Thank You to All Our Participants

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Vancouver, British Columbia from November 30th to December 3rd, 2010 to make CitiesAlive such a success! This event is now over, but we hope to see you all for CitiesAlive 2011 next November. For more information about CitiesAlive 2011 and for other programs run by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, please check out our main website at

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Please take a look at our Acknowledgments page to see some the individuals working to make this conference great!
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Pre-Conference Education Program – Tues. November 30, 2010

  • (Register at Pan Pacific Hotel)
  • Professional Training Courses – 101-401 and Green Roof and Wall Tours

Pre-Conference Education Program – Wed. December 1, 2010

  • Introduction to Urban Agriculture; Ecological Design; Green Wall Design- 2nd Edition; Integrated Water Management Seminar for Buildings & Sites; Standards Workshop – New Fire and Wind Design Standards
  • Special 1.5 Hour Sessions on Collaborative Design, The Seattle Green Factor Program, Living Building Challenge 2.0; Green Building Codes and Ordinances; Food and Fuel from Urban Forests; Maximizing LEED Credits; Introduction to Sustainable Sites
  • Industry Committee Meetings and Green Roof Professional Exam; Trade Show Set Up

CitiesAlive Opening Plenary and Trade Show– Wed. December 1, 2010 6:00 – 9:00 pm

  • (Register at Vancouver Convention Center)
  • Trade show open - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

CitiesAlive – Thursday December 2, 2010

  • Sessions 1& 2 (Policy, Case Studies and Design, Research on Technical Performance, Interactive Expert Panels)
  • Awards of Excellence Luncheon – Pan Pacific Hotel – 12:15-1:45 pm - Crystal Pavilion
  • Trade Show open - 2pm - 6:45pm
  • Sessions 3 & 4 (Policy, Case Studies and Design, Research on Technical Performance, Interactive Expert Panels)

CitiesAlive – Friday December 3, 2010

  • Sessions 5 & 6 (Policy, Case Studies and Design, Research on Technical Performance, Interactive Expert Panels)
  • Lunch and Poster Sessions on Trade Show Floor and Session 7
  • Trade Show Opens – 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Closing Plenary and Panel Discussion – Peak Oil, Urban Farming and the Roofs and Walls of our Cities With Special Guests Greg Allen, Thomas Mueller, Councillor Andrea Reimer and Keith Agoada

Post Conference Education Program – Saturday December 4, 2010

  • Professional Training Courses 101-401 and Green Roof and Walls Tours



You can register for any of the following courses or workshops through the same process as registering for the conference. You are also welcome to register for one of the training courses or workshops even if you are not able to come to the conference itself. Conference delegates receive discounted rates on all pre-conference education programs and the conference audio proceedings.

The U.S. Green Building Council has approved GRHC as a registered provider, which means our programs are now eligible for LEED continuing education credits.

Those GRPs seeking education credits to retain their professional designation as well as those using AIA, ASLA, LEED, RCI or APLD credits for application toward their local/regional association or for license renewal can acquire continuing education credits (CEUs) for attending the conference and training courses (special education sessions - 1.5 CEUs/session, half day courses - 3.5 CEUs/course and full day courses - 7.5 CEUs/course).

Green Roof Design 101 (Nov. 30 & Dec. 4)

This introductory training course on green roof infrastructure design presents many of the tools and techniques needed to meet your green roof project objectives on schedule, to specification, and within budget. Click here for more information

8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday and Saturday
Tuition: $399 (Delegate Rate) / $449 (Non-Delegate Rate)
Location: Pacific Rim Suite 1

Green Roof Waterproofing and Drainage 301 (Nov. 30 & Dec. 4)

This course will provide participants with an overview of waterproofing and drainage construction and maintenance for green roof assemblies. It lays out technical vocabulary and materials and presents detailed design solutions and implementation best management practices for waterproofing and drainage in green roofs. Click here for more information

8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday and Saturday
Tuition: $399 (Delegate Rate) / $449 (Non-Delegate Rate)
Location: Oceanview Suite 3

Green Roof Plants and Growing Media 401 (Nov. 30 & Dec. 4)

This course will provide participants with an overview of plants and growing medium design considerations and maintenance for green roof assemblies. It establishes design and implementation best management practices for plants and growing medium in green roofs. Click here for more information

8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday and Saturday
Tuition: $399 (Delegate Rate) / $449 (Non-Delegate Rate)
Location: Oceanview Suite 4


newIntroduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture (Dec. 1)

Learn about multiple approaches to growing food on rooftops through design and maintenance principles, and case studies drawn from across North America.

In this new half day course you will learn:

  • Design Principles
  • Economic Models
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Case Studies

8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tuition: $149 (Delegate Rate) / $199 (Non-Delegate Rate)

Ecological Green Roof Design Workshop (Dec. 1)

"Most people feel connected to nature, often for reasons that can be hard to explain. Some feel a strong spiritual bond that may be rooted in our common biological ancestry. Others are inspired by its beauty. Human cultures around the world profoundly reflect our visceral attachment to the natural world. Thus cultural diversity is inextricably linked to Earth’s biodiversity." David Suzuki

In this course you will learn:
  • Why Biodiversity is Important
  • Advanced Green Roof Design
  • Case Studies
  • Sustainable Landscaping Principles
  • Methods and Techniques of Urban Ecology Experience
  • The Biodiversity Green Roof Design Charrette
  • The Integration of Nature and Architecture
Create Your Own Ecological Models for Green Roofs!
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tuition: $149 (Delegate Rate) / $199 (Non-Delegate Rate)

Introduction to Green Wall Design – 2nd Edition (Dec. 1)

This course is an updated and condensed version of the Green Wall course with new information on system performance and techniques.

8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tuition: $149 (Delegate Rate) / $199 (Non-Delegate Rate)

Integrated Water Management Seminar for Buildings & Sites (Dec. 1)

The goal of the Introduction to Integrated Water Management Educational Seminar, that is managed by GRHC and directed jointly by GRHC and ASIC committee members, is to leverage additional government and public awareness by providing technical and economic information on the design and performance of a fully integrated site and building water management system based on the “Net Zero Water” concept.

This approach promises to significantly reduce the consumption of potable water in buildings, reduce discharge to municipal waste water system and save on municipal energy by reducing the amount of potable water treated at municipal facilities. At the same time the Net Zero Water will develop and efficiently manage limited water resources in order to deliver truly sustainable living systems to the urban environment.  The recognition of the connection between water management and energy conservation is emerging as a new opportunity in integrated management systems.

The seminar will focus on integrated water management concepts and terminology illustrated by case studies and demonstration projects to identify key issues and opportunities associated with:

  • costs and benefits,
  • design and engineering practices,
  • installation and maintenance requirements,
  • efficiency and performance of a fully functional integrated site and building water management system based on the “Net Zero Water” concept.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuition: $149 (Delegate Rate) / $199 (Non-Delegate Rate)

Standards Workshop - ASTM Testing and New Fire and Wind Standards (Dec. 1)

This half-day workshop will familiarize attendees with the testing protocol established by ASTM and FLL for green roof products. It will also provide an overview of the new Fire and Wind Standards that have been recently developed by GRHC and SPRI. This workshop is valuable to green roof product manufacturers who want to understand how testing protocols are related to their products and designers in areas where there are high winds.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuition: $149 (Delegate Rate) / $199 (Non-Delegate Rate) 

newSpecial Education Sessions

December 1st

Establishing a Green Factor Program – Lessons from Seattle, Washington (Sponsored by the Green Infrastructure Foundation) The Green Factor is an exceptionally flexible and effect approach to increasing the level of green infrastructure for new and retrofit construction. Adapted from Germany, this award winning policy initiative is being replicated in several big cities.
8:30-10:00 am

Green Building - Challenges and Opportunities Learn about minimizing construction liability for green buildings and about the challenges and opportunities for green buildings under building codes, stormwater ordinances, roof leases, food production programs, and nutrient/carbon credit programs.
8:30-10:00 am

Collaborative Design Principles and Living Buildings Collaborative design must be embraced in order to achieve true, sustainable design. The question often raised is “How?” Discover realistic, cost-smart, on-the-ground solutions for weaving collaborative design into the project process and learn how this approach enhanced a Living Building Challenge project in Seattle. This session will challenge the way you see sustainable design… no question.
10:30 am-12:00 pm

Introduction to Sustainable Sites Sustainable Sites is a credit based system developed by the American Society of Landscape Architecture, the Ladybird Johnston Wildflower Center and the United States Botannical Garden. Learn how this new rating system promises to transform the landscape profession from one of its creators.
10:30 am-12:00 pm

Green Roofs and Walls and the New CAGBC Leed System – How to Maximize Credits Discover how changes to LEED may are reflected in how to maximize credits for green roof and walls systems.
1:00-2:30 pm

Food and Fuel From Urban Forests (Sponsored by the Green Infrastructure Foundation) Discover some of the leading edge benefits of nurturing a healthy urban forest – beyond urban heat island and stormwater.
1:00-2:30 pm

Using the GreenSave Calculator to estimate the life-cycle costs and benefits of a green roof Learn how to use the member-based GreenSave Calculator, an on-line tool that allows you to compare the life-cycle costs of up to three roofing scenarios. The calculator allows you to incorporate a variety of green roof benefits such as reduced energy use, increased property values, noise attenuation and marketing benefits.
3:00-4:30 pm

Introduction to Living Architecture Challenge 2.0 - In Partnership with Cascadia Green Building Council This course introduces you to the revised Living Building Challenge rating system– a philosophy, advocacy tool, and certification program that promotes the integration of restorative principles into all scales of development. advance restorative green building design. Instructor: Mona Lemoine, Education and Training Director, International Living Building Institute
3:00-4:30 pm