Vote for Greenroofs in the
Sundance Channel: What's the Big Idea? Contest!
Publisher Linda Velazquez's 60-second
video "Love the Earth: Plant a Roof!" has been
selected as one of the 25 semi-finalists on the
Sundance Channel: The Green's What's the Big Idea?
Please vote and tell your
You can vote daily until June 24 - help us spread the
word about the organic architecture of greenroofs!
(To select our video click on the magenta
iceplants on the top right corner).
Sky Gardens ~ where cool green meets lofty blue:
We've launched our new blog!
Read Linda's first posts talking about the evolution of
the blog and her experience with making the What's
the Big Idea? video. Look for more posts from her all
the Contributing Editors soon.
Greenroof Projects Database: We've now
surpassed 700 case studies, and need you to
help us update the profiles we do have with new
information and photos as well as send in projects
not yet listed. It's
easy and a free international community resource -
when you submit projects, attach your logo and we'll
include it at the top.
The World 12-Month
Wall Calendar! Stay up to date with international
green building events in our 11" x 18" full-color glossy
Calendar featuring beautiful living roofs from around
the world, each with a link to its profile in The
Greenroof Projects Database.
June features the "Ford Motor Company's River Rouge
Plant" in Dearborn, MI. The former industrial
brownfield was transformed into a sustainable
manufacturing facility which held the title of The
World's Largest Green Roof for a few years with a
whopping 454,000 sf Xero Flor living roof!
May featured the "Earth Ways Green Roof Pavilion" in St.
Louis, MO. The Green Roof Pavilion at the Earth Ways
Home is a collaboration of area businesses and the
Missouri Botanical Garden to increase public
awareness of the green roofing concept and to share
the many benefits of green roofing. The 12 ' x 14 '
pavilion was constructed to closely resemble a
historic structure at the facility and consists of 42
Green Roof Blocks.
ASLA: The American Society of Landscape
announces The Roof is Growing!, an educational
resource for middle-school students and teachers
about green roofs and their environmental benefits.
The resource includes a lesson plan, workbook, and
online interactive program. [05.14.08]
Water Environment Research Foundation:
is requesting research proposals to provide
education, outreach, and training on decentralized
stormwater management techniques, including
greenroofs, and will provide $112,000 for
New Greenroof Books:
Landscape architect Steven Cantor explores sixty
projects in detail in his about to be
Roofs in Sustainable Landscape Design." Read
review from TAXI Design Network [05.29.08] and pre-
order it here from Amazon.com.
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities released their book "Award Winning Green
Roofs" [4.11.08] at the Greening Rooftops for
Sustainable Communities Conference last month.
British Columbia, Canada
Government of Canada Invests
More than $500,000 Into B.C.'s Green Building
Canada News Centre reports on how research being
conducted by the British Columbia Institute of
Technology has received federal funding of $500,000
and a $25,000 research grant. [05.26.08]
Environmental Defense Fund
Recognizes Fireman's Fund's Green Efforts
Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. is one of five firms
recognized by the Environmental Defense Fund and
Calif. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for having
contributed to the "green" movement. Vegetated roofs
are included coverages that fill the gaps in traditional
insurance policies. Via Insurance Journal. [05.22.08]
Los Angeles,CA and New York, NY
May 2008 Earth Pledge Newsletter
Earth Pledge involvement includes the first-ever storm
water conference in Los Angeles, and a Green Roofs
Update is highlighted from Serviam Gardens in the
Bronx and Cascade Minor Senior Housing in Seattle.
Green Roof & Wall Design Awards
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities announced the seven
winners of their Awards of Excellence design awards,
including the green roof on the new California
Academy of Sciences building and Vancouver
Aquarium green wall. [05.07.08]
June 4: Deadline for DEC Applications for Urban
Forestry Projects , New York State
June 11-12: Canada Green Building Council National
Summit "Shifting into the Mainstream," Toronto,
June 19-20: Green Roofs for Australia
Conference, Brisbane, Australia
June 20: Water Environment Research Foundation
(WERF) RFP Deadline, USA
June 22-24: Greening The Heartland,
St. Louis, MO
June 30-July 3: IFLA 2008 World Congress, Apeldoorn,
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The Greenroof Directory
New Guest Feature Article:
Read "Penstemons for Green Roofs in the Midwest,"
by Brent Horvath. Brent is President and
Intrinsic Perennial Gardens in Hebron, Illinois, and
their greenroof plant trials have discovered the beauty,
adaptability, and variety of Penstemons appropriate for
living roofs in this region of the U.S.
The 2008 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof
Look at the Top Ten List compiled by Linda S.
Velazquez and Haven Kiers along with
input from our
readers, and see the PowerPoint presentations of
both 2008 and 2007. Look for the Hot Trends in
Greenroof Design Survey Results coming soon from
New Photo Gallery for the Greening
Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference
2008, Baltimore, MD:
We thought it would be fun to start a page exclusively
for you to send us photos for posting of the yearly
Conference. Look here for pictures of all the usual
suspects plus long lost greenroof friends and
associates! See what we have and send in your
Read Ralph Velasquez's first "real" "Sustainable Roofing Technologies"
column. He tackles the issue
of money and specifically first costs relative to
vegetative roofs, and how they can be a great tool to
offset numerous construction and operational costs.
Have you read these columns from last month?
Kelly Luckett: The Green Roof Guy inaugurated his new editor
name and talks about the continued trials and
tribulations of the wind and fire guidelines that were
headed for International Code Council (ICC)
Dr. Bill Retzlaff: The G.R.E.E.N. Report talks about a
commercial installation in Chicago that became
a "research" project - with an interesting outcome and
valuable insights regarding seasonal placement of
George Irwin: "Green Walls: Outer Beauty, Inner Function"
explores green walls as expressions of surprise,
delight, and art - yet also as a marketing tool, as
Christine Thuring: Her "Green
Roofs on the Curve" Spring Student Forum
Ramblings Newsletter discusses her involvement in
the Baltimore Green Roof Conference and
spontaneous moss greenroofs in the Vancouver, B.C.