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Study confirms green roofs’ positive impacts on solar panels

We at WGIN have for long known that green roofs can positively impact the performance of solar panels. Now, an Australian comprehensive study shows green roofs’ benefits across energy savings, CO2 reduction and an increase in biodiversity.Carried out in a district of...

In the press | Rainwater as a resource in the city

Blue-green infrastructure are key to help adapt urban rainwater management to climate change, reports Tagesspiegel Background (Germany).In Germany and the EU, experts are calling for more commitment to adapting urban rainwater management to climate change. The focus...

Living architecture monitor: Summer Edition

Summer 2021: The Climate Issue While the Climate Crisis clearly threatens us, it also provides a powerful motivation to fight it by embracing rapid change. Much of this change is already taking the form of new and positive policy developments, exciting design...

Have Your Say: European Commission Consults on New Stormwater Policies

April 2021 was the wettest and coldest April on record, yet summer in Europe could not have had a better start for green infrastructure. Let’s find out why.In the Summer edition of Living Architecture Monitor (LAM), Head of EU World Green Infrastructure Network Luigi...

Launch of Sempergreen white paper: ‘Building for Biodiversity’

How can green roofs contribute to promoting biodiversity in urban areas? WGIN member Sempergreen developed a white paper ‘Building for biodiversity’, which answers this question and aims to raise awareness among architects, property developers, governments, and other...

In the press | Jure Šumi: “Green infrastructure bring life to cities”

Azotea del Instituto Nacional de Biologia, en Liubliana, capital de Eslovenia. © DANILO BEVKIn an interview to top-ranking Spanish media outlet El Pais, Jure Sumi, president of the Slovenian Green Infrastructure Association and Representative of the WGIN European...

European Parliament calls for green roofs targets to restore urban biodiversity

The European Parliament adopted its position on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, signalling another important recognition of green infrastructure benefits.On 9 June 2021, the European Parliament adopted the resolution “EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing...

Competition for the best diploma thesis on green roofs and living walls

In the fall of 2020, PSDZ for the first time launched a competition for authors of master's and engineering theses on green roofs and walls. Competition works were sent by the end of January 2021, and the results of the competition were announced in March. Diploma...

Green roofs in the national program “Moja woda” (“My Water”)

As a result of the PSDZ petition, green roofs are included in the national program "Moja woda" ("My Water") - as confirmation of the success of our efforts, the Polish Green Roofs Association received an official letter from the Minister of Climate and Environment....

WGIN selected as partner of the New European Bauhaus

The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) has been selected as official partner of the New European Bauhaus (NEB).The New European Bauhaus initiative aims to connect the European Green Deal to our living spaces by calling on all Europeans to imagine and build...

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McDonald’s created a green flagship restaurant in Orlando, Florida

McDonald’s created a green flagship restaurant in Orlando, Florida

Images first and last: ©Sempergreen Services LLC. Images others: ©Kate Joyce/Ross Barney ArchitectsMcDonald’s has opened a sustainable flagship restaurant at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. With this pilot project, they’re aiming to have the first...

Boathouse Trboje – Catering facility next to the river

Boathouse Trboje – Catering facility next to the river

The Boathouse Trboje is simple structure build to provide catering to all those who spend time doing sports on the Sava River (kayaking, supping,…) as well as for those who like countryside cycling and stop here to relax for a while in the cool shadows on the...

Green island in the city with building greening

Green island in the city with building greening

All pictures © Optigrün international AGGreen island in the centre of Düsseldorf instead of a city motorway – building greening makes it possible.Location: Kö-Bogen IICity: Düsseldorf / GermanyDate:  2020 Designer/Project owner: Ingenhoven architects, Jointventure...

Key Definition: Living Wall

Key Definition: Living Wall

Living wall: A living wall is a vertical vegetated wall system with irrigation. A living wall system is variable depending on the climatic conditions and there is no proven formula for plant specification, even the most successful walls have evolved from the time of...

Key Definition: Green Roof

Key Definition: Green Roof

Green roof: (Also referred to as living roofs; eco roofs; ecotecture; roofscapes.) Their usage dates back to 10thC BC throughout Persia with particular reference to Babylon, as green roofs were used as a storm-water management system irrigating a stepped series of...

Key Definition: Green Infrastructure

Key Definition: Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure: There is an international movement towards the regeneration of urban landscapes due to an increased awareness about human impact on the environment. As urban development and populations increase there is a greater demand to improve upon the...

World Congress of Building Greening 2020

World Congress of Building Greening 2020

Weltkongress Gebäudegrün - World Congress of Building Greening. The event has been postponed to 2022. The new date is:World Congress of Building Greening 2022May 10 - 12, 2022Mercure Hotel Moa Berlin. Please find more information...

We are proud to have participated in the Bled Strategic Forum #BSF2021!

Our President Manfred Koehler presented the multiple benefits of urban #greeninfrastructure on citizens' quality of life and how it can help make cities more climate resilient 🌱🌆

How can we make the #EUGreenDeal tangible?
How do we ensure that changes are inclusive?

Join our President Manfred Köhler on Sept 2 for this interesting #BSF2021 session ⬇️

More information: http://bit.ly/Agenda_BSF2021

Bundeskongress Gebäudegrün am 23./24.11.2021 in Berlin + online | Preparing for the World Congress of Building Greening 2022: 10.-12. May, also in Berlin https://www.gebaeudegruen.info/aktuelles/pressemitteilungen/details/bundeskongress-gebaeudegruen-am-23-24112021-berlin-und-online | http://worldgreeninfrastructurenetwork.org @greenroofs @WGRD2021 @EFBgreen @WGINetwork @urbangreenTUB @umweltHB

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