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CONFERENCE PROFILE ON THE ROOF WITH… CITIESALIVE 2013 S EXPLORING THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN LIVING ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN RESILIENCE BY: REBECCA BLACK ave the date! Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will be hosting the 11th Annual CitiesAlive: Green Roof & Wall Conference in San Francisco October 23 to 26, 2013. The timely theme for this year’s event is ‘Securing Urban Resiliency with Living Architecture: Food - Water – Energy.’ At CitiesAlive 2013, we will explore the many links between the roofs and walls of our cities and the critical social, environmental and economic necessities of urban life that lead to urban resilience. And we’ll be doing it in one of the most innovative and exciting cities in North America. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: AN EXPANDING GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE MARKET From launching the 60’s counterculture and electing the first openly gay mayor, to spawning the likes of Apple, Ebay and Netflix, to leading the continent in alternative power technology implementation, the state of California and the San Francisco Bay Area have consistently demonstrated the ability to lead, and create thought and action leaders who have built a legacy of social, economic and ecological innovation. Several ‘green infrastructure’ mandates are driving the green roof and façade business development market in the San Francisco and Bay area. The city’s 2010 Stormwater Management Ordinance mandate the development and maintenance of stormwater management controls for developments over 5,000 square feet. Stormwater Design Guidelines published on the San Francisco Public Utility Commission website explicitly feature vegetated roofs, and advise on the use of native plant species in stormwater swales, vegetated roofs, constructed wetlands, and other stormwater best management practices. Developers are poised to take note as building resumes across the region. The San Francisco Urban Agriculture Ordinance, announced by Mayor Ed Lee in early 2012, made commercial garden and small farm sites legal city-wide and allows properly permitted and codeabiding gardeners and farmers to sell any produce they grow directly to the public on site. New urban agriculture projects have sprung up across San Francisco and legislation is underway to create a city Urban Agriculture Program. Across the bay, Oakland boasts a vital urban farming movement. Rooftop and vertical gardens in a region where land is scarce and highly valued are viable options, providing a strong business development market for GRHC members. An emphasis on urban forestry and biodiversity, a growing ‘urban parklettes’ program, dedicated funding for green infrastructure development … add these local initiatives to California’s greenest building code in the USA and there’s never been a better time to bring the CitiesAlive: Green Roof & Wall Conference to one of America’s most exciting and diverse cities. CATCH THE INNOVATIVE WEST COAST CULTURE AT CITIESALIVE This year’s CitiesAlive is a unique opportunity for the green roof and wall industry to gain insight into the leading culture and philosophy of innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Delegates will be exposed to the Bay Area entrepreneurial mindset and discover new and enlightened ways of approaching their enterprise, as well as professional and industry development. It will be a rare opportunity for the green roof and wall industry to interact with San Francisco Bay Area visionaries, activists, designers, GREEN ROOFS, LLC 9 Olive Square Somerville, MA 02143 office: 857.209.4464 fax: 617.207.4341 Private Residence Boston, MA Rooftop Lawn 1,000 sq. ft LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR / SUMMER 2012 / 24 Ledge Kitchen & Drinks Dorchester, MA Rooftop Farm 4,500 sq. ft Novartis Research Facility Cambridge, MA Outdoor Roofdeck 750 sq. ft SUNY Orange Community College Newburgh, NY Landscape Over Structure 15,000 sq. ft

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Spring 2013

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Spring 2013
From The Founder
On the Roof With...
Policy and Standards
Current Research
Living Architecture Meets Hurricane Sandy
How Healthy Is Your Hospital?
New Corporate Members
Professional Calendar
GRHC Board Member Updates
GRHC Buyer’s Guide
The Lucky 7

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Spring 2013