Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2012 - (Page 2)

FROM THE FOUNDER ON THE ROOF WITH… TEN YEARs PAss — IN THE BLINk OF AN EYE W ow! It was ten years ago and spring in Chicago when more than 400 people first gathered from across North America and around the world to share information and conduct business in the fledging green roof industry. Now ten years later, we are planning to gather in October in Chicago, the queen of green roof cities with more than 5 million square feet installed. We will celebrate our many personal and collective successes, conduct business and forge important plans and strategies to secure the industry’s future growth and prosperity. CitiesAlive in Chicago will be a watershed event, in terms of looking back on what has worked and what has not, and for making important plans for the future. As the industry grows rapidly, it inevitably attracts new players, some of whom may not have the skills, knowledge and standard of care as the early adopters. The Living Architecture Performance Tool program focuses on developing the framework and underlying metrics that will build on our scientific understanding of living architecture and the remarkable amount of field experience stretching from Alaska to Puerto Rico. The Performance Tool will help us design better projects and products in order to maximize the public and private benefits of green roofs and walls. It will also provide the basis for a better relationship to the USGBC’s LEED products, Sustainable Sites, the Living Building Challenge and other voluntary green building and landscaping rating systems and may support product testing and certification. At CitiesAlive in Chicago a first draft framework will be unveiled and there will be ample opportunities for you to join in on these important discussions. At CitiesAlive, through our Awards of Excellence program we will recognize design, installation, research and advocacy leadership within our industry. For our 10th Anniversary, we will also recognize more than 50 leaders who have contributed significantly, year after year, to the development of the green roof and wall industry through business, academia, and politics. During the Trade Show, there will be a very special book signing of The Rise of Living Architecture: Commemorative Edition which contains the insights of many of the industry leaders and their thoughts about the future of the industry. We’ve invited more than fifty experts to join us to sign special copies of the book, sure to become an instant collectors’ item. The Rise of Living Architecture: Commemorative Edition is an historical marker in the rapid evolution of this industry. To further mark the occasion of our Anniversary, this issue of the Living Architecture Monitor™ is our Commemorative Edition. It charts some of the major achievements over the past 10 years and provides an opportunity to reflect on what has passed, seemingly in the blink of an eye. I hope that you all enjoy the LAM, and that you will be able to join us in Chicago this October for CitiesAlive 2012, our 10th Anniversary celebration. Sincerely, Steven W. Peck, GRP Founder & President, GRHC LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR / SUMMER 2012 / 2

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2012

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2012
Letter from the Chairman
From the Founder
New Standard on the Use of Lightweight Aggregate
Urban Agriculture Declaration Caps Amazing Summit Debut
Economics of Biophilic Design
Brad Rowe, David Spalding, Cornelia Oberlander, Paul Kephart
Green Roofing Industry Sees Triple Digit Growth
Green Roof Local Market Symposiums
Industry Professionals Weigh in on Growing Media Quality Control!
CitiesAlive in Chicago Oct 17th – 19th
Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Changes our Perspectives on Infrastructure
Improving Tax Abatement
10th Anniversary Commemorative Pull Out Section
Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market
Leadership Knows No Bounds- Virginia Russell
Policy Profile- A Home for Biodiversity on Green Roofs
New Industry Products
Plant Profile: Chives Thrive on Green Roofs
Half a year, Full-Fledged Growth
In God We Trust – All Others Bring Data!
New Corporate Members
Professional Calendar
GRHC Buyers Guide
Green Supremacy by Zach Williams

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2012