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:


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 Publisher

Live Webcast of Grey to Green Conference Presents Green Infrastructure Advancements to a Worldwide Audience on August 25th

August 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) has taken a page from’s experience with our 2013 and 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture and for the second year will be offering a live webcast of selected presentations at their Grey to Green Conference this Monday, August 25th.


Grey to Green Conference: August 25-26, 2014


Held in downtown Toronto, Steven Peck of GRHC acknowledges the advantages of internet based information sharing and learning:

“The live webcast allows individuals who cannot afford the time or money to travel the ability to take advantage of the excellent and leading-edge content being provided at this event.  Dr. Kathleen Wolf from the University of Washington will be sharing her teams’ latest research on green infrastructure, human health and economics; Bill Browning of Terrapin Green will shed light on recent advances in our understanding of biophilic design practice, and on the policy side we have Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Honorable Glen Murray, MPP, joining us and more.” ~ Steven W. Peck, GRP, founder and president, GRHC; chair, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition

The conference features 75 expert speakers, as well as tours, professional training courses, a Green Infrastructure Design Charrette, an Ecohealth Workshop on research methods and a networking reception and BBQ on the City of Toronto’s award-winning green roof at Nathan Phillips Square.

This live streaming webcast includes the keynote presentations on August 25th and three breakout sessions from the Churchill Ballroom at the Eaton Chelsea in Toronto.  Included are:

  • Video, audio and presentation slides
  • 6.5 hours of GRP Continuing Education Units, 6.5 OAA Learning Hours, and 6.5 CE Hours from AIA CES
  • 1-year unlimited access to the archived webcast


Register for this $59 webcast by visiting  For more information on Grey to Green visit  For more information contact Jennifer Foden Wilson at:, or 416.971.4494 x 231.

Viewers from around the world will be able to learn more about the connections between green infrastructure, economics, and human health by attending the live webcast.  So it looks like I can attend now!  Will you?

Happy streaming,

~ 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.



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

~ Linda V.