CitiesAlive features unique training courses giving attendees the opportunity to customize their conference experience, earn additional Continuing Education Units/Hours, and enhance their professional practice. 


Green Roof Design & Installation

Green Roof Design and Installation is a full-day course that provides detailed information on green roof benefits and technical standards, as well best practices for design, installation and maintenance.  It presents tools and techniques needed to meet green roof project objectives on schedule, to specification, and within budget.  Attendees will learn:

  • The full range of system types and components available to designers
  • Essential qualifications for project teams
  • Implementation issues for new and retrofit buildings (including staging, scheduling, conveyance methods, and coordination of trades)
  • Contracts and construction administration
  • Quality assurance, warranties, and liability issues

Tuition includes the course and a 300-page Resource Manual. Green Roof Design and Installation is approved for 7 APLD CEUs, 7.5 AIA CES, 7 GRP CEUs, 7.5 LA CES, 6.5 USGBC CEHs, 7.5 BOMI CPDs, 7.5 RCI CEHs, 7.5 Maryland Board of Engineers CPCs, and 7.5 New York State Nursery Landscape Association (CNLP) CEUs

Instructor: Rohan Lilauwala, GRP, Project Manager, Green Infrastructure Foundation

When: Monday, September 18
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Greenwood Room, Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Price: $399 (GRHC Member) // $449 (Non-Member)

Advanced Green Roof Maintenance

This half-day course explores green roof maintenance considerations from the design phase through post-establishment.  Learn how to: design and budget to facilitate maintenance; develop maintenance plans and inspection reports that work in concert with warranty requirements; perform common maintenance procedures; and rehabilitate green roofs that have been subject to maintenance neglect.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact that design decisions have on green roof maintenance requirements.
  • Gain an understanding of the major reasons to invest in a maintenance program.
  • Understand common maintenance challenges and how to address them.
  • Learn how to budget for maintenance and develop a maintenance plan.
  • Learn how to diagnose problems on a green roof.

Tuition includes the course and comprehensive Resource Manual. Advanced Green Roof Maintenance is approved for 7.5 AIA CES, 7.5 BOMI CPD's, 7 GRP CEUs, and pending approval by LA CES, RCI, and APLD. 

Instructor: Christian Mahlstedt, GRP, LEED AP, President, Ginkgo Sustainability 

When: Monday, September 18
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Leschi Room, Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Price: $225 (GRHC Member) // $299 (Non-Member)

Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture

This course discusses multiple approaches to growing food on rooftops through design and maintenance principles, and case studies drawn from across North America.

Learn about:

  • The diversity of physical applications of urban agriculture and the growing technologies that apply.
  • The social, environmental and economic benefits of urban agriculture and rooftop farming.
  • The governance, personnel and economic options for implementing urban agriculture and rooftop farming systems and operations.
  • The conditions that lead to a successful urban agriculture project.
  • Strategies for overcoming common challenges associated with developing an urban agriculture/rooftop farming project.
  • Basic installation and maintenance principles.

Tuition includes the course and an 85-page Resource Manual. Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture is approved for 3.5 AIA CES, 3.5 BOMI CPDs, 7 GRP CEUs, 3.5 RCI CEHs, 3.5 APLD CEUs, 3.5 LA CES' and 3.5 CNLA CEUs. 

When: Monday, September 18
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Medina Room, Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Price: $225 (GRHC Member) // $299 (Non-Member)

Green Walls 101

The Green Walls 101: Introduction to Systems and Design course discusses design and construction best practices for green facades and living walls, as well as the latest research findings on the environmental benefits of these technologies.

  • Determine major functions and components of green walls;
  • Describe characteristics and assess various advantages of different green wall systems;
  • Understand market drivers encouraging green wall implementation in North America;
  • Understand how to design green walls for maximum benefits and LEED™ points.

Tuition includes the course and Resource Manual. 

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

Green Walls 101 is approved for 3.5 AIA CES, 3.5 BOMI CPDs, 3 GRP CEUs, 3.5 RCI CEHs, 3.5 APLD CEUs, 3.5 LA CES' and 3.5 CNLA CEUs.

Date: Monday, September 18
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Medina Room, Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Price: $225 (GRHC Member) // $299 (Non-Member)

Biophilic Design Workshop

This new workshop will review the patterns of biophilic design and the supporting science with biophilic design leader, Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green. Participants will then be charged with designing biophilic green roof and wall projects, with a goal of producing a set of design principles for each.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the definition, history and importance of Biophilic Design
  2. Dissect the elements of Biophilic Design
  3. Review projects that have incorporated Biophilic Elements
  4. Discuss and break down the impacts of Biophilic design

Instructor: Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green

This course is pending approval for 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs, AIA CES, APLD and LA CES. 

Date: Monday, September 18
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: TBA, Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Price: $50