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


Mooyoung Han, Professor, Seoul National University

Dr. Han is a professor at Dept. of Civil and Env. Eng, Seoul National University. He is the chairman of IWA rainwater harvesting and management specialist Group.

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.

Stephen Himes, Development Supervisor II, City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services

Stephen manages the current planning team in the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services. He has a BS in Environmental Studies from Portland State University, and has focused his career on GIS, stormwater management, and infrastructure planning. He resides in southwest Portland with his wife and two young daughters.

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.

Angela Jones, Horticulturist & Landscape Division Manager, SolTerra Systems, Inc.

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest,  Angela has worked in a broad range of horticultural fields and has extensive knowledge of local flora and holistic horticultural best practices. For the past 8 years she designed, installed, maintained, and consulted on numerous green system projects, including a 43,000 sq.ft. green roof and a 1200 sq.ft. outdoor living wall.  Angela turns ambitious dreams into realities with an innovative yet practical approach to implementation. She currently works as the Landscape Division Manager  at SolTerra, a Solar and Green Building Developer. 

Christopher Lyon, President, Tournesol Siteworks LLC

Stan Richardson, Director of Technology and Campus Planning, Bertschi School

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

Chris Wright, Director of Sales, Baseline Irrigation Systems

Chris is a seasoned irrigation professional who utilizes his extensive knowledge of irrigation efficiency to influence the proper design, implementation, and maintenance of irrigation technologies to promote water management and conservation. His expertise in two-wire technology and associated devices, including soil moisture sensors and flow sensors, is invaluable in today's industry as landscape architects, municipalities and public agencies look for ways to reduce water use in the face of restrictions, regulations and mandates.

Chris previously served as Water Conservation Advisor, Western U.S. for Ewing Irrigation Products, Regional Sales Manager for Walla Walla Sprinkler Co. creator of the MP Rotator, as well as Sales Specialist for Weathermatic and Rain Bird.  

Session 5 - Innovative Product Profile

Innovative Product Profile


Mark Woolbright, LivingWall Division Manager, Filtrexx International

Mark Woolbright is an inventor and innovator of living walls with over 20 years of experience in design, manufacture, marketing, and installation of panel living wall systems and engineered living structures. Mark graduated from Eastern Illinois University and throughout his career, he has been awarded nine patents, with more applications pending. Mark has served on the Board of the St. Louis U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and is currently a member of the Green Wall Committee of Green Roofs for Health Cities (GRHC) which develops course curriculum for its Green Walls 101 course. He is passionate about educating the building community on the environmental benefits of living walls, retaining living walls and green roofs and thrives on sharing best practices across the industry.


Christopher Lyon, President, Tournesol Siteworks