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Watch the “12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs” Keynote by Steven Peck from Our Virtual Summit 2013

on February 3, 2015 at 2:01 pm under

In anticipation of‘s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the Keynote Video “12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs” by Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, founding member of the World Green Infrastructure Network, and founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American Green Roof Industry Association.


Steven Peck has been working to develop the green roof and wall industry for over 15 years. His presentation will focus on the major reasons why government policy makers (and building owners) should invest in supporting the development of green roofs and green wall technology on new and existing buildings in their communities.

Steven’s keynote will cover recent scientific literature on green roof and wall performance as well as studies on human health and well being.

Here’s more:


 “Toronto, Canada. Steven W. Peck is the Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American trade association for the green roof and wall industry. He is also the co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to promoting living green infrastructure and co-founder of the World Green Infrastructure Network. For well over a decade, Steven has conducted public policy research on a variety of environment and economy issues with a focus on environmental technology transfer and public policy. He is a founding member of the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) that encourages the formation of green roof industry associations throughout the world, and the Green Infrastructure Foundation Ontario Coalition. In 2006, Steven won the Canadian Urban Institute Urban Leadership Award for his efforts to promote ‘City Livability.’

Steven enjoys a honors degree in economics and political science from McGill University. He is the publisher of the Living Architecture Monitor, a quarterly magazine that is focused on developments in the green roof and wall industry. He has authored or co-authored numerous reports and written extensively on the topic of green roof design, policy and research and has spoken on the subject at conferences throughout North America and internationally. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and participated on the committee which developed the first and only form of accreditation for those working in the green roof industry, the Green Roof Professional (GRP) designation.

Steven Peck recently published a new book, The Rise of Living Architecture (Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, October 2012), which contains interviews with over 50 leaders in the field of green roofs and walls from across North America. Steven is also the Moderator for the “Green Wall Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices” Panel with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, and James Sable. ~ VS2013   

Watch the “12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs” Keynote Video by Steven Peck below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants Video by Kevin Songer.

La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España – Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain Panel Session with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán- Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates Video by Dr. Tobias Emilsson.

Naturación Urbana en España – Urban Greening in Spain Collaborative Video by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy Video by Wolfgang Ansel.

Introduction to Integrated Water Management Video by Jeff Bruce.

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned Collaborative Video with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts.

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish