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. 

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CitiesAlive conference training courses are approved for up to 7 CEUs by AIA CES, APLD, BOMI, RCI and LA CES.
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 (RECENTLY UPDATED)
8:30am - 12:00pmStormwater Technical Workshop (NEW)
1:00pm - 4:30pm - Green Walls 101: Systems Overview & Design (RECENTLY UPDATED)
1:00pm - 4:30pm - Advanced Green Roof Maintenance (RECENTLY UPDATED)
1:00pm - 4:30pm - Biophilic Design Workshop (NEW)

GRP Exam

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

Plenary & Reception

4:45pm - 6:30pm
Opening Plenary
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

8:30pm - 11:30pm
Local Host Reception - Seattle Aquarium



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
Mami Hara, General Manager, 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 Research on Urban Agriculture with Green Roofs and Living Walls

Session 8
Living Architecture Policy Making

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

Session 10
In the Design Studio With.... Watch out for an exciting

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
In the Design Studio With... 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
In the Design Studio With... 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

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



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
Master of Ceremonies: Steve Moddemeyer, Principal, CollinsWoerman
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... 
Debra Guenther,  FASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, Mithun



Thursday, September 21

Tours & Green Infrastructure Charrette

9:00am - 12:00pm
Amazon Campus Green Roof Visual Tour
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 Tour

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