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.


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


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.

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.

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.

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!


See the full list of speakers at is once again proud to be a Media Partner for Grey to Green!

Media Contact: Steven Peck at 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.


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 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


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?


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.



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

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Use hashtag #greytogreen


Please visit for more info on the Conference Agenda and Registration or contact

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

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for June 23, 2014: Daniels Residence

June 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm Project of the Week: 6/23/14


Daniels Residence
Toronto, Canada
2,228 sf Greenroofs


Project Description & Details

Originally built in 1935, the new owners re-imagined this Toronto Art Deco masterpiece into a beautiful sustainable home with the help of Paul Dowsett Architecture Inc. (SUSTAINABLE.TO). Situated in the premier neighborhood of South Hill, the Daniels Residence boasts solar panels, high albedo roof, exterior solar shades, interior reflective light shelves, high efficiency replacement windows, re-use of existing materials, triple-glazed curtain wall, native plant species, local and/or recycled content, geothermal, rainwater collection, and a beautiful green roof.

Composed of five different green roof sections, the Daniels Residence uses HYDROPACK by Vegetal i.D., a lightweight all-in-one modular green roof system that enabled easy installation and instant greening. Each green roof section is composed of HYDROPACK’s Standard Mix, which is a blend of 30 species of succulents and herb species specifically chosen for their hardiness and drought tolerance. Through the combination of many efficiency strategies, the home was able to achieve a 35% reduction in energy use as well as rainwater runoff harvesting and mitigation on site.

Year: 2013
Owner: David and Kate Alexander Daniels
Location: Toronto, Canada
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Roof Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Roof Size: 2,228 sq.ft.
Grade: 2%
Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Paul Dowsett, Paul Dowsett Architecture Inc.
Green Roof Design: Vegetal i.D. Inc. & Paul Dowsett Architecture Inc.
Modular Green Roof System: HYDROPACK by Vegetal i.D. Inc.
Build & Contractor: Ginkgo Sustainability

New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Daniels Residence Project of the Week Video below or see it on our on greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see the entire profile and learn more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.