By www.greenearthgreenplants.com | July 6th, 2010 | topics: green business, certified business, green earth green plants certified
Green Earth—Green Plants® announced today the formation of its Advisory Council. The group’s membersare green certified interior plantscape businesses and other interested businesses, organizations and individuals. “We are happy to announce the formation of this Advisory Council who will represent our Certified Business members and provide important feedback for the Certification Program” says Kathy Fediw, LEED AP, CLP, CLT, president of Johnson Fediw Associates and founder of the certification program.
The Advisory Council members are:
Joe Zazzera, LEED AP, GRP: president and CEO of Plant Solutions, Inc.
Jennifer Bermudez-Perez: president, Growing Roots LLC franchise
Mike Langwiser: operations manager of Atria, Inc.
Jim Mumford, GRP, CLP: president of Good Earth Plant Company, Inc.
Joey Steinbeck, CLT: general manager of Foliage Concepts, Inc.
Those on the Advisory Council must be an owner or employee of a Green Earth—Green Plants® Certified Business or the manufacturer of an Approved Product and prove their dedication to promoting eco-friendly business practices. They are all serving as volunteers to this program. They will be advising on the revisions and updates to the certification assessment; the valuation of the assessment’s point system; and future direction of the program.
“We at Johnson Fediw Associates are very grateful to this group of hard-working individuals and know that their feedback is crucial to the continuing success of this program” says Fediw. The Green Earth—Green Plants® program certifies eco-friendly interior plantscape businesses and projects and includes recommendations for Approved Products.
Johnson Fediw Associates is a third-party consulting firm providing green certification programs to horticulture businesses. For more information on the Green Earth—Green Plants® program, go to www.greenearthgreenplants.com or call 281-687-6966.
By LivingWallArt.com | May 2010 | Topics: Living Vertical Greenwalls
By Plant Solutions | July 2010 | Topics: Living Vertical Greenwalls
Joe Zazzera, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), is probably way too young to remember the cartoon character Yosemite Sam. Yet, like this Warner Brothers creation, he, too, sees golden opportunities. His, though, don’t reside in the western hills; they reside in urban landscapes in virtually every city in the country. Zazzera, president and CEO for Arizona-based Plant Solutions, is excited about transforming interior walls into plantscapes. “At one location, we’ve installed a small green wall to replace our client’s use of cut flowers,” he explains. “Live-plant walls are different, pique interest, and they are a practical use of available space.
“With real estate costs going up, architects are designing away atriums and other garden areas in favor of revenue-producing space. Live-plant walls don’t take up valuable space. They are also very attractive and functional, providing the same air-quality benefits that other indoor gardens provide.”
Zazzera notes that interior plantscapers can employ any of several different methods to install green walls. One of the favorite methods takes advantage of biofiltration. The green wall is constructed of a special, foam-like medium. Water is circulated through the medium via a small water fountain beneath the wall. In this scenario, the customer gets the benefits of two features — a green wall and a water feature.
“Green walls are new and exciting, and they’re not budget breakers for clients,” Zazzera goes on to explain. “In some cases, if you’re replacing cut flowers with a small, live-plant wall, the cost is already in the budget. On average, it will cost your clients around $100 per square foot for installing a green wall, or they can choose to lease one. As always, maintenance is key.”
Green walls are not the only new opportunities for interior plantscapers, says Zazzera, who is actively involved in trying to get interior plants into the LEED rating system. Installing and maintaining green roofs has potential for industry members, as well. “We already have a working relationship with architects and building owners,” he emphasizes. “The truth is that intensive green roofs, those that are heavy and require additional engineering to install, are less common today than their extensive counterparts.” In other words, you don’t have to be an architect or engineer to install every green roof, says Zazzera.
Green roofs come in all different shapes, sizes, and complexities. They do have their challenges, he emphasizes, not the least of which involve safety concerns working on roofs and maintaining plants in a sometimes hostile environment. A good place for beginners to start is to access the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Web site, greenroofs.org. The group is a valuable resource for learning about installing green roofs, and obtaining its Green Roof Professional designation will help interior plantscapers get their “foot in the door” of prospective clients.
The fresh opportunities presented by green roofs and green walls align with growing interest in sustainable landscapes and environments. As Zazzera relates, buildings already receive LEED credit points for having green roofs that reduce water runoff, provide additional insulation, and reduce the heat island effect. He chairs an advocacy group that’s lobbying the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to award LEED credit points for interior plants, also. When that day arrives, he points out, green walls and green interiors overall will be even more attractive investments for building owners.
By Preston Koerner | May 12, 2010 | topics: IAQ, Landscape, Modern design
The folks at Plant Solutions installed this vibrant living wall in a conference room of their Scottsdale office. The TerraScreen Living Wall is made with two 4’x4′ panels, which are made with a black, powder-coated, galvanized steel wire, and brackets that attach to the wall. The panels protrude a little less than five inches from the wall.
Plants are placed in 6″ no-hole cachepots and an irrigation system keeps them watered. This installation has pothos plants with colorful Neoregelia Medusa variety, according to Living Wall Art.
Green walls, like other interior plants, not only bring a slice of nature to the unnatural, but they also capture airborne pollution through absorption or by sticking to the plants. They can be good for indoor air quality.
Living walls are popular these days, especially with a NY Times article on the topic by Kristina Shevory, “Gardens that Grow on Walls.” It should be clear, though, they require care and a plan with respect to irrigation, lighting, nutrition, and plant choice. Some living walls die, while other green walls thrive.