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. 

CitiesAlive® conference training courses are approved for up to 7.5 AIA CES (HSW), 7 HSW ASLA CEUs (HSW) 7.5 RCI CEHs (HSW), 7 BOMI CPDs, 7 CNLA CECs, and 7 APLD CEUs.
CitiesAlive® conference sessions are approved for up to 11.5 AIA CES (HSW), 11.5 ASLA CEUs (HSW), 15 RCI CEHs (HSW), 11.5 BOMI CPDs, and 11.5 CNLA CECs.


Green Roof Design & Installation

     $399 (GRHC Member)
     $499 (Non-Member)

 

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 Digital Resource Manual. Green Roof Design and Installation is approved for 7 APLD CEUs, 7.5 AIA CES, 7 GRP CEUs, 7.0 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

This course has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from AIA, ASLA, and RCI.

Instructor: Andy Creath, Founder, Green Roofs of Colorado

When: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 am
Location: Marriott by the Brooklyn Bridge
 


Advanced Green Roof Maintenance

     $225 (GRHC Member)
     $299 (Non-Member)

 

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 Digital Resource Manual. Advanced Green Roof Maintenance is approved for 3.5 LA CES, 3.5 GRP CEUs, 3.5 AIA CES, 3.5 APLD CEUs, 3.5 BOMI CPDs, 3.5 CNLA CEUs, and 3.5 RCI CEHs.

This course has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from AIA, ASLA, and RCI.
 

Instructor: Christian Mahlstedt, BA, MBA, GRP, LEED AP. Founder and President of Gingko Sustainability

When: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Marriott by the Brooklyn Bridge
 


Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture

     $225 (GRHC Member)
     $299 (Non-Member)

 

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 Digital Resource Manual. Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture is approved for 3.5 LA CES, 3.5 GRP CEUs, 3.5 AIA CES, 3.5 APLD CEUs, 3.5 BOMI CPDs, 3.5 CNLA CEUs, and 3.5 RCI CEHs.

This course has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from AIA, ASLA, and RCI.

 

Instructor: Arlene Throness, Urban Farm Manager,
Ryerson University

When: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Marriott by the Brooklyn Bridge


Green Walls 101: Systems Overview & Design

     $225 (GRHC Member)
     $299 (Non-Member)

 

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

This course has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from AIA, ASLA, and RCI.

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

Date: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Marriott by the Brooklyn Bridge

 


Biophilic Design Workshop

     $99 (GRHC MEMBER/Non-member)
      

 

This new workshop will review the patterns of biophilic design and the supporting science with biophilic design leader, Liz Calabrese. 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

Biophilic Design Workshop is approved for 3.5 LA CES, 3.5 GRP CEUs, 3.5 AIA CES, 3.5 APLD CEUs, 3.5 BOMI CPDs, 3.5 CNLA CEUs, and 3.5 RCI CEHs.

This course has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from AIA, ASLA, and RCI.

Instructor: Liz Calabrese, AIA

Date: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (optional additional workshop until 4:30 pm)
Location: Marriott by the Brooklyn Bridge


Valuing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure

     $225 (GRHC Member)
     $299 (Non-Member)

 

The benefits of green infrastructure are well known, but difficult to value. This difficulty creates an obstacle, where green infrastructure is often not considered when making important investment and asset management decisions. The goal of this course is to introduce individuals (especially those in the public sector) to introductory economic principles, and help them begin to value the benefits provided by green infrastructure in their communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the range of benefits possible using green infrastructure

  • Learn the principles behind economic valuation

  • Understand the methods used to value the benefits of green infrastructure

  • Learn how to apply these methods to generate values for your community

  • Learn how to articulate these values to make better decisions and educate decision makers

Tuition includes the course and Resource Manual.

Valuing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure is approved for 3.5 LA CES, 3.5 RCI CEHs, 3.5 GRP CEUs 3.5 CNLA CECs, 3.5 BOMI CPDs and pending approval for AIA CES, and APLD CEUs.

This course has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from AIA, ASLA, and RCI.

Instructor: Rohan Lilauwala, Project Manager, Green Infrastructure Foundation

Date: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: TBD


Living Architecture Performance Tool Workshop

     $225 (GRHC Member)
     $299 (Non-Member)
     - (FREE with lapt pilot project             registration)

 

The Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT) is a rating system and resource, designed to certify that green roofs and walls are designed to achieve certain measurable and replicable performance benefits, so that they can be funded, designed, installed, and maintained with a higher degree of confidence. In 2018, the LAPT v.1 was released, and pilot projects are encouraged to participate.

This workshop will offer registrants detailed information on each of the credits, clarity on areas of ambiguity, and a chance to work through challenges with tool administrators. Complimentary registration to this workshop is offered for projects that register for the LAPT pilot phase. Visit greeninfrastructurefoundation.org/lapt for more information on the LAPT.

Workshop Facilitator: David Yocca, Senior Landscape Architect/Ecological Planner, Biohabitats; Chair, Green Infrastructure Foundation

Living Architecture Performance Tool Workshop is approved for 4.0 LA CES, 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs, and pending approval for AIA CES, APLD CEUs BOMI CPDs, CNLA CEUs, and RCI CEHs.

This course has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from AIA, ASLA, and RCI.

Date: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: TBD

Bird-Friendly Building Design: Identifying Problems, Providing Solutions, ABCbirds11 New Construction

      FREE

Birds are potent cultural symbols. They play fundamental roles in ecosystems and habitat regeneration and are important natural controls for insects. Hundreds of millions are killed yearly by colliding with glass in the US alone. Birds cannot see glass, striking it as they fly towards reflections of clouds, sky and vegetation or as they approach real habitat seen through glass. Birds collide with glass on structures of every size, from shacks to skyscrapers, in urban, suburban and rural areas. Advances in technology are increasing use of glass curtain walls and other large glass features, increasing the rate of mortality.  

Until recently, this problem has been almost unrecognized as an issue of sustainability. However, the Green Building Council has responded by adding a Pilot Credit, Reducing Bird Mortality, to the LEED rating system. Toronto, San Francisco, Oakland and the state of Minnesota now mandate bird-friendly construction in some cases and more legislation and voluntary guidelines are pending. Moving into the future it will be increasingly necessary to design structures with impact on birds in mind. 

This class explains how to recognize hazards to birds in the built environment. Case studies and a slide show illustrate many currently available strategies for reducing bird mortality and how bird-friendly design can add value to strategies often deployed to control heat and light or promote security.  We review use of the LEED credit and important features of legislation. Techniques now in use for evaluating the relative threat level to birds of different materials are described, along with typical results.

This course includes a tour of the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof at 11 am - 12 pm.

This course is approved for 3.5 LA CES, 3.5 GRP CEUs, 3.5 AIA CES, 3.5 BOMI CPDs, 3.5 CNLA CEUs, and 3.5 RCI CEHs.

Workshop Facilitator: Susan Elbin, PhD, Director of Conservation and Science, New York City Audubon

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize hazards to birds in the built environment

  • Identify and apply current best practices in reducing bird collisions for new design

  • Integrate bird-friendly architecture with other aspects of green design

  • Understand existing and potential legislation mandating bird-friendly design

  • Use LEED Pilot Credit #55: Reducing Bird Collisions

  • Find and utilize resources on bird-friendly construction, including research reports, case studies, materials and guidelines.

Date: Monday, September 24
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers, 520 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222