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Creating a world of green:  What are we doing to advance living architecture?




Landscape Architect
Green Roof Competence Center
Architect, Ecologist, Principal
Malaysia, UK, China

Keynotes:  thinkers, designers, trend setters, leaders, eco-luminaries.


Starting on April 6, 2015 attendees can watch all of the awesome video presentations from experts and practitioners from across the globe on demand. 

The fun part is the interactive online socializing, held during the Live Social Weekend Hangout on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 10, 11 & 12!  Join us for live Speaker Q & As, chat hangouts at the Sponsor Lounges, the Inspiration Nook, the "It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere" Lounge, and the spectacular Expo Pavilion showcasing leading companies’ products and services.  Visit the Associates Pavilion featuring the work of industry-related organizations and associations; and network online.

Presentations will be on demand through May, 2015 where you can also continue to connect with your peers as well as visit the Expo Pavilions.


Visit our Speakers page to learn more about each of these industry and community leaders.  Click on each presenter's name to see their bio.


New for 2015:

Greater Viewing Accessibility with All Videos On Demand


Rather than scheduling the video presentations on a specific date and time, for 2015 all of the videos will be available on demand starting on April 6, allowing registrants to watch videos at their own leisure through.


Jump to the List of Presentations.


The Expo Pavilions

Expo Pavilion Opens April 6 through May 31 - Live on Saturday & Sunday, April 11 & 12, 2015

Request a chat if they’re online, send them emails & more.



Visit exhibitors in the Expo Pavilion live and the Associates Pavilion (on-demand) to see what's new, chat, see videos, demos, gather take home material, and interact with product and service experts.


On a day other than Saturday and Sunday April 11 and 12, just leave them a message and they'll get back to you.  Get the information you need for your next project or connect with organizations in your own country!


The Live Social Weekend Hangout, April 10, 11 & 12

Social Weekend Hangout Opens on Friday, April 10

Open 24/7 through April 12 - all live!



While you can connect with everyone anywhere within the virtual environment starting on April 6 through May 31, 2015, commencing on Friday, April 10 is our "Live Social Weekend Hangout."  It's specifically designed to connect everyone in real time at the same time period over the long weekend via our fantastic new platform, 6Connex.  See old friends and meet new ones and network with experts and professionals from many fields across international boundaries.


Speakers have selected a time on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to hold their exclusive live Q & A Sessions.


Join Q & A sessions with speakers in the Rare Earth Auditorium (Can't make it? Check back later to read the transcript and even post your own questions and commentary for them to respond later).  Interact in the Sponsor Lounges, the Inspiration Nook, the "It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere" Lounge, and the Expo Pavilions.


Opening Day, Monday, April 6, 2015


7:00 am EST (12:00 GMT):

LOG IN, set up your profile, and familiarize yourself with the virtual environment!


Greenroofs.com Opening Address from Linda Velazquez


Welcome and overview of the third biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015 from Greenroofs.com Founder, Publisher & Editor, Linda S. Velazquez.


Let the presentations, panels, networking, and fun begin!  Watch the complete line-up of speaker video presentations at your leisure and join us over the Live Social Weekend Hangout on April 10, 11 & 12 for social networking opportunities and the live Q & A's.


Catch up on the latest products, services, and innovations from our esteemed Sponsors & Exhibitors live at the Expo Pavilion on Saturday, April 11.  Visit our international colleagues at the Associates Pavilion on demand to learn about organizations and associations from around the world!


Alphabetical Presentation List - More TBA:


"A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!" Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez

The well known architect, ecologist and planner reinvented the high-rise typology as "vertical green urbanism" and is known for his authentic ecology-based work and bioclimatic skyscrapers.  Filmed in mid February, 2015, I met with Ken Yeang at his London offices and greatly enjoyed his intellect, ecological aesthetic, world philosophy, and sharp wit.



30-Minute Live Q & A with Ken Yeang.


"A Higher Purpose - Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing" by Elizabeth Hart

As we focus on all of the wonderful environmental benefits of green roofs and living walls, the societal benefits are often overlooked - yet humans may be the species with the most to gain.  Research shows that patients who can view nature during recovery have better clinical outcomes, and students that interact with nature during the learning process have improved attention and social skills.  Often the only green space available to these facilities is on the roof and walls.


In this presentation I will highlight research and case studies of green roofs on healthcare and education facilities, including the Providence St. Mary Medical Center green roof above, and the share amazing results of connecting people to nature in an urban setting.



30-Minute Live Q & A with Liz Hart.


"ASLA Headquarters' Green Programs" by ASLA

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has a full commitment to promote sustainable design practices through program initiatives and day-to-day operations.




30-Minute Live Q & A with ASLA member.


"Biosolar Roofs" by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge

The Biosolar Roof Project is a Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project that will undertake a series of pilot training projects in partner countries.

The Pilots will ensure that the learning materials will meet the requirements of both the green roof and solar industries. Both in terms of practical installation and professional understanding of the synergies at roof level between the provision of energy and biodiversity.



30-Minute Live Q & A with Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.


"Energy, Greenroofs, & Greenwalls" Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, and Chris Wark

Moderator Allen Lee, PhD leads the panel from Portland, Oregon with Bob Cameron, PhD in University City, Pennsylvania and Chris Wark in New York City.



30-Minute Live Q & A with Bob Cameron, Allen Lee and Chris Wark.


"Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects" by Kerry Ross

While some myths about the suitability of green roofs in Alberta persist given the challenging and extreme climate; that is, long, cold winters, extreme sun paths, a short growing season and low levels of precipitation, this presentation includes a range of case study projects in four of the province’s six main eco-regions.


These projects employ different proprietary systems with distinct expressions and objectives. The characteristics, design intent, plant species selection and maintenance requirements of these case studies are discussed.



30-Minute Live Q & A with Kerry Ross.


"Greening the World Inside and Outside" by Mark Paul

Greenwalls can be used to produce instant ‘greenspace’ both inside and out.  These beautiful structures of greenery bring new life and nature back into urban environments.  Leppington Station is part of a new NSW, Australia, state rail infrastructure project using ecopillows as greenwalls.


We had to satisfy their minimum of 25 + years life expectancy demands. There were 12 x 10 m high strips of varying widths reflecting the market gardening heritage of this outer Sydney suburb that is now undergoing tract housing plus is home to our second international airport.

Over the past couple of years, there have been a growing popularity of greenwalls and green roofs and the move towards green living.  This trend can be seen in both commercial and residential buildings.  Greenwalls provide a number of benefits to the urban environment.



30-Minute Live Q & A with Mark Paul.


"Pollinators on the Parapets" by Angie Durhman

As natural pollinator habitats continue to decline at alarming rates, we have a responsibility within our industry to design roofs that incorporate "super plants" for pollinators.


This presentation will focus on a new construction project situated in a corn field in Nebraska that covers 2 acres full of plant diversity, and quickly provided a haven for the monarchs.  The talk will also highlight the unique maintenance protocols for this type of roof and provide an overview of plants for pollinators, successful on roofs.




30-Minute Live Q & A with Angie Durhman.


"Small Scale Green Roofs" by Dusty Gedge and John Little




30-Minute Live Q & A with Dusty Gedge and John Little.


"Social Programs for a Green Economy" Panel with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, George Irwin, and Darius Jones

Moderator Patrick Carey leads this panel from Chicago, Illinois joined by Peter Ensign in Washington, DC, George Irwin in Rochester, New York, and Darius Jones in Chicago.




30-Minute Live Q & A with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, George Irwin, and Darius Jones.


"The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015" by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers

Greenroofs.com Founder & Publisher Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers, Greenroofs.com Editor present their highly popular annual series.


Starting with trends that we’ve seen in previous years that have either refused to go away or have sprung back with new vigor within the last year, in 2012 we continued to see amazing integration of urban agriculture into new and existing structures, the use of vegetation to create soothing and healing gardens within hospital settings, and the design of schools that incorporate living architecture into their basic curriculum.  As always, we doffed our caps to the fantastic skyscrapers that spiral up through the clouds and the client specific boutique greenroofs that always defy categorization.


2014 was the eighth year we have been compiling our "Top 10 Hot List" and our presentation will show you the latest and greatest from 2014, plus we'll include spectacular new projects from around the world sure to be on our Top 10 Hot List for 2015!



30-Minute Live Q & A with Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.


"Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece" by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin

Both Karla and Andrew have experimented extensively to design vegetated roofs with minimal or no supplemental irrigation in a hot, dry city like Denver or Athens. They both conclude the possibilities exist but the challenges lay in client expectations of what an non-irrigated green roof will look like.


Together they will discuss plant selection, irrigation options and how to convince clients to go dry.



30-Minute Live Q & A with Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.


"Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs" by Ed Snodgrass

This talk will focus on plant selection using climate types for selection, understanding the difference between a continental and maritime climate, for example, and what that means for plant survival and maintenance.


This talk will also look at plant selection and the promise of the delivery of ecosystem services such as habitat creation or biodiversity.



30-Minute Live Q & A with Ed Snodgrass.


"Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics" by Dr. Bob Cameron

Living walls and roofs can be designed to provide functional architecture.  These functions can include the growth of food products, reducing pollutants in air and water, and minimizing building energy use.


Specific research and field applications of these functions from both the USA and China will be described.  Potential pitfalls are also discussed.



30-Minute Live Q & A with Bob Cameron.


Sunday, April 12, 2015:

Greenroofs.com Closing Address from Linda Velazquez

Linda Velazquez' Closing Address

Thank you for participating in the third biennial  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015 from Greenroofs.com Publisher & Editor, Linda  Velazquez.


We appreciate your support along with all of our speakers who give of their time so freely and generously!  And, we also couldn't do it without the forward-thinking vision and support of our advertisers.  Please make sure to follow up with each and visit their websites!


Until next year, remember to "Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!"  We hope to see you soon at one of the many great physical conferences worldwide!

Sunday, April 12:  2:00 pm EST

30-Minute Live Q & A with Linda & Aramis Velazquez.


April 6, 2015 through May, 2015:

All Video Presentations are Available On Demand,
All Networking Lounges are Open and Live
& The Expo Pavilions are Open for Visiting!


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