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November 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

We hope you can start winding down a bit as the holiday season approaches!  Here in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, and wish you the very best by enjoying quality time with family and friends.

Although it's been a couple of weeks, it seems like we just came back from our whirlwind trips to the awesome CitiesAlive Conference in Chicago followed by the spectacular WGIN 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference. We're still catching up, but look for some blog posts with very cool photos from Linda soon.  Bangalore, India is next!

Our 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar is now available for purchase! It features some outstanding projects from around the world including France, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and around the United States. Read our Press Release and order yours now for holiday gift-giving for only $9.95 (shipping included for USA & Canada).


In early December we'll release the Agenda for The Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 - Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design. As you probably know by now, this year we are presenting our second annual virtual conference in association with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) on January 9 through February 8, 2013. For the cost of less than a standard one-hour webinar, you'll have access to world-renown speakers discussing their latest and greatest projects, vendors at the Expo showing you their newest offerings and unlimited video, audio and text chatting with Virtual Summit attendees and participants during our 30-day extravaganza!

Did you read about Sika Sarnafil's fun Virtual Scavenger Hunt contest? Do so at right at our Guest Blog post, and join their Last Virtual Scavenger Hunt now to gain valuable information about roofing and perhaps win one of twelve Kindle Touch devices, as well as dozens of other prizes. The last Hunt goes from Nov 20th to Nov 25th! Happy hunting and good luck!

2012 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar


November features the Tremco Inc. Headquarters in Beachwood, OH. The 9,000 square foot vegetated roof is the centerpiece of the comprehensive renovation of the Tremco Incorporated headquarters building. The roof has approximately 16,000 native plants comprising 46 species, four separate habitats, pathways of slate recycled from the building, an agricultural area where produce is grown for use in the company's cafeteria and features the BioTray Vegetated Roof Delivery System, plus other sustainable features. The renovation also includes three other types of sustainable roofing, a wind turbine, a PV-powered carport and a stormwater capture and reuse system.      


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

Zeckendorf Towers &
New York, NY, USA
14,000 sf. Greenroof
 Oregon Health & Science
University (OHSU) Center
for Health & Healing
Portland, OR, USA
20,000 sf. Greenroof


Tántalo Hotel
VerdeGreen Wall
Panama City, Panama
486 sf. Greenwall
 Warsaw University Library
Warsaw, Poland
108,000 sf. Greenroof


Industry News


NRCA offers vegetative roof systems manual. The NRCA Vegetative Roof Systems Manual, Second Edition, addresses cutting-edge technologies available for vegetative roof systems, including the waterproofing system and its associated components, such as a protection course, a root barrier, a drainage layer, thermal insulation and an aeration layer, and an overburden of growth medium and plantings. Best practices are included for the design and installation of extensive, semi-intensive and intensive vegetative roof systems. [11.18.12]


Burgeoning Green Roofs and Green Walls Market to be Worth $7.7 Billion in 2017. Green roofs and green walls, sought to address environmental issues like air pollution, heat-island effect, and loss of green spaces in cities, will balloon into a $7.7 billion market in 2017, driven by mandates and incentives by cities across the globe. Green roofs will account for $7 billion of the market, presenting a $2 billion opportunity to suppliers of polymeric materials such as geosynthetic fabrics and waterproof membranes. Green walls will swell to a $680 million market, using $200 million worth of materials such as self-supporting polyurethane foam growth media. [10.18.12]  

A new green roof incentive has been unveiled in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Alaska. The Mast-Su LID Program offers to match half of the cost of a green roof, up to a maximum reimbursement of $500. [10.11.12]  


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



Urban Sustainability Enhanced Through Landscape Architecture
Living Green Magazine, by Thomas R. Tavella
US. "Many architecture and engineering firms have faced declining workloads and reduced workforces in recent years. But landscape architecture firms appear to be doing well and even growing. The reasons why? For starters, landscape architects are playing a more significant role in municipal projects thanks to Americans becoming more health conscious. This means they are planning and designing more running and walking spaces for communities...Another-and particularly more innovative-use of vegetation involves the "green" roof (also known as the living roof). Comprised of trees, shrubs, low-growth grasses, and sedums, "green" roofs can cap just about any structure in a community..." [11.16.12]


What You Can Do to Prevent Storm Water Runoff Pollution, by Staff
New Haven, CT. "...Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research's (CLEAR) Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program launched its new green infrastructure website, The new website is designed to assist Connecticut homeowners in reducing the harmful effects of stormwater runoff...common sense solutions can help protect our waters. Innovative green infrastructure concepts like rain gardens, rain barrels, downspout disconnections, permeable pavers, and green roofs, can help naturally manage stormwater, limit raw sewage discharges, reduce flooding risk and improve water quality..." [11.15.12]


Sandy forces New York to consider all options in effort to make city safe
The Guardian, by Suzanne Goldenberg
New York, NY. "...One other option, which would also help stop climate change, is promoting green roofs. Green roofs - like the 2 acre expanse the big postal sorting facility near Penn Station - can help capture rainfall during a storm, which also helps in a flood threat. Environmental groups say the city has relaxed regulations on green roofs this year. The natural solutions are a lot cheaper, said Bill Ulfelder, who heads the New York chapter of the Nature Conservancy. People have estimated $10-$20bn for a surge protector at the mouth of the harbour somewhere. But you can do a lot of trees, green roofs, oyster reefs and wetlands for just a few hundred million dollars..." [11.2.12]  


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


Upcoming Events

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WHITE PAPER: Monitoring Green Roof Performance with Weather Stations
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Read what we've been blogging about in our latest Sky Gardens posts:

Linda Velazquez

Editor & Publisher, GRP


The 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design    


The INTERNATIONAL GREEN CONFERENCE in India is Next Week on November 26 - 28, 2012

Jim Mumford on TEDxYouth@SanDiego - Watch Him Now!  


Contributing Editors:


BannerLogo603Read "Reporting on the 3rd World Green Roof Congress 2012 - Urban grey to urban green (Copenhagen), by Christine Thuring. [11.13.12]  



BannerLogo603 Read "Energy and Green Roofs: Beyond the Building", by Chris Wark, Energy Editor. [11.8.12]  





Guest Feature Article:


BannerLogo603 Read "The Indian Green Infrastructure Network Invites You to Bangalore in November!, by Hema Kumar, Founder of the Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN). [10.21.12]  


Guest Blog Post:


BannerLogo603 Read about "Sika Sarnafil Launches Social Media Campaign with Scavenger Hunt Contest", by Tracy Lin, Senior Marketing Specialist. [11.12.12] 




Green Roof Solutions has an Inside Sales / Customer Service / Logistics position open in Glenview, IL. [11.19.12]

is now hiring a Sales & Marketing Facilitator in Spring Lake, MI. [11.16.12]   


Rooflite is looking for a Problem Solver in Landenberg, PA. [11.5.12]  


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


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


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


Advertiser Press Releases








Onset Announces Green Roof Monitoring System. [11.14.12]

Catholic University Adds Third Green Roof on Campus - LiveRoof. [11.14.12]

The LiveWall® Planted Wall System Can Contribute to Green Building Projects Earning LEED® Credits in Multiple Categories. [11.13.12]

Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance Introduces TremCare Green Maintenance Program for Vegetated Roofs. [11.8.12]


Sika Sarnafil Receives Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC). [11.8.12]

Sika Sarnafil Launches Social Media Campaign with Scavenger Hunt Contest. [11.6.12]

Turtle Island Foods Completes New Riverfront Production Facility with a LiveRoof® Green Roof. [11.6.12]


Elmich goes global with building and landscape solutions. [10.25.12]

Sika Sarnafil Green Roof Wins Excellence Award for Chicago Botanic Garden Project. [10.17.12]      





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