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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 co-organizer of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013.  Linda writes and reports extensively about greenroofs and 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.  She 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, “This Month in Review” video, and the WebTV series Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™.

Greenroofs.com publishes The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database currently with about 1,500 projects; The Greenroof Directory of Manufacturers, Suppliers, Professional Services & Organizations; the Greenroofs of the World™ Calendar series; and greenroofs.tv, a video channel devoted to greenroofs and greenwalls. 
 

Linda will be your host, and open and close the Virtual Summit.  She will also co-present "The Greenroofs.com 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2013" with Haven Kiers.

Keynotes:

  
  

Dusty Gedge

 

 

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), established three PhD studies on green roof research, and has a particular interest in biodiversity on green roofs.  He is also a writer, blogger and sometimes TV presenter.

 

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.  In 2012 he travelled and worked in Ecuador on a film for the Yasuni TT initiative that aims to protect the national park from oil exploration, and has been working in Sweden, France and elsewhere on green roof policies and guidelines.
 

Dusty will present "Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future" as his Keynote address.


  

Steven Peck

 

Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA


Toronto, Canada.
  Steven W. Peck is the Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American trade association for the green roof and wall industry.  He is also the co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to promoting living green infrastructure and co-founder of the World Green Infrastructure Network.  For well over a decade, Steven has conducted public policy research on a variety of environment and economy issues with a focus on environmental technology transfer and public policy.  He is a founding member of the
World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) that encourages the formation of green roof industry associations throughout the world, and the Green Infrastructure Foundation Ontario Coalition.  In 2006, Steven won the Canadian Urban Institute Urban Leadership Award for his efforts to promote 'City Livability.'

Steven enjoys a honors degree in economics and political science from McGill University.  He is the publisher of the Living Architecture Monitor, a quarterly magazine that is focused on developments in the green roof and wall industry.  He has authored or co-authored numerous reports and written extensively on the topic of green roof design, policy and research and has spoken on the subject at conferences throughout North America and internationally. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and participated on the committee which developed the first and only form of accreditation for those working in the green roof industry, the Green Roof Professional (GRP) designation.

Steven Peck recently published a new book, The Rise of Living Architecture (Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, October 2012), which contains interviews with over 50 leaders in the field of green roofs and walls from across North America.
 

Steven will present "12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs" as his Keynote address.  Steven is also the Moderator for the "Green Wall Maintenance - Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices" Panel.


  

Aditya Ranade

 

Aditya Ranade, PhD, MBA
 

Boston, MA. USA.  Dr. Aditya Ranade is a Senior Analyst on the Lux Research Intelligence team leading the Sustainable Building Materials Intelligence service.  His other areas of expertise include solar photovoltaic energy, advanced polymeric materials, and next generation agriculture technologies.  He has authored reports on building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), sustainable architectural coatings, and global green building hotspots.
 

Before joining Lux Research, Aditya obtained his MBA in Global Management (Magna Cum Laude) from Babson College.  During his MBA he consulted for Fortune 500 companies like Air Products and various start-ups in the U.S., India, and Norway.  During his MBA he also interned with Flagship Ventures, identifying and analyzing CleanTech investment opportunities in thermoelectric and advanced energy storage materials.  He was also the founder and President of the Babson General Management Club.

Prior to business school, Aditya was a Sr. Research Engineer with Saint-Gobain, where he developed novel encapsulant, frontsheet and backsheet products for crystalline silicon and flexible CIGS based solar PV modules.  He set up Saint-Gobain’s Solar PV testing and characterization facilities at the Northborough R&D center.  He also developed safety protocols for handling nanomaterials.

Before joining Saint-Gobain, Aditya obtained his PhD (Macromolecular Science) from Case Western Reserve University.  His PhD research focused on the nano-engineering of polymer layers to control their photonic bandgap properties.  He has co-authored 10 peer-reviewed publications and an invited book chapter.  During his PhD, Aditya also completed coursework in other emerging technology areas such as drug delivery and nanotechnology for electronics.  He also holds a B.E. in Engineering from the University of Pune, India.
 

Aditya will present "Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage?" as his Keynote address.


  

Javier Senosiain

 

Javier Senosiain Aguilar
 

Mexico City, Mexico.  Javier Senosiain is an architect, Principal of Arquitectura Orgánica.  He also teaches the Architecture Design and Theory Workshop in the Faculty of Architecture of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).  Years later, he started collaborating as synodal examiner in professional examinations and for certain time he held the position of Academic Secretary in said faculty.  In 2006 the Board of the UNAM Faculty of Architecture granted Javier the "Chair of Federico Mariscal.”  He is the author of Organic Architecture of Senosiain, 2008 and Bio-Architecture, 2003.

 

The noted green architect is celebrated as a key exponent and explorer of organic architecture, the work some have likened to that of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff, Paolo Soleri, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Buckminster Fuller, Antoni Gaudí and Rudolf Steiner.  Javier Senosiain's architectural creations have attracted both comment and controversy.  Javier graduated with honors from the former National School of Architecture of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in 1972.

 

Javier will present "BIOARCHITECTURE" as his Keynote address in Spanish with English subtitles.
 

Javier Senosiain es arquitecto, Principal de Arquitectura Orgánica. Imparte la clase de taller del Diseño y Teoría de la Arquitectura en la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) desde 1974.  Ocupó el cargo de secretario académico de dicha facultad.  La Facultad de Arquitectura le otorgó impartir la Cátedra Federico Mariscal en el año de 2006.  Javier es autor de Arquitectura Orgánica de Senosiain, 2008 y Bio-Arquitectura, “En busca de un Espacio,” 2003.  Egresó en 1972 con mención honorífica de la entonces Escuela Nacional de Arquitectura de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


  

Mary Ann Uhlmann

 

Mary Ann Uhlmann, GRP
 

Atlanta, GA, USA.  Mary Ann Uhlmann is Manager, Vegetated Roof Systems Program Development for Tremco, Inc., and an environmental horticulturist.  Her role is to provide clients with the highest quality vegetated roofing system and living architecture options possible.  With experience from involvement in a large and diverse assortment of vegetated roofing projects across the US, she can offer clients successful, customized, high performance solutions.  Mary Ann's industry focus is to enlighten both the public and Tremco clients about the important role vegetated roofing and living architecture can play in mitigating manmade environmental challenges while enhancing the livability and sustainability of our cities and communities.
 

Mary Ann has been in the green industry for over 13 years, is an Accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP), a Certified Sustainable Urban Landscape Planner, and a Certified Plant Specialist.  She studied architecture at the University of Florida and environmental horticulture at the University of Georgia, TCS.  She is a member of the Georgia Green Industry Association, Board Member 1999-2001; ASLA, USGBC, and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
 

Prior to Tremco, Mary Ann was the owner of The Gardening Lifestyle for 5 years and developer, GardenTrends Showcase.  She has appeared on HGTV’s GroundBreakers and My Dream Garden.
 

Mary Ann will present "Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect" as her Keynote address.


Presenters:

  

Individual

  

Wolfgang Ansel

 

Wolfgang Ansel
 

Nürtingen, Germany.  Wolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA).  IGRA's targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological green roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of green roofs and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable green roof technology.  Wolfgang studied at the University of Hohenheim, Germany.
 

Wolfgang Ansel is co-author of different green roof books.  During the last years, he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America and Asia.  One of his main areas of work is implementing green roof policies and guidelines on an international level.

 

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."
 

Wolfgang will present "Relaunch - Hamburg's New Green Roof Strategy."

  

Jeffrey Bruce

 

Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, LEED AP, ASIC, GRP
 

North Kansas City, MO, USA.  Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, LEED AP, ASIC, GRP, is owner of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC) a national landscape architectural firm.  Founded in 1986, JBC provides highly specialized technical support to many of the nation’s leading architectural and landscape architectural firms on a wide variety of project profiles including engineered soils, green roof technologies, urban agronomy, performance sports turf, and irrigation engineering.  He has a BS in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University and a MS in Architectural Management from the University of Kansas.

Jeff has received over 80 separate design and leadership awards, and award winning projects of his firm have been published 150 times.  He is licensed to practice in 26 states and has served as an invited lecturer, visiting critic, and speaker at over 130 conferences and trade shows.  In 1996, Jeff was elected Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA).  He is President of the American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC) and Chairman of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC).  Jeff is a lead instructor of GRHC seminars and Chairman of the GRHC Accreditation Committee.  Jeff is a LEED accredited professional (LEED AP), a certified irrigation designer and an EPA WaterSense Certified Professional.  He is a founding member of the Sports Turf Committee for the National Interscholastic Association of Athletic Administrators.  Jeff is author of the “Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites” seminar for GRHC and ASIC.
 

Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co. has worked on over 60 green roofs encompassing over 12 million square feet and has been a team member of five national Awards of Excellence from GRHC and eight national Awards of excellence from the ASIC for innovative water management and design.
 

Bruce will present "Introduction to Integrated Water Management."

  

 

Patrick Carey, GRP
 

Seattle, WA, 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.
 

See Patrick's February, 2013 "A Guide to Phytoremediation: A Symbiotic Relationship with Plants, Water & Living Architecture" article from his A View From the Sky Trenches column on Greenroofs.com.  He is also the Moderator for both  "Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation - Chapter One" Panel and the “Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Ian Balcom, Editor for the International Journal of Phytoremediation & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State - Chapter 2" Panel Session.

 

 

Matthew Dillon

 

Matthew Dillon
 

Newtown, Australia.  Since 1980 Matthew has expanded his architectural discipline to also encompass interior architecture, sustainable building design, landscape design, public sculpture and green infrastructure for the built form.  He is the President of Green Roofs Australasia (GRA) and a member of the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), being primarily focused on advocacy to promote the industry.  Matthew is also principal of verdant australia, which provides green infrastructure consultancy for residential, commercial & industrial architectural design in Australasia.
 

Matthew will present "Urban Green in Australia."

 

 

Tobias Emilsson

 

Tobias Emilsson, PhD
 

Malmö, Sweden.  Dr. Tobias Emilsson is a Marie-Curie Senior research fellow at ZinCo GmbH and a researcher at the Landscape Management, Design and Construction Department of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).  Tobias has a PhD from the Landscape Management, Design and Construction Department of SLU, focused on the technology of extensive green roofs.  He also has a MsC in Biology from Lund University.  His background in plant ecology includes extensive field work experience from arctic and roof ecosystems.

 

Tobias' current research is focused on substrate design for prolonged plant survival and substrate-plant interactions.  He is also developing various projects on vertical gardening in Sweden.

 

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


  

Manfred Köhler

 

Manfred Köhler, BDLA, PhD
 

Neubrandenburg, Germany.  Prof. Dr. Manfred Köhler (Koehler) is the founder of the Green Roof Centre of Excellence Neubrandenburg, whose main interest is to quantify effects on urban vegetation.  Prof. Dr. Manfred Köhler is also the President of the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), the co-organizer of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013.  The objectives of WGIN are to be a globally-important motivator of the use of green infrastructure in cities; expand opportunities for member organizations to learn about green roof infrastructure science, technology, practice, economics and environmental and social benefits; promote education in green infrastructure benefits particularly at university levels and trade school levels, to provide skills for the green roof industry that can be expected to develop more widely; promote green infrastructure research and extension in soundly-based green infrastructure development; provide sound networking and conference study opportunities for member organizations; and to publicize the global environmental and cost-saving advantages of green infrastructure, especially those related to reducing climate change problems.
 

Since 1994, Prof. Dr. Koehler has been a Professor for Landscape Ecology at the University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg.  Manfred, as President of WGIN, will open the 2013 Virtual Summit with Linda Velazquez.

 

 

Jaron Lubin

 

Jaron Lubin
 

Somerville, MA, USA.  Jaron Lubin joined Safdie Architects in 2004, and became Principal in 2012.  He is currently developing a proposal for the national Arts Museum of Beijing, as well as serving as project designer for a new condominium complex in Bashan, Singapore.  Previously, he led the competition-winning design effort for the Marina Bay Sands project, and then relocated to Singapore to oversee the work there, most notable as resident design architect for the SkyPark.


Jaron will present
"The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort," recorded in November 2012 in Bangalore, India at The INTERNATIONAL GREEN CONFERENCE organized by the Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN).

 

 

Tanya Müller García

 

Tanya Müller García
 

Mexico City, Mexico.  Tanya Müller García is the Secretary of the Environment for Mexico City, Federal District.  Tanya is one of the pioneers who championed and lobbied in favor of green roofs in Mexico, and has participated as a consultant for the major green roof projects in the country.  In 2005 she founded AMENA - Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas (National Mexican Greenroof Association), and is Vice President of World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).
 

Tanya is an agricultural engineer with a Master's degree in Urban Agriculture from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.  Formerly, she was Director of Urban Reforestation and Bikeways for the City of Mexico, including greenroofs and walls within the Green Plan of Mexico and the development of the public bike sharing system Ecobici.  Read her bio in Spanish below.
 

Tanya will present "Mexico City's Green Plan & Green Roofs" in Spanish with English subtitles.  She will also moderate the Spanish Panel Session "La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España" - "Urban Agriculture in Iberia-America and Spain."

  

 

Marc Grañén
 

Bescanó, Spain.  Marc Grañén says, "My artistic point of view of life and my intense love of natural landscapes make the perfect combination for what has become my daily occupation. I am a landscape artist. Nature is my inspiration and my family, my best teacher. We live in Bescanó, our small hometown in the northeast of Spain.

Marc will present “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement.

  

Gilberto Navas

 

Gilberto Navas, PhD
 

Mexico City, Mexico.  Dr. Gilberto Navas is a researcher from the Chapingo Autonomous University, founding member of the Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas (AMENA), and advisor to several companies and the local government of Mexico City.  Gilberto is an Agricultural Doctor from the Humboldt University Berlin.
 

Gilberto will present "Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo" - "Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University."  He will also be a part of the "La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España" - "Urban Agriculture in Iberia-America and Spain" Panel (in Spanish).
 

See his profile in Spanish.

  

Dorthe Rømø

 

Dorthe Rømø
 

Copenhagen, Denmark.  Dorthe Rømø is a biologist and Project Manager for the City of Copenhagen.  Dorthe 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.  A major part of that work deals with bringing her knowledge about green roof technology and philosophy into future modern sustainable and climate adapted city development considerations and decisions.  She is involved in different co-operational projects such as Water in Cities, and is a Board Member of the commission Urban Green and a World Green Ambassador for the World Green Infrastructure Network.

 

Dorthe lectures at universities on green roof subjects concerning design, maintenance, and green roofs as a part of future urban design and planning, and has given several international speeches.  Dorthe Rømø has been a Project Manager on Copenhagen's Wastewater Plan since 2008 and has for the last 7 years been responsible for the maintenance and operation of the freshwater system in Copenhagen.
 

Dorthe will present "How Green Roofs in Copenhagen Create New Opportunities, Climate Adapt Our City and Transform Our Living."

  

Kevin Songer

 

Kevin Songer

Jacksonville, FL, USA. Kevin Songer’s passion is restoring 'volumetric green' to the urban core, designing green roofs for MetroVerde.  MetroVerde's green roof designs are structured for cyclone and hurricane impacted areas with native plants.  He holds a B.S. in Biology and a Juris Doctor in law (environmental and land use).  Kevin writes a daily green roof blog, Living Green Roofs.  He is a LEED BG+C and an ISA Certified Arborist & Municipal Specialist Arborist.  Follow @kevinsonger on twitter.  Kevin's recent TEDx talk centered around green roofs in the urban core.  Kevin was also recipient of the City of Jacksonville's 2012 Christi Valeta Environmental Award.

 

Kevin is also a contributing editor here on Greenroofs.com, the Tropical Green Roof Editor, and writes about the subject from his experience.
 

Kevin will present "Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants."

  

Christine Thuring

 

Christine Thuring
 

Sheffield, UK.  Christine Thuring has been working with green roofs since 2001 in various capacities, including installation, advocacy, research, consulting, design, and education.  Prior to green roofs, she worked as a field botanist and restoration ecologist.  With a BSc in Environmental Resource Science & Biology (Trent University) and MSc Horticulture (The Pennsylvania State University), Christine is currently doing her PhD in Landscape Ecology (University of Sheffield).  She co-founded Green Roof Safari, and offers consulting and technical translation through Chlorophyllocity.  Christine is a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com; she is the Student Editor and also writes Christine's Ramblings.

 

Christine will present "Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time."
 

She will also participate in the "Inspiration Nook" with Mark Simmons and will share their <3 minute video "Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?"

 

 

Xianmin Wang

 

Wang Xianmin
 

Beijing, China.  Wang Xianmin is Deputy Chief of the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council; Vice Chairman of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association; Secretary-general of the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Conference; Founder and former Secretary-general of the Beijing Rooftop Greening Association; former Secretary-general of the Great Wall Green Engineering Organizing Committee and Former Deputy Dean of the Asia-Pacific Education Centre of Peking University.  He graduated from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics.  Xianmin Wang is the author of China 2010 Shanghai World Expo venue three-dimensional Green, 2011 and Roof Garden, 2007.
 

Xianmin will present "The Status of Chinese Green Roofs at the Moment and in the Future"  His presentation will be in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. 

   

Presenters:

  

Collaborative

  
 

"A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems
from Canada and Spain
"

 

 

Alan Darlington

 

Alan Darlington, PhD
 

S. Breslau, Canada.  Dr. Alan Darlington is Principal of NEDLAW Living Walls.  Alan was awarded his PhD investigating the interaction between plants and their physical environment from the University of Guelph.  Alan has received a number of awards for academic and entrepreneurial accomplishments and is the 'inventor' of a number of patents integral to the application of plant based biofilters to the indoor space which has been his area of interest since 1994.  Since 2004, his companies have installed close to 200 biofilters across North America.  In 2005, he was named by Outdoor Magazine as one of the 25 top true believers in the environmental movement for his work with plant biofilters.
 

Alan will contribute "Indoor Air Biofilters" as the Canadian story of "A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain."  He is also part of the "Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation - Chapter 1" Panel.

 

 

Ignacio Solano

 

Ignacio Solano
 

Alicante, Spain.  Ignacio (Nacho) Solano is a biologist and the founder of Paisajismo Urbano.  Based in Spain, Paisajismo Urbano creates vertical ecosystems.  Nacho has traveled extensively for botanical research to various forest and jungle environments around the globe.  His company has installed over 2,500 m2 of vertical gardens using his patented system throughout Europe and the Americas.
 

Nacho will contribute "Ecosistemas Verticales" - "Vertical Ecosystems" - as the Spanish story of  "A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain" in Spanish with English voice-overs and sub-titles.
 

Ignacio Solano Cabello (España, 1976,) es biólogo y fundador de la empresa de creación de ecosistemas verticales Paisajismo Urbano.  Ha realizado númerosos viajes de investigación botánica alrededor de diferentes bosques y selvas de todo el mundo y cuenta con más de 2.500 m2 de jardines verticales con patente propia repartidos por Europa y América.

   

"Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned"

 

 

Michael Franco

 

Michael Franco
 

New York, NY, USA.  Michael Franco is the Senior Designer at Town and Gardens Ltd. (T&G) in New York City.  He has over 12 years of experience in the industry and holds a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture and Participatory Community Planning and Design.  At T&G Michael manages a diverse range of commercial and residential projects specializing in rooftop garden design, greenroofs, planning and project management.  He is a Member of the American Society of Landscape Architecture and Metro Horticulture Group.  He is the recipient of many national awards and three of his most significant works include: The Royal York Courtyard, Rockefeller University Garden, Clinton Towers Roof Top of Archstone Smith, and numerous residential gardens.  Michael is originally from Mexico where he grew up on an organic ecological farm which influenced his passion for landscape.  He is now the proud husband and father of two young girls and resides in Northern NJ.  When he is not busy designing new landscape or gardening, he spends his time perusing his other passions including running, biking and sculpture.
 

Michael will present "The Royal York Condominium" as his award winning project.

 

 

Brendan Shea

 

Brendan Shea, LEED AP
 

Somerville, MA, USA.  Brendan Shea is Project Manager for Recover Green Roofs.  Brendan’s career is grounded in over ten years of experience working for the New England representative of Clivus Multrum, specializing in innovative, onsite wastewater engineering.  A LEED Accredited Professional, Brendan has worked on over a dozen LEED projects and has extensive experience with project management and design/build implementation.  His early career was based in design and construction of indoor greywater recycling and aerobic blackwater treatment systems, which address structural support, system integration, waterproofing, drainage and plant vitality — the fundamentals of green roofs.  His natural transition into the green roof industry allows Brendan to combine his passion for plants with his knowledge of water engineering. Recover Green Roofs is a design-build-maintain green roof firm who work throughout New England and New York on residential, commercial and municipal projects.  Their work ranges from extensive stormwater management systems to intensive rooftop landscaping and commercial rooftop agriculture.
 

Brendan will present "The Ledge" as his award winning project.

 

 

Emily Shelton

 

Emily Shelton
 

Chicago, IL, USA.  Since 2007, Emily Shelton has been getting her hands dirty as the horticulturist for the Research and Evaluation Gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Emily oversees the maintenance of the Daniel F and Ada L Rice Plant Conservation Science Center’s green roof garden, along with the Lavin Sun Evaluation Garden, the Pullman Shade Evaluation Garden, many plant breeding plots, and a crew of five.  Emily came to Chicago with a degree in Horticulture from Missouri State University and time spent at the Alaska Botanic Garden in Anchorage, Alaska.
 

Emily will present the "Daniel F and Ada L Rice Plant Conservation Science Center’s Green Roof Garden" at the Chicago Botanic Garden as her award winning project.

 

 

Keith Tufts

 

Keith Tufts, NSAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
 

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Keith Tufts is Principal and Senior Environmental Architect with Lydon Lynch Architects Ltd.  As Lydon Lynch’s Senior Sustainable Architect, Keith has developed a national reputation as a leader in environmental and sustainable building design.  Keith is currently completing construction of Nova Scotia’s greenest recreational facility, the new Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre, a $35 million LEED® Gold multipurpose facility in Bridgewater.  The project features the new South Shore main library, a 1200 seat geothermal powered arena, a solar powered aquatic facility, fitness facilities, activity and community spaces.  The Centre features smart energy use, natural day lighting and fresh air ventilation.  Keith has a varied design background in architecture, broadcasting and entertainment.  Keith has designed and built theatres and broadcast facilities, including CKDU-FM for Dalhousie University; award-winning entertainment venues in Halifax that fostered the emergence of international artists like Sarah McLachlan and Sloan; and has been awarded a platinum album for his work as manager of Moxy Fruvous.
 

Keith will present "Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market" as his award winning project.

 

"Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits!"

 

Jörg Breuning

 

Jörg Breuning

Bel Air, MD, USA.
Jörg Breuning is the principal of Green Roof Technology (Previously Green Roof Service) which offers a full range of design services to meet green roof, green wall, and natural swimming pool/bio-filtration pool needs.  Jörg began working with green roofs in 1980 and brought the first modern green roof technology to the U.S. in 1999 with the Chicago City Hall project.  His expertise is known by universities, architects, manufacturers and installers across the U.S. and in Europe.  He is especially recognized for his ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice offering the most efficient green roof solutions.  Also, he co-founded Green Roof Safari, and is Greenroofs.com's newest Contributing Editor.
 

Jörg Breuning will co-present "Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits!" with Ryan Miller.

 

Ryan Miller

 

Ryan Miller
 

Baltimore, MD, USA.  Ryan Miller is the Office Director at Green Roof Technology's Baltimore location.  Ryan’s passion for green roof technology roots from years in the real estate industry, where he became interested in green-building and ecosystem services.  His experience in construction, real estate, and stormwater management practices makes him a valuable asset.  His role is focused on the development of the SunRoot system.  Ryan graduated from Washington College majoring in Business Management with a minor in Environmental Economics.
 

Ryan will co-present "Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits!" with Jörg Breuning.

 

"Naturación Urbana en España" - "Urban Greening in Spain"

 

Julian Briz

 

Julian Briz, PhD
 

Madrid, Spain.  Dr. Julian Briz is Professor em. Polytechnic University of Madrid, President of PRONATUR - Sociedad Española para la Naturación Urbana (Spanish Society for Urban Greening), and a member of the board of directors of WGIN.  He is the editor and co-author of numerous articles and books including Naturación Urbana: Cubiertas Ecológicas (Urban Greening: Ecological Covers) 2nd edition), 2004.  Julian is also the director and coordinator of several projects and PhD theses on greening cities.  He has a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a Master of Science from the University of Minnesota.
 

Julian will present "Retos Socioeconomicos y Digestion en las Ciudades Verdes Españoles" - "Socioeconomic and Management Challenges in Spanish Green Cities" - in Spanish with English subtitles as part of this collaborative effort which is a backgrounder for the Panel Session "La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España" ("Urban Agriculture in Iberia-America and Spain"), presented in Spanish.  Read his bio in Spanish below.

  

José María Durán-Altisent

 

José María Durán-Altisent, PhD


Madrid, Spain.
 Dr. José María Durán-Altisent is a university professor assigned to the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos (ETSIA) - Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineers - at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.  When they built the first green terrace at ETSIA, he helped to design the system temperature sensors, control algorithms and data transmission (LabView®, National Instruments) that was installed on the first ecological experimental terrace, with the aim to check which system of the over fifty installed was best suited.  For over five years he contributed to the management of the application that generated the data to the various companies that contributed to the project PRONATUR.  José María has a PhD in Agronomy from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a degree in Pharmacy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
 

José María will present "Innovación y Buenas Prácticas en Agricultura Urbana" - "Innovation and Best Practices in Urban Agriculture" in Spanish with English subtitles as part of this collaborative effort which is a backgrounder for the Panel Session "La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España" ("Urban Agriculture in Iberia-America and Spain"), presented in Spanish.  Read his bio in Spanish below.

  

Isabel de Felipe

 

Isabel de Felipe, PhD
 

Madrid, Spain.  Dr. Isabel de Felipe is Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid; board member of PRONATUR; co-author of the book Naturación Urbana; participant in several national and international congresses on green cities; member of research projects on green cities.  Isabel has a PhD in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid.
 

Isabel will present "Evolución Histórica de las Ciudades Verdes Españolas" - "Historical Evolution of the Spanish Green Cities" as part of this collaborative effort which is a backgrounder for the Panel Session "La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España" ("Urban Agriculture in Iberia-America and Spain"), presented in Spanish.  Read her bio in Spanish below.

  

Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer

 

Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer
 

Zaragoza, Spain.  Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer is an architect, and founder and CEO of Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, S.L.P.  Joaquin's ideology is based on the interaction and coordination of different worlds and disciplines as a basis for thinking or create architecture that can achieve the quality of life of its users.  In 1995 he founded FUNDACIÓN "AL SUR" (To the South Foundation), a multidisciplinary group related to environmental and landscape engineering as well as cultural issues pertaining to population movements and migration.  Joaquin is a member of the Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo (Ecology and Development Foundation) and PRONATUR where in 2011 he served as Technical Director.  Currently he is the Vice President of PRONATUR.  A few of his projects include the greening of: former farmland for the Thermal Garden Spa of Sicily; open spaces within the new Zaragoza Municipal Football Stadium; Vertical Garden in the Zaragoza Delicias Neighborhood, named one of the Best Top 10 European Spaces in 2010; a new agro-urban neighborhood "ATALAYA" in Zaragoza; and a new eco-city in Kassala, Sudan.


Joaquin will contribute “Arquitectura, Arte y Cultura en la Naturación Urbana: Experiencias Españolas” - "Architecture, Art and Culture in Green Cities: Spanish Experiences." 
Read his bio in Spanish below.

 

"Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way"

  

 

Barbara Deutsch, FASLA
 

Washington, D.C., USA.  Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, is Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), whose 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.
 

Prior to heading LAF, Barbara was an Associate Director with BioRegional’s One Planet Communities, an initiative to create zero carbon, zero waste, and 100% sustainable lifestyle communities.  Before that, she served as Senior Director of the Casey Trees Endowment Fund where she secured $350,000 in grant funding for strategic projects and led the 2002 Street Tree Inventory, Citizen Forester Program, and 1425 K Street Green Roof Demonstration Project.  Barbara was principal investigator for the award-winning EPA Grant titled “The Green Build-out Model: Quantifying the Stormwater Management Benefits of Trees and Green Roofs in Washington, DC.”  She holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia.  She was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in 2006 by the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
 

Barbara will present "Showing Value: Creating Change."

  

 

Lexie Hain
 

Ithaca, NY, USA.  Lexie Hain is co-founder of Motherplants, Ltd, a nursery specializing in the plants for green roofs.  Motherplants is based in Ithaca NY, and has been in business for 8 years, with hundreds of projects installed around the US.  Lexie graduated from Cornell University, got her Master's in Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh, UK.  She has also worked for several years as a building performance analyst.
 

Lexie will co-present "Farmer Girls: The Story of Motherplants" with Marguerite Wells.

  

 

Vanessa Keitges


Portland, OR
, USA.  Vanessa Keitges is President and CEO of Columbia Green Technologies, whose core technologies in eco-roofs are based on sustainable functions that help manage the quality and quantity of storm water, energy use, as well as air and water pollution. Vanessa purchased the company along with local investors in 2009 and Columbia Green is currently experiencing significant growth under her leadership.  She 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.  Vanessa has served in numerous executive positions in business development roles, where she has managed rapid growth; both domestically and internationally.  She has been responsible for triple digit increase within the companies she has worked for where she has played a leading role in the sales groups.  Vanessa graduated from Oregon State University earning a B.A. in Philosophy.  Her personal interests include: riding horses, traveling and meeting new people.  She has an affinity toward kids and animals and sits on the Oregon Zoo Wild Life Board.  Vanessa's true passion is helping others within her community.

 

She will present "Vanessa Keitges: Leading to Make a Difference from the President & CEO of Columbia Green Technologies."

  

 

Joy Schmidt
 

Mississauga, Canada.  Joy Schmidt is President of Vitaroofs International.  Fondly known as 'The Green Roof Lady,' Joy was initiated to the industry 20 years ago, inventing green roof systems and educating the global marketplace alongside Wolfgang Behrens, literally from scratch.  1,000 green roofs later, she’s personally been involved in some of North America’s most celebrated projects, including the Ford Guinness Book of Records River Rouge Plant and the Vancouver Olympic Village.  Joy’s contributions have extended to accredited programming for architects, government task forces and research and development with St Mary’s University, UBC-O, SAIT Polytechnic and BCIT.  She’s also been published as a leading expert in The Rise of Living Architecture, 2012.  Change aside, Joy still packs her fleece and hard hat to climb up those construction sites, no matter the weather!  She also remains steadfast in her commitment to do the right thing, especially when it makes good business sense.
 

Joy will present "Aim high, get your hands dirty and persevere with purpose - A paradigm in sustainability entrepreneurship, from green roof pioneer Joy Schmidt."

  

 

Marguerite Wells
 

Ithaca, NY, USA.  Marguerite Wells is co-founder of Motherplants, Ltd, a nursery specializing in the plants for green roofs.  Motherplants is based in Ithaca NY, and has been in business for 8 years, with hundreds of projects installed around the US.  Marguerite is also the project manager for Black Oak Wind Farm, a 20 MW community owned wind farm project in Ithaca NY.  She graduated from Cornell University, and got her Master's in Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
 

Marguerite will co-present "Farmer Girls: The Story of Motherplants" with Lexie Hain.

   

"Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production"

  

 

Helen Cameron
 

Chicago, IL, USA.  Helen Cameron is the co-owner of Uncommon Ground in Wrigleyville and Uncommon Ground on Devon in Edgewater, the “Greenest Restaurants in Chicago” as certified by the Green Restaurant Association.  Cameron's commitment to Urban Agriculture is manifest in the newer location on Devon, which supports the Country’s first certified Organic Roof Top Farm, producing a wide range of vegetables including a variety of beans, peas, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, radishes, greens and herbs as well as honey from 4 beehives, all of which is used on the menu in the restaurants.  The farm sits on a 2500 square foot deck of recycled composite material, includes 28 cedar and steel-framed planter boxes and is bordered by 5 solar thermal panels to heat water for the restaurant.
 

The 21 year old Clark location is home to a newly built micro-farm of 34 earthboxes bordering the outdoor cafe, producing a variety of organic vegetables, greens and herbs for use in the restaurant. It connects guests to the idea of growing your own food, knowing where it comes from, and enjoying the beauty, variety, flavor and freshness of locally harvested food. Both restaurants have achieved 4-star certification with the Green Restaurant Association and are providing an example of successfully integrating sustainability with the bottom line.

  

 

Ben Flanner
 

New York, NY, USA.  Ben Flanner is the head farmer, CEO, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, based in New York City.  A pioneering urban farm operation, the business produces vegetables, herbs, and honey on over 2 ½ acres of intensive green roofs, and sells its produce via restaurants, farmer’s markets, and CSAs.  Brooklyn Grange is widely recognized as the leader in rooftop agriculture and as an exceptional green and community minded business.
 

Prior to founding the Brooklyn Grange, Ben co-founded and managed the Eagle Street Rooftop farm.  He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and prior experience in consulting and marketing.  The Brooklyn Grange received the LICBDC Green Business Award in 2010, the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence in 2011, and Queens Community Business Award from Mayor Bloomberg’s office in 2012.  He was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently resides in Brooklyn.

  

Mohamed Hage

 

Mohamed Hage
 

Montréal, Canada.  Mohamed "Mo" Hage is founder, CEO and President of Lufa Farms.  The Lufa Farms Prototype Farm is a 31,000 sf greenhouse on top of a Montreal office Building. It is specially designed to provide the optimum environment for more than 25 varieties of vegetables and does so without using artificial pesticides, fungicides or herbicides of any type. This first version is designed to model our vision of responsible agriculture.
 

A natural-born entrepreneur, Mo oversees all of Lufa Farms development and operations.  He has a long history in successful technology-based ventures and real estate development.  Mo is the owner of the vision at Lufa Farms and is driven by a keen personal interest in environmental science, safe and quality foods, and the challenge of renewable energy.

  

George Irwin

 

George Irwin
 

Rochester, NY, USA.  George Irwin is founder and CEO 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 agriculture.  Prior to founding GLTi, George was a landscape contractor for two dozen 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 learning into growing a global business.  George personally oversees all green wall and roof education, integrating his state-of-the-art technology into a continuously-evolving curriculum.  His efforts have earned him recognition as an official education partner for the New York City Department of Education and additional higher education facilities, such as the State University of New York and Cornell, with the development of a dedicated degree track in "Green Technology" education at secondary schools and in multiple states.
 

GLTi's new product application is the scalable vertical farm "Food Factory," a compost-based growing media indoor farm operating year round to maximize production space including walls, roof and the vertical floor plan.  It utilizes existing buildings retrofitted to grow food with an indoor anaerobic digester and worm composting.  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.

  

Alan Joaquin

 

Alan Joaquin
 

Waimanalo, HI, USA.  Alan Joaquin is the Founder and CEO of FarmRoof®, a lightweight modular rooftop farming system.  In 2011 Alan made history when the FarmRoof® he installed above an old gas station in Waimanalo, Hawaii became the first greenroof in the United States to earn the coveted USDA Organic Certification.  With over 22 years of experience in agriculture, engineering, environmental protection, and landscape construction, Alan is a serial entrepreneur, inventor of multiple patents, and has been published in technical journals both in the US and abroad.
 

While FarmRoof is rapidly gaining notoriety from Vancouver to New York City, their roots are here in the islands and they are proud to help customers build a better tomorrow for Hawaii.

   

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

  

 

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; she is the Design Editor and writes the occasional column "Chic Sustainability."

 

Haven will co-present the "The Greenroofs.com 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2013" with Linda Velazquez.

   

 

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.
 

Linda will co-present "The Greenroofs.com 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2013" with Haven Kiers, as well as be your host for the Virtual Summit 2013.

   

Presenters:

  

Panel Sessions

  

  

"Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation - Chapter One" Panel

  

 

 

Patrick Carey, GRP (Moderator)
 

Seattle, WA, USA.   Patrick Carey, GRP, has a degree in architecture and is principal of Hadj Design.  He is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and has also taught at various universities and colleges.  Patrick is also a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2005); he is the Architecture Editor (2005).  See his complete profile.
 

Patrick is the Moderator for "Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation - Chapter One" Panel.  Also see the “Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Ian Balcom, Editor for the International Journal of Phytoremediation & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State - Chapter 2" Panel Session.   He is also highlighting his new "A Guide to Phytoremediation: A Symbiotic Relationship with Plants, Water & Living Architecture" article on Greenroofs.com.

   

Alan Darlington

 

Alan Darlington, PhD
 

S. Breslau, Canada.  Dr. Alan Darlington is Principal of NEDLAW Living Walls.  See his profile here.
 

Alan is also presenting "Indoor Air Biofilters" as part of the "A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain" presentation.

 

 

Paul Mankiewicz

 

Paul Mankiewicz, PhD
 

New York, NY, USA.  Dr. Paul S. Mankiewicz is Executive Director of the Gaia Institute and received his PhD from the City University of New York/New York Botanical Garden Joint Program in Plant Sciences.  He holds patents on a modular, in-vessel composting system, an ultralightweight green roof plant growth medium, and a biogeochemical reactor to breakdown dioxins and PCBs.  He is past president of the Torrey Botanical Society, board member of the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District, and former chair of the Bronx Solid Waste Advisory Board.


Paul has designed and built natural landscapes to remove metals, hydrocarbons and excess nutrients from runoff and wastewater, capture carbon, and to slower air conditioning and heating costs.  Dr. Mankiewicz has constructed the first green roof in the Bronx, the first industrial-scale stormwater treatment meadow and green wall at Sims Recycling - a six acre truck-to-barge material handling facility on the Bronx River, the first process water/greywater treatment green roof on the Linda Tool Corporation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the first ten of the Mayor's PlaNYC 2030 enhanced tree pits for street-side storm water capture, in addition to  the first community garden constructed for lead mitigation as well as storm water capture - El Jardin del Paraiso on E 4th St. on the Lower East Side.

  

Clayton Rugh

 

Clayton Rugh, PhD
 

Durham, NC, USA.  Dr. Clayton Rugh is Manager and Technical Director of Xero Flor America.  He received his BS in Botany and Genetics and MS in Plant biology, both from The Ohio State University; and PhD from the University of Georgia.
 

Xero Flor America, LLC. (XFA) was formed concurrently with the 10.4 acre green roof installation on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant.  XFA was borne out of 30 years of technical development by its parent organization, Xero Flor International GmbH, and extensive German and U.S. university R&D to develop various green roof systems tailored to individual project design goals and regional North American climates.  Xero Flor pre-grown vegetated mats are installed on custom designed base layers as "instant" green roof systems, which are independent laboratory certified against weed encroachment, wind uplift, spread of fire, or surface erosion.  These features and more on the Dearborn Truck Plant and an additional 400+ Xero Flor green roof installations throughout North America since the initiation of the Ford - XFA - Michigan State University collaborative green roof research trials in 2001.
 

Prior to co-founding XFA, Clayton was Research Professor of Phyto-remediation at Michigan State University directing laboratory and field studies on plant-based detoxification of various pollutants; including mercury, PCBs, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and nitroaromatic explosives.  His work at Michigan State University and University of Georgia included multi-disciplinary research collaborations in phytoremediation, bio-plastic composites, biofuels and green roof technologies, which have been presented in more than 50 peer-reviewed journal publications and 200 lecture seminars.

  

"Green Wall Maintenance -
Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices
" Panel

 

 

Melissa Daniels

 

Melissa Daniels


Riverhead, NY
, USA.  Melissa Daniels has been in the horticulture business for more than twenty years.  She is co-owner of Plant Connection Inc., a 42-acre nursery company specializing in green roof and green wall products.  Melissa is the current President of the Long Island Nursery & Landscape Association, a board director for the New York State Nursery Landscape Association, and a Certified Nursery Landscape Professional.  Melissa serves on the Green Walls Committee for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and is a Certified Trainer for their Green Walls 101 Course.

 

 

Christopher Lyon

 

Christopher Lyon
 

Hayward, CA, USA.  Christopher Lyon is the president of Tournesol Siteworks, and has been working at the intersection of landscape and architecture for 18 years.  He’s been part of the Green Roof & Walls jury for the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities CitiesAlive conference awards for the past two years.  Tournesol Siteworks is a leading manufacturer of commercial pots and planters, site furnishings and container irrigation systems.  Tournesol recognized the nascent opportunity in living walls in 2008, and has become a premier provider of systems to help designers, contractors and owners install them in commercial settings.  They are located just outside San Francisco, and work nationwide.

   

Steven Peck

 

Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA (Moderator)
 

Toronto, Canada.  Steven W. Peck is the Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American trade association for the green roof and wall industry.  See his profile above.
 

Steven is the Moderator for the "Green Wall Maintenance - Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices" Panel.  He is also a Keynote Speaker, presenting "12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs."

 

 

James Sable

 

James Sable
 

Los Angeles, CA, USA.  James Sable is Executive Vice-President of greenscreen®.  As a member of greenscreen® James has been documenting green wall examples for more than ten years and manages an image library of over seven hundred installation sites and thousands of green wall images.  He is active in the promotion of green wall design and research, and co-authored the distance learning course "Considerations for Advanced Green Facade Design" (2012).  James travels internationally, presenting to associations and government groups, describing green facades and living walls and the potential benefits for application in the built environment.

  

 

"La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España" -
"Urban Agriculture in Iberia-America and Spain" Panel (in Spanish)

  

Julian Briz

 

Julian Briz, PhD
 

Madrid, Spain.  Dr. Julian Briz is Professor em. Polytechnic University of Madrid, President of PRONATUR - Sociedad Española para la Naturación Urbana (Spanish Society for Urban Greening), and a member of the board of directors of WGIN.  Read Julian's complete profile here.

 

He will also participate in the collaborative video "Naturación Urbana en España" - "Urban Greening in Spain," which is a backgrounder for this panel.

 

Julian Briz es Profesor em. de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Presidente de PRONATUR (Sociedad Española para la Naturación Urbana), y miembro de la junta directiva de WGIN.  El es editor y autor de diversos artículos y libros, entre ellos Naturación Urbana: Cubiertas Ecológicas (Segunda edicion), 2004.

Julian es director y coordinador de proyectos y tesis doctorales sobre naturación urbana.  Julian es Doctor Ingeniero Agrónomo de la Universidad Politécnica Madrid y tiene un Master of Science por la Universidad de Minnesota.
 

Julian tambien será parte del video colaboratio "Naturación Urbana en España" donde el presentará "Retos Socioeconomicos y de Gestión en las Ciudades Verdes Espanoles."

  

José María Durán-Altisent

 

José María Durán-Altisent, PhD


Madrid, Spain.
 Dr. José María Durán-Altisent is a university professor assigned to the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos (ETSIA) - Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineers - at the Polytechnic University of MadridRead José María's complete profile here.

 

He will also participate in the collaborative video "Naturación Urbana en España" - "Urban Greening in Spain" which is a backgrounder for this panel.
 

José María Durán-Altisent es Catedrático de Universidad, adscrito a la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).  Cuando se construyó la primera terraza ecológica en la ETSIA, contribuyó a diseñar el sistema de sondas de temperatura, los algoritmos de control y la transmisión de datos (LabView®, National Instruments) que se instaló en la primera terraza ecológica experimental, con el fin de comprobar qué sistema de los más de cincuenta que se instalaron era el más adecuado para las nuevas terrazas.  Contribuyó a mantener durante más de cinco años la aplicación informática que generó los datos a las distintas empresas que colaboraron en el Proyecto PRONATUR.  José María es Dr. Ingeniero Agrónomo por la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid y Licenciado en Farmacia por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). 
 

José María tambien será parte del video colaboratio "Naturación Urbana en España" donde el presentará "Innovación y Buenas Prácticas en Agricultura Urbana."

  

Isabel de Felipe

 

Isabel de Felipe, PhD
 

Madrid, Spain.  Dr. Isabel de Felipe is Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and board member of PRONATUR.  Read Isabel's complete profile here.

 

Isabel will also participate in the collaborative video "Naturación Urbana en España" - "Urban Greening in Spain" which is a backgrounder for this panel.


Isabel de Felipe es Profesora Titular de la
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; miembro de la junta directiva de PRONATUR (Sociedad Española para la Naturación Urbana); coautora del libro "Naturación Urbana: Cubiertas ecológicas” (2 ediciones); participante en congresos nacionales e internacionales de ciudades verdes; y miembro de proyectos de investigación sobre ciudades verdes.  Isabel es Doctora en ciencias económicas y empresariales de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Isabel tambien será parte del video colaboratio "
Naturación Urbana en España" donde ella presentará "Evolución Histórica de las Ciudades Verdes Españolas."

  

Tanya Müller García

 

Tanya Müller García (Moderator)
 

Mexico City, Mexico.  Tanya Müller García is the Secretary of the Environment for Mexico City, Federal District.  Tanya is one of the pioneers who championed and lobbied in favor of green roofs in Mexico, and has participated as a consultant for the major green roof projects in the country.  In 2005 she founded AMENA - Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas (National Mexican Greenroof Association), and is Vice President of World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).  Read Tanya's complete profile here.

 

Tanya will moderate the "La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España" Panel in Spanish.  She will also present "Mexico City's Green Plan & Green Roofs" in Spanish with English subtitles.
 

Tanya Müller García es Secretaria de Medio Ambiente del Gobierno del Distrito Federal donde sus principales funciones a desarrollar en el nuevo puesto incluyen aumentar la infraestructure verde urbana en la Cuidad de Mexico, ayudando a la integracion social, mejorar las formas de transporte a nivel no motorizado y promover el uso de la bicicleta entre gente joven y mujeres principalmente.


Tanya
es Maestra en Ciencias en Agricultura Urbana de la Universidad Humboldt de Berlin, Alemania; Ing. Agr. de la Universidad El Zamorano, Honduras; Diplomado en Derecho Ambiental y Recursos Naturales de la Universidad ITAM, México; Fundadora y Presidenta de AMENA (Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas); Vice-Presidenta de WGIN (
World Green Infrastructure Network); y la ex Directora de Reforestación Urbana, Parques y Ciclovías de la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente del Gobierno del Distrito Federal.
 

Tanya será la moderadora del panel.  Tanya también presentará "Mexico City's Green Plan & Green Roofs" - "El Plan Verde de la Ciudad de México & Azoteas Naturadas" - individualmente.

  

Gilberto Navas

 

Gilberto Navas, PhD
 

Mexico City, Mexico.  Dr. Gilberto Navas is a researcher from the Chapingo Autonomous University, founding member of the Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas (AMENA), and advisor to several companies and the local government of Mexico City.  Gilberto is an Agricultural Doctor from the Humboldt University Berlin.


Gilberto will also present individually "Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo" - "Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University."
 

Gilberto Navas es Profesor Investigador de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, miembro fundador activo de la Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas (AMENA), consultor de diferentes compañias y del gobierno local de la Ciudad de México.  Gilberto es Doctor en Agricultura por la Universidad Humboldt de Berlín.
 

Gilberto tambien presentará individualmente "Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo."

  

Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer

 

Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer
 

Zaragoza, Spain.  Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer is an architect, and founder and CEO of Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, S.L.P.  Read Joaquin's complete profile here.


He will also participate in the collaborative video "
Naturación Urbana en España" - "Urban Greening in Spain" which is a backgrounder for this panel.


Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer es arquitecto, director y fundador de la empresa
Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, S.L.P.; miembro de la junta directiva de PRONATUR; consejero técnico de instituciones públicas y privadas en actividades de naturación urbana; y director de proyectos sobre naturación urbana en distintas ciudades.  Selección Obras Naturación: Naturación con carácter terapéutico de antiguos espacios agrícolas para el Jardín Termal del Balneario de Sicilia; Naturación de espacios abiertos dentro del nuevo Estadio Municipal de Fútbol de Zaragoza; Jardín Vertical en el Barrio de Delicias de Zaragoza, Obra del año 2008 y selección dentro de los 10 mejores espacios europeos en el año 2010; Proyecto de nuevo barrio agro-urbano “ATALAYA” en Zaragoza; Proyecto de eco-ciudad en Kassala (Sudán).
 

Joaquin tambien será parte del video colaboratio "Naturación Urbana en España" donde el presentará “Arquitectura, Arte y Cultura en la Naturación Urbana: Experiencias Españolas.”

 

"Sky Parks in the Public Realm -
Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity
"
Panel

 

 

Maureen Connelly

 

 

Maureen Connelly, MAIBC, PhD (Moderator)
 

Vancouver, B.C., Canada.  Dr. Maureen Connelly, MAIBC is Director, Faculty, at the Centre for Architectural Ecology, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) School of Construction and the Environment.  Combining a science background with a professional affiliation as an architect, Maureen developed the vision, oversaw the construction and the instrumentation of the BCIT green roof research facility in 2002.  Her initial research focused on the architectural and planning impact of green roofs, which led to the Phase 1 research on stormwater and thermal performance.  Maureen developed the first credited course on green roofs in Canada.

 

Current research focus is on the quantification of the acoustical capacity for green roofs and walls to reduce sound transmission through buildings reduce noise build up in urban areas and enhance personal and shared soundscapes.  She continues to direct the strategic research and planning process at the BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology.  Maureen received the BCIT Applied Research Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge, and of economic and societal well-being through the application and implementation of new technology and most recently accepted the Canadian Institute of Energy 2010 Research and Development award on behalf of the Centre.
 

Maureen will moderate the "Sky Parks in the public realm - elevating green ways and urban connectivity" Panel.

 

 

Sadhu Aufochs Johnston

 

Sadhu Aufochs Johnston
 

Vancouver, B.C., Canada.  As Deputy City Manager, Sadhu contributes to the overall management of the City of Vancouver.  Sadhu Johnston oversees the environmental and emergency management areas within the City Manager’s Office including oversight of the implementation of the Greenest City Action Plan, including programs such as curbside organics collection; public bike share implementation; district energy strategy development; and electric vehicle station deployment, among other areas.
 

Sadhu also has oversight of resilient city initiatives such as the city’s earthquake plan, the city’s heavy urban search and rescue team and the city’s climate adaptation strategy development and implementation.  Sadhu is a founder and co-chair of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), a network of over 120 municipal staff focused on greening their cities, representing over 50 million urban dwellers in North America.  Sadhu is also chair of the executive committee of the STAR Community, which helps cities and counties achieve meaningful sustainability through the first national framework for local community efforts and tools that measure progress.


Prior to moving to Vancouver, Sadhu served as Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Chief Environmental Officer responsible for the City of Chicago environmental initiatives and was involved in the development and implementation of the Chicago Climate Action Plan; city’s blue cart recycling system; creation and oversight of a green jobs strategy for Chicago; and oversight of programs to engage Chicago’s businesses and residents such as Earth Hour, Green Hotels, the Green Office Challenge, and the GreenWorks Awards.

Sadhu also served as the Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Environment (DOE).  Prior to working for the City of Chicago, Sadhu served as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Green Building Coalition.

 

 

Randy Sharp

 

Randy Sharp, BLA, BCSLA, FCSLA, ASLA, GRP
 

Vancouver, B.C., Canada.  Randy Sharp is the co-founder and principal of Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture.  Randy launched his career in 1977 with his involvement in the redesign of Granville Island, respected as one of the most successful examples of civic space in North America, and founded Sharp & Diamond shortly after.  Focused on improving the urban environment and making sustainable methods visible, Randy authored Ecological Based Site Development: A Regional Guide to Design, Construction and Maintenance, commissioned by Metro Vancouver, and the WaterWise Landscape Guidelines for the City of Vancouver.
 

Randy’s interest in green roofs, living walls, and rain gardens has kept him as a leader and active participant in international conferences and a member of the Canada, Cascadia, and US Green Building Councils.  Randy is a pioneer in ecological design in Vancouver and is still as passionate about making the city as beautiful today as he was over 35 years ago.

 

 

Tan Puay Yok

 

Tan Puay Yok, PhD
 

Singapore.  Dr. Tan Puay Yok is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore, where he contributes to the Masters programs in landscape architecture and integrated sustainable design.  His teaching and research are centered around the policies, practices and management of greenery and ecology in the context of a high density and compact city like Singapore.
 

Prior to joining the academia, Puay Yok spent a number of years in of the National Parks Board, which is the national custodian of urban greenery and nature reserves of Singapore.  He contributed in various capacities, including the management of the living collection of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and management of research programs, including that of its Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUBE).  He has been actively involved in research, promotional efforts and policy formulation in the highrise greening of Singapore (known as Skyrise Greening locally since the commencement of active promotion in the early 2000s).  Since then, he has contributed to 19 publications in this area, including the first book on plant selection for green roofs in the tropics, development of the first green roof and green wall research demonstration projects in Singapore, development of a monetary incentive scheme on green roof implementation, and provided input on various related policies.

  

 

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

  

Ian Balcom

 

Ian Balcom, PhD
 

Lyndonville, VT, USA.  Dr. Ian Balcom is Assistant Professor, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Department of Natural Sciences at Lyndon State College and contributor with the International Journal of Phytoremediation.  His central passion is the design and utilization of multifunctional landscape systems for environmental management. This interest emerged from a childhood observing the Green Mountains of Vermont change with the seasons (all four) and witnessing the ecosystem functions of each season ebb and flow.

 

Later Ian began, what has proven to be a life long interest, to work in the horticultural fields as a landscaper, nursery salesman, climbing arborist, urban arborist, and city office horticulturalist (plant waterer in NYC).  The observations and questions that emerged from these hands-on experiences lead me to study Botany at the University of Vermont, where he stumbled upon the emerging field of phytoreme-diation.  He pursued graduate research on this subject and was awarded a PhD from the University of California at Riverside Environmental Toxicology Program for research on the microbial ecology of plant root surfaces in polluted soils.  His professional life began with a spate of positions at various state governmental agencies across the country.  At the State of Vermont Department of Agriculture, Ian managed the State’s high value agricultural soil impact mitigation program, at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, he  managed environmental cleanup projects and conducted site investigations of abandoned/orphaned Brownfields, at Cal/EPA Department of Toxic Substance Control, he analyzed ecological risk associated with Superfund and Brownfield cleanup projects.  Currently, Ian teaches environmental chemistry and toxicology and research multifunctional landscape systems at Lyndon State College of Vermont.

  

Bob Cameron; Photo via pennstatelive on flickr

 

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 teaches collegiate courses and conducts research on greenroofs, livings walls, and constructed wetlands while also managing Eco Applied Technologies, a consulting firm for commercial, residential, and industrial applications.  See the 2:45 video of his early work at Penn State "Robert Cameron investigates biofilters to clean dirty water."

   

 

Patrick Carey, GRP (Moderator)
 

Seattle, WA, USA.  Patrick Carey, GRP, has a degree in architecture and is principal of Hadj Design.  He is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and has also taught at various universities and colleges.  Patrick is also a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2005); he is the Architecture Editor (2005).  See his complete profile.
 

Patrick is the Moderator for the “Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Ian Balcom, Editor for the International Journal of Phytoremediation & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State - Chapter 2."  Patrick is also for the Moderator for its precursor, the "Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation - Chapter One" Panel Session.  He is also highlighting his new "A Guide to Phytoremediation: A Symbiotic Relationship with Plants, Water & Living Architecture" article on Greenroofs.com.


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Alison Liedkie

 

Alison Liedkie

Paul Smiths, NY, USA.
  Alison Liedkie is a senior at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack State Park, completing a degree in recreation, adventure travel and ecotourism.  She is very interested in wilderness and sustainability and is looking for ways to combine the two. 

 

 Alison will share her <3 minute video "Green Roofs on Lean-tos in Adirondack Wilderness Areas."


  
João Manuel Linck Feijó 

João Manuel Linck Feijó

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

 

João will share his <3 minute video "Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients."


  

Mark Simmons

 

Mark Simmons, PhD


Austin, TX
, USA.  Dr. Mark Simmons is Director of Research and Consulting at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas.  His research and consulting projects focus on sustainable and regenerative landscapes, including green roofs, native turfgrass, urban prairies, prescribed fire, and urban green space restoration.  He consults with local and national clients including the US Army Corps of Engineers, George Bush Presidential Center, NASA, and the National Park Service. He teaches university and professional courses in and sustainable landscape design and sits on several technical committees including the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™).

  

Christine Thuring

 

Christine Thuring
 

Sheffield, UK.  Christine Thuring has been working with green roofs since 2001 in various capacities, and is currently doing her PhD in Landscape Ecology (University of Sheffield).  See her complete bio here.
 

Christine and Mark Simmons will share their <3 minute video "Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?", to be followed by a live discussion chat on two different dates and times.  She will also present "Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time."


 
   


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