Building Resilience and Equity Across Cascadia: People, Community, and Places

After years on the east coast, CitiesAlive®: 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference will take place in Seattle, Washington. This year's conference will highlight the necessity of green roofs and walls alongside Cascadia's unique characteristics as they contribute to community, place making, and the resilience of the people through a variety of sessions and workshops. 

CitiesAlive will celebrate the region featuring content specific to the Pacific Northwest and explore the science behind green roof and wall performance, technology, and design through the lens of the different climates and cities within Cascadia.

We invite you to discover new products and services at the CitiesAlive® trade show, tour some of Seattle's best green infrastructure projects, and enhance your professional practice with continuing education and networking events.

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Agenda at a GlancE

Monday, September 18
Opening Plenary: A Tribute to Stephen Kellert: The Business Case for Biophilic Design and Human Health
Featuring: Bill Browning, Bert Gregory, Amanda Sturgeon, Kathleen Wolf

Training Courses, Trade Show,Local Host Commitee Reception

Tuesday, September 19
Morning Plenary: Round Table of Green Infrastructure Policy Leaders: Equity & Resilience
Featuring: Mami Hara, Jeff Joslin

Sessions, Trade Show, GRP Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 20
Morning Plenary: Pushing Social and Ecological Limits: Massive West Coast and Global Living Architecture Projects
Featuring: Chris Guillard, Herbert Dreiseitl, Paul Kephart

Sessions, Awards of Excellence Luncheon, Living Architecture Performance Tool/Standard WorkshopTours

Thursday, September 21
Tours & Green Infrastructure Charrette

CitiesAlive conference training courses are approved for up to 7 CEUs by AIA CES, APLD, BOMI, RCI and LA CES.
CitiesAlive conference sessions are pending approval for up to 11.5 CEUs by AIA CES, APLD, BOMI, RCI and LA CES.

Keynote Speakers

Mami Hara, General Manager / CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning, San Francisco Planning Department
Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director, Audubon Society of Portland

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Bill Browning, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green


Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun


Herbert Dreiseitl, Director, Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab


Kathleen Wolf, Ph. D., Research Social Scientist, University of Washington


Chris Guillard, PLA, Founding Partner, CMG Landscape Architects

Jeff Joslin

Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning, San Francisco Planning Department


Paul Kephart, GRP, ASLA, CPSE, CEO & Ecology, Rana Creek Design


Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute


CitiesAlive® 2017 includes over 80 Cascadia-specific, North American, and international expert-led presentations & all new - "In the Design Studio With" session.


Enhance your professional development with cutting edge training opportunities in a variety of green roof and wall subjects taught by North America's leading experts.


CitiesAlive® and the Local Host Committee will host an unforgettable evening of networking with new and old colleagues at the Seattle Aquarium on September 18.

What's new for CitiesAlive 2017

Regional Theme: CitiesAlive® 2017 will be focusing on green roof and wall issues and policies not just in Seattle, but across the entire Cascadia Region with the theme Building Resilience and Equity Across Cascadia: People, Community, and Places.

All New Track: In the Design Studio With is an all new session track where you'll learn the tricks of the trade first-hand from award-winning master design professionals, with these intimate sessions. Interact with Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, ASIC, LEED, GRP; Debra Guenther, FASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, Mithun; and David Yocca, FASLA, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Partner, Conservation Design Forum. See the full agenda here.

Unique Networking: The CitiesAlive® Local Host Committee is organizing an exciting networking opportunity at the Seattle Aquarium, a short distance from the conference hotel. Attend the Local Host Comittee Reception and celebrate with green roof and wall professionals from across North America at one of the top five visitor attractions in the Puget Sound region. See the CitiesAlive networking opportunities here.

Convenient Location: This year's conference programming and trade show will be held all in one convenient location right in the heart of downtown Seattle - the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. Enjoy easy access to sessions, training, and the trade show, as well as walking distance access to everything Seattle has to offer.

CitiesAlive 2017 is proudly presented by:


CitiesAlive is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and partners.


Reception Sponsors

Green Infrastructure Charrette Sponsor


CitiesAlive Agenda

Learn from over 80 speakers as they participate in design, research, and policy focused sessions, as well as panel discussions and an all-new In the Design Studio With... panel discussions.

Within the western region of North America lies Cascadia. Although the boundaries of the region differ depending on ecological, political, economic or cultural lines - it's undeniable that Cascadia is expansive. The climate of Cascadia calls for adaptation of building materials, plants, media, and maintenance models. After years on the east coast, CitiesAlive 2017 is highlighting the necessity of green roofs and walls alongside the region's unique characteristics.

CitiesAlive conference sessions are pending approval for up to 11.5 CEUs by AIA CES, APLD, BOMI, RCI and LA CES.

CitiesAlive provides green infrastructure professionals with comprehensive full-day and half-day training courses.

GRP Welcome Reception

Monday, September 18. Join us for the GRP Welcome Reception where you'll get acquainted with event attendees and learn about GRP opportunities. This event is free for all attendees!

Tickets for GRP Reception Currently Unavailable

Local Host Committee Reception


Tuesday, September 19. The CitiesAlive® 2017 Local Host Committee Reception will take place at the Seattle Aquarium a short distance away from the conference hotel. Enjoy a unique networking opportunity at the waterfront aquarium.

The Local Host Committee Reception is sponsored by Architek, Barrett Roofs, Knauf Insulation, Phillips Soil Products, Shamrock Landscaping, and Swanson Wood and Bark Products, Inc..


Awards of Excellence Luncheon

Wednesday, September 20. CitiesAlive will host the 15th Annual Awards of Excellence Luncheon. Celebrate integrated design and installation excellence with the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence and recognize outstanding contributions to the industry in research, policy, and corporate contribution.