Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video. Here’s the transcript from June 3, 2011 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here. Enjoy!
– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for June 3rd, 2011, on GreenroofsTV.
– Our project of the week is the Southface Eco Office built in 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving its ENERGY STAR label and Platinum LEED certification in 2009, the Southface Eco Office officially opened with its beautiful rooftop greenroof. The Turner Foundation Green Roof on top of the third floor expands the office space into a rooftop patio with a magnificent view of downtown Atlanta. The growing media is about 4 inches deep, and was planted with a variety of Sedums, Delospermas, Talinums, and Hens and Chicks in March of 2008 by Southface staff and volunteers. Some of the highlights of this greenroof include: Walkway squares made of recycled rubber which were salvaged from a nearby building project; Louisiana Pacific Weatherbest decking, which is a composite product made from HDPE plastic and post-industrial recycled wood, and, of course, the succulent plants that reduce the heat island effect, as well as manage stormwater run-off by filtering and diverting water to the site cistern.
– To learn more about the Southface Eco Office greenroof, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.
– Skyland USA – rooflite ® Announces Ryan Paxton as the New CRM Program Director.
– Bison Innovative Products supports Green Roofs for the West Symposium in Denver, Colorado on June 16th, 2011.
– The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Philadelphia Water Department will sign a groundbreaking agreement that will allow the PWD to officially implement its Green City, Clean Waters plan. PWD plans to spend approximately $2 billion over the next 25 years to use largely green infrastructure to transform manmade surfaces that repel the rain into green acres that capture, infiltrate and manage rainwater runoff””just like Mother Nature.
– Read our new Guest Student Article, “Ecological, Social, and Policy Factors Influencing Biodiversity on Green Roofs“ by Bracha (Y.) Schindler. Last year she studied six different greenroofs in the Boston area and discusses how a diversity of arthropods may improve greenroof functioning by resulting in pest control and decomposition of organic materials in the soil.
– Over at the Sky Gardens Blog, make sure to check out Linda’s latest posts for our GPW, the Southface Eco Office, last week’s “This Week in Review“ on GreenroofsTV, and “Come see 401 Richmond this weekend in Toronto – doors are open!“
– “Upcoming Events“
– June 4th – 5th: there is a Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
– June 5th: is World Environment Day!
– June 8th: is a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities – Green Roof Professional Exam in New York, New York.
– And June 9th: is the Green Roof and Wall Networking and Information Evening in Toronto, Canada.
– For more Upcoming Events visit our homepage.
– “In the News“
– Adam Crisp of TimesFreePress.com reports on “Red Bank High School students plant green roof, promote unconventional urban agriculture.” Along with absorbing rainwater and cooling the high school, the Red Bank greenroof in Chattanooga, TN, is growing vegetables for its students. Teacher LuShan Webb said, “It gives the students valuable hands-on experience outside the classroom…It teaches them how you can do sustainable agriculture in small areas.” Advanced placement biology students are maintaining the greenroof as well as using it as an outdoor lab.
– Susan DeFreitas of EarthTechling says “Bon Jovi Gets Behind Affordable Green Housing.” Project H.O.M.E. and Bethesda Project have announced that Conelly House, the first LEED-certified, affordable housing facility in the city center of Philadelphia is now complete. Also involved in the announcement were Mayor Michael A. Nutter, rock star celebrity Jon Bon Jovi, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Brian Hudson from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Among others, eco-friendly elements for this building include highly insulated walls, a rainwater collection system for irrigation and non-potable use, high-efficiency mechanical and lighting systems, and a greenroof.
– Have something you think we should know about and post on our website? You can send us your green articles, videos and images to [email protected].
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– This has been This Week in Review for June 3, 2011 on GreenroofsTV. I’m Anjuli Velazquez and I’ll see you next week!
Did we miss something? We’d love to hear from you!
~ Linda V.