GRHC Members: Extended CitiesAlive Early Bird Deadline Ends Today!

July 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

CitiesAlive 2016 Early Bird Ends July 13

If you haven’t already registered for the 2016 CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference, held in our nation’s capital on November 1 through 4, 2016, the extended CitiesAlive 2016 early bird registration ends today, July 13!

Are you a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities?  GRHC says:

Members asked for more time, so we’re extending the deadline!

The CitesAlive early bird discount has been extended to Wednesday, July 13!

Learn from the best in the industry at CitiesAlive, the exclusive conference for the green roof and wall industry in North America. Join other green roof and wall professionals, suppliers and industry experts as they present advancements in research, design and policy making.

Early bird savings continue – but only until Wednesday, July 13th!

Best Price Delegate Pass includes:
•  All technical sessions & keynote speakers
•  Trade show featuring the industry’s top suppliers & manufacturers
•  Hospitality (opening reception, coffee breaks, lunch on trade show floor & Awards of Excellence luncheon)
•  Complimentary conference recordings

Package value is $759. GRHC Member early bird rate is only $699 USD, but only until July 13.

The theme of this year’s CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference is: Rising to the Stormwater Challenge – an important topic on all of our minds.

We hope to see you in Washington, D.C. this fall!

CitiesAlive 2016 Early Bird Ends July 13

 

~ Happy greening,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Hurry, CitiesAlive 2016 Early Bird Ends June 30 and Submit Your Awards Project by July 1!

June 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm

CitiesAlive 2016 Early Bird June 30 Awards Projects July 1

Deadlines are fast approaching for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ CitiesAlive 2016 early bird registration which ends June 30 – plus don’t forget to submit your greenroof and greenwall projects to their Awards of Excellence program by July 1!

Held in our nation’s capital on November 1 through 4, 2016, the theme of this year’s CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference is: Rising to the Stormwater Challenge

Sharpen your green infrastructure expertise and learn from the best in the industry at CitiesAlive, the exclusive conference for the green roof and wall industry in North America. Join green roof and wall professionals, suppliers and industry experts as they present advancements in research, design and policy making.
Best Price Delegate Pass includes:

• All technical sessions & keynote speakers
• Trade show featuring the industry’s top suppliers & manufacturers
• Hospitality (opening reception, coffee breaks, lunch on trade show floor & Awards of Excellence luncheon)
• Conference recordings
Total value $998 for only $699 USD until June 30th.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

GRHC reminds you that à la carte options are also available including:

•  Stormwater Day: This full-day workshop covers the functions of different green roof layers in managing stormwater, existing standards, a review of current regulations, cost-benefit information and much more.
•  Training: Enhance your knowledge in specialized subject areas and earn continuing education credits by attending training courses on November 1st.
•  Exclusive tours: Gain exclusive access to D.C.’s most outstanding green infrastructure projects.

Register by this Thursday, June 30th to take advantage of their Early Bird rate!

Also, GRHC says:

“Each year, the industry recognizes integrated design and installation excellence as well as outstanding achievements in research, policy, and corporate contribution with the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence.

Award Categories:

•  Design Awards acknowledge excellence in innovative and integrative green roof and wall design and raise awareness of the multiple benefits that green infrastructure can provide clients and the general public.
•  The Research Award honors individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the green roof industry in research.
•  The Civic Award honors individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to the green roof industry in policy development.
•  The Living Architecture Monitor Advertising Award honors organizations who have supported the Living Architecture Monitor and employ outstanding ad design in each quarterly issue.
•  The President’s Corporate Award honors individuals from GRHC corporate member companies that have made a significant contribution to the green roof and wall industry.”  ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Don’t miss the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence Submissions Deadline of July 1st!

CitiesAlive 2016 Early Bird June 30 Awards Projects July 1

Visit CitiesAlive to see the Agenda, Tours, and so much more.

We’ll see you there in awesome Washington, D.C. this fall!

~ Happy greening,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Read Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition’s Report of the Urban Forest in the Greater Toronto Area

June 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

We recently returned from our first Grey to Green Conference in Toronto at Ryerson University, presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), where Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition‘s Report of the Urban Forest in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) was released.

The Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition (GIO) is a collaborative alliance of not-for-profits organizations, community groups, businesses and local governments, including GIO steering committee member Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, working to sustain green infrastructure across Ontario.  Their mission is to bring organizations together to share information and collaborate for improved green infrastructure policies and programs across the province.

“We’re thrilled to release this report, which represents the collective efforts of 17 local and regional governments. Together, they have established baseline data which will be critical to managing the urban forest into the future. Most importantly, they all used the same protocol, which allowed us to compile it into this GTA-wide report.” ~  Janet McKay, Chair of Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition

 

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

85% of trees in the GTA are small compared to only 40% in a healthy urban forest.

Summary of main findings:

  • 34.2 million trees provide 26% canopy cover in the GTA;
  • Replacement cost of these trees and shrubs is $14.2 billion;
  • $70 million is the estimated value of the 2.7 million tons of carbon stored;
  • $36.5 million is the estimate annual value of air quality improvements;
  • $20 million is the estimated annual value of energy savings;
  • 113,000 tons of carbon is removed every year – this is equivalent to the emissions of 23,000 passenger vehicles;
  • 4,000 tons of pollution removed from the air annually (including 2,300 tons of ground level ozone);
  • 10% of tree population is Ash (3.2 million trees). We have already lost a large number of them to EAB;
  • 54% of trees are made up of four species (Maple, Cedar, Ash, and Buckthorn);
  • 85% of trees are small (diameter less than 22.9 cm);
  • 37% of trees are on residential property, 18% on commercial industrial, 25% on open space, agriculture and natural area, and 20% on institutional, transportation and other;
  • The underlying studies were conducted between 2005 and 2014.

Read the Executive Summary and the Full Report.

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

It’s an important landmark tool for folks committed to improving green infrastructure in the Ontario area, and certainly serves as a wonderful resource for the rest of us.

Getting back to the 4th Annual Grey to Green, in addition to seeing great presentations and panels on green infrastructure and climate change and visiting the Trade Show, we had a fantastic time and must give kudos to everyone at GRHC and their collaborators who put together another impressive conference!

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

We mingled with old friends and acquaintances such as the ever-lovely: Virginia Russell from the University of Cincinnati (and her lively mother!), Tracy Jackson from GRHC, Hamid Karimi with the DC Department of Energy and Environment, David Yocca of Conservation Design Forum, Kirtin Weeks of Arup, Sara Loveland and Ashleigh Uiska (whom we hadn’t seen in years because she has been in the UK having some beautiful babies!) of Annette Environmental, and of course Steven Peck and his better half, the wonderful Joyce McLean – among many, many, more.  We also met some great new ones, too, including Kara Orr, the new Marketing Coordinator with GRHC and Chaoyue Zhao, GRHC’s Conference & Training Coordinator, whom we finally got to meet face to face.

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of our living architecture colleagues at future green infrastructure conferences and catch up on what’s happening in your neck of the woods!

~ Happy reading,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Hurry, Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Soon, this Sunday May 29!

May 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Grey to Green Conference

Online registration closes this Sunday, May 29th for the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference on Green Infrastructure and Climate Change, presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.  Don’t miss this opportunity to come to a great city, hear from some awesome presenters, and visit some wonderful sustainable design projects during Grey to Green 2016!

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Held in Toronto on June 1 through June 4, 2016, the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference is about living green infrastructure and its ability to provide tangible, scientifically proven solutions to the challenges of climate change, particularly in cities.  We are in the solutions business!  Green roofs, green walls, bioswales, and urban forests can help us mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption directly in buildings and indirectly by reducing the urban heat island effect.  We can also use plants to pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, locking them in the soil and tissue of plants.  Green infrastructure can also be designed to capture and retain huge volumes of stormwater in a ‘treatment train’ from the roofs, to the walls, to the streets, and so on.  This helps us reduce the risk of flooding, which is costing billions in insurance claims.  Green infrastructure also provides new opportunities for us to produce food, in and around buildings.

At Grey to Green will explore the wide breadth of these, and even more opportunities that living technologies provide to allow us to prepare for climate change and make our cities more livable. ~ Read more at Living Green Infrastructure is at the Heart of Grey to Green 2016 by Steven Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Held once again at Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science, I’m really excited to be returning to Toronto – the last time Aramis and I visited was in October, 2009 when Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, as members of the then WGRIN (now WGIN) held its first conference named “CitiesAlive! World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress.”  This was, of course, before they renamed the original Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities to the current CitiesAlive.  You can see lots of photos at my The Inaugural CitiesAlive! – Seeds of Success and CitiesAlive! ’09 Day Tour & Evening Fiesta.

Toronto City Hall

This was our view, above, from our hotel window in late October, 2009 – the new (still being installed, actually) Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof, a LiveRoof modular system.  Here’s what it looked like in July 2010:

Toronto_City_Hall_Podium_green_roof_by_LiveRoof_July_2010-Wikimedia-GreenRoofGardener

By User:GreenRoofGardener – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, on Wikimedia Commons.

I think I’m most looking forward to meeting and networking with all of the new colleagues we’ll meet at Grey to Green 2016 next week, although I’m pretty excited to be touring the Ryerson Urban Farm (formerly Rye’s Homegrown), below, too:

Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Sunday May 29

If you go, don’t miss my presentation on Friday, June in the “Session 12: Impacts of Green Infrastructure Design: Living Architecture Wonders, Technical Issues and Life-Cycle Costing.”  It’s a new topic for me: “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World.”  Eco-Agents?  You know, like secret agents – just fighting for the good of our climate-changing  world in broad daylight!  Here’s my description:

How does the design world combat climate change, deteriorating landscapes, and our ever-growing population? Green infrastructure can be both low and high-tech, and when combined with emerging technologies, this double punch of environmental design propels change and provides inspiration for the rest of us.

Designing with living architecture in our built and natural environments continues to ameliorate and connect our flora, fauna, and human ecosystems. Progressive governments as well as avant-garde architects and designers have captured the essence of living with nature and these timely, important, and spectacular projects will be highlighted from across the globe as eco-agents offering positive effects on a meso-scale. ~ Linda S. Velazquez, Grey to Green Abstract

I’ll also be moderating a session, and attending the fun Networking on the Lake at the Amsterdam Brewery on the Toronto harbor on Thursday, June 2nd.

Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Sunday May 29

Grey to Green Conference Registration Closes Sunday May 29

Aramis and I hope you can join everyone at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ Grey to Green 2016 next week!

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Learn for less at Grey to Green 2016

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher