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November 4, 2008
Toronto to host 2009 International Green Roof Congress: CitiesAlive!
CitiesAlive! presents climate change solutions; propels green roofs into mainstream sustainable urban design

Toronto Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities President & Founder Steven Peck today announced the North American debut of the World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress in Toronto in October, 2009.

“Green infrastructure is increasingly recognized as an effective way to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change, and help cities cope with the impacts of extreme weather,” said Steven Peck, Co-Chair of CitiesAlive! and Founding Board member of the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network. “Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is delighted to co-host this innovative event and provide a venue for experts from around the world to gather and help expand the living architecture community.”

Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone said, “Toronto, under the leadership of Mayor David Miller, is committed to real action on climate change. We are delighted to co-host this event and help spread green roof infrastructure and the innovative thinking that will transform our urban landscapes.”

The congress will attract leading-edge architects, landscape architects, construction professionals, developers, researchers and other green infrastructure representatives and stakeholders from across Ontario, Canada, and around the world.

Building on the theme ‘Green Roof Infrastructure - A Global Solution to Climate Change’ the congress will showcase international world-class green roof and wall infrastructure design and case studies; building, neighbourhood and watershed scale research; and innovative policies and programs that support the creation of green urban spaces. A trade show and Green Roof professional training and accreditation will round out the event.

CitiesAlive! was announced at a green roof infrastructure workshop at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, organized by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

CitiesAlive! 2009 International Green Roof Infrastructure Congress
Theme: Green Roof Infrastructure - A Global Solution to Climate Change
Date: October 19 - 22, 2009
Location: Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place

For more information about the congress visit

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) was founded in 1999 as a small network of public and private organizations, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is now a rapidly growing not-for-profit industry association for green roof experts in North America. Our mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professionalism and celebrations of excellence.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Rebecca Black, Director, CitiesAlive! 2009 (416) 971-4494 x224,
Nancy Ruscica, Manager Partnerships and Innovations, Toronto Environment Office, 416-392-2984,



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