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GRHC Media Release

GRHC GOES DIGITAL with release of On-Line Paper on Green Walls And The Electronic Edition of the Living Architecture Magazine

On Tuesday December 2, 2008, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities released its flagship Living Architecture Monitor magazine in an easy-to-access digital format to over 50,000 potential green roof and wall enthusiasts. The new publication will be ‘tree friendly’ and augment the printed copy of the quarterly publication, already distributed to over 5,000 industry professionals.

“The new format will save paper and energy”, said Steven Peck, President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, “It will also provide our members and advertisers with lots of valuable new features such as video clips of products and instant on-line contacts.”



Toronto seeking input on proposed Green Roof By-law
Toronto's City Planning Division is seeking your input on a proposed Green Roof By-law for the City of Toronto

Toronto's City Planning Division is seeking your input on a proposed Green Roof By-law for the City of Toronto. This by-law, under the new authority of the City of Toronto Act, 2006 would require green roofs on certain types of new buildings and establish a standard for green roof design and construction in Toronto.

In December 2008, City Planning completed the first round of public consultations on where to require green roofs under the proposed Green Roof By-law. Staff considered the feedback received during the consultation period and recommended in a staff report to the January 8, 2009 Planning and Growth Management Committee that further consultation be undertaken and that staff report back to the Committee with a draft by-law in April 2009.


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Green roof system to take root in Jerusalem schools
haaretz.com - Green roof system to take root in Jerusalem schools - By Zafrir Rinat

The Jerusalem municipality said on Tuesday it was planning its first stage of green roofs in four of the city's schools. At a later stage, it would offer incentives to set up green roofs in private homes and would eventually incorporate them into the city's future master plans.
Grant from McAuley Ministries for New Hill YMCA Roof
prnewswire.com - YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Receives $500,000 from McAuley Ministries for New Hill YMCA Roof

McAuley Ministries, the new grant-making arm of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, has given out its first grant... and the recipient is the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. The $500,000 grant will help fund the construction of a green rooftop terrace for the new Thelma Lovette YMCA in the Hill District.
HuffPost Readers Sent In Their Green Roofs
huffingtonpost.com - HuffPost Readers Sent In Their Green Roofs -- Now Pick Your Favorite!

Last week, we asked HuffPost Green readers to send in their photos of green roofs. To recap, when we say "green roof," we mean putting plant life on top of a building to help with insulation, rain runoff, carbon emissions and the heat island effect. But as our readers' photos show, green roofs are pretty easy on the eyes, too!


Rooftop gardens start to grow on local residents
commercialappeal.com - Rooftop gardens start to grow on local residents - By Lela Garlington

The idea of something growing on a roof is slowly taking root in Memphis.

Nursery owner Paul Little spreads his green-roof gospel one garden talk at a time. In August, the Memphis Botanic Garden is opening a new children's area in which 70-year-old Little is installing a green roof on an oversized dog house/playhouse. Once the Farmer's Market opens, he showcases green-roof birdhouses.

Historic treasure gets 21st-century ecoroof
theoutlookonline.com - Historic treasure gets 21st-century ecoroof - BY JENNIFER CLAMPET

When Multnomah County added soil and plants atop its historic downtown Central Library last year, it was a sure sign that the time in the sun for “ecoroofs” has arrived.

For years, roofing associations were so concerned about leaks they hesitated to endorse green roofs, which use vegetation to save energy, reduce stormwater runoff and improve air quality. But in July 2007, the National Roofing Contractors Association put out its first Green Roof Systems Manual.



Send Us Photos Of Your Green Roofs!
huffingtonpost.com - Send Us Photos Of Your Green Roofs! - Dave Burdick

Point is, we want to see your green roofs! Please send images to We'll look at images of green roofs at your homes, your workplaces, or even places around your hometown that you want to show off (ask around -- there has to be one with a cool view somewhere, right?).



Bainbridge High's New 200 Building 100 Percent Green
kitsapsun.com - Bainbridge High's New 200 Building 100 Percent Green - By Tristan Baurick

On a few parts of the roof, low-growing plants are taking root to absorb rainwater and reduce runoff. The remaining roof area channels water to 12 rain gardens surrounding the building. Resembling miniature wetlands, the gardens help cleanse and absorb rainwater on-site, lessening outflow in the city's stormwater system.



Take a break up on the roof
kansascity.com - Take a break up on the roof - By STEVE PENN

It’s an oasis amid the concrete and steel known as the Kansas City Power & Light District, and it offers the perfect balance between development and nature.

Its existence has been a well-kept secret. But not anymore.

Atop the city parking garage next to Cosentino’s downtown market, where the Jones Store once stood, is a new park.


San Elijo Nature Center prepares to open
northcountytimes.com - San Elijo Nature Center prepares to open - By ELENA CRISTIANO

The center uses recycled water for irrigation and toilets, incorporates drought-tolerant, native vegetation for landscaping, and has a "green roof" that filters pollutants from storm water and reduces "heat island effect," which the Environmental Protection Agency says is when "built up areas are hotter than nearby rural areas."



'Green' roofs deserve support
poconorecord.com - 'Green' roofs deserve support

It's the second of four green roofs on the wing, each covering about 14,000 square feet of level surface and each with about 1,500 plant modules containing various types of sedum, a succulent plant that is hardy in the region. Depot officials expect the roof to conserve heating and air-conditioning energy — no small consideration in a period of energy price volatility. The green roof is also planned to extend the life of the roof, reduce storm water runoff and improve the quality of the water that does run off the roof.



City of Portland to top buildings with plants
oregonlive.com - Enviros and city of Portland cultivate a movement to top buildings with plants - by Larry Bingham

City leaders recently upped the ante by penning a goal: to grow 43 acres of new green roofs in the next five years. There are currently 12,500 acres of conventional roofs citywide.



Green California Summit Registration Open
green-technology.org - Green California Summit Registration Open

With California’s new green building codes, Cal EPA’s just-announced Green Chemistry Initiative, the recently released Scoping Plan for implementing AB32’s climate change provisions and a host of local green programs, there is a lot to learn and do – and the Summit is your best opportunity all year to get the information, contacts, products and services you will need to fulfill all your green mandates.


Roof of City Hall may be covered in grass
daytondailynews.com - Roof of City Hall may be covered in grass - By Joanne Huist Smith

The city is exploring installation of a GreenGrid® modular green roof system on a 2,000 square-foot section of the City Hall roof. The effort is a combination public education demonstration program and a storm water pollution reduction project, said Donna Winchester, environment manager for Dayton's Department of Water.


It's Alive!
baltimoresun.com - It's Alive! Wall composed of thousands of plants reflects a growing interest in green design - By Jill Rosen

The living wall, or green wall as some call it, is a massive installation of greenery that, reaching from floor to ceiling, dominates the new Bluehouse store at The Shops at Kenilworth mall in Towson. Composed of thousands of plants, the wall is part foliage, part air filter, part art - but all statement.


Museum Center Testing "Green" Roof
local12.com - Museum Center Testing "Green" Roof

Right now, a small section of blue grass sod and perennials are on the roof. After the testing phase, which will last through the spring, the center will decide whether to install the green roof.


Putting a green twist on history
altoonamirror.com - Putting a green twist on history - By Carrie Antlfinger

Other features include a sedum-plant roof to reduce heat and absorb rainfall, recycled and local building materials and radiant floor heating and cooling.


Rooftop at Tobyhanna Army Depot nears completion
poconorecord.com - Rooftop landscaping project at Tobyhanna Army Depot nears completion

Workers from Silvercool Roof recently installed the second of four green roofs on Building 11's Wing C at Tobyhanna Army Depot.


Graze the Roof, a rooftop garden at Glide
sfgate.com - Graze the Roof, a rooftop garden at Glide - Matthew Green

Graze the Roof, a fledgling garden project on top of the Glide Memorial Church's offices, was created by residents in a neighborhood known more for urban blight than fresh produce and green space. It's a partnership between Glide and Oakland nonprofit Bay Localize, which promotes edible rooftops and urban self-reliance. Such gardens are seen as an important, and largely untapped, opportunity to increase local food production. In addition to providing veggies for participants, the garden demonstrates to apartment dwellers that having a flat roof is all you need to grow good food.


Green Valleys Grace Cairo’s Rooftops
Green Valleys Grace Cairo’s Rooftops - By Ahmed Maged

Residents of over-populated and underprivileged areas like Dar El-Salam, Bab El-Shaeriya, Shubra, Saft El-Laban, some parts of Moqattam and Bolaq El-Daqrour have taken on this challenge with the double-edged benefit of cooling down their buildings and complementing their incomes with rooftop gardens, producing everything from cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, to spinach and even strawberries.





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