Why You Don’t Want to Miss CitiesAlive 2017 by Kara Orr

June 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

Register by June 30 and Save $100!

Countless reasons abound to join colleagues at CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference taking place in Seattle, Washington on September 18-21, 2017 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.  With an all-new theme, Building Resilience and Equity Across Cascadia: People, Community, and Places, you will explore the science behind green roof and wall performance, technology, and design through the lens of the different climates and cities within Cascadia.

Here are 5 reasons why you won’t want to miss this year’s dynamic conference:

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017


CitiesAlive 2017 includes over 80 Cascadia-specific, North American, and international expert-led presentations, and an all new In the Design Studio With… session.  Keynote speakers include:

Governor Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington
Bill Browning, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green
Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun• Chris Guillard, PLA, Founding Partner, CMG Landscape Architects
Mami Hara, General Manager / CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning, San Francisco Planning Department
Gil Kelly, Chief Planner and General Manager, Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver
Paul Kephart, GRP, ASLA, CPSE, CEO & Ecology, Rana Creek Design
Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director, Audubon Society of Portland
Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute
Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems; Chair, GBCI
Kathleen Wolf, PhD, Research Social Scientist, University of Washington
• Plus many, many more!

See the full agenda here.

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017


Celebrate the region, make new contacts, and strengthen existing relationships with more networking opportunities than ever!  Mingle on the Trade Show Floor with outstanding exhibitors, celebrate Green Roof Professionals at the GRP Welcome Reception, honor colleagues at the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Awards of Excellence Luncheon, and make new memories at the Local Host Committee Reception taking place at the Seattle Aquarium.

To make it easier than ever, ALL of these outstanding events are INCLUDED in the new Advanced Delegate Pass!

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017


With knowledgeable guides leading the way, tour the most interesting green infrastructure projects that Seattle has to offer such as on September 20th and 21st:

• The Bertschi School Tour
• Bellevue City Hall’s Green Roof Tour
• Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Building’s Green Roof Tour
• Bullitt Center Tour
• Etera’s Mount Vernon Site
• Freeway Park Tour
• High Point Community Tour
• UpGarden P-Patch Community Garden


Whether you are an emerging professional or a seasoned expert the CitiesAlive training courses are carefully curated to meet your learning needs.  Choose from five courses including Green Roof Design & Installation, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, Advanced Green Roof Maintenance, and new this year, Stormwater Workshop and a Biophilic Design Workshop.

CitiesAlive is pending approval for up to 11 continuing education / professional development credits for LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, NLAP, APLD, and RCI.


CitiesAlive programming (Trade Show, all technical sessions, opening & closing plenaries, GRP Welcome Reception, and Awards of Excellence) is taking place at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel – located right in the heart of downtown Seattle.  This all-in-one solution ensures you won’t miss a single thing!

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s CitiesAlive and the continued development of the green roof and wall industry.

Early Bird Discount: Register by June 30 to save $100.

Visit CitiesAlive.org to plan your CitiesAlive experience.

~ By Kara Orr

CitiesAlive Green Roof Wall Conference Awards Excellence Submissions Kara Orr

Kara Orr is the marketing coordinator at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a membership-based industry association developing the green (vegetative) roof and wall industry in North America through education and advocacy. Contact Kara to discuss sponsorship, trade show and programming opportunities.

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence. Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Kara at: korr@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x226.

July 19: Early Bird Deadlines for CitiesAlive in San Francisco!

July 11, 2013 at 7:59 am

Planning for conferences is so much fun, right?  Well, it’s a lot more fun when you can save up to $200!

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


“The 2013 CitiesAlive conference is a unique opportunity for the green roof and wall industry to gain insight into the leading culture and philosophy of innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Delegates will be exposed to the Bay Area entrepreneurial mindset and discover new and enlightened ways of approaching their enterprise as well as professional and industry development. Conversely, the conference presents an opportunity for the leaders of the green roof and wall industry to ignite the San Francisco Bay Area to becoming a global leader in green roof and wall technology and development.” ~ Paul Kephart, Executive Director, Rana Creek


California Academy of Sciences Living Roof by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Rana Creek Living Architecture, and many more; Photo: California Academy of Sciences.

CitiesAlive Registration

Here are just a few benefits to registering early and attending:

– Save $200 on the Best Price Delegate Package or Delegate Pass with registration on/before July 19, 2013.
– Earn 14.75 credit units toward your GRP accreditation
– Attend a delegate reception at the world famous Academy of Sciences with an unforgettable green roof designed by Renzo Piano
– Eric Corey Freed, well known for his thought-leadership in organic architecture, will lead a discussion with other experts (including Peter Busby from Perkins + Will) on the role of green roofs and walls in securing urban resiliency
– Expert panel discussion on TransBay Terminal development, an ambitious project in the heart of San Francisco that integrates green walls and roofs for the highest levels of sustainability


Trade Show Booth

And, if you’re considering exhibiting here, consider this:

Sign up by the deadline to save $300 on the cost of a 10′ by 10′ booth.  San Francisco is a growing hub of green infrastructure technology, and with a host of new topics being presented at the conference (including solar, wind, and cool roof systems), the range of trade show attendees will be bigger and better than ever before.  For more information or to register for a booth, please contact Rebecca Black, Director of Business Development, at rblack@greenroofs.org or 416.535.2586.

As a GRP myself, you know I’ll be there along with many colleagues!  Please visit citiesalive.org for more info.

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: May 18, 2012

May 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from May 18, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for May 18th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Drew School Sam Cuddleback III Assembly Wing Vertical Garden, built in 2011 in San Francisco, California.  The Drew School was founded in 1908 by the respected Bay Area educator John Sheehan Drew and has grown from a one student “coaching school” to a fully accredited co-educational college preparatory school enrolling 250 high school students.  The new $15 million Drew School Sam Cuddleback III Assembly Wing, performing arts space, and classroom building will be among the first high school buildings in the Bay Area to attain LEED Gold Certification™ for New Construction and for School Pilot.

Green features include: an external 1,720 sf living wall/vertical garden by Patrick Blanc, a 2,630 sf living roof by Rana Creek, recycled and sustainable USGBC-certified materials, and environmental sensors.  The vertical garden is made up of about 4,579 native Californian plants and approximately 64 of the 105 species are from the San Francisco Bay area. The hydroponic system delivers water supplemented with a low concentration of nutrients to the roots automatically from the top, four to five times a day.  Students study the plants on the wall as a living lab for many subjects, like botany, chemistry, and physics; one example was studying native plant uses by American Indians.

– To learn more about the Drew School Sam Cuddleback III Assembly Wing Vertical Garden, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode  23: “Naturalism: Large-Scale Applications,” by Paul Kephart.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) and Hyload Launch Green Roof Single Source Extended Warranty Program.

The First “New Block™” Development, Park Landing Apartment Homes in Buena Park, California will Feature LiveRoof ® for its Green Roof.


–  An International Manufacturer of Roofing Products is looking for an Area Technical Sales Manager in South London, UK.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 23: Naturalism: Large-Scale Applications of Living Architecture,” “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: May 11, 2012,” and “Vanessa Keitges of Columbia Green in Forbes!”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  May 22nd-26th: is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, in Chelsea, London.

–  May 23rd: is a Green Roofs (Toitures Vegetalisees) Meeting, in La Rochelle, France.

–  May 23rd-24th: is the EMC West Coast Energy Management Congress, in Seattle, Washington.

–  And May 25th-27th: is ROOF INDIA 2012, in Chennai, India (@RoofIndiaExpo)

– “In the News“

–  Ralph Gardener Jr. of the Wall Street Journal, reports on “Open-Air Status Symbols.” He says there are all kinds of envy in New York, and one that gets overlooked, is “roof envy” – the jealous feelings that are aroused towards “those who own, or at least have access to, outdoor spaces where they can sunbathe, barbecue or simply enjoy vistas larger than those framing their neighbors’ apartments.”

If you’re curious to see the green roofs of New York, then check out photojournalist Alex MacLean’s new book, “Up On the Roof.”  Last week, I mentioned a newslink that showcased some of MacLean’s amazing photos, and this newslink features an interview with him.  Gardener and MacLean talk about how the idea of his book came to be, how wealth and growing environmental consciousness attributes the the rise of green roofs in New York, and how green roofs, like the one at the Cook+Fox Architects building, were planted to help reduce the heat island effect and stormwater run off in New York City.

–  Green Building Press talks about “Cities Must Adapt To Climate Change Now – Reports Says.”  “Urban adaption to climate change in Europe,” the report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), says “Europe should seize the opportunity of improving quality of life while adapting to climate change in cities,” and it “also warns that delaying adaptation will be much more costly in the long-term.”  Most of Europe’s wealth is generated in cities, and urban areas are particularly at risk due to climate change; temperature is increasing, precipitation is changing and the sea level is rising.  Adaptation should work with nature, not against it and many adaptation measures can make cities more pleasant places to live.

Malmö in Sweden manages rainwater flows with a new open storm-water-system.  Greenroofs and open water channels lead rainwater into collection points that form a temporary reservoir.  Following water shortages in the 1990s, the City of Zaragoza in Spain managed to create a “water saving culture.”  Within 15 years this successful campaign aimed at citizens and businesses helped the city cut water consumption by almost 30%, despite a 12% population increase.  The recently launched European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT provides a comprehensive web resource aimed at policy makers and “practitioners” – engineers, planners and administrators – who can obtain adaptation knowledge in Europe and learn from the experience of others facing similar challenges already carrying out adaptation actions elsewhere.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, being a member of our network on LinkedIn, and subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for May 18th, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by Greenroofs.com.*

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 23: Naturalism: Large-Scale Applications of Living Architecture

May 16, 2012 at 7:41 am

Today we have the pleasure to air Paul Kephart’s video presentation “Naturalism: Large-Scale Applications of Living Architecture” from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Everyone knows Paul as the trend setting ecological designer, native plant guru, and fearless leader of Rana Creek in  Monterey, CA, and he has been a great colleague and supporter of both living roofs and Greenroofs.com over the years.  His many years of cutting edge design in the living architecture field has made him world famous and very much in vogue for projects around North America and beyond.  He’s been involved in some major iconic projects and we were very excited to have him as one of our esteemed Virtual Summit speakers!

Paul Kephart is the President of Rana Creek and is a renowned expert in ecological consulting and vegetated systems design.  The firm specializes in environmental planning, landscape architecture, habitat restoration, and native plant propagation.  Paul’s approach is to carefully consider each project’s site and to design for a whole ecosystem and the increased health of the land over time along with the desires of his clients.  Paul is best known for his pioneering efforts in Living Architecture on groundbreaking projects such as the California Academy of Sciences, Gap Headquarters, and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Paul says that design can mimic natural processes integrating them into site and structure.  The resulting spaces efficiently utilize ecosystem services enhancing habitat, infrastructure, and user experience within a context of integrated biological systems.  Vegetated systems foster and promote biological treatment of water and air.

Treatment occurs through biological, physical and mechanical processes, all of which can be integrated into buildings systems.  Paul Kephart will discuss large-scale applications of living architecture including the Transbay Transit Center, CPMC Cathedral Hill Hospital, and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see “Naturalism: Large-Scale Applications of Living Architecture” or click below:

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit greenroofs.tv play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our 2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our 2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 24th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.