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January 2011

Ring out the old, bring in the new,

extensive & intensive greenroofs & greenwalls, too.

The last year is gone, the next one is here,

if you love news, projects, & just plain greenroofing,

expect a fantastic new year! 


It's hard to believe that another year has flown by, and we offer you best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2011.  We also want to thank each of you who visited us online, sent in articles and videos, and shared news and project profiles.  And we're especially grateful to our website Advertisers and Sponsors who allow us to continue this work that we love.   


We're already hard at work to make 2011 our best year ever in terms of information sharing and promoting our international greenroof & wall marketplace!  


Look for continued updates, new contributing editors, and lots of new features, plus hundreds of new profiles in The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.  Is yours included?  It's information sharing at its best, and is free advertising to boot!


And make sure you check out This Week in Review video for January 28, 2011 from our lovely daughter, Anjuli Velazquez.

The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory

2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Calendar


January features One PNC Plaza. The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. 2,380 sf green wall features a variety of regional plants grown into 602 panels of the modular Green Living Technologies system, creating spectacular living art on the south-facing wall. The 24 plants in each 2x2 sf space will offset the carbon footprint of one person and the vertical garden is expected to be 25% cooler behind the wall than ambient temperatures.


By the way, our new and improved 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the Worldis available for purchase!  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 make a great inexpensive gift to the living architecture aficionado! Discounts are available for orders of 11 or more.

Projects of the Week

Hugh Garner Housing
Toronto, Canada
22,000 sf. Green Roof
Santiago, Chile
17,000 sf. Green Wall
Clermont, FL, USA
6,000 sf. Green Roof
 American Lake VA - Nursing Home Care Unit 
Lakewood, WA, USA
28,307 sf. Green Roof

Industry News


The Green Roof Centre has announced the 1st National Green Roof Student Conference to be held on May 16 and 17, 2011 at the University of Sheffield.  The aim of the conference is to help to develop a community of early stage researchers relating to green roof function, performance, benefits and design. Abstract submissions are due by February 25...more. [1.30.11] 


American Rivers and the Center for Neighborhood Technology released a guidebook that pulls together the existing research on green infrastructure benefits and creates a framework for measuring and valuing them...more [1.21.11]


The National Association of Home Builders' Green Building Standard is undergoing an update for 2012 and the NAHB Research Center's Open Comment Period for the Green Building Standard (ICC 700-2008) closes online on January 31, 2011...more [1.21.11]


And from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), registration is now open for the 2011 Living Architecture Regional Symposium and more than 400 Green Roof Professionals (GRPs) are now in the Marketplace...more [1.19.11]


Advertiser Press Releases


Stunning Bio-Diverse Roof is a UK First from Alumasc


Bison Innovative Products
Green Roof Presentation at Denver's ProGreen 2011 Expo


Green Roof Blocks
Green Roof Blocks introduces Green Wall Blocks Vegetated Retaining Wall System

Advertisers Press Releases


Enterprise Rent-A-Car Leads Car Rental Industry in Sustainable Construction; $150 Million Investment Over Five Years

Marketwire, Press Release

Over the next five years, Enterprise will invest more than $150 million in sustainable construction through the use of a newly established set of guidelines called the Enterprise Sustainable Construction Protocol. [1.26.11]


Green scheme making its Mark abroad

Straits Times, by Jessica Cheam

Singapore's Green Mark scheme for environmentally friendly buildings is going places - all the way to the Middle East, India and Africa. Despite a slow start, it has grown rapidly. In the past couple of years, its presence has spread to countries in the region such as Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. [1.23.11]


5 standout species for extensive green roofs, Press Release

Used throughout the world to lessen the environmental impact of urbanization, green roofs can offer a wide range of ecological and aesthetic benefits. A new study from researchers at Colorado State University's Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture published in HortScience evaluated six plant species to determine the plants' ability to thrive on extensive green roofs in Colorado. [1.16.11]


Illinois EPA Grant Program to Fund Green Stormwater Projects

Smart Growth Online, by Staff

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency recently launched its first Green Infrastructure Grant Program, offering $5 million to pay for stormwater infrastructure projects. The demand from government entities, non-profit organizations and businesses for the funds was huge, indicating the interest in sustainable, green infrastructure stormwater practices. [1.10.11]


For more News, please visit our Newslinks section in our website.

The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database

Upcoming Events

February 3:

GRHC Green Infrastructure Webinar with Peter MacDonagh, Director of Design & Science at Kestrel Design Group


February 7:

GRHC Green Roof Infrastructure Workshop, Minneapolis, MN


February 8:

2011 Green Roof Technology Workshop, Vancouver, Canada


February 8:

GRHC Green Roof Design 201, Minneapolis, MN


February 8-11:

ProGreen EXPO 2011, Denver, CO - Join Mark Fusco of Bison Innovative Products along with other industry experts


February 16-18:

International Roofing Expo, Las Vegas, NV Don't miss Kelly Luckett's presentation "Constructing Vegetative Green Roofs That Comply With the Building Code" on 2/16/11


February 17-20:

GRHC Green Roof Boot Camp, San Francisco, CA


February 23-24:

BUILDEX Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada


For a complete listing, visit Upcoming Events and Educational Courses.

Featured Sponsor
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Linda S. Velazquez
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Read what we've been blogging about in our latest Sky Gardens posts:


Did you miss seeing any of Linda and Haven's Top 10 List presentations this past year?  Well, now you can See Our 2010 Hot Trends Top 10 List PowerPoint! Or Click on In the News and select Top 10 - where, by the way, you can also see the previous Top 10 Lists for 2009, '08, and '07.


Reflections of Fall 2010 Greenroof Conferences: Singapore, Part 2

Read Linda's second installment about presenting the Top 10 List and their visit to gorgeous Singapore for the inaugural "International Skyrise Greenery Conference."  Organizers Singapore National Parks Board, CUGE, and IGRA did a fantastic job and the speakers and tours were awesome.  A week in the clean and very green tropical island nation of sky gardens and greenroofs just wasn't enough! as one of the "Top 50 Green Construction Blogs" was recently included in the ConstructionManagement's "Top 50 Green Construction Blogs" along the likes of Inhabitat, JetsonGreen, and Read about it and their founder, Chase Gugenheim, when he was a student.




Jeff Sorrill, Centre Manager of The Green Roof Centre in Sheffield, England, writes about the "Launch of The GRO Green Roof Code for the UK."  Thanks to European funding, this new industry supported code is set to raise the bar for green roofs.  Jeff reports that maximum environmental benefits have not always been realized, due to a lack of UK-specific guidance.  In response, the Green Roof Organisation, or GRO, has developed and launched a UK code, with Life+ funding, secured by Groundwork Sheffield.


 Contributing Editor:


GLT in NYC: A Weekend of Training, Education, & Fun
Read Caroline Menetre's first Contributing Editor post!  Over the MLK weekend, she and Linda participated in a training in New York by Green Living Technologies (GLT).  Guests of CEO George Irwin, about 30 students and 60 professionals attended.  They saw firsthand how green roofs and green wall training can benefit youth and underserved adults getting into or returning to the work force with green collar jobs. They also got to meet some great people, including Discovery High School teacher/administrator Steve Ritz and friends.


Guest Feature:


How Green Roofs and Green Walls Can Qualify for the EPAct 179D Energy Tax Deduction, by Jason Deirmenjian, CPA. Jason explains this energy deduction and how to possibly apply this guidance to green roofs and green walls in the context of commercial buildings. Watch his PowerPoint on the subject, too.




Perkins+Will has an opening for a Arch II in Atlanta, GA.


PuraTerra LLC is looking for a Sales Representative in Boston, MA


See our Positions Wanted section.

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