Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 20: The Current Situation and Future of Green Roofs in China

April 25, 2012 at 9:28 am

Today we have the pleasure to air  Xianmin Wang’s video presentation “The Current Situation and Future of Green Roofs in China” from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

The esteemed Wang Xianmin is the  Vice Chairman of the  International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) and a board member of the  World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).  Aramis and I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Wang and his friendly delegation of Chinese associates including  William Wei, Secretary-general of IRLA (whom we saw in Philadelphia last December for the 9th annual CitiesAlive Conference), at the  International Skyrise Greenery Conference in tropical  Singapore in November where  Professor Wang was also a presenter.  I have to say how wonderful it was meeting them all!

Speaking of WGIN, this year’s  World Green Infrastructure Network‘s  World Green Roof Congress will be held in beautiful Hangzhou, China from October 22 to October 26th, 2012.  Aramis and I are going – I’ll be a speaker here – and we are really looking forward to this monumental trip, as we’ve never been to China!

Look for  Professor Wang’s  Guest Feature Article “You’re Invited to Hangzhou, China for the 2012 World Green Roof Congress” coming up tomorrow.  Learn more about the WGIN 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference here.

There is so much green development in China involving greenroofs and walls that for 2011, Haven Kiers and I chose to highlight their greening efforts in our Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design in the #2 spot – The Chinese Connection: Rise of the Green Giant (see our 2011 Top 10 video  here).

Wang Xianmin is Deputy Chief of the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council; Vice Chairman of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association; Secretary-general of the 2012 Hangzhou ChinaӢWorld Green Roof Conference; Founder and former Secretary-general of the Beijing Rooftop Greening Association; former Secretary-general of the Great Wall Green Engineering Organizing Committee and Former Deputy Dean of the Asia-Pacific Education Centre of Peking University.

He graduated from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics.  Xianmin Wang is the author of China 2010 Shanghai World Expo venue three-dimensional Green, 2011 and Roof Garden, 2007.

Wang Xianmin’s  presentation is very unique and informative as it is professionally filmed in Chinese with English subtitles.  He gives the participant an overview on  China, and says, “Nowadays, China concerns itself more and more about how to make a better life and how to resolve modern city diseases such as environmental pollution, heat island effects, and increased energy consumption.

“Therefore, it began to adopt various skills of vertical planting such as the green roof, living wall, and indoor greening to build an environment encouraging energy savings and low carbon features.  Recently, the construction of green roofs in China has stepped into the lane of fast development with Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Chengdu taking the leading roles.”

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see “The Current Situation and Future of Green Roofs in China” or click below:

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

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 21st installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 14: The Work of ATVBrasil

March 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

Today we have the pleasure to air  João Manuel Linck Feijó’s “The Work of ATVBrasil”  from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

An agronomy engineer,  João hails from  Porto Alegre, Brazil and has  been a part of the greenroof scene for quite some time now.  We met him in 2006 in Boston at the 3rd Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards & Trade Show (now CitiesAlive).  He had an innovative modular greenroof system, Ecotelhado, which since then has blossomed into other products and has done quite well in Brasil and neighboring countries, and is now in Mexico as well.  His non-profit work has helped establish greenroofs and walls within Brazil.

Principal of Ecotelhado, João  Manuel Linck Feijó’s firm offers green infrastructure solutions through the manufacture of green roof and green wall systems and consulting services.  He is also the Director of ATVBrasil, a non-profit organization working to promote green infrastructure in Brazil, which has been disseminating green roof and wall information in many cities and proposing projects of law for green roofs all across the country since 2005.  João is a World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) board member.

ATV Brasil is a non profit association whose objectives are to promote the construction of green roofs and vegetated walls in Brazil whose mission is to supply background information for legislation, to incentivize research, and to show the impacts of vegetated roofs in urban ecology.

I’m sure you’ll love the scenery and energy in this lively video of lovely Brazil!

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see “The Work of ATVBrasil” or click below:

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit greenroofs.tv 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 15th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 11: GreenRoofs in Australasia by Matthew Dillon

February 22, 2012 at 9:33 am

Today we have the pleasure to air Matthew Dillon’s “GreenRoofs in Australasia” from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Matthew is a hoot of a straight-shootin’ Aussie – a great guy with a dry sense of humor and passion for promoting greenroofs within Australia and New Zealand with  GreenRoofs Australasia (formerly Green Roofs Australia).    Supported by the City of Sydney, last November they presented the 5th National Greening Cities Conference, in Sydney, Australia.

“Green Roofs Australia is a not-for-profit membership organization with an elected committee that draws together the various governmental, organizational and business groups and individuals interested in being kept informed about green roof science, technology, practice, regulations and specifications.” ~  GreenRoofs Australasia

Although we had corresponded,  Aramis and I  finally  met him in Mexico City in October, 2010, when we both spoke at the WGIN Mexico City World Green Roof Congress – El Congreso Mundial de Azoteas Verdes México 2010  (see Reflections of Fall 2010 Greenroof Conferences: Mexico City, Part 1).

Not only did Mathew present at our inaugural Virtual Summit,  GreenRoofs Australasia supported our efforts and was represented in our Associates Pavilion at the  Expo.

We had the extreme pleasure of seeing him again and meeting  his beautiful girlfriend last December in Philadelphia as well.   Here are Aramis and Matt at the Closing Party from CitiesAlive in Philly:

Matthew Dillon hails from Newtown, Australia and since 1980 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 current vice president of GreenRoofs Australasia and a member of World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), being primarily focused on advocacy to promote the industry.

In his “GreenRoofs in Australasia” video (where he is joined briefly by his four-legged best friend), Matthew says, “As the impacts of climate change have now become a significant political issue and a major public concern in Australia there is a growing support for green infrastructure technology for the built form in urban planning.

“This is a chronological record of the industry in Australia from 1986 – 2011 and the role which GreenRoofs Australasia has played, as the peak body promoting the industry.”

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see “GreenRoofs in Australasia” or click below:

VS2011 Greenroofs Australasia by Matthew Dillon

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

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 12th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.

Are You Going to the International Green Technology Symposium in India?

October 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm

We first reported on it last March, and now the International Green Technology Symposium (Green Roof, Green City, Rain Harvesting)  is around the corner.

Held next week in Indore, India on October 31 through November 2, 2011, the Symposium is organized by Professor Suresh Billore, PhD, DSc of  GREEN TAKNIKI – Restoring Nature – the  International Symposium  on  Green Technology and held under the auspices of the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) and is co-hosted by the Mayor of Indore.

This prestigious greenroof symposium is the first of its kind in India!

“Green Technology is the foremost tool to repair urbanization damage in bringing back shift in cliumate change, cool building, biodiversity, energy conservation, flood management, noise-dust-toxic gas reduction, food and water production and creation of new markets for green goods and services.” ~ International Green Technology Symposium

Twenty international and national speakers will be presenting on a variety of subjects.  WGIN President Professor Manfred Köhler of  Germany will be in attendance, along with Hitesh Doshi of Canada, and  Paul Kephart, Dhiru Thadani,  and Dr. Karen Weber of  Earth Our Only Home,  Foundation for a Green Future, and  Boston GreenFest of the U.S, among other notables – see the Speakers page here.

Details on the Symposium and participation can be found  at their website:  www.greenindia2011.org, and in the attached updated  International Green Technology Symposium 2011 flyer.

Aramis and I would have loved to have participated, but there’s just too much going on here now.  The day tour on November 2 and 4-day post-conference tour option are going to be awesome, and we will sorely miss it!  If you are going, please take lots of photos and keep us posted!

Happy Greening in India and beyond,

Linda V.