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Host:

  
  

Linda Velazquez

 

Greenroofs.com: Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, GRP, LEED AP
 

Alpharetta, GA, USA.  Linda S. Velazquez is founder and publisher of Greenroofs.com (1999), the international greenroof industry’s resource portal.  Greenroofs.com is the founder and organizer of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015, its third biennial online conference (2011, 2013).  Linda writes and reports extensively about greenroofs and holds a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia (2000) with honors.  She is also principal of Sky Gardens Design (2004), a greenroof design and consulting firm.  Linda is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with the U.S. Green Building Council, and a Green Roof Professional (GRP) with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC).
 

Greenroofs.com is an internet news media organization whose goal is to inform, promote and inspire the earth friendly technology of organic greenroof architecture through the free interchange of ideas, projects, news, video, research, organization/government updates, and marketing opportunities.  Exclusives include guest articles, contributing editor columns, the Sky Gardens Blog and the WebTV series Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™.
 

Greenroofs.com publishes The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database currently with over 1,600 projects; The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory of Manufacturers, Suppliers, Professional Services & Organizations; and the GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube, a video channel devoted to greenroofs and greenwalls. 
 

Linda will be your host, and open and close the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture.

 

She will also co-present "The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015" with Haven Kiers.
 

Keynotes:

  
  

 

Diana Balmori, PhD, FASLA, IFLA
 

New York, NY, USA.  Diana Balmori founded Balmori Associates in 1990.  The landscape and urban design practice is recognized internationally for designing sustainable infrastructures that serves as an interface between landscape and architecture.  In 2006, she created BAL/LABs within Balmori Associates, to further push the boundaries of architecture, art and engineering: Green Roofs, Floating Islands, Temporary Landscapes, Forms of Representation, and Zero Waste City, among others.

Diana keeps an active voice in national policy and decision-making on topics that relate to landscape design, architecture and urban planning.  She has served as: member of The United States Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, DC; a Senior Fellow of Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC; a member of the Allston Development Group at Harvard University, Boston, MA; on the Board of The Van Alen Institute, New York City; The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for the World Trade Center Site, New York City; and as a Committee Member for the Comprehensive Design Plan for the White House.

Diana’s opinion-editorials and articles about her work have been featured in Dwell, The Architects Newspaper, Monocle, El Pais, PBS, WNYC, Design Observer, and Utne Reader, which named her one of fifty “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2009.  She was named Fast Company’s Third Most Creative People in Business (June 2013) and one of ten Innovators by Architectural Digest (September 2013).

Her book A Landscape Manifesto (Yale University Press, 2010) has received international attention and was recently translated into Chinese.  Her most recent book is Drawing and Reinventing Landscape (A/D Wiley, 2014).  Since 1993 she has been a Critic at Yale University in both the School of Architecture and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
 


  

 

Stephan Brenneisen, PhD
 

Basel, Switzerland.  Dr. Stephan Brenneisen is a green roof and biodiversity expert and head of the Green Roof Competence Center at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil where he conducts research and advises on green roof policies and designs.

 

A member of the collective UG LAB, he is a true leader and pioneer in the green roof field for over 15 years, Stephan has opened many doors in the green roof world and challenged how we think of green roof biodiversity. Continuously without fail, he has demonstrated his ingenuity and critical thinking about ecosystems, urban greening, substrates and how we interact in our world.  A well known international speaker and a true educator he is dedicated to sharing his knowledge through teaching, writing and cutting edge research.  He also has created a successful model for policy and green roof implementation in Basel and Zurich and is constantly creating new green solutions for improving our urban habitats.

 

Stephan did his PhD Geograph studies on how different green roof substrate depths influence biodiversity and continues to actively promote the design of green roofs for biodiversity.
 


  

 

Ken Yeang, PhD
 

London, UK and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Ken Yeang is an architect, ecologist and planner, known for his authentic ecology-based work on the theory and signature ecoachitecture and ecomasterplanning that have a distinctive hirsute verdant green aesthetic, carrying out design and research in this field since 1971.  He graduated from the AA School (London) and received his doctorate in ecological design and planning from Cambridge University (UK).

 

He is principal of Ken Yeang Design International and Hamzah & Yeang, with offices in Malaysia, UK, and China.  The firm’s expertise is in signature, innovative green architecture and masterplans that go beyond conventional accreditation systems.  He did his post-graduate at Cambridge University Department of Architecture.  His doctoral dissertation, "A Theoretical Framework for Incorporating Ecological Considerations in the Design and Planning of the Built Environment" earned him a PhD in ecological design and planning.  It is published as ‘Designing With Nature’ (McGraw-Hill, 1995) and in Spanish as "Proyectar Con La Naturaleza" (Gustavo Gili, SA, 1999).  He received an honorary Litt.D. from Sheffield University (2004), and an honorary PhD from University of Malaya (2013).

 

Yeang took ecology courses at the Department of Environmental Biology at Cambridge University and attended (partially) the ecological land use planning course at University of Pennsylvania, Department of Landscape Architecture under Ian McHarg.  He became a member of the British Ecological Society.  These studies provided the bases for Yeang’s doctorate and to later develop his biodiversity approach to ecological architecture and masterplanning.

 

Ken has completed over 12 bioclimatic eco high-rise buildings, several thousand dwellings (terraced houses), over two million sq. ft. of interior design space, numerous eco-masterplans and eco-city designs, and has overall completed over a hundred building projects of all types worldwide.  Yeang lectures extensively in over 30 countries at conferences and schools of architecture on his ideas and work on ecological design and masterplanning.

 

Ken Yeang is recipient of the Malaysian Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the Malaysian Government’s Merdeka Award.  The British newspaper The Guardian refers to him as 'one of the 50 people who could save the planet.'

 

Enjoy Linda Velazquez's Interview of Keynote Ken Yeang: "A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!"
 


Presenters:

  

Individual

  

 

Robert “Bob” D. Cameron, PhD
 

University Park, PA, USA.  Bob spent more than two decades directing the global environmental programs of a Fortune 30 multi-national conglomerate.  In the late ‘70s in collaboration with NASA, he designed, permitted, and constructed the first constructed wetlands to treat wastewater from the natural gas industry.  Working on every continent except Antarctica, Bob designed award winning environmental programs based on sustainability concepts.  Later as President of his own corporation, he de-engineered historic buildings destined for the wrecking ball, which he then relocated and reconstructed with green architectural features.

Pursuing a life-long goal, he recently earned his doctorate from Penn State University at the Center for Green Roof Research.  His thesis entailed the invention and construction of a functional architectural system to attenuate wastewater pollutants while reducing a building’s energy use and providing a platform for urban agriculture.  Currently, Bob has an appointment with the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State University and teaches collegiate courses and conducts research on greenroofs, livings walls, constructed wetlands, aquaponics, and artificial islands while also managing Eco Applied Technologies, a consulting firm for commercial, residential, and industrial applications.  He has lectured on sustainable technologies around the world and in 2013 he literally circumnavigated the globe while working on environmental issues in numerous countries, including teaching environmental engineering for several months at a Chinese university which culminated in the design and construction of a living wall with the students.  See the 2:45 video of his early work at Penn State "Robert Cameron investigates biofilters to clean dirty water."

 

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

 

 

Graham Cleary, GRP
 

Auckland, New Zealand.  As Chief Rake (director), Graham founded Natural Habitats in 1978 in Auckland as a fledgling design build company under the mentorship of the city’s then only landscape architect.

Graham has worked on and led many outstanding landscape projects in the South Pacific, including resorts, golf courses, commercial projects and exquisite private estates and homes. Under his leadership, Natural Habitats has grown to be the leading provider of integrated landscape management within Australasia.  Graham demonstrates coherent leadership of multi-disciplinary teams in order to achieve the innovative, high quality outcomes for which Natural Habitats is renowned.

Graham is also at the forefront of thinking on the use of natural systems to mitigate urban development issues.  He played an essential role in Natural Habitats' pioneering green roofs and wall technology within New Zealand.

Graham has served as consultant and advisor to numerous landscape design and environmental groups.  He is a founding member of Landscaping New Zealand, an accredited Green Roof Professional, an executive of Green Roofs Australasia, an associate of KEA, part of the Great Barrier Trust, and a member of Forest & Bird and of the Native Forest Restoration Trust.
 

  

 

Angie Durhman, GRP
 

Minneapolis, MN, USA.   Angie Durhman runs an exclusive green roof consulting firm based in Minneapolis, AD Greenroof.  They focus on design assistance, contractor oversight, and promoting GREENFORMATION(R), a customized maintenance program for existing green roofs.  In the course of her 13 years in the industry, Angie has been involved in over 400 projects of all sizes across the country.  She received the GRP designation in 2009 and is often sought to present on sustainability topics to a variety of audiences.

 

Angie will present "Pollinators on the Parapets."
 

  

 

Elizabeth Hart, CDT, GRP
 

Portland, OR, USA.  As the Manager of Tremco’s North American Green Roof Program, Elizabeth Hart promotes environmental and economic sustainability through green roofs and living walls.  She works closely with architects, contractors, and building owners on the design, installation, and maintenance of over 100 green roofs.

 

Elizabeth received a B.S. in Sustainable Development and Botany from Appalachian State University, focusing on phytoremediation of polluted sites.  Her years of working in a medical clinic led to her inspiration for changing the "nature" of healthcare facilities.

 

She is a founding and active member of the Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT), a network of over 400 businesses, government agencies, researchers, and community members committed to growing the collective knowledge base for on-structure vegetation.  She loves nothing more than sharing her passion for green roofing through speaking, teaching, and ultimately making more green roofs happen.

 

Liz will present "A Higher Purpose - Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing."
 

  

 

Terry McGlade
 

Toronto, Canada.  Terry McGlade of Flynn Canada is one of Canada’s best known greenroof experts. Terry is a creative, dynamic forward thinking horticulturalist and landscape designer with 30 years of experience and has been designing and building gardens in the Toronto area since 1982. He created his first roof garden in 1985, and installed his first green roof in 1999.
 

 

 

 

Molly Meyer, GRP
 

Chicago, IL, USA.  Molly Meyer is the CEO and Founder of Omni Ecosystems, which infuses the urban experience with nature. Omni leads the living infrastructure industry by providing the highest quality green roofs and green walls to create elegantly simple solutions to complex ecological questions.

 

Molly invented Omni’s patented living wall panel and patent-pending green roof drainage system.  She analyzed, designed, and installed all varieties of green roofs as a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany, and brought her expertise in Germany’s mature green roofing industry to the U.S. when she founded her firm in 2009.  Molly earned her B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, and worked as a carpenter for Edifice Construction.  Molly is also the Co-Founder and Co-Manager of The Roof Crop, LLC, based in Chicago, IL.

 

Molly will present "Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof."
 

  

 

Jim Mumford, CLP, GRP
 

San Diego, CA, USA.  Jim Mumford, a long time San Diego resident, began his career in 1977 as Owner/President and Resident Horticulturist with the opening of Good Earth Plant & Flower Company, a flower “bucket stand” in downtown San Diego.  Three decades later, Mumford is an award winning plantscaper, green roof and living wall designer, a sought after speaker and a recipient of numerous local and national awards.  He is a Certified Landscape Professional, Accredited Green Roof Professional, licensed contractor and a nationally recognized plantscaper.  Mumford is currently studying the relatively new fields of biomimicry and biophilia.

In March 2008, Mumford launched GreenScaped Buildings, an addition to the Good Earth family of companies, specializing in green roofs, living walls, bio-filtration, and rainwater harvesting systems.  His headquarters houses a “living laboratory,” testing new growing systems and products from around the world to ensure the success of his clients’ projects in the arid Southern California climate.

Frequently featured as a green building expert by local and national print and broadcast media including CNN and FOX Business, Mumford is also profiled for his entrepreneurial skills.  He was named a California “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; one of San Diego’s “Top Influentials” by the San Diego Daily Transcript; and was recently a featured speaker at the TEDx Youth Conference in San Diego in November 2012.

Mumford is widely recognized for his work with the architectural and design communities, and is well known for his innovative leadership in the industry. Mumford contributes his time and shares his knowledge and experience through industry leadership roles.  He is a past president and current board member of the Plantscape Industry Alliance (PIA); board member for People for Livable Places (PLP); and is an active member of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), American Institute of Architects San Diego (AIASD), and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  Mumford currently serves on the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Sustainability Committee.

Due to his pioneering efforts and leadership role in the plantscaping industry, Jim Mumford brings skill, creativity, and beautiful environments to local and national clients including hospitals, resorts, universities, restaurants, and private homeowners.  It’s for all these reasons he was named an “Eco-Warrior” by San Diego Magazine.
 

  

 

Mark Paul
 

Sydney, Australia.  Over the past 25 years Mark Paul, founder of The Greenwall Company and a qualified horticulturist, has become a name synonymous with reclaiming the built environment, a passion he has had since childhood.  Mark’s most recent achievements range from completion of one of the tallest greenwalls in Australia, implementation of a community schools program through to tailor-made residential installations in homes nation-wide. To date, Mark Paul has reclaimed thousands of sqm of the built environment.

Mark has pioneered a number of greenwalls and greenroof innovations with his formative landscape experiences and scientific background which has allowed for much experimentation, trial and testing with planting techniques, medias and methodology (and technology). These developments have put The Greenwall Company as a leader for greenwall and greenroofs in Australia.  The Greenwall Company vision is to reclaim the built environment by clothing the facades of buildings with epiphytic and lithophytic planting to create a living, breathing architectural function to every building.

 

Mark will present "Greening the World Inside and Outside."
 

  

 

Kerry Ross, GRP
 

Alberta, Canada.   As one of the first Green Roof Professionals, Kerry Ross operates Green T Design, Inc. a design-build company focused on lessening impacts of buildings on the environment through the continuum of landscape and architecture - green roofs and living walls.

 

In her efforts to bring greater awareness of the benefits and viability of green roof technology in the region, she co-founded the Alberta Ecoroof Initiative in 2004 and spearheaded the Alberta Prairie Green Roof Symposium in 2009.  With the support of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a subsequent Canada Council Award, Kerry traveled extensively to Iceland, Scandinavia and Northern Europe to study and document cold-climate green roofs and living walls.  Kerry currently leads the Vegetated Roof Replacement & Research Project on Calgary’s Municipal Hall and in addition to contributing a number of articles on green roofing is engaged in the development of guidelines for green roofs for stormwater management for the City of Calgary.

 

Kerry will present "Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects."
 


  

 

Edmund C. Snodgrass
 

Street, MD, USA.  Edmund C. Snodgrass is president and founder of Emory Knoll Farms, Inc. and Green Roof Plants, North America’s first nursery specializing in green roof plants and horticultural consulting.  Edmund has consulted on projects throughout the US and also in England, France, New Zealand, China, Australia and Morocco.  Since its inception, Emory Knoll Farms has supplied plants for over 1000 green roof projects.

 

Edmund is the co-author of Green Roof Plants, A Planting and Resource Guide, (Timber Press, 2006), The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide to Design, Installation, and Maintenance (Timber Press 2010), and Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living (Timber Press 2011), and The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening (Timber Press 2011).

 

Ed is also a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2004): the Plant Editor where he answers reader questions, writes occasional articles, and features seasonal greenroof plants in "Ask Ed."

 

Ed will present "Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs."
 

  

 


Presenters:

  

Collaborative

  
 

"ASLA Headquarters' Green Programs"

  

 

ASLA
 

Washington, DC, USA.  Founded in 1899, ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. Their vision is "Leading the design and stewardship of land and communities." The ASLA's mission is Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments.

The Society's mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

 

   

"Biosolar Roofs"

  

 

Nathalie Baumann
 

Basel, Switzerland.   Nathalie Baumann, MSc, (BioGeograph/Social Anthropologist) is a Research Associate at  Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Life Sciences and Facility Management in Wädenswil.  She is a research fellow / research associate with her research field in urban greening and urban ecology; Nathalie is a member of research groups on urban ecology, institute environment, and natural resources.

 

She accomplished her Master's of Sciences degree at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Afterwards she worked on different projects of NGO's like WWF Switzerland in the context of River Ecology, Biodiversity Assessment, Urban Ecology and Ecology of ground nesting birds.

 

She has become a leader with the EU and is creating a greater European cooperation within the green roof research world.  A member of the collective UG LAB, Nathalie shares her deep knowledge skillfully by teaching many courses, lecturing internationally, on going research projects and video conferencing.
 

  

 

Dusty Gedge

 

London, UK.  Dusty Gedge is a green roof campaigner and designer, who has actively promoted green roofs in the UK since 1997.  He has designed a number of seminal roofs and helped develop the London Green Roof Policy.  He is also the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), and sits on the EU’s working group for the green Infrastructure and ecosystem services policy.  His work in Europe over the last few years working on a Pan-European green roof course and he is currently advising on a project on green roofs, pollinators and solar power - Biosolar Roofs.

 

Dusty is co-author of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, 2011 and DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs, among other publications.  In 2004 Dusty co-founded Livingroofs.org, a non-profit organisation established to promote, advise upon and seek research into green roofs and similar structures within the context of urban and rural regeneration.  With John Little he has written a small-scale green roof guide to help individuals, buildings and landscape contractors to construct small wildlife friendly green roofs.  He is also a designer of green roofs and other green infrastructure through his consultancy.  Dusty is also a regular speaker at conferences through UK, Europe and the world.

 

As a birdwatcher first and foremost he has always had a vision that good green infrastructure and green roofs should deliver for biodiversity as well other headline issues connected with cities and climate change adaptation.

Dusty will also join his colleague John Little to talk about "Small Scale Green Roofs."
 

 

"Small Scale Green Roofs"

  

 

 

Dusty Gedge

London, UK.  Dusty Gedge is a green roof campaigner and designer, who has actively promoted green roofs in the UK since 1997.  He has designed a number of seminal roofs and helped develop the London Green Roof Policy.  He is also the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), and sits on the EU’s working group for the green Infrastructure and ecosystem services policy.

 

Dusty is co-author of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, 2011 and DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs, among other publications.  See his complete profile here.

 

Dusty will also co-present "Biosolar Roofs" with Nathalie Baumann.
 

  

 

John Little

 

Essex, UK.  John Little is a landscape contractor and designer.  He is well known in the UK for his seminal work on social housing estates, transforming one estate from an amenity grassland desert to wildlife friendly and food growing paradise.  He is also well known for his work on small scale green roofs both delivered through his company the Grassroof Company.

John is co-author of
Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, 2011 and DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs, among other publications.  With Dusty Gedge he has written a small-scale green roof guide to help individuals, buildings and landscape contractors to construct small wildlife friendly green roofs.  As a birdwatcher first and foremost, he has always had a vision that good green infrastructure and green roofs should deliver for biodiversity as well other headline issues connected with cities and climate change adaptation.

Greenroofshelters is another of John’s companies that provides modular small green roofed buildings.  The type of buildings that company designs and sells include binshelters, bike sheds and small green roofed freight container buildings.  One of these featured in Nigel Dunnett’s award winning garden at the Chelsea Flower show back in 2011.

John’s garden has featured in many garden and horticulture magazines.  Full of wildflowers and now home a plethora of bee habitat walls and green roofs, it is an oasis of biodiversity in the heart of Essex.
 

 

"Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece"

  

 

Andrew Clements

 

Athens, Greece.  Nearly fifteen years ago Andrew Clements began researching bio-climatic architecture and particularly roof greening in 2000, initially for his own needs.  Having purchased a 120-year old farmhouse in the mountains near Corinth, Greece, he searched to find a Greek based green roofer and was dismayed to find that there were none.  Undeterred, he set about discovering how such an endeavor might be accomplished.  The challenge was to create a completely Mediterranean green roof, eco-roof or living roof as it is sometimes known, developed for the building challenges and climate peculiarities of the Mediterranean.

After 6 years of R & D with the invaluable help of a small team of specialists (architects, civil engineers, geologists, meteorologists, eco-system specialists) the first Mediterranean roof greening approach was born in 2006.  It was christened Oikosteges (pronounced eco – steg –gez) which is a compound of two ancient Greek words 'Oiko' from which the Latin 'eco' is sourced meaning 'related to the home' and 'steges' meaning abode, roof over your head.  Oikosteges offer the only real alternative to expensive and inappropriate roof gardens for Mediterranean countries.

Oikosteges' mission is to recreate natural, bio-diverse Mediterranean ecosystems on any and all built structures in the cities and towns of the Mediterranean and in similar climates around the world, using a number of natural approaches which are informed by such concepts as biological succession.  These ecosystems require little or no maintenance and little or no irrigation once established.  The ecosystems are feather lightweight so that they can be applied to virtually any built surface in this active seismic region.

Now Andrew holds two patents for Greek-appropriate green roofs.  Andrew is particularly interested in water-wise, natural, ecosystem development in hot cities like Athens as well as the challenges of working in a seismic region.  Landmark projects include The Greek Treasury building in Constitution Square, Athens.

In addition, the Oikosteges team established Green Roofs Greece, a not for profit organization, which currently boasts a Facebook membership of over 21,000 in order to share experiences and ideas with the worldwide networks of green roof activists, which include the EFB (The European Federation of Green Roof Associations) and WGIN (the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network).
 

  

 

Karla Dakin

 

Denver, CO, USA.  Growing things, building things, and relishing the chaos, entropy, and generative quality of nature - all are ideal creative means for Karla Dakin, who appreciates change in the process of art and design.  Principal of K. Dakin Design Inc., Karla specializes in artful, environmentally, flexible landscape architecture with an emphasis on knowing context and what feels the most appropriate.

She has completed a diverse array of projects, over 100 residential gardens, as well as many commercial and public projects like “Sky Trapezium,” a permanent green roof installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver.  In her collaboration with Lisa Lee Benjamin she designed the gardens around the Whole Foods Flagship Store in Boulder, Colorado and the 10,000 sq. ft. green roof atop the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in California.

As co-author of The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs, 2011, Karla Dakin has lectured on green roofs at the Garden Museum in London, the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C. and the Western Landscape Symposium in Pueblo, Colorado.

Dakin combines her landscape architecture expertise—she holds a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver--with fifteen years of experience in the art worlds of New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
 

   

"The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends
in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015"

  

 

Haven Kiers, LEED AP, GRP


Davis, CA, USA.
  Haven Kiers, LEED AP, GRP, holds a Master's of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley with an undergraduate degree from Brown University.  Haven designs and presents nationally about greenroofs and is a founding partner of GreenSwell Design and Planning.  She is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities where she facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, & 401 Courses.  Haven also teaches courses at the University of California, Davis.  She believes the "greenroof challenge lies in finding the right balance between idealistic principles and cutting edge design."

 

Haven is also a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2005); she is the Design Editor and writes the occasional column "Chic Sustainability."

   

 

Linda Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
 

Alpharetta, GA, USA.  Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, GRP, LEED AP, is founder and publisher of Greenroofs.com (1999), the international greenroof industry’s resource portal, where she writes and reports extensively about greenroofs.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia (2000) with honors.  Linda is also principal of Sky Gardens Design (2004), a greenroof design and consulting firm.  Read her complete profile here.
 

Linda will co-present "The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015" with Haven Kiers, as well as be your host for the Virtual Summit 2015.
 

   

Presenters:

  

Panel Sessions

  

 

  

"Energy, Greenroofs, & Greenwalls" Panel

  

 

 

Robert “Bob” D. Cameron, PhD
 

University Park, PA, USA.  Bob spent more than two decades directing the global environmental programs of a Fortune 30 multi-national conglomerate.  In the late ‘70s in collaboration with NASA, he designed, permitted, and constructed the first constructed wetlands to treat wastewater from the natural gas industry.

 

Pursuing a life-long goal, he recently earned his doctorate from Penn State University at the Center for Green Roof Research.  Read his complete profile here.

 

He will also be presenting "Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics."
 

 

 

 

Amy Chomowicz (Organizer)
 

Portland, OR, USA.  Amy Chomowicz is the Program Administrator for the Sustainable Stormwater Management Division and the Ecoroof Program, City of Portland Environmental Services.  Amy has worked in the water quality and watershed restoration fields for 23years and worked on her first ecoroof project in 1997.  Prior to that, Amy worked in energy conservation and renewable energy.

 

Accepted by Amy Chomowicz, the City of Portland received a 2013 Green Roof Leadership Award for Municipalities from the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) at the 2013 International Green Roof Congress.
 

  

 

Allen Lee, PhD, LEED AP (Moderator)

 

Portland, OR, USA.  Allen Lee, Ph.D., is an executive director in the Energy Services Division in Cadmus' Portland, Oregon office.  He has more than 25 years’ experience in energy and environmental research and leads a wide range of studies related to energy efficiency and technologies.  His management and technical expertise includes demand side management, energy services, codes and standards, green buildings, externalities analysis, and renewables.  He has managed more than 60 energy program evaluations and a comparable number of other projects.

 

He has conducted research on the energy and environmental impacts of green roofs for more than 15 years. He co-developed the original green roof energy analysis module for DOE’s EnergyPlus building simulation model.  Dr. Lee has a PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate School, a master of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and a bachelor of science in engineering from Caltech.

Allen publishes widely on energy issues and has presented papers and made presentations at numerous conferences.  He is a co-author of “Residential Efficiency Crossroads: Opportunities for the Future.” Besides being a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, he is a member of the Association of Professional Energy Managers and the Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP).
 

  

 

Christopher G. Wark

 

New York, NY, USA.  Christopher Wark has 26 years of multidisciplinary engineering experience providing technical and analytical support for manufacturers, universities and national labs.  For the past 12 years, he has focused his efforts on technical solutions in building design and is currently an Associate with BuroHappold Engineering, managing the Analytics group in their New York office.

In 2002, Chris established SHADE Consulting/Green Roof Innovations with his wife Wendy.  With SHADE, Chris developed and marketed several innovative modular eco-roof systems, a roof system heat transfer and cost computer program, and conducted green roof system heat transfer analyses for 5 major cities and organizations.  In 2010, he developed a modular planting system in partnership with Guiyang Chuangjia High-Tech Accelerator Co. LTD in Guiyang, China.

Chris has also been involved in other thermodynamic related work at Caterpillar Inc., Lawrence Livermore National Lab and two private research laser development companies.  He has presented at numerous conferences, has several articles published on a wide variety of engineering topics, and has had the privilege of working directly with several universities, including Stanford’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) program.

Chris holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University where his graduate work focused on thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and combustion.  He has also been a contributing editor, the Energy Editor, with Greenroofs.com since 2011.  Download Chris Wark's complete 32-page Green Roof Energy Series (PDF, 2011).
 

 

"Social Programs for a Green Economy" Panel

 

 

 

Patrick Carey, GRP (Moderator)
 

Chicago, IL, USA.  Patrick Carey, GRP, has a degree in architecture and is principal of Hadj Design.  Since 2000, Hadj Design has evolved from a design-build green roof and living wall to a research and design organization.  Patrick has designed, installed, or consulted on over 100 green roofs to date.  This work ranges from residential to commercial and institutional, various geometries and global climate regions, and with various performance characteristics such as storm water, food production, healing garden, habitat support, public art, and phytoremediation.

 

As such, he has been an activist in forming or aiding in the formation of grass roots green roof groups.  His academic background is in philosophy, architecture, and botany/horticulture.  Of people, Patrick states, "Abandon your need to know who he is and judge for yourself the truth of his words.  It doesn’t matter if he is a bum in the park or the Pope.  Think for yourself and don’t relax your critical faculties in the presence of self-inflating hype."
 
Patrick is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities where he facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, 301, & 401 Courses and has also taught at the University of Washington, Washington State University, and has initiated green roof courses at South Seattle Community College, and Edmonds Community College in Washington State.

 

Patrick is also a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2005); he is the Architecture Editor (2005).  He writes an occasional architectural column entitled "A View from the Sky Trenches," where he selects and discusses pertinent greenroof industry topics.
 

  

 

Peter Ensign, LEED AP BD+C, GRP
 

Washington, DC, USA.  Peter Ensign has been the Executive Director of DC Greenworks in Washington, DC since 2010.  Peter has overseen the installation of over 70 green roofs, 3500 rain-barrels, dozens of rain and native habitat gardens, and the only rooftop farm in DC.

In 2014 Peter developed and delivered the first green roof maintenance training program, Growing Futures, in the District of Columbia.  Upon completion all of the graduates were employed within 30 days.

Peter has served as a speaker on stormwater issues and green job training through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Peter envisions a future where rainwater is considered a valuable resource to be harvested and reused for the greater good, requiring a local skilled labor force to perform stewardship of our natural assets.  Peter holds a multi-disciplinary degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
 

  

 

George Irwin
 

Rochester, NY, USA.  George Irwin is founder and President of Green Living Technologies International, LLC (GLTi), a privately held company manufacturing patented Green Living Walls and Green Living Roofs, and is a global pioneer in vertical farming.  Prior to founding GLTi, George was a landscape contractor for 20+ years.  He holds a degree in education and maintains his passion for out-of-the-box learning; he combined his love for environment and zest for teaching into a growing global business.  George personally oversees all green wall and roof education, integrating GLTi's state-of-the-art technology into a continuously-evolving education curriculum.  His efforts have earned him recognition as an education partner for the New York City Department of Education and additional higher education facilities, such as the State University of New York (and other international universities), with the development of a dedicated degree track in "Green Technology / STEM" education.  See his bio on LinkedIn.

GLTi's patented product applications of green walls and roofs include scalable vertical farms utilizing a compost-based growing media (GLTi bioSoil), allowing indoor farming operations 12 months a year to maximize production space including walls, roof, and the vertical floor plan.  It utilizes existing buildings retrofitted with GLTi Vertical Farming technology, state of the art patent pending lighting control systems, nanotechnology, and computer controlled environments.

 

George is also a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2008); he is the Green Wall Editor and talks about his own experience as well as industry happenings within the field.
 

  

 

Darius Jones
 

Chicago, IL, USA.  Darius Jones was born and raised in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city's west side.  He first became interested in urban agriculture while serving a five-month sentence in the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center's garden program in 2010.  In 2011, he enrolled in the nine-month Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program and received his certificate in October of that year.

 

He began working as the sales coordinator for the program, increasing sales by 100 percent for each of the two years that he had that role.  Today he is the coordinator of the McCormick Place Rooftop Farm.  In 2013, WBEZ Radio named Darius an "Eco-Hero" for his work with urban agriculture ventures in Chicago.

 

In 2014, he was named one of the Chicago Botanic Garden's Employees of Distinction, and was also awarded one of six "Golden Beet Awards" by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance for the "other varieties" category.
 

 

  

   

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