Last 2015 Grey to Green Conference Early Bird Discount Ends Friday on May 1!

April 29, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Join our colleagues at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) in Toronto on June 1st – 2nd, 2015 to delve into the latest ideas and innovations in urban agriculture at their 2015 Grey to Green: A Conference Exploring the Economics of Local and Regional Food Systems and Resilience.

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As a Media Partner of the 2015 Grey to Green Conference, Greenroofs.com is pleased to share more info with you from GRHC.  For those of us living in the U.S., as an attendee you will receive a 20% or more discount because of the current exchange rates.

But most importantly for now is for you to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount which ends this Friday, May 1st:

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“Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is hosting its annual regional conference Grey to Green 2015 with a focus on local and regional food systems and resilience. We will be exploring new developments in Urban Agriculture and Green Infrastructure that are taking place across North America and around the world.

What now seems a novelty, may soon become a necessity. Urban and regional food systems are the focus of GRHC’s Grey to Green Conference, taking place June 1st and 2nd in Toronto. With severe droughts in California, and over $2.5 billion in food imports alone into Ontario from that region, there are huge opportunities to grow more food in cities, on buildings and in our region.

Now is the time to get involved and learn about the convergence of agriculture and architecture, how to animate communities into greater self-sufficiency and ensure that regional agriculture lands can continue to feed cities.

Grey to Green 2015 promises to be two days packed with information, ideas, best practices, tools and results that you can easily adapt for your projects.

Space is limited, so register before May 1st to reserve your spot and enjoy a $50 early-bird discount. US attendees can take advantage of the current exchange rate to receive an additional 20% off.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

2015G2G-KeynotesBe INSPIRED by keynote speakers Roger Schickedantz of William McDonough + Partners and Jeff Warschauer of Nexus Greenhouse Corp sharing their ground-breaking AGRITECTURE (the new frontier that integrates agriculture and architecture) projects, and by Eric Corey Freed of International Living Futures Institute explaining how to leverage the challenges of resiliency and expand your business.

EXPLORE the challenges and achievements of rooftop farming with detailed case studies from FoodShare, Ryerson University, AccessPoint Danforth, Brooklyn Grange, and Whole Foods.

PARTICIPATE in panel discussions with Kathy MacPherson of Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Lauren Baker of City of Toronto and Debbie Field of FoodShare about urban food systems and regional agricultural policies.

GET DIRTY in hands-on workshops about urban rooftop farming, soil and green walls, facilitated by Ben Flanner of Brooklyn Grange, Susan Antler of Compost Canada, and Melissa Daniels of Plant Connection.

REGISTER NOW to enjoy the last Early Bird rate.

See the full list of speakers at www.greytogreenconference.org.

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Join your colleagues in Toronto this June to explore the economics of urban agriculture and resilience – and don’t miss out on the last Early Bird Discount on May 1!

~ Linda V.

Program Launch for 2015 Grey to Green Conference and Early Bird Discount by March 31

March 13, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Earlier this month, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities launched their program for the 2015 Grey to Green: A Conference Exploring the Economics of Local and Regional Food Systems and Resilience.

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Held on June 1-2, 2015 in Toronto, Grey to Green features the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and will showcase more than 50 leading thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal many dimensions of architecture, agriculture and our food system.  The multi-disciplinary program is packed with fantastic project case studies, useful designs, business models and analytic tools.

“Building our capacity to grow food in cities and the surrounding region, on vacant lands and upon the roofs and walls of buildings is critical to securing our resilience in the decades to come. Learn from the pioneers, the movers and shakers at Grey to Green.” ~ Steven Peck, Founder/President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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Register by March 31st and SAVE $100 (government and for-profit registrants).

The conference is $199 CDN.  Due to the favorable exchange rate (20 – 25% savings), this translates into about $150 US – if you register by March 31st.

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William McDonough + Partners has championed food production as a component in a sustainable vision for the planet.  Keynote speaker Roger Schickedantz, Director and Architect at William McDonough + Partners will profile a variety of paradigmatic projects that include rooftop food production at varying scales, ranging from experimental hydroponic greenhouses to a commercially viable 80,000 sq. ft. production facility.

Eric Corey Freed, Vice President, International Living Future Institute will deliver a keynote address in which you will discover how the threat of climate change is already affecting your business. You’ll uncover how to take more of a leadership position by using natural principles to make your facility more resilient and sustainable.

Trade Show & Tours
The trade show brings together exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in products, services and designs.  Tours: Gain exclusive access and information to local projects such as the new Corktown Common, Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common, Eastdale Collegiate Institute Rooftop Farm, Access Point on Danforth and Ryerson University’s Rooftop and Community Garden projects.  These projects are pushing the boundaries of integrating green infrastructure and design for multiple benefits.

Courses:
Professional training courses offered as part of the Grey to Green Conference include: Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture; Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design; Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance and Projects; Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites; Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites III: Water Storage and Cisterns; and a new soil workshop developed by Compost Canada.

Speakers:
This year at Grey to Green learn from speakers such as: Ben Flanner, Head Farmer and President, Brooklyn Grange; Shelley Petrie, Director, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; Liat Margolis, Director, GRITLab; Debbie Field, Executive Director, FoodShare Toronto; Lauren Baker, Food Policy Specialist, City of Toronto/ Public Health; Lauren Mandel, Project Manager, Roofmeadow LLC and Owner, EAT UP LLC and more!

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See the full list of speakers at www.greytogreenconference.org.  Greenroofs.com is once again proud to be a Media Partner for Grey to Green!

Media Contact: Steven Peck at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x. 233.

Sounds like a great deal for a great line-up!

~ Linda V.

Early Bird Deadlines for CitiesAlive in San Francisco Extended to Friday, July 26, 2013!

July 23, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Have you registered yet for the 2013 CitiesAlive Conference?  The Early Bird Registration and Trade Show Deadlines have been extended to this Friday, July 26, 2013 – don’t miss your opportunity to save up to $300!

GRHC: 2013 CitiesAlive in San Francisco

Held on October 23 -26 in beautiful San Francisco, the 2013 CitiesAlive theme is Securing Urban Resiliency with Living Architecture: Food – Water – Energy

CitiesAlive offers a unique opportunity to explore how we can design buildings and communities focused on resiliency, using innovative tools such as living architecture. In light of extreme weather we must ensure that we are securing urban resiliency in our cities. People must have access to clean water, and secure energy and food. 

New: The CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge has been launched! Students can win cash and Vectorworks licences. Click here for details and to enter today.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

CitiesAlive 2013 Speakers

CitiesAlive Highlights:

• Panel on resiliency with visionary designers including Eric Corey Freed (organicARCHITECT) and Peter Busby (Perkins+Will)

• Opening plenary exploring the San Francisco TransBay Terminal, with leaders such as Harlan L. Kelly Jr. (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission) and Adam Greenspan (PWP Landscape Architecture)

• Over 95 speakers exploring how green infrastructure is a key solution in creating resilient urban spaces, with a strong focus
on food, water, and energy

• Nightlife and delegate reception at the phenomenal California Academy of Sciences

• And much, much more

Tell GRHC how living architecture can help us build more resilient cities, and you could win a free delegate pass to CitiesAlive.

Read the CitiesAlive 4-page center spread in the new issue of the Living Architecture Monitor: the Business Case issue.

Register Now.

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

See you in the beautiful City by the Bay?  Although always a pleasure and one of my favorite cities in the world, I’m sure it will be awesome in the fall.  CitiesAlive 2013 is not to be missed!

~ Linda V., ASLA, LEED AP, GRP