CitiesAlive 2018: Brooklyn

Returning to the East Coast, CitiesAlive®: 16th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference will take place in Brooklyn, New York September 24-28. This year's conference will profile leading edge green roof and wall technology suited to New York's unique characteristics and challenges through a trade show, and a variety of tours, technical sessions, and workshops. 

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

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

What's new for CitiesAlive 2018

CitiesAlive 2018: Brooklyn, our 16th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference, Trade Show and Awards of Excellence returns to the East Coast at the Marriott by the Brooklyn Bridge. This year’s conference theme will focus on how green infrastructure builds resilience and equity in cities. In order to attract more specifiers to CitiesAlive next year, we are implementing a number of new ideas:

  • Conference will include more current green infrastructure topics such as technologically enhanced green infrastructure (Internet of Things), and aggressive resilience techniques such as shoreline management..
  • Free all-day trade show access on Wednesday September 26.
  • Programming that is attractive to both novice and advanced designers.
  • Innovative Product Profile speaking opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors.
  • More detailed exhibitor directory in the conference program.
  • Student sponsorship and interactive events to attract future specifiers.
  • Customizable a la carte sponsorship options to maximize value at CitiesAlive.
  • An Emerging Professionals Day to attract young designers to the industry.

CitiesAlive 2018 Call for Proposals coming January 2018

Agenda at a GlancE

Tuesday, September 25
Committee Meetings

Tuesday, September 25
Training and Workshops
Opening Plenary
Trade Show Reception and Networking
Emerging Professionals Happy Hour

Wednesday, September 26
Morning Plenary
Concurrent Sessions
Lunch on the Trade Show Floor
Trade Show Reception and Netoworking
Local Host Committee Reception

Thursday, September 27
Morning Plenary
Concurrent Sessions
Awards of Excellence Luncheon

Friday, September 28

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.

2018 Keynote Speakers Coming soon

2017 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.

CitiesAlive 2018 is proudly presented by:


CitiesAlive 2017 WAs made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and partners.


Reception Sponsors

Green Infrastructure Charrette Sponsor


Welcome Reception

Tuesday, September 25. Join us for the Welcome Reception where you'll get acquainted with event attendees and and industry leaders on the trade show floor.

Local Host Committee Reception


Wednesday, September 26. The CitiesAlive® 2018 Local Host Committee Reception will soon be determined. Enjoy a unique networking opportunity near the Marriott by the Brooklyn Bridge.


Awards of Excellence Luncheon

Thursday, September 27. CitiesAlive will host the 16th 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.