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

Agenda

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
Communications Manager
amaas@nycaudubon.org

Discover Toronto’s First Vertical Forest, a 21-Acre Roof Park and More at Grey to Green 2018

May 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

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Discover More at Grey to Green 2018

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the Grey to Green 2018 Conference in Toronto will highlight some of the latest advancements in green infrastructure design, research, and policy.  With content ranging from local to international, you will gain insight into the practices of leading industry professionals who are changing the way we design our cities.

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Grey to Green commences with a FREE public forum on May 15th at Toronto Metro Hall to discuss Designing Future Cities with Green Infrastructure.  Discover a concept that will transform the Bloor Viaduct into a “Living Bridge” complete with individual housing suites, restaurants, hotels as well as pedestrian and bike paths; explore the viability behind the proposed 21-acre park in downtown Toronto that would be built overtop of the rail corridor and discuss new policy developments that facilitate green infrastructure investment in Ontario.

An Expert Line-up

On Wednesday May 16th, the technical sessions will showcase a lineup of speakers that are leading the way for green infrastructure innovation, adoption, and widespread implementation.  With over 50 expert speakers and two keynote panels, Grey to Green is the premier event for connecting with actors driving the green infrastructure industry.

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On May 16th, attend the Policy Roundtable, Creating a Better Policy Environment to Intensity Green Infrastructure Application.  Dr. Hamid Karimi will discuss Washington, DC’s innovative stormwater retention credit trading system where property owners buy and sell credits on the open market; John Mackenzie will share opportunities for greater collaboration between provincial and municipal policy; and Steven Peck will reveal the new Living Architecture Performance Tool for green roofs and green walls.

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The Afternoon Keynote features Craig Applegath, Founding Principal of DIALOG’s Toronto Studio, who will present Addressing Climate Change through Green Infrastructure; Paul Kephart, Principal, Ecologist and Designer at Rana Creek Design, shares details on San Francisco’s new Transbay Terminal Center Rooftop Park and the JNBY Headquarters Rooftop Tea Production in Hangzhou, China; and Brian Brisbin, Principal at Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects, reveals the plans for Toronto’s First Vertical Forest.

Technical Sessions, Training & Tours

Technical Sessions focus on a variety of green infrastructure applications including biophilic design, urban agriculture, stormwater monitoring, dynamic landscapes and new this year, In the Design Studio with sessions.

For more information check out the Agenda here!

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Grey to Green will also feature a variety of training courses on May 15th such as Biophilic Design, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, Green Roof Design & Installation and Green Walls 101.  To top off the event we have also curated an array of tours to highlight Toronto’s outstanding green infrastructure projects.  Explore the connection between green infrastructure and healthcare on the Healthy Hospitals Tour, get your boots dirty with a bus tour of the Gro-Bark mulch production facility, and learn from green wall experts Laura Kennedy and Mitch Cowburn of Nedlaw Living Walls on the Green Wall Walking Tour.

See the Training Courses here and Tours here!

Grey to Green Conference // greytogreenconference.org
Green Infrastructure: Jobs, Health & Community Resilience

Grey to Green Conference is pending approval for up to 7.5 Continuing Education / Professional Development Hours by LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, APLD and RCI.

To register, visit greytogreenconference.org.

Don’t Miss Toronto’s First Green Infrastructure Week

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Grey to Green Conference is excited to be the anchor event for the region’s first Green Infrastructure Week (GIW).  GIW is May 13-19, 2018 and will feature a variety of tours and workshops designed to promote the benefits of green infrastructure.

Don’t miss the guided tour of Trillium Park, a tour of Ripple Farms’ vertical aquaponics facility, and the Toronto East End Rain Garden Crawl!

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For more information on Green Infrastructure Week, visit greytogreenconference.org/giw.

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

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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.

Join Urban Harvest STL at the 4th Annual FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

May 2, 2018 at 11:36 am

Help local St. Louis nonprofit Urban Harvest STL grow food and opportunity for those living in under-resourced neighborhoods by participating in their 2018 event season.

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

Urban Harvest STL’s Event Season Begins with FOOD ROCKS! Concert on May 19th

Urban Harvest STL kicks off their 2018 event season with the 4th annual FOOD ROCKS!  Concert transplanting an outdoor experience right to the heart of St. Louis.  You can unwind atop the FOOD ROOF Farm or play sand volleyball in the courts below.  Savor FOOD ROOF inspired cocktails, beer or wine, and food by Mission Taco Joint while listening to live music by local bands Flatwoods and Modern Gold.

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

This fundraiser benefits Urban Harvest STL and St. Louis MetroMarket’s work on building an equitable food system in St. Louis.

Many Events for the 4th Urban Harvest STL Season

FOOD ROCKS! Concert is just the beginning.  May through October, Urban Harvest STL will provide an array of farm flow yoga events, workshops, happy hours and harvest dinners with prestigious local chefs featuring exquisite multi-course meals with beverage pairings and live music atop the one-of-a-kind FOOD ROOF Farm in downtown St Louis.

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit urbanharveststl.org/events/.

For more information contact:

Kayla Hatcher
Urban Harvest STL
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
314.706.4066
kayla@urbanharveststl.org
Urbanharveststl.org

~ Urban Harvest STL

Publisher’s Note: See the FOOD ROOF Farm Project Profile in the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

ABOUT URBAN HARVEST STL

Urban Harvest STL FOOD ROCKS! on May 19

Urban Harvest STL builds community around inclusive and resilient local food systems in St. Louis. It grows organic produce at six farms in the heart of the city – where our most pressing nutritional needs exist – and donates its harvest to support people who need it most in our communities. Through collaboration with local nonprofits, a collective vision, and shared resources, it is addressing food insecurity and accelerating its impact in the community.

For more information visit urbanharveststl.org.

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure at Grey to Green 2018, by GRHC

April 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm

Grey to Green Conference // greytogreenconference.org
Green Infrastructure: Jobs, Health & Community Resilience

Save $50 When You Register Before April 30th!

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Grey to Green 2018

The 6th Annual Grey to Green Conference is taking place May 15-16, 2018 at the Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto.  Grey to Green focuses on green infrastructure design, research and policy and connects professionals working to integrate natural elements into the built environment.

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the 2018 agenda features a wide variety of innovative content on stormwater management, urban agriculture, biophilic design, green infrastructure and the Internet of Things, and designing green communities.

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure

Grey to Green commences with a FREE public forum on May 15th at Toronto Metro Hall to discuss Designing Future Cities with Green Infrastructure.  Discover a concept that will transform the Bloor Viaduct into a “Living Bridge” complete with individual housing suites, restaurants, hotels as well as pedestrian and bike paths; explore the viability behind the proposed 21-acre park in downtown Toronto that would be built overtop of the rail corridor and discuss new policy developments that facilitate green infrastructure investment in Ontario.

On May 16th, the technical sessions will showcase a lineup of speakers that are leading the way for green infrastructure adoption and widespread implementation. These thought leaders and change agents will give you exclusive access into their design processes, research findings and policy developments that will no doubt be part of our future urban fabric.

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Don’t miss the Afternoon Keynote featuring Craig Applegath, Founding Principal of DIALOG’s Toronto Studio who will present Addressing Climate Change through Green Infrastructure; Paul Kephart, Principal, Ecologist and Designer at Rana Creek Design as he talks about San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal Center Rooftop Park as well as discussing the work on the JNBY Headquarters Rooftop Tea Production in Hangzhou, China; and Brian Brisbin, Principal at Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects in his presentation on Toronto’s First Vertical Forest.

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Courses and Tours

Grey to Green will also feature a variety of training courses on May 15th such as Biophilic Design, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, Green Roof Design & Installation and Green Walls 101.

To top off the event we have also curated an array of tours to highlight Toronto’s outstanding green infrastructure projects.  Explore the connection between green infrastructure and healthcare on the Healthy Hospitals Tour, get your boots dirty with a bus tour of the Gro-Bark mulch production facility and learn from green wall experts, Laura Kennedy and Mitch Cowburn of Nedlaw Living Walls on the Green Wall Walking Tour.

Learn more at greytogreenconference.org.

Save $50

Register now as early bird rates end April 30, 2018.

Grey to Green Conference is pending approval for up to 7.5 Continuing Education / Professional Development Hours by LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, APLD and RCI.

To register, visit greytogreenconference.org.

Green Infrastructure Week

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Grey to Green Conference is excited to be the anchor event for the region’s first Green Infrastructure Week (GIW).  GIW is May 13-19, 2018 and will feature a variety of tours and workshops designed to promote the benefits of green infrastructure.

Don’t miss the guided tour of Trillium Park, a tour of Ripple Farms’ vertical aquaponics facility and the Toronto East End Rain Garden Crawl!

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

For more information on Green Infrastructure Week visit greytogreenconference.org/giw.

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

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.