What is Grey to Green?

The Grey to Green Conference features the latest research, industry developments, and end-users to share, learn and network over three full days of programming and training - with a dash of inspiring speakers and case studies.

adapting to climate change

Grey to Green is taking place in Toronto on April 4 & 5 and will highlight new policy, design practices, and innovative products in the green infrastructure sector. Our goal is to help inform the current policy debate by making the case for a rapid and significant increase in green infrastructure investment, a trend that’s occurring worldwide.

This year, Grey to Green will highlight the economic impacts of climate change adaptation such as flooding and the urban heat island. Flooding affects both the individual in terms of health and well being and has significant economic impacts for society. These issues will continue to get worse as climate change progresses, but green infrastructure can help. Our cities are experiencing a greater frequency of heat waves and higher average temperatures. This has negative economic, social and healthy impacts. Quantifying green infrastructure performance helps us understand the myriad benefits of green infrastructure and determine their economic value, a crucial step in expanding public and private investments the use of these technologies.

The Grey to Green Conference features the latest research, industry developments, and end-users to share, learn and network. Attend concurrent sessions and networking events with industry leaders,  attend training courses and workshops, and participate in tours across the GTA.

CEU: Grey to Green Toronto is approved for 7 CEUs each from CNLA, ASLA, OAA, OALA, APLD and AIA, and approved for 3.5 CEHs from RCI, 2.0 CEHs from the Green Wall Walking Tour 1.0 CEHs from the Living Architecture Tool and Domo Building Tour.

Continuing Education Units earned at Grey to Green Toronto can be used towards these accreditations: APLD, OAA, OALA, and GRP. An individual can obtain anywhere from 7 to 21 CEU credits at Grey to Green Toronto.

We are currently pending approval for 7 CEUs from BOMI.

What is Green Infrastructure? 

Green infrastructure consists of both natural systems such as forests and wetlands, as well as vegetative technologies like green roofs and green walls, and the products designed to support growth such as engineered soils, cisterns and irrigation systems.

Green infrastructure technologies also include bioswales, meadows, engineered wetlands, planting beds, turf and permeable pavements. All of these living green infrastructure elements create a system in your community that greatly support quality of life.

is green infrastructure important? 

There are many economic, social and environmental benefits of green infrastructure including job creation, stormwater management, support for biodiversity, reduced air and noise pollution, and improved marketability of buildings. 

A video from Green Infrastructure Ontario's multi-part series on Green Infrastructure in the City focusing on how green infrastructure is defined.

“Green infrastructure allows a local government to make the most of limited public dollars and achieve multiple goals with a single investment.”
— Environmental Protection Agency, "Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure" (2014)

Join us to shape a healthier and more resilient future with green infrastructure.

 

 

Grey to Green 2019 is Proudly Presented by:

Grey to Green 2019 is made possible through the generous support of these sponsors and partners

About Us

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is the North American Green Roof & Wall Association working to develop and protect the market by increasing the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs, green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence. greenroofs.org

Green Infrastructure Foundation 

Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF) responds to the need for greater awareness and resources to promote the design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure in local communities. GIF is a tax-exempt, charitable 501(c)(3). greeninfrastructurefoundation.org

Grey to Green Advisory Board

Grey to Green is organized with the assistance of the following multi-disciplinary group of green infrastructure professionals:

Kees Govers
Technical Sales Manager
LiveRoof Ontario Inc

Brad Bass
Senior Lecturer
University of Toronto

Martin Borrow
Green Roof Technical Advisor
Soprema

Bill Trenouth
Program Manager
CVCA

Tim Dobson
Dobson Design Decisions
OALA

Angela Murphy
Manager, Research and Partnerships
Ryerson Urban Water Center

Ryan Nees
Senior Manager, Research & Development
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Steven Peck
Founder & President
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Chrystal Henning
Events & Conferences Manager
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

 

Bruce Duncan
Regional Manager
Hydrotech USA

Phil James
Water Resources Engineer
Credit Valley Conservation

Jane Welsh
Project Manager
City of Toronto

Stefan Fediuk
Landscape Architect
City of Windsor

 

Contact Us

Sponsorship Inquiries

Steven Peck
speck@greenroofs.org
416-971-4494 x233

Conference Inquiries

Chrystal Henning
chenning@greenroofs.org
416-971-4494 x228

Marketing, Media Passes & Inquires

Madina Tabesh
mtabesh@greenroofs.org
416-971-4494 x225

Invoices and Payments

Karen Pierce
kpierce@greenroofs.org
416-971-4494 

Membership Inquiries

Blaine Stand
membership@greenroofs.org
416-971-4494 x223

Green Infrastructure Foundation

Rohan Lilauwala
info@greeninfrastructurefoundation.org
416-971-4494 x231

Grey to Green 2018 is proudly presented by: