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 highlights the necessity of green roofs and walls alongside the region's unique characteristics as they contribute to community, place making and the resilience of the people in a variety of sessions and workshops. 

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.

Photo credit: ZGF Architects LLP, Nintendo of America, Headquarters. ©Benjamin Benschneider

Agenda at a GlancE

Monday, September 18
Opening Plenary: A Tribute to Stephen Kellert: The Business Case for Biophilic Design and Human Health!
Training Courses, Trade Show, GRP Welcome Reception

Tuesday, September 19
Morning Plenary: Pushing Social and Ecological Limits: Massive West Coast Living Architecture Projects
Sessions, Trade Show, Local Host Commitee Reception

Wednesday, September 20
Morning Plenary: Roundtable of Green Infrastructure Policy Leaders - Equity & Resilience
Sessions, Awards of Excellence Luncheon, Tours

Thursday, September 21
Tours & Green Infrastructure Charrette

Keynote Speakers

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Bill Browning, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green


Judith Heerwagen, Program Expert, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings, GSA


Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems; Chair, GBCI


Kathleen Wolf, Ph. D., Research Social Scientist, University of Washington


Chris Guillard, PLA, Founding Partner, CMG Landscape Architects

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Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning, San Francisco Planning Department


Paul Kephart, GRP, ASLA, CPSE, CEO & Ecology, Rana Creek Design


Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute

With special guests:

Jay Inslee, Governor of Seattle
Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun
Mami Hara, General Manager / CEO, Seattle Public Utilities (invited)
Dr. Hamid Karimi, Deputy Director, Natural Resources Administration, DC Department of Energy & Environment


CitiesAlive® 2017 includes over 80 Cascadia-specific, North American, and international expert-led presentations & all new - "In the Design Studio With" session.


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.

All New Track: In the Design Studio With is an all new session track where you'll learn the tricks of the trade first-hand from award-winning master design professionals, with these intimate sessions. Interact with Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, ASIC, LEED, GRP; Debra Guenther, FASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, Mithun; David Yocca, FASLA, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Partner, Conservation Design Forum; Jennifer Guthrie, PLA, FASLA, Founding Partner, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.

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.