Where: Rockford Office Commons
601 First Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI
When: Thursday, March 27, 8:30 am - 6 pm
Cost: $149 for regular admission ($124 for groups of 3 or more), and $99 for students
Credits:This event is approved for credits through LA CES, AIA CES, GBCI, and GRP.
Attendees will receive presentation materials, lunch and coffee breaks, a USB key containing over 350 technical papers from GRHC conferences (a $195 value), and a complimentary copy of Living Architecture Monitor ‒ the green roof and wall magazine.
Who Should Attend:
This event is presented in partnership with American Rivers, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, and the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds.
Grand Rapids, Michigan is a city that features many examples of innovative design. In order to provide economic, environmental, and social benefit to its urban landscape while meeting its stormwater management targets, Grand Rapids has embraced green roof technology with many examples arising throughout the city over the past decade.
While the City of Grand Rapids has supported green roofs as a low impact development stormwater management technique, this moment presents an excellent opportunity to support green roofs with legislative policy and incentives. As examples such as Chicago, Washington D.C., and Toronto have shown, supportive green roof policy and incentives can bolster a local green roof industry by guiding building owners, contractors, and designers towards this multi-benefit technology.
The Grand Rapids Green Roof Market Development Symposium will bring together stakeholders from the public, private, and NGO realm to explore how to turn this opportunity into reality. This event will set out a green roof road map for the municipality that takes into account the objectives of these stakeholders.
7:30 am - 8:30 am: Registration
8:30 am - 9 am: Introduction to Green Roofs- David Yocca, Principal Landscape Architect/Planner, Conservation Design Forum
9 am - 9:30 am: Keynote: The Importance of Green Infrastructure in Grand Rapids- George Heartwell, Mayor of Grand Rapids
9:30 am - 10 am: The North American Green Roof Market- Oscar Warmerdam, President, Sempergreen USA
10:00 am - 10:15 am: Continental Breakfast Break
10:15 am - 10:45 am: A Spotlight Into Green Roof Policy- Nathan Griswold, Policy Educator, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and President, Inhabitect, LLC
10:45 am - 12 pm: Green Roof Design Case Study- Craig Newhouse, Senior Landscape Architect, RJM Design Inc.- Sam Pobst, Principal, Eco Metrics LLC
12 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch and Networking at Trade Show
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm: Green Infrastructure Policy Development- Katie Rousseau, Director, Clean Water Supply, American Rivers- Carrie Rivette, Project Engineer – Stormwater, City of Grand Rapids
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm: Regional Green Infrastructure Partnerships- Elaine Sterrett Isely, Water & Low Impact Development Programs Director, West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm: Policy and Implementation: A Milwaukee Perspective- Sean Foltz, Associate Director, Clean Water Program, American Rivers
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm: Policy at Work - The Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative Project- Nichol De Mol, Project Manager, Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative
- Andy Bowman, Professional Community Planner, AEB Community Planning Services
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm: Grand Rapids Policy Development- Wendy Ogilvie, Director of Environmental Programs, Grand Valley Metro Council
PANEL DISCUSSION3:45 pm - 5 pm: How Green Roof Policy Will Help Your Community and Region- Sean Foltz, Associate Director, Clean Water Program, American Rivers
- Nathan Griswold, Policy Educator, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and President, Inhabitect, LLC
- Carrie Rivette, Project Engineer – Stormwater, City of Grand Rapids
- Wendy Ogilvie, Director of Environmental Programs, Grand Valley Metro Council
5 pm - 6 pm: Cocktail Reception on Trade Show Floor
Trade Show Table Space is Available: Contact Paul Erlichman at 416-971-4494 ex. 223 or email@example.com.
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