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.

CitiesAlive conference sessions are pending approval for up to 11.5 CEUs by AIA CES, APLD, BOMI, RCI and LA CES.

Monday, September 18

Professional Training, Opening Plenary & Trade Show

Registration Opens


8:30am - 4:30pmGreen Roof Design and Installation
8:30am - 12:00pmIntroduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture
8:30am - 1:00pmStormwater Workshop
1:00pm - 4:30pm - Green Walls 101: Systems Overview & Design
1:00pm - 4:30pm - Advanced Green Roof Maintenance
1:00pm - 4:30pm - Biophilic Design Workshop

GRP Exam

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

Plenary & Reception

4:45pm - 6:30pm
Opening Plenary
Opening Remarks: Governor Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

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

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

Registration Opens

8:30am - 9:45am
Morning Plenary & Keynote
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Hamid Karimi, Deputy Director, Natural Resources Administration, DC DOEE
Round Table of Green Infrastructure Policy Leaders - Equity & Resilience
Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning, San Francisco Planning Department
Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director, Audubon Society of Portland
Gil Kelly, Chief Planner and General Manager, Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver
Mami Hara, Commissioner Seattle Public Utilities

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
Innovative Product Profiles 

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
Jeffrey L. Bruce, GRP, FASLA, LEED, ASIC, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company; Chair, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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

Registration Opens

9:00am - 10:30am
Morning Plenary & Keynote
Pushing Social and Ecological Limits: Massive West Coast and Global Living Architecture Projects
Chris Guillard, PLA, Founding Partner of CMG Landscape Architects
Herbert Dreiseitl, Director, Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab
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 P-Patch Community Garden Tour
Bertschi School Tour

3:00pm - 6:00pm
LAPT Workshop



Thursday, September 21

Tours & Green Infrastructure Charrette

9:00am - 12:00pm
Bellevue City Hall Green Roof Tour
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Green Roof Tour
Bullitt Center Tour
Freeway Park Tour
High Point Community Tour

3:00pm - 6:00pm
Etera Mount Vernon Site Tou

8:30am - 4:30pm
Green Infrastructure Charrette (by invitation only - for details contact Rohan Lilauwala at rlilauwala@greenroofs.org)