We’re looking forward to the summit, which kicks off next week. It is an entire month of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and research papers on one of our favorite topics – living architecture! Think of it as a trade show, but without actually having to go anywhere to attend.
The idea is the brainchild of our friends at the Greenroofs.com website & blog. We’ve been associated with them for years, and find that they are some of the most networked people in the business. The editor, Linda Velasquez, traditionally presents her view of the up-and-coming trends in green roofs and walls at the Cities Alive trade show, which will be held in San Francisco this year
Steven Peck of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will be moderating a panel on Green Walls and Maintenance, and he invited me to participate on the panel. It was a cool experience – I say “was”, because we actually recorded much of the discussion several weeks ago. The whole thing is done over Skype, then uploaded and edited by the folks at Greenroofs.com. Pretty wild! We’ll be having a live discussion on February 12th to answer questions and follow-ups after the panel is made public.
It was an excellent group – Melissa Daniels of Plant Connection and James Sable of Greenscreen are both extremely knowledgable. I hope that I was able to (will?) provide some meaningful insight into the topic. When it comes to maintenance, we only know what our contractor customers tell us about the systems – they maintain a lot more than we do! Nevertheless, we feel like we’re able to collect a lot of the “best practices” that are going on out there, and are applying them to a project we’ve been working directly on – more about that later!
Take the time to browse the summit – this is the only place you can get all this information, short of going to the Cities Alive conference!