, greenroof and greenwall professionals from around the world will  gather and share information, encourage multi-national participation and business, and see wonderful local green infrastructure projects  with the opportunity to tour amazing cities and sites beyond at  the  2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference.

Our Chinese World Green Infrastructure Network friends from the  International Rooftop Landscaping Association  put it more eloquently:

“[The]  World Green Roof Conference (WGRC) will build a friendly public platform for elites both from the Vertical Planting industry around the world and those who share concern for the global environmental protection to exchange information on new concepts, technologies and policies of ecological environmental protection as well as to promote the development of Green Roof industry in all countries, thus contributing to tackling global warming and solving the conflict between human and land.” ~  2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference

Hangzhou West Lake, via wallpaperstravel.com

I count myself honored (and lucky!) to be one of the keynote speakers for the event; I will be presenting Haven Kiers’ and my annual Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2012.

The Forbidden City; Photo Courtesy of Wang Xianmin

Aramis and I are so excited about our upcoming trip!  We hope you have also made plans to attend this once in a lifetime opportunity as well.

The Great Wall; Photo Courtesy of Wang Xianmin

Not only are we looking forward to reuniting with old friends and making new ones, we are thrilled to be going on Tour Two, the 6-day “Beijing and Xi’an, the Tour of China’s Ancient Capital Cities” afterwards.  We can’t wait!

Yu Garden; Photo Courtesy of Wang Xianmin

By the way, Tour Two is a 4-day tour to “Suzhou and Shanghai.”  Having to choose between the two was painful, so we decided to spend two days in Shanghai after the tour.

Century Avenue, Shanghai; Photo Courtesy of Wang Xianmin

One thing you will definitely need is your Chinese visa.  It’s not hard to get, it’s just time consuming, so if you haven’t done the paperwork yet, hop to it!

If you are a U.S. citizen, visit the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. website for all the requirements.

Here are some tips for U.S. Citizens:

The People’s Republic of China currently maintains one Embassy in Washington D.C., but also maintains 5 consulates-general in the following U.S. cities: New York; Chicago; San Francisco; Los Angeles; and Houston, TX.  If you live in any of these, you can walk your application in with no appointment necessary.

If not, you can use one of the online services available who will walk in your application to your corresponding state (check here).  Since we live in Atlanta and our corresponding Chinese consulate is in Houston, we opted for this and used travisa – which can help any world citizen.  Check out the U.S. citizen  requirements, time schedule, and fees.

We chose the  China Regular (5 Business Days) processing time and mailed it overnight, just in case.

About the # 5. Official Invitation from China – ask the  2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference  organizers for this – they will email you an Invitation Letter in your name in PDF which you’ll print and include with your package.  Contact William Wei,  Secretary-general,  International Rooftop Landscaping Association for complete information at:  wrgmay2010@hotmail.com.

NOTE:   Unless you have your  own account with UPS, FedEx, etc., do NOT include a prepaid return envelope as travisa will mail it back to you using their own account (which you’ll have to pay for anyway).

Scenic Hangzhou, via HANGZHOU.GOV.CN

If you haven’t already, make sure to read Greenroofs.com’s guest feature article  You’re Invited to Hangzhou, China for the 2012 World Green Roof Congress, By  Wang Xianmin, Secretary-general of the  2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference.

Hope to see you in Hangzhou next month!

~ 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.

 

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: September 14, 2012

September 19, 2012 at 10:11 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 14, 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 14, 2012 on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  J. L. McMillan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse built in 2011 in Florence, South Carolina.  It is a project of the Federal Recovery Act of 2009, and joins the rankings of one of the largest green roofs in the Southeast United States to date, and actually may be the largest in South Carolina.  An extensive green roof system was selected due to the load constraints of the existing structure.

About 51,000 plugs from Emory Knoll Farms including species of Sedums, Delosperma, Talinum, and Allium were planted in 329 tons of lightweight Stalite-PermaTill growing medium at a 4″ depth.  Staging this project was especially challenging because the courthouse remained open during its construction.  The crane was frequently moved to accommodate employee parking and a few night shifts were necessary to access one side of the building.  Lifting 220 crane bags of growing media to a 5-story roof could have been a logistical nightmare, but the team at Living Roofs, Inc. executed the entire installation with no serious complications.

– To learn more about the J. L. McMillan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse,  click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage  (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs.com Press Release

–  Read about our major news story:  Greenroofs.com Announces Strategic Partnership with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for the Second Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013!

Linda S. Velazquez, Founder & Publisher of   Greenroofs.com  says, “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 trendsetting 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.”

And, Tanya Mueller Garcia, Vice President of   WGIN  says, “The World Green Infrastructure Network 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 trend setters. 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!”  Make sure to read the entire Press Release on our Homepage.

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Skyland USA (rooflite) Introduces the Green Roof Media Calculator.

Vegetal I.D. Introduces Hydropack ®, an optimal solution for Stormwater Management in North America.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “Don’t Miss the Early Bird Discount for CitiesAlive this September 15!“ and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 31 and September 7, 2012.”

Guest Blogger

– And don’t miss our latest Guest Post by Dr. Payam Bahrami who writes “CTBUH-IIT Team Wins Grant for Green Wall Façade Research.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  Don’t forget, September 15th: is the last day for the Early Bird Registration for the 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago!  Take advantage of the $169 savings!

–  September 16th-22nd: is the APLD International Landscape Design Conference, in San Francisco, CA. (Follow on Twitter: @APLD)

–  September 18th-21st: is the 2012 World Green Roof Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Follow on Twitter: @worldgreenroof #worldgreenroof)

–  And September 21st: is the Greenscaped Buildings Semi-Annual Fall Plant Sale & Open House, in San Diego, CA.

– “In the News“

– Christina Williams of Sustainable Business Oregon, talks about “Oregon BEST awards commercialization grants for green roofs, energy storage.”  Last week they announced two commercialization grant awards: one that uses ice slush to store power, and another to fund collaborative research on green roofs.

In 2010, Oregon BEST (the Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center) launched its grant program and is now on their way to awarding $1 million in grants this year.  Applied Exergy Inc. is a startup company working with Oregon State University to create energy storage technology that captures and stores energy as an icy slush and then uses it when needed.  A Portland ecoroof startup, Columbia Green Technologies, whom we’ve reported on before, will use their grant to fund their work with Portland State University researchers to measure and track how ecoroof systems manage stormwater runoff in urban settings.

–  The Staff at the Government of Ontario News reports on “Ontario Completes Ottawa Courthouse Green Roof.”  The courthouse’s new green roof will reduce energy costs, improve air quality and help Ontario meet its long-term energy conservation goals.  It features 60 varieties of plants and helps to protect the building’s structure from the elements of nature.  70,000 square feet of green space total the 26 separate multi-elevated green roofs that all contribute in helping to keep Ottawa’s air clean.

The McGuinty government believes that investing in infrastructure is part of the plan to create jobs for Ontarians and strengthen their economy.  A strong economy protects the services that mean the most to families: health care and education.

– 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 14, 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.