Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, GRP, LEED AP

Greenroofs.com Founder/Publisher & Sky Gardens Design Consultant

The 2017 VS was open from April 9 through December 31, 2017.

Forty presenters from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Iran, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, UK, and the U.S. inspired attendees to Discover, Network & Share.

Participants were able to watch and learn about the latest projects and developments in vegetated building envelopes worldwide, and interact with avant-garde architects, landscape architects, designers, educators, and leaders of government who have captured the essence of living with nature.

With easier and more socially interactive online platforms, networking was easy with a host of fellow influencers from around the world!  Use @greenroofs, and virtual.greenroofs.com for sharing.


Click on the speaker photo to learn more about each one.

Keynote Speakers

Emilio Ambasz

Emilio Ambasz & Associates Founder & Principal, Architect, Author

Patrick Blanc, PhD

Botanist, Vertical Garden (Mur Végétal) Inventor, Researcher, Author

Stephen Ritz

South Bronx Educator, Green Bronx Machine Founder, Author

Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP

GreenStructure Founder & Multi-disciplinary Environmental Consultant


Adrienne Aiona, PE

City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services PE, Stormwater Management Manual Manager

Zaro Bates

Empress Green Inc. Founder, Staten Island Urby Farmer-in-Residence

Jörg Breuning

Green Roof Service LLC / Green Roof Technology Founder

Robert Cameron, PhD

Penn State University Adjunct Professor, Principal Eco Applied Technologies

Patrick Carey, GRP

Hadj Design Principal, Admiral at the Lake Green Roof Maintenance & Groundskeeper


U.S. General Services Administration Sustainability Architect

Laura Gatti

Studio Laura Gatti Landscape Consultants Principal

Dusty Gedge

European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) President and Livingroofs.org Founder

Laura Hansplant, RLA, LEED AP

Roofmeadow Director of Design

Elizabeth Hart, CDT, GRP

Tremco, Inc. Manager, Sustainability Program Development and Green Roof Info Think-tank (GRiT) Executive Director

C.Y. Jim, PhD

University of Hong Kong Professor & Researcher

Aslan Jonoubi

Khato & Safhe INC. Founder, Architect and Chief Director; IGIN President

Kelly Ksiazek-Mikenas

PhD candidate, Researcher, Author

Thomas W. Liptan, FASLA

Green Infrastructure Specialist

Charlie Miller, PE

Roofmeadow Founding Principal and President

Eyal Mirelman

BLDVEG - Building Vegetation Co-Founder & Owner

Meg Needle, AIA, GRP, LEED AP B+C, CDT

Lord Aeck & Sargent Architect

Richard Nelson

SolaRoof International CEO & Owner

Annie Novak

Growing Chefs Founder & Director, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Co-founder & Farmer

Mary E. Ostafi, LEED AP

Urban Harvest STL Executive Director

Olyssa Starry, PhD

Portland State University Assistant Professor & Author

Henry Stevens

City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

Leila Tolderlund, LEED AP, GRP

University of Colorado Denver Senior Instructor and Research Associate

Christopher G. Wark

Wark Energy Consulting Principal, Ponix Founder

Diana Wiesner

Diana Wiesner Arquitectura y Paisaje EU - (Ecología Urbana) - Architecture & Landscape Architecture Urban Ecology, Principal

John L. Wong, FASLA, FAAR

SWA Managing Principal, Chairman

Round #2

Kelsey Carriere

Artist, Activist and Urban Planner

Denver Green Roof Initiative

Grassroots Campaign attempting to lower Denver’s climate and environmental impact

Tobias Emilsson, PhD

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Researcher

Green Bronx Machine

Inspired Education, Local Food Systems, and 21st Century Workforce Development

Jonatan Malmberg

Scandinavian Green Roof Institute Head of Project & Development

Natural Habitats

High Quality Landscape Design

Recover Green Roofs

Design-Build Firm

Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects

Architecture Heritage, Cultural Planning & Environmental Design

Joris G.W.F. Voeten

Urban Roofscapes Sr. Engineer Urban Green Space