See the Agenda for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 on October 2-3 & GRP Course on October 4

September 23, 2016 at 3:02 am

The Agenda for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 held on October 2 and 3 has been finalized, and a GRP Course from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has been added on October 4:

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Agenda Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 GRP Course October 2-4

Just click above to register, or Register Here.

That kind of says it all, right?

Liz Hart, GRiT Executive Director, and the volunteer members of GRiT have done a great job organizing everything – please contact Liz at elizabethkhart@comcast.net or 404-725-1602 if you have any questions; also visit the GRiT webpage for more information.

The Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 is going to be fun, I can tell ~ hopefully Aramis and I will see you there!

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

Come to the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 on October 2 & 3!

August 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Hosted by the Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT) in partnership with Portland State University, you are invited to join industry leaders for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 on October 2 and 3!

With a design and developer focus, the Ecoroof Symposium will be held at Portland State University.  It’s made possible with generous support of East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, plus the Audubon Society of Portland and Firestone Building Products (sponsorships are still available).

Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016

“As the vegetated roofing industry continues to grow and mature, the Ecoroof Symposium will showcase the most up-to-date research on the economic and environmental impacts that green roofs provide to buildings and cities. We are honored to host London’s own Dusty Gedge as our keynote speaker, as well as a research medley on topics such as enhanced real estate value, energy impacts, and biodiversity. Panels of experts and breakout sessions offer a wealth of experience on best practices to avoid concerns, and to extend the service life of the roof membrane and vegetation. Green roof tours can provide insight into a variety of systems and approaches.” ~ Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016

It will be great to see our friend Dusty Gedge again, the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), author, and co-founder of Livingroofs.org, among other things.  We are sure to enjoy his Keynote, not to mention his world view of the state of the greenroof union!

And you have to admit the pricing for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 is super affordable:

Pricing will Increase at 1 am on the day of the event.

General Public: $25 ($3 service charge) = $28.00

Any Student: $10 ($3 service charge) = $13.00

Day of Event: $35 ($3 service charge) = $38.00

Vendors: $50 ($3 service charge) = $53.00 – includes a table space

Register Here!

I’m thrilled to have been invited back to speak this year, and I’ll be presenting my new “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World.”

An added enticement are the tours offered on Sunday October 1: you can choose between the Local Portland Greenroof Walk / Bike Tour or the Oregon Wine Country Greenroof Bus Tour – you can bet that Aramis and I will be on the Wine Country Tour!

We had the opportunity of visiting this lovely city back in 2010 when the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) was hosting the Portland Ecoroof Symposium.  They had a great turnout and we met some awesome people – along with tasting some equally awesome pinot noir, so the wine tour is definitely up our alley (see my posts about it at Ecoroof Portland, Day 1 and Day 2).

Please contact Elizabeth Hart, Executive Director of GRiT, if you have questions, or if you are interested in speaking or submitting a research topic as they still have a few speaking and panel spots open.  Elizabeth can be reached through the GRiT webpage or at elizabethkhart@comcast.net.

In case you are unaware, GRiT is a network of businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, students and community members, joining together to grow the knowledge and use of green roofs in the Pacific Northwest.

Visit the GRiT webpage for more information.

Hope to see you there!

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