Exploring Connections Between Green Infrastructure & Healthy & Resilient Communities at Grey to Green 2014

May 21, 2014 at 11:32 am

As you might know by now, Grey to Green: A Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure Focusing on Health, presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, takes place on August 25-26, 2014.


Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this year’s Grey to Green Conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about the economics of green infrastructure from over 75 leaders in our field, including these distinguished keynotes:


Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Chair, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has written the background paper “Exploring Connections Between Green Infrastructure & Healthy & Resilient Communities.”  It provides an overview of the literature that illustrates the connections between living green infrastructure and human health, and many of these topics will be presented during Grey to Green – click below to download:


“Over the past two decades researchers have increased their understanding and begun to develop the tools for quantifying the multiple benefits of living green infrastructure. Living green infrastructure technologies cover a wide range of strategies from active and passive turf to trees, wetlands, bioswales, structural soils, green walls and green roofs. Green infrastructure technologies are becoming recognized by engineers, designers, health care advocates, developers and policy makers world wide as proven and effective ways to solve multiple urban problems. Yet in North America, the many contributions of green infrastructure to our natural and built environments, as well as to human health, are not fully reflected in public policies pertaining to buildings, design practice, community planning or capital and operational investments in infrastructure.

…This paper looks at living green infrastructure through the lens of health, largely human health, in an effort to raise awareness of these important benefits and to identify some opportunities for further research, public policy development and building design practice improvements.” ~ Steven W. Peck

Read more about Grey to Green from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities:

Grey to Green Conference – August 25-26, 2014

Early Bird Deadline ends June 16th. Save up to $100 by signing up early!

GRPs earn up to 6.5 CE hours at the Grey to Green Conference. The Conference has been submitted to ASLA, AIA, USGBC/GBCI, and OAA for Continuing Education Units.

Bill Browning Founder, Terrapin Bright Green
Learn the Emerging Science, Health and Economic Benefits of Designing our Buildings with Nature.
Craig Applegath Architect, Principal and Eco-Design Lead, DIALOG
Regeneration, Resilience and Symbiosis: Fashioning our cities to respond to a climate challenged world.
Dr. John Howard Chair, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)
Hear how doctors are using green infrastructure for prevention health care.
Kathleen Wolf, PhD Research Social Scientist, University of Washington
Learn how the benefits of green infrastructure translates the economic bottom line for agencies and organizations.

Why attend Grey to Green?
Grey to Green is at the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and will showcase more than 75 leading thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal the intersection of health and living green infrastructure.The multi-disciplinary program is packed with fantastic project case studies, useful design and analytical tools, and cutting edge research that will help you:• Build the business case on your next project
• Implement these systems and technologies into any home and/or any project
• Learn that latest standards, design aids, and frameworks
• Learn what exactly the economic benefits are when designing for health (You will be surprised!)
Learn and PlayToronto has the most highrise buildings under construction in North America and will be home to 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials as it gears up for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.Come be the first to check out the exclusive green infrastructure projects of the Toronto Pan Am/Parpan Am games facilities – which all will meet LEED Gold certification standards. Click to learn more about the Grey to Green Tours.
Closing Reception on Toronto City Hall Green Roof PodiumA must Not Miss Event – To close out Grey to Green we’re dining outside on the green roof podium at City Hall.  The 36,000 square foot modular green roof is an Award of Excellence winner and is Toronto’s largest publicly accessible green roof.

Early bird deadline ends June 16th.  Save up to $100 by signing up early!

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

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If you have any questions about Grey to Green, please contact conference@greenroofs.org

Register by Monday, June 16 to take advantage of the 2014 Early Bird Special Rate!

Please visit www.greytogreenconference.org for more info or contact conference@greenroofs.org.

Happy greening,

~ Linda V.

Today is the Last Day for Discounts for the Nantes, France WGIC!

July 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

If you’re dreaming of going to Paris and the beautiful French countryside, why not make it a working vacation? Attend the WGIC – World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in gorgeous Nantes, France this upcoming September!

But hurry – today, July 15, 2013, is the Last Day for the Early Bird Discount!

Presented by ADIVET (L’Association des Toitures Vegetales) – The French association for green roofs and walls – under the auspices of the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network (WGIN), the conference is supported by many major partners involved in this area of industry (construction, landscaping, environment and research).

Learn all about the WGIC by reading this month’s Guest Feature Article “The World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in Nantes: A Key Feature of the Sustainable Cities of Tomorrow” by Marc Lacaille, Director General of ADIVET.

Make up your mind now and save a couple of hundred bucks – register here.

Hopefully we’ll see you there ~ happy greening,

Linda V.

Last Day for Early Bird Registration at the GGW Virtual Summit!

September 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Just a quick post to remind you to pre-register for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 by midnight tonight EDT to qualify for the half-off price of only $49 ($25 for students/faculty and government professionals).

PEOPLE: Creative thinkers, innovators, and trailblazers sharing project-focused organic “vegitecture”

PROJECTS: International icons of sustainability:  early successes + current & visionary profiles of excellence in design

DESIGN: Proven standards of diverse green technologies + dynamic and cutting edge designs for greening the planet with building integrated greenery:  bioclimatic, biodiversity, biomimicry & chic sustainability

This gives you full access to all the presentations, panel sessions, Expo Pavilion booths, Sponsor Meeting Rooms, Networking Lounge, Media Lounge and all your Social Collaboration Network (SCN) online video, audio, and text chatting on both September 27 and 28  and 30 days archived on demand through October 28!

As I’ve said before, we’re really  giving away  two  iPad2’s to registrants and attendees.    But increase your chances by pre-registering now and to become eligible for the first drawing, announced tomorrow, September 9, 2011 at noon.

One random winner will be chosen from the Early Bird Registrations and one from attendees who have been the most active using the  (SCN) during the  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 on September 27 & 28.  This  includes all your online chatting and visiting our very important sponsor and exhibitor booths at the  Expo Pavilions!  Swipe your Virtual Badge at each exhibitor booth you visit to increase your chances.   See the official Rules & Regulations  here.

Watch our quick Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Trailer below for highlights of Speakers, the  Agenda and more:


Visit the Virtual Summit website  here to see how it all works.

See you online on September 27 & 28!

~ Linda V.

Singapore Conference Next Week: Great City, Great Discount: G3P94K04!

October 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Have you read our latest Guest Feature,  “Save the Date: Skyrise Greenery Conference Singapore (1st-3rd November)” by Wolfgang Ansel from the  International Green Roof Association (IGRA) and Dr. Tan Puay Yok, Deputy Director, Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE), National Parks Board?

And are you still planning on attending in awesome Singapore on November 1-3, 2010 but haven’t registered yet?   Well, this is probably your last chance to make a final decision – organized  by CUGE, a project of the National Parks Board of Singapore, and the International Green Roof Association  (IGRA), the conference will be held at the National Library.

Remember that Greenroofs.com is the Media Sponsor and has negotiated a spectacular deal with the organizers, guaranteeing you a special rate package rate that includes the conference, tour excursion and dinner.    

The promotional code for registration under the special discounted rate of S$1000.00 (less than $750 U.S.) per conference package for Greenroofs.com readers is: G3P94K04 – compare that to the normal Package Rate of $1,650 U.S.!

Here are just some highlights:

More than 450 delegates from 25 countries have already signed up for the conference, including 70 from China!

Who are attending the conference?
“¢  over 120 policy makers
“¢  over 60 developers and building owners
“¢  over 120 professionals including architects and planners
“¢  over  60 contractors and suppliers
“¢  over  80 from the academia

A must attend event for all academias, architects, planners, building material producers, city planners, engineering and contracting services, government officials, horticulturists, landscape architects, park owners and managers, project consultants, real estate and property developers, and estate and facility managers.   Don’t miss this opportunity to network, share and start new business relationships!  

Sign up now and join us from 1-3 November to gain insights from world renowned award winning experts who will share about the latest trends and innovations on green roofs, skyrise gardens and vertical greenery.

Keynote Speakers:

Get Exclusive Access and Be Inspired by World-Class Skyrise Greenery Projects in Singapore:

Seven unique skyrise greenery sites will be offered on the skyrise greenery tour in Singapore.   Several of these are usually not open to the public.   Learn firsthand from the site architects about the challenges of building a 200m high sky park (the incredible Marina Bay Sands, see the graphic above and actual incredible infinity pool photo below that circulated the Internet a few months ago),  be inspired by the ingenuity of developing a low cost patented skyrise greening system that requires minimal maintenance, and more.


Also, from hotels to schools, shopping malls to a dam across a channel – you can visit 13 must-see skyrise greenery sites within the city in Singapore with their walking map.

To  see  the complete line-up of speakers, register, and learn more, visit the International Skyrise Greenery Conference website.   See you in Singapore next week, where I’ll be presenting  Haven Kiers and my 2010 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design– we can’t wait!

~ Linda and Aramis V.