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July 2012

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

Happy summer if you're in the northern hemisphere! Is it hot enough for you? It sure is here in Hotlanta.  Are you hydrating your greenroof and greenwall plants? Remember they are living beings and might appreciate some supplemental water if you're up there doing a maintenance check! 

BannerLogo603 Things are heating up here at, too - plans will soon be released for our second Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit...How about the XXX Olympic games in London? Go USA and good luck to your country, too!  Nigel Dunnett has been sending us photos and we'll soon have a post up about it.  If you're lucky to be attending, send us a write and photos as well to share with our community!

We're also working on the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar - we're showcasing some awesome new projects from around the globe!  Stay tuned and look for them in Chicago at the 10th annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference.

BannerLogo603 Speaking of conferences, the Agricultural Summit put on by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in Toronto is next week and promises to be extraordinary!  The speakers and case studies are amazing - don't miss it!   


2012 Greenroofs & Walls™ of the World Calendar


July features the Atlanta City Hall Pilot Green Roof in Atlanta, GA. This greenroof is located on the fifth floor adjacent to the City's cafeteria, visible by surrounding buildings and accessible to all. In 2003, seventy cubic yards of growing media and over 2,800 plants from 31 species were used, predominantly sedums with some perennials, cacti, and herbs supplied by ItSaul Natural and Saul Nurseries. A history-making event was held here, the first Greenroof Wedding. On May 22, 2010 the landscape architect of the Southeast's first municipal living roof, Bill Brigham, married his bride, Beate Allio, with friends and family in attendance.    


The Greenroofs & Walls™ of the World Calendar series combines two of our most popular destinations on The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and Upcoming Events.  

Projects of the Week

Or Torah High School
Jerusalem, Israel
4,306 sf. Greenroof
 Greensboro Transit Authority Maintenance Facility and
Administrative Offices
Greensboro, NC, USA
16,700 sf. Greenroof


Nashville Music City Center
Nashville, TN, USA
175,000 sf. Greenroof   
 Indianapolis Children's
Museum Green Roof
Indianapolis, IN, USA
3,228 sf. Greenroof
Hotel Gaia-B3
Vertical Ecosystem
Bogot�, Colombia
4,090 sf. Greenwall


Industry News

BannerLogo603 The EPA has announced the selection of 17 communities in 16 states to receive targeted technical assistance, and welcomed these communities into its network of community partners. The selected communities will receive a total of $950,000 in technical assistance for projects including code review, green infrastructure design, and cost-benefit assessments. [7.19.12]
BannerLogo603 A new ASTM International standard will aid in the selection of lightweight aggregate best suited for use in the design and construction of vegetative roof systems. ASTM E2788, Specification for Use of Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate (ESCS) as a Mineral Component in the Growing Media and Drainage Layer for Vegetative (Green) Roof Systems, was developed by Subcommittee E60.01 on Buildings and Construction, part of ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability. [7.16.12]
BannerLogo603 NASA has released a fact sheet detailing efforts to research, use, and improve upon the concept of "green roofs" - urban rooftops covered with vegetation. Although the idea is centuries old, it has great relevance in addressing today's challenges. With over half of the entire human population living in cities, it is important to understand how cities can be affected by climate change. [7.10.12]  


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



RIRDC releases "Living Wall and Green Roof Plants for Australia" report
Green Building Council, by Staff
Australia. "Living Wall and Green Roof Plants for Australia provides the Australian green infrastructure industry with greater knowledge of plant selection for extensive green roofs and living walls in Australia's challenging climate." [7.24.12]

New permit requires rooftop plantings, other 'green infrastructure'
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, by Don Behn
Milwaukee, WI. "...a draft state wastewater discharge permit for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is the first in the U.S. to add this regulatory wrinkle: requiring rooftop plantings and installation of other "green infrastructure" - not sewer pipes or storage tunnels - to collect and absorb storm water..." [7.22.12]

Scientists: Green walls lead to cleaner cities
Business Green, by Staff
London, UK. "Lining cities with wall of vegetation could reduce air pollution by 30 per cent at less cost than current policies. Planting living "green walls" of vegetation could provide a faster and cheaper way of cleaning up the air in cities than large-scale initiatives such as congestion charging, scientists will say today..." [7.18.12]

Green Roofs Take Root in India, by Staff
India. "...CII-Godrej GBC houses the Indian Green Building Council. Built in 2003, it was one of the first commercial buildings in India to have a large green roof. In the last eight years that we've been operational, we have observed how our green roof has gradually attracted birds and bees to the urban area..." [7.5.12]    


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


Upcoming Events

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Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Closing Address.


And's "This Week in Review" on GreenroofsTV: July 20, July 13, July 6, and June 29, 2012.  


Guest Feature Article

Read the latest article from our contributing editor Ralph Velasquez, "Sustainability, Friend or Foe?" [7.18.12]




Riverbend Nursery, Inc. is seeking an Area Sales Manager for the LiveRoof� pre-vegetated Modular Green Roof System, covering the areas of Southeast Virginia, North Carolina, and surrounding areas. [7.11.12]  


Columbia Green Technology is seeking to hire a Western Sales Director based in the Pacific Northwest, USA. [6.13.12]


Apex Green Roofs is looking to fill a Maintenance Position in Somerville, MA. USA. [6.1.12] 


Compost Supply is now hiring a Green Sales Hero in Glen Ellyn, IL, USA. [4.24.12] 


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


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


Advertiser Press Releases








LiveRoof� Green Roof Brings Natural Beauty to the Rooftop of Bearden Hill Office Building in Knoxville, TN. [7.25.12]

Introducing LiveScreen�, the Mobile Version of LiveWall�, the Planted Wall System Designed in Harmony with Nature. [7.19.12]

Tournesol Siteworks Announces Our New Website is live! [7.11.12]

Rooflite, North America's #1 Certified Green Roof Media Provider Announces the Availability of a New Video. [7.11.12]    





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