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August 25, 2009
Stellar lineup of international and local speakers announced for CitiesAlive International Green Roof Congress in Toronto
  
CitiesAlive, the World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress taking place in Toronto from October 19 to 21, has released a congress agenda that includes local luminaries and an international who’s who of participants from the green roof, green wall and green infrastructure sectors.

More than 60 acclaimed speakers from diverse markets around the world will present innovative projects and design, leading edge research and technical performance developments, and policies that support green infrastructure development and emerging trends in green infrastructure.

Agenda highlights include spectacular green roof/wall designs and projects that push the boundaries of vegetated architecture, urban forest and green energy projects, urban green roof agricultural projects, and stunning vegetated building envelopes in cities across Europe and Asia.

The congress will also feature a guide to North America’s hottest new green roof market, the City of Toronto’s leading-edge policies and programs, a sneak preview of the city’s new green roof at City Hall and a roundtable discussion of practical, site-specific design and financing considerations for green roofs/wall projects on Toronto properties.

Experts from Germany, Britain, Japan and Spain, and from cities across the United States including Chicago, New York and Seattle will also feature international green infrastructure policies and programs. Additional highlights include an international student design competition, an industry-focused trade show, Sustainable Toronto tours, and gala networking events.

Congress agenda and registration details are available at www.citiesalive.org.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. 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, citiesalive@greenroofs.org
Nancy Ruscica, Manager, Partnerships and Innovations, Toronto Environment Office, 416-392-2984, nruscic@toronto.ca



Backgrounder

CitiesAlive International Green Roof Infrastructure Congress

Theme: Green Roof Infrastructure - A Global Solution to Climate Change
Date: October 19 to 21, 2009
Location: Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Building on the theme Green Roof Infrastructure - A Global Solution to Climate Change, the CitiesAlive Congress will showcase international world-class green roof and wall infrastructure design and case studies; building, neighbourhood and watershed scale research; innovative policies and programs that support the creation of green urban spaces; and emerging opportunities such as urban agriculture around green infrastructure in urban environments. The event is presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (www.greenroofs.org), the City of Toronto (www.toronto.ca), and the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network (www.worldgreenroof.org).

Agenda highlights include spectacular green roof/wall designs and projects that push the boundaries of vegetated architecture: from systems design thinking in action (Paul Kephart, Rana Creek, USA) and underground green walls (Ignacio Espoz Babul, Santiago de Chile) to urban forest and green energy projects (Michael Krause, Kandiyohi Development) and urban green roof agricultural projects and greenhouse gas emissions (Wayne Roberts, Food Policy Council, Toronto). Stunning vegetated building envelopes in cities across Europe and Asia, highlights of Canadian projects including the Vancouver Convention Centre (Don Delaney, Flynn Canada) and Butchart Gardens (Dr. Karen Liu, Xero Flor) and a preview of the new Toronto City Hall green roof with Toronto Mayor David Miller will also be featured.

A regional highlight, Transforming Toronto, will provide a guide to North America’s hottest new green roof market and feature the City of Toronto’s cutting edge policies and programs, and a local expert-driven on-the-roof roundtable discussion about practical, site-specific design and financing considerations for green roofs/wall projects on Toronto properties.

International policies and programs supporting green infrastructure development will also be featured. Congress delegates will hear from experts in Germany (Manfred Koehler, World Green Roof Infrastructure Network; Roland Appl, International Green Roof Association), Britain (Dusty Gedge, European Union of Green Roof Associations), Japan (Prof. Hajime Koshimizu, Meiji University), and Spain (Dr. Julian Briz, University Polytecnica Madrid), and from cities across the United States including Chicago (Sadhu Johnston, Environmental Commissioner), New York (Drew Becher, New York Restoration Project), and Seattle (Steve Moddemeyer, Collins Woerman Architects).

A provocative Green Infrastructure Ontario Roundtable discussion moderated by Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, will feature Joe Pantalone (Deputy Mayor, City of Toronto), Rachel Kampus (Climate Change Secretariat, ON), Deborah Martin Downs (Toronto Regional Conservation Authority) and Steven Peck (President and Founder, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities).

Other programming highlights include an international student design competition entitled Transforming the Face of Buildings, Green Roof professional training and accreditation, an industry-focused trade show, Sustainable Toronto tours, gala networking events and more.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.








 

 

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