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November 2010
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The Grandaddy Greenroof Conference of them all is here, and we're here in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. for the 8th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference, Awards & Trade Show!  You can't register online any more, but you can still register on site - for any questions, contact Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.


We're really excited to see old friends, colleagues, and website supporters - in fact, you'll find a few of our Contributing Editors roaming around, teaching classes, etc., including Kelly Luckett, Patrick Carey, Haven Kiers, and George Irwin.  If you're attending, make sure to stop by our booth # 416 to say hi!  And please make sure to visit our Sponsors and advertisers, too, at CitiesAlive - here's the list of companies
in The Greenroof Directory who are exhibiting.


Speaking of contributing editors, congratulations goes to Kelly Luckett, who just won a GRHC Civic Award of Excellence!  Speaking of design, our Design Editor Haven Kiers and I will be presenting the Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Wall Design on Friday afternoon, so hope to see you there!


If you're involved in our industry, or are planning on entering, this is the one conference each year that is not to be missed!  You'll hear from some pretty awesome speakers on a wide range of interests and issues pertaining to the greenroof and greenwall marketplace - cutting edge policy, research and design, plus quite an assortment of wonderful tour options, and courses and workshops for beginners and experienced professionals alike.


Project of the Week eNewsletter - Wow, we've gotten a ton of great feedback since we starting sending out the weekly GPW highlight. So much, in fact, that we're swamped with new project submittals! If you've sent us case studies, please be patient as we are entereing projects daily.


While we're on the subject, congratulations to a couple of our recent GPW projects who won a GRHC Design Award of Excellence!  Read my blog posts for ESRI Canada's Garden in the Sky and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Headquarters. And kudos to of the spectacular GRHC winners as well!  Review how we select profiles for the Project of the Week feature here, too, since we still get a lot of questions.

2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ - 12 Month Wall Calendar
Our new and improved 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World is available for purchase now!  The Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ series combines two of our most popular destinations on The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and Upcoming Events. Spectacular projects are highlighted from across the U.S., Singapore and Canada for 2011 - they're stunning and will make a great inexpensive holiday gift! Discounts are available for orders of 11 or more.

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Greenroofs of the World Calendar
2009 Greenroofs of the World CalendarThe 2010 Greenroofs of the World 12-Month Wall Calendar:

November features the Covenant House Toronto in Toronto, Canada, a 7,200 sf Extensive & Intensive Greenroof by Tremco.  As Canada's largest youth shelter, Covenant House Toronto opens doors of opportunity and hope to homeless youth, providing 24/7 crisis care and offering education, counseling, healthcare and employment assistance. Teachers use the therapeutic garden to connect with nature for a variety of studies including biology, art and creative writing. Tremco's Vegetated TRA multi-layer Roof Membrane with root barrier was used; the system is designed to retain a 25-year storm event before any runoff occurs.

Industry News

2010 Cities Alive Conference

Join us in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, for CitiesAlive 2010 and enjoy this excellent opportunity to learn from a wide variety of experts the latest in research, policy, design, and product development for green roofs, walls and other forms of green infrastructure. Expand your business opportunities, develop new policy approaches, discover new design techniques and tools, share and develop new research opportunities and have fun!

By the way, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American green roof and wall industry association, is pleased to announce the winners the 2010 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence and that CitiesAlive 2010: the 8th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference and Tradeshow will be carbon neutral thanks to offsets for its facilities and related emissions.  [11.17.10]

American Rivers and the Green Reserve - Funding Green Infrastructure Solutions: A new report issued by American Rivers analyzes how the $1.2 billion of green water infrastructure funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent. According to "Putting Green to Work: Economic Recovery Investments for Clean and Reliable Water," demand for green infrastructure projects has never been higher. The report highlights case studies and makes recommendations for how to best leverage future spending for clean and reliable water. Of the 19 states studied for the report, Maryland stands out as exemplary, with the highest percentage (64 percent) of green projects. Other strong states include New York and Rhode Island, where over 40 percent of green reserve-funded projects added elements such as wetlands, green roofs and water efficiency to existing, centralized water infrastructure. For more information, visit [11.8.10] 

Advertiser Press Releases

American Hydrotech, Inc.
American Hydrotech Launches Interactive Garden Roof® Planning Guide - [11.18.10]

American Hydrotech, Inc.
American Hydrotech Garden Roof® Assemblies Support Growing Trend of Edible Urban Landscapes - [11.17.10]

VAST Enterprises
VAST Enterprises Selected as the Exclusive Manufacturer of Composite Roof Pavers for Firestone Building Products Company - [11.17.10]

Green Living Technologies - GLT
17,000 square foot Green Living Wall Almost Complete by Green Living Technologies - [11.17.10]

Green Roof Blocks
Centene Plaza boasts largest green roof in St. Louis metro area - [11.12.10]

Green Roof Service LLC.
Honey Bees find new home on Baltimore Green Roof - [11.9.10]

International Green Roof Association - IGRA
IGRA announces their "Green Roof Leadership Award 2010", the High Line Park in New York City - [11.9.10]

Skyland USA
Skyland USA, LLC Announces New Vice President / Technical Director - [11.4.10]
          Advertisers Press Releases

Creating a Greener City, One Rooftop at a Time
Treehugger, by Jennifer Hattam
Putting a green roof on a landmark building -- the city hall in Toronto or Chicago, a convention center in Vancouver, San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences -- has long been a highly visible way for cities to gain some green cachet. To make green roofs a part of the everyday urban fabric, we need a network of citizens not to only have green roofs, but to have the knowledge and skills to spread them. [11.24.10]

Green-thinking business finds growth in a rooftop
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, by Nina Wu
Scanning the Honolulu skyline, Alan Joaquin says there is plenty of room for more rooftop gardens in this city. There could potentially be rooftop gardens on offices stretching from downtown Honolulu to Waikiki, he said, and on top of supermarkets like Whole Foods Market. An estimated one-third of city rooftops could be set aside for gardens. [11.22.10]

It's not easy being green in the city
Sydney Morning Herald, by Kate Dennehy
Brisbane City Council spent $28 million transforming the once iconic meeting place into what has been generally regarded as a scorching and unwelcoming thoroughfare to be avoided on hot days. Mrs Carpenter, president of the not-for-profit group Green Roofs Australia, said any gardener could have told the council the fiddle leaf figs set in shallow planter boxes would never mature in the searing heat. [11.21.10]

Teens in the Bronx get lesson in green studies
CNN International, by Alex DiPalma
Ritz, an innovative high school teacher at Discovery High School in the South Bronx in New York, has transformed his classroom into a green learning environment; textbooks are stacked on desks while vegetation fills the shelves and covers the walls. Ritz and his students recently cooked 450 organic meals using vegetables that originated in the classroom. [11.18.10]

Planting a seed for a green roof
Daily Record, by Robert J. Terry
A Baltimore roofing company wants to give away a "green" roof to a nonprofit looking to reduce its carbon footprint. Cole Roofing has dubbed the promotion the "Green Roof Giveaway" and values it at $30,000, either in the form of solar panels or a vegetated roof, which Cole says are growing in popularity. [11.12.10]

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Read what I've been blogging about in my latest Sky Gardens posts:

The 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Calendar is Here! What can I say? I think it's beautiful, newly redesigned by Caroline Menetre. If you want photos of cool projects and a calendar full of green events, this is the perfect stocking stuffer for you and your friends!


"Greenroofers" at the Greenest of the Green: Greenbuild 2010 Greenbuild is always an exciting event with tons of people - this year they had 27,000 - and tons of seminars, presentations and exhibitors to visit at the Expo - including greenroofers!


Guest Blog Post:


The Green Roof Give Away, by Cole Roofing Co., Inc., by Bill Cole. Bill and his company decided to put their corporate money where their mouth is by not only extolling the virtues and merits of non-profilt organizations, but by offering a free solar or green roof to a deserving non-profit, including a hefty cash prize, too!


Guest Feature Articles:

Designer of GoGreenRoof Water Harvester Seeks GGR Campaign Team, by Tim Elam is an open call for collaboration and partnership in a new, innovative integrated system that he feels will work perfectly in the Reno area as well as other areas of the country.  The encased water return and subsurface drip irrigation feature returns harvested water to the roof surface for healthy vegetation and easy maintenance - all in an extremely sustainable fashion.


An Invitation to CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference, by Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, GRP, Chair, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and Steven W. Peck, GRP, HASLA, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities offers quick insights as to why you, too, should be here in Vancouver, B.C.!

Contributing Editors:


Patrick Carey, Architecture Editor: Changing Our Relationship with the Botanical World - Patrick is back with an interesting new "A View from the Sky Trenches" column. Plants can be friends, foes and our willing and not-so-willing accessories to how humankind have manipulated Earth since the Industrial Revolution. A change in our attitudes towards our plant brothren seems to be in order - taking it from stewardship to partnership.


Chris Wark, Energy Editor:
Cooler than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn't Move Through a Green Roof
Part 5: Assuming Insulation. Read Chris' 5th installment of his 7-part Energy Series - where he addresses questions like "How well does a green roof insulate a building?"  "What is the R-value of a green roof?" and more. People are always asking those questions!


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