Building Resilience and Equity Across Cascadia: People, Community, and Places

Within the western region of North America lies Cascadia. Although the boundaries of the region differ depending on ecological, political, economic or cultural lines - it's undeniable that Cascadia is expansive. The climate of Cascadia calls for adaptation of building materials, plants, media, and maintenance models. After years on the east coast, CitiesAlive 2017 is highlighting the necessity of green roofs and walls alongside the region's unique characteristics. 

The Cascadia economy is booming with Oregon and Washington ranking 1st and 4th best performing states in 2016. British Columbia is expected to double the average Canadian rate of growth in 2016. Seattle and Portland are both in the top 10 metro areas in North America for green roof installation (2015), and Portland and Seattle are in the top 10 US cities for LEED certified buildings (2011). 

For the first time, Seattle will host CitiesAlive®: 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference. This year's conference will celebrate the region featuring content specific to the Pacific Northwest.

At CitiesAlive we will explore the science behind green roof and wall performance, technology, and design through the lens of the different climates and cities within Cascadia. Discover new products and services at the CitiesAlive® trade show, tour some of Seattle's best green infrastructure projects, and enhance your professional practice with continuing education and networking events.

Agenda at a GlancE

Monday, September 18
Training Courses, Opening Plenary, Trade Show

Tuesday, September 19
Morning Plenary, Concurrent Sessions, Trade Show, Networking Reception

Wednesday, September 20
Morning Plenary, Concurrent Sessions, Awards of Excellence Luncheon, Tours

Thursday, September 21


The CitiesAlive® 2017 call for proposals is open now until March 17, 2017. Reach the Cascadia audience with your research, design, policy or case study.


Enhance your professional development with cutting edge training opportunities in a variety of green roof and wall subjects taught by North America's leading experts.


CitiesAlive® and the Local Host Committee will host an unforgettable evening of networking with new and old colleagues at the Seattle Aquarium on September 19.

What's new for CitiesAlive 2017

Regional Theme: CitiesAlive® 2017 will be focusing on green roof and wall issues and policies not just in Seattle, but across the entire Cascadia Region with the theme Building Resilience and Equity Across Cascadia: People, Community, and Places.

Unique Networking: The CitiesAlive® Local Host Committee is organizing an exciting networking opportunity at the Seattle Aquarium, a short distance from the conference hotel. Meet with green roof and wall professionals from across North America at one of the top five visitor attractions in the Puget Sound region.

Convenient Location: This year's conference programming and trade show will be held all in one convenient location right in the heart of downtown Seattle. Enjoy easy access to sessions, training, and the trade show, as well as walking distance access to everything Seattle has to offer.

CitiesAlive 2017 is proudly presented by:


CitiesAlive is made possible through the generous support of these sponsors and partners.