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Conferences, Trade Shows and other public events that address green building, green living, and the greenroof concept are presented here with contact information for the respective organization. is not the organizer of any of these events, and does not necessarily recommend nor endorse any event, nor are we responsible for any errors, date changes, or cancellations.  The use of the words "we" and "our" within each description pertains to each organization, not  We consider these interesting and newsworthy - please contact each organization for details!  Submit free postings of event notices with dates & complete description for publication to:

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April 7-22: The 2014 "Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest

The details have been finalized, and you can now enter the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest for 2014! You’ve got just over two weeks to enter on our Facebook page and rally your friends, family and colleagues to vote for your submission. At noon EDT on Earth Day 2014 – April 22 – the photo entry with the most votes will win a $100 gift card – plus receive a lot of publicity!

April 22: Earth Day 2014
Support Earth Day. Your support enables Earth Day Network to power the environmental movement and ensure a healthy and sustainable planet for all of us. Your contributions and purchases help mobilize communities, implement environmental education programs and support Earth Day events and actions around the world. From greening schools in post-Katrina New Orleans to improving water and sanitation services in a refugee community in Ghana, EDN supports and coordinates thousands of Earth Day events worldwide each year. Earth Day, April 22, is the largest secular holiday in the world, now celebrated by more than one billion people.
Follow @EarthDayNetwork on Twitter.

April 25: Spring Open House & Plant Sale, Good Earth Plant Company, San Diego, CA
Come see what Good Earth Plants and GreenScaped Buildings has to offer for Spring! View two new Green Roof Systems, an Edible Garden, our new Aquaponics System and the latest in Living Wall Technology. Tour our Green Roof and preview new products around every corner! Come prepared to purchase nursery grade plants and pots at unbelievably discounted prices! Please RSVP by email to and receive a free plant when you come. Parking is very limited. Please carpool if you can. Read Linda's Blog Post "Good Earth Plant Company’s Spring 2014 Open House and Plant Sale is Friday, April 25."

April 26-30: APA (American Planning Association) National Planning Conference, Atlanta, GA
Atlanta is an economic powerhouse. It's one of the fastest-growing regions yet filled with natural beauty. Advance your career, network, and knowledge at the National Planning Conference, April 26-30, 2014. Open your eyes to new possibilities when you join thousands of planners from around the world at APA's National Planning Conference. APA's National Planning Conference you can pick and choose from hundreds of sessions, workshops, mobile workshops, and networking events to build your own conference — one that's just right for you.
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May 5: The Future of Environmental Finance, Strategies for Financing Current and Future Environmental Challenges, Chapel Hill, NC
This public forum will feature engaging presentations from prominent environmental finance experts and innovators from a variety of perspectives that cut across sectors and issues. This event will foster discussion and identify emerging trends, strategies, and ideas that will help answer the basic "how will we pay" questions at the heart of successful environmental protection.

May 6-7: Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014 will witness industry experts showcasing and discussing innovative solutions to make Dubai’s drive towards green come true on 6th and 7th May, 2014 at Sofitel - The Palm Resort. Speaking at the Summit, Al Yousuf Agricultural & Landscaping will be seen sharing their business solutions facilitating stunning yet ecofriendly landscaping. The conference will also showcase latest technology and trends from exhibitors like Nakheel Landscapes, Zeoplant, Ithara Group, Thorn Lighting, Groupe Botanica and many more. Providing a platform to network and create lucrative business opportunities, the event will attract more than 400 senior landscape engineers, architects, developers, contractors, technology providers and government authorities. Expotrade Middle East is looking forward to meeting senior professionals committed to the sustainable growth of the region’s landscape sector and cordially invite you to register. Email us at

May 7-8: Greenbuild EXPO, Manchester, UK
The UK's newest sustainable building and refurbishment event, an essential and informative event for the construction industry covering everything from training opportunities and renewable technologies to sustainable materials and legislation updates. Following another great event which saw Greenbuild Expos Green Deal debate area swamped with visitors trying to find out what this new initiative has to offer, we’re looking forward to the 2013 event. The feedback from our visitors this year was hugely encouraging for the industry. An increase of almost 15% in commercial building professionals this year demonstrates the interest that energy saving and carbon reducing measures are high priorities and provided exhibitors with some excellent prospects with nearly 4,000 visitors arriving from across the country and from sectors including volume housing, office, health, education, leisure, hotel and retail.
Follow @GreenbuildExpo on Twitter.

May 12-14: Roof & Façade & Waterproofing Exhibition China 2014, Guangzhou, China
Roof China is a only trade show located in south China specialized for roofing industry since 2011.Advocating the popularization of the Quality Warranty & Being a Platform seizing opportunities are what we have been focusing since its first edition. Every year Roof China attract exhibitors from many countries in Asia, Europe and America with their advanced products, make it a fabulous show for visitors. Roof China is a place of adventure for who want to start their business, and a place of discovery for who need some fresh ideas. In a word, It’s an event you can not miss always. The 4th ROOF CHINA will be take place at Hall 13.1 of China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex from May 12th to 14th, 2014.

May 12-15: 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, Boston, USA
Join the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and other sponsors for the 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, May 12-15, in Boston (Cambridge). The 9th annual conference will be held in conjunction with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub 2014 Industry Day scheduled for May 15, 2014. The International Concrete Sustainability Conference provides learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing, design and construction. Experts will present on the latest developments related to design, specifying, manufacturing, testing, construction, maintenance, and research of concrete as it relates to sustainable development: LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT - Pervious pavements and erosion control structures, urban heat island reduction, light colored pavements, green roofs and cool communities. Read "Industry Groups Seeking Abstracts for 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference" by

May 16-18: ROOF INDIA 2014, Chennai, India
India is the 2nd fastest growing major economy in the world and in spite of the global economic scenario, the Building Construction & Infrastructure industry in India continues to boom. Pre-engineered Buildings/Factories, Airport modernization/new airports projects, Metro Rail, New Hotel/Resorts, IT Parks, Retail Malls, Hypermarkets, Multiplexes, Integrated Townships etc are still buzzwords today in India's booming Building Construction & Infrastructure industry. And it is this scenario that ROOF INDIA Exhibition - Asia's Largest Roofing & Allied Products Event, provides the ideal platform for the building construction and infrastructure industry fraternity to converge, network and strike lucrative business deals and establish business partnerships & joint ventures. The 13th edition - ROOF INDIA 2014 will be held during 16 - 18 May 2014 at the Chennai Trade Centre Centre, Chennai, India. Be there to be part of India’s building construction & infrastructure boom! Maximise your opportunities at ROOF INDIA 2014!
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May 20-24: RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea, London
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, officially the Great Spring Show, is a garden show held each year on five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London. It is the most famous such show in the United Kingdom, perhaps the most famous gardening event in the world and part of London's summer social season. Popular parts of the Chelsea Flower Show include the show gardens designed by leading names and the centerpiece of the floral marquee.
Follow @The_RHS on Twitter.

May 21: Architectural Record Innovation Conference 2014, Los Angeles, CA
Breakthrough: Design at the Intersection of Art, Science & Technology. Architectural Record brings its acclaimed Innovation Conference to Los Angeles, a city known for blurring the boundaries between urbanism, architecture, and the landscape. Topics range the merging of landscape and architecture; to the growing influence of Mexico’s architects; to the integration of contemporary art, technology & design. Keynote Speaker, Jeanne Gang is a founding principal of Studio Gang in Chicago. A MacArthur Fellow, she was the lead designer of the 82-story Aqua Tower in Chicago, the tallest building in the world designed by a woman. Gang's work is deeply engaged in materials innovation and sustainability in such projects as the Arcus Social Justice Center, under construction in Kalamazoo, Michigan; the Chicago office of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which is Living Building Challenge certified; and the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park.

May 21: Portland Ecoroof Symposium, Portland, OR
The sixth annual Portland Ecoroof Symposium will take place on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the World Trade Conference Center in downtown Portland. The event will feature local and national experts sharing scientific research and case studies that explore the true costs and savings of ecoroofs. The event is open to the public, and targeted toward architects, landscape architects, developers, engineers, building owners, facility managers, students, researchers, and green roof industry professionals. The Symposium will also feature a Vendor Showcase of leading green roof companies from Portland and the surrounding region.



June 1-3: Resilient Cities - World Congress on Cities & Adaptation to Climate Change, Bonn, Germany
Resilient Cities is the leading global forum on urban resilience and adaptation. Convened by ICLEI, the city of Bonn & World Mayors Council. Building on the success of the first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is proud to announce that the next  edition of this annual convention is already under preparation.
Follow @ICLEI_ResCities on Twitter.

June 4-6: International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina
IFLA, the International Federation of Landscape Architects, is the global body of professional Landscape Architects, with members from over 60 countries in all continents. It represents the profession of Landscape Architecture in both governmental and non-governmental organizations, such as the UN, UNESCO, UIA., etc. IFLA is a non-political, non governmental and non-profit democratic organization with the following objectives: to develop and promote the profession and discipline of Landscape Architecture, together with its related arts and sciences, throughout the world; to establish the profession in its continuing role as an instrument of aesthetic achievement and social change for the public welfare; to contribute in identifying and preserving the intricate balance of those ecological systems upon which the future of civilization depends; to establish high standards of professional practice in design and planning of the landscape, its management, conservation and development; to promote educational and professional international exchange of knowledge, skills and experience. An IFLA World Congress is an ideal opportunity to share and learn from diverse cultures, with attendees from 63 IFLA member countries.

June 5: World Environment Day
World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day ('WED') is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began and it was from 5–16 June 1972. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. The first World Environment Day was in 1973. World Environment Day is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5 June. World Environment Day is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and fall in the Southern Hemisphere.
Follow @UNEP on Twitter.

June 8-11: Western Roofing Expo 2014, Las Vegas, NV
Plan to attend “The Largest Roofing Expo presented by Roofing Contractors for the Roofing Industry” – the Western Roofing Expo – your once-a-year opportunity to maximize your company’s productivity, efficiency and profitability. Known for bringing all of the elements of the roofing industry together, WRE focuses on the western region of the United States and the specific needs that roofing and waterproofing contractors face in these areas.

June 26-27: Roofing Africa Exhibition 2014, Nairobi, Kenya
Welcome to Africa's only trade exhibition specialised in roofing, cladding, steel construction and waterproofing technologies. Held over two days in Nairobi, Kenya, the rapidly expanding real estate investment destination in East and Central Africa, industry suppliers have an opportunity to meet and network with potential dealers, architects and real estate developers among others. Located in the largest conference and exhibition facility in East Africa, this trade exhibition provides an opportunity to industry vendors looking to expand into Africa.

June 26-28: AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition, Chicago, IL
The AIA 2013 National Convention will explore how innovative approaches to planning, design, and construction, along with revolutionary approaches to practice and collaboration, can create more resilient urban ecosystems. Through this innovation, cities of all scales can contribute to a region's sustainability and regeneration.
Follow @AIANational on Twitter.



July 12-15: OFA - The Association of Horticultural Professionals Short Course, Columbus, OH

The OFA Short Course will again prove to be the PREMIER educational and trade show experience serving the floriculture industry. The OFA Short Course is a “must attend” convention and marketplace for business owners and decision makers. Meet with horticulture’s top suppliers at the trade show. See what’s available so you can make the right buying decisions. The OFA Short Course provides an educational program that supplies information and inspiration needed to turn challenges into opportunities, and teaches you how to better manage a business in a complex environment. Catch up with colleagues, network, and share ideas. Catch up professionally with the top experts in horticulture and use the OFA Short Course experience to move your business forward.
Follow @ofashortcourse on Twitter.



August 3-7: StormCon – The North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Expo, Portland, OR

Stormwater management is a fast-changing discipline and StormCon is the only professional conference and exposition where you can learn about the latest stormwater program management innovations, BMPs performance case studies, research, technology, and services. Take advantage of StormCon's early bird registration rates and register today. StormCon is the alphabet soup for solutions to meet all of your stormwater needs. From Ammonia to Zeolyte -- erosion control, funding, modeling, permitting, rainwater use, treatment and watershed management plans -- you will find products, services and decades of expertise. Phase I or II, small or large populations, ag or urban, StormCon provides it all under one very LARGE roof. The brainpower of our industry at your personal service for a concentrated four days. If you've got questions, at StormCon you'll find the answers. At a time of evolving regulations, StormCon evolves with the regulatory and technical needs, ensuring the state of the art in stormwater management.
Follow @StormCon on Twitter.

August 7-8: Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science & Technology Symposium, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Standards for green roof performance have not been established. The MGRST symposium is dedicated to disseminating results of scientific research that will lead to the establishment of green roof performance standards for the Mid-Atlantic region. Topics include: Striving for green roof standards
Engineering discharge, Optimizing ET, Modeling performance, and OM impact on hydrology.

For more information, contact: Dr. Steven M. Cohan, (301) 405-6969 and

August 15-17: Boston GreenFest, Boston, MA

Boston GreenFest is organized by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. As the region's largest multicultural environmental festival, Boston GreenFest celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities. We can have fun at the same time!
Follow @BosGreenFest on Twitter.

August 19-21: Annual PIA Trade Show and Conference, Chicago, IL
The 2014 PIA trade show and conference will take place August 19–21 at the Navy Pier in Chicago. Called PIA@IGC, the program is being held in conjunction with the Independent Garden Center Show (IGC). PIA will have its own exhibit area, education class rooms, and lounge on the convention center mezzanine level overlooking the IGC trade show floor. PIA attendees will also have full access to the IGC trade show and the roof deck, which boasts some of the best views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline.

August 25-26: Grey to Green Conference by GRHC, Toronto, Canada
Building on the success of Grey to Green: A Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure in 2013, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is now planning Grey to Green for 2014. This two-day conference focuses on the health benefits of green infrastructure - for our economy, our ecosystem and our community. Grey to Green will bring together leading edge thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal the intersection of health and green infrastructure protection and development. GRHC Cities invites you to submit a proposal for presentations.



September 4-5: International Green Wall Conference, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Green walls are an important component of Green Infrastructure – possibly the only cost effective approach to coping with some of the immense challenges currently facing urban areas: climate change (coping with extreme events e.g. heat-waves, flooding), pollution (including health impacts), lack of wildlife habitat, social problems (including mental health) resulting from high-density urban living. The green wall sector is exceptionally dynamic with new product developments and insights constantly emerging. For this reason we have convened this meeting to bring together researchers, manufacturers, installers, planners, architects, consultants, and developers to exchange information and learn of new developments in this exciting technology.



October 7-10: World Green Infrastructure Congress, Sydney, Australia

Join International Delegates to celebrate the fastest expanding industry in Construction and Urban Planning. Experts, Academics, Exhibitors, Professionals, Policy Makers and related fields will congregate, share, explain and educate on how Green City Infrastructure such as green roofs, living walls, urban forests and urban regeneration can sustain our environment and our cities with vegetative systems, wise policy and foresight.
Follow @greenroofsaus on Twitter.

October 19-22: Qingdao International Ecocity & Green Roof Conference, Qingdao, China

The WGIN member organization International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) is going to host the next international green roof event of China. New themes, like more urban gardening, climate change and new solution in a thriving modern urbanism guides the way to a better living in a greener surrounding. This can be helpful for nearly all Cities around the world – let us learn from China and exchange knowledge to prepare perfect and local adapted solutions. The congress will give the opportunity to exchange knowledge with international speakers.

October 22-24: Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, New Orleans, LA
Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events. Greenbuild is a perfect opportunity to meet with green building colleagues, network with leading industry professionals and learn from international representatives from around the world. Each year, Greenbuild and its host committee develops a robust roster of events to complement the conference and expo. To begin celebrating the spirit of Greenbuild — inspiring world class speakers, a focus on design innovation, and unparalleled networking opportunities — DVGBC will be offering a year-long series of Host City events accessible to our entire community. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is presented by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Follow @Greenbuild on Twitter.



November 12-15: Cities Alive 2014 Conference, Nashville, TN
From November 12th the 15th, join Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and the City of Nashville as they co-host CitiesAlive, the 12th anniversary of North America’s green roof and wall conference. Programming will feature dozens of expert speaker sessions, a trade show featuring the leaders of the green roof and wall industry, the 2014 Awards of Excellence, interesting and informative tours, numerous networking opportunities, and more!

GRHC invites you to submit a paper for presentation at the 12th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference. The theme of the conference for this year is Water: the Key to Everything Green.

November 21-24: ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting & EXPO, Denver, CO
This premier event for landscape architecture professionals will be the largest gathering of professionals in the world. More than 6,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors are expected to participate. ASLA annual meeting attendees consistently rate this EXPO as the “most valuable event” of the entire conference. Explore hundreds of new products, services, technology applications, and design solutions—all under one roof. With more than 450 exhibitors, the ASLA EXPO is the largest trade show in the industry and the best-attended event of the annual meeting. The average attendee spends four to six hours test-driving products in the EXPO. Full registrants will receive complimentary beverage coupons good for one drink at each of the EXPO receptions on Saturday and Sunday. For your convenience, a number of popular activities will be located in the EXPO.




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