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. 

Browse the entire agenda at a glance, or click the links below to go directly to the corresponding day's programming.


Monday, September 18

Professional Training, Opening Plenary & Trade Show

7:30am
Registration Opens

Training

8:30am - 5:00pmGreen Roof Design and Installation
8:30am - 12:00pmIntroduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture
1:00pm - 5:00pm - Green Walls 101: Systems Overview & Design
1:00pm - 5:00pm - Advanced Green Roof Maintenance

GRP Exam

10:00am - 12:00pm
Green Roof Professional Exam

Plenary & Reception

4:45pm - 6:30pm
Opening Plenary
Opening Remarks: Jay Inslee, Governor of Seattle.
A Tribute to Stephen Kellert: The Business Case for Biophilic Design and Human Health!
Master of Ceremonies: Steven Peck, GRP, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Bill Browning, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green
Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun

Judith Heerwagen, Program Expert, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings, GSA
Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute

Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems; Chair, GBCI
Kathleen Wolf, Ph. D., Research Social Scientist, University of Washington

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Trade Show & Opening Reception

8:00pm - 10:00pm
GRP Welcome Reception (all attendees welcome)

 

 

Tuesday, September 19

Technical Sessions, Trade Show & Local Host Reception

7:00am
Registration Opens

8:30am - 9:45am
Morning Plenary & Keynote
Master of Ceremonies: Michael Krause, Principal, Kandiyo Consulting
Round Table of Green Infrastructure Policy Leaders - Equity & Resilience
Dr. Hamid Karimi, Deputy Director, Natural Resources Administration, DC Department of Energy & Environment
Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning, San Francisco Planning Department

9:00am - 7:00pm
Trade Show

Concurrent Sessions

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10:00am - 11:00am

Session 1
Living Architecture Performance - More than the Sum of Parts

Session 2
Habitats and Biodiversity - Green Roof Services

Session 3
Green Roof Policy, Performance, Costs, and Benefits

Session 4
Best Practices in Green Wall Design and Maintenance for the Cascadia Region

Session 5
Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, LEED, ASIC, GRP, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

11:15am - 12:15pm

Session 6
Turning the Tide on Polluted Runoff

Session 7
Latest Green Roof Research: Urban Agriculture and Thermal Performance

Session 8
Living Architecture Policy Making

Session 9
Promoting Greater Equity Through Living Architecture - Are Green Roofs Only for the Rich?

Session 10
Debra Guenther,  FASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, Mithun

2:15pm - 3:45pm

Session 11
Green Wall Design for Aesthetics, Stormwater, and Food Production

Session 12
Green Roof and Wall Research: Urban Agriculture, Sensors, and Growing Media

Session 13
Green Infrastructure for Environmental Justice

Session 14
Waterproofing; Essential Best Practices for the Cascadia Region

Session 15
David Yocca, Senior Partner, Conservation Design Forum

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Session 16
Sustainable and Restorative Living Architecture

Session 17
Green Roofs Research in the Cascadia and Dry Climates

Session 18
Green Roofs Support the Salmon Ecosystem in the Northwest

Session 19
Integrative Living Architecture Design Installation and Maintenance Best Practices

Session 20
TBA

12:15pm - 1:15pm
Poster Session on Trade Show Floor

7:30pm - 10:30pm
Local Host Reception - Seattle Aquarium

 

 

Wednesday, September 20

Technical Sessions, Awards of Excellence, & Tours

7:00am
Registration Opens

9:00am - 10:30am
Morning Plenary & Keynote
Pushing Social and Ecological Limits: Massive West Coast Living Architecture Projects
Chris Guillard, PLA, Founding Partner of CMG Landscape Architects
Paul Kephart, GRP, ASLA, CPSE, CEO & Ecology for Rana Creek Design

Concurrent Sessions

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10:45am - 12:45pm

 

Session 21
Diverse Green Roof Applications: Food, Healing, Unusual Climates, and More

Session 22
Models and Microclimates - Cutting Edge Green Roof Research

Session 23
Research and Case Studies for Healthy Plants and High Performance Stormwater Management

Session 24
Best Practices in the Maintenance of Green Roofs in the Cascadia Region

Session 25
In The Design Studio With

 

1:00pm - 2:45pm
Awards of Excellence Luncheon

3:00pm - 6:00pm
UpGarden Tours

3:00pm - 6:00pm
LAPT Workshop

 

 

Thursday, September 21

Tours & Green Infrastructure Charrette

9:00am - 4:30pm
Tours

8:30am - 4:30pm
Green Infrastructure Charrette