June 2008

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    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 friends, too. 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.

    The 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.

    Industry News

    ASLA: The American Society of Landscape Architects 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]

    The Water Environment Research Foundation: WERF is requesting research proposals to provide education, outreach, and training on decentralized stormwater management techniques, including greenroofs, and will provide $112,000 for development. [05.05.08]

    New Greenroof Books: Landscape architect Steven Cantor explores sixty projects in detail in his about to be released "Green Roofs in Sustainable Landscape Design." Read the 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 Sector
    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. [05.08]

    North America
    Green Roof & Wall Design Awards Announced
    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]

    Upcoming Events

    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, Canada

    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, The Netherlands

    For a complete listing, visit Upcoming Events and the Calendar inside our Forums section.

    Welcome to our newest Sponsors!

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    New Guest Feature Article:
    Read "Penstemons for Green Roofs in the Midwest," by Brent Horvath. Brent is President and Grower of 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 Design:
    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 Haven.

    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 photos, too!

    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) acceptance.

    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 green roofs.

    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 well.

    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. area.

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