March 2010
In This Issue News
Greenroofs of the World Calendar
Industry News
Advertiser Press Releases
Upcoming Events
JobLinks News

We've begun our website redesign starting with the Homepage.  It's about improving page navigation and making it easier for our visitors to find the content they want. More white space has been created and we've changed the font type and size for better reading. We're still in our tweaking stages, and have a lot more work to do to the rest of our site, but we welcome your feedback for what we have done so far. Read Aramis' post in our Sky Gardens Blog.

And now that we have added the capability forAct Now to get your company listed! visitors to quickly search the Greenroof Directory directly from our Homepage, we are also announcing a Special Offer for the month of March to get your company listed in the Greenroof Directory and save 10% off the listed price plus an additional 3 months added to the end of the one-year contract.  Offer ends on March 31, 2010.

We'll be at Ecoroof Portland on March 12 & 13: Among others, Plant Editor Ed Snodgrass, Architecture Editor Patrick Carey, and Linda Velazquez will be speaking. Read Linda's blog post about it at right. Free attendance!

Our Sky Gardens ~ where cool green meets lofty blue blog was recently named in the 10 Best Garden Design Blogs by Garden Design Online for

Welcome to our newest:

- Sponsor, Green Living™ Technologies (GLT)! Home of the largest Green Wall in North America.

- Contributing Editor, Chris Wark!  Chris will be writing a "Green Roof Energy Series" - look for it soon.
Greenroofs of the World Calendar
2009 Greenroofs of the World CalendarThe 2010 Greenroofs of the World 12-Month Wall Calendar is available!  Our 11" x 18" full-color glossy 2010 Calendar is full of beautiful living roof projects from all over the world once again. Printed on 50% recycled paper with 25% post consumer waste using soy inks, the sleek, colorful wall calendar.

February features the "Sacred Heart Medical Center At River Bend", a custom intensive greenroof in Springfield, Oregon. The 1.2 million sf hospital, built on a sprawling 180-acre greenfield site near the McKenzie River, looks like a 5-star resort nestled within the Willamette Valley. Home to 386 private patient rooms, the holistic concept integrated in the campus plan includes eight rooftop gardens for the enjoyment of patients and visitors. Using a TM-45MD Express Blower™ truck, 230 tons of aggregate, 120 cubic yards of mulch, and over 700 cubic yards of rooftop mix was placed in 14 days.

March features the "Diamond Beach Condominiums", a semi-intensive greenroof in Long Branch, New Jersey installed by Roofscapes. The lush, un-irrigated 6.5" Type III Roofmeadow® Savannah on the 6th and 7th floors of this Jersey shore condo complex provides peaceful enjoyment for all residents and private gardens for penthouse residents. The roof meadow gardens offer views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The planting plan features drought-tolerant grasses and a wide variety of flowering perennials in tufts and drifts mixed with Sedum groundcover, accented with a herring-bone brick pavement.

Do you want your project included in our next Greenroofs of the World Wall Calendars? Click here for more information.
Industry News

Dachy Zielone - The first issue of the free Internet quarterly magazine Dachy Zielone (Green Roofs) devoted to green roof technologies in Poland is available and includes selected English and Russian abstracts. Dachy Zielone is the source of information, news and resources about the green roof planning, execution and upkeep as well as the platform for sharing views and experiences in Poland. The website is also offered in both English and Russian; the project coincides with the establishing of the Polish Green Roof Association (PSDZ). [3.02.10]

U. S. Green Building Council - The USGBC named its Top 10 list of green building legislation honoring the bipartisan work of both the Senate and House of Representatives members who have introduced key energy efficiency and building legislation for 2009. See the list and read more from RealEstateRama. [2.25.10]

GRHC and SPRI: Along with SPRI, the trade association representing the manufacturers of commercial roofing systems and component suppliers, GRHC announces that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has accepted their VF-1, Fire Design Standard for Vegetative Roofs as an American National Standard. This document was created to provide a design and installation reference for roofing professionals to help eliminate the risk of fire on vegetative roofs. Read the 2.24.10 Press Release and the 1.29.10 Design Standards.

Note:  Make sure you read the article from an instrumental key player, Kelly Luckett, The Green Roof Guy, in his new column at right.

District of Columbia: Supported with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and administered for the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) by the Anacostia Watershed Society, the District of Washington D.C. has a new Green Roof Rebate Program.  Designed specifically for existing buildings in DC that want to retrofit a roof of 4,000 sf or more by adding a greenroof, the rebate offers $7/sf. Read more. [2.22.10]

Green Roof for Healthy Cities: GRHC offers a new professional course "Integrated Site & Building Water Management Systems" on integrated water management principles and technologies, to be launched on June 2 at the Washington Regional Green Roof and Wall Conference and Training, Washington, D.C. [2.11.10]

Advertiser Press Releases


Roofing demand in US projected to be $17.9 billion in 2014
MMD Newswire Press Release
As increasing awareness and interest over environmentally friendly roofing products that also help reduce building utility costs continue to expand and gain in popularity, the roofing market is expected to see gains at above average paces in composite shingles, photovoltaic roofing, and green roof systems through 2014. [3.1.10]

Too much pavement, too little oversight: EPA to tackle stormwater runoff
Environmental Health News, by Sarah Coefield
Across the country, stormwater runoff hammers thousands of rivers, streams and lakes. Communities are left to struggle with the consequences of too much pavement and too little oversight. Now the EPA is gearing up to tighten federal stormwater rules that have been criticized by environmental groups and deemed ineffective by a national panel of researchers. The rules may include guidelines for techniques such as rain gardens, rain barrels, green streets, porous pavements, and greenroofs. [2.17.10]

The greenest Olympics ever? Consider medals, transit, buildings
USA Today, by Wendy Koch
Was this the greenest Olympics ever? The 2010 Winter Olympics took steps to make the games eco-friendly. The Vancouver Convention Centre, home to the media center, has a living roof of 400,000 native plants. Many buildings have green roofs, cisterns to catch rainwater, passive solar design, upgraded insulation and windows as well as carpets and paint with low or no VOC. [2.13.10]

Data Shows "Green" Roofs Could Cool Urban Heat Islands and Boost Water Conservation
Scientific American, by Katie Moisse
Quantifying their urban climate change-mitigating effects is an important step in getting green roofing initiatives off the ground. Green roofs can cool near-surface air temperatures by an average of 16.4 degrees Celsius per unit area. A four-inch-thick green roof can hold a gallon of water per square foot. [2.2.10]
Upcoming Events

March 9: Green Roof Workshop: Beyond Basics with Charlie Miller of Roofscapes and Prof. Brad Bass, Seaport Trade Center, Boston, MA

March 12: Call for papers due for the World Green Roof Congress, London, U.K.

March 12-13: Ecoroof Portland, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland, OR

March 15: GRHC - Abstract submissions due for CitiesAlive, Vancouver, BC, Canada

March 15-17: Green California Summit, Sacramento, CA

March 18: 3rd Annual Sustainable Architecture Symposium, Vancouver, Canada

March 24-28: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, San Mateo, CA

March 25-28: GRHC -New York City Green Roof Boot Camp, NY

March 25-30: 25th annual RCI International Convention and Trade Show, Orlando, FL  Make sure to visit American Hydrotech, Barrett Company, Bison Deck Supports, CETCO, LiveRoof, Sika Sarnafil, Tecta America, and Tremco!

March 26: GRHC - GRP Accreditation Exam, Tampa, FL; Registration deadline March 11

March 26-28: 2nd Guangzhou International Greening Fair, Guangzhou, China

March 26-28: Better Living Show, Portland, OR

March 26-27: 3rd Annual Good Earth Open House, San Diego, CA

March 27: Earth Hour

For a complete listing, visit Upcoming Events and the Calendar inside our Forums section.
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Read what we've been blogging about in our latest Sky Gardens posts:

GPW: CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre - Hyderabad, India, is home to the first Platinum LEED certified building outside of the U.S., and the CIIGBC is also India's first and largest greenroof. Learn more about the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Indian Green Building Council, and their issues and initiatives.

Ecoroof Portland - Inspiring, Fun, & Free - Portland is an awesome city with much support for environmental initiatives, including living roofs. The 2-day event will showcase case studies and bring together local and national experts with panels, presentations and workshops. Linda will showcase hot trends and innovative designs from past Top 10 Lists along with stunning vanguard projects for 2010 on Saturday at noon.

GPW: Heinz 57 Center/Gimbels Building Restoration
The Heinz Company moved its North American headquarters to the old Gimbels department store after an innovative and progressive building redevelopment. Executives now enjoy spacious atrium offices filled with natural light that open up to a deck and paved patio tastefully integrated into the naturalized roof meadow.

GPW: Vancouver 2010 Olympic Village, Southeast False Creek (Millennium Water)
After the Winter Olympics, the $1-billion-plus LEED® Platinum ND Athlete's Village will revert to "Millennium Water," waterfront mixed-use condos and community housing with over 50% greenroof coverage.

How Do We Select the Greenroof/ Greenwall Project of the Week (GPW)?
The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database has been up and open to the world since 2004, and our GPW feature started in 2006 with the Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center. Since then about 190 roofs have been displayed and in 2008 our first Greenwall Project of the Week inaugurated with Anthropologies. The Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitors' Center and Museum is also featured.

Guest Post:
Midori no Tobira: An Inspirational Green Door
by Gavin Walsh - Award-winning Japanese designer Kazuyuki Ishihara creates amazing greened structures, incorporating moss and other vegetation on roofs and walls.  His "secret gardens" inspire a writer to start a blog about living walls and vertical gardens.

Contributing Editor:
VF-1 Fire Standard Finally Accepted for Green Roofs
Kelly Luckett, The Green Roof Guy - After three years in the making from members of SPRI in cooperation with GRHC, we now have a green roof design guide for minimizing the risk of fire on green roofs. ANSI/SPRI VF-1 was approved by the American National Standards Institute as a consensus based standard for the design and construction of green roofs!

Guest Feature Article:
Top Down Greening: Green Roofs on the Rise, by Adam Henige - Growing infrastructure and public interest should make for a very interesting year for green roofing in 2010. An analysis of 2009 search engine data clearly demonstrates a rising trend in the general public's awareness. The data is even more striking when the recent economic recession is taken into consideration.

International Summit in Shanghai: The Green Roof Solution to the Impending Drinking Water Crisis in India, Western China and Neighboring Countries,
Dr. Karen L. Weber - As Shanghai opens her doors for the 2010 World Expo on May 1, many majestic pavilions will showcase ecological options for 21st century living. Living architecture stakeholders are invited to support and attend the International Green Roof Summit on May 8 during the World Green Roofs Development Conference (May 7-10).

Position Available as an Green Roof Project Manager in Waimanalo, Hawaii with Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery.

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Position Available as a Horticulturalist in Chicago, IL with American Hydrotech

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