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

 

 


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

The 2013 Virtual Summit Keynotes

State-of-the Market & Potential: According to the 2012 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities' corporate member survey, the greenroof industry grew by 115% over the course of 2011, up significantly from the 28.5% growth recorded in 2010.  And according to Lux Research, the global market size for greenroofs and walls has burgeoned into a projected $7.7 billion market in 2017.  What are the drivers leading our industry?  What are our challenges?  Hear from our leaders.

 

Sustainability Strategies: The new urban agriculture paradigm shift must optimize resources including people, places, and design.  Let's examine the successes from both nature and local communities to learn together on a global scale.

 

Integrating Nature into Our Built Environment: Are mankind’s feelings about nature innate?  Organic architecture is on the rise and high-performance, building integrated greenery technologies relate to our inner sense of biophilia.  Are we inevitably drawn to create vegetated roofs in our urban landscapes for our health and well being?

 

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

 

~ All Video Presentations are now available On Demand through April 13, 2013 until 11:59 pm EDT.

 

~ Expo Pavilions are Open 24 Hours.

 

~ Connect with Social Media Open 24 Hours all 30 Days!

 

So what is different? Nothing, really. Now all the 30+ videos are on demand and attendees can still:


• Visit Exhibitors and Associates at the Expo, download material, request a chat if they’re online, send them emails, etc.;


• View Q & A Transcripts and post commentary to any Q & A Session;


• Add commentary in the Auditorium, Networking Lounge, etc.;


• Network via all the social media features: view attendee profiles, use video, audio or text chatting options + send emails, vCards, etc. Check out Who's Here at the click of a button!

 

 
 

Expo Pavilions Open 24 Hours:

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

 

 

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

 

If it's not a Wednesday, just leave them a message.  Get the information you need for your next project or connect with organizations in your own country!

 

Social Media:

Open 24/7 through April 13 - all live!

 

 

See old friends and meet new ones and network with experts and professionals from many fields across international boundaries.

 

Connect via video, audio & text chatting anywhere within the virtual environment.  Click on "Who's Here" on the navigation bar to see everyone currently online.  Invite them for a chat, send them an email, or connect with a v-Card.

 

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 Spaces, Joblinks Lounge, the Networking Lounge, the Inspiration Nook, and check out the Prize Center where you can get cool stuff for participating!  Three winners will each receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

 

NOTES:
 

~ All Video Presentations are now available On Demand through April 13, 2013 until 11:59 pm EDT.

 

~ Expo Pavilions are Open 24 Hours.

 

~ Connect with Social Media Open 24 Hours all 30 Days!

 

~ All presentations are in the Rare Earth Auditorium.
The Expo Pavilions have videos in booths, too.

 

 
 

Opening Day, Tuesday, February 12, 2013

 

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

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

 

9:00-9:03 am EST (14:00-14:03 GMT):

Greenroofs.com Opening Address from
Linda Velazquez

 

Welcome and overview of the second annual Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 from Greenroofs.com Publisher & Editor, Linda S. Velazquez, presented in association with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).

 

Let the presentations, panels, networking, and fun begin!  Join us every day for social networking opportunities, on the scheduled dates below for the video presentations and live Q & A's that follow, and on Expo Wednesdays to interact with our Sponsors & Exhibitors live.  You can also see the booths from organizations and associations from around the world!

 

We'd especially like to thank the continued patronage of Tremco Incorporated, our Rare Earth Sponsor, and our wonderful exhibitors, too: Azoteas Verdes, GreenGrid, Green Living Technologies, greenscreen, J-DRain, rooflite, Roofmeadow, Infra Red Analyzers, and Vegetal i.D.  Please make sure to chat with each and visit their websites!
 

9:03-9:05 am EST (14:04-14:05 GMT):

WGIN Opening Address from Prof. Dr. Manfred Köhler

 


Welcome to the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit from Manfred Köhler, President of WGIN, the co-organizer of this year's Virtual Summit.

 

Make sure to visit all the booths at the Expo and learn about companies and organizations!

 

Check to see who's online and start networking!
 

9:06-9:20 am EST (14:15-14:30 GMT):15-Minute Live Q & A with Linda Velazquez. 


10:00-10:35 am EST (15:00-15:35 GMT):

Opening Keynote Address by Aditya Ranade, PhD, MBA

 

 

"Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage?"
 

Rapid urbanization over the past five decades has led to environmental issues like air pollution, urban heat-island effect, and loss of green spaces.  In response, cities such as Copenhagen, London, Singapore, and Chicago have implemented mandates or incentives for vegetated roofs to reduce storm-water volume, clean air pollutants, reduce the urban heat-island effect, and sequester carbon dioxide.

 

Based on my recent Lux Research report, in this talk we examine the drivers as well as barriers for growth in this emerging and burgeoning market, and project the global market size for green roofs and walls from 2012 to 2017.
 

10:45-11:00 am EST (15:45-16:00 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Dr. Aditya Ranade.

 

 

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3:00-3:55 pm EST (20:00-20:55 GMT):

Panel Session "Green Walls and Maintenance - Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices" with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck (Moderator), and James Sable

 

Plant Connection at PNC Bank in Blatimore, MD
 

Chris Lyon, Tournesol Siteworks
 

James Sable, greenscreen at Redmond, WA

 

Steven Peck, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in Toronto, Canada leads this panel with Melissa Daniels of Plant Connection in Riverhead, New York, Christopher Lyon of Tournesol Siteworks in Hayward (outside of San Francisco), California, and James Sable of greenscreen® in Los Angeles, California.

 

The session will begin with a description of the different green wall technologies.  Along the way, best practices for design and maintenance planning, associated with facades and living walls, will be addressed and we'll wrap up will a focus on some of the challenges involved and how to address issues if green walls are not performing as expected.

 
4:00-4:15 pm EST (21:00-21:15 GMT):15-Minute Live Q & A with Steven Peck, Melissa Daniels, Chris Lyon, and James Sable. 

  

Opening Expo Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  

***Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the 1st of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!***

 

 

10:00-10:40 am EST (15:00-15:40 GMT):

Keynote Address by Mary Ann Uhlmann, GRP

 

 

"Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect"
 

Are vegetated roofs and walls inevitable?  Are they an answer to a deep longing to connect with nature?  The Biophilic Effect, a theory popularized by biologist and naturalist, Edward O. Wilson, suggests that mankind’s feelings about nature are innate, though not easily expressed in rational language.  Emotions etched into our psyches millions of years ago when early man lived on open savannahs now express themselves in our desire to create park-like settings in the landscape.  And now on our buildings.  Are we inevitably drawn to create vegetated roofs in our urban landscapes?

In this keynote speech, I’ll pose this provocative question.  I’ll introduce the theory of Biophilia, explain the adaptations we see in the landscape industry and finally in the emerging green infrastructure industry - what I call the final frontier for the Biophilic Effect.
 

10:45-11:00 am EST (15:45-16:00 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Mary Ann Uhlmann.

 

  

Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the 1st of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!

 
  

3:00-3:55 pm EST (20:00-20:55 GMT):

"A Guide to Phytoremediation: A Symbiotic Relationship with Plants, Water & Living Architecture" by Patrick Carey

 

Patrick Carey of Hadj Design in Seattle, Washington just published his new article on Greenroofs.com.
 

Not only do we kill life under the footprints of our buildings.  But the processes that produce our building materials, and in other ways support our existence, also produce a toll on the environment.  This waste takes the form of air, water, and land pollution.  There are other effects as well.  Phytoremediation, plants healing the environment, is a growing approach to air, water, and soil pollution - here I provide a Guide with references, plant lists and more.

 

Make sure to read Patrick's February, 2013 A View From the Sky Trenches column on Greenroofs.com: "A Guide to Phytoremediation: A Symbiotic Relationship with Plants, Water & Living Architecture."

 
4:00-4:15 pm EST (21:00-21:30 GMT):15-Minute Live Q & A with Patrick Carey and Dr. Alan Darlington. 

  

Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the 1st of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!

 
  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

  

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8:30-9:10 am EST (13:30-14:10 GMT):

"Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way" with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt

 

Barbara Deutsch, LAF's Landscape Performance Series

Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation will present "Showing Value: Creating Change."  The mission of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is to support the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment.  Barbara has a diverse background in both the not-for-profit and private sector.  Before changing careers to become a landscape architect, she was a marketing professional for IBM for ten years, earning two of its most prestigious awards, the Golden Circle, which recognizes the top 5% of marketing representatives in the country.  Barbara has since used these valuable business skills to become a leader in the sustainable design movement.
 

Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells, Co-Owners of Motherplants Nursery

Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells, Co-Owners of Motherplants Nursery present:  "Farmer Girls: The Story of Motherplants."  The evolution of Motherplants as a business has closely tracked the evolution of the US green roof industry as a whole, with changing patterns of plants, products, and market conditions affecting how the business works and what we grow.  Some of what we've learned is specific to green roofs and walls, some of it inherent to running any business; who's good to work with, what trends are worth tracking, and sorting good information from bad.  We'll share our philosophy, business trends we've seen, and some notable projects along the way.

 


 

Vanessa Keitges, President & CEO of Columbia Green TechnologiesVanessa Keitges, President & CEO of Columbia Green Technologies presents:  "Vanessa Keitges: Leading to Make a Difference from the President & CEO of Columbia Green Technologies."  Vanessa has a dynamic 9-year global career reflecting optimal performance in the public and private sector in the area of business development, marketing and sales.  She purchased Columbia Green Technologies along with local investors in 2009 and the company is currently experiencing significant growth under her leadership.
 

Joy Schmidt, CEO of Vitaroofs International

Joy Schmidt, CEO of Vitaroofs International presents: "Aim high, get your hands dirty and persevere with purpose - A paradigm in sustainability entrepreneurship, from green roof pioneer Joy Schmidt"  Despite the mounting evidence for change, green leaders continue to face resistance in the marketplace.  So, what’s it going to take to win the race to sustainability?  As a pioneer of green roofs, Joy Schmidt shares how she overcame not just skepticism but total disinterest to partnering in the development of some of the most celebrated green roof projects in North America today.  It’s a wild ride.  You’ll shake your head, smile and even laugh.  But the reason she shares her story is to inspire today’s green leaders, architects, builders, corporations, government and home owners, with a formula to fortify their passionate pursuit for tangible results.
 

9:15-9:45 am EST (14:15-14:45 GMT):

30-Minute Live Q & A with Vanessa Keitges, Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells, Joy Schmidt, Barbara Deutsch.

 

  

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1:00-1:55 pm EST (18:00-18:55 GMT):

"The Greenroofs.com 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2013" by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers

 
The Greenroofs.com 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2013Greenroofs.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.

 

2012 was the sixth year we have been compiling our "Hot Top 10 List" and our presentation will show you the latest and greatest from 2012 and we'll include spectacular new projects from around the world sure to be on our Hot Top 10 List for 2013!
 

 

 2:00-2:15 pm EST (19:00-19:15 GMT):

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

 

  

Friday, February 15, 2013

  

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10:00-10:40 am EST (15:00-15:40 GMT):

"Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned" with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts

 

Join these four Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2012 Award of Excellence winners as they share the trials and tribulations of their greenroof living architecture projects.

Michael Franco, The Royal York Condominium

Michael Franco, The Royal York Condominium: Located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NY, the inner courtyard at The Royal York Condominium covers approximately 15,000 square feet and occupies a two-level roof and ground level garden space between three residential buildings.  Redevelopment created the exciting opportunity to expand the visual impact and usability of the space for residents.  Following major waterproofing leaks into the parking garages below, the building embarked upon a complete renovation of the roof membrane along with repairs to the brick walls.
 

Brendan Shea, The Ledge

Brendan Shea, The LedgeAs Project Manager for Recover Green Roofs, Brendan tells the story of how built in 2010, The Ledge restaurant's 4,500 sf ‘food roof’ maximizes the use of local materials, water efficient irrigation technologies, and organic farming practices to serve the freshest food to customers below.  Planter beds were built from local, sustainably harvested, black locust wood - a natural rot-proof wood that requires no chemical treatment and is sourced from a local mill in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.  Rooflite brand soil was sourced from Read Custom Soils, located just 20 miles south of Boston.  A recycled rubber mulch was used in vegetation free zones around beds to protect the membrane and slow runoff.  The project has been a success from the start, but has improved each year with improvements in irrigation operation, compost enhancement, and communication with restaurant staff.

 

Emily Shelton, Daniel F and Ada L Rice Plant Conservation Science Center’s Green Roof GardenThe horticulturist for the Research and Evaluation Gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Emily's presentation will chronicle the design and installation process concentrating on plant palette and how they incorporated the evaluation program.

 

 

 

Keith Tufts, Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market

Keith Tufts, Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market:  The Principal and Senior Environmental Architect with Lydon Lynch Architects Ltd. led the design of the multi-award winning market, a LEED® Platinum designed ecological showcase on the Halifax, Nova Scotia waterfront.  Using 70% less energy and 70% less water than a “green’ R2000 building, the new market is one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in North America and a world-class example of healthy, sustainable living.  The Seaport Farmers’ Market project has been published nationally and internationally in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, Canadian Architect, Architectural Leaders Today and Architectural Record’s sister publication Green Source.  It has also been featured in Dalhousie and Halifax Magazine.
 

10:45-11:00 am EST (15:45-16:00 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts.

 

  
1:00-1:55 pm EST (18:00-18:55 GMT):

Panel Session "Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation - Chapter One" with Patrick Carey (Moderator), Dr. Alan Darlington, Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, and Dr. Clayton Rugh

 

Nedlaw Living Wall Biofilter at the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority

 

Dr. Paul Mankiewicz of the Gaia Institute

 

Dr. Clayton Rugh: A mixed-plant community installation on the actual Dearborn, MI industrial site that was impacted with PAHs from decades of coking operations for steel manufacture.

 

Patrick Carey of Hadj Design in Seattle, Washington leads this panel with Dr. Alan Darlington of NEDLAW Living Walls in Breslau, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Paul Mankiewicz of the Gaia Institute in New York City, and Dr. Clayton Rugh of Xero Flor America in Durham, North Carolina.
 

Phytoremediation, plants healing the environment, is a growing approach to air, water, and soil pollution.  This panel reviews and discusses the target pollutants, the various remedial processes of plants and soils, and current examples of systems designed to address pollution issues.

 

Make sure to see the follow-up Panel Session "Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State - Phytoremediation Chapter 2."
 


 

 
2:00-2:15 pm EST (19:00-19:30 GMT):15-Minute Live Q & A with Patrick Carey, Dr. Alan Darlington, Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, and Dr. Clayton Rugh. 

  

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NOTES:
 

~ All Video Presentations are now available On Demand through April 13, 2013 until 11:59 pm EDT.

 

~ Expo Pavilions are Open 24 Hours.

 

~ Connect with Social Media Open 24 Hours!

 

~ All presentations are in the Rare Earth Auditorium.
The Expo Pavilions have videos in booths, too.

 

 
  

Monday, February 18, 2013

  

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In the Inspiration Nook:
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:00-10:03 am EST (15:00-15:03 GMT):

"Upping the Urban Green.  What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?" by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring

 

Upping the Urban Green.  What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?

"Upping the Urban Green.  What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?"

Mark Simmons, PhD from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas and Christine Thuring (Chlorophyllocity) from the University of Sheffield propose:

 

Now that we are an urban species, we are ever more compelled to create and regenerate urban ecological function to maintain global sustainability, human health and our relationship to the natural world.  But is ecological function really being prioritized and implemented in our cities?   Are methods and technologies like green roofs, living walls, water sensitive designs and natural green space being as widely used as they could be?  If not, what’s holding it up?

 

This short video gives a brief introduction to urban ecology and presents a case for collaborative ecological urban design towards an optimistic future for our cities and planet.  In order to gauge how opinions vary by culture and discipline, participants are invited to participate in a short 10 question, global online survey which seeks to answer how can we do better as professionals.
 

10:03-10:30 EST am (15:03-15:20 GMT):

Live Discussion Chat with Christine Thuring and Mark Simmons. They will also be online on March 4.

 

  
In the Inspiration Nook:
1:00-1:03 pm EST (18:00-18:03 GMT):

"Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients" by João Manuel Linck Feijó

 

 

Recycling Water

 

João Manuel Linck Feijó, agronomy engineer and principal of Ecotelhado from Brazil as well as the Director of ATVBrasil, shares his new idea.

 

This short video lets you get a look at and learn about a new integrated system of wastewater recycling with green roofs.
 

 
1:05-1:20 pm EST (18:05-18:20 GMT):15-Minute Live Q & A with João Manuel Linck Feijó. 

  

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  
7:00-8:10 pm EST (00:00-01:10 GMT):

Panel Session "Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State - Phytoremediation Chapter 2" with Patrick Carey (Moderator)

 

Phytotechnologies by Ian Balcom

 

Bob Cameron with his "living columns"; Photo via pennstatelive on flickr

 

Patrick Carey of Hadj Design in Seattle, Washington follows up the "Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation - Chapter One" Panel Session here with Dr. Ian Balcom in Lyndonville, Vermont and Dr. Bob Cameron in University Park, Pennsylvania.
 

“What do we do with this stuff after it has reached saturation with sequestered pollutants?” Burn it?  A linked question is “How long before this stuff will become saturated with pollutants?” These are simple questions with complex answers.

 

The panel will draw connections between the broad field of phytotechnologies to structure integrated applications and discuss critical areas of current and future research including specific compounds' end fate in integrated biofilters and how non-traditional pollutants could well determine how many cycles and what uses reclaimed wastewater can do.

 
No live Q & A today, but join them on Thursday, February 22 at 2:15 pm EST:

No live Q & A with Patrick Carey, Dr. Ian Balcom, and Dr. Bob Cameron.

 

  

Expo Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  

Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the 2nd of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!

 
  

10:00-10:50 am EST (15:00-15:50 GMT):

Keynote Address by Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA

 

Steven Peck

 

"12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs"
 

Steven Peck, founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American Green Roof Industry Association, has been working to develop the green roof and wall industry for over 15 years.  His presentation will focus on the major reasons why government policy makers (and building owners) should invest in supporting the development of green roofs and green wall technology on new and existing buildings in their communities.

 

Steven's keynote will cover recent scientific literature on green roof and wall performance as well as studies on human health and well being.
 

11:00-11:15 am EST (16:00-16:15 GMT):15-Minute Live Q & A with Steven Peck. 

  

Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the 2nd of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!

 
  

3:00-3:55 pm EST (20:00-20:55 GMT):

"Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production" with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin

 

The current importance of urban agriculture is evidenced by the numerous food farms currently operating at many different scales and many different parts of the world.  Here we visit just 5 innovative approaches to growing local produce on horizontal and vertical spaces on rooftops and on the interior from Canada and the United States.

Mohamed Hage, Lufa FarmsMohamed Hage:  The founder of Lufa Farms tells how his 31K-square foot greenhouse, opened in 2011, is bringing fresh vegetables year round to families in Montreal.  Antiquated zoning regulations and building codes, rather than agriculture, were the most challenging hurdles before he could get his business "off the ground."  Hage believes that rooftop farms will change the fresh-food dynamic and vastly improve the way city-dwellers eat.


 

Helen Cameron, Uncommon Ground

Helen Cameron:  The co-owner of Uncommon Ground shares how the multiple-award winning restaurants in Chicago have been operating for 21 years as community-based, committed to supporting local farmers and purchasing as locally and sustainably as possible.  Helen shares their mission of giving guests a high quality dining experience at a relatively affordable price, all while educating guests on the importance of a thriving, healthy local food system.

 

 

Ben Flanner

Ben Flanner:  The head farmer, CEO, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, based in New York City, will take the audience on an overview of Brooklyn Grange.  Ben will describe the green roof systems that the farm uses, soil media, the ins and outs of farming on a roof, sales and distribution, NYC's first commercial honey producing apiary, and Brooklyn Grange's other entrepreneurial activities.

 

George Irwin, The Food Factory

George Irwin:  The founder and CEO of Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) describes a scalable vertical farm that utilizes buildings, factories or otherwise unused spaces refurbishing them to grow quality produce.  Utilizing the GLTi "A" Frame configuration, The Food Factory is dedicated to providing local jobs and is an educational, research and development facility as well as a place for community members to congregate.  The concept of urban farms is not new, however the Food Factory is a year round vertical farm that uses high quality compost vs. hydroponic growing, with the prototype in Rochester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Joaquin: FarmRoof

Alan Joaquin:  Based in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu, FarmRoof was founded by Alan Joaquin in 2008.  With a focus on innovation, our company has invested heavily in research and development.  The FarmRoof® system has been refined both on rooftops throughout Hawaii and at ground level on our mountainside farm.  Our proprietary technology promises to forever change both the local food system and the urban landscape.  We are deeply committed to cultivating a sustainable future for Hawaii and beyond.  Protecting our planet’s natural resources and ensuring food security is critical to maintaining our cultural, social, and economic health.  We are honored to be a part of positive global change.  Our video will highlight the journey of this exciting new company, provide a glimpse of where we came from and where we are headed, and give an overview of the key management decisions that were made along the way.
 

4:00-4:30 pm EST (21:00-21:30 GMT):

30-Minute Live Q & A with Mohamed Hage, Helen Cameron, Ben Flanner, George Irwin, and Alan Joaquin.

 

 

 

Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the 2nd of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!

 

 

 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

  

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10:00-10:45 am EST (15:00-15:45 GMT):

"A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain" by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano

 

Dr. Alan Darlington of NEDLAW Living Walls will present "Indoor Air Biofilters."  The indoor air biofilter is an interior plantscape that can effectively remove common indoor contaminants and improves the living environment.  It represents the hybridization of science, art and engineering to deal with real problems of indoor air quality in an aesthetic and sustainable manner.  The NEDLAW Living Wall™ is the result of close to 20 years of university research.  At first glance, the biofilter appears as a vertical hydroponic green wall containing a wide range of foliage plants specifically selected for each site.

 

However, the plant wall is actually an integrated part of the air handling system for the building.  Air is actively forced through the wall of plants and highly specialized biological components actively degrade pollutants such formaldehyde and benzene in the air into their benign constituents of water and carbon dioxide.  The clean air is then distributed throughout the building, greatly improving the building performance.  This presentation will outline the science and engineering behind the biofilters; their impact on the indoor space as well as issues related to design and integration into the built environment.

 

Ignacio Solano, Hotel Gaia B3

Ignacio (Nacho) Solano of Paisajismo Urbano will share the history of Paisajismo Urbano in Spanish with English subtitles and how the love of plants has been transformed into one of the leading companies in our sector worldwide.  Over 14 years of work have resulted in the seamless integration between urban spaces and nature, received due to a combination of biology, botany, engineering, design and a patented formula which combines fungi and bacteria, ensuring complete success on site.  Come and discover his interviews with rare footage and follow this firm which is synonymous with experience and expertise in the world of advanced vertical gardening.

 

Nacho Solano hablará sobre Paisajismo Urbano. Conoceremos mejor la historia de Paisajismo Urbano y de como el amor por las plantas ha conseguido transformarse en una de las empresas referencia del sector a nivel mundial.  Mas de 14 años de trabajo han dado como resultado la integración perfecta entre espacios urbanos y naturaleza conseguida gracias a una combinación de biología, botánica, ingeniería, diseño y una formula patentada que combina hongos y bacterias asegurando un éxito total en las instalaciones.  Entra y descubre entrevistas, material inedito y como formar parte de esta empresa, sinónimo de experiencia y profesionalidad en el mundo de la jardinería vertical avanzada.
 

11:00-11:15 am EST (16:00-16:15 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Alan Darlington in English.  (Participate in the Q & A with Nacho Solano in Spanish on February 28.)

 

 

 

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1:00-2:10 pm EST (18:00-19:10 GMT):

Panel Session "Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State - Phytoremediation Chapter 2" with Patrick Carey (Moderator)

 

Phytotechnologies by Ian Balcom

 

Bob Cameron with his "living columns"; Photo via pennstatelive on flickr

 

Patrick Carey of Hadj Design in Seattle, Washington follows up the "Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation - Chapter One" Panel Session here with Dr. Ian Balcom in Lyndonville, Vermont and Dr. Bob Cameron in University Park, Pennsylvania.
 

“What do we do with this stuff after it has reached saturation with sequestered pollutants?” Burn it?  A linked question is “How long before this stuff will become saturated with pollutants?” These are simple questions with complex answers.

 

The panel will draw connections between the broad field of phytotechnologies to structure integrated applications and discuss critical areas of current and future research including specific compounds' end fate in integrated biofilters and how non-traditional pollutants could well determine how many cycles and what uses reclaimed wastewater can do.

 
2:15-2:45 pm EST (19:15-19:45 GMT):

30-Minute Live Q & A with Dr. Ian Balcom and Dr. Bob Cameron.

 

 

Friday, February 22, 2013

  

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9:00-9:20 am EST (14:00-14:20 GMT):

"Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time" by Christine Thuring

 

Christine Thuring

 

Christine Thuring, PhD candidate in Landscape Ecology (University of Sheffield) and Greenroofs.com contributing editor shares her research.  Like vegetation anywhere, green roof vegetation is subject to ecological dynamics and processes.  Little work has explored the long-term dynamics of green roof vegetation, however, with more attention on initial establishment and individual species.

 

This research evaluates how vegetation and soils on some of the oldest extensive green roofs (EGR) in southwest Germany have developed since their installation over 20 years ago.

 
9:30-9:45 am EST (14:30-14:45 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Christine Thuring.

 

 
10:00-10:30 am EST (15:00-15:30 GMT):

"Relaunch - Hamburg's New Green Roof Strategy" by Wolfgang Ansel

 

Wolfgang Ansel, Hamburg

 

Wolfgang Ansel, the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA), tells us that Hamburg was one of the green roof pioneer cities in Germany in the 1980's.  However, in the following decades the approaches were not implemented consistently.  Against the background of climate change adaptation, the multiple benefits of green roofs are now receiving more attention.  IGRA is working in close cooperation with the city of Hamburg and the Hafencity University Hamburg to develop a green roof strategy for Germany's second largest city.

 

Wolfgang will explain the municipal strategy and the various activities that have been undertaken in the last years (seminars, workshops, publications, scientific investigations) to support this process.  The culmination of the activities is the organisation of the 3rd International Green Roof Congress in Hamburg in 2013.

 

Make sure to read Wolfgang's March 2013 Guest Feature Article on Greenroofs.com: "3rd International Green Roof Congress - Hamburg Will Be the Showcase for Green Roofs in 2013."
 

10:30-10:45 am EST (15:30-15:45 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Wolfgang Ansel.

 

 

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1:00-1:55 pm EST (18:00-18:55 GMT):

"Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants" by Kevin Songer

 

Kevin Songer

 

Kevin Songer, green roof designer for MetroVerde, blogger with Living Green Roofs, and Greenroofs.com contributing editor speaks about his years of experience on living roofs.  Designing green roofs for coastal areas presents many challenges.  Actual case studies, including a recent hospital green roof design on Bermuda will be discussed.  This video examines issues and solutions to using native plants for salt and wind impacted shoreline rooftop gardens.

 

2:00-2:15 pm EST (19:00-19:15 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Kevin Songer.

 

 

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February 25 - March 3, 2013

"Spanish Week" - "Semana de Habla Hispana"

 

NOTES:
 

~ All Video Presentations are now available On Demand through April 13, 2013 until 11:59 pm EDT.

 

~ Expo Pavilions are Open 24 Hours.

 

~ Connect with Social Media Open 24 Hours!

 

~ All presentations are in the Rare Earth Auditorium.
The Expo Pavilions have videos in booths, too.

 

~ Todas las presentaciónes están disponibles bajo demanda a través del 13 de abril hasta 11:59 pm EDT.

 

Los pabellones del Expo están abiertos 24 horas.

 

~ Las Redes Sociales están abiertas 24 horas.

 

~ Todas las presentaciónes están en el Auditorio "Rare Earth."
También hay videos en el Expo.

 

 
 

Monday, February 25, 2013

 

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10:00-10:20 am EST (15:00-15:20 GMT):

"Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo" - "Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University" by Dr. Gilberto Navas

 

Gilberto Navas: Chapingo Autonomous University Greenroof

 

Dr. Gilberto Navas will give a presentation of the experimental area of green roofs at the University of Chapingo in Mexico City in Spanish with English subtitles.  He will describe the exposition of the main field of investigation and give a description of the application of results.

 

Gilberto Navas hablará sobre la "Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo" en la Cuidad de México.  Su presentación explicará el área experimental de naturación de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, la exposición del campo principal de investigación, y una descripción de aplicación de resultados.

10:20-10:35 am EST (15:20-15:35 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Gilberto Navas.

 

  

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 

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1:00-1:15 pm EST (18:00-18:10 GMT):

"Áreas Verdes de la Ciudad de México & Azoteas Naturadas" - "Mexico City's Green Plan & Green Roofs" by Tanya Müller García

 

Tanya Müller García: Alameda Park in Mexico City

 

Tanya Müller García, Secretary of the Environment for Mexico City, Federal District, will provide a description of the Green Plan in Spanish with English subtitles.  An Inventory of Green Areas of Mexico City will be provided as well as inclusion for the first time of green roofs in the Cities Green Inventory.  Tanya will also present some examples of green roofs in Mexico and future projects.
 

Tanya Müller García, Secretaria de Medio Ambiente del Gobierno del Distrito Federal, presentará "Áreas Verdes de la Ciudad de México & Azoteas Naturadas."
 

Tanya hablará sobre la experiencia de la Ciudad de México de incluir azoteas naturadas en su inventario de areas verdes y dará una descripción del Plan Verde y el Inventario de Áreas Verdes de la Ciudad de México; inclusión por primera vez de las azoteas naturadas en el Inventario de Áreas Verdes de la Ciudad de México; presentación de algunos ejemplos de azoteas naturadas en México y proyectos futuros.
 

No Live Q & A with Tanya Müller García.  Due to scheduling conflicts, she will not be available for Q & A chatting.  Contact her at: tmuller.amenamex@gmail.com


 

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Expo Wednesday, February 27, 2013

 

Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the 3rd of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!

Visite en Vivo Hoy los Pabellones del Expo, el Tercer Miercoles Expo!

 
 
10:00-10:55 am EST (15:00-15:55 GMT):

Panel Session "La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España" - "Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain" - in Spanish with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García (Moderator), Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer

 


"La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamericana" - "Urban Agriculture in Spain and Latin America"Tanya Müller García: Alameda Park in Mexico City

In Mexico City, Tanya Müller García, Secretary of the Environment for Mexico City, Federal District, Founder of AMENA - Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas (National Mexican Greenroof Association), and Vice President of the World Green Infrastructure Network leads this panel with Dr. Gilberto Navas of the Chapingo Autonomous University along with their colleagues in Madrid, Spain:

 

Dr. Julian Briz of PRONATUR - Sociedad Española para la Naturación Urbana, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos (ETSIA) at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Dr. Isabel de Felipe of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and Joaquin Sicilia of Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura.
 

The topic of the panel will concentrate on Urban Agriculture in Spain and Latin America.  Also see these individual and collaborative video presentations which serve as backgrounders for the panel: "Mexico City's Green Plan & Green Roofs" in English by Tanya Müller García; "Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo" - "Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University" by Gilberto Navas; and "Naturación Urbana en España" - "Urban Greening in Spain" by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia.
 

11:00-11:15 am EST (16:00-16:15 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Julian Briz, José María Durán-Altisent, Isabel de Felipe, Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia.

 

No Live Q & A with Tanya Müller García.  Due to scheduling conflicts, she will not be available for Q & A chatting.  Contact her at: tmuller.amenamex@gmail.com


 

Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the 3rd of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!

Visite en Vivo Hoy los Pabellones del Expo, el Tercer Miercoles Expo!

 
 

3:00-3:25 pm EST (20:00-20:25 GMT):Keynote Address by Javier Senosiain 

 

"Bioarchitecture" (in Spanish with English subtitles)

 

Javier's keynote will address the origin of the philosophy and concept of organic works of his office, Arquitectura Orgánica.  He will include the description and benefits of green roofs and facades along with a description of other organic projects.

 

Javier hablará sobre el origen de la filosofía y concepto de las obras orgánicas del despacho.  Dará descripción y ventajas de las fachadas y azoteas verdes y descripción de proyectos orgánicos.
 

3:30-3:45 pm EST (20:30-20:45 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Javier Senosiain.

 
  

Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the 3rd of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!

Visite en Vivo Hoy los Pabellones del Expo, el Tercer Miercoles Expo!

 
  

Thursday, February 28, 2013

  

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10:00-10:45 am EST (15:00-15:45 GMT):

"A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain" - "Un Cuento de Dos Sistemas de Muros Verdes Hidropónicos de Canadá y España" by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano

 

Dr. Alan Darlington of NEDLAW Living Walls will present "Indoor Air Biofilters."  The indoor air biofilter is an interior plantscape that can effectively remove common indoor contaminants and improves the living environment.  It represents the hybridization of science, art and engineering to deal with real problems of indoor air quality in an aesthetic and sustainable manner.  The NEDLAW Living Wall™ is the result of close to 20 years of university research.  At first glance, the biofilter appears as a vertical hydroponic green wall containing a wide range of foliage plants specifically selected for each site.

 

However, the plant wall is actually an integrated part of the air handling system for the building.  Air is actively forced through the wall of plants and highly specialized biological components actively degrade pollutants such formaldehyde and benzene in the air into their benign constituents of water and carbon dioxide.  The clean air is then distributed throughout the building, greatly improving the building performance.  This presentation will outline the science and engineering behind the biofilters; their impact on the indoor space as well as issues related to design and integration into the built environment.

 

Ignacio Solano, Hotel Gaia B3

Ignacio (Nacho) Solano of Paisajismo Urbano will share the history of Paisajismo Urbano in Spanish with English subtitles and how the love of plants has been transformed into one of the leading companies in our sector worldwide.  Over 14 years of work have resulted in the seamless integration between urban spaces and nature, received due to a combination of biology, botany, engineering, design and a patented formula which combines fungi and bacteria, ensuring complete success on site.  Come and discover his interviews with rare footage and follow this firm which is synonymous with experience and expertise in the world of advanced vertical gardening.

 

Nacho Solano hablará sobre Paisajismo Urbano. Conoceremos mejor la historia de Paisajismo Urbano y de como el amor por las plantas ha conseguido transformarse en una de las empresas referencia del sector a nivel mundial.  Mas de 14 años de trabajo han dado como resultado la integración perfecta entre espacios urbanos y naturaleza conseguida gracias a una combinación de biología, botánica, ingeniería, diseño y una formula patentada que combina hongos y bacterias asegurando un éxito total en las instalaciones.  Entra y descubre entrevistas, material inedito y como formar parte de esta empresa, sinónimo de experiencia y profesionalidad en el mundo de la jardinería vertical avanzada.
 

11:00-11:15 am EST (16:00-16:10 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Ignacio (Nacho) Solano in Spanish.  (Participate with Alan Darlington in the Q & A in English on February 22.)

 

 

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1:00-1:55 am EST (18:00-18:55 GMT):

"Naturación Urbana en España" - "Urban Greening in Spain" by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer

 

Four Spaniards from the worlds of academia and architecture share their views on the current situation in Spain in Spanish with English subtitles.  Their videos will serve as backgrounders for the Panel Session "La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España" - "Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain."

Julian Briz

Julian Briz, PhD, Professor em. Polytechnic University of Madrid and President of PRONATUR will present "Retos Socioeconomicos y de Gestión en las Ciudades Verdes Espanoles" - "Socioeconomic and Management Challenges in Spanish Green Cities."  He will provide market analysis and research of urban green areas in Spain; key performance institutions in green cities: University-Administration-Business; and promotion and the sustainability of urban green areas.
 

Julian Briz presentará "Retos Socioeconomicos y de Gestión en las Ciudades Verdes Espanoles" sobre la organización y funcionamiento de la naturación urbana en España.  Dará análisis y estudio del mercado de naturación urbana; coordinación de fuerzas clave en el funcionamiento de naturación urbana: Universidad-Administración-Empresa; y promoción y sostenibilidad de zonas verdes urbanas.
 

Jose Maria Duran-Altisent: Huertos Urbanos

José María Durán-Altisent, PhD, Professor assigned to the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos (ETSIA) - Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineers - at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, will contribute "Innovación y Buenas Prácticas en Agricultura Urbana" - Innovation and Best Practices in Urban Agriculture."  The topic is about promoting awareness of a new form of "urban agriculture" aimed at promoting the use of available land on the roofs of large buildings, becoming a kind of greenhouse, able to capture atmospheric CO2 and transform it into food for citizens.


José María Durán-Altisent
presentará "Innovación y Buenas Prácticas en Agricultura Urbana" para fomentar la sensibilidad de los ciudadanos de las grandes urbes hacia una nueva forma de “Agricultura Urbana,” tendente a fomentar el uso del suelo disponible en las azoteas de los grandes edificios, convertido en una especie de invernadero, susceptible de capturar el CO2 atmosférico y transformarlo en alimentos para los ciudadanos.
 

Isabel de Felipe

Isabel de Felipe, PhD, Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid; board member of PRONATUR, will contribute "Evolución Histórica de las Ciudades Verdes Españolas" - "Historical Evolution of the Spanish Green Cities" which describes the different steps of greening cities in Spain: traditional-take off-consolidation; identifies the urban green activities developed in public and private buildings; and describes significant projects of green cities, i.e., ornamental and orchards.

 

Isabel de Felipe presentará "Evolución Histórica de las Ciudades Verdes Españolas" sobre organización y prácticas comerciales en agricultura urbana.  Ella describe las diferentes etapas de la naturación en España: Tradicional-Despegue-Consolidación; exposita las actuaciones en edificios públicos y privados y sus características; y describe proyectos significativos de actuación en naturación ornamental y huertos urbanos.

 

Joaquin Sicilia: Zaragoza Sports Stadium

Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer, architect, and founder and CEO of Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, S.L.P., will contribute “Arquitectura, Arte y Cultura en la Naturación Urbana: Experiencias Españolas” - "Architecture, Art and Culture in Green Cities: Spanish Experiences" which highlights green areas in popular urban squares and in sporting buildings.

 

Joaquin Sicilia presentará “Arquitectura, Arte y Cultura en la Naturación Urbana: Experiencias Españolas” incluyiendo estructuras de construcción, materiales, accesibilidad y seguridad en los edificios para la naturación y agricultura urbana.  Incluirá zonas verdes en plazas urbanas populares y areas verdes en instalaciones deportivas.
 

2:00-2:15 pm EST (19:00-19:15 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Julian Briz, José María Durán-Altisent, Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia.

 
  

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~ All Video Presentations are now available On Demand through April 13, 2013 until 11:59 pm EDT.

 

~ Expo Pavilions are Open 24 Hours.

 

~ Connect with Social Media Open 24 Hours!

 

~ All presentations are in the Rare Earth Auditorium.
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Monday, March 4, 2013

  

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In the Inspiration Nook:
1:00-1:03 pm EST (18:00-18:03 GMT):

"Upping the Urban Green.  What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?" by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring

 

Upping the Urban Green.  What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?

"Upping the Urban Green.  What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?"


Mark Simmons, PhD from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas and Christine Thuring (Chlorophyllocity) from the University of Sheffield propose:

 

Now that we are an urban species, we are ever more compelled to create and regenerate urban ecological function to maintain global sustainability, human health and our relationship to the natural world.  But is ecological function really being prioritized and implemented in our cities?   Are methods and technologies like green roofs, living walls, water sensitive designs and natural green space being as widely used as they could be?  If not, what’s holding it up?

 

This short video gives a brief introduction to urban ecology and presents a case for collaborative ecological urban design towards an optimistic future for our cities and planet.  In order to gauge how opinions vary by culture and discipline, participants are invited to participate in a short 10 question, global online survey which seeks to answer how can we do better as professionals.
 

1:05-1:20 pm EST (18:05-18:20 GMT):

15-Minute Live Discussion Chat with Christine Thuring and Mark Simmons.  They will also be online on February 18.

 

 
2:00-2:25 pm EST (19:00-19:25 GMT):“Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement” by Marc Grañén 
 
Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement” by Marc Grañén

Marc says, "I have a real need to observe all that involves me, to capture the essence of each small part of a landscape, in order to understand the natural balance of Nature, that Nature we had already pushed out from our lives.  So I created Phyto Kinetic, to gain those lost green spaces in where there’s only concrete and asphalt; a world trademark to "engarden" the roofs of public transport.  Finally, we have started to have green roofs and vegetal walls; now we have also gardens in movement."  Marc's presentation will be in English.

 

Marc dice que tiene necesidad de observar todo lo que lo envuelve, para captuar la esencia de cada parte pequeño del paisaje par mejor entender el balance natural de la Naturaleza.  Creyó Phyto Kinetic para ganar esos espacios verdes perdidos en donde sólo hay concreto y asfalto. Al fin, hemos comenzado a tener azoteas verdes y muros vegetados; ahora tenemos jardines en movimiento.
 

2:30-2:45 pm EST (19:30-19:45 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Marc Grañén.

 

  

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

  

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1:00-1:25 pm EST (18:00-18:25 GMT):

"Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates" by Dr. Tobias Emilsson

 

Tobias Emilsson: Augustenborg Botanical Gardens

Dr. Tobias Emilsson, Marie-Curie Senior research fellow at ZinCo GmbH and researcher at the Landscape Management, Design and Construction Department of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Malmö, Sweden will give an overview of his current research.

 

This presentation will discuss how green roofs and green walls can be designed for improving biodiversity and urban climate.  It will showcase a number of different research projects that are run in cooperation with the City of Malmö and the Scandinavian Green Roof Institute.  The main part of the research projects are looking at different variables related to substrate and plant selection.
 

1:30-1:45 pm EST (18:30-18:45 GMT):

15-Minute Live Discussion Chat with Dr. Tobias Emilsson.

 

 
  

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3:00-3:05 pm EST (20:00-20:05 GMT):

"The Status of Chinese Green Roofs at the Moment and in the Future" by Wang Xianmin

 

Wang Xianmin, Deputy Chief of the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council, Vice Chairman of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA), and Secretary-general of the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress and the 2013 China World Green Roof Congress gives us an overview of greenroof challenges and growth in China.

 

His short presentation will be in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.  He invites you to attend the 2013 China World Green Roof Congress in Nanjing in October.

No live Live Q & A with Wang Xianmin.  Contact him at bj6312@sina.com.


 
  

Expo Wednesday, March 6, 2013

  

Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the Last of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!

 

 

10:00-10:25 am EST (15:00-15:25 GMT):

Closing Keynote Address by Dusty Gedge

 

 

"Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future"
 

Dusty Gedge reviews the past 15 years of his life involved in green roofs - from biodiversity to climate change to bridging the gap between the industry and policy.  And he wonders what the next 15 will hold - how can we step up to the plate and retrofit our cities with soil and vegetation and meet the challenges of the 21st Century, the century of the mega city - and how mega green cities are the future.
 

10:30-10:45 am EST (15:30-15:45 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Dusty Gedge.

 

  

Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the Last of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!

 
 

4:45-5:59 pm EST (21:45-22:59 GMT):

Panel Session "Sky Parks in the Public Realm - Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity" with Dr. Maureen Connelly (Moderator), Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok

 

Dr. Maureen Connelly of the Centre for Architectural Ecology, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) School of Construction and the Environment leads this panel with Deputy City of Vancouver Manager Sadhu Johnston and Randy Sharp of Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture in Vancouver, B.C. Canada with Tan Puay Yok of the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore in Singapore.

Dr. Puay Yok Tan: Rooftop gardens in public housing in Singapore


How can we captivate the use of under-utilized area of rooftops and explore our city in elevated plan and section for the creation of new amenities space and vibrant public places, and for bridges as pedestrian and cycle transportation routes, and even for food security opportunities?
 

How can an exploration of Sky-Gardens and elevated green ways support Vancouver's Greenest City Action Plan – and vice-versa?  The City of Singapore, through experience and precedents, can provide a global context to advance the vision.
 

6:00-6:15 pm EST (23:00-23:15 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

 

  

Visit the Expo Pavilions Live Today on the Last of the 4 Expo Wednesdays!

 
  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

 

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1:00-1:25 pm EST (18:00-18:25 GMT):

"Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits!" by Jörg Breuning and Ryan Miller

 

Green Roofs & Solar

 

Jörg Breuning, Principal of Green Roof Technology (and newest Greenroofs.com contributing editor) and Office Manager Ryan Miller provide a view into how combining the two technologies of solar photovoltaics plus vegetative roofing equals profits for the environment and the building owner.

 

This presentation will explain the many benefits of integrating renewable energy into modern green roof technology through the use of solar energy.  This video will demonstrate the upfront costs and paybacks within 5-10 years.  We will compare ground-mount solar arrays with rooftop solar green roofs.  The presentation will also take viewers to a solar green roof project in NYC where Hurricane Sandy touched down recently and left without moving the system an inch.
 

1:30-1:45 pm EST (18:30-18:45 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Jörg Breuning and Ryan Miller.

 

 

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3:00-3:40 pm EST (20:00-20:40 GMT):

"Introduction to Integrated Water Management" by Jeff Bruce

 

Jeff Bruce: “Net Zero Water”

 

Jeff Bruce, President of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company will share basic technical and economic information on the design and performance of a fully integrated site and building water management system based on the “Net Zero Water” concept.  This approach promises to significantly reduce the consumption of potable water in buildings, reduce discharge to municipal waste water systems, and save on municipal energy by reducing the amount of potable water treated at municipal facilities.  The recognition of the connection between water management and energy conservation is emerging as a new opportunity in integrated management systems.

 

Key concepts and terminology are illustrated by case studies and demonstration projects which identify issues and opportunities associated with costs and benefits, design and engineering practices, installation and maintenance requirements of a fully functional integrated site and building water management system based on the “Net Zero Water” concept.
 

3:45-4:00 pm EST (20:45-21:00 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Jeff Bruce.

 

  

Friday, March 8, 2013

 

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10:00-10:40 am EST (15:00-15:40 GMT):

"Urban Green in Australia" by Matt Dillon

 

 

Matt Dillon, President of Green Roofs Australasia, takes you on a journey with onsite talks about new urban green sites in Australia, including the current Central Park Towers in Sydney and the ivy, "a sophisticated urban playground for grown ups."

 

Located in the Broadway section of Sydney, the mixed-use Central Park Towers development is designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and French botanist Patrick Blanc – inventor of the vertical garden.  The vertical hanging gardens will be the most visible feature.  At 150 metres, One Central Park will be his tallest (not largest overall) garden to date, using a variety of species, many native to Australia.  His informative video will also include coverage of his interview with Patrick Blanc discussing the progress of One Central Park.

 

Matt also interviewed Daniel Baffsky of 360° Landscape Architects about the new spectacular ivy, "a mad burlesque of circus, dance and sensory overload throughout 10 bars, 4 levels & 3 stages" cloaked in greenery. The ivy is part Brazilian modernism and Hollywoodish Palm Springs its blue roof/green rooftop - a bit of an urban jungle.

 No Live Q & A with Matt Dillon.  Contact him at: president@GRaus.com.au.


 

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1:00-1:40 pm EST (18:00-18:40 GMT):

"How Green Roofs in Copenhagen Create New Opportunities, Climate Adapt Our City and Transform Our Living" by Dorthe Rømø

 

Tivoli Congress Centre Green Roof; Photo by Dorthe Rømø

Dorthe Rømø, biologist and Project Manager for the City of Copenhagen, is behind the initiative for green roofs in Copenhagen and has in the last 5 years been head of the project as part of the Public Administration for the city.

 

Copenhagen has set itself the ambitious target of becoming the world’s first carbon neutral capital by 2025. It’s now mandatory in the City that all new flat roofs at or under a 30 degree-pitch, both private and public, have to be vegetated.  Green roofs as part of future urban design offers many options that meets the needs of today and tomorrow.  How do we make this outstanding alternative to conventional solutions as a part of our urban planning and design?  In Copenhagen and Denmark we are in a process of still growing attention and awareness of this multifunctional climate adapted solution and still more municipalities incorporate the green roofs as part of their planning.  But we are also facing some challenges like quality and economy in the choice of green roofs and how to meet these?

 No Live Q & A with Dorthe Rømø.  Contact her at: dorrom@tmf.kk.dk.

 

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NOTES:
 

~ All Video Presentations are now available On Demand through April 13, 2013 until 11:59 pm EDT.

 

~ Expo Pavilions are Open 24 Hours.

 

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~ All presentations are in the Rare Earth Auditorium.
The Expo Pavilions have videos in booths, too.

 

 
 

Monday, March 11, 2013

 

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1:00-1:30 pm EDT (17:00-17:30 GMT):

"The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort" by Jaron Lubin

 

Jaron Lubin: The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort

Jaron Lubin, Principal of Safdie Architects, spoke about the amazing engineering feat that is the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in November 2012 in Bangalore, India at The INTERNATIONAL GREEN CONFERENCE, organized by the Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN).  They have been kind enough to share the video presentation with us - thank you, IGIN!

 

Marina Bay Sands is a world-class luxury casino and hotel in Singapore capped by the 340m-long greenroofed SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool.  Set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, it overhangs the north tower by 67m.

 

No Live Q & A with Jaron Lubin.  Contact him at: jlubin@msafdie.com.

 
 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

 

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3:00-4:45 pm EDT (19:00-20:45 GMT):

"The Status of Chinese Green Roofs & Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress" by Wang Xianmin

 

Wang Xianmin, Deputy Chief of the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council, Vice Chairman of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA), and Secretary-general of the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress and the 2013 China World Green Roof Congress gives us an overview of greenroof challenges and growth in China plus much more!

 

His short introductory presentation, in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles, invites you to attend the 2013 China World Green Roof Congress in Nanjing in October later this year.  Following his video, you can see videos that IRLA has shared with us from the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress, in both Mandarin and English, including the following: Opening Ceremony (Mandarin); Wang Xianmin Welcome (Mandarin); Keynote from Dr. Ken Yeang of Llewelyn Davies Yeang and T. R. Hamzah & Yeang (English); Keynote from Dr. Manfred Köhler of WGIN and the Green Roof Centre of Excellence Neubrandenburg (English); Keynote from Linda Velazquez of Greenroofs.com (English); and the Keynote from Dr. Tai Lee Siang of the of Singapore Green Building Council (Mandarin).

 

Thank you to the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) for sharing your videos with us!

No live Live Q & A with Wang Xianmin.  Contact him at bj6312@sina.com.


 
 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

 

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4:00-4:02 pm EDT (20:00-12:03 GMT):

Greenroofs.com Closing Address from
Linda Velazquez

 

 

Linda Velazquez' Closing Address

Thank you for participating in the second annual Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 from Greenroofs.com Publisher & Editor, Linda  Velazquez, presented in association with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).

 

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.  We'd especially like to thank the continued patronage of Tremco Incorporated, our Rare Earth Sponsor, and our wonderful exhibitors, too: Azoteas Verdes, GreenGrid, Green Living Technologies, greenscreen, J-DRain, rooflite, Roofmeadow, Infra Red Analyzers, and Vegetal i.D.  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 conferences worldwide.
 

4:05-4:20 pm EDT (20:05-20:20 GMT):

15-Minute Live Q & A with Linda and Aramis Velazquez.

 

 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 thru Saturday, April 13:

NOTES:
 

~ All Video Presentations are now available On Demand through April 13, 2013 until 11:59 pm EDT.

 

~ Expo Pavilions are Open 24 Hours.

 

~ Connect with Social Media Open 24 Hours!

 

~ All presentations are in the Rare Earth Auditorium.
The Expo Pavilions have videos in booths, too.

 

 
 

***New Video: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

In the Inspiration Nook:
On Demand
:

"Green Roofs on Lean-tos in Adirondack Wilderness Areas" by Alison Liedkie

 

Alison Liedkie

 

Alison Liedkie is a senior at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack State Park in New York.

 

Her capstone project is looking at the feasibility of putting green roofs on lean-tos in wilderness areas in the Adirondacks.  Wilderness areas are the last remaining frontier and are worth protecting.  The addition of green roofs can help the area directly as well as serving as an example to visitors.  Alison invites your input on design options.
 

10:00-10:15 am EST (15:00-15:15 GMT):15-Minute Live Q & A with Alison Liedkie. 

 
*NOTE:  USA & Canada are on Standard Time until 10 March 2013 at 2 am local time.
UK / Europe are on Standard (Winter) Time until Sunday 31 March 2013 01:00 (1 am) GMT.
 


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