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2009

December 7-18: United Nations Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
Source: COP15


The United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, between December 7 and December 18, 2009. The conference includes the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 5th Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 5) to the Kyoto Protocol. According to the Bali roadmap, a framework for climate change mitigation beyond 2012 is to be agreed there.

The conference is preceded by the Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions scientific conference, which took place in March 2009 and was also held at the Bella Center.

For more information visit their website.


December 9-11: Green California Schools Summit & Exposition, Pasadena, CA, USA
Source: Green Technology

By now, you may have heard that stimulus funds are coming to help support construction projects in California schools.

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, California schools will be eligible to apply for more than $773 million from the Qualified School Construction Bond Program. In the words of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, these funds "have the potential to jump start new construction and modernization projects throughout the state." (A useful summary of this program, and other federal programs for schools, can be found on the website of the National School Boards Association.)

If you want to get the latest on planned school construction in California, and what the leaders of this sector are doing to create healthy, sustainable schools, you don't want to miss the Green California Schools Summit, the nation's largest green schools event. The 2009 Summit will take place in Pasadena from December 9-11.

It's been estimated that on average, a green school can save a district $100,000 each year. In tough economic times, the products and services that companies such as yours can offer have greater value than ever.

The most powerful way to make this case is for you to come to Pasadena in December and speak directly to decision makers. We'll also be organizing a special "Buyer/Vendor lounge," to make it easier for you to meet directly with purchasing officers.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call Nancy Miller, National Sales Director at 626-577-5700 ext 257, or email nmiller@green-technology.org.

For more information visit www.green-technology.org/gcschools or here for the latest information.


December 7-10: Ecobuild America - Sustainable, Green and High-Performance Solutions for the Built Environment, Washington, DC, USA
Source: ecobuild America

Ecobuild America, sponsored by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), educates design and construction professionals on how to improve our built environment. This unique conference and exhibit, not only introduces new strategies and materials to create high performance, sustainable structures, but also the technology to do it faster and more profitably.

Attendees include the entire project team from architects and owners, to facility managers, specifiers who want to learn to better design, specify, and manage their projects to be Sustainable and Smart. Targeted training is available for commercial, industrial, government and residential AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) professionals as well as educators.

The 3 day conference divided into 5 tracks, gives attendees fresh ideas and expert insight covering the entire spectrum including:

· BIM & Information Technology
· Building Performance & Energy Efficiency
· Green Building, LEED & Sustainable Design
· Practice & Business Management
· Sustainable Sites & Infrastructure

The 2 day exhibit uniquely integrates new green and sustainable building products and services with technology solutions to deliver a comprehensive view of available resources. Free training is available in these special areas: Green Insulation Pavilion & Theater, Building Information Modeling (BIM) Theater, Green Mechanical Pavilion & Theater, Efficient Windows Collaborative Pavilion, and BIMStorm DC.

For more information visit www.aececobuild.com.


December 9: 2009 ENERGY STAR® Summit, Denver, CO, USA
Source: Smart Energy

This is Smart Energy Living Alliance®’s fourth annual Summit and first annual awards dinner. They would not be possible without the support of our Presenting Sponsor Xcel Energy; Platinum Sponsors, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Environmental Corporation; Gold Sponsor Panasonic and WhisperGreen; the Governor’s Energy Office and other leading sponsors whose linked logos are provided below.

ENERGY STAR Summit: More Business. Less Energy. Now!

Our goal is to give you the information you need on strategies that immediately improve your marketing, building methods, business and bottom line.

If you are a Colorado Home Builder, Contractor, Realtor, Auditor, Architect, Developer, Lender, Appraiser, Remodeler, HERS Rater, Home Performance Contractor, Code Official, Housing Official, Student or Other Industry Leader, register now to:

• Discover cutting edge science and resources for new, existing, single and multi-family homes.
• Learn about the latest trends and resources available from utility, government, ENERGY STAR and other incentive programs in Colorado.
• Gain a competitive edge and increase profitability.
• Partner with ENERGY STAR brand to increase sales and customer satisfaction.
• Create new business through extensive networking opportunities.

For more information visit summit.smartenergyliving.org.


December 2-4: Construct Canada & National Green Building Conference, Toronto, Canada
Source: Construct Canada

With over 1050 exhibits and 23,500 attendees, Construct Canada 2009 will facilitate the exchange of new ideas, best practices, leading edge green technologies, and product knowledge with a combination of wide ranging educational seminars and a top quality exposition.

The Master Speaker Session on Thursday, December 3 at 10.30 a.m. will be a panel discussion about "Greening the Gardiner." Chaired by David Crombie, the session will discuss a proposed 7-kilometre green roof for the controversial elevated expressway that runs east-west on the southern edge of the downtown core.

For more information visit www.constructcanada.com and read newspaper article.


December 2: Let it Rain - Green Roof Implementation in the National Capital Region, Washington DC, USA
Source: DCGreenworks.org

Rainfall in urban areas can result in the overflow of local streams, rivers, and sewers. DC Greenworks Interim Executive Director Sara Loveland will discuss regional rainwater-management concerns, the local legislative landscape, and opportunities for the federal government to increase their environmental stewardship by constructing green roofs and utilizing other low-impact development techniques.

For more information visit www.doi.gov/interiormuseum.


City of Portland's Ecoroof Incentive Program

December 1: City of Portland Deadline for the next cycle of Ecoroof Incentive applications, Portland, OR, USA
Source: City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services


The City of Portland offers an incentive to property owners and developers to add more ecoroofs. The deadline for the next cycle of incentive applications is December 1, 2009. The incentive program is part of Portland's Grey to Green initiative to increase sustainable stormwater management practices, control non-native, invasive plants, and protect sensitive natural areas. The incentive funds up to $5 per square foot of an ecoroof project. Installation costs for ecoroofs in Portland range from $5 to $20 per square foot.

For more information visit Ecoroof Incentive page.


November 30 - December 4: IBE 213 - Natural Building Seminar, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA
Source: IBE

This 5-day interactive seminar reinforces the on-line course material by learning practical methods to apply the Principles of Bau-Biologie®. Students review the indoor environmental hazards a home or office may contain and the design and construction strategies to avoid them during construction and remodeling. Open to the Public.

Topics include designing for the climate, building science, house systems, and wall systems. This seminar benefits home dwellers, architects, interior designers, and other building professionals. ... read more in the EcoDwell

For more information visit buildingbiology.net/courses.php?cat_id=17.


November 16-17: Green Living Technologies Installer Training, Toronto, Canada
Source: GLT

Streamline Enterprises and Plant Connection are excited to present the Green Living™ Technologies Certified Installer Training Course.

Don't miss this opportunity to join
Green Living Technologies CEO George Irwin, aka "The Green Wall Editor" (www.greenroofs.com/index.htm#George) as we teach the unique features of Green Living™ Roof Systems and Green Living™ Walls. This two-day course will provide the classroom requirement of becoming a Certified GLT Installer, Agent and Representative.

When:  Monday, November 16th, 2009 & Tuesday, November 17th, 2009, 8am - 5pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M6J 1J6

ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE Click Here

*Green Living™ Technologies will train over
300 installers in 2009 alone!!!!! Take advantage of this green job opportunity and learn about the #1 selling Green Living Wall! Our systems are an ideal addition to your already existing business or a new career opportunity.

Attached is the full itinerary, click here or visit www.agreenroof.com for more information.


November 13-15: San Francisco Green Festival, CA, USA
Source: greenfestival

Welcome to the San Francisco Green Festival™, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America. Each year, this San Francisco event never ceases to amaze us.

As a fledgling in 2002, San Francisco started with only 50 speakers and a handful of special events. in 2008, the San Francisco Green Festival™ boasted 3 days filled with the best in green, and continues to expand in size and scope! With more than 150 renowned speakers and 400 green businesses, this event was an amazing success!

Find out how Bay Area neighbors, community nonprofits and city departments are working together to make their cities healthier places to live.

For more information visit www.greenfestivals.org/san-francisco/.


November 10-14: 2009 Congress of Cities and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Source: National League of Cities

"Attending the Congress of Cities is not time away from your job as a city official or staff member,” explains Don Borut, Executive Director of the National League of cities. “It is part of your job; the heart of the conference is directed specifically at problem-solving that helps cities and city governments thrive.”

What makes the 2009 Congress of Cities & Exposition the ideal national meeting for municipal leaders and city staff focused on:

  • Economic Development

  • Infrastructure

  • Public Finance

  • Public Safety

  • Sustainability

  • Implementing Policies and Programs

Each attendee can make the conference their own mini-conference focused just on the issues and skills-development they need. In 2009, National League of Cities conference planners made sure that a well-rounded educational opportunity was available to municipal leaders and city staff interested in critical topic areas. Whether you choose to focus on one or two topic areas or attend a cross-cutting selection of workshops, seminars and networking events, you will find this is your ideal national meeting.

For more information visit their website.


November 10-13: Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Source: Greenbuild

Greenbuild 2009 is heading to the American Southwest, a region with unique environmental and social challenges and opportunities, and the imperative is clear: Green building can and must come home to all people, boosting the quality of life on main streets across the country and around the world.

Greenbuild 2009 will be hosted in Phoenix, Arizona, the fifth largest city in the country, and a thriving capital in the heart of the American Southwest. Nobel Laureate, best-selling author, and the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary – the Honorable Al Gore will address thousands of Greenbuild attendees at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. as part of the Greenbuild Opening Keynote & Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Along with four terms in Congress, two terms in the Senate, and two terms as Vice President, Gore has written the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth and the just-released "Our Choice." The first 5,000 full-conference attendee registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Gore's latest book "Our Choice" and all other attendees will be able to purchase the book on site. Gore is chairman of the Emmy-award winning Current TV; chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm focused on a new approach to sustainable investing; is a member of the board of directors of Apple; a senior adviser to Google; and a partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He is also a Visiting Professor at Middle Tennessee State University and chairs the Alliance for Climate Protection, a non-profit organization designed to help solve the climate crisis.

Greenbuild features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city’s green buildings.

Support Greenroofs.com's Sponsors by visiting them on the Trade Show floor this year:

American Hydrotech, Inc. - Booth # 2854
Conservation Technology - Booth # 4547
Green Roof Blocks - Booth # 136
GreenGrid / Weston Solutions, Inc. - Booth # 957
LiveRoof, LLC - Booth # 3368
Roofscapes - Booth # 810
Tremco - Booth # 1125
Xero Flor America - Booth # 403

And don't forget to visit our other Greenroof Directory Advertisers at the Show, too:

Advanced Building Products, Inc. - Booth # 5349
CETCO - Booth # 1010
Colbond Inc. - Booth # 306
Green Innovations LTD - Booth # 1028
rooflite / Skyland USA, LLC - Booth #209
Sika Sarnafil - Booth # 1758
Tecta America Corp. - Booth # 1000
Tournesol Siteworks, LLC - Booth # 5118

For more information visit www.greenbuildexpo.org.


November 6-8: Go Green Expo - Business-to-Business Expo, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Source: Go Green Expo

Who should attend? Everyone interested in learning about environmentally friendly goods & services for use in modern everyday living.

What will you see?
• Over 200 Booths / Exhibits
• Interactive Seminars / Speeches
• Green Marketplace
• Demonstrations & hands on activities

Why? To learn how green building, design & energy alternatives can positively change the way you impact the environment. Each of our small changes make a big impact.

For more information visit gogreenexpo.com/events/index.php?evid=11.


November 5: Webinar - "Vegetated Roofs: German & U.S. Markets" hosted by Molly Meyer LLC
Source: Molly Meyer LLC

On November 5 at 12:00 PM Central, Molly Meyer LLC will be hosting our first live webinar! Molly will be presenting on "Vegetated Roofs: German & U.S. Markets." The presentation provides a detailed history of the development of the German vegetated roofing industry, including the political and financial motivations for vegetated roofs’ widespread presence in today's mainstream German construction practices. Comparisons are drawn to the vegetated roofing market in the U.S., and implications on the current and future development of the U.S. vegetated roof market are discussed. (AIA/CES credit available.)

Sign up for our first live webinar here!

This will be the first in a series of live webinars on sustainable building topics. Every month starting in 2010, we'll host other independent consultants who are experts in areas of sustainability including photovoltaic systems, rainwater harvesting, home energy audits, wind power, integrated design, and much more. These experts from across the USA will present via live online feed to attendees around the world. (AIA/CES credit will be available for many.)

For more information visit www.mollymeyer.com.


   

November 5: An Introduction to Green Roofs + Site Visits, Sheffield, England
Source: Groundwork Sheffield

The Green Roof Centre's Jeff Sorrill delivers his ever-popular one-day course, which focuses on the economic and environmental benefits of green roofs, and includes visits to some of the UK's most inspiring green roof sites. Delivered in association with The Green Roof Centre – the UK’s leading centre of excellence for green roof technology.

For more information, you may contact Anna Cooper, Green Roof Development Officer at Anna.Cooper@groundwork.org.uk or download this PDF.


Click here for more info!

November 4: Green Roof Symposium, San Francisco, California, USA
Source: Haven Kiers, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn from local and national experts about the general design and implementation of green roofs. Regional case studies will be featured and afternoon focus group sessions will allow attendees the chance to identify with relevant city officials the local research needs and obstacles to implementation. Input gathered from participants of this workshop will help guide the further development of green roof policy options in the San Francisco area. Visit the Trade Show, too.

Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at the Alma Munoz-Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street #8, San Francisco, California

Tuition Cost for this one-day workshop and reception is $199.  Attendees will receive presentation materials, action plans and contact lists, as well as breakfast and lunch and a complimentary copy of Living Architecture Monitor – the green roof industry magazine.

The full-day workshop features:

8:30 – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome – Local Official
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Morning Sessions – Plenary
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Case Studies

Casa Feliz is a 60 unit SRO in San Jose, the first green, vegetated roof in the Silicon Valley, and a candidate for LEED NC Gold. First Community Housing is the Developer, Rob Quigley FAIA is the Architect and Rana Creek is the living roof consultant. The green roof substituted for a city required $300,000 storm sewer upgrade.

Commercial Rooftop Food Production Keith Agoada will present about Sky Vegetables and their quest to implement commercial farms around the country. He will share some of the knowledge and expertise gained while researching and attempting to create rooftop farming projects. He will also look at how rooftop food production compares to traditional green roofs.

Waterproofing choices for green roof systems Peter D'Antonio will present case studies illustrating waterproofing systems for
green roofs. Xero Flor America's Western US installations have helped commercial and residential clients achieve credits for LEED, Portland, OR’s Floor Area Ratio Bonus and Seattle, WA’s Green Factor. Xero Flor production farms in OR and MT have supplied projects throughout the Western US including Northern California.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch – Keynote Address Paul Kephart, Executive Director, Rana Creek Habitat Restoration
A trained biologist and dedicated ecologist, Paul Kephart has over twenty years of diverse experience in the field of ecological design. Positioned as one of the leading green roof consultants in the Western Hemisphere, Paul applies ecological design alternatives to conventional development through vegetative building systems. He is recognized as one of the top horticulture experts in California, designing ‘living roofs’ dedicated to watershed management and corridors for migratory wildlife.

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Focus Group Sessions
• Energy and Air Quality
• Stormwater Management
• Urban Heat Island Effect
• Urban Agricultural and Community Planning
• Smart Growth and Planning
• Retrofitting Older Buildings

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Plenary Reporting and Discussion
• Review of barriers and opportunities
• Discussion on how to overcome barriers
• Resolutions/Next Steps

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Download the PDF here.  For more information and to register visit: www.greenroofs.org.


November 3-4: City of Portland Ecoroof Seminars, Portland, Oregon, USA
Source: Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

The City of Portland Environmental Services (BES) is once again offering free Ecoroof Seminars for Portland residents and professionals. The Ecoroof Seminars are two day-long technical workshops on ecoroof structure, design, construction, and permitting. The Seminars will takes place on November 3-4, 2009, from 8:30am - 4:30pm, in the Board Room of the Multnomah County Building, 501 SE Hawthorne.

What's an ecoroof? Ecoroofs are living, breathing, vegetated roof systems that provide a sustainable alternative to conventional roofing. Ecoroofs use thin, light weight soils, drought tolerant plants and require minimal irrigation and maintenance. They are part of a growing worldwide effort to promote sustainable development and improve watershed health and air quality. For more information about ecoroofs, visit www.portlandonline.com/ecoroof.

Who should attend the Seminars? Anyone can attend the Ecoroof Seminars. The material covered, however, is ideal for:

• Practicing or aspiring professionals in the building development, design, construction, operations and maintenance fields interested in learning the fundamental and technical aspects of ecoroofs

• Property owners interested in installing an ecoroof and learning about incentives available through BES

• Community or trade organizations interested in expanding their involvement to include the ecoroof industry

• Real estate personnel wanting to expand their technical understanding of ecoroofs

• Teachers and students of sustainable development

For more information visit www.portlandonline.com/bes/index.cfm?c=44422.


October 28-30: International Green Building Conference, Singapore
Source: IGBC

The inaugural International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2009 was held recently in Singapore as part of the Singapore Green Building Week. The conference theme was “Build Green. The Future is Now.” and drew about 1,000 delegates from more than 20 countries to focus on sustainable building issues, green building technologies and designs.

During the conference, the new Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) was launched to help lead and coordinate the building industry’s efforts, together with the government, and accelerate the development of green buildings. As part of the Singapore Green Building Week, there was also a building exhibition, BEX Asia 2009, which showcases green-related products and services for the building industry.

For more information visit http://www.greenbusinesstimes.com/2009/11/10/international-green-building-conference-and-bex-asia-2009.


October 27: The International Exploration of Living Walls and Green Facades as Sustainable Construction Technologies, BCIT, Vancouver, Canada
Source: BCIT

Maureen Connelly, MAIBC, Director of BCIT's Centre of Architectural Ecology invites you to advise everyone of this excellent opportunity to hear Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohler make the following presentation: The International Exploration of Living Walls and Green Facades as Sustainable Construction Technologies.

Discussion will begin on the ecological interface of vegetative building system in terms of thermal performance, stormwater performance and the contribution to the biophilic potential of our architectural and urban environments. Then, Dr. Kőhler will address research, policy planning, and certification programs that support green roofs and living wall in integrated building design and urban planning.

For more information visit www.greenroof.bcit.ca.


October 26-27: Mid-Atlantic Business to Business Green Forum, Baltimore, MD, USA
Source:
Mid-Atlantic B2B

Terrachord is planning an event at the Baltimore Engineers Club, October 26 and 27, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. On demand for a larger event, our team is developing an incredible conference of workshops, trainings and site visits. We are truly excited about our 2009 schedule. Please take a look at our website and view the sponsors, exhibitors and partners of the Forum. Listed are the topics of the tracks that will be discussed at the conference.

The Mid-Atlantic B2B Green Forum Content will be organized around the following topic areas:

  • Greening Your Business

  • Energy Efficiency Solutions

  • Energy Policy and the Environment; How it Impacts Your Business

  • Collaboration Across Sectors/Success Stories (government, industry, academia, NGOs)

  • Green Jobs

The Mid-Atlantic Business to Business Green Forum will help you make the connections and learn the information to get started.

Exhibitor and sponsorship packages for the B2B are available. Registration is open and can be completed online at www.B2Bgreenforum.com.

The Forum is about connecting, educating and galvanizing regional businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies and interest groups in environmental matters to help create a more sustainable future. Act now and share your green policy with the region.

For more information visit www.B2Bgreenforum.com.


October 26-27: Building Envelope Technology Symposium, San Diego, CA, USA
Source: RCI

Technical Education for Building Envelope Professionals: The Symposium on Building Envelope Technology is a two-day educational program offering cutting-edge information regarding design, construction, maintenance and repair of modern and/or aging older building envelopes. The event's open, inclusive environment encourages attendees to ask questions and stimulates dialogue. Speakers offer relevant solutions by referencing real-world examples and specific case histories.

Industry Exhibits - Discover the Latest Building Envelope Products: Representatives and displays from leading product manufacturers and service providers will be available during scheduled breaks and at the beginning and end of each day.

For more information about exhibiting or to obtain a list of vendors, contact RCI at 800-828-1902 or by e-mail: rci@rci-online.org.


October 23: Creating Green Roofs: Technology and Legislation Program, The New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY, USA
Source: The New York Botanical Garden


Continuing the green roof symposia, this all-day program addresses the value of green roofs for urban communities and developers as well as the environment. Learn about the challenges involved in installing and retrofitting green roofs, tax benefits associated with them, and insights into the complexities of maintaining them. The fee for the symposium is $125 for non-members and $113 for members.

For additional information, call 800.322.6924 or visit www.nybg.org/edu.


October 22: DC Greenworks Fall Fundraiser 2009 - A Celebration of Green Roofing and Low Impact Development in the National Capital Region, DC, USA
Source: DCGreenworks.org

For more information visit www.dcgreenworks.org.


October 21-22: WEEC - World Energy Engineering Congress, Washington, DC, USA
Source: WEEC

The Association of Energy Engineers is very pleased to again bring the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) to Washington, DC for 2009. Now in its 32nd year, the WEEC is well-recognized as the most important energy event of national scope for end users and energy professional in all areas of the energy field. The WEEC features a large, multi-track conference agenda, a full line-up of seminars on a variety of current topics, and a comprehensive exposition of the market's most promising new technologies, with special free technology workshops held in the exhibit hall. In 2009 the WEEC will include a multi-track portion of the conference called FEMWorks 2009, a comprehensive series of workshops for federal energy managers, as well as GreenStreet 2009, offering both expert presentations and a showcase of the very latest environmentally friendly, green energy related products and services. The WEEC also serves as the annual convention of the Association of Energy Engineers, and is attended by more AEE members each year than any other single event.

Your conference registration includes FREE admission to the companion exposition, a copy of the conference proceedings on CD, as well as complimentary tickets to scheduled conference attendee luncheon functions, the AEE Awards Banquet and the Keynote Luncheon.

For more information visit www.aeecenter.org/weec.


October 21-22: Green Retrofit - Changing the Landscape of Existing Buildings, New York, NY, USA
Source: Green Retrofit

No longer a trend, green building is becoming the standard for good design and construction. And with new construction slowing, the fastest growing market for green building is in existing buildings. The building stock across America – in both the commercial and government sectors – is focusing on energy efficiency, incorporation of renewable energy, and creating better and greener buildings. In New York City alone, efforts and policies are underway to work toward green goals, which will require the greening of existing buildings.

This event will bring ground-breaking intelligence and presentations that provide insights into how retrofit projects are embracing green, what this means for the economy and how owners will see their buildings lead to energy, financial and tax savings. With a strong commitment to greening of existing buildings, the conference will feature specific insights on New York City as a model for other cities across America.

At the conference McGraw-Hill Construction will be releasing a landmark market research study that will include first-ever content on the market activity and opportunity for green in retrofit. This report entitled Green Building Retrofit & Renovation: Rapidly Expanding Market Opportunities through Existing Buildings is the latest in our landmark SmartMarket Report and research studies series. Harvey Bernstein will be sharing this cutting-edge research that focuses on the holistic green renovation and tenant improvement markets from the perspectives of owners of existing commercial buildings and commercial tenants. From examining the economic impact of green retrofits to identifying specific green retrofit and renovation activities taking place in the market, you will gain a better understanding of the market opportunities through existing buildings and the impact on the construction industry.

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of this report (value $199.00)

Don’t miss this must-attend event that covers the sector offering the best opportunities for green design and construction.

For more information visit construction.com/events/greenretrofit.


   

October 21: Green Roofs for Schools - the design team's perspective, Sheffield, England
Source: Groundwork Sheffield

Cath Basilio - lead architect from the multiple award winning Sharrow School project - delivers a one-day course and shares her expertise - offering guidance and tips for best practice to ensure success with any school's green roof project.

For more information, you may contact Anna Cooper, Green Roof Development Officer at Anna.Cooper@groundwork.org.uk or download this PDF.


October 19-21: Waterproof Membranes 2009, Düsseldorf, Germany
Source: AMI

The 3rd international conference for the waterproofing industry, Waterproof Membranes 2009, takes place from 19-21 October 2009 at the Swissôtel Düsseldorf/Neuss, Düsseldorf, Germany.

This is a time for rapid development in environmental technologies and this has led to demand for new geomembranes, as liners for both water reservoirs and to protect soil from contamination in applications such as landfill sites. New roofing is also in demand, particularly for green buildings: solar power cells are being added in the latest membrane technology. AMI's Waterproof Membranes 2009 Conference is the place to network with top professionals. This event provides a forum to debate the latest developments in membrane design, installation, applications and production.

Bargain early bird registration is now available. There is also a small exhibition running alongside the conference and limited sponsorship opportunities.

To receive more details, please contact Jenny Skinner, Email: js@amiplastics.com Tel: +44 117 924 9442.


October 19-21: World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress, Toronto, Canada
Source: CitiesAlive

In partnership with the City of Toronto and the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is pleased to announce the inaugural CitiesAlive World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress, taking place at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto Canada on October 19 - 21, 2009.

The trend toward greening the world’s cities with green roofs, living walls, forests and other living infrastructure is taking root in cities around the world. Green infrastructure is increasingly recognized as an effective way to reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and make cities more healthy, vibrant and livable.

CitiesAlive! 2009 is a three-day celebration of living architecture, and the only event in North America that is specifically designed to bring the international community together in an effort to address the issues of green roofs, walls and urban forests as they relate to environmental, social and economic needs on a local, regional and global level.

CitiesAlive! 2009 will showcase world-class green roof, wall and urban forest design and case studies; building, neighbourhood and watershed scale research; and innovative, leading-edge policies and programs that support the creation of green urban spaces.

Co-hosted by North American industry association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and the City of Toronto, and in partnership with the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network (WGRIN), an estimated 1000 delegates from across North America and around the world will partake in this groundbreaking event.

Support Greenroofs.com's Sponsors by visiting them on the Trade Show floor this year:

American Hydrotech, Inc. - Booth # 204
LiveRoof - Booth # 107
Tremco (Canada) - Booths 101 & 102

And don't forget to visit our other Greenroof Directory Advertisers at the Show, too:

Green Living Technologies - Booth 215
JDR Enterprises - Booth 103
Motherplants - Booth 203
Sika Sarnafil - Booth 211
Gardens in the Sky - Congress Sponsor

CitiesAlive Student Design Competition 2009

We are excited to inform you about a unique Student Design Challenge, launched by the organizers of the upcoming CitiesAlive World Green Roof Congress, to encourage student acumen regarding the interdisciplinary aspects of sustainable urban design.

Entitled “Transforming the Face of Buildings”, the Challenge is designed to inspire and engage student teams from a variety of faculties to examine ways of reducing the impact of climate change by productively using the walls and roofs of buildings, incorporating green infrastructure elements such as green roofs, green walls and urban forestry.

Registration for ‘Transforming the Face of Buildings” Student Design Competition has begun and all educational institutions at which there is a sponsoring faculty member may participate. A multi-disciplinary panel of experts drawn from the infrastructure, design and building sectors will review submissions and winning designs will be displayed at the CitiesAlive World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress taking place in Toronto, ON in October 19 - 22, 2009. There are cash prizes to be won, thanks to the support of Challenge sponsor Toronto's Ryerson University.

For more information visit www.citiesalive.org.


October 16: City of Toronto Fall Session Application Deadline, Toronto, Canada
Source: Live Green Toronto

Following initial funding approval in 2007, Toronto City Hall is offering greater subsidies to businesses pursuing green renovations, including greenroofs. The latest move will provide cash incentives to commercial, industrial and institutional (ICI) property owners to install eco-roofs. Currently, the City is willing to provide incentives of $50 (Canadian) per square meter up to $100,000 for building owners who install greenroofs, on a one-year pilot basis.

The Spring Session Application deadline is May 1, 2009, and the Fall Session Application deadline is October 16, 2009.

APPLICATION PROCESS / KEY DATES
Review the Eco-Roof Program Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria.
Download an Eco-Roof Application Form (PDF).
Submit your application for either the Spring or Fall session.
 
Spring Session Application Steps Deadlines
Application process open March 2, 2009
Application deadline May 1, 2009
Committee decision May 15, 2009

Fall Session Application Steps Deadlines
Application process open July 3 , 2009
Application deadline October 16, 2009
Committee decision October 30 2009

Submit your application by email or mail to: teo@toronto.ca

Eco-Roof Incentive Program
Toronto Environment Office, City of Toronto
21st Floor, East Tower, City Hall,
100 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Read background info in Industry Support here.

Learn much more at the Live Toronto website.


October 13-16: Horti Fair Exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Source: Horti Fair

The more than 700 participants at the Horti Fair 2009 come from more than forty countries, which means that the trade show is maintaining its strong international position as the world’s platform for horticulture, also in the present economic situation.

Visitors came from more than 100 countries in the last few years and about 50% of these professionals came from the abroad, making the Horti Fair not only the most international of trade shows, but also the most-visited horticultural event in the Netherlands.

The bundling of the ranges offered by the top suppliers in international horticulture has been a solid base for decades and the four whole days of the Horti Fair are more than worthwhile. Walk-in seminars, breakfast briefings, stand campaigns, the thought-provoking exhibition theme 'For a sustainable future', meetings, the Horti Fair Innovation Award, Best Participant Award, and achievement prizes for product quality all increase the appeal of the Horti Fair.

For more information visit www.hortifair.com/.


October 10-11: openhousenewyork, New York, NY, USA
Source: OHNY.org

Alive Structures would like to invite you to a green roof tour at the Wild Project Theater in the East Village, on October 10 & 11th. We will be participating in Open House New York (OHNY) for the third year in a row and will be giving tours all day from 10am-5pm. The address is 195 E.3rd St. (Btwn. Avenues A & B) New York, NY, 10009.

Alive Structures installed the green roof in 2007 and since then a diverse number of wildflowers have flourished on the roof making it a destination for Wildflower Week NYC, ongoing educational programs with the YMCA, NYU, Columbia and many other schools, as well as constantly being in the press with Bloomberg News, MSNBC, VSD, and lately some random Russian TV network featuring it on their shows. You may contact Marni Majorelle at marni@alivestructures.com,
Office: 347-381-3750 or visit her website at www.alivestructures.com.

For more information visit www.ohny.org/weekend/listings.cfm.


October 10-11: Washington DC Green Festival, DC, USA
Source: greenfestival

At the Washington DC Green Festival™, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America, we’re celebrating what’s working in our communities—across the District, Maryland and Virginia—for people, for business and for the environment.

You’ll enjoy more than 125 renowned speakers and 350 green businesses (start your holiday shopping now!), great how-to workshops, green films, a Fair Trade pavilion, yoga classes, organic beer, delicious organic cuisine and live music.

Find out about DC environmental initiatives; and learn how neighbors, community nonprofits and city departments are working together to make their cities healthier places to live.

For more information visit www.greenfestivals.org/washington-dc/.


       

October 9: An Introduction to Green Roofs + Practical Demonstration, Sheffield, England
Source: Groundwork Sheffield

A twist on our popular introductory course - this version features an afternoon practical session delivered by Chris Palmer of Green Estate. The Green Roof Centre's Jeff Sorrill presents a green roof overview in the morning.

For more information, you may contact Anna Cooper, Green Roof Development Officer at Anna.Cooper@groundwork.org.uk or download this PDF.


October 8-9: Go Green Expo - Northeast Green Building & Design Show, Edison, NJ, USA
Source: Go Green Expo

Who should attend? Open to Building Industry Professionals & Homeowners, architects, building developers, interior designers, facilities managers, general contractors, electricians / plumbers, operations mangers, homeowners & everyone interested in learning about environmentally friendly goods & services in the green building & design industry.

What will you see?
• Over 125 Booths / Exhibits
• Interactive Seminars / Speeches
• Demonstrations & hands on activities

Why? To learn how green building, design & energy alternatives can positively change the way you impact the environment. Each of our small changes make a big impact.

For more information visit gogreenexpo.com/events/index.php?evid=12 or download this PDF.


October 7-9: WaterSmart Innovations Conference & Expo, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Source: WaterSmart Innovations


The world of water efficiency is coming to Las Vegas. Again.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program and other leading national and international organizations, invites you to join a new wave in water efficiency.

The second WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition will be held October 7-9, 2009, at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center. Registration cost is $390.00 per person. Full Registration includes all aspects of the conference: professional sessions, opening session, keynote luncheon, breaks, unlimited exhibit hall admission, and Thursday night's exhibit hall cocktail reception. Click here to register.

In 2008, roughly 1,200 participants from 42 states and the District of Columbia—as well as 17 foreign nations—came together to help make WSI the premier venue for sharing information about effective conservation programs and policies and showcasing new water-efficiency technology.

For more information visit www.watersmartinnovations.com/2009/home.php.


October 5-7: The Green California Community College Summit, Pasadena, CA, USA
Source: Green Technology

“Building Pathways to the Green Economy” is the theme of the second annual Green California Community College Summit, taking place at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California October 5-7, 2009. Keynote speakers will be David Crane, Special Advisor to the Governor of  California  for Jobs and Economic Growth; and Jerome Ringo, President of the Apollo Alliance. The Summit provides a timely and much-needed forum for showcasing best practices and the diverse resources available to grow, or begin, green programs. It offers a rare chance for those involved in community college building, operations, and workforce development programs to get up to date on the latest developments in policy, technology and funding.

For more information and to register go to www.green-technology.org/ccsummit, or contact Cindy Dangberg at cdangberg@green-technology.org, 626-577-5700.


October 1-3: West Coast Green 2009, San Francisco, CA, USA
Source:
west coast green

West Coast Green is the largest conference on green innovation for the built environment.

On October 1st-3rd at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center, West Coast Green 2009 will open its doors – and we hope to see you walking through them!

While new green events emerge every year, West Coast Green represents the largest milestone yet in the green innovation movement. The West Coast Green experience is a feast of innovations, ideas and opportunities designed to expand your business, widen your vision, and stimulate your thinking with the latest best practices and key players in building, business and design.

Each year the conference has grown to meet the needs of industry leaders, practitioners and homeowners; this year the conversation will deepen to include a focus on the intersection of the built environment (what’s that?) and technology. And, we're also including emerging products within the Cleantech sector that have the greatest ability to reduce global warming such as solar, wind and waste reduction.

At West Coast Green you’ll find over 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest in resource-efficiency among a stunning array of green and healthy building products. Over 100 experts and visionary leaders will be presenting their latest developments, insights, and inspiration at the expanding frontiers of the field. And over 14,000 attendees including the entire chain of professionals and decision-makers rarely reached by other conferences are expected.

For more information visit www.westcoastgreen.com.


October 1-3: The Landscape Show, Orlando, FL, USA
Source: FNGLA

Join over 8,000 attendees and define the future of your business by attending the southeast’s premier landscape and horticulture conference and trade event.

The Landscape Show features 200,000 sq. ft. of trees, shrubs, equipment and more from over 500 exhibiting companies. In addition to the extensive trade show, numerous events promoting certification, industry and government surround The Landscape Show. Enhance your future by enrolling in Short Course sessions covering everything from production and landscape management to design and retail. Or, expand your knowledge and attend any of the free demonstrations held hourly each day.

For more information visit www.fngla.org/fnats/general.asp.


September 30 - October 2: Governors' Global Climate Summit, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Source: Global Climate Summit

The Second Governors' Global Climate Summit, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles from September 30 – October 2, 2009, will be a truly unique event.

At the invitation of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, governors, regional leaders and agency executives from the United States, China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, the EU and other nations will meet in advance of December UN negotiations for the next global agreement on climate change.

The goal of the Summit is to "Deepen and broaden cooperative efforts by subnational governments to implement strategies that can immediately grow a green economy, increase the use of sustainable clean energy, reduce dependence on oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in advance of, and in support of, the next global agreement on climate change."

The Summit is co-hosted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor Jim Doyle of Wisconsin, Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan and Governor Jodi Rell of Connecticut. Its international significance is reflected in the fact that program participants include former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Rajendra Pachauri, a Nobel Laureate and Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

This is is an invitation-only event, and I am writing to share the exciting news that Linda Adams, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, is extending an invitation to Green Technology readers to attend.

To receive a link that will enable you to register, please send an email with your name and email address to: GGCS@calepa.ca.gov. You can obtain an "early bird" registration discount by placing the code GT650 in the email subject line. Note: This discount is only available until August 28, 2009.

For more information visit www.governorsglobalclimatesummit.org.


September 26-27: Maryland Green Home and Living Show, Baltimore, MD, USA
Source: Home Builders Association of Maryland

Maryland’s Comprehensive Green Show presented by the Home Builders Association of Maryland and the Maryland Green Building Council.

Make sure you’re included in Maryland’s premiere Green Home & Living Show. Presented by the Home Builders Association of Maryland, this event promises to bring motivated consumers together with cutting edge green technology, products, design and experts. The exhibition will feature a strong emphasis on consumer education with three seminar rooms offering over thirty concurrent sessions, two demonstration stages, plus over 100,000 square feet of exhibits. Media partners include WBAL TV, The Baltimore Sun, and Urbanite Magazine. If you’ve got green, this is the show for you!

For more information visit www.homebuilders.org/page/greenshow.


September 20-26: Climate Week NYC, New York, NY, USA
Source: Climate Week NYC

During the week of September 20th, 2009, hundreds of government and business leaders from around the world will converge upon New York City for a series of high-level meetings and events focused on the most urgent issue of our time: climate change.

Taking place just seventy days before the UN Climate Change Conference, Climate Week NY°C will provide a platform for business, government and citizens to demonstrate their support for world leaders to secure a global deal in Copenhagen.

Climate Week NY°C is a partnership between The Climate Group, the United Nations, the UN Foundation, the City of New York, the Government of Denmark, Tck Tck Tck Campaign and Carbon Disclosure Project. As secretariat, The Climate Group is collaborating with our Partners and Affiliates to stage a series of high-level meetings, panel discussions, cultural events and public engagements to address and underscore the urgency for action on climate change.

For more information on climate change, the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the UN framework and the negotiation process, please visit the COP 15 website.

For more information visit www.climateweeknyc.org.


September 23-25: Green Roofs Australia Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia
Source:
GreenRoofs Conference

The rapidly growing Green Roof and Wall industry is providing a realistic and tangible response to the climate change challenges many cities are currently facing.

Green roofs and walls can make a unique contribution to the quality of our urban environment. Few technologies have ever had so much to offer by way of improving the health and well being of urban residents, while contributing to the development of restorative, high performance buildings.

Green Roofs Australia’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green roof & wall infrastructure, to advance and support its growth by the sharing of ideas and knowledge via research, development & education.

The Green Roofs Australia 2009 gathering was a great success, with excellent displays produced by commercial sponsors, informative presentations on local and international green infrastructure projects, design, growing media and policy workshops and more than 150 delegates attending the various conference events over three days. Many thanks to all who participated and contributed to this very successful annual event. Conference presentations are now available for download at http://greenroofs.wordpress.com/events/.

For more information visit www.icebergevents.com/greenroofsconference2009.


September 22-25: The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting 2009, New York, NY, USA
Source: Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting 2009 is the only venue where business, government, and civil-sector leaders work together to plan and launch specific projects – Commitments to Action – to address global economic, environmental, and social challenges. This year, the financial crisis is making it more important than ever for us to reimagine the world we want to build.

To respond to the economic challenges facing our members and the broader global community, CGI has identified four Action Areas – points of collaboration and intervention – that will help create economic value for our members and society:

  • Harnessing innovation for development

  • Strengthening infrastructure

  • Developing human capital

  • Financing a sustainable future

Each Action Area will allow CGI members to focus their shared knowledge, resources, and skills to find economically sustainable solutions to global challenges in the areas of education, energy and climate change, global health, and poverty.

For more information visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.


September 24: Green Roof seminar, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Source: USGBC Caribbean

This half-day seminar aims to inform local professionals benefits regulations and of the benefits, politics concerning Green Roofs. The multiple speakers from different countries will allow the audience to better understand diverse perspectives of the Green Roof Industry. Don't miss presentations by Nicholas Smith, Account Manager for ZinCo-USA and our colleague Wolfgang Ansel from the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) in Germany.

For more information download the seminar agenda and flyer and to register visit chapters.usgbc.org/caribbean/english/registration.html.


September 21-23: International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands, Berkeley, CA, USA
Source:
HeatIsland2009

The Second International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands (SICCUHI) will be held September 21-23, 2009 in Berkeley, California.

The SICCUHI will be devoted to the science, engineering and public policies to help relieve the excess heat and air pollution of Summers in hot cities. It has long been recognized that the excessive heat and smog in many cities in the Summer, the "Urban Heat Island", is partly due to the choices of building materials, vegetation and urban design.

In August 2006, an International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands (ICCUHI) took place in Tokyo, Japan. This was the first time a large group dealt entirely with both the technologies and public policies to mitigate urban heat islands. This conference was cosponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MLIT) and the International Energy Agency. It was attended by about 200 people from Japan, USA, Europe, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The conference was successful and the participants felt that it should be continued on a regular basis. The Tokyo conference received extensive television coverage and appeared to generate further interest among the public and government officials.

Scientists, engineers, builders, architects, and government officials concerned with improving the urban environment are urged to participate in SICCUHI which promises to advance the field.

For more information visit www.heatisland2009.lbl.gov.


September 20-22: 5th Annual Roofing Contractor Best of Success Conference, Nashville, TN, USA
Source: BNP Events

Gain The Tools Needed To Take Your Roofing Business To The Next Level

This intensive 2-day conference presents new and improved ways to run your roofing business for both commercial & residential applications.

Now in its fifth year, this innovative conference is guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever, with a dynamic series of motivational speakers and contractor panelists presenting sessions on topics including crisis management, sales and marketing strategies, safety procedures, business management and more. Attendees are encouraged to interact with our panel of experts to discuss the keys to helping contractors run their businesses more effectively in today's business environment.

Gain the tools needed to grow your roofing business in the relaxing environment of the stunning Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, TN on September 20-22, 2009. Relax, learn and network with your industry peers for an unforgettable two days at the Roofing Contractor Best of Success Conference - and receive product savings vouchers from each of our sponsors valued at over $3,000.

For more information visit www.bnpevents.com/RC/BOS/index.htm.


September 18-21: ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO 2009, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Source: ASLA


The American Society of Landscape Architects' annual meeting and EXPO will be held September 18-21 in Chicago and we are expecting another record-breaking attendance. The 2009 meeting theme will be Beyond Sustainability: Regenerating Places and People.

Landscape architecture professionals from around the globe will gather in Chicago for the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo. Changing leaves, mild temperatures, and innovative design make Chicago a perfect location for landscape architecture professionals to assemble. The meeting will feature more than 125 education sessions, field sessions, and tours over four days. Register now for the most important landscape architecture event of the year.

With nearly 400 exhibitors, the ASLA EXPO is the largest trade show in the industry. Explore hundreds of new products, services, technology applications, and design solutions—all under one roof.

Support Greenroofs.com's Sponsors by visiting them on the Trade Show floor this year:

American Hydrotech, Inc. - Booth # 1525
Conservation Technology - Booth # 2034
GreenGrid / Weston Solutions - Booth # 925
LiveRoof - Booth # 2016
ZinCo-USA - Booth # 2031

And don't forget to visit our other Greenroof Directory Advertisers at the Show, too:

CETCO - Booth # 1004
Green Roof Plants / Emory Knoll Farms - Booth # 1045
Midwest Groundcovers / Midwest Trading - Booth # 1113
rooflite Certified Green Roof Growing Media - Booth # 1314
Tournesol Siteworks / Planter Technology - Booth # 906

Visit the Education Session Overview page, and the ASLA website.


September 19-20: 10th Annual Sustainable Living Fair, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Source: Sustainable Living Association

Interact with 250 National Exhibitors who will provide you with the tools and information needed to work towards real sustainable goals and objectives in your life. Join us at the Main Stage for Keynote Speakers, live music, morning yoga practice and more. Eat local at the "Friendly Food Market" and imbibe in the best of local beers. Participate in more than 50 workshops and demonstrations over the course of the weekend, included with the price of admission, or register for one of our hands-on trainings. Join us at the Main Stage for Keynote Speakers, live music, morning yoga practice and more.

For more information visit www.sustainablelivingassociation.org/thefair.


September 16-18: 21st Century Building Expo & Conference, Charlotte, NC, USA
Source:
21BuildingExpo

Over the last six years, the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference (21CBEC) has become the fastest growing home building industry show in the Southeast. 21CBEC offers outstanding educational classes, seminars and an Expo floor that rivals the quality of the NAHB International Builders' Show.

You don't want to miss out! Mark your calendars and come to Charlotte, North Carolina to learn, check out new products, and have some fun!

For more information visit www.21buildingexpo.com.


     

September 17: A Commercial Perspective: Green Roofs & Green Retaining Walls, Huddersfield, England
Source: Groundwork Sheffield

Steve Humberston of ABG Environmental Geosynthetics delivers a one-day course which features practical sessions for delegates to try out installing ABG's green roof & green retaining walls systems.

For more information, you may contact Anna Cooper, Green Roof Development Officer at Anna.Cooper@groundwork.org.uk or download this PDF.


September 16: Green Roof Biodiversity By Design, Sheffield, England
Source: Groundwork Sheffield

Green roof champion Dusty Gedge of LivingRoofs.org delivers a one-day course exploring the potential contribution that green roofs can make towards meeting biodiversity targets, and creating an oasis for wildlife in urban areas.

For more information, you may contact Anna Cooper, Green Roof Development Officer at Anna.Cooper@groundwork.org.uk or download this PDF.


September 12-16: Rainwater - The Forgotten Resource National Conference, Decatur, GA, USA
Source: ARCSA

ARCSA Accreditation Workshop/Rainwater Harvesting Seminar, Sept. 12-13, 2009, Cornerstone Bank Community Room, 125 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Georgia. This workshop will take place in advance of the ARCSA 2009 National Conference. Attendance at both days will fulfill the workshop requirement toward the Professional Accreditation. Course participants will help install a system at a public space in Decatur.

The free open house is offered in conjunction with ARCSA’s 2009 National Conference.

2009 National Conference, Sept. 14-16, 2009, Holiday Inn, 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, Georgia 30030 (Atlanta area). REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Events will kick off Saturday, September 12, with a pre-conference accreditation workshop for professionals and the general public. There will be a free open house for the general public on Sunday, September 13. The conference program will begin Monday, September 14th and run until the 16th. You'll hear from speakers across the country about the latest innovations and techniques for rainwater harvesters, and have a chance to network with other rainwater harvesting professionals. Click the above link to view more details, review the 2009 agenda, or register online.

To see the full program and register to attend the conference, please see www.arcsa.org/conferences.html.


September 15: City Roof Design Class, The New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY, USA
Source: The New York Botanical Garden


Throughout the world, city roofs are becoming greener, offering a significant opportunity for landscape designers. In this class, learn about the special requirements and challenges of roof gardens and the materials and plants that are especially suited to the roof environment. Discuss issues of roof garden horticulture, maintenance, and technology, including the basics of roof garden design.

For additional information, call 718.817.8747 or visit www.nybg.org/edu.


September 11-15: Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne, Australia
Source: Australian Landscape

Don't miss a presentation by Ed Snodgrass of Emory Knoll Farms, Inc. on Sustainable Cities Combining Green Roofs and Other Systems.

It is the great joy of our Conference that it can transform our appreciation of the potential for beautiful landscapes and gardens and how we should relate to them. We will experience desert gardens in Southern Morocco, Colombières and other painterly gardens in France, remarkable rooftop gardens in America and the inspired creations of Nancy Power who has worked so well with brilliant architect Frank Gehry. We will marvel at the great South American artist/designer Roberto Burle Marx and learn how in Provence, ‘human co-evolution with the land over centuries led to sustainable land management..’ Closer to home, we have Renee Davies and Josh Byrne grounding us firmly in our environment and Barbara Garrett describing her liveable gardens!

For more information visit www.landscapeconference.com/AU.


September 7-11: 2nd International Conference on Rainwater Harvesting and Management, Tokyo, Japan
Source: RWHM


Many communities around the world have always harvested rainwater for their freshwater needs because it was the simplest solution. It has been a traditional strategy for islanders and dry land inhabitants and it has helped them to conserve their ecosystems. Now other communities drastically affected by changing climate and rainfall patterns are using RWH to help their adaptation to these conditions.

The objective of the group is to be a forum for water professionals to promote and support rainwater harvesting initiatives worldwide as an important component in the sustainable provision of freshwater to individuals and communities. The group seeks to achieve this by the sharing of expertise and experience among its members and with other interested individuals and organizations, by organizing specialist workshops and conferences, the issuance of newsletters, and undertaking cooperative projects and activities with other groups of the International Water Association.

For more information visit www.rwhm2009.org.


   

September 10: An Introduction to Green Roofs + Site Visits, Sheffield, England
Source: Groundwork Sheffield

The Green Roof Centre's Jeff Sorrill delivers his ever-popular one-day course, which focuses on the economic and environmental benefits of green roofs, and includes visits to some of the UK's most inspiring green roof sites. Delivered in association with The Green Roof Centre – the UK’s leading centre of excellence for green roof technology.

For more information, you may contact Anna Cooper, Green Roof Development Officer at Anna.Cooper@groundwork.org.uk or download this PDF.


 


September 4-6: New Zealand Landscape & Garden Design Conference, Panmure, Auckland
Source: New Zealand Landscape

Don't miss a presentation by Ed Snodgrass of Emory Knoll Farms, Inc. on Sustainable Cities Combining Green Roofs and Other Systems.

It is the great joy of our Conference that it can transform our appreciation of the potential for beautiful landscapes and gardens and how we should relate to them. We will experience desert gardens in Southern Morocco, Colombières and other painterly gardens in France, remarkable rooftop gardens in America and the inspired creations of Nancy Power who has worked so well with brilliant architect Frank Gehry. We will marvel at the great South American artist/designer Roberto Burle Marx and learn how in Provence, ‘human co-evolution with the land over centuries led to sustainable land management..’ Closer to home, we have Renee Davies and Josh Byrne grounding us firmly in our environment and Barbara Garrett describing her liveable gardens!

For more information visit www.landscapeconference.com/NZ.


September 1-4: Green Culture in the City - 2009 IFLA APR Congress, Incheon, Korea
Source: IFLA

A city we are living in today is ushering in the era of urban regeneration in the new framework of urbanization in the globalized world: high urbanization ratio, high conversion into mega cities, networked cities and urban sustainability. We believe that at the IFLA APR Congress to be held as a part of Incheon 'Global Fair · Festival 2009 Incheon,' you will have precious opportunities to see and explore yourself the work sites in Korea that are to map out a new relationship between urban and landscape architecture , and to contribute to urban competitiveness through convergence of city and landscape architecture.

For more information visit www.ifla-apr2009.org.


August 17-25: Green Harmony Tours to Germany
Source:
Green Harmony Tours

Green Harmony Tours has organized a summer eco travel package to Germany titled “Adventure Ecotour of Germany 2009: Discovering the Baltic Coast’s Beautiful Green Architecture and Gardens”, which occurs August 17–25, 2009.

Apparently, this tour’s goal is not to show the typical tourist sites as found on most tours, rather they are attempting to show the green and sustainable living side of Germany, of which it is a known leader. For instance, “no other country has more wind turbines than Germany.” As noted on GHT’s website, “we will explore contemporary environmentally friendly, green, sustainable, and progressive designs…” The tour director, Roland Oehme, claims that his ecotour of Germany is unique because it includes all of the variables of green living into one package. As he states, “This tour takes you on a journey of green designs, including architecture, landscape architecture, town planning, and industrial design; green transportation like bicycling, mass transit, and lively pedestrian town centers; beautiful public parks and gardens, climate cooling roof gardens, creatively fun playgrounds, renewable energy, biodegradable or recyclable products, hemp & organic food stores, delicious, healthy cuisine, and more unique and inspirational places and people.”

This type of tour will tend to appeal to people who are looking for an unusual tour of green design concepts at some off the beaten path towns and places in central Europe. Roland, the director says his ecotour will show beautiful places and give his participants almost a short education course in the latest in sustainable living. This concept may appeal to a wide spectrum of participants: from designers (architects, landscape architects, engineers, etc.), to garden and plants lovers, to techno geeks who want to see the latest in green technology, to people who enjoy learning new things, to people who love Europe.

To find out more, go to the website: www.GreenHarmonyTours.com.


August 20-22: Boston GreenFest 2009, Boston, MA, USA
Source: Boston GreenFest

Boston GreenFest is organized by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. and is an entertaining education festival celebrating the many ways we can create a better world by greening our neighborhoods, our communities and the entire Greater Boston area. It will engage the participants, young and old, in a search for new ideas and approaches to reduce our impact on our planet. The festivities will include "Project Recycle Runway," a walk through the Time Tunnel, gospel with the Boston Community Choir, fun with the "YoYo Show," lots more entertainment, food, and fun activities for children. Festival-goers will learn what it means to eat and grow local organic food, improve nutrition and healthcare, green our city, build healthy communities, take political action, create green jobs and a green economy.

Our inaugural Sky Gardens WebTV series episode premiered at the Boston GreenFest 2009 on Saturday, August 22, 2009, and you'll soon be able to see it on Greenroofs.TV and the GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Click above to read more, and for more information visit the Boston GreenFest 2009 website.


August 21: Introduction to Permaculture Workshop, New York, NY. USA
Source: Green Collaborative

Green Collaborative is excited to host Joel Glanzberg of Regenesis Group for this full day Introduction to Permaculture Workshop. The workshop will explore basic permaculture principles, patterns, and applications. The day will include classroom as well as outdoor observation exercises. Be prepared to gain new perspectives on professional, personal, and community sustainability.

To register visit the Green Collaborative website.


August 16-21: 10th International Congress of Ecology, Brisbane, Australia
Source:
Intecol

The Officers and Board of INTECOL are delighted to announce that the 10th International Congress of Ecology will be held in Brisbane, Australia, 16-21 August 2009. The Congress will be hosted by the Ecological Society of Australia in partnership with the New Zealand Ecological Society. This is the first time that an International Congress of Ecology will have been held in the southern Hemisphere.

For more information, visit their website at http://www.intecol10.org.


August 20: London 2012 sustainability challenge: findings and the future, London, England
Source:
ciria

The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 is tasked with independently assuring London’s 2012 pledge to host the most sustainable Olympic Games to date. With sustainable development a centerpiece of London’s successful bid to stage the Games, the commission aims to make sure the most is made out of the social, economic, environmental and legacy opportunities that the Games will bring.

The 2008 Annual Review Swimming upstream: Sustainable in challenging times? was recently released, and the CIEF is pleased to invite you to this breakfast briefing to disseminate and discuss the results with the authors and relevant peers.

This event is free for CIRIA Core & Associate members and CIEF subscribers.

Click here for booking fees, programme details and to register by post/fax.


August 18-20: Ag Progress Days, Rock Springs, PA, USA
Source: PennState

Ag Progress Days (APD), Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition, will return for its annual three-day run, Aug. 18-20. Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the event is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Pa. Route 45.

To find out more, go to the website: http://apd.psu.edu/ or read Ag Progress Days: Exhibits to show water issues in Pa. and Water is focus at Ag Progress Days.


August 16-20: StormCon, North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Exposition, Anaheim, CA, USA
Source: StormCon

StormCon is the premier annual event that you must attend to stay on top of the rapidly-evolving disciplines that manage, regulate, and research stormwater. StormCon is a great opportunity to strengthen your skills and knowledge in an intensive workshop setting with other inquisitive colleagues. I hope you will take a moment to review the complete conference offerings now available online. You may either click on the link below or cut and paste the following URL: http://www.stormcon.com/downloads/attendees/sc09conf_program.pdf for the 2009 Conference Program PDF.

StormCon ’09 is coming up fast, please visit our new website at www.StormCon.com.

EARLY BIRD Registration Package Fees available.


August 9-12: GovEnergy 2009, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Source: GovEnergy

Gain insight on reducing Federal agency energy usage and cost, as mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Executive Order 13423, EISA 2007 and additional Federal guidance. Access the tools, techniques and best practices needed for meeting both day-to-day and long-term energy management goals. Develop effective partnerships amongst Federal energy professionals.

Visit www.GovEnergy.com for more information.


August 2-7: 94th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Source:
ESA

Meeting Theme: Ecological Knowledge and a Global Sustainable Society

With fossil fuels waning, a public awareness of global warming and biodiversity issues increasing, and new green technologies breaking into public markets, the world is poised for planning sustainability of a global society. The location of the 2009 meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a fitting forum due to the city’s forward-thinking sustainable initiatives (e.g., Albuquerque Green and Smart Communities Network). It is also fitting that a theme of sustainability follows one of ecological education (ESA 2008), arguably the most important part of sustainable planning. Although a wealth of ecological knowledge is available, there remains a disconnection between knowledge and application. For example, large areas of the landscape are being developed for biofuel agriculture with little regard for the effects on landscape processes.

While ecologists continue to be on the forefront of research examining anthropogenic effects on biodiversity and ecosystem function, interdisciplinary studies incorporating ecological knowledge into sustainable planning are lacking. Growing fields of agro-ecology and urban ecology are attempting to develop interdisciplinary links, but all fields of ecological study can offer information toward sustainability, as evidenced in recent books of sustainability and societal collapse. Ecological knowledge is not only for ‘natural’ systems (i.e., restoration), but also must be applied to the much greater area of human-dominated systems. How can we apply floodplain and coastal ecology to urban expansion? How can we apply fragmentation and biodiversity to agricultural landscapes? How can we apply ecosystem ecology to watershed management? Decisions regarding growth occur daily, and ecologists need to be included in these discussions alongside governments, land owners, and developers.

Urban water ecology at the ESA annual meeting, EurekAlert, Press Release, August 3, 2009

For more information, visit their website at www.esa.org/albuquerque.


July 28-29: GreenBuildingFocus Conference & Expo 2009, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Source: GreenBuildingFocus

LEARN HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM THE GREEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN AND THE GROWING DEMAND FOR GREEN BUILDINGS AND COMMUNITIES.

Green building strategies, including energy efficiency, are a cornerstone of the plan to revitalize our economy.  With the rapidly growing demand for LEED projects and billions of dollars earmarked in the stimulus plan for green building strategies, professionals in every sector of the construction industry are well positioned to prosper in the green building movement. The Green Building Focus Conference & EXPO is the event dedicated to helping professionals make the most of this historic opportunity.

Visit the GreenBuildingFocus Conference & Expo 2009 website for more information.


 

London 2012 Open Weekend
 

July 25: Integrated Habitats Design Challenge, London, England


Up on the roof: Big horizons for green professionals
SpongeNetwork/RESET/Livingroofs.org

 

This is the age of integrated approaches: buildings, biodiversity, resources, energy and climate change are all intimately related. Join a team challenge to design in a holistic way, from the inside out: from future proofing cities for climate change and energy depletion, to natural air conditioning and local habitats for biodiversity. Think about London in a Lisbon heatwave, flash flooding, tornadoes over the City, energy blackouts...then get integrating!


Design an integrated building, think about people and their needs, make a living habitat for bugs, bees and birds, and see London in a new light!  In partnership with Reset Development and Living roofs the event will feature the following short talks followed by a design challenge that will take up most of the day:

Dusty Gedge Livingroofs.org: living roofs, biodiversity, urban heat island effect, storm water run off etc and integrated design

Nikki Linsell RESET: what is happening in India/Bangladesh re climate change adaptation and integrated design

Adam Dawson Sponge: London's challenges re climate change adaptation: setting the scene for the design challenge

Some food will provided on the day but it would be good if people can bring along something to share. The event will cost £40 for the day to cover expenses. Please bring cash or a cheque with you on the day. Please register by emailing habitatsdesignchallenge@googlemail.com.

 


July 13 - 19: APLD International Landscape Design Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA
Source:
Association of Professional Landscape Designers

Don't miss a presentation by Ed Snodgrass of Emory Knoll Farms, Inc. on Thursday, July 16th titled "Designing Green Roofs" - Green roof design is a new but  increasingly needed skill. This session will familiarize the audience with design options and use case studies from across the US and Canada to illustrate how to choose and option and execute these designs.

As part of the APLD International Landscape Design Conference, a tour of the Portland Japanese Garden will take place the afternoon of Tuesday, July 14th. Attendees of the conference with a desire to use the photographs that they take at the Japanese Garden for professional purposes should visit www.japanesegarden.com/photography to read the photography policies of the Garden before the conference.

Visit the APLD 2009 website for more information.


July 7-8: Green Building Conference & Exhibition, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
Source:
greenbuilding.co.za

Green building has grown over the year’s from strength to strength as property owners, investors, blue chip tenants (public and private) have realized the importance and the possibilities of building for a sustainable future.

At this year’s Green Building Conference, high-leveled local and international professional speakers from different sectors will be sharing their knowledge and experience of ‘green’ building.

The conference aims to find sustainable and practical ‘green’ solutions which can be applied to all projects and find the balance between environmentally friendly, functionality and reality. Emilio Ambasz shares this dream and aim, as he describes in his abstract of his presentation for this year’s conference – Green over Grey: “For the last 30 years I have striven to find a built manner in which to integrate Architecture with Nature. In all my projects I have sought to return to the community, in the form of accessible gardens, as much, if not all, the land my building's footprint covers. A building of this nature would be accessible to and used by the members of the community at large.”

Visit the Green Building Conference website or download this brochure for more information.


June 29 - July 3: 6th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior BIOGEOMON 2009, Helsinki, Finland
Source: Finnish Environment Institute


The University of Helsinki, Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA) and Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) have the pleasure of hosting the 6th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior, BIOGEOMON 2009.

The BIOGEOMON symposium focuses on biogeochemical research at watershed, landscape and global scales. Besides the traditional themes of previous BIOGEOMON symposia, the Helsinki symposium will include biogeochemical aspects of wetlands, bioenergy production, atmosphere - forest interactions, and trace metals.

The deadline for registration and payment of conference fee is 30th April 2009.

Visit the 6th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior BIOGEOMON 2009 website for more information.


June 26-28: Go Green Expo, Atlanta, GA, USA

Officially the largest Eco-Friendly Trade Show in Atlanta's History. Only 10 booths remain. We are currently taking reservations in our Charlotte, NC & Minneapolis, MN events this fall

RESERVE YOUR BOOTH NOW! CONTACT SETH BERK AT SBERK@GOGREENEXPO.COM OR 212.655.4505 X244

Highlights of the Atlanta event include:

• Test drives of the latest fuel-efficient cars from Toyota, SmartCar and more
• Acoustic Musical Performances all day Sunday from local bands -
Magic Hat, Jeff Hix & the Heretics and the DejaBlue Grass Band
• Free Yoga Sessions
• Rock Climbing Wall for Kids & Adults - for those who reach the top, Go Green Expo will donate money towards planting a tree in Atlanta!
• Complimentary Organic Food Sampling
• Raffles to win Costa Rican eco-vacation, a green scooter and more
• The
GREENandSAVE Eco Academy is a cutting edge training program designed to give individuals all the necessary tools to have a rewarding career in the “green” industry as a Home Efficiency Consultant. Become a Home Efficiency Consultant in as little as 30 days!
• Speaker sessions including: Oscar-nominated actress, model, eco-mom and author
Mariel Hemingway, Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli, Atlanta eco-living expert Laura Turner Seydel, the Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta, Mandy Mahoney, the President of the US Green Building Council - Atlanta chapter, Ben Taube & many more!

Visit the Go Green Expo website.


June 25-26: Convergence on Zero Conference, Washington, D.C., USA
Source: Livingroofs.org


The Convergence on Zero Conference is a Free conference focusing on solutions for climate security, energy security and economic recovery held on 25th - 26th June 2009 at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC. Our greenhouse gas emissions, notably carbon dioxide, are turning up the thermostat of the planet. As a result, we are facing an increase in global temperature beyond that at which humanity evolved and societies were formed. This increase is also putting pressure on natural systems and the delicate relationships between thousands of species. We are stretching our planetary life support systems to their limit.

The fossil fuel dependant infrastructure that we have built around us does not have the resilience to cope with rapid changes in climate nor the disappearance of the cheap, abundant energy that has fuelled our progress over the last two hundred years. With our financial systems in crisis, we no longer have the ready money to buy our way out of the problem. We face a "triple crunch" in climate, in energy and in economics.

The Convergence on Zero is about implementing solutions and brings together the leading environmental thinkers and doers from Wales, the United Kingdom, to share their work with the United States. For two days at the end of June, this team of scientists, engineers, architects, researchers and business innovators will open an honest and frank debate on climate change, energy security and sustainable economics. They will frame the discussion with the latest climate science and focus on the practical solutions in technology, design and human behaviour that we have at our disposal in this time of great change.

The Convergence on Zero will foster inclusive debate and collective problem solving, bringing the audience and the speakers together as equal participants in the design of a zero emissions future.

Publisher's Note: On Day 2 - 26th June: 1:50 Built Environment make to sure to see:

Blanche Cameron & Dusty Gedge (Director RESET/Lecturer CAT & Author and Living Roof Advocate): Integrated Buildings and Landscapes.

Visit the Convergence on Zero Conference website.


June 18-20: The International Green Building and Sustainable Cities Exposition, Beijing, China
Source: China Eco Expo

A Side By Side Event with the 14th Annual Construction and Urban Services Trade Show and Conference to be held in the Beijing International Exhibition Center.

The powerful PRC Ministry of Construction (MOC) oversees all urban, development and construction including buildings and infrastructure as well as basic services such as transportation. The official MOC trade show Construction, & Urban Services Exposition and Conference (C&US), is held annually in Beijing. It is the premiere construction event in China, drawing almost 900 exhibitors and a professional attendance of almost 50,000.

Today China’s cities are choked with pollution, lack adequate infrastructure, have shortages of energy and water, plus traffic gridlock. Recognizing the crisis, the Chinese government (PRC) has embarked on a massive program to make its cities habitable and able to sustain their huge projected growth.

The MOC must now manage cleaning up China’s cities and implementing the new environmental standards and regulations that have been imposed on urban development. It is now the responsibility of the MOC to make sure that China’s cities grow in a sustainable manner.

As a key part of this new assignment, the MOC has asked China Eco Expo to organize a special GBSC at their official 2009 show. The pavilion will be dedicated to the best environmental products, technologies and services from around the world in all aspects of green building, air and water pollution prevention, solid waste management, transportation, energy and water conservation and other urban services.

Visit the The International Green Building and Sustainable Cities Exposition website for more information.


June 18: The First Annual Green Roofs for the West Symposium, Denver, Colorado, USA
Source: Colorado State University Green Roof Program

The First Annual Green Roofs for the West Symposium will take place at Denver Botanic Gardens on June 18, 2009 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. This forward-thinking and informative event, co-hosted by the Gardens, US Green Building Council, and Colorado State University, will spotlight the innovative ways green roofs are leading us to a future of more sustainable cities in the challenging climate of the West.

The Western Green Roof Symposium will feature a full day of in-depth sessions presented by leading green roof experts and designers from across the US and Canada. Well-known speakers include Edmund Snodgrass, co-author of “Green Roof Plants”, Tom Lipton, pioneer of the innovative green roof program in Portland, OR, and Charlie Miller, principal of Roofscapes, Inc. There will also be discussions on the social benefits of green roofs, creative green roof and building design and making the business case for green roofs. Denver Botanic Gardens’ nationally recognized Senior Curator and Director of Outreach Panayoti Kelaidis will speak on choosing plants for green roof use. The symposium will also include a trade show featuring a variety of businesses supplying the needs of industry professionals.

This full-day program is tailored to architects, landscape architects and designers, facility managers, policy makers, energy specialists, engineers, horticulturists and students. The symposium delves beneath the surface to inform professionals about green roof viability and implications in the West and lay the groundwork to influence policy in Denver and the intermountain west. Two panel discussions will include regional experts, architects and landscape architects (including representatives from GreenPrint Denver, Denver’s Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Civitas and Tryba Architects) and will address issues of green roof design, storm water management, public policy and green jobs.

The Gardens’ own green roof, which showcases more than 50 species and varieties of drought tolerant plants, will be open throughout the day for tours. Green Industry professionals visiting the Gardens during the symposium are also encouraged to stroll the grounds, network with their peers, participate in panel discussions, and learn about other sustainability programs at the Gardens.

“This conference will revolutionize the way Coloradoans view green roofs, and prove that they are a viable and integral component of sustainable development in the arid west,” says Deb Kleinman, Executive Director of the Colorado Chapter of US Green Build Council.

Cost: Pre-registration for individual: $125. Day of the event: $140, if space available. $30 for students with valid ID. Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages.

About Denver Botanic Gardens:
 
Rooted a mile high, Denver Botanic Gardens has been a favorite Denver destination for more than 55 years, and is considered to be one of the top ten botanic gardens in the nation. Art and science unite in the Gardens’ spectacular urban oasis, offering an unforgettable artistic garden experience for the whole family, as well as a living laboratory for education and plant conservation programs. Additional sites at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a 750-acre wildlife and native plant refuge in Littleton; Mount Goliath, a high altitude trail and interpretive site on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway; and Centennial Gardens, a five-acre formal garden with a Colorado native plant palette in downtown Denver, extend this experience throughout the Front Range.

Denver Botanic Gardens is located at 1005 York Street in Denver, Colorado. Visit us at www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3500 for more information. Denver Botanic Gardens thanks the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

For more information or to register, visit www.botanicgardens.org and click on the Calendar link, e-mail registrar@botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3580.


June 14-18: ICLEI World Congress 2009, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Source: ICLEI

Share with and learn from the most advanced cities and minds in the field of sustainability in beautiful Alberta, Canada.

Join more than 700 other local and world-wide leaders in Edmonton on 14-18 June and contribute finding solutions to accelerate local action for sustainability. Together, we can move beyond the mainstream and jointly progress on learning how to accelerate local government's actions - finding solutions tailored to the realities and challenges local governments face worldwide.

Visit the ICLEI World Congress 2009 website for more information.


June 17: Introduction to Green Roofs, Sheffield, England, UK
Source: The Green Roof Centre

The Green Roof Centre - established by the University of Sheffield and Groundwork Sheffield (Green Box Group) working in partnership with the four South Yorkshire Local Authorities, is holding a series of one day greenroof training courses entitled "Introduction to Green Roofs."

Delivered by Jeff Sorrill Manager of The Green Roof Centre.  Jeff has been involved in all aspects of green roof design and construction since the The Centre’s inception, and is now regarded as one of the UK’s leading green roof experts.

Basics and Benefits
• Green roof basic principles
• Relevant legislation
• Benefits and barriers to implementation
• Design principles
• Construction process
• Exclusive site visits to a range of green roofs

Green Box Group is a leading provider of training, products and business advice to support the sustainable economic development of business.

Visit the Green Box Group website for training course information.


June 16-17: Green Buildings NY, New York, New York, USA
Source: GreenBuildingsNY

GreenBuildingsNY is the place to source green solutions and materials for the design, construction, restoration, renovation and historical preservation of existing commercial, residential and industrial buildings. See how eco-friendly can be economy friendly. Discover how a smart investment on environmental and sustainability improvements can deliver up to 20–40% risk free return on investment.

Bonnie Gerard, Strategic Planning & Implementation, Project Manager NYC 2010 Electrical Code & Special Projects will be presenting at Green Buildings NY/Buildings NY on June 17th, 2:15 pm for the Green Roof and Solar Electric Generating System NYC Tax Abatement. She will be explaining the filing requirements and process for the new PTA 3 Green Roof and PTA 4 Solar Electric Generating System applications.

Make sure to visit Roofscapes at Booth # G456.

Download the complete Agenda here, and visit the Green Buildings NY website for more information.


June 10-14: CNU17 Experiencing the New Urbanism: The Convenient Remedy, Denver, Colorado, USA
Source: CNU

Get a Head Start—Begin the Urban Recovery

As economic stimulus begins to move through the economy, the outlines of recovery are emerging. The quest for energy efficiency, the dramatic growth in small households and the yearning for neighborhood connections and freedom from endless automobile use will help determine where and how fast communities recover. Learn about the opportunities that await you in this reurbanization of America at the premier gathering for urbanist education, collaboration and networking.

Visit the CNU17 Experiencing the New Urbanism: The Convenient Remedy website for more information.


June 9-13: 2nd International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture, Bologna, Italy
Source: LUH

Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy, will host the 2nd International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture from June 9 to 13, 2009.  The conference will focus on themes dealing with the relationship "People-Plants-Quality of Life" exploring the advances being made in a wide range of topics: from ecophysiology and plant management in urban environment, through psychological and social aspects of gardening, plant use and garden design - including transversal views where landscape architecture meets functional horticultural management in the cities - to urban agriculture.

Visit the 2nd International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture website for more information.


June 11-12: MiaGreen Expo & Conference, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Source: MiaGreen

EXHIBITORS & SPONSORS... Help Us Become Greener & Multiply Your Business! CONNECT with:

● Governmental Entities, US and International: Businesses & Institutions moving into a GREENER Environment.
● Decision Makers, Influential Leaders, Purchasing Agents, Procurement Officers, Industry Experts & Professionals seeking to engage in SUSTAINABLE Practices.
● Wholesalers, Distributors, Retailers, Importers, Exporters, Chambers of Commerce NOW.

Visit the MiaGreen Expo & Conference website for more information.


June 3-5: 2009 Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards & Trade Show, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Source: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities


Hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the 2009 Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards & Trade Show was held on June 3rd, 4th and 5th at the Hyatt Regency, Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA.  The Conference raised awareness of the many benefits of green roofs, shared new research findings, provided information on the latest designs, implementation techniques and products, and broadened networks while working towards building more sustainable cities through green roof implementation.  Conference streams fall under Policy, Design and Case Studies, and Research.

PUSHING THE ENVELOPE IN ATLANTA

Going beyond the norm, out of the box thinking, stretching the boundaries of the possible. We invite you to join us in Atlanta, to push the envelope by discovering new approaches to getting additional value from green roofs and green walls through integrative building design.

Learn how to produce food, save water and maximize energy benefits; Discover new research that explores performance benefits related to energy efficiency, carbon sequestration, plants and water management; Network with leading manufacturers and award winning experts who are designing sustainable systems; and Liaise with government officials and policy makers and participate in discussions to develop new ways of implementing green infrastructure policies and programs. Most of all, be part of the Inaugural Class of 2009 and become an agent for change as we lay a fundamental cornerstone for this industry with our Green Roof Professional Accreditation (GRP) Program, delivered for the first time in Atlanta on June 5th.

The three-day conference consisted of plenary and specialized sessions focused on four main topic areas:

1. Policies and Programs to Support Green Roofs
2. Green Roof Design and Implementation
3. Research and Technical Papers on Green Roof Performance
4. “On the Roof With …” Networking & Information Forums on Current Green Roof Topics with Industry Experts

Conference Agenda details:

7th Annual Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities: Pushing the Envelope

Your 2009 full-delegate pass included:

• Access to over 50 presentations by green roof industry leaders
• Free pass to the Industry Trade Show featuring more than 75 exhibitors showcasing Green Roof Products and Services
• Access to more than 15 Poster Sessions
• One Copy of the Official Conference Proceedings CD-ROM featuring the peer-reviewed Speaker Papers (retail value $75)
• Browse and Lunch (June 4) and Awards of Excellence Luncheon (June 5)

For the first time, you could join the fun at a golf tournament, and various tours and courses were available, too.

Atlanta Tours:

Tours were held on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 and Saturday, June 6, 2009.  Greenroofs.com's Linda Velazquez was on the Atlanta Local Host Committee and we worked hard to showcase some of our finest living roofs - read all about the Atlanta Tours here - by the way, the artwork was done by Caroline Menetre, Student Intern at Greenroofs.com!

FYI - join Linda as the Tour Host for: Tour # 2: Goodbye City, Hello ‘Burbs on Tuesday, June 2, 1 - 5 pm

For more information, contact Jennifer Sprout, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Vice President, Membership and Market Development at: 416-971-4494 ext. 229 or jsprout@greenroofs.org.

Come celebrate with us in the South, and emerge as one of the first and leading Green Roof Professionals in your community, as together we push the green roof envelope!

Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards and Trade Show is organized by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) a not-for-profit industry association working to promote the green roof industry in North America.

For the seventh year in a row, Greenroofs.com was proud to be a Media Partner for the 2009 Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities, Conference, Awards & Trade Show, where we also exhibited again, too.  And this year, we were happy to be a Sponsor, as well!

Greenroofs.com was at Booth # 310.

Greenroofs.com's Sponsors on the Trade Show floor for 2009:

American Hydrotech - Booths #803 & 805
Barrett Roofs - Booth #605
Conservation Technology - Booth #309
Green Roof Blocks - Booth #603 - Visit The Green Roof Guy!
LiveRoof
- Booth #508
Saul Nurseries - Booth #905
Tremco
- Booths #802 & 703 - Visit The Sustainable Roofing Technologies Editor!
XeroFlor America - Booth #510
 

Our other Greenroof Directory Advertisers at the Show, too:

Carolina Stalite Company and ItSaul Natural - Booth # 902
Carolina Stonecrops - Booth # 905
CETCO - Booth # 711
Colbond - Booth # 521
Emory Knoll Farms - Booth # 509
ERTH Products - Booth # 504
Green Living Technologies - Booth # 314 - Visit The Green Wall Editor!
JDR Enterprises - Booth # 714
Northeast Solite Corporation - Booth # 705
Rooflite - Booth # 910
Tecta America Corp - Booth # 704
Tournesol Siteworks - Booth # 610

Publisher/Editor Linda Velazquez - along with Design Editor Haven Kiers - presented their third installment of the Top 10 List of Hot Greenroof Design Trends, and many of our other contributing editors were there, too, presenting papers, participating on panels, facilitating Green Roofs workshops, conducting local Atlanta areas tours, and exhibiting as well.

Read the latest Sky Gardens posts about the Conference:

The GRP Accreditation: An Interview with Jeffrey L. Bruce, by Linda, May 29, 2009

Tour Exclusive Metro Atlanta Greenroofs!, by Linda, May 28, 2009

Golfing for a Cause in the ATL, by Linda, May 26, 2009

The 7th Annual Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, by Linda, May 22, 2009

Visit the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference Page and their website.

The green roof industry in North America is rapidly expanding and the need for trained professionals who are familiar with green roof benefits, design, implementation, and technology has never been greater! As an accredited Green Roof Professional, you will be able to distinguish yourself in the marketplace with knowledge of the special requirements and challenges of green roofs from design through to maintenance. Become accredited - June 5, 2009 in Atlanta. For FAQs on GRP accreditation click here.


May 31 - June 2: Greening the Heartland, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Source: Greening the Heartland

One of the largest and most successful conferences on green building practices and initiatives is coming to Detroit. The USGBC Detroit Regional Chapter and The Engineering Society of Detroit will present the Greening the Heartland Regional Conference May 31–June 2, 2009, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in partnership with COBO Center.

The theme of the conference is “ABILITY,” which illustrates that an approach to projects and practices with sustainability as a goal leads to multiple benefits. Attendees will receive the necessary tools to achieve this goal through programs, outstanding education sessions, keynote speakers, tours, and other activities.

Visit the Greening the Heartland website for more information.


May 28-29: National Green Builders Products Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Source: NGBPE

Join the National Green Builders Products Expo The National Green Builders Products Expo is a pure trade-to-trade only event focused to serve your needs!

As a Buyer of Green & Eco Friendly building products or services, an ongoing concern is access to products and suppliers...including what is new and cutting edge. We are bringing you the manufacturers and providers of goods and services related to the initial building, remodeling, rehabilitation, or renovation of buildings, green initiative commercial & industrial structures, as well as single & multi-family housing. This is a focused two-day event bringing you face to face with the providers and suppliers that have what you want and need!

As a Seller of Green & Eco Friendly building products or services...your number one concern is making sales. Your target customers will be here buying. We are offering you, the manufacturers of goods and services related to the initial building, remodeling, rehabilitation, or renovation of green / green initiative commercial & industrial structures, as well as single - and multi-family housing a focused two-day sales call face-to-face with your target customers who have a buying need! Your competitors & peers will be here selling...

Visit the National Green Builders Products Expo website for more information.


May 25-27: International Green Roof Congress 2009, Stuttgart-Nürtingen, Germany
Source: The International Green Roof Association (IGRA) "Green Roofs News," Spring 2008

In Spring 2009 IGRA will deliver the 2nd International Green Roof Congress in Stuttgart-Nürtingen.  The congress will place special emphasis on the use of Green Roofs within the area of urban planning and will feature amazing Green Roof projects from all over the world (e.g. Meydan-Istanbul, Expo2008-Zaragoza, Canary Wharf-London, Fusionpolis-Singapore).

This congress is for everyone whose profession brings them into contact with green roofs and who wishes to learn about the latest technology and techniques relating to this field. This includes architects, landscape architects, planners, representatives of local authorities and environmental agencies, investors, manufacturers and installers. The 2009 congress gives you a great opportunity to make contacts and to develop new markets.

Download the Congress Flyer, Schedule or latest Newsletter.

Online registration is open - visit the International Green Roof Congress website in English and German.

Read Linda's post in Sky Gardens, "Spring Conferences: Stuttgart-Nürtingen and Atlanta Greenroofs, Here We Come!"


May 20-21: Green Cities Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA
Source: Green Cities

Green Cities: The Best Investment to Grow Business, Save Money and Enhance Community!

Florida stands on the cusp of a tremendous emergence in clean technology, water conservation, green building, innovative business growth and wise land use planning. New legislation and executive orders from Governor Crist mandating CO2 reductions are driving Florida's need for green education and preparing the way for green jobs.

Green Cities™ Florida will address the key elements that make-up a city such as energy, tourism, finance, construction, manufacturing, education, health care and infrastructure. If you are in government, business or a student preparing for a career, this event is about your business, your community and Florida’s future.

Visit the Green Cities Florida website for more information.


May 19-20: Greener by Design 2009, San Francisco, California, USA
Source: Greener World Media

How Smart Companies Use Green Design for Positive Returns - Greener Products for Leaner Times

In today’s challenging economy, companies that can align environmental innovation with affordability to bring green products to the mainstream have a clear competitive advantage. How are successful companies designing greener products with little or no price premium? Join us at Greener By Design 2009 to see who's innovating, who's succeeding, how they're producing products that aren't just greener, but better — and how you can put these strategies to work in your company.

Visit the Greener by Design 2009 website for more information.


May 16-17: Chicago Green Festival, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Source: greenfestival

Celebrating what’s working in our communities, the Chicago Green Festival™, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America, showcases more than 350 diverse local and national green businesses. More than 150 renowned speakers appear for insightful panel discussions and presentations.

You’ll also enjoy great how-to workshops, green careers, a Fair Trade pavilion, Youth Unity Pavilion, kids’ activities, delicious organic beer, wine and cuisine, and live music.

Find out how Midwest neighbors, community nonprofits and city departments are working together to make their cities healthier places to live.

Visit the Chicago Green Festival website for more information.


May 12: "Green Roofs - Benefits and Best Practice" workshop, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
Source: Sheffield Hallam University

The workshop, 'Green Roofs - Benefits and Best Practice', on Tuesday May 12, includes a site visit to Norfolk Community Primary School, Sharrow School and The Cube apartments/offices, sites in Sheffield where green roofs have been installed. The group will explore the benefits and practical challenges involved in the installation of the roofs, uncovering the latest thinking on green roofs and sharing the lessons learnt from existing projects. Catherine Basilio, Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam and architect at Sheffield City Council, said: "The workshop will be a great opportunity to get information from people who have been right in the middle of the thinking and designing of green roofs. The group will meet the people that have been instrumental in getting them onto finished projects in Sheffield, and see green roofs up close instead of just seeing the pictures and reading about them."

The workshop will be held by Sheffield Hallam in partnership with Groundwork Sheffield, The Green Roof Centre and University of Sheffield. It is aimed at developers, consultants and local authority officers and will discuss the design, planning, implementation and maintenance of green roofs in Sheffield.

Key Speakers at the event include Nigel Dunnett, Director of The Green Roof Centre, and University of Sheffield Reader in Urban Horticulture, Department of Landscape; Catherine Basilio and Ian Rotherham.

This will involve visits to three green roofs. Click here for more details and to book your place.

Visit the Sheffield Hallam University website or go online for more information.


May 8-11: Green Roof Boot Camp, Toronto, Canada
Source: GRHC

Accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP)

The green roof industry in North America is rapidly expanding and the need for trained professionals who are familiar with green roof benefits, design, implementation, and technology has never been greater! As an accredited Green Roof Professional, you will be able to distinguish yourself in the marketplace with knowledge of the special requirements and challenges of green roofs from design through to maintenance. Become accredited - June 5, 2009 in Atlanta. For FAQs on GRP accreditation click here.

Visit the Green Roof Boot Camp website for more information.


May 8-10: National Green Building Conference, Dallas, Texas, USA
Source: NAHB

Get contacts, tools and ideas that are good for both the environment and your bottom line. The NAHB National Green Building Conference is the only national conference targeted to green building for the mainstream residential building industry. Network with designers and suppliers, attend exceptional education sessions and develop the skills you need for profitable green building.

Visit the National Green Building Conference website for more information.

 

 


May 2-9: 2nd annual NYC Wildflower Week, New York City, NY, USA
Source: Marielle Anzelone, Founder, NYC Wildflower Week

May 2-9, 2009 is 2nd annual NYC Wildflower Week, celebrating all things green and wild in the Big Apple—the hundreds of native flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses that are found in the five boroughs.  It's a week of inspired environmental learning, with dozens of free activities, children’s events, walks and talks for all New Yorkers to enjoy.  It gives New Yorkers numerous ways to connect with and be inspired by their local environment.

Free activities throughout the city include: botanical walks, garden tours, ecology lectures, children’s events, planting opportunities, cooking classes, and food tastings at top restaurants.  It is the largest celebration of National Wildflower Week, an initiative begun by Lady Bird Johnson.  Hosted by the Torrey Botanical Society.

Among many others, NYC WILDFLOWER WEEK GARDEN TOURS include the Wild Project Green Roof.

For all botanical walks, be sure to dress appropriately: sturdy shoes; pants, hat. You may also like to have a camera, hand lens, field guides, water, bug spray.

All of the NYC Wildflower Week events are free and open to all.  For a complete listing of the week’s events, please see here.

Visit the NYC Wildflower Week website for more information.

 


May 6-8: Living Future 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA
Source: Cascadia Region Green Building Council

Living Future provides a different way of viewing our built environment – a way that requires new tools, new perspectives and better collaboration. We will bring experts to the fore to share their experience and knowledge.

Yet this will not be another conference of "talking heads." Sessions are designed to be interactive and experiential, fostering lively discussions and collaborative solutions to creating truly sustainable communities. You won't be just an attendee, but rather an active participant in making real progress.

Visit the Living Future 2009 website for more information.


May 7: Introduction to Green Roofs, Sheffield, England, UK
Source: The Green Roof Centre

The Green Roof Centre - established by the University of Sheffield and Groundwork Sheffield (Green Box Group) working in partnership with the four South Yorkshire Local Authorities, is holding a series of one day greenroof training courses entitled "Introduction to Green Roofs."

Delivered by Jeff Sorrill Manager of The Green Roof Centre.  Jeff has been involved in all aspects of green roof design and construction since the The Centre’s inception, and is now regarded as one of the UK’s leading green roof experts.

Basics and Benefits
• Green roof basic principles
• Relevant legislation
• Benefits and barriers to implementation
• Design principles
• Construction process
• Exclusive site visits to a range of green roofs

Green Box Group is a leading provider of training, products and business advice to support the sustainable economic development of business.

Visit the Green Box Group website for training course information.

 


May 2-3: Denver Green Festival, Denver, Colorado, USA
Source: greenfestival

Welcome to the first annual Denver Green Festival™, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America. We are pleased to add this stunning city to our schedule of premier sustainability events, not only for its charm and natural beauty but also for its outstanding efforts through the City’s Greenprint Denver program to restore the splendor of its region and the planet.

What should you expect at the Denver Green Festival™? You’ll find 2 days filled with the best in green-- Mile High style!


April 30-May 2: AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition, San Francisco, California, USA
Source: AIA

The architecture profession is abuzz with excitement as we approach the AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Expo. Again this year, the convention will feature hundreds of educational sessions by leading experts, AIA Expo2009 showcasing the best and brightest ideas from more than 800 companies, and networking events where you can build your professional contacts.

Support Greenroofs.com's Sponsors by visiting these who will be on the Trade Show floor this year:

American Hydrotech - Booth # 557
Green Roof Blocks - Booth #5444
GreenGrid - Booth #2225
LiveRoof - Booth #2553
Tremco - Booth #742 & 746
ZinCo USA - Booth #6658

And don't forget to visit our other Greenroof Directory Advertisers at the Show, too:

American Wick Drain - Booth #2447
CETCO - Booth #6838
Colbond - Booth #521
Henry Company - Booth #6248
Sika Sarnafil - Booth #2533
Tournesol Siteworks - Booth #228

Attend the AIA Expo Trade Show floor for free on April 30 - May 2. Can't make it to San Francisco? No problem. Register today for the AIA 2009 Virtual Convention. View daily keynote sessions or choose continuing education programs focused on navigating the economy or sustainability live or on demand. Visit with more than 50 exhibiting companies in their virtual booths. View educational programs, chat with booth personnel, download brochures, and request the latest information on new products and services, all from your Internet-connected computer. Visit the AIA Convention website


May 1: City of Toronto Spring Session Application Deadline, Toronto, Canada
Source: Live Green Toronto

Following initial funding approval in 2007, Toronto City Hall is offering greater subsidies to businesses pursuing green renovations, including greenroofs.  The latest move will provide cash incentives to commercial, industrial and institutional (ICI) property owners to install eco-roofs. Currently, the city is willing to provide incentives of $50 (Canadian) per square meter up to $100,000 for building owners who install greenroofs, on a one-year pilot basis.

The Spring Session Application deadline was May 1, 2009, and the Fall Session Application deadline is October 16, 2009.

APPLICATION PROCESS / KEY DATES
Review the Eco-Roof Program Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria.
Download an Eco-Roof Application Form (PDF).
Submit your application for either the Spring or Fall session.
 
Spring Session Application Steps Deadlines
Application process open March 2, 2009
Application deadline May 1, 2009
Committee decision May 15, 2009

Fall Session Application Steps Deadlines
Application process open July 3, 2009
Application deadline October 16, 2009
Committee decision October 30, 2009

Submit your application by email or mail to: teo@toronto.ca

Eco-Roof Incentive Program
Toronto Environment Office, City of Toronto
21st Floor, East Tower, City Hall,
100 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Read background info in Industry Support here.

Learn much more at the Live Toronto website.


April 25-29: APA's (American Planning Association) National Planning Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Source: American Planning Association

The American Planning Association is telling a tale of two cities, from the headwaters to the delta of the mighty Mississippi.  In 2009, APA's National Planning Conference will celebrate the centennial of the planning movement in Minneapolis, and, in 2010, we'll convene in New Orleans.

Join more than 6,000 planners, officials, and allied professionals at the worlds premier planning event.

Visit the APA website.

 


April 25: Ecoroof Vendors Fair, Portland, Oregon, USA
City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES)


FREE!  The City of Portland and Metro are sponsoring an Ecoroof Vendors Fair to provide the building design and development community, homeowners and building owners, and non-profit organizations, with information and technical assistance about ecoroofs.  Vendors will include architects, consultants, contractors, landscape architects, manufacturers, nurseries, structural engineers, suppliers, research, and non-profit and community organizations.
The Ecoroof Vendors Fair will be held on Saturday April 25th from 10am-6pm at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel, Portland, OR.  Come meet the vendors that can help you plan and build your ecoroof!

Download the Ecoroof Vendors Fair PDF.

Want a vendor booth?  Vendors can reserve booth space for $100.  Fees will be waived for non-profit organizations that are moving the ecoroof industry forward.  Application materials and instructions for vendors interested in participating have been posted on our BES website.

Please note, because space is limited, not all that apply will be registered for the event.  To avoid duplication and assure a balanced variety of vendors, applications will be accepted as first come, first served for each vendor category.

Fair attendance is free.

For more information, visit the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services website or please contact at ecoroof@bes.ci.portland.or.us.


April 23: Vegetative Roof Systems for Roofing Contractors: Your Rewards, Responsibilities and Risks, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Source: National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)

The National Roofing Contractors Association will present five one-day conferences specifically designed for roofing contractors and those who are interested in properly designing, installing and maintaining vegetative roof systems.  Vegetative Roof Systems for Roofing Contractors: Your Rewards, Responsibilities and Risks will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of vegetative roof systems, essential waterproofing requirements, construction details, growing media and vegetation, and building code compliance.  In addition, our experts will identify roofing contractors’ responsibilities, as well as clarify the functions and duties of other related trades, and offer recommendations for successful coordination of all parties involved in the installation and ongoing maintenance of a vegetative roof system.

Join industry technical professionals including NRCA’s Mark Graham and Jim Kirby, along with Kelly Luckett, president of Green Roof Blocks, Florissant, Mo., and learn how to build a thriving and profitable vegetative roof systems business.

April 23: Boston The Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210 Phone:617-532-4856
 

Below are all of the 2009 dates:

Feb. 18: Baltimore, MD
Feb. 26: Atlanta, GA
March 5: Chicago, IL
March 11: Seattle, WA
April 23: Boston, MA

Tuition: NRCA members $295; nonmembers: $395

Visit the NRCA website, or for more information about this course, click here or call NRCA’s Customer Service Department, at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722).


April 21-23: ASTM April 2009 Committee Week, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The April ASTM 2009 Committee Week for the E06 Performance of Buildings includes the Green Roof Task Force.

Read the Greenroofs.com former ASTM Editor, Ralph Velasquez, ASTM Updates column here. (Now he's the Sustainable Roofing Technologies Editor).

Visit the ASTM website.


April 18-21: 2009 Green Cities Conference and Expo, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA
Source: National League of Cities

National League of Cities (NLC) understands the economic situation facing cities. It also understands that many cities want to participate in the burgeoning "green" cities movement to take advantage of job creation opportunities, cost savings and increased livability. To that end, NLC is extending the "advance" registration rate through April 17. Be sure your city takes advantage of the opportunity to send a team to Portland!

SPECIAL REGISTRATION RATES EXTEND TO APRIL 17!

Visit the Green Cities Conference website for more information.


April 17-19: Go Green Expo, New York, New York, USA
George Irwin, Green Living Technologies

Go Green Expo, the nation's premier eco-friendly trade show, is coming to The Hilton New York on April 17-19, 2009:

The Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

Visit the Go Green Expo website, and the New York page here


April 18-19: Eco Expo, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Join us at the Saint Louis Science Center, April 18-19, at the region’s premier green event, featuring: Product demonstrations,  Eco-friendly interactive exhibits, Activities for kids, Organic food and wine sampling, Plus much more!

The Eco-Expo is a carbon-neutral event! Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 100% of the electricity used at the Eco Expo will be provided courtesy of AmerenUE’s Pure Power Program. The Expo’s support of clean energy will prevent 84,715 pounds of carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas, from entering the atmosphere. This is the same environmental benefit provided by taking 7 cars off the road for a year.

Everything we do impacts the environment, from driving a car to heating our homes. Each of these activities creates a certain amount of greenhouse gases. A carbon footprint is the measure of impact these activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced. Find out what your carbon footprint is and how you can reduce your impact on the environment.

Visit the Eco Expo website.


April 8: ZinCo Green Roof Seminar, Toronto, Canada
Source: ZinCo Canada

For the Green Roof professional ZinCo Canada provides a full day of Green Roof Seminars.  The seminars review the newest trends and product information to enable you as Green Roof professional to achieve your full potential in Green Roof Design and Installation.  The seminars include topics as:


Green Roof policies and standards, the benefits of Green Roofs, roof technology in combination with Green Roofs and Green roof technology with a focus on various drainage layers, growing mediums and plant material. The seminars also show you how you can install extensive green roofs on traditional flat roofs or sloped applications, intensive roof gardens on apartment buildings or parking decks on top of an underground parking garage. For over 40 years ZinCo has pioneered the development of a wide range of proven green roof systems designed to succeed in virtually any landscape hardiness zone. The seminars will be supported with several of our reference projects from Canada and all over the world. This introduction to Green Roofs will give you inspiration and many tools and techniques to design or install your specific Green Roof project. We are looking forward to seeing you at on of our ZinCo Green Roof Seminars.

Who should attend:

Architects - Landscape Architects - Specifiers - Roof Consultants - Roof Contractors -Landscape Contractors - Engineers - Developers - Government

Information + Fee:

The seminars will be given a number of times a year. Would you like to attend please fill in the form or call us at 906-690-1661. The fee for the full day Green Roof seminar is $ 125,-- and includes coffee, lunch and a binder.

ZinCo Green Roof Seminars 2009:

VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA, MARCH 24, 2009
LOCATION: Vancouver Library, Morris J. meeting Room
TIME: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

TORONTO, CANADA, APRIL 08, 2009
LOCATION: Ontario Association of Architects Building (see map)
TIME: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Visit the ZinCo Canada seminar website.


April 1-2: 20th Anniversary GLOBALCON: Energy, Power, & Facility Management Strategies & Technologies, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Source: GlobalCon

Decision makers from business, industry and government must now seek integrated energy solutions — solutions which assure both a secure and affordable power supply, and effective management of both energy and overall operational costs. Globalcon 2009 -- presented by the Association of Energy Engineers and now celebrating its 20th anniversary as a major energy industry event -- is designed specifically to facilitate those who need to get up to speed on the latest developments in the energy field, explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply options, and learn about innovative and cost-conscious project implementation strategies.

Visit the GlobalCon website.


March 28-29: Seattle Green Festival, Seattle, Washington, USA
Source: Green Festivals

Welcome to the Seattle Green Festival™, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America. Named one of the top 10 green cities in the U.S. in 2005 by National Geographic’s The Green Guide, what better place to celebrate an urban community’s vision of green than Seattle? Led by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment, the City of Seattle is proud to co-host the Green Festival in the Pacific Northwest.

Discover some of the best green products and services the Northwest has to offer. And, through Seattle Climate Action Now!, Clean & Green Seattle, and the city’s many other climate projects, you’ll learn how neighbors, community nonprofits and city departments are working together to make their city a healthier place to live.

We’re celebrating what’s working in our communities—for people, business and the environment. Join us in Seattle for 2 days filled with the best in green!

> 125 renowned authors, leaders & educators
> 350 eco-friendly businesses in a unique marketplace
> Workshops, green films, kids’ activities, live music & more
> Delicious, organic, vegetarian cuisine

Visit the Seattle Green Festival website.


March 27–29: The Energy Trust Better Living Home and Garden Show, Portland, Oregon, USA
Source: The Energy Trust Better Living Home and Garden Show

Join us at The Energy Trust Better Living Home and Garden Show at the Portland Expo Center.  We produce the largest sustainable lifestyle event in the Northwest.  Find everything green, good and sustainable in one place - Portland, Oregon.  If you are looking to live a more earth friendly life, this is the festival for you.  Seminars, workshops and music add to the expo.

Live well and have fun doing it.  Earth friendly products for you, your home and garden.  From cutting edge technologies and eco chic fashion to better energy efficiency and sustainable outdoor living, if it's green and it's beautiful - it's here! And best yet, admission is FREE!  We'll introduce you to businesses and groups in our region that will help you make choices you feel good about. All presented in an entertaining way like you've never seen before.  If you are going green, this festival is simply too good to miss.

Admission is free to this show.

Visit The Energy Trust Better Living Home and Garden Show website, and contact Michael O'Loughlin for this and other trade shows at molfamily@earthlink.net.


March 28: Earth Hour @ 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time, The World
Source: Earth Hour

Turn out. Take action. Be part of this historic event. March 28, 2009, 8:30 pm local time
World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions.  Sign-up!

3,900 CITIES AND TOWNS IN 84 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD WILL TURN OUT FOR EARTH HOUR: More than 300 cities and towns in the U.S. representing 43 states and the District of Columbia are going dark as part of the largest global climate event in history. Before the rooster crows in most American cities on Saturday morning, lights will already have gone dark in cities like Christchurch, Sydney and Brisbane. By breakfast time on the U.S. East Coast, the cities of Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore and Manila will be celebrating the arrival of the largest global climate event in history. Just before lunchtime in America, the lights will be dimming in Mumbai, Amman and Dubai. And by early afternoon in New York, it will be lights out in Paris, Istanbul, London and Copenhagen.

On March 28 you can VOTE EARTH by switching off your lights for one hour. Or you can vote global warming by leaving your lights on.

The results of the election are being presented at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.  We want one billion votes for Earth, to tell world leaders that we have to take action against global warming.

This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

Publisher's Note:  This is Greenroofs.com's second year participating in Earth Hour - won't you join us?

Visit the Earth Hour website.


March 27: Green Roof Design 101 Introductory Course, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Source: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

The Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Green Roof Design 101 Introductory Course (2nd Ed.) will be held on Wednesday, March 27th, 2009.

Location:
Southface Energy Institute
Home Depot Training Center
241 Pine Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308


This introductory training course on green roof design presents many of the tools and techniques needed to meet your green roof project objectives on schedule, to specification, and within budget. The focus of the training will be on enhancing your skills in:

Identifying the costs and benefits of green roofs to reach your green roof performance goals;
Identifying a variety of green roof products and understanding the performance criteria of different green roof elements, and their relevance to your design intent;
Understanding the major design principles for a successful green roof project and the causes for error which might lead to an unsuccessful green roof project;
Determining the various professions and competencies required to optimally implement your successful green roof project.
Green Roof Design 101 is one of the four courses in the Green Roof Professional (GRP) accreditation program. See the GRP Accreditation tab for more information on accreditation.

Tuition:

EARLY BIRD RATE - Register on or before March 13th, 2009 for $299 (GRHC Individual members) or $349 (non-members).


Tuition for this one-day course is $349 US for GRHC Individual members and $399 US for non-members. For information on membership, or to apply online, click here.

Tuition includes course materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks. If paying by cheque, please note it must be received in our office no later than one week before the event. Registrations may be canceled by a participant up to THREE DAYS prior to the event, and will incur a $50 cancellation fee. We regret that we cannot cancel a registration after that point.

Trainer:

Jennifer Sprout

Association Credits:

Those using AIA, RCI, ASLA or APLD credits for application toward their local/regional association or for license renewal can acquire 7.5 education credits for participating. Please see the Continuing Education Credits tab for more details.

For further information on the GRHC training courses, please contact their Training Department at 416.971.4494, ext. 300, or email training@greenroofs.org.

Visit the registration site for the March 27th Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Green Roof Design 101 Introductory Course (2nd Ed.) course here.


March 27: Introduction to Green Roofs, Manchester, England, UK
Source: The Green Roof Centre

The Green Roof Centre - established by the University of Sheffield and Groundwork Sheffield (Green Box Group) working in partnership with the four South Yorkshire Local Authorities, is holding a series of one day greenroof training courses entitled "Introduction to Green Roofs."

Delivered by Jeff Sorrill Manager of The Green Roof Centre.  Jeff has been involved in all aspects of green roof design and construction since the The Centre’s inception, and is now regarded as one of the UK’s leading green roof experts.

Basics and Benefits
• Green roof basic principles
• Relevant legislation
• Benefits and barriers to implementation
• Design principles
• Construction process
• Exclusive site visits to a range of green roofs

Green Box Group is a leading provider of training, products and business advice to support the sustainable economic development of business.

Visit the Green Box Group website for training course information.


March 25-26: Greenprints 2009 Sustainable Communities by Design, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Source: Southface Energy Institute

The Greenprints Sustainable Communities by Design Conference and Tradeshow, a leading southeastern green building symposium, will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on March 25 and 26, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.  Join green building professionals, policy makers and industry experts as they come together at Greenprints to share trends, strategies and the latest environmental technologies in a stimulating and interdisciplinary environment.  Learn how Atlanta measures up as a sustainable city and explore smarter ways to “green” your city.  Plan now to attend the region’s most acclaimed event of its kind, the Greenprints Conference and Tradeshow, hosted by the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority and Southface.

Edward Mazria - noted founder of the 2030 challenge, is the Keynote Speaker.
Joseph Lstiburek - Commercial Track Master Speaker
Ellen Dunham-Jones - Communities Track Master Speaker
Edward Pollock - Residential Track Master Speaker

"We are excited to include a “conference within a conference” in partnership with ULI Atlanta this year. This joint conference includes sessions focused on delivery of green developments in the real world. These sessions intend to show all aspect of green development delivery including pro forma analysis, cost and financing of green building as well as tax credits for sustainable technology."

Visit the Greenprints Conference website.


March 24: ZinCo Green Roof Seminar, Vancouver. B.C., Canada
Source: ZinCo Canada

For the Green Roof professional ZinCo Canada provides a full day of Green Roof Seminars.  The seminars review the newest trends and product information to enable you as Green Roof professional to achieve your full potential in Green Roof Design and Installation.  The seminars include topics as:


Green Roof policies and standards, the benefits of Green Roofs, roof technology in combination with Green Roofs and Green roof technology with a focus on various drainage layers, growing mediums and plant material. The seminars also show you how you can install extensive green roofs on traditional flat roofs or sloped applications, intensive roof gardens on apartment buildings or parking decks on top of an underground parking garage. For over 40 years ZinCo has pioneered the development of a wide range of proven green roof systems designed to succeed in virtually any landscape hardiness zone. The seminars will be supported with several of our reference projects from Canada and all over the world. This introduction to Green Roofs will give you inspiration and many tools and techniques to design or install your specific Green Roof project. We are looking forward to seeing you at on of our ZinCo Green Roof Seminars.

Who should attend:

Architects - Landscape Architects - Specifiers - Roof Consultants - Roof Contractors -Landscape Contractors - Engineers - Developers - Government

Information + Fee:

The seminars will be given a number of times a year. Would you like to attend please fill in the form or call us at 906-690-1661. The fee for the full day Green Roof seminar is $ 125,-- and includes coffee, lunch and a binder.

ZinCo Green Roof Seminars 2009:

VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA, MARCH 24, 2009
LOCATION: Vancouver Library, Morris J. meeting Room
TIME: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


TORONTO, APRIL 08, 2009
LOCATION: Ontario Association of Architects Building (see map)
TIME: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Visit the ZinCo Canada seminar website 


March 18-22: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, San Francisco, California, USA
Source: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

You are invited to join the fun at the 2009 SAN FRANCISCO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW annual celebration, held on March 18 - 22, 2009 at the San Mateo Event Center.  Twenty-five display gardens created by some of the best designers, landscapers and horticulturists in the West will demonstrate drought tolerant and native plants, container gardening, edibles, low maintenance gardening and green roofs. Recycled materials, green technology and sustainability will be popular themes throughout.

Visit the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show website.  


March 16: Deadline to apply for a NYC greenroof tax abatement, New York, New York, USA
Source: New York City Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability

Any solar installers or buildings owners in New York City who have a project that they think qualifies for an abatement this year should immediately contact Bonnie Gerard (212-442-1239 or bgerard@buildings.nyc.gov) as soon as possible. Department of Buildings is finalizing the checklist and application forms for the abatement.

Read "Planning on a Greenroof or Solar in NYC? Read this Now!" for more info.


March 13-15: Go Green Expo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Source: George Irwin, Green Living Technologies

Go Green Expo, the nation's premier eco-friendly trade show, is coming to the PA Convention Center March 13th - 15th!  We would like to invite you to visit George Irwin as the "Green Wall Editor" on Sunday, March 15 at 3pm discussing Green Homes 101.  Go Green Expo, Green Living Technologies and the "Green Wall Editor" are pleased to offer you complimentary admission, simply visit http://www.gogreenexpo.com and use promo code PAGREEN when registering for tickets.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
www.PAconvention.com

Panel Discussions & Speaker sessions: Download full schedule here (PDF).

Visit the Go Green Expo website, and the Philadelphia page here.


March 10-12: NESEA BuildingEnergy09, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Source: NESEA

Now in its 34th year, NESEA is proud to present BuildingEnergy09, bringing together the professionals and decision-makers who shape the practice of sustainability. Held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA, nearly 200 of the country's best presenters will define the leading edge of smart building, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Successful retrofit and new construction projects demand the best tools and solutions. The whole systems approach to sustainability that BE09 embraces will give you a competitive edge in a growing market. Save the date!

Recommended for architects, engineers, builders, building systems designers and owners, facility managers, developers, investors, real estate professionals, municipal & building code officials, sustainability coordinators, policy makers, planners and students.

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the Northeast’s leading organization of professionals working in sustainable energy, whole systems thinking and green technologies. NESEA advances the adoption and practical application of sustainable, low carbon energy practices. NESEA accomplishes this through a number of ongoing programs and annual events. NESEA is a proud chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).

Visit the NESEA BuildingEnergy09 conference website to register and learn more.


March 5: Vegetative Roof Systems for Roofing Contractors: Your Rewards, Responsibilities and Risks, Chicago, Illinois, USA
March 11: Vegetative Roof Systems for Roofing Contractors: Your Rewards, Responsibilities and Risks, Seattle, Washington, USA
Source: National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)

The National Roofing Contractors Association will present five one-day conferences specifically designed for roofing contractors and those who are interested in properly designing, installing and maintaining vegetative roof systems.  Vegetative Roof Systems for Roofing Contractors: Your Rewards, Responsibilities and Risks will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of vegetative roof systems, essential waterproofing requirements, construction details, growing media and vegetation, and building code compliance.  In addition, our experts will identify roofing contractors’ responsibilities, as well as clarify the functions and duties of other related trades, and offer recommendations for successful coordination of all parties involved in the installation and ongoing maintenance of a vegetative roof system.

Join industry technical professionals including NRCA’s Mark Graham and Jim Kirby, along with Kelly Luckett, president of Green Roof Blocks, Florissant, Mo., and learn how to build a thriving and profitable vegetative roof systems business.

March 5: Chicago Sheraton Gateway Suites Chicago O’Hare, 6501 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL 60018 Phone: 847-699-3525

March 11: Seattle Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport, 18740 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188 Phone: 206-439-6107

Below are all of the 2009 dates:

Feb. 18: Baltimore, MD
Feb. 26: Atlanta, GA
March 5: Chicago, IL
March 11: Seattle, WA
April 23: Boston, MA

Tuition: NRCA members $295; nonmembers: $395

Visit the NRCA website, or for more information about this course, click here or call NRCA’s Customer Service Department, at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722).   


March 6: Creating Green Roofs: The Next Steps, New York, New York, USA
Source: The New York Botanical Garden

Creating Green Roofs: The Next Steps
The New York Botanical Garden
Watson Building
200th Street and Kazimiroff Blvd.
Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road
Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. –5:15 p.m.


As a follow up to the previous green roof symposia, The New York Botanical Garden presents in-depth classes about green roof design and construction, from installation to choosing the right plants. Green roofs are not only aesthetically pleasing, they also reduce storm water run-off and insulate buildings. Learn about this cutting-edge technology and how to implement it from experts in their field. Participants select as many as three from six topics including Myths and Common Mistakes in Building Green Roofs, Green Roof Plants, and Installing a Green Roof - see below.

The fee for each Creating Green Roofs: The Next Steps session is $48 for non-members and $44 for members.  Attend all three sessions and receive a 10% discount.

Green Roof Basics
Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Everybody talks about green roofs, but what are they and why should we build them? What are the most convincing arguments to build green roofs? Susanne Boyle, Senior Landscape Architect at The RBA group, highlights green roof functions, aesthetic and ecological benefits, and discusses green roofs in the context of our cityscapes.

New Legislation Financially Supports Green Roof Development
Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Many municipalities have encouraged green roof development; however, a financial incentive is necessary to see enough green roofs built to have a meaningful cumulative impact. Grass roots efforts resulted in a tax incentive for many New York City property owners. Robert Crauderueff, Policy Director at Sustainable South Bronx, will walk you through the steps to harvest these benefits.

LEED Certification: Choosing the right Plants
Friday, March 6, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Obtaining credits for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is part of the agenda of many builders and developers. While using native plants and a diverse plant community are important goals for green roof designs, they do not work best in every situation. Ed Snodgrass, owner and president of Emory Knoll Farms, Inc. and Green Roof Plants, will discuss what works and what does not in order to achieve your LEED credits.

Installing a Green Roof
Friday, March 6, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Once a design is finalized, preparations for installation can begin. Learn to calculate material quantities and discuss the various ways the material gets up to the roof. Jörg Breuning, co-founder of Green Roof Service, LLC, will discuss liability, the permit process and insurance issues.

Green Roof Plants: Design Consideration and Maintenance Implications
Friday, March 6, 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

A common assumption is that there is no maintenance needed once a green roof is built. However, the design determines not only plant choices, but also maintenance. Ed Snodgrass, owner and president of Emory Knoll Farms, Inc. and Green Roof Plants, will cover some of the most common green roof design choices, such as meadow-style planting, self sowing and massing, and their implication for maintenance.

Myths and Common Mistakes in Building Green Roofs
Friday, March 6, 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Every new technique and standard of development needs to be evaluated, and green roofs are no exception. Jörg Breuning, co-founder of Green Roof Service, LLC, will teach you how to improve your design and avoid some common mistakes and a few myths associated with green roofs.

Visit The New York Botanical Garden website, and to register or for more information, call 718.817.8747 or visit the Continuing Education page


March 3-5: Ecobuild 2009, London, England, UK
Source: Ecobuild

Ecobuild is the world's biggest event dedicated to sustainable design, construction and the built environment. Now in its fifth year, Ecobuild 2009 will attract in excess of 800 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors, and host more than 100 seminar and conference sessions along with dozens of topical and inspiring visitor attractions.

Ecobuild started life in September 2004 as a small "green building" conference alongside another event at The Truman Brewery in London's Brick Lane. Almost immediately it developed a following amongst pioneering architects and designers and attracted a small community of suppliers of innovative sustainable construction products.

Such was the enthusiasm that the first Ecobuild proper took place less than a year later, in June 2005, at the QEII Conference Centre. Having outgrown that venue, Ecobuild moved - along with its sister event, Futurebuild - to London's Earls Court in 2006 where it has more than doubled in size and attendance every year since.

Over 500 exhibitors and nearly 26,000 visitors took part in 2008, making Ecobuild the biggest event dedicated to sustainable design, construction and the built environment in the world.

Visit the Ecobuild website.


March 1: Call for Submissions due - Green Roofs Awards of Excellence 2009, North America
Source: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
GREEN ROOF AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE 2009

Awards presented Friday, June 5th, 2009, at the 7th Annual Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards, and Trade Show in Atlanta, GA.

Design Awards: Entry forms due by Sunday, March 1

The Design Awards acknowledge excellence in innovative and integrative green roof design and raise awareness of the multiple benefits that green roofs can provide clients and the general public. This year there are seven design award categories: three for extensive green roofs, those with 6 inches or less of growing medium throughout; three for intensive green roofs, those with more than six inches of growing medium or less (this category includes semi-intensive green roofs as well, i.e., those with a mix of more and less that six inches of growing medium), and one for green walls. Three different categories of buildings will be awarded. New and existing or retrofit projects will not be differentiated. Residential buildings can be either single family and/or multi-unit. Applicants may submit more than one project for the same, or different award categories. The award categories are:

• Intensive Industrial/Commercial or Extensive Industrial/Commercial
• Intensive Institutional or Extensive Institutional
• Intensive Residential or Extensive Residential
• Green Walls Award

Green Roof Design Submission Forms (.doc, 290 KB)
Green Wall Design Submission Forms (.doc, 287 KB)

Research Awards: Entry forms due by Sunday, March 1

The Research Awards honour individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the green roof industry in research. Completed nomination forms can be emailed to awards@greenroofs.org.

Research Awards Nomination Form (.doc, ~240 KB)
Dr. David Beattie Lifetime Achievement Award in Green Roof/Wall Research Nomination Form (.doc, ~240 KB)

Civic Awards – Government and Non-Government: Entry forms due by Sunday, March 1

The Civic Awards – Government and Non-Government honour individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the green roof industry in policy development. Completed nomination forms can be emailed to awards@greenroofs.org.

Civic Awards - Government and Non-Government Nomination Form (.doc, ~245 KB)  


February 18: Vegetative Roof Systems for Roofing Contractors: Your Rewards, Responsibilities and Risks, Linthicum, Maryland, USA

February 26: Vegetative Roof Systems for Roofing Contractors: Your Rewards, Responsibilities and Risks, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Source: National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)

The National Roofing Contractors Association will present five one-day conferences specifically designed for roofing contractors and those who are interested in properly designing, installing and maintaining vegetative roof systems.  Vegetative Roof Systems for Roofing Contractors: Your Rewards, Responsibilities and Risks will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of vegetative roof systems, essential waterproofing requirements, construction details, growing media and vegetation, and building code compliance.  In addition, our experts will identify roofing contractors’ responsibilities, as well as clarify the functions and duties of other related trades, and offer recommendations for successful coordination of all parties involved in the installation and ongoing maintenance of a vegetative roof system.

Join industry technical professionals including NRCA’s Mark Graham and Jim Kirby, along with Kelly Luckett, president of Green Roof Blocks, Florissant, Mo., and learn how to build a thriving and profitable vegetative roof systems business.

Feb. 18: Baltimore Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel, 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum, MD 21090 Phone: 443-577-2721

Feb. 26: Atlanta Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport, 1900 Sullivan Road, College Park, GA 30337 Phone: 770-994-2485

Below are all of the 2009 dates:

Feb. 18: Baltimore, MD
Feb. 26: Atlanta, GA
March 5: Chicago, IL
March 11: Seattle, WA
April 23: Boston, MA

Tuition: NRCA members $295; nonmembers: $395

Visit the NRCA website, or for more information about this course, click here or call NRCA’s Customer Service Department, at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722).


February 18-22: Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle, Washington, USA
Source: Northwest Flower & Garden Show

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show was held at the Washington State Convention Center, 7th & Pike, Seattle, WA, on February 18-22, Wed-Sat: 9am - 8pm, Su: 9am - 6pm.  You are invited to join the fun at the annual celebration. An entertaining floral funfest for you and your friends.  Thousands upon thousands of flowers and plants with all their rich colors, fragrances and textures.  Six acres of inspiring gardens, free seminars for all gardening levels, and shopping at 350 exhibits all strictly related to gardening, outdoor living and gardeners.

Visit the Northwest Flower & Garden Show website.  


February 20: ASLA Call for Presentations for 2009 Annual Meeting & EXPO due, USA
Source: ASLA

The call for presentations for the ASLA 2009 Annual Meeting and EXPO is now closed.  If you are interested in presenting and sharing your knowledge with the landscape architecture profession, we encourage you to submit a proposal online for consideration.  The call for presentations was open until February 20, 2009.

The annual meeting and EXPO will be held September 18-21 in Chicago and we are expecting another record-breaking attendance. The 2009 meeting theme will be Beyond Sustainability: Regenerating Places and People.

Visit the Education Session Overview page, and the ASLA website.
 


February 17: Green roofs - Basic principles and design, Glasgow, Scotland
Source: CIRIA

These green roof sessions have been developed in partnership between CIRIA, the Green Roof consultancy and
Livingroofs.org who are working together to deliver guidance on the implementation of green roofs, green walls and other biodiversity features. The training will enable delegates to efficiently plan, design and manage green roofs in accordance with best practice guidance and the relevant regulatory framework. Below are all of the dates:

9 October 2008, Bristol
28 October 2008, Belfast
25 November 2008, London
20 January 2009, Sheffield
17 February 2009, Glasgow

Register and visit the CIRIA training website


February 12: 7th National Green Roof Conference (7. Internationales FBB-Gründach-Symposium - Neues aus Forschung und Praxis), Ditzingen, Germany
Source: Prof. Dr. Manfred Köhler, FBB


The FBB (association of green covered buildings Germany) is a non-governmental, non profit organization to promote all national activities of green roofs (extensive and intensive), green facades and other technology on greenery related functions in architecture.  Some members from foreign countries are also part of the FBB-community.

See the International FBB-Greenroof Symposium Agenda, in German, here.  Contact info: Prof. Dr. Manfred Köhler
koehler@hs-nb.de.

Visit the FBB Conference website.  


February 11-12: Better Buildings By Design Conference 2009, Burlington, Vermont, USA
Source: Efficiency Vermont

Better Buildings by Design 2009 was held on February 11 & 12 at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont. Better Buildings by Design is the region's premier design and construction conference, featuring interactive learning about building durability, efficiency, and value for both residential and commercial projects.

HEAR FROM THE EXPERTS
Find out what works, what doesn't, and what you can put into practice immediately through the research and experience of nationally and locally recognized leaders in the field.


EARN CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Attend our Better Buildings By Design workshops to earn continuing education credits.

STRENGTHEN YOUR COMPETITIVE EDGE
Learn the latest techniques and technologies for superior building performance, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. Choose from more than 30 workshops in four different learning tracks.

MAKE KEY CONTACTS
Network with the region's top design and construction professionals who share your commitment to quality construction, energy efficiency, aesthetic integrity, occupant health and comfort, and environmental stewardship.

SEE THE LATEST PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Visit the Better Buildings By Design Conference 2009 website.


February 10: Introduction to Green Roofs, Sheffield, England, UK
Source: The Green Roof Centre

The Green Roof Centre - established by the University of Sheffield and Groundwork Sheffield working in partnership with the four South Yorkshire Local Authorities, is holding a series of one day greenroof training courses entitled "Introduction to Green Roofs."  The course will be held on the 10th of February, 2009 from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm at the ICOSS Building in Sheffield, UK.

Who should attend?
The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in green roofs and does not require any previous knowledge of the technology.

Content
Each day course consists of a series of presentations from experts in the field, followed by a mini-tour of green roofs across South Yorkshire, giving delegates an unique opportunity to see for themselves the range, diversity and potential of green roofs.

Cost
£225 + VAT This includes lunch and training notes.

If you have any questions please contact Anna Cooper, Green Roof Officer on 0114 263 6425 or email anna@thegreenroofcentre.co.uk.

Visit The Green Roof Centre website for booking and more info.  


February 4-6: Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference, Washington, D.C., USA
Source: Blue Green Alliance


New Congress. New administration. The future of green jobs is now.  The Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference - the leading forum for shaping the national debate about investment in clean energy and green technologies - was held on February 4–6 in Washington, D.C.  Government decision-makers and elected officials will join more than 2,000 labor, environmental and business advocates to forge and agenda for a refashioned, green economy.

The 2009 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference will set the stage for stakeholders from across the country to forge an agenda for realizing the enormous opportunities we can achieve by investing in green jobs. Prominent national leaders and Workshop Sessions to explore new ideas and exchange best practices; Green Jobs Expo featuring various companies, academic institutions and organizations displaying green technology or products from manufacturing; and Green Jobs Advocacy Day – Conference participants head up to Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers about the new, green economy.

The Green Jobs Expo will showcase the many pathways to green jobs and careers. Free and open to the public, the Expo is Feb. 5, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at the Marriott Wardman Park.  The District of Columbia will anchor the Expo with over 20 booths to display its efforts to build a more sustainable city.  Visit over 85 booths from academic institutions, manufacturers, non-profit agencies, corporations and governmental agencies highlighting interactive and dynamic displays that portray a multitude of career options in the emerging green economy. The Green Jobs Expo Theater will feature presentations throughout the day on trends and academic programs in green jobs.

Visit the Green Jobs Conference 2009 website.  


February 1-5: NRCA Convention and International Roofing Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Source: NRCA

NRCA's 122nd Annual Convention was held in conjunction with Hanley Wood’s 2009 International Roofing Expo (IRE) at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV on February 1-5, 2009.  To take your business to a whole new level, participate and you will:

Discover hundreds of new products and ideas in the exhibit hall.

Acquire industry knowledge through new, accredited educational programs. You can choose from more than 50 topics, including technical, green, workplace safety, leadership/management and general business issues tracks.

Explore the industry’s most innovative, time-saving and cost-effective products that are changing the face of the industry in the New Product Pavilion.

Network with colleagues and peers (new and familiar) at the NRCA Luncheon and NRCA Cocktail and Awards Reception, on the trade show floor and during the educational sessions.

Learn from and connect with respected experts throughout the industry who will provide real-world solutions to current challenges.

Register here and visit the NRCA Convention page.


January 26-29: US Composting Council's 17th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Houston, Texas, USA
Source: USCC

The only national conference run by & for composting & organics recycling professionals, the US Composting Council's (USCC) 17th Annual Conference & Tradeshow was held at the Westin Galleria, Houston, TX on January 26-29, 2009. Join us for The Largest Conference & Exhibition in North America for the Composting, Wood Waste & Organics Recycling Industry.

Conference Highlights Include: more than 100 educational and technical presentations and workshops on every aspect of Composting & the Benefits of Compost Use, Organics Recycling, Anaerobic Digestion and other Alternative Treatment Technologies, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Organics & Composting, Carbon Credits, Energy from Organics, Renewable Energy, Biodegradable/Compostable Plastics, State Composting Regulations & Standards; 11 training courses; more than 100 exhibitors; "Live" Equipment Demonstrations from 20+ manufacturers & Compost Facility tours, "Tools of the Trade" workshop: the 5th annual Showcase of compost products; the 3rd annual "experts corner"; certification exams & CEU's; raffles and giveaways of thousands of $'s worth of USCC publications & much more...Join us for THE Most Important Composting & Organics Recycling Event of 2009.

Many pre-conference trainings and workshops include these Green Roofs for Healthy Cities courses on January 29, 2009:

"Green Roof Design 101" Training Course, taught by Jennifer Sprout of GRHC - For course description & agenda click here;
NEW for 2009! Green Roof Infrastructure: Plants and Growing Medium 401, taught by Patrick Carey of hadj design - For course description & agenda click here.

Early Registration Closed December 24!

Visit the US Composting Council website.


January 27: Living Roofs and Walls, London, England
Source: BD Conferences

Living Roofs and Walls is a BD event which will give architects, building engineers and planning professionals a practical guide to incorporating living roofs and walls into new developments and retrofitting to existing structures, to be held on the 27th January 2009 at the America Square Conference Centre, London EC3N. The London Plan expects major developments to incorporate living roofs and walls where feasible. More and more local authorities are altering their planning guidelines to encourage the implementation of living roofs and walls. The environmental benefits are clear:


The relief of increased pressures on urban land, preventing water run-off, promoting biodiversity, increasing accessible green space, and improving local climate conditions. The installation of this technology can also help you meet planning
guidelines and get applications passed as well as having thermal and waterproofing benefits. However, where previously policy support has been weak, this is all set to change. Do you have all the technical information and skills to include living roofs
and walls as a priority in your projects.

BD’s Living Roofs and Walls conference will give architects, landscape architects, building engineers and planning professionals a practical guide to incorporating living roofs and walls into new developments and retrofitting to existing structures.

Key topics to be discussed:

Attend this essential forum to acquire the most up-to-date information, hear leading case studies and meet the key industry players.
• Using living roofs and walls to meet planning guidelines
• Hear a live costing of different green roof scenarios on an example building
• Reviewing the latest green roof technology and installation techniques
• Comparing and contrasting Scandinavian case studies
• Exploring the environmental, thermal and creative possibilities for green walls.

Download the Living Roofs and Walls Conference PDF.

Visit the BD Conferences website or: Phone: 020 7921 8039 Email: conferences@cmpi.biz


January 23-25: Go Green Expo, Los Angeles, California, USA
Source: Go Green Expo

Go Green Expo invites both consumers & business owners to learn more about what is readily available so they can take steps to purchase earth friendly products & services to make our communities greener, one city at a time. The Los Angeles Go Green Expo will be held at the LA Convention Center.

A truly unique event from the ground up, Go Green Expo will change not only the public's perception of environmentalism but also how events like this are produced and managed. Inviting companies large and small to showcase what they are doing to reduce their respective carbon footprint, consumers will have hands on experiences with "eco-friendly" alternatives to current everyday products and services.

Tickets:
Friday: Complimentary to Business Buyers (please bring your business card for admission)
Saturday & Sunday: $10 for a full weekend pass / open to both business buyers & consumers.

Make sure to visit George Irwin, of Green Living™ Technologies, LLC as well as the Green Wall Editor here on Greenroofs.com on the exhibitors floor.

Visit the Go Green Expo Los Angeles web page.


January 20: Green roofs - Basic principles and design, Sheffield, England
Source: CIRIA

These green roof sessions have been developed in partnership between CIRIA, the Green Roof consultancy and
Livingroofs.org who are working together to deliver guidance on the implementation of green roofs, green walls and other biodiversity features. The training will enable delegates to efficiently plan, design and manage green roofs in accordance with best practice guidance and the relevant regulatory framework. Below are all of the dates:

9 October 2008, Bristol
28 October 2008, Belfast
25 November 2008, London
20 January 2009, Sheffield
17 February 2009, Glasgow

Register and visit the CIRIA training website.

 


January 19: Deadline for Vertical Gardens Call for Proposal from SEA (Social-Environmental Aesthetics) Project of EXIT ART, New York, New York, USA
Source: Steve Williams, BUILDINGGREENER LLC

In 2009 - 2010 Exit Art’s subterranean venue, Exit Underground, will present five exhibitions for its new initiative SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics). SEA is a unique endeavor that presents a diverse multimedia exhibition program and permanent archive of artworks that address social and environmental concerns.

We are asking artists to consider the following exhibition themes in the context of SEA’s central mission: to provide a vehicle through which the public can be made aware of socially and environmentally-engaged work, and to provide a forum for collaboration between artists, scientists, activists, scholars and the public. SEA functions as an initiative where individuals can join together in dialogue about issues that affect our daily lives.

Exit Underground's gallery is a unique space that is roughly 480 square feet with eight-foot ceilings. We are looking for work in the mediums of video, photography, painting, drawing, audio, poetry, and installation - the work MUST be sized appropriately for Exit Underground. Due to the nature of the space, we are limited to presenting work on the wall.

VERTICAL GARDENS - DUE JANUARY 19, 2009

The past decade has seen an emergence of green roofs and vertical gardens created by artists, designers, architects and urban gardeners to combat the lack of flora in the city. Buildings around the world — from the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, to the Queens Botanical Garden in New York — have embraced green walls or roofs for all their economical, environmental, and aesthetic values. On a more practical level, vertical farms and gardens are being envisioned as new ways to feed local and organic foods to city dwellers. Based on the principles of hydroponics, vertical gardens would also be largely self-sustaining because they would capture large amounts of natural sunlight and water, and could use wind as an energy source. Will Allen — the Milwaukee-based farmer who recently won a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, and whose two-acre organization, Growing Power, produces over $500,000 worth of affordable produce, meat and fish — has said: “I’d like to see Growing Power transform itself into a five-story vertical building being totally off the grid with renewable energy.” In a country where cities are suffocated by industrial materials, where can green space exist? One answer is: Up.

These and other urban parks and gardens provide areas for socialization and recreation; a location for a city farm or community land-trust; an outlet through which hundreds of people can learn about farming and agriculture; and the addition of much needed plant and animal life to the otherwise concrete jungle.

We would like artists to submit work that explores the idea of the green roof and/or the vertical garden. Artists can, but are not limited to, create a structural rendering, examine the benefits or shortfalls, or respond critically to these sustainable gardens. EXTENDED DUE JANUARY 19, 2009.

Visit the EXIT ART website to apply and for more info.  


January 17, 2009: Green Roofs for Sustainable Landscapes Program, Greenville, Delaware, USA
Source: Philly.com Garden Calendar


Mt. Cuba Center is a 650-acre non-profit horticultural institution in northern Delaware. We’re dedicated to the study, conservation, and appreciation of plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont Region through garden display, education, and research. Our woodland wildflower gardens are recognized as the region’s finest.

Event Information
Does the concept of a living roof fascinate you?

Date: Saturday, January 17
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $35 (lunch included)
Instructor: Sarah Murphy, Greenroof Canopy

This course describes the basics of green roof architecture with emphasis on the aesthetic and ecological benefits. Sarah Murphy illustrated the design process with specific case studies. How to select your system, what plants to choose, and how to maintain your greenroof will be discussed in this innovative and informative class.

Green Roofs for Sustainable Landscapes Program on creating and maintaining a green roof, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 at Mount Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin, Del. Fee: $35 includes lunch.

Visit the Mt. Cuba Center website, or to pre-register call: 302-234-4244 or visit the Green Roofs for Sustainable Landscapes Program page.


Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Summer – Fall Professional Calendar

Work towards your Green Roof Professional (GRP) designation by attending GRHC training courses. To register, visit www.greenroofs.org/educationAlways check their website, as course dates are subject to change.

Green Roof Boot Camps - Intensive 4-day events for GRP candidates (courses can be taken separately or combined). Register no later than two weeks in advance for a 10% early bird discount on boot camp courses only.

Toronto:
Green Roof Design 101: September 10
Green Roof Design & Installation 201: September 11
Green Roof Waterproofing & Drainage 301: September 12
Green Roof Plants & Growing Media 401: September 13

New York:
Green Roof Design 101: October 1
Green Roof Design & Installation 201: October 2
Green Roof Waterproofing & Drainage 301: October 3
Green Roof Plants & Growing Media 401: October 4

San Francisco:
Green Roof Design 101: October 8
Green Roof Design & Installation 201: October 9
Green Roof Waterproofing & Drainage 301: October 10
Green Roof Plants & Growing Media 401: October 11

Green Roof Professional (GRP) Accreditation Exam
Chicago: September 18
New York: October 16
Toronto: October 19
Seattle: October 30

Green Roof Design 101
Vancouver: July 29
Montreal: September 30
Boston: October 7
Washington, DC: October 14

Green Roof Design & Installation 201
New York: August 5
Indianapolis: August 11
San Francisco: August 12
Chicago: September 16
Minneapolis: September 23
Denver: September 23

Green Roof Waterproofing & Drainage 301
Boston: September 23
Austin: September 25

Green Roof Plants & Growing Media 401
Vancouver: August 12
Chicago: August 19
New York: September 16
Atlanta: October 7
Minneapolis: October 14

Green Infrastructure Workshop (NEW!)
Vancouver: July 30

Note: Course dates subject to change. Please see web site: www.greenroofs.org/education for more details and to register for courses.


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