World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru – Rethinking Sustainability: June 4-6

May 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru:

Rethinking Sustainability with Green Walls, Green Roofs and Greening the City

The World Green Infrastructure Network and Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) present the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2018 Bengaluru on June 4th and 5th.  The WGIC will be hosted in Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, India for the first time in its 11-year history.

And, this is the first time an event of this scale is being hosted in the Indian sub-continent.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

Bangalore city skyline showing UB City to the left and Richmond Town area to the right. Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim – Own work under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Venue

The WGIC will be hosted in The LaLiT Ashok Hotel Bangalore, a 5-star property centrally located in Bengaluru.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The WGIC 2018 brings together expert speakers and researchers from around the world to share their immense knowledge and experience on sustainable practices such as development of Green Roofs, Vertical Gardening, Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Green City Planning, Water Sensitive Urban Design, Policies, and more.

In its illustrious 11-year history, the WGIC has previously taken center stage in 10 different countries.  Most recent was Berlin, Germany in 2017.  Every year, prospective organizers of the event engage in a competitive bidding process to secure the privilege of hosting the event.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The Hesaraghatta Lake in Bangalore. By The original uploader was Nikkul at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The event is organized by the Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) an NGO whose vision is to enable World Class Sustainable Practices to be adhered to in India and the Sub continent.

“We are bringing together the core stakeholders like Architects, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects, Green Planners and Engineers, Builders and Developers, Business Leaders, Environmentalists, Research Students, Institutions, Related Government Departments, Decision Makers, etc., from 40 plus countries and the Indian Sub Continent.”~ IGIN

Prominent International Speakers

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

More than 60 speakers and 40 exhibitors will feature on the program agenda.  Delegates will get the opportunity to interact and share ideas with some the leaders of modern green architecture, including the highest level of the government responsible for urban planning and development.

Some of the prominent speakers are:

  • Manfred Kohler, President – World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN)
  • Patrick Blanc, French botanist – French National Centre for Scientific Research
  • Steven Peck, President – Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)
  • Prof. Dr. Julian Briz, Emeritus Professor, President of PRONATUR
  • Rick Thomas, Founding Director and Principal Arborist – ArborCulture Singapore
  • Matthew Dillon, President – Green Roofs Australasia, & eVP WGIN
  • Aslan Jonoubi, President – IGIN (Iranian Green Infrastructure Network)
  • Wang Zhaolong, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
  • Andres Ibanez, School of Architecture and Urban Design, National University of Colombia
  • C. Chandrashekaran, Team Leader – M&E Uttarakhand Decentralised Watershed Development Project
  • Raosaheb Borgude, Senior General Manager – Reliance Industries in Horticulture department
  • Sunil D. Gorantiwar, Professor and HOD Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Mahatma Phule (Krishi Vidyapeeth) Agricultural University, Rahuri
  • Maria Boey, Planner, Architect Urban Designer and Landscape Designer
  • Nisha Mathew Ghosh, Founder – Mathew and Ghosh Sustainable Creationcare Foundation
  • Dr. C. Subesh Ranjith Kumar, Assistant Professor (Horticulture) – The Horticultural College and Research Institute (HC&RI) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  • Dr. Chellaiah Sellamuthu, Director (Hort.) – New Delhi Municipal Council
  • Isabel de Felipe, Professor – Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)
  • Ms. Nur Faezah Mohd Sanif, Deputy Director – National Parks Board (Singapore)
  • Martha Weber, President – Polish Green Roofs Association
  • Kishore N, Principal – The Concise Desines, Landscape Architecture Planning Studio
  • Jeffrey Bruce, Owner – Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC)
  • Chitra. K. Vishwanath, Managing Director – Biome Environmental Solutions

Why WGIC 2018?

The objective of the WGIC is to empower attendees with the latest technologies and developments and offer plausible solutions for important environmental issues.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

Hema Kumar, Founder of IGIN, says,

“Make Green As Much As You Can
Save Green As Much As You Can
Give Green As Much As You Can

Topics such as maintaining natural biodiversity, ecological building designs, Green architecture and sustainable urban planning will be discussed in the international congress. The event will show the world that India, can and will, lead the way for green infrastructure development in South East Asia.”

~ Hema Kumar, Indian Green Infrastructure Congress

Visit WGIC 2018 Bengaluru

To know more regarding your trip, visa info and more, write in to info@wgicbengaluru.com or visit the website – www.wgicbengaluru.com.

 

~ Indian Green Infrastructure Network

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) is an NGO set up to create and develop World-Class Green Sustainable cities in India. IGIN is a membership driven NGO set up to develop and carry out nation-wide environmental education programmes and activities. We believe India is a country whose people are its greatest resource. To implement our ground breaking ideas, we need the help of the interested and qualified public. Here in India we have the resources for every possible idea. Now along with IGIN, we have the knowledge and experts, too. It is time we harnessed our strengths.

IGIN is associated with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), which is the association of National Green Building Organisations.

 

Take Advantage of Grey to Green 2018’s Early Bird Rates and Save $100, by GRHC

March 2, 2018 at 1:36 pm

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Green Infrastructure: Jobs, Health & Community Resilience

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Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the 6th Annual Grey to Green Conference is taking place on May 15-16, 2018 at the Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto.  Grey to Green focuses on green infrastructure design, research and policy and connects professionals working to integrate natural elements into the built environment.

The 2018 agenda features a wide variety of innovative content on stormwater management, urban agriculture, biophilic design, green infrastructure and the Internet of Things, and designing green communities.

Grey to Green 2018 Agenda

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Grey to Green commences with a FREE public forum on May 15th at Toronto Metro Hall to discuss Designing Future Cities with Green InfrastructureSteven Peck, the Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, will kick off the night with an industry update and speak to the ever increasing need to adopt green infrastructure in our cities before introducing the events panelists.

Architect Tye Farrow, a senior partner at Farrow Partners, envisions transforming the Bloor Viaduct into a “Living Bridge” complete with individual housing suites, restaurants, hotels as well as pedestrian and bike paths.  Claire Nelischer from the Ryerson University City Building Institute shares her research findings on the need for the Rail Deck Park, a proposed 21-acre park in downtown Toronto that would be built overtop of the rail corridor between Blue Jays Way and Bathurst Street.

As designers and researchers continue to intrigue the region with futuristic projects, Grey to Green also highlights the importance of green infrastructure policy to the success and continued growth of the industry.  Deborah Martin-Downs, the CAO of Credit Valley Conservation and Chair of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, will discuss new policy developments that facilitate green infrastructure investment in Ontario.

Thought Leadership

The bulk of Grey to Green will take place on Wednesday May 16th showcasing a lineup of speakers that are leading the way for green infrastructure adoption and widespread implementation.  These thought leaders and change agents will give you exclusive access into their design processes, research findings and policy developments that will no doubt be part of our future urban fabric.

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Don’t miss the Afternoon Keynote featuring Craig Applegath, Founding Principal of DIALOG’s Toronto Studio who will present Addressing Climate Change through Green Infrastructure and Paul Kephart, Principal, Ecologist and Designer at Rana Creek Design, as he talks about San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal Center Rooftop Park as well as discussing the work on the JNBY Headquarters Rooftop Tea Production in Hangzhou, China.

The concurrent sessions explore trends in urban agriculture, green walls, rain gardens, green roof research findings, biophilic design and stormwater management all under the theme of building resilient communities.

Save $100 on registration when you sign up before March 29, 2018!

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Training Courses & Tours

Grey to Green will also feature a variety of training courses on May 15th such as Biophilic Design, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, Green Roof Design & Installation and Green Walls 101.  To top off the event we have also curated an array of tours to highlight Toronto’s outstanding green infrastructure projects.

Explore Toronto’s East End that has been reinvigorated with green infrastructure design, get your boots dirty with a bus tour of the Gro-Bark mulch production plant and tour the Ryerson Rooftop Farm!  Register for tours and training courses at greytogreenconference.org.

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Register now as early bird rates end March 19, 2018

Grey to Green Conference is pending approval for up to 7.5 Continuing Education / Professional Development Hours by LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, APLD and RCI.

To register, visit greytogreenconference.org.

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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Can’t make Grey to Green 2018CitiesAlive 2018 is currently accepting proposals until March 11, 2018. Visit citiesalive.org for details.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

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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 Steven Peck, GRHC founder and president at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

Join Us at CitiesAlive 2017 to Pay Tribute to a Pioneer in Biophilic Design – Stephen Kellert! by Steven Peck

August 21, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

2017 CitiesAlive ~ Building Resilience and Equity Across Cascadia: People, Community, and Places

At the 15th Annual Cascadia CitiesAlive in Seattle, Washington on September 18-21, 2017, we at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities are planning to pay tribute at the Opening Plenary to a pioneer in the field of biophilic design, Stephen Kellert. With an outstanding panel, we will explore his work and the frontiers of this revolutionary approach to designing buildings and communities.

I first met Stephen more than 15 years ago and since that time, we have been promoting his thinking about biophilic design in our Green Roof Professional Training courses.  Biophilic design is very supportive of implementing green roofs and walls, which are both positive elements that confer human health and well being benefits.

He also delivered several inspiring keynote addresses at former CitiesAlive conferences.

And in addition, Stephen wrote an important Forward to The Rise of Living Architecture, our 10th Anniversary Book, wherein he stated:

“One of the greatest challenges of our age is how to live in compatible and even harmonious relations to the natural world. Living architecture represents an important step in the direction of reconciling people and nature in the modern built environment and the industry association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has been in the forefront of this effort.”

Tribute at the Opening Plenary

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

In Seattle, an Opening Plenary panel of renown experts including Bill Browning of Terrapin Green; Bert Gregory, Principal, Mithun; Gail Vittori, Chair, Green Building Certification Institute; and Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of International Living Future Institute will reflect on his legacy and discuss future developments in the field.

Plenary & Reception, Monday, September 18, 2017

4:45pm – 6:30pm

Opening Plenary
Opening Remarks: Governor Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

A Tribute to Stephen Kellert: The Business Case for Biophilic Design and Human Health
Master of Ceremonies: Steven Peck, GRP, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Bill Browning, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green
Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun
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

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Trade Show & Opening Reception

8:30pm – 11:30pm

Local Host Reception – Seattle Aquarium

Stephen Kellert was a kind and passionate man, especially where it came to fostering a better relationship between people and nature.  He inspired many people with whom he worked and taught. He was a revered professor at Yale University at The School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

One of Stephen’s most notable achievements was that he pioneered the application of biophilic design to the built form.  He believed that having biophilic designed buildings would help people become healthier and happier.

Biophilic Design Workshop

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

At CitiesAlive we are delighted to have another pioneer, Bill Browning, lead the first ever design workshop on maximizing biophilic benefits through green roof and wall design just prior to the Opening Plenary.  At the workshop, we hope to maximize the number of biophilic elements that can be incorporated into green roof and wall projects.

Biophilic design is also one of the performance characteristics that is built into the Green Infrastructure Foundation’s Living Architecture Performance Tool, a green roof and wall performance rating system that will be open for comment on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Seattle.

Register by September 7 and Save $50!

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

Please join us for our CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and help us pay tribute to his contributions, shape the future of the industry, and strengthen our ability to use green roofs and walls to improve our health and well being.

Sincerely yours,

~ Steven W. Peck

Join Us CitiesAlive 2017 Tribute Pioneer Biophilic Design Stephen Kellert

Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA is the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC).  He is also co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Foundation in Toronto, Canada.

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 Steven at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

Register Now for the 2017 Grey to Green Conference: Quantifying Green Infrastructure, May 8-10 in Toronto

February 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Register now for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ 2017 Grey to Green Conference: Quantifying Green Infrastructure, held on May 8-10 in Toronto!

As Media Partners once again, we want to make sure you take advantage of the Early Bird Registration discounts, ending on March 10, 2017.

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Why Attend?

“Join us and shape a healthier and more resilient future at the Grey to Green Conference: Quantifying Green Infrastructure from May 8-10, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Now in its 5th year, Grey to Green will feature a public forum on May 8th to discuss barriers and opportunities to advance green infrastructure from a variety of professional perspectives. Tuesday, May 9th technical sessions include world renowned designer, Herbert Dreiseitl from Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab who will discuss shaping livable cities with green and blue infrastructure, plus over 50 more expert speakers! On May 10th, take your career even further with one of our many hands-on workshops and tours!” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Held at the Chestnut Convention Centre in Toronto, Grey to Green has a great line-up of speakers, including:

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L to R: Herbert Dreiseitl; Jennifer Keesmaat; Tony DiGiovanni, Executive Director, Landscape Ontario; and Steven Peck.

Now in its 5th year, Grey to Green will also feature a Public Forum on May 8th to discuss barriers and opportunities to advance green infrastructure from a variety of professional perspectives.  The Forum includes Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto; Deborah Martin-Downs, CAO, Credit Valley Conservation; Steven Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities; and Scott Torrance, Practice Leader, Scott Torrance Landscape Architect.

Register Now to Save $100

This looks like a great conference with some wonderful people!  Learn more and to register, visit greytogreenconference.org.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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