Session 11 - Design Track

Designing and Measuring Benefits of Movable Living Walls

Nancy Rottle, Professor, Director, UW Green Futures Lab, University of Washington, Department of Landscape Architecture

Professor Nancy Rottle founded and directs the University of Washington Green Futures Lab (UWGFL). A registered landscape architect with over 25 years of experience, Nancy's professional and academic work advances interdisciplinary ecological planning and design. She conceived and has overseen the UWGFL's moveable green wall design and ensuing research.

Leann Andrews, Lecturer, UW Green Futures Lab, University of Washington, College of Built Environments 

Leann Andrews is a landscape architect, PhD candidate, Lecturer and Staff in the Green Futures Lab at the University of Washington. She leads design/build/research projects advancing green infrastructure by understanding their measurable impacts. Leann’s work is internationally recognized for its sustainable solutions and interdisciplinary research on human and ecological health.

Stomwater Wall: Integrating Sustainability, Art, and Science to Manage Stormwater Runoff

Amy Chomowicz, Program Manager, Environmental Services, City of Portland

Dave Elkin, Landscape Architect, Juncus Studio

Mike Faha, PLA, FALSA, LEED AP, Principal, GreenWorks

Mike Faha is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and founding Principal of GreenWorks, PC. Mike’s primary professional interest is in creating livable, sustainable communities that balance economic, ecological, and social needs. Towards that end, Mike leads planning and design project teams which integrate urban ecology, green infrastructure, and urban design on a variety of project types. These include civic and institutional, corporate, recreation and open space, public infrastructure, housing and mixed used, and urban revitalization.

Mike brings extensive background in sustainable stormwater approaches and habitat enhancements to this project. His most significant professional achievement has been his promotion of urban stormwater planning and design as an important role of landscape architects. He is adept at working with clients, regulators, and stakeholders in creating projects with broad support. Taking a collaborative approach to leadership, Mike integrates various professional disciplines on his projects to help his clients meet broad-based community design objectives.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University. He is a Registered Landscape Architect in Oregon and a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Designing the Fifth Facade to Nourish a City

Susie Teal, Senior Associate, COOKFOX Architects

Susie Teal, AIA, LEED AP, is a Senior Associate at COOKFOX Architects. Her recent work includes an affordable housing project focused on occupant health and well-being at 535 Carlton and an award-winning project, City Point, a 1.6M square foot mixed-use building, in Brooklyn. Prior to COOKFOX, Susie worked on commercial and institutional projects at Skidmore Owings & Merrill. She presents regularly on biophilic design and holds a Master of Architecture from University of Cincinnati.

Session 12 - Research Track

Green Roof Thermal Properties as Influenced by Plant Species: Sedum Versus Herbaceous Perennials

Bradley Rowe, Professor, Michigan State University

Brad Rowe began conducting research on green roofs at MSU in 2000 and has focused primarily on plant selection and environmental tolerances. He chaired the GRHC research committee from 2004-07 and was the recipient of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Excellence in Research Award in 2008. He also teaches several courses including one on green roofs.

Mert Eksi, Assistant Professor, Istanbul University

MertEksi is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Forestry, Istanbul University, Turkey. He was a visiting scholar at MSU during 2013-2014.

Indrek Wichman, Professor, Michigan State University

Indrek Wichman is an expert on thermal properties and has worked with the MSU team on energy related green roof research.

Characterizing Green Roof Vegetation Using Color-Infrared and Thermal Sensors

Lee Skabelund, PLA, ASLA, Associate Professor, Deptartment of Landscape Architecture, Regional & Community Planning College of Architecture, Planning and Design, Kansas State University

Lee R. Skabelund is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture / Regional and Community Planning at Kansas State University (KSU). He is currently the Mary K. Jarvis Chair in Landscape Architecture at KSU and is focusing his research on several mixed-species green roofs.

Pamela Blackmore, Graduate Student, Kansas State University

Pam Blackmore is pursuing a Master’s degree in landscape architecture from Kansas State University focusing on green infrastructure. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Utah State University in 2013, she worked with the Landscape Architecture Foundation, Design Workshop, the Bureau of Land Management, and Environmental Planning Group.

Priyasha Shrestha, Graduate Student, Kansas State University

PriyashaShretha is pursuing a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University. Priyasha is from Kathmandu, Nepal, and received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pulchowk Campus, Tribhuvan University.

Recycled Substrates: Plant Biomass and Plant Cover Correlations

Dr. Richard Sutton, PhD, FASLA, PLA, GRP, Professor, Agronomy & Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Richard Sutton, PLA, FASLA, GRP is a green roof researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Session 13 - Policy Track

Community Participation Building a Green Wall to Decrease Inequities

Linn Gould, Executive Director, Just Health Action

Linn Gould, MS, MPH, is the Executive Director of Just Health Action (JHA) and a clinical instructor at the University of Washington.  JHA is a non-profit organization in Seattle, Washington that advocates for reducing health inequities that result from social, economic, environmental, and political conditions.


Andrew Schiffer, Assistant Project Manager, Just Health Action

Andrew Schiffer lives and works in the Duwamish Valley area of Seattle, WA, planning, designing, and installing green infrastructure projects with and for his community.  He works with multiple groups including Just Health Action, the Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training Corps (DIRT Corps), the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG, the Georgetown Community Council, and runs his own consulting company Bricktree LLC.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Environment and Community. 

Paulina Lopez, Community Engagement Manager, Just Health Action

Originally from Ecuador, Paulina Lopez-Peters is a full time volunteer, organizer, and advocate, and resident of South Park. Paulina has labored extensively to promote local social and environmental justice issues uniquely affecting our recent immigrant communities.

Green Infrastructure for Environmental Justice Communities: Seattle and Los Angeles

Cathy Roberts, Project Manager, greenscreen

Cathy Roberts is a Project Manager with greenscreen® where she embraces the challenge of working with architects, landscape architects and contractors to maximize the potential of green façade technology.  She has a B.S. degree from the University of Colorado, an MBA from the University of Southern California and a certificate in Landscape Architecture from UCLA Extension.

Linn Gould, Executive Director, Just Health Action

Linn Gould, MS, MPH, is the Executive Director of Just Health Action (JHA) and a clinical instructor at the University of Washington.  JHA is a non-profit organization in Seattle, Washington that advocates for reducing health inequities that result from social, economic, environmental, and political conditions.

Reuben Freed, Project Manager,

Reuben cares about the value of green infrastructure and the research that validates it’s use. He works to expand the conversation regarding vertical landscape and the relevance of structured green walls to urban living now and in the future. He is an expert in the integration and design of green facades with architectural and urban landscape elements, contributor to the distance learning course, Introduction to Green Walls: Technology, Benefits, and Design as well as to the updated Green Walls 101 to be introduced at CitiesAlive.

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 14 - On the Roof With Panel

On the Roof With - Waterproofing; Essential Best Practices for the Cascadia Region

Matthew Barmore, GRP, Vice President, Greenrise Technologies, GRP, Vice President, Greenrise Technologies

Matthew Barmore serves as Vice President at Greenrise Technologies, LLC a full-service green infrastructure firm out of the Nashville Metropolitan Area. Matthew’s duties primarily include leading technical sales of SkyScape Vegetative Roof Systems, working alongside the sales representatives, installers, and channel partners that together, grow the SkyScape brand. Matt joined Greenrise after more than 10 years’ service at Firestone Building Products, the world’s largest commercial roofing manufacturer. While at Firestone, he held leadership positions in Technical Solutions, National Sales, Estimating, and Marketing. Matt is an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP), a member of CSI, a reviewer for ANSI/SPRI, and serves on the Board of Directors of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, where he chairs the Corporate Member Committee. Prior to joining Firestone, Matt was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving in multiple deployments in support of operations combating global terrorism. He has degrees from Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN), Bethel College and Seminary (St. Paul, MN), and is currently completing a Green MBA at The San Francisco Institute of Architecture (Berkeley, CA).

Tim Barrett, GRP, RRC, CDT, President, Barrett Company

Elizabeth Hart, CDT, GRP, Executive Director, Green Roof Info Think-Tank

Elizabeth Hart, CDT, GRP, is changing the nature of commercial roofing using vegetation, recycling, and restoration among other technologies.  She is the Manager of Sustainability Program Development at Tremco, working with architects, contractors and building owners in managing sustainable roofing projects, and she is Executive Director of the Green Roof Think-tank.

Session 15 - In the Design Studio...

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

David Yocca is motivated by a desire to cultivate healthy, inspiring places that promote sustainable living. Mr. Yocca directs the landscape architectural and planning disciplines at Conservation Design Forum and has led a wide array of planning and design efforts there since 1996. In his role at CDF, Mr. Yocca he has developed master plans for conservation villages, parks, urban neighborhoods, and communities as well as participating in the visioning, design, entitlement, and implementation process for numerous sustainable sites, including schools, hospitals, museums, interpretive centers, churches, homes, and businesses.