Last 2015 Grey to Green Conference Early Bird Discount Ends Friday on May 1!

April 29, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Join our colleagues at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) in Toronto on June 1st – 2nd, 2015 to delve into the latest ideas and innovations in urban agriculture at their 2015 Grey to Green: A Conference Exploring the Economics of Local and Regional Food Systems and Resilience.

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As a Media Partner of the 2015 Grey to Green Conference, Greenroofs.com is pleased to share more info with you from GRHC.  For those of us living in the U.S., as an attendee you will receive a 20% or more discount because of the current exchange rates.

But most importantly for now is for you to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount which ends this Friday, May 1st:

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“Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is hosting its annual regional conference Grey to Green 2015 with a focus on local and regional food systems and resilience. We will be exploring new developments in Urban Agriculture and Green Infrastructure that are taking place across North America and around the world.

What now seems a novelty, may soon become a necessity. Urban and regional food systems are the focus of GRHC’s Grey to Green Conference, taking place June 1st and 2nd in Toronto. With severe droughts in California, and over $2.5 billion in food imports alone into Ontario from that region, there are huge opportunities to grow more food in cities, on buildings and in our region.

Now is the time to get involved and learn about the convergence of agriculture and architecture, how to animate communities into greater self-sufficiency and ensure that regional agriculture lands can continue to feed cities.

Grey to Green 2015 promises to be two days packed with information, ideas, best practices, tools and results that you can easily adapt for your projects.

Space is limited, so register before May 1st to reserve your spot and enjoy a $50 early-bird discount. US attendees can take advantage of the current exchange rate to receive an additional 20% off.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

2015G2G-KeynotesBe INSPIRED by keynote speakers Roger Schickedantz of William McDonough + Partners and Jeff Warschauer of Nexus Greenhouse Corp sharing their ground-breaking AGRITECTURE (the new frontier that integrates agriculture and architecture) projects, and by Eric Corey Freed of International Living Futures Institute explaining how to leverage the challenges of resiliency and expand your business.

EXPLORE the challenges and achievements of rooftop farming with detailed case studies from FoodShare, Ryerson University, AccessPoint Danforth, Brooklyn Grange, and Whole Foods.

PARTICIPATE in panel discussions with Kathy MacPherson of Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Lauren Baker of City of Toronto and Debbie Field of FoodShare about urban food systems and regional agricultural policies.

GET DIRTY in hands-on workshops about urban rooftop farming, soil and green walls, facilitated by Ben Flanner of Brooklyn Grange, Susan Antler of Compost Canada, and Melissa Daniels of Plant Connection.

REGISTER NOW to enjoy the last Early Bird rate.

See the full list of speakers at www.greytogreenconference.org.

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Join your colleagues in Toronto this June to explore the economics of urban agriculture and resilience – and don’t miss out on the last Early Bird Discount on May 1!

~ Linda V.

Program Launch for 2015 Grey to Green Conference and Early Bird Discount by March 31

March 13, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Earlier this month, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities launched their program for the 2015 Grey to Green: A Conference Exploring the Economics of Local and Regional Food Systems and Resilience.

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Held on June 1-2, 2015 in Toronto, Grey to Green features the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and will showcase more than 50 leading thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal many dimensions of architecture, agriculture and our food system.  The multi-disciplinary program is packed with fantastic project case studies, useful designs, business models and analytic tools.

“Building our capacity to grow food in cities and the surrounding region, on vacant lands and upon the roofs and walls of buildings is critical to securing our resilience in the decades to come. Learn from the pioneers, the movers and shakers at Grey to Green.” ~ Steven Peck, Founder/President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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Register by March 31st and SAVE $100 (government and for-profit registrants).

The conference is $199 CDN.  Due to the favorable exchange rate (20 – 25% savings), this translates into about $150 US – if you register by March 31st.

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William McDonough + Partners has championed food production as a component in a sustainable vision for the planet.  Keynote speaker Roger Schickedantz, Director and Architect at William McDonough + Partners will profile a variety of paradigmatic projects that include rooftop food production at varying scales, ranging from experimental hydroponic greenhouses to a commercially viable 80,000 sq. ft. production facility.

Eric Corey Freed, Vice President, International Living Future Institute will deliver a keynote address in which you will discover how the threat of climate change is already affecting your business. You’ll uncover how to take more of a leadership position by using natural principles to make your facility more resilient and sustainable.

Trade Show & Tours
The trade show brings together exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in products, services and designs.  Tours: Gain exclusive access and information to local projects such as the new Corktown Common, Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common, Eastdale Collegiate Institute Rooftop Farm, Access Point on Danforth and Ryerson University’s Rooftop and Community Garden projects.  These projects are pushing the boundaries of integrating green infrastructure and design for multiple benefits.

Courses:
Professional training courses offered as part of the Grey to Green Conference include: Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture; Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design; Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance and Projects; Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites; Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites III: Water Storage and Cisterns; and a new soil workshop developed by Compost Canada.

Speakers:
This year at Grey to Green learn from speakers such as: Ben Flanner, Head Farmer and President, Brooklyn Grange; Shelley Petrie, Director, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; Liat Margolis, Director, GRITLab; Debbie Field, Executive Director, FoodShare Toronto; Lauren Baker, Food Policy Specialist, City of Toronto/ Public Health; Lauren Mandel, Project Manager, Roofmeadow LLC and Owner, EAT UP LLC and more!

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See the full list of speakers at www.greytogreenconference.org.  Greenroofs.com is once again proud to be a Media Partner for Grey to Green!

Media Contact: Steven Peck at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x. 233.

Sounds like a great deal for a great line-up!

~ Linda V.

GRHC Call for Presentation and Training Proposals: Grey to Green Due February 2, 2015

December 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has issued its Grey to Green 2015 – Food and Resilience – Call for Presentation and Training Proposals.

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Read on from GRHC:

“It will be three years since the Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto and many new developments in the field have taken place across North America and around the world. On June 1-2, 2015, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will be hosting Grey to Green in Toronto – with a focus on food and resilience. We invite you and your organization to become involved by:

Submitting a presentation proposal on the latest best practice/innovation in design, technology, policy, and research. Deadline is February 2, 2015.

  1. Propose a special skills / training workshop in this field, from beekeeping to SPIN gardening. Deadline is February 2, 2015.
  2. Sponsor the event and help us make it an outstanding opportunity for learning, networking and development.”

 In the future, our city-regions will need to embrace all forms of living green infrastructure to help combat the negative effects of climate change. Much of this should be designed to support multiple forms and scales of food production in an integrated system that utilizes numerous energy and nutrient streams and abundant labour.

Please join us June 1-2, 2015 to celebrate and share our successes in this emerging sector and plan for future growth. Go to www.greytogreenconference.org for more details and to submit presentation and training proposals.  Thank you for your interest and support!  ~ Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Founder and President Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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Click here for the Grey to Green 2015 Call for Proposals in PDF.

Happy writing,

~ 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?

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Grey to Green Conference: August 25-26, 2014

REGISTER NOW

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
OAA, LA CES, USGBC/GBCI, AIA CES, BOMI, APLD, and RC

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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

Sponsors:

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Partners:

Greenroofs.com | New Society Publishers | Sustainable City Network | CNU | The Architect’s Newspaper | Alternatives Journal | ReNew Canada | Construction Links Media | AZURE | SABMag | CaGBC

Connect with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities on social media:
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Please visit www.greytogreenconference.org for more info on the Conference Agenda and Registration or contact conference@greenroofs.org.

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

~ Linda V.