First Early Bird Discount for 2015 CitiesAlive Conference in NYC Ends This Wednesday, July 15!

July 13, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Did you receive our eNews Blast Friday informing you that the first and best Early Bird Discount for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities‘s 2015 CitiesAlive Conference in awesome NYC was extended and now ends this Wednesday, July 15?


Once again as a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) Media Sponsor for CitiesAlive, we here at want to let you know about this Early Bird Discount for the 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference in New York City – take advantage by Wednesday, July 15!

Register here by July 15th to receive the first early bird rate – the lowest rates to attend CitiesAlive.
Use discount code CA2015EARLYBIRD.

GRHC asks “What’s New for 2015?”

More Tours, Networking Cruise, and Exclusive Rooftop Dining!


This year CitiesAlive has the largest selection of tours yet!  Enjoy all that New York City has  to offer in green roofs, living walls and green buildings with these amazing projects.

Image: Queens Botanical Garden
Credit: Peggy Rockefeller

After a full day of programming on October 6, delegates will board the Private Yacht Zephyr and sail for two hours around the New York harbor. Great food and an open bar.

Image: Zephyr Yacht
Credit: Circle Line Downtown

Join delegates for an exclusive rooftop dining and networking experience at Brooklyn Grange. Catered by Brooklyn Grange, with yields straight from their rooftop garden.

Image: Brooklyn Grange
Credit: Shantanu Starick

Green roofs and walls have a vast but unrealized potential to address many of the fundamental challenges facing New York City. For the first time CitiesAlive is heading to the Big Apple October 5-8, 2015. New York City is home to thousands of designers, millions of people and boasts numerous Awards of Excellence winning projects.

CitiesAlive delegates will partake in technical sessions that focus on the latest scientific research, design, products, and policies all of which are critical to meeting the challenge of promoting healthy and resilient people and places in New York City. Delegates can tour leading edge projects and research facilities plus see some unique sites such as the High Line, Javits Center, and Brooklyn Grange.

Some tour locations are not available for view by the general public.


Terrapin partner and co-founder Bill Browning has received this year’s Design for Humanity Award, presented by the American Society for Interior Designers.

Bill Browning will be featured at CitiesAlive as a keynote speaker. His address will inform you about the science of biophilic design and how living architecture contributes to productivity, health, and happiness.

Birgit Siber is a principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects where sustainable design is central to her work. She incorporated the first large scale living wall biofilter at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Along with Alan Darlington, Founder and Vice President of Nedlaw Living Walls, Birgit will explore the design, functionality, and return on investment of living wall biofilters.

Bruce Fowle co-founded FXFOWLE in 1978 and has guided the firm to international recognition for excellence in design, pioneering socially and  environmentally responsible architecture and planning.

Using the renovation and expansion of the Javits Center as a case study, Bruce will discuss the complexity of choreo-graphing the updating of the building systems.

Join over 60 expert speakers at North America’s only conference dedicated to green roofs and walls around the theme of resilience for people, communities and places.

  • Learn how green roofs and walls can treat gray and blackwater.
  • Participate in discussions on improving the policy climate in New York City.
  • Uncover the latest in native plant research and designing for maximum biodiversity.
  • Get involved in discussions about wind uplift regulations.
  • Discover programs that supply funding for your green roof project.
  • Learn about the opportunities and challenges associated with multi-unit residential projects.
  • See how green roofs and walls can contribute to healthier people through biophilic design.
  • Discover the latest advances in growing media research on alternative inputs.
  • Learn how to design for maximum stormwater retention.



Stay at the Conference Hotel: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

CitiesAlive attendees receive a discounted rate of only $299 (plus applicable taxes) for a deluxe room.  Click here to book a room at this rate.


Of course Aramis and I will be there along with some of‘s contributing editors – plus a few hundred of our colleagues!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to save money for the CitiesAlive Conference in New York!

 These rates won’t be available again.  Last chance!  Register Now.

See you there!

~ Linda V.

Grey to Green Conference is Two Weeks Away

August 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Held on Monday August 25 and Tuesday August 26, this year’s Grey to Green Conference in downtown Toronto is less than two weeks away!  Have you registered yet?


Grey to Green Conference: August 25-26, 2014


GRPs earn up to 6.5 CE hours at the Grey to Green Conference.
The conference is approved for up to 13.5 Continuing Education Units from

Did you know latest developments in biophilic design will be presented?

According to World Health Organization (WHO), by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city. The term biophilia suggests human beings have a biologically innate connection to nature and research shows when our exposure to nature is removed from our environment, problems such as depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorders occurs. Biophilic Design is an emerging practice that results in healthier and more productive buildings and communities.

Grey to Green is an excellent opportunity to learn about the economics of green infrastructure from over 75 leaders in our field, for example:


Bill Browning
Founder, Terrapin Bright Green –
Learn the Emerging Science, Health and Economic Benefits of Designing our Buildings with Nature.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is excited to have Bill Browning, a world leader on biophilic design, presenting his latest research findings on the neuroscience behind biophilic design and how this translates into improved employee health and productivity.

Terrapin Bright Green is a strategic consulting firm that crafts high-performance environmental strategies for clients such as Interface, Google and the National Geographic Society.

Over the past two years, Terrapin Bright Green has been working to identify the science behind designing buildings with nature. This research has profound implications for building and landscape design and Mr. Browning will be sharing his findings at Grey to Green.

Don’t miss these distinguished 2014 keynotes, too:


New!  GRHC will host a multi-city Green Infrastructure Design Charrette at Grey to Green.

The Green Infrastructure Design Charrette: Making the Business Case for Green Infrastructure Investment in Your Community is a one of a kind event that is taking place as part of the Grey to Green Conference on August 26 at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation has funded this multi-city research and community engagement initiative.


Artist’s Rendering: A New Vision of Windsor’s Main Street – with and without
Living Green Infrastructure.

“We are excited to be focusing on the redesign of sites in the multiple cities of Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto,” said Steven Peck, GRP, HASLA, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and Chair, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition.

Join leading experts from a wide variety of disciplines to share knowledge and expertise and to develop concept plans for green infrastructure development in Southern Ontario.  Space is very limited, sign up today.

Learn about one of the 3 great project tours on August 26:

In addition, professional development training courses and important networking opportunities abound. For example, as part of the conference the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) will be running their half-day LEED Site Design and Documentation workshop on best practices for designing and documenting the sustainable sites prerequisites/credits on Tuesday, August 26th. Read about more courses.



Partners: | New Society Publishers | Sustainable City Network | CNU | The Architect’s Newspaper | Alternatives Journal | ReNew Canada | Construction Links Media | AZURE | SABMag | CaGBC

Connect with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities on social media:
Use hashtag #greytogreen


Please visit for more info on the Conference Agenda and Registration or contact

I wish we could go, but we have too many travel plans this year – perhaps next.  Happy conferencing!

~ Linda V.