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North America: (USA & Canada)

AIA (American Institute of Architects)
American Rivers
ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects)

Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
City of Atlanta

City of Austin

City of Baltimore
City of Chicago

City of Cincinnati

City of Houston

City of Lexington
City of Louisville
City of Milwaukee

City of New Orleans
City of New York

City of North Vancouver
City of Philadelphia
City of Portland, ME
City of Portland, OR
City of San Francisco
City of Seattle
City of Toronto
Denver Botanic Gardens
DC (District of Columbia)

 

EERE (Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy)

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

FedBizOpps.gov (Federal Business Opportunities)

General Services Administration (GSA)

Green Building Initiative (GBI) - Green Globes

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition (GIO)
GRHC (Green Roofs for Healthy Cities)

Minnesota Green Roofs Council (MGRC)
NAHB (National Association of Home Builders)

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association)
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
SERF (Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities)
Smart Growth America
SPRI (Single Ply Roofing Industry)
State of Alaska

State of Illinois (EPA)

State of Massachusetts

State of New Jersey

State of Tennessee
SITES (Sustainable Sites Initiative)

TD Economics

USDA (Forest Service)

US Dept. of Energy (Energy.gov)
USGBC (United States Green Building Council)

   
International:

ASTM International

Australia

Bulgaria

EFB (European Federation of Green Roof Assoc.)

France

Global Industry Analysts

ICC (International Code Council)


 

 

IGRA (International Green Roof Association)

Israel

Korea

GRO (The Green Roof Organisation)

Lux Research
WGIN (World Green Infrastructure Network)

Worldwide


North America:
 

AIA (American Institute of Architects)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2015 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from roughly 500 submissions, 23 recipients located throughout the world will be honored at the AIA 2015 National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta.

2015 Top Ten Award Winners with Green Roofs:

  • Cambridge Public Library; Cambridge, Massachusetts; William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.; Associate Architect: Ann Beha Architects
    The AIA called this project "the perfect marriage of old and new." The original 1889 Romanesque library building was "rigorously renovated and seamlessly connected" to a 76,000-square-foot glass building. 33,000 square feet of the newly landscaped city park surrounding the library is a green roof covering an underground parking garage. Jury comment: "The graceful, transparent addition respects and complements the 1888 building while offering great expanses of beautiful sunlit space with vistas of the surrounding park. Circulation is clear and inviting, and the challenging connection to the historic library is elegantly handled."
     

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice; New York City; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
    The new John Jay College building provides "all the functions of a traditional college campus within the confines of a single city block," with a descending four-story "social cascade" of "staircases, escalators, and stepped amphitheater seating" topped by a 65,000-square-foot green roof that acts as a campus commons. Jury comment: "This massive programmatic space has created an entire village—from a beautiful and happy daycare to a full-service kitchen and dining facility, mock courtrooms, and full-science laboratories. The diversity of space is impressive, and it is hard to imagine that it could be done better." [1.9.15]

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago. The COTE Top Ten Awards program, now in its 18th year, is the profession's best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

2014 Top Ten Award Winners with Green Roofs:

  • Bushwick Inlet Park; Brooklyn, New York; Kiss + Cathcart, Architects
    This project is the first phase of the transformation of the Greenpoint–Williamsburg waterfront from a decaying industrial strip to a multifaceted public park. The design team integrated a program of playfields, public meeting rooms, classrooms, and park maintenance facilities, into a city-block sized site. The park building becomes a green hill on the west side, making 100% of the site usable to the public, and offering views to Manhattan. Below the green roof is a complex of building systems – ground source heat pump wells, rainwater harvest and storage, and drip irrigation. A solar trellis produces half the total energy used in the building.

  • Gateway Center - SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY; Architerra
    The SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & Forestry Gateway Center is a striking symbol of environmental stewardship and climate action leadership. This LEED Platinum campus center meets ESF’s goal of reducing the overall carbon footprint of the campus through net positive renewable energy production, while creating a combined heat and power plant and intensive green roof that serve as hands-on teaching and research tools. The double-ended bioclimatic form exemplifies passive solar design. Net positive energy systems integrated with the design serve four adjacent ESF buildings, providing 60% of annual campus heating needs and 20% of annual power needs. [4.23.14]

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected ten recipients for the 2014 Housing Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards program, now in its 14th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource. The jury recognized projects in four award categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing (none selected this year), Multifamily Housing and Special Housing. You can learn more about these projects by clicking on the name of the project/firm name. 2014 AIA Housing Award Winner with a Green Roof: The Informal House in South Pasadena, CA, by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc. and the Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, by Brooks + Scarpa. [4.7.14]

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announces the 2014 Honor Awards: Architecture for North America.  The AIA named the 2014 Honor Awards, selecting 26 projects from over 700 submissions. Eleven of the winning projects were granted to architecture projects, ranging from a single-family home to a library and airport. The Institute Honor Awards program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity to elevate the general quality of architecture practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, and inform the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice. View all 2014 AIA Awards Recipients and watch this video from CNN on YouTube. [1.10.14]

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected six recipients to receive the 2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. Biennially, representatives from the AIA and the American Library Association (ALA) gather to celebrate the finest examples of library design by architects licensed in the U.S.

2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Winner with Green Roof:

  • James B. Hunt Jr. Library; Raleigh, North Carolina - Snøhetta and Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
    The design celebrates the power of chance encounter and recognizes the role physical space plays in the intellectual stimulation of users. Large open spaces connect all floors of the library, and the use of stairs is emphasized to ensure an interactive and social environment in-between more focused study areas. Designed to LEED® Silver requirements, the building features abundant natural light and expansive views of the nearby lake. Fritted glass and a fixed external aluminum shading system help diminish heat gain and maximize views and ambient natural light. Ceiling-mounted active chilled beams and radiant panels provide heating and cooling. Rain gardens and green roofs manage storm water. [5.29.13]

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver. The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program, now in its 17th year, is the profession's best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

2013 Top Ten Award Winners with Green Roofs:

  • Swenson Civil Engineering Building; Duluth, Minnesota - Design Architect: Ross Barney Architects, Architect of Record: SJA Architects
    As an educational facility whose curriculum directly impacts the natural environment, the building overtly exposes sustainable systems and materials. 73% of the site is devoted to pervious materials and landscaping, reducing site detention requirements. An extensive green roof with native plants covers 22% of the roof, reducing storm water rates and filtering impurities. Storm water is directed from the roof to three scuppers and into above ground cylinders filled with rocks for filtering. Storm water eventually makes its way to a French drain system of underground water storage pipes for retention. The site lighting is minimal, and all fixtures are equipped with full cut-off optics.

  • Yin Yang House; Venice, California - Brooks + Scarpa
    This sound passive design strategy combined with a very tight perimeter building envelope and other active sustainable features such as the 12kw solar system make this home a zero energy consumption home. It produces 100% of its energy needs and since completion, has never received an electric bill. The design maximizes the opportunities of the mild, marine climate with a passive cooling strategy using cross-ventilation and a thermal chimney. A large cantilevered roof overhang shades all the bedrooms from direct sunlight while providing ample natural light and ventilation. The project also has green roofs, its own storm water retention system and retains 95% of roof storm water on site. [4.22.13]

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) introduced the first overview guide on how architects can implement  the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) in their practice, which was introduced in March by the International Code Council (ICC). The guide, entitled simply “Guide to the IgCC,” is meant as a one-stop-shop document exclusively for AIA-member architects working in jurisdictions where the IgCC is adopted or soon will be. The announcement was made on the opening day of the AIA’s 2012 National Convention. [5.17.12]

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C. The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program, now in its 16th year, is the profession's best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

2012 Top Ten Award Winners with Green Roofs:

  • Mercy Corps Global Headquarters; Portland, OR - THA Architecture
    The roof reduces heat-island effect using light-colored roofing combined with a 3,800 sf green roof, which not only filters water and slows stormwater discharge but also contributes to better air quality in this area of the downtown.

  • Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts; Philadelphia, PA - SMP Architects (in collaboration w/ SRK Architects)
    The project received expedited review and approval by the Water Department (critical for its tight construction schedule) by reducing stormwater run-off to zero. This was accomplished through the use of porous paving materials, grass paving blocks and no-mow turf. Visible (even from the EL) strategies included vegetated roofs on 45% of the roof area and a rain garden filled with flowering plants at the main entrance.

  • University of Minnesota Duluth – Bagley Classroom Building; Duluth, MN - Salmela Architect
    The design is very sensitive to issues of site disturbance, water run-off, and views and meets the energy efficiency goals of the University while gracefully marking the entry to the nature preserve and allowing the students to study the natural systems without disturbing them. The building footprint and heat island effect were addressed by minimizing size to 1995 gsf and 1550 nsf and providing a vegetative roof. [4.19.12]



American Rivers

Without proper maintenance, any type of infrastructure can lose functionality and ultimately fail. As more communities move towards adopting green infrastructure as a cost-effective approach to manage polluted runoff, it is critical that local governments address barriers to operations and maintenance. Despite the benefits of green infrastructure, operations and maintenance has been repeatedly raised as a technical barrier to adoption of green infrastructure and remains a concern for many local governments in the Chesapeake Bay region and across the country. American Rivers and Green for All collaborated to develop two companion reports exploring different elements of operations and maintenance of green infrastructure in the region.

American Rivers Releases Guide To Integrate Green Infrastructure Into Stormwater Permits. This guide is intended to be a resource for community and watershed advocates that provides clear examples of new developments in municipal stormwater permits that foster on-site management of stormwater by encouraging or requiring that runoff be controlled through the practices commonly referred to as “low impact development” or “green infrastructure.” These permits represent an emerging new generation of regulatory approaches and reflect the emerging expertise of water advocacy organizations, stormwater professionals and permitting agencies. Our goal is to provide up-to-date information about new trends in stormwater permitting and examples of permits that demonstrate leadership toward standards that will build green infrastructure and compliance with water quality standards. With this tool, we hope to inform and inspire continued progress toward stormwater permitting and management that protects our rivers and other shared waters, invigorates healthy communities, and provides cost-effective solutions for stormwater managers. You may download Permitting Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Improving Municipal Stormwater Permits and Protecting Water Quality. [1.17.13]

In our latest white paper, we explore how green infrastructure practices can mitigate the urban heat island effect and provide a number of other public health benefits. Growing Green: How Green Infrastructure Can Improve Livability and Public Health provides a compendium of potential benefits that green infrastructure provides to improve community health and livability. From rain gardens to green roofs, green infrastructure practices decrease pollutant loadings into waters, which can reduce illness from recreational contact or polluted drinking water. Green infrastructure solutions can also improve air quality and mitigate the urban heat island effect to lower heat stress related fatalities. [7.23.12]

In their recent report, Banking on Green, American Rivers explained the many benefits of using green roofs and other techniques like rain gardens and green streets to save money, reduce energy use and flooding, and keep people healthy and water clean. Now, working with Goodby Silverstein & Partners they’ve just released Get More Green – an interactive tool that let’s you virtually “green” a roof in your own community to find out how much money you’ll save in heating and cooling costs as well as how much dirty water you’ll keep out of your local river! [4.20.12]

Communities looking for the most cost-effective options for managing polluted runoff and protecting clean water should choose green infrastructure solutions, according to a report released today by American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and ECONorthwest. The report, Banking on Green: How Green Infrastructure Saves Municipalities Money and Provides Economic Benefits Community-wide, demonstrates that green infrastructure practices can offer more cost-effective solutions relative to traditional infrastructure approaches. The report also details additional potential benefits of green infrastructure such as lower energy expenses, reduced flood damage and improved public health. [4.12.12]

Innovative financing and pricing flexibility are key to preparing the nation’s aging freshwater systems to handle growing demand and environmental challenges, according to a Charting New Waters report released by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, American Rivers and Ceres. The Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure report, is the product of a meeting convened by The Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with American Rivers and Ceres, which brought together a group of experts to discuss ways to drive funding toward the infrastructure needed for the 21st century. [1.26.12]  



ASLA (
American Society of Landscape Architects)

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has launched a new guide to explain the many benefits of “green infrastructure” — designed systems that harness nature to create proven benefits for communities and the environment. Green infrastructure includes park systems, urban forests, wildlife habitat and corridors, and green roofs and green walls. These infrastructure systems protect communities against flooding or excessive heat, or help to improve air and water quality, which underpin human and environmental health. [9.3.14]

The outlook remains positive for landscape architecture firms, according to the American Society of Landscape Architectssecond quarter 2014 Business Quarterly survey. The survey revealed a marked rise in billable hours and inquiries for new work. Hiring plans rose slightly from the last quarter. The survey indicates widespread strengthening of the landscape architecture industry, says Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. We are very much encouraged by the growth shown during the second quarter and rise in hiring plans, particularly among mid-sized firms. Hopefully, these signs point to continued growth for the rest of this year. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Business Quarterly survey asks quarterly benchmarks on key statistics including billable hours, inquiries, and hiring plans. The survey is not intended to be statistically significant but instead provides a snapshot of the landscape architecture industry. [8.12.14]

ASLA launches new educational resources for K-12 Teachers and Educators. The American Society of Landscape Architects is launching two new educational resources that will help young people and teachers explore the landscape architecture profession-a newly redesigned Career Discovery website and the new Tools for Teachers. The launch is part of ASLA's outreach for National Landscape Architecture Month in April. Tools for Teachers is a new education hub for K-12 teachers. It is loaded with fun, free classroom activities that will inspire lesson plans and start classroom dialogues about landscape architecture. It includes links to all of ASLA's educational resources, including: Hands-on classroom activities aligned to national teaching standards, The Roof is Growing! green roof education program, Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes pages offering educational animations, case studies and K-12 classroom activities, and a link to a reservation form to visit the green roof on ASLA's Washington, D.C. headquarters. [4.8.14]

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) commends Senator Tom Udall (NM) and Representative Donna Edwards (MD) for introducing yesterday S. 1677, and H.R. 3449, the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act. The intent of the legislation is to provide critical support to advanced stormwater strategies that improve our nation's ability to effectively manage polluted runoff and sewage overflows while relieving pressure on aging infrastructure. [11.15.13]

In honor of National Landscape Architecture Month in April, landscape architects across the country will host a variety of activities to celebrate the profession and show how the profession promotes public health. This year’s theme will be 'Healthy Living Through Design'. Since Olmsted’s time the field of landscape architecture has taken a lead in solving environmental problems and promoting civic planning for healthy living. Recent innovations include green roofs, sustainability certification, green infrastructure, and active transportation measures including complete streets." [3.19.13]

The American love affair with the back yard shows no signs of slowing, according to the 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The results show a preference for an undemanding outdoor space for lots of entertaining. Landscape architects with a specialization in residential design across the country were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements. The category of gardens and landscape spaces, with 94.9%t rating somewhat or very popular, was followed closely by outdoor livings spaces at 91.5%, which were defined as kitchen and entertainment spaces. When thinking of gardening, Americans tend toward the practical and sustainable with native plants (86.3%), food/vegetable gardens (81.2%), with over half of them preferred to be organic (61.2 percent), rain gardens (55.6%), and rooftop gardens (38.3%). [5.3.12]

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices - see below for more information. [1.25.12]  



Athena Sustainable Materials Institute

Athena Sustainable Materials Institute Releases New Version of its Acclaimed Life Cycle Assessment Software. New options, including Green Roofs and LEED-specific reporting, are available in Version 5 of the free software tool that is key to earning the LCA credits in North American green building programs. The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute today released Version 5 of the Impact Estimator for Buildings, its acclaimed life cycle assessment (LCA) software package for North American building designers. The Impact Estimator is a free and compliant whole building LCA software for architects and designers seeking the Whole Building LCA credits in LEED®v4, Green Globes®, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and the California Green Building Standard Code (CALGreen). [6.30.14]

 



City of Atlanta

The Atlanta City Council has approved significant changes to the "post-construction stormwater ordinance" that will require the use of green stormwater infrastructure to manage stormwater onsite. Going forward, new and re-development sites greater than 500 square feet are required to treat the first inch of stormwater runoff with green infrastructure best management practices including rain gardens, bioswales, permeable paving, green roofs, etc. The ordinance also requires that new homes and large additions of 1000 square feet or more manage the first inch of stormwater runoff with green infrastructure best management practices. This is a huge step forward and puts Atlanta among progressive cities beginning to manage their water with natural infrastructure. [3.4.13] 



City of Austin

On August 27, 2009, Austin City Council charged the Green Roof Advisory Group (GRAG) to work with City staff to explore the feasibility of offering energy and stormwater credits and other incentives, based on performance, to encourage the creation of green roofs in the City. GRAG produced a policy document that included recommendations regarding those credits and incentives that would be appropriate for promoting green roofs in Austin. The stakeholder group was drawn from the fields of design, development, and green building and includes input from local green roof organizations and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. GRAG's findings were presented to various City of Austin Boards and Commissions throughout September and October, and the final report to City Council will be on October 28, 2010. Please see the final GRAG Report. [10.28.10]

Austin is moving to make roofs in the city greener. The City Council heard a report from its Green Roof Advisory Group (GRAG) on Thursday, March 25. This was the culmination of the initial phase of research into how green roofs could benefit Austin and how to make it easier for them to flourish in the city. The next phase will determine best practices and develop policy recommendations for the city over the next five years. Green roofs take many forms, but essentially involve vegetation atop building structures. Most any level or near-level roofing structure can be made to support greenery. There are many lightweight solutions for existing roofs, including roll-out systems and shallow modular trays. If a structure is built with green roofs in mind, more substantial plans, including trees, can be included. Austin City Hall was built with an underground parking garage, so the roof of the garage is actually a 12,000 square foot plaza with trees and plants. Eleanor McKinney, a registered landscape architect and licensed green roof professional, chairs the GRAG and presented the report. She said there are nineteen green roofs recorded in the city database of green roofs in Austin. Green roofs provide many benefits to cities. They help mitigate the urban heat island effect, where city temperatures are often up to ten degrees warmer than surrounding areas. They help moderate cooling and heating costs in the buildings they cover by keeping the rooftop temperatures lower and providing another layer of insulation to the building. They extend the life of the roofs they cover. They help improve air quality in the city by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They reduce and filter runoff of rainwater, easing city sewer systems and local creeks.  The GRAG final report will be presented to the city council in August 2010. Reported by Blane Conklin, Austin Green Technology Examiner of Examiner.com. [3.28.10]



City of Baltimore

Baltimore City Proposes to Adopt the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) in 2015 to replace the Baltimore City Green Building Standards. Since July of 2009, new buildings over 10,000 square feet built in Baltimore City have been required to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard at a Silver level. LEED is an evaluation system that rates the overall “greenness” of a building by assessing its energy and water efficiencies as well as certain site and interior design strategies. In 2010, the City offered an alternative compliance path by issuing the Baltimore City Green Building Standards, a locally developed alternative to LEED. [11.25.14]  



City of Chicago

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) announced that it has officially completed the construction of a green roof at its Racine Avenue Pumping Station (RAPS). RAPS is a building that houses main sewage pumps, which transport wastewater to the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant. The coarse screen building extension houses a conveyor system that removes trash from wastewater, which helps prevent damaging water treatment pumps. The structure's total building roof area is 33,000 square feet, with approximately 4,500 square feet being structurally rated to handle the additional vegetative roof loading. Originally constructed in 1939, the most recent roof replacement was performed in 1996 with a 10-year warranty. The 19-year-old tar roof showed its age; numerous leaks and worn-out repairs required replacement. However, instead of replacing the roof with heavy, impermeable tar, the new roof is a combination of asphalt and planting. [1.29.15]

As of January 1, 2012, the Department of Environment no longer exists as a standalone unit. The integrated model that replaces it is critical to incorporate sustainability so that it is a part of every policy decision and capital investment. Starting in 2012, each department and sister agency will be engaged in creating a more sustainable Chicago. For more information on the Chicago Center for Green Technology's programs, courses, and volunteer opportunities, please visit: www.chicagogreentech.org. [1.1.12]



City of Cincinnati

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality have created the first Green Roof Loan Program of its kind in Ohio. The Ohio EPA has made $5,000,000 available for linked-deposit, below-market-rate loans to install green vegetative roofs within the service area of MSD. These can be installed on residential, commercial and/or industrial buildings. Green roofs have wonderful benefits and have been utilized in Europe for many years to address various climate and aesthetic issues. They absorb rain water, help purify the air and provide additional green space in highly developed areas, especially within urban cores. [12.6.12] 



City of Houston

The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)/GeoTechnology Research Institute (GTRI) has partnered with the City of Houston to complete the City of Houston Feasibility Study for Rooftop Food Production and invites the submittal of a statement of qualifications (“Statement”) from interested firms and/or partnerships interested in investigating the design and economic feasibility, at a conceptual level, for urban rooftop food production on downtown municipal properties in the City of Houston. Download the RFQ document for more information. Statements are due by March 11, 2013. [1.24.13]

The GeoTechnology Research Institute (GTRI) at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is soliciting contractor for a feasibility study for rooftop food production. The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)/GeoTechnology Research Institute (GTRI), has partnered with the City of Houston to complete the City of Houston Feasibility Study for Rooftop Food Production. This RFP is for an investigation of the design and economic feasibility, at a conceptual level, for urban rooftop food production on downtown municipal properties in the City of Houston. It is to include basic design concepts, a preliminary business case, and the identification of preferred locations. Contractors are encouraged to submit Notice of Intent to respond to the City of Houston Feasibility Study for Rooftop Food Production RFP by November 12, 2012. [11.7.12]



City of Lexington

Lexington residents seeking an opportunity to help improve the city’s environment are invited to apply for a 2013 Sustainability Grant. Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works is providing the grants, used by residents to work collaboratively and creatively to improve the environmental health of Lexington. Grants are available for a wide range of projects including rain gardens, green roofs, community gardens, streamside restoration, recycling programs, beautification projects (outside only), rain barrel projects, the cleanup and restoration of illegal dumpsites, litter projects, planting street trees and other projects that are determined to improve the environmental health of the community and meet the principles of sustainability. Applications must be postmarked or submitted to the department’s office by March 22, 2012. [1.28.13]  



City of Louisville

Mayor Seeks Citizen Input on Sustain Louisville Plan for Greener City. Establish a citywide alternative energy strategy. Increase TARC ridership by 25 percent. Develop a citywide green infrastructure program to reduce storm water runoff (implementing a Cool Green Roof program). Improve the energy efficiency of city-owned buildings by 20 percent. Those are some of the 60 initiatives contained in the city’s first comprehensive plan to make Louisville greener and more environmentally friendly. Mayor Greg Fischer today released the draft report of the plan, called Sustain Louisville, and is asking citizens to spend the month of February reading it and providing feedback. That input will be considered before the final report is released in March. [1.31.13]  



City of Milwaukee

MMSD has proposed awarding the 21 public and private property owners a total of $1.35 million in grants to help pay up to 50% of the cost of each project. The district's goal is to encourage property owners throughout the metropolitan area to build 740 million gallons' worth of storage capacity by 2035. The volume is 42% more than the deep tunnel system storage capacity of 521 million gallons. The program is known as Fresh Coast 740, and the district estimates it will distribute $1.3 billion over the next 20 years in grants to its green infrastructure partners. Storm water flowing off parking lots would enter a long swale connected to a rain garden. The system will prevent the water from draining to a combined sanitary and storm sewer there, and reduce pollutants in storm water draining to the canal, a tributary of the Menomonee River. For MMSD, the year 2035 also is the deadline the district has given itself to achieve no sewer overflows. Since 1994, the first full year of deep tunnel system operation, the district has had an average of 2.4 overflows a year of combined sanitary and storm sewers in central Milwaukee and eastern Shorewood. [6.16.14]

Milwaukee Receives EPA Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the award of a $1 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the city of Milwaukee to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in Lake Michigan. EPA Region 5 Administrator / Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman was joined at the Global Water Center by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to announce the grant. [3.12.14]

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's Commission has approved a Regional Green Infrastructure Plan. Milwaukee is already a recognized national leader in infrastructure, and this plan will keep them at that forefront. Green infrastructure mimics Mother Nature by storing and infiltrating stormwater on the land where the rain falls, making it a resource rather than a nuisance. This can be done with porous pavement, green roofs, rain gardens, rain barrels and bioswales. Implementing the Regional Green Infrastructure Plan will be a monumental undertaking over the coming decades, but the beauty of green infrastructure is that it complements what already exists, builds from the success of our existing infrastructure, naturalizes and beautifies our urban fabric, and can be built in our front and backyards alike. [7.22.13]

The MMSD is providing partnership funding to increase more natural stormwater management practices that capture, store, or filter rainwater. These practices reduce the risk of basement back-ups, flooding, and sewer overflows, and help prevent rain from becoming polluted stormwater runoff, the biggest remaining threat to our rivers and lakes in the United States. The Regional Green Roof Initiative is a cost reimbursement program for eligible green roof expenses for chosen applicants. Awardees will receive up to $5.00 per square foot for their green roof. These projects will provide the District with information related to Green Infrastructure (GI) effectiveness, costs, and maintenance, and help to meet future stormwater capture goals. Application submission period closes on March 29, 2013. [1.16.13]

More rooftops in the Milwaukee area will be enlisted to grow grasses, flowers and other plants now that the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has been given the nation's first wastewater discharge permit mandating "green infrastructure" to collect and absorb storm water. The state Department of Natural Resources issued MMSD a new five-year pollution discharge permit this week that requires the district to establish 1 million gallons of so-called green storm-water storage capacity each year. Sewer pipes, bedrock tunnels and concrete reservoirs cannot be used to meet the mandate. A green roof or rain garden can capture up to 3 gallons of rain per square foot. One rain barrel holds 55 gallons. [1.9.13]

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is providing incentive funding to increase green roof coverage within its service area. The Regional Green Roof Initiative will provide up to $5 per square foot of an approved green roof project. The District’s interest in green roofs is to hold rainwater where it falls, thereby diminishing the risk of sewer overflows and improving the overall water quality in the region. In addition to managing stormwater, green roofs offer numerous additional environmental, economic, and social benefits. The application due date is March 30, 2012. [2.19.12]



City of New Orleans

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Announces Launch Of A New Green Infrastructure Program. The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans is getting a little greener. The Board unveiled seven green infrastructure projects it’s partnering on that aim to improve community outreach and participation in the city’s water management. One of the seven grantees for the Sewerage and Water Board’s green initiative is Rabouin International High School. It plans to build both a blue and a green roof on top of its building in the CBD. Anthony Mayer is the project coordinator. Mayer says blue roof technology means creating a kind of bathtub on top of a building to catch excess rain and storm-water. Unlike most roofs, which let water run straight down, this roof keeps water up high, so it won’t back up sewers and cause floods. [9.26.14]  



City of New York

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd today announced that six community-based stormwater management projects have been chosen to receive more than $3 million in funding through the Green Infrastructure Grant program, which will be augmented by nearly $1 million in matching funds from the recipients. Once completed, the six projects selected for funding today will prevent more than 6 million gallons of stormwater from entering the combined sewer system each year, thereby helping to reduce sewer overflows into local waterways. The grant program will help meet the goals of the New York City Green Infrastructure Plan, which aims to capture the first inch of rain that falls on 10 percent of the city’s impervious surfaces in combined sewer areas through a combination of City-built projects in streets and sidewalks, regulations for new development and redevelopment, and retrofits of existing development, including through the grant program. A new round of grant funding will be made available in 2015 for private property owners throughout the city, including commercial buildings, private schools and hospitals, and community and faith-based organizations. [2.12.15]

The goal of the Green Infrastructure Grant Program is to support projects that will reduce the strain of rainwater on the city’s combined sewer system by turning hard surfaces such as concrete into permeable ones such as the soil on green roofs. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 23. New York City is a world leader in protecting the natural environment and fighting climate change and we encourage community groups and non-profits from across the city to apply for the $5 million in new funding we have made available to build green infrastructure projects, DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd said in a statement. [10.2.14]

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today encouraged community groups, non-profits, and property owners to apply for the $6 million in new funding that is available for green projects through the 2014 Green Infrastructure Grant Program. DEP is engaged in a city-wide effort to soften the impervious urban landscape and help absorb rainwater that would otherwise drain into the combined sewer system and contribute to combined sewer overflows into local waterways. Notable projects that were funded during the first three years of the Grant Program and have completed construction include a 43,400 square foot green roof at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, one of the nation’s first blue/green roof combinations at The Osborne Association in the Bronx, a green roof at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in Manhattan, permeable pavers and rain gardens at Queens College, a New York Restoration Project community garden in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, and a green roof at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn. [3.4.14]

The New York property tax abatement for green roofs in New York City is amended to extend the application deadline from March 15, 2013, to March 15, 2018. Beginning with tax years commencing on or after July 1, 2014, and ending on or before June 30, 2019, the tax abatement is increased from $4.50 per square foot to $5.23 per square foot of a green roof, provided that the amount of the abatement does not exceed the lesser of $200,000 (an increase from $100,000) or the tax liability of the eligible building in the tax year in which the abatement is taken. [12.30.13]

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) last week issued a Request for Proposals for engineering teams to assist the department in its Green Infrastructure Research and Development Program. In order to improve the cleanliness and health of New York City’s waterways, DEP has embarked on an aggressive campaign to install cost-effective green infrastructure installations throughout the city to manage stormwater that falls on city streets, roofs, and sidewalks. DEP is planning for $2.4 billion in public and private funding for green infrastructure installations by 2030 to significantly reduce the discharges from the City’s combined sewer system which can occur during heavy rain storms. Preliminary monitoring results to date show that pilot installations are meeting or exceeding expectations for absorbing stormwater. Over the next three years, DEP will invest over $187 million in the green infrastructure program and a robust research and development effort is necessary to ensure the success of the program. DEP expects to select an experienced team that is familiar with the New York City green infrastructure program, or a comparable municipality’s program, and can work with DEP to implement an innovative and effective green infrastructure research and development effort for several years. [6.14.13]

City Planning Commission unanimously approves Zone Green proposal. Zone Green is the most comprehensive effort of any city in the nation to sweep aside obstacles to green buildings and energy efficiency – eliminating barriers to green roofs to energy generation and to rooftop agriculture. Zone Green will give homeowners and building owners new opportunities to make investments that save them energy, save them money, and improve our environment. [3.28.12] 



City of North Vancouver

The City of North Vancouver has introduced new incentives and requirements for all new construction. In addition, amendments to the City's Zoning Bylaw will provide more opportunities to include higher energy efficiency, waste and water diversion, local food production and healthy living environments into construction design. A summary of the zoning amendments, which was presented at a public meeting on October 20, 2014, included the following changes: Solar roofs, green roofs: Solar collector height exemption (four feet for ground-oriented residential and six feet for all other zones) and green roof exemption (1.5 ft for ground-oriented residential and up to 3.5 ft for all other zones). [11.10.14]  



City of Philadelphia

Blondell Reynolds-Brown wants to double the Green Roof Tax Credit. Reynolds-Brown introduced a bill that would double the value of the credit. Under the bill, applicants could receive a credit against their Business Income and Receipts Tax (BIRT) for half the cost of constructing the green roof. Currently, the credit covers 25 percent of the cost. So if you spend $10,000 to install a green roof above your business, you can currently reduce your business-tax liability by $2,500. The bill would raise that amount to $5,000. “Green roofs bring a sizable value to the property owner and the city,” Reynolds-Brown said in a press release. “They control stormwater, help curtail flooding, grow fresh fruits and vegetables, pump clean air back into the atmosphere and save property owners money by extending the life of the roof. They also contribute to the Mayor’s big picture goal of making Philadelphia the Greenest City in America.” [2.5.15]

PWD and PIDC Award $3.5 Million in Grants to Promote Green Stormwater Management Practices on Private Properties, Resulting in the Planned Development of 58 Green Acres. The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) have awarded $3.5 million in grants to promote green stormwater management practices in a highly competitive selection process. These practices include rain gardens, vegetated infiltration basins, porous asphalt, and green roofs. [12.22.14]

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) have awarded $4.7 million in grants to promote green stormwater management practices in a highly competitive selection process. Launched in January 2012, the Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP) grant program is designed to be a catalyst for transforming large, commercial impervious properties that generate high volumes of stormwater runoff and burden the City’s sewer system and waterways into properties that build and maintain green stormwater management practices. These practices include rain gardens, vegetated infiltration basins, porous asphalt, and green roofs. [10.9.13]

Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability released the Greenworks Philadelphia Update and 2012 Progress Report, marking the midway point in the plan’s goal for Philadelphia to be the greenest city in America by 2015. Of the 167 initiatives put forth in Greenworks, 38 initiatives are complete, and 110 are currently underway. For the first time, this year’s progress report features metrics for each of the plan’s measurable targets. Progress toward two thirds of the targets is on track, and two of the target goals, Targets 7 and 9, are exceeding expectations. Target 7 is to divert 70% of solid waste from landfill; the City has exceeded that and is now aiming higher. Target 9 was to provide Park and Recreation resources within 10 minutes of 75 % of residents; the City accomplished that and now is aiming to provide walkable access to Park and Recreation Resources for all residents. [6.18.12]



City of Portland, ME

The City of Portland, ME, will release new details this week of a plan to charge property owners a stormwater fee for the amount of pavement, roof coverage and other hard surfaces on their land. Both homeowners and business owners will pay, although businesses with large parking lots and building footprints -- and that shed more rainwater -- will get hit harder than other landowners. The details include a preliminary estimate of the future stormwater rate, which will raise money for costly projects to keep dirty storm runoff out of waterways. The fee structure and timeline for rolling it out are still being discussed by the City Council's Finance Committee, and the actual rates ultimately must be set by the full City Council. The fee was intended to kick in this winter, but the launch is now expected to be pushed back. The fee can be reduced for properties whose owners install rain barrels, rain gardens, green roofs and commercial treatment centers. See the City of Portland, Maine's Proposed Stormwater Service Charge FAQs. [9.23.13] 



City of Portland, OR

International recognition for Portland’s Ecoroof Program. Portland’s reputation as a leader in ecoroof technology continues to grow. The city has received a 2013 Green Roof Leadership Award for Municipalities from the International Green Roof Association (IGRA). Portland received the award at the 3rd International Green Roof Congress held in May in Hamburg, Germany. Over 250 participants from more than 40 countries attended to learn about future trends for roof and façade greening. “It’s great for the city that Portland is receiving international recognition for our innovative stormwater management,” said City Commissioner Nick Fish. “Ecoroofs have many benefits, and one of the main benefits is that they make the sewer system more efficient and reliable by acting like giant sponges soaking up rain and keeping stormwater runoff out of our sewers.” The association noted that Portland’s work to promote green roofs is encouraging other cities around the world to adopt the technology to manage stormwater. “We’re honored to receive this award,” said Bureau of Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott. “And we are pleased that our efforts to promote green roofs are being recognized.” Green roofs replace conventional roofing materials with soil and vegetation. They manage stormwater onsite and provide many other human health and environmental benefits. Over 500 green roofs cover more than 1.5 million square feet of rooftop in the City of Portland. [6.11.13]

The Portland Ecoroof Symposium to examine the ecoroof business case. The costs and savings of ecoroofs is the focus of the Portland Ecoroof Symposium on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the World Trade Conference Center in downtown Portland. Speakers and presenters will discuss the bottom line on green rooftops in Portland, and present scientific research and case studies that explore the economics of ecoroofs. The event is targeted toward architects, landscape architects, developers, building owners and facility managers. The symposium also features a vendor showcase of leading green roof companies from Portland and the surrounding region. Registration for the event is $25 and includes lunch. The registration deadline is Friday, April 26th. Go to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/53845 for more information. Ecoroofs are vegetated roof systems that absorb rain to reduce stormwater runoff, improve air quality and save energy. There are currently 382 ecoroofs in Portland covering over 19 acres. [4.23.13]

The BES Ecoroof Program provides technical assistance, trainings, design innovation, monitoring, and ecoroof research. Since the onset of the Grey to Green Initiative in 2008, the ecoroof incentive has allowed us to contribute $2 million to 160 projects for close to 10 acres of ecoroof. Through these projects we've seen innovations developed, new partnerships formed, and steady growth in the local green roof industry. The city is in the process of setting its budget priorities for the 2013-14 fiscal year. There is a possibility that the ecoroof incentive will be discontinued. Applications for the ecoroof incentive are currently being accepted but may not be awarded pending budget discussions over the next few months. Applications will be evaluated against available resources. Be assured that the Ecoroof Program itself will continue. The next Ecoroof Symposium will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2013. This year's Symposium will take a closer look at return on investment, with a focus on the design and development communities. We hope to use that opportunity to celebrate what has been accomplished and engage the audience in a discussion about next steps. I hope you'll be able to participate in that discussion. [1.31.13]

Portland Bureau of Environmental Services will begin accepting applications again in October 2012 for ecoroof construction. The City of Portland offers an incentive to property owners and developers to add more ecoroofs. The incentive program is part of Portland's Grey to Green initiative to increase sustainable stormwater management practices, control non-native, invasive plants, and protect sensitive natural areas. The incentive funds up to $5 per square foot of an ecoroof project. Installation costs for ecoroofs in Portland range from $5 to $20 per square foot. [10.1.12]

Portland Ecoroof Symposium - The Bottom Line on Portland Green Rooftops, Portland, OR. Cities across the world are investing in green roofs to combat urban challenges. Portland is a leader in green roofs, and we’ve learned a great deal about their benefits for managing stormwater and greening our city. But more and more is being learned about the true costs and benefits of greenroofs and how they offer a better return on investment. On May 18 join the City of Portland for a series of presentations and case studies that present current research examining the green roof bottom line. [5.18.12]

Portland has again topped the 100,000 square foot mark for new greenroof construction in a calendar year. 2011's total is just a hair over the mark and comprises the green, vegetated portions of ecoroofs and roof gardens constructed within the City limits. There's likely a bit more out there as this comprises only projects which City staff are aware of. Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in the industry and we look forward to setting a new record this year. You can also read a guest feature article "Portland Builds Over 100,000 Square Feet of Greenroofs in 2011" by Casey Cunningham, Landscape Architect, City of Portland’s Sustainable Stormwater Division. [2.21.12]



City of San Francisco

The City of San Francisco’s Green Building Ordinance (GBO) and related policies was named the winner of the World Green Building Council’s Best Green Building Policy Award. A joint venture led by URS Corporation provided significant guidance during the ordinance’s preparation by the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Evidence of the city’s commitment to green building includes the URS joint venture’s design and implementation of the city’s newest “living roof” at One South Van Ness Ave. The 10,000 square foot living roof adds insulation to the building, reduces stormwater runoff and features native plants that provide habitat for hummingbirds and butterflies. The project team also participated in San Francisco’s JobsNow training program by instructing interns on plant identification, irrigation control and weeding techniques. [12.19.11]



City of Seattle

The city of Seattle and King County have agreed to make a total of $1.46 billion in sewer-system upgrades to reduce the amount of polluted water that enters Puget Sound and other waterways, under settlements reached with the federal government. The settlements resolve claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state Department of Ecology that the county and city violated the federal Clean Water Act by discharging raw sewage and other pollutants into local waters. The consent decree was negotiated over several years by local, state and federal officials and was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The settlements allow the county and city greater flexibility to use so-called green infrastructure such as green roofs, rain gardens and bioswales to improve water quality. [4.16.13]



City of Toronto

The City of Toronto has expanded their Eco Roof Incentive Program by adding the eligibility of residential roofs and increasing the incentive amount for the green roof grant to $75 per square metre. Introduced in 2009, the initiative aims to reduce energy consumption and emissions. One of the updates to the program increases the green roof grant to $75 per square metre to maximum of $100,000. The amount for cool roof grants remains the same at two dollars per square metre to coat over an existing roof and five dollars per square metre to cover a new roof. The grant has a $50,000 maximum. [8.21.13]

Toronto's City Planning division has produced a new resource called Guidelines for Biodiverse Green Roofs, detailing best practices for promoting biodiversity on green roofs in Toronto. The guidelines provide a comprehensive list of plants suitable for green roofs that encourage biodiversity, outline recommended growing media depths and composition and provide ideas for creating habitat aimed at specific species. The document recognizes that green roofs are part of a larger urban ecosystem and provides design strategies for creating appropriate adjacent eco zones alongside existing natural heritage features. These guidelines support and expand the current Toronto Green Roof Construction Standard and are primarily designed for use by architects and landscape architects but may also be of interest to others.  [3.19.13]

Toronto is the first City in North America to have a bylaw to require and govern the construction of green roofs on new development. It was adopted by Toronto City Council in May 2009, under the authority of Section 108 of the City of Toronto Act. The Bylaw applies to new building permit applications for residential, commercial and institutional development made after January 31, 2010 and will apply to new industrial development as of April 30, 2012. [3.30.12]



Denver Botanic Gardens

Green inside and out, the Gardens is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Gardens’ living collections encompass specimens from the tropics to the tundra, showcasing a plant palette chosen to thrive in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. The Gardens' dynamic, 23-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city is now in its 52nd year, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class education and plant conservation research programs. Additional sites at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a 750-acre wildlife and native plant refuge in Jefferson County; and Mount Goliath, a high-altitude trail and interpretive site on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, extend this experience throughout the Front Range. For more information, visit us online at www.botanicgardens.org.

The third annual Green Roofs for the West Symposium will take place at Denver Botanic Gardens on June 16, 2011 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. This forward-thinking and informative event will spotlight innovative ways green roofs are leading us to a future of more sustainable cities in the challenging climate of the West. It is co-hosted by the Gardens, U.S. Green Building Council, the University of Colorado and Colorado State University. The Symposium will also highlight the publication of the new “Design Guidelines and Maintenance Manual for Green Roofs in the Semi-Arid and Arid West.” This publication is now available at http://growwest.org for free. The guidelines are a collaboration of the University of Colorado Denver, City and County of Denver, Green Print Denver and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District. [3.25.11]



DC (District of Columbia)

The Washington, DC Metropolitan Region has been recognized for the second year in a row as number one in North America for green roof installations. In its 2014 Annual Green Roof Industry Survey, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) reports that the DC area installed over 1.2 million square feet of green roofs (or vegetated roofs) in 2014. The metropolitan region of Toronto, Ontario ranked number two, with 775,216 square feet installed, followed by Philadelphia and Chicago. [5.8.15]

The Smart Roof Project, funded by the District of Columbia Department of General Services (DGS), addresses a large opportunity for Washington, DC to achieve its aspirations to become the greenest, healthiest, most equitable city in the US: how it uses the roofs of city owned buildings. The last decade has seen the emergence of a range of rooftop technologies that provide important health, energy, water, and environmental benefits. These technologies include: cool roofs; green roofs; and rooftop PV. Impacts from the deployment of these technologies on District owned buildings, regions of a city, or city-wide could be transformative for quality of life, sharply cut energy bills, improve the quality of local waterbodies, and help slow climate change cost-effectively. The Smart Roof Cost-Benefit Summary and the Report demonstrates that, in general, cool roofs, green roofs, and rooftop solar PV are cost-effective retrofit options and that these technologies bring both substantial benefits to building owners as well as broader benefits to the community. Based on these findings, virtually all DGS roofs should have one or several of these technologies. [4.16.15]

Reflective roofs and vegetation have long been known to improve energy efficiency, manage storm water runoff, and make buildings more comfortable. A new study "Assessing Health Impacts of Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategies in the District of Columbia" by the Global Cool Cities Alliance, funded by a grant from the District Department of the Environment and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, has identified a new benefit – saving lives during heat waves by keeping the District cooler. [10.22.13]

Apply Now for District of Columbia's 2013-2014 Green Roof Rebate Program. They are currently accepting applications for the District's new green roof rebate program which provides base funding of $7 for every square foot of planted area– or – up to $10/square foot in targeted sub-watersheds. To be eligible for this new rebate amount, projects must register after Oct. 1, 2013. Rebates are available for new green roofs on existing buildings of any size and new construction projects that add a green roof that exceeds their requirements for a DCRA stormwater management permit. [10.1.13]

The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) today finalized a new regulatory framework for stormwater management by large development sites in the District of Columbia. The new regulations are published in the DC Register today, Friday, July 19, 2013. This comes in advance of a federal requirement for the District to update its stormwater regulations by July 22, 2013. The new framework includes stormwater retention performance standards that will dramatically reduce stormwater runoff’s harmful impacts to the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, Rock Creek, and their tributaries. It also includes an innovative Stormwater Retention Credit (SRC) trading program, which is the first of its kind in the nation and has the potential to increase the new standards’ benefit to District waterbodies while reducing the cost of compliance and providing other sustainability benefits. Under the rule, large construction sites that trigger the requirements will install green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavement, and other green infrastructure practices to reduce stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff erodes District stream banks and carries trash, oil, pet waste, and other pollutants into District waterbodies. [7.19.13]

The District of Columbia is a national leader in the total amount of Green Roofs constructed - second only to Chicago, IL in the total area of green roofs per capita – and need your help getting to number one! The District’s Green Roof Rebate Program is the perfect way to fund your green roof - and it’s now is back in full swing. AWS is offering $5 per square foot on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified DC buildings of any size! This program is available for residential, commercial and institutional properties. Green Roofs provide numerous ecological, health and economic benefits. The owner of a green roof can benefit from lower energy costs, extended roof-life, fee/tax credits, and increased property values. The 2003 National Research Council of Canada report found a standard extensive Green Roof reduced the average daily energy demand during summer months for some buildings by more than 75% as compared to a conventional bitumen roof. Green roofs also improve the District’s air quality, lower the heat-island effect, and improve water quality. In addition, they can provide ecological, quality of life and property value improvements by creating habitats for people, plants and animals. You can begin the application process by visiting www.anacostiaws.org and clicking on Green Roof Rebate Program in the right column. For more information, or to register, contact us at 202-557-5814 or 301-699-6204 or greenroofs@anacostiaws.org. You can also read "Greening the District with Green Roofs" by Laura S. Washington, Green Roof Rebate Program Coordinator, Anacostia Watershed Society in our Sky Gardens Blog. [3.16.12]

The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is once again providing rebates, at $5 per square foot, for green roofs to qualified applicants for the third consecutive year! The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is administering the program for DDOE and believes this is a great opportunity to help people cover some costs of their proposed green roofs as well as an opportunity to reach out to those unfamiliar with this technology all in an effort to help restore the watershed. More information about green roofs and the Rebate Program can be found on their webpage as well as DDOE’s website. Interested building owners and developers seeking to install a green roof on their building located in DC can get the process started by filling out a registration form, found on their webpage. Questions? Contact at 301-699-6204 or greenroofs@anacostiaws.org. [1.12.12]



EERE (Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy)

The FEMP (Federal Energy Management Program) Technology Deployment Program focuses on market-driven technologies and creating market pull for new and underutilized technologies within the Federal sector. The information within this section help Federal agencies identify and assess new and underutilized technologies for deployment. The New and Underutilized Technology: Green Roofs webpage has been updated to include the following information which outlines key deployment considerations for green roofs within the Federal sector. This information spans: Benefits, Application, Climate and Regional Considerations, Key Factors for Deployment, Ranking Criteria, and Resources. [8.18.11]  



EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Virtual Climate Resilience Toolkit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for EPA’s Stormwater Management Model – a widely-used, downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future climate change projections, such as more frequent high-intensity storms and changes in evaporation rates of seasonal precipitation, to determine the benefits of resiliency decisions to reduce local economic burden and protect communities. [2.13.15]

On June 26, 2014, EPA’s Heat Island Reduction Program hosted a webcast entitled Keeping Your Cool: How Communities Across the Country are Reducing the Heat Island Effect. The webcast provided an overview of the heat island effect, its impacts, and the strategies that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures, and showcased the actions that the cities of Los Angeles, Louisville, and Tucson are taking now to reduce their heat islands. The presentation files, audio recordings, and transcripts are now available. The recordings and transcripts also include all questions posed to the speakers during and after the webcast, along with their answers. [7.30.14]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching its third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest that engages college students in developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. Through Campus RainWorks, teams of undergraduate and graduate students, working with a faculty advisor, develop a proposed green infrastructure project for the campus, showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the community and the environment. [7.24.14]

Watch EPA's Heat Island Reduction Program webcast: "Keeping Your Cool - How Communities Across the Country are Reducing the Heat Island Effect". The term "heat island" refers to built-up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. The heat island effect can negatively affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality. As the 2014 summer heats up, learn how communities are taking a number of common-sense steps to reduce the effects of summertime heat islands. This webcast, featuring presentations and case studies from U.S. EPA and local governments, will give participants a better understanding of the heat island effect, its impacts, and the strategies that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures. It will feature case studies from across the country, showcasing the actions that communities are taking now to reduce the heat island effect, including cool roof ordinances, tree-planting campaigns, and heat management planning. [6.26.14]

EPA Awards $860,000 to Communities to Reduce Water Pollution, Build Resilience to Climate Change; Albuquerque mixed-use development will get help designing green infrastructure. This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Albuquerque flood control authority is one of 14 recipients nationwide of part of $860,000 to expand the use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost resilience to the impacts of climate change. The funding is in support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which directs federal agencies to identify climate-resilient investments such as agency grants and technical assistance for communities across the country. [5.1.14]

Milwaukee Receives EPA Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the award of a $1 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the city of Milwaukee to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in Lake Michigan. EPA Region 5 Administrator / Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman was joined at the Global Water Center by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to announce the grant. [3.12.14]

EPA Releases Planning Resource to Help Communities Manage Stormwater and Wastewater with Green Infrastructure. EPA has released “Greening CSO Plans: Planning and Modeling Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control,” to provide municipalities and sewer authorities with tools to help quantify green infrastructure contributions to CSO control plans. Communities with combined sewers often view green infrastructure as an attractive way to reduce stormwater flows going into their sewer system, thus helping to reduce capital and operational costs at publicly owned treatment works. Greening CSO Plans will help communities make cost-effective decisions to maximize water quality benefits. The resource explains how to use modeling tools such as EPA’s Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) to optimize different combinations of gray and green infrastructure to reduce both sewer overflow volume and number of overflow events. [3.7.14]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced nearly $5 million dollars in grants to five universities to evaluate innovative green infrastructure practices in urban areas, using Philadelphia, Pa. as the pilot area. These grants stem from a cooperative partnership between EPA and Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program that represents a broad, long-term investment in implementing green infrastructure stormwater management practices. Philadelphia is a national leader among cities around the country in using green infrastructure to address problems from combined sewer overflows (CSOs). Green infrastructure is a cost-effective and innovative approach to reduce runoff from overflowing combined sewer systems in urban areas. The goal of green infrastructure is to retain or redirect water into the ground where plants and soil will naturally filter the water – avoiding CSOs and reducing violations of the Clean Water Act. Green infrastructure investments also make our communities cleaner, healthier, and more attractive places to live and work. [1.21.14]

EPA Releases Report on Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure. This EPA report summarizes 13 economic benefit analyses conducted by public entities across the US to assess the effectiveness of their green infrastructure programs. The case studies were selected to represent a range of methodologies, geographic contexts, and municipal program types. This report was prepared to help utilities, state and municipal agencies, and other stormwater professionals understand the potential benefits of their low impact development (LID) and green infrastructure (GI) programs. The objectives are to highlight different evaluation methods that have been successfully applied, and also to demonstrate cases where LID/GI has been shown to be economically beneficial. The intent of this document is to promote the use of LID/GI, where appropriate, to supplement grey stormwater infrastructure. [10.30.13]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a total of $260,000 to two organizations for work that will improve water quality in Onondaga Lake and the Onondaga Lake watershed. The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) has used a $200,000 EPA grant to hire an Onondaga Lake Watershed Coordinator for a two-year period. The Onondaga Environmental Institute will use a $60,000 EPA grant to train people in Syracuse to develop, build, install and maintain controls on stormwater using green infrastructure. Green infrastructure is an approach to water management that protects, restores, or mimics the natural water cycle and enhances quality of life for communities. The Onondaga Environmental Institute will sponsor two green Infrastructure training workshops for low-income, unemployed adults at the L&M Training Center in Syracuse’s southside. Participants will be taught to create and maintain green infrastructure, including rain gardens, bioretention basins, rain barrels and green roofs. In addition, the program will include training on life skills, job readiness, workplace safety and exposure to a variety of “green” careers. [8.8.13]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has invited the 22 largest U.S. Great Lakes shoreline cities to apply for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding for green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality. “These Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants will be used for green infrastructure projects to reduce urban runoff and sewer overflows that foul beaches and impair Great Lakes water quality,” said Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. Eligible cities can use the grants to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of rain gardens, bio-swales, green roofs, porous pavement, greenways, constructed wetlands, stormwater tree trenches and other green infrastructure measures installed on public property. Detailed eligibility requirements are available at www.epa.gov/grtlakes/fund/shoreline/. [7.26.13]

The EPA has launched a National Stormwater Calculator to help property owners, developers, landscapers and urban planners make better land-use decisions to protect local waterways from pollution caused by stormwater runoff. The calculator, which is phase I of the Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package announced in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of stormwater runoff from a specific site, based on local soil conditions, slope, land cover, and historical rainfall records. Users can enter any US location and select different scenarios to learn how specific green infrastructure changes — including green roofs, rain harvesting and porous pavement — can prevent pollution. This information helps users determine how adding green infrastructure can be one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce stormwater runoff. [7.24.13]

Decisions about how and where we build our communities have significant impacts on the natural environment and on human health. Cities, regions, states, and the private sector need information about the environmental effects of their land use and transportation decisions to mitigate growth-related environmental impacts and to improve community quality of life and human health. In 2001, EPA published Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality to show how development patterns affect the environment and human health. Since then, research has continued to clarify and better explain these connections. To capture this research, EPA has revised and updated the report, incorporating key findings from hundreds of studies. Current patterns of land use, building, and travel behavior have affected the environment in many ways. EPA's Smart Growth Program invites you to participate in a webinar on Wednesday, July 24, from 2:00 - 3:00 Eastern that examines how we could reduce those impacts as our nation's population grows. The webinar will provide an overview of EPA's recent report. [6.19.13]

The U.S. EPA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Campus RainWorks Challenge. The U.S. EPA launched the Campus RainWorks Challenge in May 2012 to inspire the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers to develop innovative green infrastructure systems that mitigate the impacts of urban stormwater while supporting sustainable communities. Student teams were invited to create an innovative green infrastructure design for a site on their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Winning teams earned a cash prize, as well as research funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure. EPA plans to offer the competition again in the fall of 2013. [4.22.13]

EPA Announces ‘Clean Rivers, Green District Partnership’ With District of Columbia and DC Water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the District of Columbia, and D.C. Water have joined in a partnership agreement to use green techniques for wet weather pollution control in the District. The “Clean Rivers, Green District” agreement outlines the collaborative steps to support green infrastructure to achieve sustainable stormwater management, more livable communities, and other environmental improvements in the District. The District is already at the forefront of the sustainability movement -- they already lead the nation in municipal use of green power, LEED-certified buildings, and many other measures, including green roof installation and other stormwater management practices. [12.14.12]

The EPA has announced the selection of 17 communities in 16 states to receive targeted technical assistance, and welcomed these communities into its network of community partners. The selected communities will receive a total of $950,000 in technical assistance for projects including code review, green infrastructure design, and cost-benefit assessments. Green infrastructure uses vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls, improving water quality and benefiting communities. In addition to keeping polluted stormwater from entering sewer systems and nearby waterways, green infrastructure improves air quality, mitigates flooding, saves energy, increases access to open space, and can contribute to neighborhood revitalization. EPA will work with each community to define a project scope that is consistent with the available funding. [7.19.12]

EPA has released a series of factsheets on incorporating green infrastructure measures into National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wet weather programs. It builds upon existing EPA authority, guidance, and agreements to describe how EPA and state permitting and enforcement professionals can work with permittees to include green infrastructure measures as part of control programs. The series consists of six fact sheets and four supplements addressing stormwater permits, TMDLs, CSO long-term control plans, and enforcement actions and they are available on EPA's Green Infrastructure website. [6.25.12]

The EPA has launched a new design competition called the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage student teams on college and university campuses across the country to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. Stormwater is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas in the U.S., impacting the health of people across the country as well as tens of thousands of miles of rivers, streams, and coastal shorelines, and hundreds of thousands of acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. The competition will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and train the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design. Registration opens on September 4, and entries must be submitted by December 14, 2012 for consideration. Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in April 2013. Winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500 - $2,500, as well as $8,000 - $11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure. [5.16.12]

Building on their 2011 Strategic Agenda, EPA's Green Infrastructure Program is pleased to unveil their new website and to announce the availability of technical assistance to 10-20 partner communities.

Their new website repackages and expands upon their previous website to showcase EPA's research on green infrastructure and to serve as a gateway to the wealth of resources developed by governmental agencies, academia, non-profits, and the private sector. Stakeholders will be able to consult the website for up-to-date information on green infrastructure publications, tools, and opportunities.

The first opportunity they are announcing through their website is the availability of direct assistance from EPA to facilitate the use of green infrastructure to protect water quality. Technical assistance will be provided through EPA contract support, and will be directed to watersheds/sewersheds with significant water quality degradation associated with urban stormwater. The total EPA assistance available is approximately $950,000, and will be distributed among 10-20 projects. The value of the assistance available to each project will be approximately $50,000 - $100,000. Letters of interest must be received by April 6, 2012. [2.21.12]



FedBizOpps.gov (Federal Business Opportunities)

The American Federal Government spends about $500 billion per year on services and products and about almost half of it is allocated to use services and buying products from small businesses in America. If you have business company, you might be asking yourself if the American Fed Gov wants your products or services. Yes they do, The US Government buy anything from cloths and uniform to satellite systems and aerospace components. You will find more than thirteen million services and products bought by the Federal government every year. There are more than 1000 government agencies that buy products plus all type of services intended to maintain the nation working and running smoothly, but just about a quarter of all US businesses that are registered and authorized for doing business with the US government. There aren’t any charges to register or join up and the procedure to be part of it is pretty simple. You can search for opportunities to install and maintain "green roofs" here. [3.15.12]



General Services Administration (GSA)

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which currently maintains over 2 million square feet of green roofs, has a long history of constructing and maintaining successful green roofs, dating back to 1935. The GSA Green Roof Report: The Benefits and Challenges of Green Roofs on Public and Commercial Buildings, was commissioned by the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings and includes a literature review of 200 research studies, in-depth analysis of green roof benefits, an original cost-benefit analysis, discussion of challenges and best practices, and assessment of further research needs. [6.21.14] 



Green Building Initiative (GBI)

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction. GBI offers Green Globes® environmental assessment and certification programs for commercial buildings. Green Globes is a web-based program for green building guidance and certification that includes an onsite assessment by a third party. Backed by excellent customer support, Green Globes offers a streamlined and affordable alternative to LEED as a way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings. The program has modules supporting new construction - Green Globes for New Construction (NC), existing buildings – Green Globes for Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings (CIEB), and Healthcare buildings – Green Globes CIEB for Healthcare. It is suitable for a wide range of buildings from large and small offices, multi-family structures, hospitals, and institutional buildings such as courthouses, schools, and universities.  



Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition (GIO)

Cities need living green infrastructure as well as grey. The federal government has made a strong commitment to funding infrastructure across Canada with its announcement of $14B over 10 years from the Building Canada Fund. Getting the most from our investments in national infrastructure, however, requires including support for living green infrastructure as well as traditional grey infrastructure. Increased investment in grey infrastructure like roads and transit is much needed, but Canada is falling behind countries like the United States in funding living green infrastructure. The current focus on grey infrastructure should not dictate how infrastructure is conceived for the next 10 years. Living green infrastructure is a different way of thinking about infrastructure. It is a multi-scale network of ecological features that provide a wealth of benefits to our communities. Living green infrastructure includes everything from natural vegetative systems such as tree-lined streets or urban parks, to green technologies such as green roofs and permeable pavement. All of these elements combine to form a natural network that helps clean our air and water. [2.18.14]

A new report released by the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition identifies green infrastructure as a cost solution policy makers should be considering on the eve of the Ontario Budget and in subsequent political discussions centered on doing more with less. Health, Prosperity and Sustainability: The Case for Green Infrastructure in Ontario argues taxpayer dollars spent on green infrastructure offer a greater return on investment because of the multiple economic, health and environmental benefits. The report, co-written by the Coalition and Ecojustice, examines how other jurisdictions in North America are leveraging the rewards from public policies and investments in green infrastructure, and makes specific, practical recommendations to the provincial government on how to similarly benefit. [3.26.12]  



GRHC (Green Roofs for Healthy Cities)

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the green roof and wall industry association announces Washington DC as #1 for most green roofs installed in 2014 in its Annual Green Roof Industry Survey. The City of Toronto takes the #2 spot. The Washington DC Metropolitan Region saw the installation of 1,207,115 square feet of green roofs in 2014. Washington has adopted public policies and programs that support green roof investment, including rebates of $7-$15 per square foot per green roof installed and credits that reduce stormwater fees. Public investment in green roofs yields multiple public cost saving benefits. For the first time ever, Toronto has ranked 2nd amongst North American cities, with 775,216 square feet of green roofs installed. The Toronto Green Roof by-law of 2009 requiring green roofs on most new buildings has resulted in the permitting of more than 2 million square feet of green roofs. [5.13.15]

 

First Net Zero Water Training Boot Camp to Launch at CitiesAlive. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, a non-profit industry association dedicated to the development of the green roof and wall industry, is proud to announce the launch of the two day intensive Net Zero Water Boot Camp professional training at CitiesAlive in Nashville, Tennessee on November 11-12 at the Civic Design Center. The Net Zero Water Boot Camp is the curriculum associated with designing integrated water systems that work towards the goal of freeing a facility from the need to connect to the municipal water and wastewater system. Very few buildings around the world have accomplished this feat, yet it remains a critical component of moving towards greater resiliency, and it is a requirement under the Cascadia Green Building Council’s Living Building Challenge. [9.26.14]

 

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the green roof and wall industry association announces a 10 percent growth rate for green roofs in 2013 in its Annual Green Roof Industry Survey. The 2013 results from GRHC's Annual Green Roof Industry Survey are in. You can also view hi-res charts of the growth of the industry and the top 10 metro regions in 2013 for green roofs installed. [4.24.14]

 

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) invites you to submit a paper for presentation at the 12th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference in Nashville, November 12-15, 2014. The theme of the conference for this year is Water: the Key to Everything Green. Join everyone in Nashville, a city dedicated to mitigating urban flooding due to rainfall through the use of green infrastructure. By participating as a presenter, you can help us achieve our goal of providing an exceptional conference that informs and educates other designers, policy makers, researchers and other types of professionals in North America about the latest advances in green infrastructure that will help solve our water issues. [1.3.14]

 

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and Landscape Ontario are pleased to announce the official launch of a research and community engagement initiative funded by the Metcalf Foundation. This project will develop the capacity of communities throughout Ontario to understand the costs and benefits of investing in living green infrastructure development. The project involves the development of a tool that features detailed descriptions of multiple green infrastructure technologies and the average costs and benefits and then applying this analysis to areas in different communities that are redesigned in a one day charrette. [11.14.13]

 

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence. The Awards will be presented at CitiesAlive at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, CA, on Friday October 25 at the Awards of Excellence Luncheon. CitiesAlive is presented with conference partners the San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The conference features cutting-edge designs, new technical performance research, innovative policy work, and informative professional training and tours from October 23-26, 2013. [9.19.13]

 

Post-secondary students and recent graduates across North America are invited to imagine and create ‘resilient communities’ by using living architecture - green roofs and walls - to redesign a community center in central San Francisco, California. The CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge, hosted on landscape architecture social media platform Land8.com, is an academic element of the green roof and wall industry’s annual CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference, which takes place in San Francisco from October 23 - 26 2013 and is hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in partnership with the City of San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Students will submit designs online to transform the Tenderloin location - an ethnically diverse but highly urbanized landscape with limited open and recreational space - into a facility that would provide expanded space for the district’s 4,000 children to connect with nature through rooftop and wall green space and gardening, and the chance to learn about sustainable use of energy and water. The contest entry deadline is September 22nd. [7.19.13]

 

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ The Great Community Resiliency Project Contest. Submit your ideas of how living architecture can create more resilient communities in face of climate change, resource shortages, natural disasters and environmental degradation for your chance to win a free delegate pass to CitiesAlive in San Francisco, October 23-26, 2013. The editor’s top picks will be published in the November (Winter 2013/2014) issue of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine. The editor’s top picks will also be published on GRHC’s Facebook and (new!) Pinterest pages, where the ideas will be voted on. The person with the most votes, will win a delegate pass to CitiesAlive: 11th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference in San Francisco from October 23-26, 2013. At CitiesAlive, we will be examining how living architecture technologies can contribute to resilient buildings and communities. For more information, contact Jennifer Foden Wilson, editor of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine at jfodenwilson@greenroofs.org or 416-971-4494 ext. 231. [5.29.13]

 

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is pleased to announce a 24 percent growth rate in installed green roofs in 2012 as part of the results of the Annual Green Roof Industry Survey. “On the heels of a huge 115 per cent growth rate in 2011, the green roof industry still grew by 24 per cent in 2012,” said GRHC founder & president Steven W. Peck. “Green roofs are being embraced around North America, by policy makers, designers, building owners and developers because they deliver multiple proven public and private benefits,” he added. In 2012, the Washington DC Metropolitan Region installed the most green roofs in North America with 1,326,872 square feet. Washington DC adopted a number of public policies that support green roof investment. [5.1.13]

 

CitiesAlive 2013 will be held in San Francisco on Oct. 23 - 26, 2013. Submit a paper abstract by Feb. 25 on green infrastructure policy, design, or research. The theme of the 11th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference is: Securing Urban Resiliency with Living Architecture Food - Water - Energy. People in every urban region need access to clean water, secure energy and food. At CitiesAlive 2013 in San Francisco, we will explore the many links between the roofs and walls of our cities and the critical social, environmental and economic necessities of urban life that lead to urban resilience. [1.11.13]

 

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is pleased to announce the launch of a premium collectable publication that celebrates the biggest and brightest stars in the universe of „living architecture. ‘The Rise of Living Architecture" coffee table book features beautiful graphic profiles of over fifty visionaries who have fueled the explosive growth of green roofs and walls across North America over the past decade. It includes stunning photos by award-winning photographer Brad Temkin and a forward on Biophilic Design by celebrated academic Stephen Kellhert of Yale University. Its release will be celebrated at the CitiesAlive: 10th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference (October 17 - 20, 2012) in Chicago, IL. [10.3.12]

 

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence. The 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding projects in seven different design categories, as well as accomplishments in research and policy development. The Awards will be presented at CitiesAlive, taking place in Chicago from October 17th to 20th. [9.20.12]

 

“Cities have the ability to grow millions of pounds of food each year for a multitude of benefits!” said Steven W. Peck, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. “Engineers, landscape architects, architects and urban farmers are converting rooftops for food production using a variety of new technologies that we will explore at the Urban Agriculture Summit,” he added. Hear from visionaries and entrepreneurs who are leading the way and creating the business of city-based rooftop commercial food production in Toronto from August 15-18, 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with – a learn from – the experts who are taking over the roofs of New York, Montreal, Toronto, and other urban centers to create jobs, build industry, and provide healthy and fresh local food from field to table in the urban market. Check out more than 15 workshops and tours, and more than eighty speakers at www.urbanagsummit.org. [7.31.12]

 

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is pleased to announce the results of its 2012 Annual Industry Survey of Corporate Members. “The green roof industry grew by 115 percent over the course of 2011, up significantly from 28.5 per cent growth recorded in 2010,” said Steven W. Peck, GRP, President of GRHC. “This great news comes on the eve of the launch of CitiesAlive: 10 Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference." [5.1.12]

 

The GRHC 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence are now open for submission! Each year they recognize integrated design and installation excellence with the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence. They also recognize outstanding contributions to the industry in research and policy. This year's awards will be officially presented October 19, 2012 at CitiesAlive: the 10th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Chicago, IL. [4.3.12]

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and The Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY) are pleased to announce the return of the popular Green Roof Boot Camp training series to New York City, March 22nd to 25th. The event will include a tour of the NYC Parks & Recreation Department’s green roof laboratory on Randall’s Island – a unique opportunity to examine over 25 different green roof systems side-by-side. The Parks Department’s 29,000 square foot green roof is one of the only projects in the country to feature such a vast array of different systems. See www.nycgovparks.org/greening/sustainable-parks/green-roofs for additional information and photos on the Parks Department’s green roof. [3.8.12]

Building a Legacy of Outstanding Performance is the primary theme for this year’s CitiesAlive program. A living example of legacy urban planning, Chicago has the most green roof coverage in North America. This would have been impossible without maintenance measures and performance evaluations to protect investments in green infrastructure and to build exceptional progress. The development of performance standards is integral to the growth of any industry. The CitiesAlive conference call for paper abstracts is looking for papers that display novel ideas on the above-mentioned theme. The abstract content will be evaluated by independent multi-disciplinary volunteers on whether the submission displays innovation, presents new information or describes a new process. The credentials of the authors will be assessed along with the relevance of the paper to the overall conference theme. [2.13.12] 



Minnesota Green Roofs Council (MGRC)


The Minnesota Green Roofs Council (MGRC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing green roofs in Minnesota, announced the election of John Hink to its board of directors. Hink is president and chief executive officer of Solution Blue (St. Paul, Minn.), a full-service civil engineering and landscape architecture firm specializing in sustainable site design and development. [12.10.14]

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and the Minnesota Green Roofs Council (MGRC) announced that they will conduct the Minnesota Green Roof Symposium on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The Symposium will take place at the Anderson Center (Room 112) on the campus of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Symposium will give participants the opportunity to learn about green roofs and explore how to make Minnesota a leader in the application of green roofs to benefit the state’s environment and economy. [5.21.14]

Minnesota Green Roofs Council Elects New Nine-Member Board. The Minnesota Green Roofs Council (MGRC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing green roofs as a building strategy in Minnesota, announced the election of its nine-member board for 2014. "The Council’s leaders are a diverse, dynamic team with strong professional backgrounds and a shared commitment to green roofs for their many environmental and aesthetic benefits," said Karen Jensen, environmental analyst, Metropolitan Council (St. Paul, Minn.) and outgoing president of the MGRC. "I will continue to support their efforts because green roofs help improve the quality of our region’s critical water resources, particularly by reducing stormwater runoff in highly urbanized areas." [1.27.14] 



NAHB (N
ational Association of Home Builders)

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 50+ Housing Council announced the winners of its 2015 Best of 50+ Housing Awards, honoring excellence and innovation in the design, development, lifestyle and marketing of housing that appeals to the mature market. The annual awards program, held during the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, showcases the latest trends in housing for that market sector. Top honors went to Sun City Yokohama Minami in Yokohama, Japan, a six-story independent living residence. A large central courtyard with a water feature serves as the focus for the layout of the major public spaces, as it is visible from dining areas, the tea lounge and the library. The building includes amenities such as a spa and wellness center. Residents also have access to all the public facilities of the main building, including multiple dining venues, indoor pool and spa, library and conservatory, among others. Its many sustainable building elements include green roofs, high-efficiency lighting and climate controls, operable windows, a dual water system, durable exterior materials and upgraded wall and roof installation systems. [1.22.15]

The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) National Green Building Standard (ICC 700-2008) is undergoing an update for 2012. The standard applies to residential buildings, including both single-family and multi-unit buildings, and covers new construction as well as significant additions and renovations. Certification is a point-based system with four performance levels: bronze, silver, gold, and emerald. NAHB Research Center's Open Comment Period for the Green Building Standard (ICC 700-2008) closes online on January 31, 2011. Comments may be submitted online at http://ngbscomments.nahbrc.org. Applications for serving ONLY on a Task Group are due February 8, 2011. Initiated originally in 2007 by NAHB and the International Code Council, the 2008 National Green Building Standard was developed by a 42-member Consensus Committee and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in January 2009, making it the first point-based rating system for green residential construction, remodeling, and land development to be approved by ANSI. Individuals and groups can submit their proposed changes online at by January 31, 2011. Comments may be submitted to http://ngbscomments.nahbrc.org. Task groups will review the proposed changes and develop committee proposals in early 2011. For more information on the National Green Building Standard, please visit http://www.nahbgreen.org/NGBS/default.aspx. [1.21.11]


 

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

NASA plays an increasingly important role in research into climate change and its potential impacts on the quality of life on earth. This includes several thrusts of research into the impact on urban life on climate change. One such effort at NASA involves utilizing green (a.k.a. vegetated) roofs. NASA’s research reveals that roofs covered with vegetation provide a cleaner environment, energy savings, and increased insulation. Additionally, utilization of green roofs can dramatically reduce the surface temperature of urban environments, something critically important for elderly and other sensitive populations.

NASA has released a fact sheet detailing efforts to research, use, and improve upon the concept of "green roofs" - urban rooftops covered with vegetation. Although the idea is centuries old, it has great relevance in addressing today's challenges. With over half of the entire human population living in cities, it is important to understand how cities can be affected by climate change, and to devise strategies to employ adaptation strategies to deal with possible impacts. [7.10.12] 


 

NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association)

NRCA offers vegetative roof systems manual. The NRCA Vegetative Roof Systems Manual, Second Edition, addresses cutting-edge technologies available for vegetative roof systems, including the waterproofing system and its associated components, such as a protection course, a root barrier, a drainage layer, thermal insulation and an aeration layer, and an overburden of growth medium and plantings. Best practices are included for the design and installation of extensive, semi-intensive and intensive vegetative roof systems. [11.18.12]

NRCA Offers LEED Guide: NRCA has made available A Roofing Professional's Guide to LEED® to help roofing professionals who want to learn more about the roofing-specific issues related to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating System, which is the most recognized sustainable building rating system. The manual includes background information and an explanation of LEED's Professional Credentialing program, among other topics. Under Sustainable Sites (SS) there are references to vegetative roof systems earning credit points per SS Credit 6.1, SS Credit 6.2, and SS Credit 7.2 Options 2 and 3. [9.6.12]  



NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

DC Water Announces New Proposal to Clean Up Rivers Using Green Infrastructure Instead of Tunnels. DC Water, who operates the system, signed a legal agreement in 2005 to build massive underground tunnels that will store this sewage-rainwater combination until it can be sent to the District's sewage treatment plant at Blue Plains. Construction has already started on one of the tunnels, which will prevent overflows into the Anacostia River. That tunnel will go into operation in 2022. DC Water announced a new direction for the remainder of what it calls the "Clean Rivers Project." The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice have given DC Water the thumbs up to eliminate or downsize the tunnels that were planned for the Potomac River and Rock Creek and use green infrastructure to capture rainfall instead. [5.21.15]

A new NRDC report released today, The Green Edge: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value, details the following benefits, which help to build the business case for commercial real estate owners to invest in green infrastructure: increased rents and property values, increased retail sales, energy savings, local financial incentives (such as tax credits, rebates, and stormwater fee credits), reduced infrastructure costs, reduced flood damage, reduced water bills, increased health and job satisfaction for office employees, and reduced crime. [12.17.13]

NRDC has released an update to its 2011 report Rooftops to Rivers II, which showed how cities of all sizes were employing green infrastructure to solve their stormwater pollution problems and revitalize their communities. It showcases how 20 cities were using green infrastructure to better manage stormwater and achieve a host of non-water benefits, including capital and maintenance cost savings.  [10.30.13]

Installing green roofs and cool roofs in southern California could save consumers more than $211 million in energy bills and reduce emissions equivalent to removing 91,000 cars from the road each year, according to a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. Installing green roofs will additionally reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes our beaches. According to the report, “Looking Up: How Green Roofs and Cool Roofs Can Reduce Energy Use, Address Climate Change, and Protect Water Resources in Southern California,” if green roofs or cool roofs were installed on 50 percent of existing roof surfaces for residential, commercial, and government and public use buildings in southern California, it could save up to 1.6 million megawatt hours of electricity annually, enough energy to power more than 127,000 homes in California and save residents up to $211 million in energy costs each year based on 2012 rates. The energy savings would cut carbon pollution by 465,000 metric tons annually. [6.13.12]

NRDC released a new report on how local and state governments can stimulate potentially billions of dollars of private investment, to offset the costs of repairing our nation’s broken stormwater infrastructure. It’s worth a read for policymakers, investors, and anyone who receives a wastewater or stormwater bill from a local utility. In other words, anyone concerned with how municipalities and wastewater utilities will pay for much-needed water infrastructure investments. Our new report, titled “Financing Stormwater Retrofits in Philadelphia and Beyond,” uses the City of Brotherly Love as a test case to explore how innovative financing mechanisms, currently being used for energy efficiency retrofits, can be adapted to the stormwater management context. [2.1.12]



SERF (Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities)

The Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF) announced its launch into the Chicago market. The East Lansing, Mich.-based green building certification organization brings affordable, streamlined and accessible environmental certification to the metro's building owners, managers and developers. As part of SERF's Chicago launch, it is certifying two Chicago buildings: the office portion of the iconic 330 North Wabash building and Norcon Construction headquarters. Additionally, the organization established a Chicago office and appointed a regional director to oversee operations and outreach efforts for the region. [3.14.12] 



Smart Growth America

Through a grant from the U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities’ Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program, Smart Growth America is pleased to offer free technical assistance to help communities implement smart growth strategies to build stronger economies while protecting human health and the environment. Any unit or subdivision of local, tribal or regional government is eligible to apply. The deadline for Smart Growth America Technical Assistance applications is October 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM EDT. [10.3.11] 



SPRI (Single Ply Roofing Industry)

For the past three and a half years, Kelly Luckett, President of Green Roof Blocks and Chairman of the Technical Committee for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, has been working with the Single Ply Roofing Industry to develop the ANSI/SPRI RP-14 Wind Design Standard for Vegetative Roofing Systems. The standard represents a consensus of over 50 industry experts and stakeholders and received approval as an American National Standard on June 3rd, 2010, from the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). The standard will be submitted for inclusion in the International Building Code as a provision in a new section of the building code entitled IGCC: Safe and Sustainable by the Book. The complete standard, in addition to the supporting wind tunnel testing report, is available for downloading from Green Roof Block's website, www.greenroofblocks.com, and at http://greenpaks.com/downloadsandcalculators.html.

RP-14 was developed as a result of the concerns raised by the roofing industry that there has been a lack of consideration regarding the risk of wind damage on vegetative green roof systems . The building code now requires green roofs to have the same wind and fire resistance as a traditional roof. RP-14 provides the industry with a means of meeting the wind resistance portion of this requirement. According to Kelly Luckett, "In order to get this done, we were forced to take a hard look at the way we had been designing green roofs in North America over the past decade. We found specific risks that can be minimized through prudent design precautions. RP-14 establishes minimum design standards that make compliance criteria clear for both green roof providers and code enforcement officials". [6.24.10]



State of Alaska

Stormwater management techniques are also called low impact development or green infrastructure. These techniques use plants and bioengineered landscape features to manage stormwater runoff on-site, filter out debris and pollutants, protect salmon habitat, and keep drinking water clean. Green roofs provide a vegetative cover instead of an impervious surface. Vegetation absorbs runoff that can pollute waterways and cause problems with flooding and erosion. A new green roof incentive has been unveiled in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Alaska. The Mast-Su LID Program offers to match half of the cost of a green roof, up to a maximum reimbursement of $500. Click here for more information. [10.11.12]  



State of Illinois (EPA)

Governor Pat Quinn announced more than $5 million in investments to 13 communities across Illinois for green infrastructure improvement projects. Illinois Green Infrastructure Grants (IGIG) are designed to support projects that reduce the amount of pollution running into Illinois waterways from stormwater sources and reduce the risk of localized flooding. This announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations, while creating construction jobs. 2013 is the third year of IGIG and the program has previously awarded more than $9 million to 23 green infrastructure projects around the state. Included among the many improvements these projects have made are the installation of nearly 150 cisterns or rain barrels, 220 downspouts, 184 rain gardens, four green roofs, three urban wetlands and six acres of permeable pavement. [9.26.13]

Illinois EPA Interim Director John Kim announced the award of nearly $5 million in Green Infrastructure Grants designed to reduce the amount of pollution running into Illinois waterways from stormwater sources. Urban Juncture, Inc., Chicago - $404,656 for the Bronzeville Cookin’ Demonstration Roof and Parking Facility; Green roof, rooftop cistern and permeable parking at redeveloped warehouse, will address stormwater and pollutants in the Chicago River. Fox-Atkins Development LLC, University of Illinois campus, Champaign - $51,342 for the I Hotel and Conference Center Green Roof System; Green roof will reduce stormwater runoff and pollutants to the Embarras River. [4.20.12]



State of Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has just released a bid for landscaping and outdoor products that includes a category for Green Roof and Living Wall Materials and Supplies (Category 5). The solicitation document number for the bid is FAC79. On Monday, April 8, the state will be holding a webinar for interested bidders at 11 am Eastern Time. For information on the webinar, see Section 2 of the Request for Response document posted as part of the solicitation specifications.

Here is how to access the solicitation:

  1. Go to www.comm-pass.com

  2. Click on “Solicitations.”

  3. Select “Search for a Solicitation.”

  4. On the Search page, under “Document Number” type in “FAC79,” and under “Document Status” select “Open.” Click on the Search button.

  5. A blue link to the search results will appear above the search page, click on it.

  6. On the Search Results page, click on the “View” icon on the right.

  7. Specifications for the solicitation, including the main Request for Response (RFR) document are under the “Specifications” tab.

An excerpt from the specifications (full specs are in the Request for Response document):

This category is intended exclusively for converting or retrofitting existing roofs, walls and structures into vegetated roofs and walls. Products in this category will include modular green roof systems, growing media, materials for drainage and moisture protection courses, root barriers, membranes, accessories, and related materials for vegetated roofs and walls (green roofs and living walls).

To be eligible for an award, bidders must offer:

  • Only products that do not require manufacturer-certified installation are eligible to be sold in this category.

  • At least one product line of modular green roof of living wall products that may be assembled by Eligible Entity staff or volunteers under a contractor’s supervision.

It is desirable that:

  • The plastic elements of the products proposed under this contract include post-consumer recycled plastic resin.

  • Bidders offer recycling options to collect damaged or out-of-date products and recycle them into new product.

  • Bidders offer decals, plaques, plates or other types of products which can be affixed to or imprinted on products sold by the Bidder which identifies products as containing recycled plastic and other relevant information. There will be no markup on decals, plaques or other such types of products whenever they are offered.

  • Bidders provide take-back and recycling services for packaging, including but not limited to paper, cardboard, textile and plastic packaging.

Cannot find the solicitation? Please contact the Comm-PASS Help Desk at comm-pass@state.ma.us or 888-MA-STATE. [4.5.13]  



State of New Jersey

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo, Nancy Pinkin, Tim Eustace and L. Grace Spencer designed to encourage the creation of environmentally friendly buildings was recently approved, 71-3, by the Assembly. The bill (A-2305) aims to promote the incorporation of blue and green roofs into the design of new and existing buildings. Blue and green roofs use vegetation or mechanical devices to prevent roof water from draining too quickly, not only to improve storm water management but also to provide cost saving opportunities such as more efficient energy usage for heating and cooling. [12.17.14]

A two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Ruben Ramos, Jr., John McKeon, Wayne DeAngelo, and Connie Wagner, which is designed to encourage the proliferation of environmentally-friendly buildings, was approved by the full Assembly. Both bills aim to encourage the incorporation of green and blue roofs into the design of new and existing buildings. Green and Blue Roofs use vegetation or mechanical devices to prevent roof water from draining too quickly, not only to improve storm water management but also to provide cost saving opportunities such as more efficient energy usage for heating and cooling. [1.30.13]

A three-bill package sponsored by New Jersey Assembly Democrats Ruben Ramos, Jr., John McKeon, Wayne DeAngelo, and Connie Wagner, which is designed to encourage the proliferation of environmentally-friendly buildings, was approved by an Assembly panel. The first two bills aim to encourage the incorporation of green and blue roofs into the design of new and existing buildings. Green and Blue Roofs use vegetation or mechanical devices, respectively, to prevent roof water from draining too quickly, not only improve storm water management but also provide cost saving opportunities, such as more efficient energy usage for heating and cooling. "It's time to start making forward-thinking, eco-friendly solutions a priority for today, not a promise for tomorrow," said Ramos (D-Hudson). "Blue and Green roofs are a smart approach that will help save money in the long-term while also protecting our environment." [6.15.12]



State of Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will once again partner with the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA), the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to offer a grant program designed to help local governments fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects. A total of $103,080 in grant funds will be available for allocation this year. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 will be awarded to local governments through a competitive process for projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervious concrete applications, trees and tree boxes, in addition to outreach and education efforts designed to promote green development in Tennessee communities. The grants require a 20 percent local match. [8.11.14]

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will once again partner with the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA), the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to offer a grant program designed to help local governments fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects. A total of $200,000 in grant funds will be available for allocation over the next two years. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 will be awarded to local governments through a competitive process for projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervious concrete applications, trees and tree boxes, in addition to outreach and education efforts designed to promote green development in Tennessee communities. [6.27.13]  
 



SITES (Sustainable Sites Initiative)


The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.

The most comprehensive system for developing sustainable landscapes, the SITES v2 Rating System, has been released by the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program for use by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers and others who work in land design and development. The SITES v2 Rating System and an accompanying Reference Guide provide a set of best practices, performance benchmarks and tools for creating and evaluating sustainable landscapes. Successful projects are recognized with certification. Developed over seven years with input from hundreds of organizations and thousands of professionals, SITES v2 incorporates lessons learned from 100-plus pilot projects that field-tested the 2009 rating system. [6.13.14]

SITES has opened a public comment period seeking input on the proposed 2013 Prerequisites and Credits. This incorporates feedback received during the two-year pilot program and additional research from SITES staff and technical advisors. The public comment period will be open from September 26 - November 5, 2012. [9.26.12]

SITES has announced eight more certified landscapes that show how the Rustbelt, Big Apple, Midwest and sunny Southern California share common ground. The eight projects represent the second group of landscapes to apply the guidelines and meet the requirements for certification among 150 projects in an extensive SITES pilot program. [9.17.12]

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) has announced the first three projects to be certified by the nation's most comprehensive system for rating the sustainable design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes. The corporate headquarters of an international manufacturing company, a new university green space and a children's playground in an urban park are the first to be recognized for their sustainable land practices from among 150-plus pilot projects that began the certification process in summer 2010. These initial projects are the St. Charles, Missouri, campus of Novus International Inc.; the Green at College Park of the University of Texas at Arlington; and the Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tenn. [1.25.12] 



TD Economics

TD Economics has released a report that looks at the Value of Urban Forests in Cities Across Canada. The Environmental Value of Urban Forests in Cities Across Canada shows that urban forests do much more than green our neighbourhoods. TD Economics has determined that: At $16 million per year, Montreal's trees help to reduce the city's water treatment bill by over four per cent per year, For each dollar spent on forestry in Greater Vancouver, residents received at least $4.59 in benefits each year, and Halifax receives almost $13 in annual benefits for every dollar spent on forestry. [9.24.14] 



USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC), announced the posting of the U.S. Forest Service FY 2014 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share grant program. This year, there are three grant categories:

  1. Making Urban Trees and Forests More Resilient to the Impacts of Natural Disasters and the Long-term Impacts of Climate Change

  2. Green Infrastructure Jobs Analysis

  3. Utilizing Green Infrastructure to Manage and Mitigate Stormwater to Improve Water Quality

This year the grant proposals will be due July 15, 2013. We plan to announce future grant “Requests for Proposals” in January of each year. The 2014 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Information is posted on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council’s Website: www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac and Grants.gov www.grants.gov. Search [CFDA number: 10.675], or [Grant Opportunity No.: USDA-FS-UCF-01-2014]. An applicant may apply to more than one category; however they are to use a separate application for each category. The purpose of these grants is to address national issues. This RFP is not for local or State-wide projects. Please contact your Forest Service Regional Urban Forestry Program Manager, if you are interested in applying and have any questions. The Forest Service Regional Urban forestry Coordinators are located: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/contact_regional.html. [6.3.13] 



US Department of Energy (Energy.gov)

In the latest effort to continue that push, President Obama has signed an executive order that will help us stay on track to meet the new target pledged in China and ensure that the federal government leads by example as the United States moves boldly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while boosting clean energy. This new sustainability plan for the next decade directs federal agencies to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025. That means big cuts to the dangerous emissions driving climate change -- and also big savings. In addition to 21 million metric tons of emission reductions -- the same as taking 4.2 million cars of the road for a year -- achieving this goal will save taxpayers up to $18 billion in avoided energy costs between 2008 and 2025. The order affects not only buildings, but also calls for greater water efficiency and stormwater management—including green roofs and other green infrastructure--on federal properties. [3.19.15]  



USGBC (United States Green Building Council)

The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Their community of leaders is working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

The U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) named its Top 10 list of green building legislation honoring the bipartisan work of both the Senate and House of Representatives members who have introduced key energy efficiency and building legislation for 2009. See the list and read more from RealEstateRama. [2.25.10]

 


International
 

ASTM International

ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing, through its Subcommittee D08.24 on Sustainability, is developing several standards for sustainable roofing systems. One such standard is ASTM WK26599, Guide for Design of Sustainable, Low-Slope Roofing Systems. “The proposed standard embraces the fact that the primary purpose of the roofing system is to protect the top of the structure over the course of the roof’s design life, and that sustainable considerations such as use of the roof for water collection, vegetation, photovoltaics or use of newer or recycled products deemed environmentally friendly must not sacrifice this key aspect,” says Eric Olson, consulting engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. [10.18.13]

Standards from ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability guide work on vegetative green roofs. ASTM International members began to develop vegetative green roof standards in the early 2000s in Subcommittee E06.71 on Sustainability (now reorganized as Committee E60 on Sustainability) with the creation of the green roof task group. Meadows says that the responsible task group looked to work on a comprehensive document, a “granddaddy” standard that would address the breadth of vegetative green roof considerations. The proposed guide, WK25385, Guide for Vegetative (Green) Roof Systems, now being balloted, has facilitated the task group’s work on related standards that have been approved. The vegetative green roof task group has more standards development activities planned. Currently under way is a proposed standard on selecting waterproofing membranes for green roofs, which will list characteristics, materials and suggested performance requirements. The group will also be looking at possible vegetative green roof standards that address irrigation, fire, wind scour and roofs with steep slopes. Where there are vegetative green roofs, right below the surface there may be an ASTM International standard. [6.12.13]

 

ASTM Sustainability Committee develops standard for use of expanded shale, clay and slate in vegetative roofing systems. A new ASTM International standard will aid in the selection of lightweight aggregate best suited for use in the design and construction of vegetative roof systems. ASTM E2788, Specification for Use of Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate (ESCS) as a Mineral Component in the Growing Media and Drainage Layer for Vegetative (Green) Roof Systems, was developed by Subcommittee E60.01 on Buildings and Construction, part of ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability. Specifiers, blenders and users of lightweight growing media for green roof applications will be the primary users of ASTM E2788. According to Chuck Friedrich, an E60.01 member, ASTM E2788 provides typical gradations, physical and chemical properties of the rotary kiln expanded lightweight aggregates that can be used as a lightweight fill, drainage material or as growing media component for green roofs. “ASTM E2788 can be used to select the size and type of lightweight aggregate best suited for a project,” says Friedrich, of the Carolina Stalite Co. “The selection will be determined by local availability, but the new standard gives a broad scope of the properties that will allow most ESCS products in each region to meet the specification.” [7.16.12]

Forty-six ASTM International standards covering various aspects of building construction are cited in the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Published by the International Code Council (ICC), the new model code addresses the construction and remodeling of residential as well as commercial structures. The IgCC is expected to increase cost savings and job growth while enabling safe and sustainable building design and construction. ASTM green construction standards such as E2399 on green roof systems, C1549 for solar reflectance and E2635 on water conservation in buildings are part of the 2012 code. [3.28.12] 



Australia

A University of Melbourne study shows that glancing at a grassy green roof for only 40 seconds markedly boosts concentration. The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, gave 150 students a boring, attention-sapping task. The students were asked to press a key as a series of numbers repeatedly flashed on a computer screen, unless that number was three. They were given a 40-second break midway through the task to view a city rooftop scene. Half the group viewed a flowering meadow green roof, the other half looked out onto a bare concrete roof. After the break, students who glanced at the greener vista made significantly less errors and demonstrated superior concentration on the second half of the task, compared to those who viewed the concrete roof. The green roof provided a restorative experience that boosted those mental resources that control attention, researchers concluded." [5.25.15]

The Growing Green Guide: A guide to green roofs, walls and facades in Melbourne and Victoria is now available. The guidelines have been written for Melbourne and Victoria but much of this information has national and international relevance. The Growing Green Guide team has issued an open invitation to others to use the guidelines’ contents to develop additional resources, or even produce a second version through their Creative Commons licensing. This guide is only one of three main outputs developed by the Growing Green Guide project team – a policy options paper and feasibility study and design for four demonstration sites have also been completed. On their website you will find the comprehensive policy options paper for use by government and others in developing policies to encourage green roofs and walls and an opportunities assessment for demonstration green roof and wall sites in each partner council’s municipality. While the publication of the guidelines marks the completion of the Growing Green Guide team’s planned work, this is not the end of the Growing Green Guide project; it is the start of mainstreaming green roofs and walls into our built environment. [2.21.14]   



Bulgaria

A new Green Roofs Construction Association has emerged in Bulgaria. The new association is aimed at promoting the benefits of green roofs for both energy efficiency and sustainability. The newly created Bulgarian Green Roofs Construction Association launched its activity with a presentation of DIADEM systems. It will also represent and protect the interests of its members in order to create a good environment for the development of the sector. [5.18.12] 



EFB (European Federation of Green Roof Associations)

The EFB is an organisation that brings Europe's green roof associations together. The ten associations promote and encourage the uptake of green roofs in their countries to help address issues related to climate change, ecosystem services, green infrastructure and lack of green space in the built environment. The Association also reaches out to non-member countries to facilitate the growth in green roofs and the establishment of an national association. Interested non-member individuals, companies and public bodies can contact our office for advice and help.

The original green roof associations of Austria, Germany and Switzerland established the European Federation in 1997. Since then the following associations have joined: Dutch, Belgian, Scandinavian, Hungarian, Italian, Polish and British associations.



France

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a new law. Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer. The argument for divesting from fossil fuels is becoming overwhelming. They also retain rainwater, thus helping reduce problems with runoff, while favouring biodiversity and giving birds a place to nest in the urban jungle, ecologists say. The law approved by parliament was more limited in scope than initial calls by French environmental activists to make green roofs that cover the entire surface mandatory on all new buildings. The Socialist government convinced activists to limit the scope of the law to commercial buildings. The law was also made less onerous for businesses by requiring only part of the roof to be covered with plants, and giving them the choice of installing solar panels to generate electricity instead. [3.19.15]  
 



Global Industry Analysts

Preference for Eco-Friendly Roofing Solutions Drives the Global Roofing Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. GIA launches comprehensive analysis of industry segments, trends, growth drivers, market share, market size and demand forecasts on the Roofing market. Global market for Roofing is projected to reach US$90 billion by 2020, driven by rapid urbanization, and growing focus on energy efficient construction. [1.13.15]   
 



ICC (International Code Council)


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. The guide focuses on the permit review and approval to install a solar PV system. It highlights solar PV installations on residential and commercial building rooftops, in parking lots and on parking structures, and those mounted on the ground. Each of these has specific installation requirements addressed in the guide. Although the combination of solar and greenroofs together are not yet addressed, they could be in the future. [9.19.12]

ICC announces availability of New Green Code; The International Green Construction Code is the path to safe, sustainable, economical construction. A new model code for constructing and remodeling buildings is expected to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare. The 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) will increase the energy-efficiency of structures, while providing direction and oversight of green design and construction, according to the International Code Council. [3.28.12]



IGRA (International Green Roof Association)

Life on roofs - recreation, sports and fun - this is the main theme of the current issue of Green Roof News 1 - 2014 and we’ll be showcasing the manifold usage possibilities with examples from Singapore, Istanbul, Berlin and Copenhagen. Ski slopes, golf courses, swimming pools or playgrounds on roofs – all of these examples follow the tradition of the Swiss-French architectural theorist Le Corbusier by making roof gardens preferred gathering places on buildings. If we change the colour from green to white: There have been many discussions about white roofs to respond to the challenges of climate change and the urban heat island effect. Let us take a look on a scientific study and the results to be prepared for further debates. For the first time you will find a research review of the year 2013 with selected articles from the international pool of publications. Apart from that, we will put a spotlight on the causes for the Riga supermarket roof collapse. And we will present Green Roof projects from different countries and feature some interesting green building events. [4.21.14] 
 



Israel

 

The University of Haifa has dedicated Israel’s first research center for Green Roofs Ecology, which will focus on research and development of non-irrigated green roofs; improving biological diversity with green roofs; and developing ecological and evolutionary theories. The center has been established thanks to a generous gift from a British expert in the field, and was facilitated by VP for External Relations and Resource Development Amos Gaver. Over recent years, awareness of the “green roofs” gardening method atop building roofs has increased. It is intended to enhance a building’s energy efficiency while minimizing environmental damage. The rooftop vegetation creates better insulation for the building, which lowers air conditioning and/or heating consumption; improves photosynthesis in the city; and of course serves as an urban living space for various animals. [12.26.12]
 


 

Korea

 

The mission for the Korea Green Roof & Infrastructure Association (KOGRIA) is to foster cooperation among governmental as well as private organizations, research institutes, educational institutions, and green roof companies for the Construction of Urban Green Space for the Future. At first, we came together to discuss the issue on Urban Green Space Project, aiming to change our desolated city filled with grey concrete into lively one with greening. Then, we reached a conclusion; R&D for the advanced green technologies and its distribution are the most realistic as well as idealistic solution. In an effort to find the best ways to proceed with it, we organized “Association for Study on Green Roof,” and released many presentations as well as articles for Roof Greening periodically. Also, we hosted lots of symposiums and seminars, inviting relevant professionals to introduce the needs of roof greening system, the techniques as well as methods, and good examples on it. With our continuous activities, research and studies on Green Roof Project, finally, we officially established Korea Green Roof & Infrastructure Association (KOGRIA) with authorization of Ministry of Environment on Jan, 2003. Since then, KOGRIA has constantly tried to create new urban green spaces based on the outcomes and experiences through our studies. [12.29.12] 
 



The Green Roof Organisation (GRO)


The team at Groundwork Sheffield and the Green Roof Centre in the UK have been at it again. Following the launch of the GRO Green Roof Code for the UK in February, March brings the Green Roof Guide. The Guide is designed to sit alongside the GRO Code as a more accessible route to the technical information the Code holds. Once again the project was funded by the European Commission Life+ fund and Groundwork Sheffield, with financial support from the Homes and Communities Agency and Livingroofs.org. The Green Roof Guide is designed to enable people to get the answers they need about their green roof project, whatever its size. By simply clicking on the relevant question under each topic most common concerns can be resolved. Any part of the guide can then be saved or printed out as a PDF, and all of the information is free to all users. [3.3.11]

The Green Roof Organisation (GRO) is a UK body facilitated by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) and a partnership of Industry (green roof manufacturers and installers) and Stakeholders, coming together to develop guidance for the specification, design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of Green Roofs. Due to the manner in which this document was created it can be considered to be the result of professional expert work. The GRO code is intended to be recognised as a code of best practice and as such it should be used to guide behaviour relating to green roof design, specification, installation and maintenance. This code has been developed in partnership with national and European experts, including The Green Roof Centre at the University of Sheffield, Livingroofs.org, GRO (Green Roof Organisation) members, the Environment Agency and Homes and Communities Agency. Groundwork Sheffield secured funding to create this code of best practice which provides guidelines and references to relevant standards for the requisite quality of green roof design, installation and maintenance of green roofs across the UK. [1.12.11]



Lux Research

Innovation Will Drive Costs of Green Roofs and Walls by 28% in 2017. Combining diverse approaches can cut costs to $23/ft2 but building-integrated vegetation (BIV) will still depend on incentives for wider adoption, says Lux Research. Building-integrated vegetation (BIV) – the use of green roofs and green walls to improve air quality, manage storm-water and generate energy savings – is experiencing a burst of innovation to lower costs and hasten payback on investment, according to Lux Research. In the drive to demonstrate economic value, the $6 billion industry has come up with a number of new ways to reduce material, installation and maintenance costs. All told, costs could be cut 28% -- from $38/ ft2 in 2012 to $23/ft2 in 2017, according to a Lux Research analysis. [8.19.14]

Burgeoning Green Roofs and Green Walls Market to be Worth $7.7 Billion in 2017. Green roof installations will rise 70% to 204 million square meters, but costs and lack of validation will limit their rise, says Lux Research. Green roofs and green walls, sought to address environmental issues like air pollution, heat-island effect, and loss of green spaces in cities, will balloon into a $7.7 billion market in 2017, driven by mandates and incentives by cities across the globe. Green roofs will account for $7 billion of the market, presenting a $2 billion opportunity to suppliers of polymeric materials such as geosynthetic fabrics and waterproof membranes. Green walls will swell to a $680 million market, using $200 million worth of materials such as self-supporting polyurethane foam growth media. [10.18.12] 



WGIN (World Green Infrastructure Network)

WGIN is a non-profit industry association of industry associations from around the world whose mission is to support the development of industry associations that support the development of green roofs and walls. Its operating language is English, but its members speak multiple languages. Each year WGIN supports a regional or world congress that brings together experts from different countries to share information about green roof and wall projects, research and policy.

Member countries are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, and Taiwan.


Worldwide

Landscape architecture is more than a green garnish. It can generate an ecosystem of parks, streets, squares, woodland and waterways to make cities healthier, safer and richer. Arup, the global engineering, planning and design business, has been redefining urban planning by gathering existing research into a major report, Cities Alive, that shows the social, economic and environmental benefits of green infrastructure and how it applies to new developments or retrofitting. The company argues green space is being sliced out of design briefs to cut costs because it’s seen as purely aesthetic and a “token decorative garnish”. Cities Alive, launched in 2014, recognises that money talks, but highlights the value of green infrastructure to planners, architects, designers, as well as developers, public authorities, landowners and users. It defines green infrastructure as integrated networks of open spaces, woodland and parks, green streets, squares, healthy waterways, cycle ways and pedestrian routes as well as green roofs, walls and facades. [4.30.15]


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