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February 2012

In This Issue
What's New
Virtual Summit 2011 Videos
2012 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Calendar
Projects of the Week
Industry News
Upcoming Events
Sky Gardens Blog Posts & Articles
Advertiser Press Releases
What's New

Now that winter is in full swing here in the northern hemisphere, it's a great time for you to add all of your profiles to The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.  We have surpassed the 1,300 mark with many more to add!  If you want to see your project highlighted as our Project of the Week, we have to have a completed profile for it first!

Are you an advertiser of ours?  If so, you'll be pleased to notice a new feature ad spot on the Homepage where we're highlighting four company logos every day - two Sponsors, one Elite, and one Premium Listing.  Find out how yours can be here, too!
Virtual Summit 2011 Videos
We're getting a lot of great feedback about our 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit videos that we're showing each week on our Homepage via our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube!  This week we're featuring Episode 11: "GreenRoofs in Australasia" from the awesome Aussie Matthew Dillon.

You can watch other presentation videos at your leisure on our exclusive Virtual Summit Playlist below:


2012 Greenroofs & Walls™ of the World Calendar


February features the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in Long Island City, NY. The Brooklyn Grange is a pioneer in rooftop agriculture. The 40,000 square foot commercial farm is located on the rooftop of a six-story building in the dense urban environment of Queens, New York. The project integrates traditional intensive green roof design with organic agriculture and permaculture principles to create a commercially viable urban farm. The rooflite® intensive growth media's excellent water holding capacity allows for less frequent crop irrigation while biodegradables collected from the local community for Brooklyn Grange's compost program help to maintain fertility.


The Greenroofs & Walls™ of the World Calendar series combines two of our most popular destinations on The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and Upcoming Events, and it's still available for purchase for only $9.95 including shipping in the USA & Canada. 

Projects of the Week

EnBW Energie
Baden-Württemberg AG
Stuttgart, Germany
182,986 sf. Greenroof
       John Theurer Cancer Center at the
Hackensack University
Medical Center
Hackensack, NJ, USA
7,500 sf. Greenroof


Lincoln Center for the
Performing Arts' Hypar Pavilion
New York, NY, USA
10,804 sf. Greenroof
 Private Brussels Residence
Vertical Garden & Greenroof
Brussels, Belgium
5,975 sf.
Vertical Garden & Greenroof


Industry News


Building on their 2011 Strategic Agenda, EPA's Green Infrastructure Program is pleased to unveil their new website and to announce the availability of technical assistance to 10-20 partner communities. The first opportunity they are announcing through their new website is the availability of direct assistance from EPA to facilitate the use of green infrastructure to protect water quality. [2.21.12]


The CitiesAlive conference call for paper abstracts is looking for papers that display novel ideas on the above-mentioned theme. The abstract content will be evaluated by independent multi-disciplinary volunteers on whether the submission displays innovation, presents new information or describes a new process. The credentials of the authors will be assessed along with the relevance of the paper to the overall conference theme. [2.13.12]

NRDC has released a new report on how local and state governments can stimulate potentially billions of dollars of private investment, to offset the costs of repairing our nation's broken stormwater infrastructure. It's worth a read for policymakers, investors, and anyone who receives a wastewater or stormwater bill from a local utility. The new report, titled "Financing Stormwater Retrofits in Philadelphia and Beyond," uses the City of Brotherly Love as a test case to explore how innovative financing mechanisms, currently being used for energy efficiency retrofits, can be adapted to the stormwater management context. [2.1.12]  


For more information please visit our Industry News section of our website.  



Brad Pitt's foundation to help redevelop Kansas City school, by Kevin Collison
Kansas City, MO. "A bond forged in storm-ravaged New Orleans between actor Brad Pitt and a local architecture firm is bearing fruit in Kansas City -- and may show the path forward to reusing dozens of empty schools...The development also will include a secure garage for 50 vehicles that will feature an environmentally friendly green roof..." [2.21.12]


Chicago restaurants move toward hyper-local food production
Medill Reports: Chicago, by Laura Mihelich
Chicago, IL. "More and more restaurants in Chicago are producing their own ingredients - up on the roof. These restaurants are converting standard urban rooftops to green gardens to help reduce their environmental impact and support local food production...There is a definitely a lot of interest in green roofing especially when food production is involved, said Molly Meyer, owner of Rooftop Green Works LLC, a green-roof consulting, design, and installation firm..." [2.15.12]

Ecosystems and Economics - How Green Roofs can Improve our Cities
This Big City, by Charlotte Sankey
New York, NY. "...Their rigorous assessments may cover a whole range of technologies, assessing their potential energy savings, costs and returns, but they may not take into account the benefits a green roof could offer...Energy savings aren't the only economic benefit of green roofs. They have also been linked to heightened productivity and reduced turnover among people working in urban offices - a phenomenon known as 'biophilia'..." [2.14.12]


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


Upcoming Events

Featured Sponsor
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Linda Velazquez

Editor & Publisher, GRP

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 videos Blog posts's "This Week in Review" on GreenroofsTV: February 17, 2012, February 10, 2012 and February 3, 2012   


dc greenworks Has a New Website! [2.23.12]  


Call for Papers for CitiesAlive 2012! [2.17.12]

Greenroof CEO Vanessa Keitges Named as Female Startup Entrepreneur in Oregon [2.16.12]


Contributing Editors::       


BannerLogo603 Read Ralph Velasquez' latest article, Greenwashing Follow-up. [2.17.12]   





BannerLogo603 See our new Blog series, Chic Sustainability Watch: Trends, Projects & People - Chickens and Urban Agriculture by Haven Kiers. [2.13.12]  



BannerLogo603 Read George Irwin's latest article "Hydroponic Living Walls - DIY - Really?" [2.10.12]  




Etera is looking for a Sales Support Coordinator in Mt. Vernon, WA, USA. [2.20.12]

is seeking a LiveWall Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL, USA. [2.6.12]

is now hiring a Landscape Architect/Designer - Internal Design & Sales Specialist in Spring Lake, MI, USA. [2.6.12]   


LiveRoof is seeking a LiveWall Sales Specialist - Michigan/Indiana, in Spring Lake, MI, USA. [2.6.12]  


LiveRoof is now hiring a Sales Specialist - Wisconsin in Spring Lake, MI. [1.19.12]    

The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) is seeking a Greenroof Research Intern in New York, NY, USA. [12.5.11]  


Furbish Company is looking for a Site Supervisor in Brooklyn, MD, USA. [2.10.11] 


See other Jobs Available and Positions Wanted in our Joblinks page. 


Advertiser Press Releases








Sika Sarnafil announces Roofing Contractor of the Year Competition winners. [2.21.12]

Green Living Technologies Canada Professional Installer Certification Program has been scheduled. [2.21.12]

LiveRoof®, LLC Brings James Greenhouses in Georgia into its National Network of Licensed Regional Growers for the LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System. [2.17.12]

Tremco Incorporated Headquarters Achieves LEED Gold Certification. [2.17.12]

Green Roof Technology releases new Podium Roof Garden Assessment. [2.10.12]

Time-lapse video captures complexity of a green roof installation by Living Roofs Inc. [2.9.12]

Turf Diagnostics & Design Puts Green Commitment Into Action. [2.8.12]

Xero Flor Green Roof Products Receives Cradle to Cradle Certification for Environmental Stewardship. [2.2.12]

New Jersey Farm to School Network announces Winter Conference - It Takes a Village: Collaborations in Good Food and School Gardens - GLTi. [1.30.12]

Sika Sarnafil announces that the USPS NY - the Largest Vegetated Green Roof in New York City - has won the 2011 RoofPoint™ Excellence in Design Awards. [1.26.12]  





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