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Exploring Connections Between Green Infrastructure & Healthy & Resilient Communities at Grey to Green 2014

on May 21, 2014 at 11:32 am under

As you might know by now, Grey to Green: A Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure Focusing on Health, presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, takes place on August 25-26, 2014.


Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this year’s Grey to Green Conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about the economics of green infrastructure from over 75 leaders in our field, including these distinguished keynotes:


Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Chair, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has written the background paper “Exploring Connections Between Green Infrastructure & Healthy & Resilient Communities.”  It provides an overview of the literature that illustrates the connections between living green infrastructure and human health, and many of these topics will be presented during Grey to Green – click below to download:


“Over the past two decades researchers have increased their understanding and begun to develop the tools for quantifying the multiple benefits of living green infrastructure. Living green infrastructure technologies cover a wide range of strategies from active and passive turf to trees, wetlands, bioswales, structural soils, green walls and green roofs. Green infrastructure technologies are becoming recognized by engineers, designers, health care advocates, developers and policy makers world wide as proven and effective ways to solve multiple urban problems. Yet in North America, the many contributions of green infrastructure to our natural and built environments, as well as to human health, are not fully reflected in public policies pertaining to buildings, design practice, community planning or capital and operational investments in infrastructure.

…This paper looks at living green infrastructure through the lens of health, largely human health, in an effort to raise awareness of these important benefits and to identify some opportunities for further research, public policy development and building design practice improvements.” ~ Steven W. Peck

Read more about Grey to Green from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities:

Grey to Green Conference – August 25-26, 2014

Early Bird Deadline ends June 16th. Save up to $100 by signing up early!

GRPs earn up to 6.5 CE hours at the Grey to Green Conference. The Conference has been submitted to ASLA, AIA, USGBC/GBCI, and OAA for Continuing Education Units.

Bill Browning Founder, Terrapin Bright Green
Learn the Emerging Science, Health and Economic Benefits of Designing our Buildings with Nature.
Craig Applegath Architect, Principal and Eco-Design Lead, DIALOG
Regeneration, Resilience and Symbiosis: Fashioning our cities to respond to a climate challenged world.
Dr. John Howard Chair, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)
Hear how doctors are using green infrastructure for prevention health care.
Kathleen Wolf, PhD Research Social Scientist, University of Washington
Learn how the benefits of green infrastructure translates the economic bottom line for agencies and organizations.

Why attend Grey to Green?
Grey to Green is at the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and will showcase more than 75 leading thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal the intersection of health and living green infrastructure.The multi-disciplinary program is packed with fantastic project case studies, useful design and analytical tools, and cutting edge research that will help you:• Build the business case on your next project
• Implement these systems and technologies into any home and/or any project
• Learn that latest standards, design aids, and frameworks
• Learn what exactly the economic benefits are when designing for health (You will be surprised!)
Learn and PlayToronto has the most highrise buildings under construction in North America and will be home to 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials as it gears up for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.Come be the first to check out the exclusive green infrastructure projects of the Toronto Pan Am/Parpan Am games facilities – which all will meet LEED Gold certification standards. Click to learn more about the Grey to Green Tours.
Closing Reception on Toronto City Hall Green Roof PodiumA must Not Miss Event – To close out Grey to Green we’re dining outside on the green roof podium at City Hall.  The 36,000 square foot modular green roof is an Award of Excellence winner and is Toronto’s largest publicly accessible green roof.

Early bird deadline ends June 16th.  Save up to $100 by signing up early!

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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Happy greening,

~ Linda V.