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April 2011

Sky Gardens E#2 - Cook+Fox Architects
Sky Gardens E#2 - Cook+Fox Architects

We're super excited to have premiered our Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World: The Cook+Fox Architects Office on Earth Day 2011.  The beautiful modular greenroof in Manhattan, NY, features Green Paks by Green Roof Blocks which is great because the client/owners actually had to replace the roof! I interviewed architect Mark Rusitzky, Rohit T. "Rit" Aggarwala, Former Director, Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability at the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, Kelly Luckett, and others involved in this awesome project. Learn what NYC's doing and see how the greenroof fared after the re-roofing.  By the way, you can now watch YouTube videos on your DIRECTV


Just a few more days remain for the 2011 "Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!" Earth Day Photo Contest - you can still submit a photo of your favorite greenroof on our Facebook page and then tell all your friends to vote until Friday, April 29th.


Welcome to our newest Contributing Editor: John Shepley!  John has worked as an engineer, technical manager, business manager, and management consultant and in 2004, John co-founded Emory Knoll Farms, Inc. in Harford County, MD. Read the Green Business Editor's new column at right.


Make sure to stay on top of the greenroof world with our weekly review of what's new by watching our This Week in Review video series on GreenroofsTV hosted by Anjuli Velazquez.    

The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory 

2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Calendar


April features the Fish House in Singapore, by Guz Architects.  A modern tropical bungalow (2009) encapsulating the essence of living in the hot and humid climate of Singapore by creating open spaces, the design encourages natural ventilation and offers residents views to the ocean. The concept creates a close relationship with nature, achieved by the swimming- pool linking the house with the landscape and visual connections with the sea. Almost totally covered with thin bendable photovoltaic panels, the remaining area is used as a greenroof, also giving residents some outdoor leisure spaces.


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


Projects of the Week

Cheyenne I
(251 Medical Center Blvd.)
Webster, TX, USA
14,559 sf. Greenroof
 Cheyenne III
(253 Medical Center Blvd.)
Webster, TX, USA
14,559 sf. Greenroof
National Trust Visitor Centre at Portstewart Strand
County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK
4,306 sf. Greenroof
Long Eddy, NY, USA
4,000 sf. Greenroof
Cook+Fox Architects LLP
New York, NY, USA
3,600 sf. Greenroof
 U.S. Tax Court
Washington, DC, USA
5,500 sf. Greenroof


Industry News


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans. - [4.14.11]


Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is pleased to announce the results of its 2011 Annual Industry Survey of Corporate Members which found that the green roof industry grew by 28.5 per cent over the course of 2010, up significantly from 16 per cent growth recorded in 2009! - [3.29.11]


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

Advertiser Press Releases


LiveRoof�, LLC Selects Stormwater360 New Zealand to Distribute its Green Roof System in New Zealand and Australia - [4.19.11]

Vertical Farming Seminar added to the Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) Certification Training: "Food is Not an Option...." - [4.11.11]

Detroit Michigan: Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) Certification Training Available for Registration - [4.11.11]


First NYC Public High School to Receive the Excellence in School Wellness Award (utilizing the patented Mobile Edible Wall Units by Green Living Technologies International) - [4.7.11]

Irrigation Water Technologies America, Inc. is Now KISSS America - [3.31.11]

Metro Green Visions, Inc. introduces MGV GroRoof Hybrid Green Roof System - [3.29.11]


Advertisers Press Releases 


With System Complete, IKEA Powers-up Solar in Brooklyn, NY

BusinessWire, Press Release

Brooklyn, NY. "...IKEA Brooklyn additionally has 70,000 s.f. of green roof, a 6.5-acre waterfront esplanade, multiple transit options, and has been certified as a Brownfield redevelopment. The store also has been awarded LEED� (Silver) established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute..." [4.27.11]  


Green buildings in Singapore: Adding the green touch with technology, by Staff

Singapore. "New technology and green features such as vertical gardens are helping Singapore reach ambitious energy efficiency targets for its buildings...Facade and roof greening have also been introduced to mitigate urban heat effect..." [4.26.11]


Is the World's Greatest Green Roof in Warsaw, Poland?

This Big City Blog, by Joe Peach 

Warsaw, Poland. "Warsaw is Poland's biggest city and the ninth biggest in Europe. With its violent history now something of the past, the city has been able to refocus, positioning itself as a metropolitan hub linking west and east Europe. One by-product of this goal is the University of Warsaw's library - a building with a green roof so impressive it is essentially a captivating urban park..." [4.21.11] 


New Biodiversity Design and Whole Life Carbon reports published

Green Building Press, by Staff 

UK. "Two new research reports, Designing for Biodiversity, Productivity and Profit and Whole Life Carbon, have just been published by The British Council for Offices (BCO)...the report notes that the daytime temperature fluctuation of a non-green roof can be 50�C, whereas that of a green roof will be only 3�C..." [4.20.11]


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


Upcoming Events

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Linda Velazquez
Editor &
Publisher, GRP's "This Week in Review" on GreenroofsTV: April 22nd, 2011 


Our New Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™ WebTV Video Premiere & GPW: Cook+Fox Architects, LLP 


Cradle to Cradle & Inhabitat's Green Giveaway 


Watch Our Trailer for the Cook+Fox Architects Office on the Upcoming Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™ Episode!  


Greenroofs.coms "This Week in Review" on GreenroofsTV: April 15th, 2011 

Vote for the ASLA Green Roof Page to Win a Webby! 

GPW: Longdrive's "This Week in Review" on GreenroofsTV: April 8th, 2011 

Enter the 2011 "Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!" Earth Day Photo Contest! 

GPW: National Trust Visitor Centre at Portstewart Strand's "This Week in Review" on GreenroofsTV: April 1st, 2011 

Join DC Greenworks for their "Day Without Oil Reception" on April 14th 

GPW: Cheyenne I and III (251 & 253 Medical Center Blvd.)'s "This Week in Review" on GreenroofsTV: March 25th, 2011 


Contributing Editor Blog Post:


Read "See the UK Green Roof Student Conference Programme & Register by 6th May 2011" and "Ecobuild London (March 2011)," by Christine Thuring.



 Contributing Editor Column:

Read John Shepley's intro column "Sustainable Business Insights: Getting Started in Sustainable Business" intended for anyone in the green roof industry who wants to run their business more sustainably.


Look for Chris Wark's eagerly awaited final installment of his 7-part "Cooler Than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn't Move Through a Green Roof" Energy series "The Secret and How To Use It" tomorrow!




ZinCo USA is looking for 2 Regional Account Managers - Architectural/ Contractor Green Roof Sales - located in Boston, MA and in Philadelphia, PA, USA - [3.25.11] 


LiveRoof is seeking a Sales Specialist based in Indiana, USA - [3.21.11]

JKLA is looking for a Landscape Architect/Designer in Buffalo, NY, USA - [3.16.11]

The University of Helsinki, Finland is seeking a PhD Student to study Green Roofs - [2.10.11] 


Furbish Company is looking for a Project Manager in Brooklyn, MD, USA - [2.10.11] 


Urban Garden is seeking a Manager of Design/Build Group in Toronto, Canada - [2.2.11]


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




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