Session 16 - Design Track

System-Scale Biomimicry: Mimicking Local Forests to Design Restorative Buildings

Jennifer Barnes, AIA, LEED AP, Owner, 55-5 Consulting 

Jennifer is an architect and sustainability consultant with 20 years of project experience. She splits her professional life between her company, 55-5 Consulting, and the Urban Greenprint, a project that applies biomimicry at a city scale.  Jennifer is co-founder of Biomimicry Puget Sound and is active in the Northwest green building community.

Alexandra Ramsden, Principal, Director of Sustainability, Rushing

Alexandra leads Rushing’s Sustainability Studio in providing consulting for sustainability strategy development, LEED and Built Green management, charrette facilitation, and training. Her expertise lies in guiding teams to identify project or company-appropriate sustainability solutions. Alexandra’s passion for looking to nature for design solutions inspired her to co-found Biomimicry Puget Sound.

Zero Waste Green Roofing - Extended Lifecycles and Common Concerns

Elizabeth Hart, CDT, GRP, Manager, Sustainability Program Development, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance

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.

Biomimicry at Work: Facade Design and Dynamic Landscapes

Sandy Mendler, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Mithun 

A principal with Mithun in San Francisco, Sandy is a nationally recognized design leader, advocate and author creating inspiring, healthy places for sustainable living. Sandy integrates complex technical requirements into elegant design solutions for campuses, build-to-suit office and mixed-use EcoDistricts; including five AIA Top Ten Green projects of the year.

Reuben Freed, Project Manager, greenscreen 

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.

Debra Guenther, FASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, Mithun

Deb is a regular contributor to conversations on equity, resilience and climate change at venues such as Greenbuild, Living Futures, and the Urban Land Institute. Nationally recognized for her leadership on green infrastructure and ecosystem service issues, she was awarded the American Society of Landscape Architects President's Medal in 2010.

Session 17 - Research Track

Shopping Center Ecoroof As a Living Laboratory in Portland: Monitoring Enviornmental Parameters

Olyssa Starry, Assistant Professor, Portland State University 

Dr. Olyssa Starry is an assistant professor at Portland State University where she teaches urban ecology in the Honors College.  She studies and models the effects of green roof design and maintenance on stormwater management and biodiversity.

Adrienne Aiona, Manager, Stormwater Management Manual, City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services

Adrienne has over a decade of experience in civil engineering, stream restoration and urban storm water management. She is currently the manager for the Stormwater Management Manual at the City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services. Adrienne has worked on watershed-scale, low-impact development implementation studies, storm water facility design, and pollution prevention program development and implementation. With hands-on experience in outreach, field monitoring, plan review and engineering design in both the public and private sector she brings a broad base of experience to her work.

Pradeep Ramasubramanian, Student, Portland State University

How Can Green Roofs Thrive in Extremely Dry Climates? A Presentation of Case Studies

Darja Majkovic, Head of Products and Applications, Green Solutions, Knauf Insulation

Darja Majkovic from Knauf Insulation, studied agriculture, and afterwords worked for almost a decade as a researcher at University. She was focusing on research area of agricultural economics, with usage of different econometrics techniques. In the framework of her PhD study, she was involved in many national and international R&D projects and was visiting researcher at INRA, France.  After completing the study, she became assistant .professor and lectured on graduate and post-graduate level. Her passion for new challenges led her to join global business unit Green Solutions at Knauf Insulation. She is currently working there, as Head of products and Applications Green Solutions.

Session 18 - Policy Track

Green Roofs Support the Salmon Ecosystem in the Northwest

Andrea Saven, LEED AP, RLA, Technical Director, Columbia Green Technologies

As Technical Director for Columbia Green, a NW headquartered green roof manufacturer, Andrea provides vegetated roof product support and design assistance to specifiers, design professionals, and product installers.  Andrea is a registered Landscape Architect and is well versed in all aspects of project design and construction.

Jason King, ASLA, CLARB, LEED AP, SITES AP, Landscape Architect, Senior Associate, Mithun

Jason King, ASLA LEED AP, is a Landscape Architect at Mithun, with a focus on stormwater and ecological design projects on the West Coast. He has many built vegetated roof projects, as well as presenting, training, and working closely with Salmon Safe to expand habitat potential on urban sites.

Ellen Southard, Hon. AIA Seattle, Salmon-Safe Inc 

Ellen Southard has 28 years’ experience in the green building industry.  She has worked with Salmon-Safe for 8 years as the organization’s Outreach Manager in Puget Sound. In 2016 Ellen was named Sustainable Seattle Community Hero and received The Hero of Salmon award as well.

Session 19 - On the Roof With Panel

On The Roof With - Integrative Living Architecture Design Installation and Maintenance Best Practices

Kirsten Weeks, LEED AP, CEM, GRP, WELL AP, Associate, Building Ecology Specialist, Arup Engineering

Peg Staeheli, LEED AP, Principal, MIG/SvR

Jörg Bruening, Owner/Founder, Green Roof Service LLC / Green Roof Technology

Session 20 - In the Design Studio With...

In The Design Studio With...

Jennifer Guthrie, PLA, FASLA, Founding Partner, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (invited)