We are excited to feature Linda as this week’s Featured GRP as she is a longtime supporter and member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and an esteemed industry professional.
Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP, is a well-known figure in the green roof and wall community. She is a published writer and international speaker but you may be more familiar with her as the powerhouse behind Greenroofs.com, an internet news media organization Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture promoting People, Projects & Solutions.
“Simply put, the GRP designation identifies me as someone who has put in the work and who supports Green Roofs for Healthy Cities as a professional association.”
Linda S Velazquez
She is a Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has her LEED AP, and has been a Green Roof Professional since 2010! Linda is dedicated to sharing the earth-friendly technology of living architecture, advancing the green roof and wall industry and creating opportunities for the community. Her platform has benefited the industry greatly.
As the publisher and promoter of Greenroofs.com’s biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits, I contact, interview, and connect with green infrastructure colleagues from across the planet. The Mission of the Virtual Summits is to inform, share, and create a global social media experience online for learning and networking via the power of the Internet.
What do you see the role of green infrastructure in resilience and the COVID-19 recovery?
We’ve always been keen to unlock the potential of unused roof space and turn them where possible into greenroofs. With the threat of future pandemics and social distancing a current measure, creating amenity greenroofs are a must along with affordable housing and incorporating various types of urban ag – on buildings and walls, and inside. Plus, being able to feel a part of nature while at home, indoors and out, sustains hope and our sense of wellbeing. Increasing green infrastructure increases resiliency in many ways!