Session 1 - Design Track

Living Architecture Performance - More Than the Sum of Parts: Presenting a Full Range of Green Infrastructure Benefits

David Yocca, FASLA, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Partner, Conservation Design Forum

David serves as the Principal Landscape Architect/Planner at Conservation Design Forum (CDF), a multi-disciplinary water-centric planning, design and engineering firm with offices in Elmhurst, IL and Ann Arbor, MI. In his role at CDF, David helps promote and educate about sustainable practices and applied restorative design, and frequently lectures at workshops, conferences, and universities on these topics.

Pete Munoz, PE, Senior Engineer, Biohabitats

Pete manages Biohabitat's Cascadia Bioregion office in Portland, Oregon, and works to connect communities with appropriate inspirational living water infrastructure. As a licensed engineer and certified wastewater treatment plant operator he has been involved in over 200 infrastructure projects including wastewater treatment, stormwater management, rain harvesting, environmental remediation, and watershed restoration. 

Session 2 - Research Track

Habitat Value of Ecoroofs - Phase 2: Comparing Case Studies

Desirae Wood, LAIT, Principal, Dobro Design

Desirae Wood, LAIT is the principal of Dobro Design, a landscape design firm in Portland, Oregon.  While also serving as the Project Manager and Assistant to the Garden Curator at the Portland Japanese Garden, her background in landscape architecture, gardening and construction support her mission to connect people to nature.

Ecosystem Services Provided by Green Roof Habitat Analogs

Kelly Ksiazek-Mikenas, PhD Candidate, Northwestern University

Kelly Ksiazek-Mikenas is a PhD candidate, researcher and Presidential Fellow in the department of Plant Science and Conservation at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University. Her research informs how urban green spaces, particularly green roofs, can be used as habitat to promote conservation of native plants and pollinators. She was awarded a Germanistic Society of America/Fulbright Fellowship to study long-term patterns of ecological succession on green roofs in northeast Germany in 2013 and now collects data primarily in the Chicago area. Kelly has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences and her writing has been published in scientific journals such as Landscape and Urban Planning and Molecular Ecology, as well as in recent popular magazines such as Wild Seed and Helix. Kelly received Master of Science degrees from Northwestern University in both Science Education and Plant Biology and Conservation. Prior to her work in ecology, she was a public high school teacher and developed curriculum to encourage active learning in science classes.

Session 3 - Policy Track

Portland's Ecoroof Policy: Achieving the Climate Action Plan

Mindy Brooks, City Planner, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Mindy Brooks has worked for the City of Portland for 18 years in the fields of environmental management and land use planning.  Currently she is Environmental and Scenic topic manager for the Central City 2035 Plan.

Presenting: The Green Infrastructure Charrette & Cost Benefit Matrix

Rohan Lilauwala, GRP, Project Manager, Green Infrastructure Foundation

RohanLilauwala is the Program Manager at the Green Infrastructure Foundation and the Senior Researcher at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. He has spent the last several years working on developing tools and resources to enable better decision making around green infrastructure. These tools focus on green roof and wall performance, as well as the life-cycle costs and benefits of green infrastructure. He holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning and a Certificate in Landscape Design from Ryerson University, and is an accredited Green Roof Professional.

Session 4 - On the Roof With Panel

On The Roof With - Best Practices in Green Wall Design and Maintenance for the Cascadia Region

Melissa Daniels, Vice President & Horticultural Specialist, Plant Connection, Inc.

Daniel Sharp, LA, Consultant in Landscape Architecture and Green Infrastructure

Chris Wright, Director of Sales, Baseline Irrigation Systems

Session 5 - In the Design Studio With...

In The Design Studio With

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

Jeffrey L. Bruce is owner of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC). Mr. Bruce has received over 80 separate design and leadership awards, and has served as an invited lecturer, visiting critic, and speaker at over 200 conferences and trade shows. In 1996, Mr. Bruce was elected Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is President of the American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC) and Chairman of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC). Mr. Bruce is a LEED accredited professional, a certified irrigation designer and an EPA WaterSense Certified Professional. He was one of the first accredited Green Roof Professionals in North America and is a founding member of the Sports Turf Committee for the National Interscholastic Association of Athletic Administrators. Mr. Bruce is author of the “Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites” seminar series for GRHC.