All Photos Courtesy of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
There are countless reasons to join colleagues at CitiesAlive 2016, the 14th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Washington, DC. Stormwater management continues to be a challenge for North American cities and this year, we’re Rising to the Stormwater Challenge in the city leading the charge on policy development and implementation.
Here are 5 compelling reasons why you should be a part of this progressive conference:
1: INSPIRING PROGRAMMING If you want to learn about the latest advancements in green roof, green wall and stormwater management in 2016, the programming at CitiesAlive will not fail to inspire. Under the timely theme of Rising to the Stormwater Challenge, delegates from across North America will hear from leading experts in green roof and wall research and policy; and be exposed to industry-leading designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but perform essential stormwater management roles as jurisdictions across the country grapple with ever-more-extreme weather events and aging green infrastructure systems.
CitiesAlive speakers include:
• Keynote: George Hawkins, Esq, CEO & GM, DC Water
• Keynote: Sabine O’Hara, Dean & Director, Landgrant Programs, University of the District of Columbia
• Keynote: Tommy Wells, Director, Department of Energy & Environment
• Keynote: Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
• Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation
• Jason Long, Partner, OMA
• Hallie Boyce, RLA, ASLA, Partner, OLIN
• Kevin Kampschroer, Chief Sustainability Officer, U.S. General Services Administration
• Charlie Miller, P.E., Founder & President, Roofmeadow
• Dr. Bill Retzlaff, Associate Dean/Professor, SIUe
• Dr. Brad Rowe, Professor, Michigan State University
• Randy Sharp, GRP, FCSLA, ASLA, LEED AP
And over 100 more speakers!
2: CONNECT Professional relationships are made, strengthened and reinforced every year at CitiesAlive. From the local host committee reception taking place at the magnificent Capitol View at 400, to the trade show, to the Awards of Excellence celebration, this year’s networking events at CitiesAlive are sure to introduce you to new colleagues and bring you closer to friends.
3: EXCLUSIVE ACCESS There’s nothing like seeing projects up-close and personal, and CitiesAlive green infrastructure tours will do just that. With knowledgeable guides leading the way, come and visit the most interesting projects that Washington, DC has to offer such as Sidwell Friends Middle School, American University, Canal Park and the US Tax Court Plaza. It’s a fun and educational way to discover DC’s exceptional projects and get closer to your colleagues.
4: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Enhance your knowledge in specialized subject areas and earn continuing education credits by attending CitiesAlive training courses on November 1st and 4th. Choose from five courses including Green Roof Design & Installation, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, and new this year, Making it Work: How to Properly Construct Low Impact Development (LID) Green Infrastructure.
CitiesAlive is pending approval for up to 11 continuing education / professional development credits for LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, NLAP, APLD, and RCI.
5: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Washington, DC is not only at the forefront of green infrastructure policy and implementation, you’ll also discover an eclectic mix of restaurants, local shops and American history. CitiesAlive is conveniently taking place at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). From there you’ll have access to Capitol View at 400, the Omni Shoreham Hotel (the conference hotel with reduced room rates), and all that DC has to offer on DC Metro’s Red Line.
Register soon as early bird rates end September 15th.
Visit CitiesAlive.org to plan your CitiesAlive experience.
Kara Orr, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Kara Orr is the marketing coordinator at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a membership-based industry association developing the green (vegetative) roof and wall industry in North America. Contact her to discuss sponsorship, trade show and programming opportunities.
GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence. Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.
Contact Kara at: 416-971-4494 x226.