Portland Adopts a Green Roof Requirement in the Central City 2035 Plan

June 13, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

Portland is changing the Nature of its rooftops!

Green roof advocates everywhere are celebrating the recently adopted Portland Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035 Plan), which includes a mandate for vegetated roofing.  The Ecoroof Requirement, as it is called, goes into effect starting July 2018 and includes buildings in the Central City over net 20,000 square feet, with rooftop parking exempt.

The green roof must cover 100% of the roof (that includes appropriate vegetated free zones), with up to 40% exemptions for rooftop mechanical equipment.

“The CC2035 Plan establishes a new generation of goals and tools to ensure the city center becomes an even more thriving economic, cultural, educational and recreational hub for the region over the next 20+ years.” ~ The City of Portland Oregon, Planning and Sustainability

The success of this landmark mandate is due to a united effort between local nonprofits, community members, and our elected officials.  The Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT) has been supporting the City of Portland with green roof studies, symposia and stakeholder testimony throughout the years leading to the development of the requirement.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Greenroofs.com, the Audubon Society, Portland State University, and various local stakeholders have also had a significant impact on the awareness and research of green roofing in Portland and beyond.

Previous Portland Ecoroof Incentive

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

The new Ecoroof Requirement within the Portland Central City 2035 Plan revisits the previous successful Portland Ecoroof Incentive:

“From 2008 to 2012, Environmental Services offered property owners and developers an ecoroof construction incentive of $5 per square foot. Ecoroof costs vary according to project size, design and complexity. Environmental Services granted almost $2 million in incentives that helped fund over 130 projects that created more than 8 acres of ecoroofs that manage an average of 4.4 million gallons of stormwater annually.” ~ The City of Portland, Oregon, Environmental Services

Stewardship for the environment and human health does not get bestowed upon us from the top-down.  For a new paradigm to take root, communities must unite toward a goal, and then stick together throughout all of the challenges and objections that arise.  It is our own responsibility to keep our municipal, state, and national leaders on track and informed to protect our resources and enhance our livelihoods.

Portland has spoken, adding our voice to the swelling tidal wave of cities incorporating green roofs into their long-term plans for urban resiliency.

~ Elizabeth Hart Morris, CDT, GRP, President, GRiT Board of Directors



Portland Central City 2035 Plan

On June 20, 2018 GRiT held a big tour of the Multnomah County Building (Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof at the Multnomah Building) last week to celebrate the new Ecoroof Requirement.


GRiT is the Green Roof Info Think-tank

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

The Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT) is a network of businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers and community members joining together to grow the knowledge and use of green roofs in the Pacific NW. GRiT is a registered 501c-3 non-profit organization. We host monthly meetings, seasonal tours, lectures, community outreach efforts, and semi-annual green roof symposia, among many other fun events.

GRiT was established in 2009 by volunteers looking for ways to advance the green roof industry in Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.  Over the following years, GRiT served as a forum for sharing research, building relationships, and promoting the green roof industry.

Visit www.greenroofthinktank.org.


Elizabeth Hart Morris

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

Elizabeth Hart Morris, CDT, GRP is the President of Green Up LLC, a woman-owned roof consulting firm based in Portland, Oregon. She is also co-founder of MycoCycle which focuses on advancing roof recycling technologies. For more than 10 years Elizabeth has been changing the “nature” of commercial roofing through green roof project management, roof recycling, advocacy and nonprofit work.

Elizabeth is also the President of the Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT), a non-profit organization dedicated to growing the knowledge and use of green roofs in the Pacific Northwest, and she serves as the Green Roof Professional (GRP) Education Chair on the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Board of Directors.

Contact Elizabeth at:

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Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC!

June 5, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

CitiesAlive is a Forum for Innovation and Solutions to Urban Challenges

What is the future of our city regions?  Will they be unbearably hot and regularly flooded by intense rains and high tides?  Will they be increasingly unhealthy and more divided between ‘us and them’?  Will there be a lack of green space and job opportunities?

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, CitiesAlive provides green infrastructure solutions to urban challenges by bringing together designers, researchers, contractors, manufacturers, and policymakers.  Discover how to shape a healthier, more resilient future in NYC this September.

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Register before June 29, 2018 to save at Citiesalive.org!

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

On September 25 CitiesAlive is hosting an Emerging Professionals Day.  Comprehensive training courses offer recent graduates the opportunity to enhance their skills and industry professionals the chance to earn CEUs.  Courses such as Green Roof Design & installation, Advanced Green Roof Maintenance, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, and Green Walls 101 offer the most up to date technical information taught by subject matter experts.

In the evening, attend the CitiesAlive Opening Plenary and Reception.  Rafael Espinal, New York City District 37 Council Member, and Alan Steel, President and CEO of the Javits Center, will discuss the future of green roof implementation and policy in New York City.

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

After the Opening Plenary, join attendees on the trade show floor for the Opening Reception.  Enjoy food and drink while connecting with old colleagues and meeting emerging professionals.  Following the reception, LAND8 is hosting an emerging professional happy hour at Kings Beer Hall.  The event is free to attend, but CitiesAlive registrants receive drink tickets.  For those not attending CitiesAlive, there will be a cash bar.

Kings Beer Hall offers over 30 international draft beers and a growing selection of domestic and imported in cans and bottles.  The bar has a pool table, air hockey, beer pong and other arcade games because there is no better ice-breaker than some healthy competition.

On Wednesday, September 26, the Morning Plenary and Keynote will discuss critical green infrastructure investments that will protect New York City as extreme weather events become more common.  The over 80 expert speakers in the technical sessions explore topics like flood management, biodiversity, biophilic design, urban agriculture, vertical forests, coastal greening, green finance, new performance metrics, advancements in green infrastructure policy and regulations, and new research findings.  Engage in an open discussion with industry leaders in new interactive sessions.  Green roof and wall designers, contractors, waterproofing experts and urban agriculture innovators tell all and answer questions from the audience.

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Following a reception on the trade show floor attend the Sightseeing Social on the Hudson, a scenic cruise organized by the 2018 Local Host Committee.  Soak in views of Lower Manhattan and Lady Liberty from the water while enjoying delicious food and bottomless drinks.  CitiesAlive delegates receive a discounted ticket price to the event.

On Thursday, September 27, attend the Morning Keynote and technical sessions.  Outstanding projects will be recognized during the Awards of Excellence Ceremony.  The CitiesAlive Closing Reception will be held at Brooklyn Grange in partnership with Agritecture.  Enjoy delicious locally sourced food, and drinks on the famous Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm!

Guided Tours

On Friday, September 28, explore the best green infrastructure projects in New York City by taking part in one of the many CitiesAlive guided tours!  Explore the expertly designed new Etsy Headquarters in Brooklyn.  The office is a biophilic masterpiece prioritizing employee comfort.  The space features over 11,000 plants and a unique rainwater harvesting system for irrigation.

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The Javits Convention Center boasts the second largest green roof of its kind in the United States.  Take a tour of the iconic structure and learn about a host of sustainable upgrades that have helped to reduce its energy consumption by more than 25% and transform it into a sanctuary for 26 bird species, five bat species and thousands of honey bees.  (They harvest their own honey, too!)

All tours are guided by experts from the design team and offer exclusive insight into the project.  For more information on tours visit citiesalive.org/tours/.

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

All programming and the trade show take place at the stunning New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.  Stay close to the action and take advantage of the special room rate for CitiesAlive attendees, only $309 USD per night!

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CitiesAlive Conference is pending approval for up to 11 Continuing Education / Professional Development Hours by LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, APLD and RCI.


~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Steven Peck, GRHC founder and president at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

June 7: What Green Roofs Can Do for NYC’s Environment and People

June 4, 2018 at 6:26 pm
What Green Roofs Can Do for NYC's Environment and People

The Javits K. Javits Convention Center Green Roof, one of the largest green roofs in the U.S.

What Green Roofs Can Do for NYC’s Environment and People

Attend the free, first-ever forum on June 7 bringing together city researchers, educators, and policymakers exploring the potential of green roofs for the City and ways to unlock it

The NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance will hold its first annual conference, “The State of Green Roofs in New York City,” to discuss cutting-edge research on urban green roofs on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at The New School.  This is the first-ever forum on the emerging fields of green roof science, policy, and education.

What Green Roofs Can Do for NYC's Environment and People

The Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof in Greenpoint, NY with 10,000 square feet of sedum and 10,000 square feet of wildflowers.

NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance

Coordinated by NYC Audubon with funding from The New York Community Trust, the NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance is a consortium of over 50 researchers, educators, and policymakers from 17 New York City and State institutions.  It is investigating the potential benefits of green roofs, developing a comprehensive overview of green roofs in New York City, and working to expand them across the cityscape.

New York City’s one million rooftops add up to a vast underutilized landscape that could be harnessed to make a more resilient and equitable urban environment. If effectively designed and sited, green roofs can soak up stormwater to reduce sewage overflows that pollute the city’s waterways, filter air pollution, moderate extreme heat, decrease carbon emissions, and create habitat for wild birds, bats, and pollinators.

What Green Roofs Can Do for NYC's Environment and People

Canada Goose with chicks on the Javits K. Javits Convention Center Green Roof.

The conference will open with a keynote by Alan Steel, CEO and President of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which installed the largest and most studied green roof in the city (and one of the largest in the country) when the center was renovated in 2013. Topics to be covered at the conference include the development of a map and database of New York City green roofs, the use of green roofs by birds, bats, and insects, and the effects of green roofs on stormwater retention, energy use, and the urban heat island effect.

Presenters will give an overview of policies that have expanded the use of green roofs in other cities and the ways in which New York City educators are using green roofs for science instruction.

Free and open to the public.  Space is limited—pre-register at bit.ly/GreenRoofsNYC.

What Green Roofs Can Do for NYC's Environment and People


9-9:30 am: Check in, Coffee, and Welcome

9:30-10 am: Keynote Address/Q&A, Alan Steel, President and CEO, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

10-11:15 am: Mapping Green Roofs, Green Infrastructure, and Future Potential in NYC

11:30 am-12 pm: Green Roof Stormwater Runoff and Microclimate Research

1-2:15 pm: Green Roof Biodiversity and Biological Research

2:30-4 pm: Green Roof Policy, Incentives, Management, and Education

4-4:05 pm: Closing Remarks

4:10-5 pm: Hors d’oeuvres and Networking with Green Roof Researchers Alliance

What Green Roofs Can Do for NYC's Environment and People
Venue Location

The New School
66 W 12th Street
Auditorium (A106)
New York, NY 10011

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The event is sponsored by the Urban Systems Lab at The New School and NYC Audubon, and co-sponsored by the Civic Liberal Arts Program at Eugene Lang College and the Environmental Studies Program at The New School. The NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance is underwritten by The New York Community Trust, A.P.J. O’Connor Fund, and the LuEsther T. Mertz Fund.

Learn more and register for the conference!

~ New York City Audubon


Publisher’s Note:  See the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Kingsland Wildflowers Greenroof & Community Space Project Profiles in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

What Green Roofs Can Do for NYC's Environment and People

NYC Audubon champions nature in the City’s five boroughs through a combination of engaging and entertaining programs and innovative conservation campaigns. NYC Audubon is an independent non-profit organization affiliated with the National Audubon Society. Through its efforts, NYC Audubon protects many species of birds living in the 30,000 acres of wetlands, forests, and grasslands of New York City.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Maas
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