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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 - CITIESALIVE TRAINING


8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM - Net Zero Water Boot Camp (Day One of Two) (Ticketed Event) - Both Days: $699

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 - CITIESALIVE TRAINING, OPENING PLENARY & TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENING


8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM - Net Zero Water Boot Camp (Day Two of Two) (Ticketed Event) - Both Days: $699

8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM - Green Roof Design and Installation (Ticketed Event) - $399

8:30 AM TO 12:00 PM - Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture (Ticketed Event) - $225
8:30 AM TO 12:00 PM - Living Architecture and Sustainable Energy (Ticketed Event) - $225

10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM - Green Roof Professional (GRP) Examination (Pre-Registration Required - Click Here- $495

12:00 PM TO 4:30 PM - Advanced Green Roof Maintenance (Ticketed Event) - $225

12:00 PM TO 4:30 PM - Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design (Ticketed Event) - $225

12:00 PM TO 5:00 PM - EXHIBITOR MOVE-IN

1:00 PM TO 4:00 PM - LIVING ARCHITECTURE PERFORMANCE TOOL (LAPT) WORKSHOP

5:30 PM TO 7:00 PM - MORNING PLENARY


Welcome / Opening Address

Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, LEED, ASIC, GRP, Owner and President of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company; Chair, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Donovan Richards Jr.
, Council Member, New York City Council, District 31

 

New York City: Working Towards Resilient People, Communities, and Places in the Face of Climate Change

Margaret Castillo, Chief Architect, NYC Department of Design & Construction

Biophilic Science& How Living Architecture Contributes to Productivity, Health and Happiness

Bill Browning, Founding Partner, Terrapin Bright Green

 

7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM - TRADE SHOW FLOOR RECEPTION

8:30 PM TO 9:30 PM - WOMEN IN ROOFING NETWORKING EVENT

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 - CITIESALIVE TECHNICAL SESSIONS AND TRADE SHOW


There are four concurrent sessions featuring expert speakers on design (D) and research (R) topics. The ‘On the Roof With’ sessions provide an opportunity to learn from expert panelists and discuss emerging issues and opportunities with experts. All of the sessions will be recorded and made available for purchase with technical papers. Conference delegates receive a discount on CitiesAlive Conference Proceedings.

 

7:30 AM TO 5:00 PM - ONSITE REGISTRATION

8:00 AM TO 8:30 AM - COFFEE BREAK

8:30 AM TO 10:10 AM - OPENING PLENARY


Welcome / Opening Address

Steven Peck, HASLA, GRP, Founder & President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Stephen Levin, Council Member, New York City Council, District 33

Trends & New Developments in Living Architecture

Steven Peck, HASLA, GRP, Founder & President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

 

Climate Change Impacts on New York City

Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change

 

10:15 AM TO 10:30 AM - BREAK

10:30 AM TO 12:00 PM - SESSION 1

DESIGN TRACK (D)

 

1D – The Latest Advancements in Living Wall Design & Maintenance

 

Designing Irrigation Systems for Green Walls - A Case History in New York
Art Elmers, CIC, CID, CLIA, District Sales Manager, Netafim

Living Walls Biofilters: Design, Operating Costs and Return on Investment
Dr. Youbin Zheng, Environmental Horticulture Chair, University of Guelph & Birgit Siber, OAA, RAIC, LEED AP, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects
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How to Use Green Walls in Biophilic Design
Melissa Daniels,CNLP, Vice President, Plant Connection Inc. & Debra Duneier, LEED GA, President, EcoChi LLC

Moderator: Jim Davidge, GRP, ASLA, Principal, Davidge Design Studio

RESEARCH TRACK (R)

 

1R –  Evaluating Native & Wild Green Roof Performance & Desirability

 

Coexistence of Species in Biodiverse Green Roofs: A Community Ecology Perspective
Amy Heim, Research Associate, Saint Mary's University


A Coupled Analysis of Moisture and Thermal Heat Transfer within a Thin Green Roof System
Scott Tjaden, LEED GA, Environmental Scientist, Pepco Holdings, Inc.


Perceptions of Wild Green Roofs in Singapore
Yun Hye Hwang, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore


Moderator:
 Adrianne Weremchuk, GRP, RLA, ASLA, ISA, 
CLARB, Landscape Architect, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

POLICY TRACK (P)

 

1P – How to Fund Your Green Roof & Wall Projects in New York City

 

Green Infrastructure Funding Programs in New York State
Suzanna R. Randall, Green Program Manager, NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation

 

New York City Best Management Practices
Margot Walker, Green Infrastructure Division, Department of Environmental Protection

 

Moderator: Jody Shilan, Executive Director, New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association

ON THE ROOF WITH (G)

 

1G –  Wind Uplift: Clearing the Air on Good Design Practice and Standards

 

Panelists:
Richard Hayden, GRP, RLA, ASLA, CLARB, Garden Roof Department Manager, American Hydrotech, Inc.

 

Matt Barmore, Product Manager, Sustainable Systems, Firestone Building Products
 
Dr. Bas Baskaran, Group Leader, National Research Council of Canada

 

Moderator: Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, Director, Sustainable & Strategic Initiatives, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance

 

 

12:00 PM TO 7:00 PM - TRADE SHOW FLOOR HOURS (LUNCH ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR FROM 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM)

12:00 PM TO 1:30 PM - POSTER SESSIONS (ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR)

1:00 PM TO 2:00 PM - BOOK SIGNINGS (ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR)

1:00 PM TO 2:00 PM - PRODUCT PRESENTATIONS (ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR)

2:00 PM TO 3:30 PM - SESSION 2

2D – Human(made) Nature: Living Architecture Representing Nature

 

In the Rush to Regulate: Are Vegetated Green Roofs Really Thriving?
Mary Ann Uhlmann, GRP, AIA, Vegetated Green Roof Specialist, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance

 

Rooftop Ecology: Examining the Succession of Extensive Green Roofs Over Time
Brad Garner, Director of Operations, Furbish

 

Increasing Value Through Green Roofs in NYC
Amy Norquist, GRP, MPA, Chief Executive Officer, Greensulate

 

Moderator: Marion Yuen, President, MYA Group

2R – Green Infrastructure Performance: Cleaning & Retaining Water

 

Designing Living Roofs for Water Quality
Dr. Elizabeth Fassman-Beck, Associate Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

 

Taking Acid Rain into Consideration When Formulating Growing Substrates in North America 
Dr. Youbin Zheng, Environmental Horticulture Chair, University of Guelph

 

Low-Cost Green Infrastructure for Cleaning Grey and Black Water
Dr. Brad Bass, Urban Lead, Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative, Environment Canada

 

Moderator: David Yocca, RLA, FASLA, AICP, LEED AP, Principal Landscape Architect/ Planner, Conservation Design Forum

2P – International Green Roof Policy Developments and Design

 

European Green Roof Policy Perspective
Dr. Manfred Kohler, President, World Green Infrastructure Network

 

Green Roof Policy Development in France
Sander Teensma, CEO, Vegetal I.D

 

Moderator: Kate Turney, GRP, Landscape Designer and Owner, Twelve Gardens Ltd.

2G – Best Practices in Developing Supportive Policies in North America

 

Panelists:
Margot Walker, Green Infrastructure Division, Department of Environmental Protection

 

Dr. Hamid Karimi, Deputy Director, Office of Natural Resources, District Department of the Environment, Government of the District of Columbia

 

Jane Welsh, Project Manager, Environmental Planning, City of Toronto

 

Peter Lowitt, APA, Director, Deven Enterprise Commission

 

John H. Lee, Deputy Director for Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency, Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability

 

Stephen Levin, Councillor, New York City Council, District 33

 

Moderator: Rob Craudereuff, Principal, Craudereuff & Associates

3:30 PM TO 3:45 PM - BREAK

3:45 PM TO 5:15 PM - SESSION 3

3D – The Big Green Apple: Case Studies of Large Scale NYC Projects

 

The Croton Water Filtration Plant Project
Paul Kephart, President, CEO, Principal Ecologist + Designer,  Rana Creek Living Architecture

 

More with Less: Municipal Stormwater Management with Lightweight Multi-Acre Green Roofs
Dr. Clayton Rugh, Manager & Technical Director, Xero Flor America LLC

Monumental Green: Case Study of the Javits Center Green Roof

Ilana Judah, Director of Sustainability, and Peter Olney, Senior Associate, FXFOWLE Architects

 

Moderator:  Dr. Karen Liu, Research and Development, North America, Bonar Xero Flor

3R – Green Roof Succession: Examining Benefits & Opportunities Over Time

 

Nature as Model: German Green Roofs after 20 Years
Christine Thuring, PhD Candidate, University of Sheffield

 

Plant Effects on Green Roof Ecosystem Services: A 10-year Retrospective
Dr. Jeremy Lundholm, Professor, Saint Mary's University

 

Enriching Urban Communities with Nature: Opportunities for Bird Conservation
Carly Eakin, Graduate Researcher, MSU Green Roof Team, Michigan State University

Moderator: Inger Staggs Yancey, GRP, LEED AP, Architect, Brooklyn Greenroof

3P – Promoting Green Roof Construction Through Policies & Partnerships

 

Toronto's Mandatory Green Roof Policy: 2 Million Square Feet and Counting
Jane Welsh, Project Manager, Environmental Planning, City of Toronto

 

Exploring San Francisco Green Roof Policy Development
Anne Brask, Planner, City and County of San Francisco

 

Leading the Way: Washington DC Green Infrastructure Policy
Dr. Hamid Karimi, Deputy Director, Office of Natural Resources, District Department of the Environment, Government of the District of Columbia

Moderator: Amy Norquist, GRP, MPA, Chief Executive Officer, Greensulate

 

3G – Designing For Healthy Communities

 


Panelists:
Marieke Lacasse, ASLA, LEED® AP BD+C, Principal, GGLO

 

Amy Falder, Partner, New York Green Roofs, LLC

 

Marni Majorelle Owner, Alive Structures

 

Corey Johnson, District 3 - Council Member, Chair - Committee on Health

 

ModeratorJennifer Nitzky, RLA, ASLA, ISA, President, ASLA-NY

 

 

5:15 PM TO 7:00 PM - COCKTAILS ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR

5:15 PM TO 6:30 PM - PRODUCT PRESENTATIONS ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR

7:30 PM TO 10:30 PM - LOCAL HOST COMMITTEE RECEPTION - EVENING NETWORK AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CRUISE (OPEN BAR & FOOD) (TICKETED EVENT) - $69

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 - CITIESALIVE TECHNICAL SESSIONS, AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE AND CLOSING PLENARY


There are four concurrent sessions featuring expert speakers on policy (P), design (D) and research (R) topics. The ‘On the Roof With’ sessions provide an opportunity to learn from expert panelists and discuss emerging issues and opportunities with experts. All of the sessions will be recorded and made available for purchase with technical papers. Conference delegates receive a discount on CitiesAlive Conference Proceedings.

 

8:00 AM TO 8:30 AM - COFFEE BREAK

8:30 AM TO 10:30 AM - SESSION 4

4D –  What's Out There? Awesome Green Roof & Wall Projects of the World

 

Roofscapes as Foodscapes: Producing Food on Paris's Roofs
Marie Dehaene, Landscape Architect / Urban Agriculture Consultant

 

Hermodynamic Islands: Red & Green & Blue & Yellow Roof Infrastructures in Dry Landscape of Spain
Cristina Jorge Camacho, COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid), CJCpaisaje

 

2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Green Roof & Green Wall Design
Haven Kiers, GRP, ASLA, LEED AP, UC Davis Arboretum

Linda Velazquez, GRP, ASLA, LEED AP, greenroofs.com

 

Awesome Green Wall Designs
James Sable, Executive Vice-President, greenscreen®

Moderator: Sara Loveland, Partner, Annette Environmental Inc.

 

4R – Performance & Longevity: Innovation in Growing Medium Research

 

Impact of Biochar Amendments on Water and Nutrient Retention in Vegetated Roof Substrate 
Ishi Buffam, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Mark Mitchell, PhD Candidate, University of Cincinnati

 

Compost Selection Influences Green Roof Performance
Dr. Bradley Rowe, Professor, Michigan State University

 

Retention and Thermal Performance of a Thin Sloped Green Roof on a Sustainable Home
Rhea Thompson, PhD Student, University of Maryland

Life Cycle Cost Comparative Analysis of Extensive Green Roofs in Switzerland and Holland
Davis Kantor, LEED AP BD+C, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Moderator: Virginia Russell, GRP, FASLA, Professor, University of Cincinnati

 

4P – Costs & Benefits: A Closer Look at the Value Proposition of Green Infrastructure

 

Rooftop Payback: Exploring the Cost Side of Cost-Benefit Analysis
Dr. Richard Sutton, GRP, FASLA, PLA, Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Cost-Benefit Analysis: Quantifying the Benefits of Green Infrastructure
Steven Peck, GRP, Hon. ASLA, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

 

Scaling Green Infrastructure to Optimize Return on Investment
Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, GRP, Director, The Gaia Institute

 

The Costs, Benefits and Challenges of Retrofitting Condominiums in New York City
Mark Morrison, GRP, Founding Principal, Mark K Morrison Landscape Architecture

 

Moderator: Michael Krause, Founder and Principal, Kandiyo Consulting and Kandiyohi Development Partners, LLC

4G – Best Practices in Water Proofing & Drainage Design

 

Panelists:
Peter D'Antonio, National Sales Manager - Waterproofing/ Educational Facilities, Sika Sarnafil

 

Amy Hackney, Associate Principal/ Vice President, GRP, P.E., LEED AP, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

 

Tim Barrett, GRP, RRC, CDT, President, Barrett Company

 

William F Foley, GRP, CSI, CCRP, LEED GA, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, ZinCo USA, Inc.

 

Moderator: Patrick Carey, GRP, Founding Principal, Hadj Design

 

 

10:30 AM TO 10:45 AM - BREAK

10:45 AM TO 12:45 PM - SESSION 5

5D – Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management in New York City

 

Designing Accessible Green Infrastructure in Public Institutions
Gennadyi Gurman, Head of Interpretation, Queens Botanical Garden

 

Designing Green Roofs For Water Retention and Stormwater Management
Lee Jaslow, President, Conservation Technology

 

Stormwater Resilience in Post-Sandy NY: Green Infrastructure Prioritization for NY Rising Communities 
Vincent Lee, PE LEED AP ENV SP, Associate Principal, ARUP

 

Moderator:  Jeffrey Bruce, GRP, FASLA, Founding Principal, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

5R – Living Architecture Performance Evaluations & Metrics

 

Evaluating Native Plant Performance on a Mid-Western Green Roof
Dr. Bill Retzlaff, Associate Dean, CAS, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

 

Urban Heat Island Effect + Energy: The Emerging Green Infrastructure Movement in New York City
Stuart Gaffin, Professor, Columbia University

 

Retrofits and Sustainability Upgrades: A Look At New York City’s Green Roofs
Artie Rollins, Assistant Commissioner, Citywide Services, NYC Parks

 

The White Papers of the Living Architecture Performance Tool: Biodiversity, Biophilic Design, Stormwater and Energy
David Yocca, Principal Landscape Architect/ Planner, Conservation Design Forum

 

Moderator: Rohan Lilauwala, Senior Researcher, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

5P – Using Green Infrastructure Policy For Resilient Placemaking

 

Greening Land Development Infill Codes
Eleanor McKinney, GRP, CodeNEXT Chair, ASLA Austin

 

A Framework to Promote Conservation Biology with Ecoregional Green Infrastructure
Bruce Dvorak, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

 

Shared Stormwater on Private and Public Land
Daniel Roehr,  MBCSLA, CSLA, AKB, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

Ingrid Merete Ødegård, Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

 

Policies Promoting Passive Stormwater Infrastructure in Philadelphia
Blake Jackson, GRP, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP(BD+C), LEED Faculty, Associate/Sustainability Practice Leader, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

 

Moderator: Chelsea Stroud, GRP, Technical Sales Representative, Gro-Bark

5G – Are We There Yet?
Innovation In Research and Design

 

Panelists:
Dr. David Tilly, Associate Professor, University of Maryland

 

Dr. Reid Coffman, Associate Professor, Kent State University

 

Gaelle Berges, Product and Development Manager, Vegetal ID

 

Reuben Freed, Director of Research, Sales and Project Management, GreenScreen

 

Ed Snodgrass, Horticultural Consultant, Co-Owner, Emory Knoll Farms

 

Moderator: Virginia Russell, GRP, FASLA, Professor, University of Cincinnati

 

 

 

 

12:45 PM TO 1:00 PM - BREAK

1:00 PM TO 2:45 PM - AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE LUNCHEON AND CLOSING PLENARY 

2:45 PM TO 5:00 PM - TOURS (Day 1)
2:45 PM TO 5:00 PM  - GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN CHARRETTE - HARLEM TOUR (CHARRETTE PARTICIPANTS ONLY)
5:00 PM TO 8:00 PM - BROOKLYN GRANGE DINNER (100 PERSON CAPACITY) (SPONSORED BY ROOFLITE) - $89

THURSDAY OCTOBER 8 - GREEN ROOF TOURS & GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN CHARRETTE


8:00 AM TO 12:00 PM - TOURS (Day 2)

9:30 AM TO 5:30 PM  - GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN CHARRETTE  (CHARRETTE PARTICIPANTS ONLY)

6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM  - INFORMAL EVENING AMBLE ON THE HIGH LINE

 
Please Note: This program is subject to change without notice.

Core programming is pending approval for: 13 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by LA CES; 13 Learning Units (LUs) by AIA CES; 13 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by APLD; and 13 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs .