Speaker and Presentation Profiles

The following sessions are being held at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring on October 29th, 2019.

 

 

Keynotes

Matthew Barmore, GRP MBA, Greenrise Technologies | Chair, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Ballroom A |Opening Remarks

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Matt Barmore serves as Vice President at Greenrise Technologies, LLC, located in the Nashville, TN, area, and as the Board Chair of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the North American green roof and wall industry association, based in Toronto, ON. At Greenrise, Matt leads the Sales & Estimating teams, and serves as National Sales Director for Greenrise’s consolidated family of companies. Greenrise serves its customers in the design, supply, installation, and maintenance of green roofs and amenity decks throughout the U.S., from offices in the metro areas of Nashville, TN, Washington, DC, Charleston, SC, and Tampa, FL.

Matt joined Greenrise after more than a decade at Firestone Building Products, where he held progressive roles as Mid-Atlantic Technical Coordinator, Strategic Account Executive, Roof Solutions Department Manager, Estimating Services Department Manager, and as Product Marketing Manager, Sustainable Systems. He has participated in a variety of capacities on green roof projects across North America and is an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP). He joined the board of directors of GRHC in 2014, serving as Corporate Members Committee Chair, and was elected Board Chair in 2018. He has spoken about green roofs at regional and national conferences of IIBEC (RCI), NRCA, AIA, ASLA, PIMA, and GRHC, and at numerous architecture and engineering firms across the U.S. and Canada.

During his military service as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, Matt was deployed in support of combat operations for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and Joint Task Force HORN OF AFRICA. His degrees include the Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University, and the Master of Divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary; he is currently completing the Green MBA program at The San Francisco Institute of Architecture.


Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Ballroom A |Opening Remarks

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Currently, Mr. Peck is the Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities North America. This is a member supported non-profit industry association that grows the green roof and wall industry. If implemented widely, these technologies have the potential to not only prepare our communities for the ravages of climate change but contribute significantly to overall health and well-being.

 Mr. Peck spearheaded the first green roof demonstration project on Toronto City Hall, 20 years ago, and the mandatory green roof policy in Toronto a decade ago.  This innovative policy has resulted in more than 6 million additional square feet of green spaceacross the city.   The association has helped to win green roof policy victories in San Francisco; Washington DC; Portland Oregon; and Denver Colorado.  

 For more policy support for green infrastructure in Ontario, Mr. Peck founded Green Infrastructure Ontario coalition to bring together organizations that share an interest in the protection and development of green infrastructure in Ontario.  GIO has been lobbying for policy and program investment in green infrastructure at the provincial and federal level for a decade. 

 In 2007 he co-founder the World Green Infrastructure Network, an international organization that promotes the use of green infrastructure around the world by exchanging best practices in education and policy development.

New Approaches to Advancing Green Infrastructure


Dr. William H. Hooke, Associate Executive Director, American Meteorological Society
Ballroom A |9:00 am - 9:30 am

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William is the Executive Director of the American Meteorological Society, where he has been a Senior Policy Fellow since 2000, directing the AMS Policy Program from 2001-2013.  Educated as an atmospheric scientist, he has published widely on atmospheric wave dynamics, remote sensing, and natural hazards science and policy. He worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 1967-2000, in a series of research and management positions, including Deputy Chief Scientist and Acting Chief Scientist. He also served as Senior Scientist to then-Commerce-Secretary William Daley. Between 1993 and 2000, he chaired the U.S. Interagency Subcommittee for Natural Disaster Reduction, operated out of the White House. He was a member of the International Science Council (ICSU) Planning Group on Natural and Human-induced Environmental Hazards and Disasters, 2006-2008, and subsequently a member of the ICSU/Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Scientific Steering Committee, 2008-2009. He was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2006, a National Associate of the NRC/NAS in 2008, and a Fellow of the AAAS in 2015. In 2014 he received the AMS Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award. Educational background:  S.B. Swarthmore College 1964, physics (honors); S.M. University of Chicago, 1966, Geophysical Sciences; Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1967, Geophysical Sciences. He is the author of Living on the Real World: How thinking and acting like meteorologists will help save the planet (AMS, 2014), and blogs at Living on the Real World.

Grey to Green? More than just an engineering challenge.

Getting from grey to green poses great engineering challenges. But success hinges equally on our community’s ability to build and maintain relationships: with political and business leaders and diverse American publics; in partnerships spanning public-, private-, and academic sectors; and collaborations at local levels as well as those crossing international borders.


Katharine Burgess, ACIP, Vice President, Urban Land Institute
Ballroom A |9:30 am - 10:00 am

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As Vice President of Urban Resilience, Katharine Burgess leads the Urban Land Institute's Urban Resilience Program. Through research, advisory services, convenings and outreach, ULI’s Urban Resilience Program helps ULI members, the industry and communities be more resilient to the impacts of climate change. At ULI, she has authored and co-authored recent reports on climate resilience, real estate and land use including Climate Change and Real Estate Investment Decision-Making, Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate and Harvesting the Value of Water. An urban planner with fifteen years of experience, she has practiced in the US, UK and Germany, with global project work across the US, Europe and Asia. She began her career at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, where she managed post-Katrina hurricane recovery charrettes commissioned by the States of Louisiana and Mississippi and the City of New Orleans. Since then, her projects have included a range of large-scale, mixed-use masterplanning initiatives designed to encourage pedestrian activity and integrate green infrastructure, including campus plans, downtown revitalization plans, urban extensions and a new town for 10,000 people in Scotland. Her research work has included landscape performance research for the Landscape Architecture Foundation, as well as international urban policy research for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship program. Ms. Burgess holds an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics and a BA from Williams College.

Climate Risk, Real Estate, and the Opportunities of Green Infrastructure

 

 
Seth Charde , Green Infrastructure Manager, DC Water

Seth Charde, Green Infrastructure Manager, DC Water

Amanda Zander : Public Outreach Coordinator, Delon Hampton and Associates

Amanda Zander: Public Outreach Coordinator, Delon Hampton and Associates

Eric Lienhard , Project Engineer, Hazen and Sawyer

Eric Lienhard, Project Engineer, Hazen and Sawyer

Session 1 | Ballroom D |10:00 am - 11:00 am

DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project for Green Infrastructure

The DC Clean Rivers Project is DC Water’s massive infrastructure program to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into the District’s waterways. In addition to grey infrastructure (tunnels and near surface structures), the Project includes green infrastructure (GI). With the DC Clean Rivers Project, DC Water will improve local waterways by reducing CSO volume system-wide by 96% in the average year. DC Water recently completed construction of the first GI projects implemented to significantly reduce the level of pollution to the Potomac River and Rock Creek produced by the discharge of CSOs from the combined sewer system during heavy rain events. The projects involve the construction of innovative GI technologies that include bioretention (rain gardens) in planter strips and curb extensions and permeable pavement on streets and alleys. DC Water also implemented an incentive program, focusing on residential downspout disconnections and rain barrel installation, for private property. In addition to implementing GI, DC Water partnered with the Water Environment Federation to develop the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program, a program to promote local, green jobs for workers who install, inspect, and maintain the GI facilities. The session will discuss the projects, lessons learned, and evaluation for future projects.

Presenters:

Seth Charde, Green Infrastructure Manager, DC Water: Mr. Charde is the Green Infrastructure Manager for D.C. Water’s Clean Rivers Project. He served as the DC Water program manager for the design and construction of DC Water’s first green infrastructure projects.

Amanda Zander, Public Outreach Coordinator Delon Hampton and Associates: Ms. Zander is the Public Outreach Coordinator for D.C. Water’s Clean Rivers Project. She developed and manages DC Water’s downspout disconnection program, Drain the Rain.

Eric Lienhard, Project Engineer, Hazen and Sawyer: Mr. Lienhard is the Lead Engineer for DC Water's Green Infrastructure Potomac River Project A. He is involved in the design and construction management of the project.


Erika Boerr , Senior Project Manager, City of New Orleans

Erika Boerr, Senior Project Manager, City of New Orleans

Session 2 | Room 9232 |10:00 am - 11:00 am

New Orleans Resilient Future - Blue and Green Infrastructure

New Orleans is surrounded by water in every direction and is below sea-level. It receives over 60-inches of rain per year. The City currently provides flood and hurricane protection with levees and floodwalls and employs a series of large pumping stations to remove water from the floodplain as quickly as possible. Over the years and in reaction to flooding events, the system has been improved to include strengthened/ higher levees and increased pump capacity. The City’s pumping facilities are some of the largest in the world but are still overwhelmed by large storm events. Building a resilient system that accounts for climate change, subsidence and sea level rise is a difficult challenge. New Orleans is developing a long-term plan for a sustainable utility that protects its residents from natural disasters. The City developed the Gentilly Resilience District (GRD). The GRD aims to improves quality of life for the residents through innovative water management, recreational, landscaping and complete streets improvements. The GRD also reduces flood risk and slow land subsidence. When implemented together, these approaches are intended to beautify neighborhoods, improve health, raise environmental quality and improve property values. The Blue and Green Corridors Project is a key project of the GRD.

Presenter:

Erika Boerr, Senior Project Manager, City of New Orleans: Erika Boerr is currently employed as a Senior Project Manager for the City of New Orleans in the Sustainable Infrastructure Department of the Project Delivery Unit, and for the past 2 ½ years has been focused on Stormwater Management projects. Erika is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has become a part of the New Orleans community since 2002, when she arrived to instruct Spanish at Dillard University. She has since graduated with honors with both her Bachelor’s in Business Management from Dillard University and her MBA with a concentration in Information Systems from the University of New Orleans, and obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in January 2013. She has over 12 years of experience in program and project management and has become a Project Management Institute (PMI) and PMI Greater New Orleans Chapter member since July 2012.


Barbara Deutsch , Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Steven W. Peck , Founding President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Steven W. Peck, Founding President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Session 3 | Room 9231|10:00 am - 11:00 am

Panel: How to take Green Infrastructure to the Next Level

This panel will explore the new initiatives of the Landscape Architecture Foundation and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities to monitor, track, and report green infrastructure performance.

PresenterS:

Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation: Barbara has a diverse background in both the private and not-for-profit sector. She brings ten years of award-winning marketing experience from IBM before making a career change to become a landscape architect. This experience was influential in the development of LAF’s Landscape Performance Series strategic research initiative. Barbara earned a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Steven W. Peck, Founding President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities: Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, is the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the North American green roof and wall industry association. Since 1996, he has worked to advance the green roof and wall industry by facilitating research and demonstration projects; organizing conferences and workshops; writing articles; judging award competitions; building institutional capacity; lecturing; publishing; and advocating for supportive policies and standards at all levels of government.



Elizabeth Hart Morris , Director of Vegetated Roofing, Henry Company

Elizabeth Hart Morris, Director of Vegetated Roofing, Henry Company

Session 4 |Room 9230 |10:00 am - 11:00 am

Innovative Product Profile

Attend this session to learn about the newest products and services within the green infrastructure industry.

Presenters:

Elizabeth Hart Morris, Director of Vegetated Roofing, Henry Company: Elizabeth Hart Morris, CDT, GRP, Director of Vegetated Roofing for Henry Company, has managed dozens of sustainable commercial roofing projects and educated thousands of designers and contractors on best practices. Elizabeth is co-founder of the Green Roof info Think-tank, and the GRP Chair on the GRHC Board of Directors.

Federico Maffei, Operative Director, Europomice: Federico Maffei, shareholder of Europomice and co founder of City Forest Solutions in New York, is the operative director for the North America.

Bruno Maggi, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager, Europomice: Bruno Maggi is the senior sales and marketing manager of Europomice company based in Milan. Europomice is an Italian company produces substrates and a specific know how for Green Infrastructures. Their focus for Green to Green in Washington concerns the innovative features and achievements made in Europe and the first green roof in US.


Elizabeth Hart Morris , Director Vegetated Roofing, Henry Co.

Elizabeth Hart Morris, Director Vegetated Roofing, Henry Co.

Session 5 | Ballroom D |11:05 am - 12:05 am

Overcoming Local Challenges While Maintaining Consistent Success With On-Structure Vegetation - Stormwater Mandates, Wind Uplift, Security, and Other Coastal Metropolis Concerns

The greatest quality of vegetated roofing is also its biggest challenge. It is a living ecosystem capable of countless environmental and social benefits - and yet, that it is a living system means that there are no two exactly alike, and no simple solutions across the board. This is especially true when attempting on-structure vegetation where it is needed most – as an integral part of green infrastructure for sensitive watersheds and coastal zones. Additionally, areas such as Washington DC, New York, and Florida each bring unique challenges and mandates including height restrictions (meaning no protective parapets), strong stormwater mandates, wind uplift approvals, and security protocols that can be exhaustive. But it is in these areas that this most beneficial and remediative of living technologies is especially needed, to protect our critical and sensitive coastal watersheds. Thankfully the green roof industry has advanced far enough, with the continual support of GRHC, to have found ways to use green roofs in these most difficult scenarios, with plants that are thriving and roofing that is leak-free, meeting all the requirements and staying in place during the inevitable hurricane seasons year after year. We will review best practices for success and several case studies.

Presenter:

Elizabeth Hart Morris, Director of Vegetated Roofing, Henry Company:
Elizabeth Hart Morris, CDT, GRP, Director of Vegetated Roofing for Henry Company, has managed dozens of sustainable commercial roofing projects and educated thousands of designers and contractors on best practices. Elizabeth is co-founder of the Green Roof info Think-tank, and the GRP Chair on the GRHC Board of Directors.



Seth Brown , Founding Principal, Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC

Seth Brown, Founding Principal, Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC

Session 6 | Room 9232|11:05 am - 12:05 am

To Green or Not to Green: Socio-Economic Patterns of Green Infrastructure Adoption Simulated by Agent-Based Modeling

Pressures to drive implementation of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) on private properties is a significant factor in this overall need for investment. This requires the use of incentives to motivate private property owners to consider adopting GSI. The use of incentives demands an understanding of topics such as how parcel owners gain information on incentives programs, value GSI, and make decisions on adopting innovative technologies, such as GSI. This study presents a methodology for a generalized approach to simulate GSI adoption across a large urban area referred to as the Green Infrastructure Social-Spatial-Adoption (G-SSA) model. The G-SSA methodology incorporates decision-making dynamics, social and spatial influencing algorithms, economic and financial considerations, and diffusion of innovation considerations. Model sensitivity analysis highlights the significance of social and spatial model elements to overall GSI adoption rates and pattern.

Presenter:

Seth Brown, Founding Principal, Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC: Seth Brown is the Principal and Founder of Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC, is a Senior Advisor to the Water Environment Federation, and currently leads the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance. Seth has a PhD in civil engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland.


Kristen Haaf , Director of Urban Planning, Roots First Design

Kristen Haaf, Director of Urban Planning, Roots First Design

Kathryn Ancaya , Director of Design, Roots First Design

Kathryn Ancaya, Director of Design, Roots First Design

Session 7 | Room 9231 |11:05 am - 12:05 am

Repair Ecology: A Critical Response to Climate Change and the Disconnect Between People and Nature

Because the challenges of our world are so daunting, new ideas and technologies are often prioritized as the only way forward as we move into a future impacted by global environmental change. However, these challenges will not be met by new ideas and innovation along. Fixing or repairing our existing environment is essential. An ecologically resilient future requires looking inward to what we have already created/wreaked and how can fix it. The opportunities, termed here as Repair Ecologies, are ubiquitous and range in scale from a street corner to a regional rail corridor. Repair Ecologies represent a collection of tactics characterized by being relatively low-tech and low cost, as well as quicker and easier to build. Despite their relative ease of installation, Repair Ecologies require expertise to implement effectively and they can be quite impactful, particularly when installed collectively as a network. And crucially, as we repair the landscape we can also repair the connection between people and nature. This presentation will explore the idea of Repair Ecologies through several case studies in North Carolina. Example projects will specifically address urban biodiversity, stormwater management, urban heat island effect, localized air quality, and human/nature connections.

Presenters:

Kristen Haaf, Director of Urban Planning, Roots First Design: Kristen is an environmental designer and Director of Urban Planning at Roots First Design. With training in landscape architecture, urban planning, and environmental science and policy, Kristen brings an interdisciplinary approach to the studio’s work.

Kathryn Ancaya, Director of Design, Roots First Design: Kate is a landscape architect and Director of Design at Roots First Design. Kate’s approach is nested closely with her belief that ecologically responsive and restorative design have a positive incremental impact on social and environmental health.


Nathaniel Lichten , Environmental Protection Specialist, District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment

Nathaniel Lichten, Environmental Protection Specialist, District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment

Keith A. Anderson , Director of the District of Columbia Department of General Services

Keith A. Anderson, Director of the District of Columbia Department of General Services

Kevin J. Bush , Chief Resilience Officer, Government of the District of Columbia

Kevin J. Bush, Chief Resilience Officer, Government of the District of Columbia

Session 8a | Room 9230 |11:05 am - 11:35 am

Policies and Strategies for Financing Green Infrastructure

This session will focus on the status of Washington D.C.’s innovative stormwater credit trading system.

Presenter:

Nathaniel Lichten, Environmental Protection Specialist, District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment: Nathaniel Lichten is an Environmental Protection Specialist in the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment, where he works to incentivize, track and evaluate green stormwater infrastructure implementation in the District.

Session 8b | Room 9230 |11:35 am - 12:05 pm

This Building Breathes: Tales of a Resilient City

Washington, DC, is leading the way as a member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. The DC Department of General Services (DGS) is working with multiple agencies, such as the DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the Department of Parks and Rec (DPR), to build the civic infrastructure of the future. New DCPS and DPR projects fulfill the agency’s mission to promote wellness, conserve the environment, and provide universal access. DC’s Chief Resilience Officer, and the Director of DGS will speak about citywide efforts to build resiliency and planning for resilient facilities. The presentation will discuss the role sustainable facilities play in inequitable design, community resilience, and green infrastructure. Case studies include the first center with integrated natural ventilation, designed on biophilic principles as a resilient hub in the face of floods and power outages.

Presenters:

Keith A. Anderson, Director of the District of Columbia Department of General Services: Keith A. Anderson is the Director of the DC Department of General Services (DGS). Prior to DGS, Mr. Anderson was the Director of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and served as Director of the DC Department of Environment (DDOE) prior to DPR. During his tenure at DPR, Mr. Anderson oversaw the construction and or modernization of 79 recreation projects including recreation facilities, fitness center renovations, and facility security upgrades. He also oversaw the installation of three new tech lounges and the District’s first meditation garden. Director Anderson is a native Washingtonian, a graduate of DC’s public school system, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Hampton University.

Kevin J. Bush, Chief Resilience Officer, Government of the District of Columbia: As DC’s first Chief Resilience Officer, Kevin Bush led a citywide effort to develop Resilient DC, a strategy to thrive in the face of change. Now, he leads efforts within the Executive Office of the Mayor to implement that strategy and prepare the Nation’s Capital for climate change, technological disruption, and a changing economy. Bush is a widely recognized expert in urban resilience, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster recovery, affordable housing, and infrastructure. Bush holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from Michigan State University.


Andrea Melnychenko , Account Manager, Green Industry, CoolPlanet

Andrea Melnychenko, Account Manager, Green Industry, CoolPlanet

Session 9 |Ballroom D|1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Biochar in Stormwater Management - Sustainability and Survivability

Cool Terra Organic is a biochar-based soil amendment that is ideally suited for use in vegetative stormwater management systems. This session will explore the history of biochar and discuss current day applications, including urban agriculture, bioswales, green roofs, and street tree plantings. Learn about the ways that biochar works to improve soils by attracting and providing habitat for beneficial fungi and bacteria and delaying nutrient leaching for improved soil fertility. Biochar can help sustain plant life during periods of drought stress while still improving infiltration rates of soils and media during heavy rain events. Because Cool Terra can sequester heavy metals and PAHs, it has been specified for use in both municipal and industrial street-side plantings. Cool Terra is a clean biochar and is organically certified, carbon negative, and long-lasting. Current research and past studies will be detailed, with discussion around future projects.

Presenter:

Andrea Melnychenko, Account Manager, Green Industry, CoolPlanet: Andrea Melnychenko is a Plant Biologist working in horticulture for the last 18 years. While studying for her Master’s degree at Portland State University, she researched integrated green roof systems and plant-atmosphere interactions. At Cool Planet, Andrea's work focuses on exploring innovative applications for biochar in Green Industry markets.


Victoria Ludwig , Manager - Heat Island Program, US EPA

Victoria Ludwig, Manager - Heat Island Program, US EPA

Session 10 | Room 9232 |1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Bountiful Benefits of Heat Island Mitigation: From Energy to Equity

Heat island mitigation brings a proverbial cornucopia of benefits. Well established benefits include energy savings, increased air and water quality, better stormwater management, and improved human health. The U.S. EPA Heat Island Reduction Program has new resources to explore several of these benefits. Attend this session to learn about: (1) a new analysis demonstrating the energy, air quality, and health benefits of green roofs, and (2) the connection between heat islands and vulnerable populations, and how several communities are developing equitable solutions in their heat island mitigation efforts. EPA’s Heat Island Reduction Program works with local officials, community groups, universities, and other stakeholders to identify opportunities to implement heat island mitigation policies and projects that create comfortable and sustainable communities. The program offers several technical and outreach materials, including regular webcasts, a newsletter, a website (www.epa.gov/heat-islands), and a comprehensive guide entitled Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies.

Presenter:

Victoria Ludwig, Manager - Heat Island Program, US EPA: Victoria Ludwig is the national program manager of U.S. EPA’s Heat Island Reduction Program and also supports the agency’s State and Local Energy and Environment Program. In these capacities she provides technical and outreach support to local governments and other stakeholders on mitigating heat islands and implementing local climate solutions.


Donna Evans,  Program Manager, Montgomery County Department for Environmental Protection

Donna Evans, Program Manager, Montgomery County Department for Environmental Protection

Session 11 | Room 9231 |1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Bioretention Planting Plans for Low Maintenance and Increasing Public Acceptance

Bioretention Planting Plan specifications should not have a “one size fits all” approach Planting plan strategies that reduce maintenance costs include: • Adequate plant spacing, appropriate container size, high-quality plant grade for quick plant coverage • A ground cover layer • The right plant species/cultivar for the size of the garden-not one size fits all • Being aware of the site conditions concerning deer pressure and salt/ sediment load • A better balance of trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials and a ground cover in larger bios. When these are planted with mostly herbaceous plants it is very expensive to maintain. Aesthetics needs change depending on setting. Residential Green Streets should meet the aesthetic needs of the community. Large bio-retention in public spaces will have a different aesthetic than narrow street scape “planters” for instance. To meet these different aesthetic needs one must also understand plant growth habits and attributes. Understanding of how these plants grow over time and meet 4 seasons of interest, mixing textures, colors, bloom times, winter appeal, mature height all matter in plant selection as well as sun/shade, moist/dry soil conditions and who is doing and paying for the maintenance. The current design approached in place for bioretention planting plans does not take into consideration most of the above and the negative impact on maintenance costs.

Presenter:

Donna Evans, Program Manager, Montgomery County Department for Environmental Protection: Donna has a degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland (1982) and has worked in the Nursery/Landscape Design/Build industry for 40 years. LEED Green Associate and Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP 1 & 2 certification). She manages the maintenance of bioretention facilities on Government owned property and in the ROW


Richard Hayden , Garden Roof Department Manager, American Hydrotech

Richard Hayden, Garden Roof Department Manager, American Hydrotech

Session 12 | Room 9230 |1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Into the Deep End: Garden Roofs and Blue Roofs for Stormwater Management

With vast amounts of paved and built-out conditions, dense urban areas generate enormous amounts of stormwater with no place to go other than into a pipe. As climate and weather patterns shift, the rooftop has become an increasingly valuable resource and location for the deployment of enhanced BMPs - best management practices - designed to capture rainwater first before it enters the stormwater management systems. Garden Roofs are well known for their ability to provide retention capabilities on the building roof plane. With a wide variety of configurations, they act as sponges on the roof, soaking up the rainfall and holding it in the growing media while evaporation and transpiration by plant materials reduce the water volume. Blue Roofs are the newest tool in the stormwater engineer’s toolbox. By utilizing a void space underneath pedestal-set pavers or a Garden Roof, blue roofs can be designed to handle the entire detention volume requirement for the project in a thin layer of free water not bound up in growing media. Together, properly designed Garden Roofs and Blue Roofs can address this ever-changing stormwater issue by adding another layer of resiliency to a region’s existing stormwater management infrastructure.

Presenter:

Richard Hayden, Garden Roof Department Manager, American Hydrotech: Landscape architect with nearly 40 years of design experience with last 8 years at American Hydrotech. Responsible for developing new Garden Roof and Blue Roof assemblies.


Kevin Brady , Senior Evaluation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

Kevin Brady, Senior Evaluation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

Wende David , Senior Conservation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association head shot coming soon.

Wende David, Senior Conservation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association head shot coming soon.

Session 13 |Ballroom D |2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

An Online Tool For Measuring Green Infrastructure Benefits in Local Parks

Green Roofs can reduce urban heat island effect and reduce stormwater runoff during extreme precipitation events. In a 2C climate change scenario, increasingly likely by 2050, these are mission critical benefits for a city. In this presentation, we quantify the cost and benefits for a variety of cities, technologies, and stakeholders. Specifically, we evaluate the potential for green roofs to reduce cooling electricity consumption for urban buildings, as well as reducing the need to build peaker power plants for utilities serving these cities. In addition, we evaluate the potential for green roofs to reduce stormwater runoff by combining precipitation models for specific cities in 2030 and 2050 scenarios. Further we estimate the flooding risk reduction impact, resulting from the reduced runoff for three specific cities. Further we evaluate the cost and benefits for a variety of stakeholders including building owners, city governments, power and water utilities. Specific economic analyses includes capex, return on investment and payback period.

Presenters:

Kevin Brady, Senior Evaluation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association: Kevin Brady is currently directing program evaluation for the National Recreation and Park Association, whose programs improve community health, conservation, and social equity in cities and towns throughout the country. He has ten years of experience leading evaluation and performance measurement in nonprofits.

Wende David, Senior Conservation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association: Wende is experienced in strategic thinking, fundraising and program management. She brings nearly 20 years of nonprofit leadership on environmental issues. Her current interest revolves around the intersection of climate resilience, social equity, and health.


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Session 14 | Room 9232 |2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

Biodiversity in the Cities - The Effects of Its Loss and the Value of Its Restoration

Presenter:

Peter Ensign, LEED AP BD+C, GRP, CBLP is the Principal of Divergence, LLC, a consulting firm.  Divergence was formed to restore and bring more of Nature into people's daily lives.  Peter’s expertise is in Green Building and Green Infrastructure.  He consults with commercial and institutional clients in pre-design planning and serves as an owner’s representative, and works with residential clients designing home renovations and gardens.

Peter was Executive Director of DC Greenworks completing 70 green roofs and 30 rain gardens and conservation landscaping projects.  He has spoken on the social and economic benefits of environmental stewardship at CitiesAlive, Grey to Green, and events sponsored by US EPA and The Smithsonian Institutions.Peter is a past board director of One Montgomery Green, Bethesda Green and local Chambers of Commerce.  Peter has built passive solar homes in New Mexico and managed an organic grocery in Iowa.  He has over 30 years of experience in architecture and construction in the DC Metro Area.  Peter received his degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.


David Yocca,  FALSA, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect/ Ecological Planner, Biohabitats

David Yocca, FALSA, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect/ Ecological Planner, Biohabitats

Session 15 | Room 9231 |2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

Enhanced Site Performance Achieved Through Design Integration of Green Infrastructure

Designers, developers, investors, and policymakers who influence land development can help solve the complex, inter-related environmental, economic, and social problems we face today through comprehensive integration of sequenced green infrastructure practices. The session will highlight site, campus, and district-scale case studies and share performance benefits in water conservation, stormwater, temperature, pollution mitigation, health, wellbeing and economics.

PRESENTER:

David Yocca, FALSA, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect/ Ecological Planner, Biohabitats: With over 30 years’ experience in ecologically focused practice, David has led a wide array of restorative planning and design efforts. With a strong focus on the measurement and improvement of the ecological, economic, and social performance of places, he relies upon an integrative, open and inclusive engagement approach. David is home-based in Grand Rapids, MI, is a landscape architect/ecological planner with Biohabitats, and serves as board chair for the Green Infrastructure Foundation.


Ed Snodgrass,  President, Emery Knoll Farms

Ed Snodgrass, President, Emery Knoll Farms

Session 16 | Room 9230 |2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

Plant Choices for Mid-Atlantic Green Roof

This talk will provide plant options for the Mid Atlantic region. In order to layer more ecosystem services on green roofs the plant choices must expand correspondingly. The audience will be provided with not only plants but strategies for employing them on roofs in the area.

PRESENTER:

Ed Snodgrass, President, Emery Knoll Farms: Edmund C. Snodgrass is president and founder of Emory Knoll Farms, Inc. and Green Roof Plants, North America’s first nursery specializing in green roof plants and horticultural consulting. Edmund has consulted on projects throughout the US and also in England, France, New Zealand, China, Australia, Mexico, Ecuador, Sweden and Morocco. Since its inception, Emory Knoll Farms has supplied plants for over 2000 green roof projects throughout the United States and Canada. Edmund collaborates on green roof research with academic institutions including Penn State University, University of Melbourne, University of Maryland, University of Auckland, and Sheffield University. A popular speaker and published author, Edmund lectures widely at universities and regional, national and international conferences and has been featured in The New York Times and on the Sundance Channel’s Ecobiz documentary series, among others.


Yvonne Battista , Associate Professor, DTAH

Yvonne Battista, Associate Professor, DTAH

Session 17 | Ballroom D | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Double Duty: Stormwater Management in an Urban Public Park

Edgeley Pond + Park is currently a forgotten stormwater (SWM) pond in the City of Vaughan that supports an urbanized Black Creek, over 54 ha of urban SWM and 767 ha of upstream drainage. It also protects adjacent development which will enable over 5,000 new residents while providing a signature amenity park with space to play, learn, relax, and explore. Led by landscape architects DTAH, the multi-disciplinary design team of civil engineers, geomorphologists, ecologists, and public facilitators took the client, stakeholders and public on a journey of design evolution that addresses a variety of park programmes and balances budgets, phasing, rigid engineering and ecological approvals. The proposed design strives to resolve stormwater quality, quantity, and control while celebrating Black Creek by returning it to a more natural existence in the park. Over the last 100 years, downtown Hamilton Ontario has grown around the 71-acre Gage Park. Challenged with aging infrastructure, repeated surcharging and property damage, the City of Hamilton implemented an innovative solution to bring urban stormwater from adjacent streets into the park. DTAH worked with civil engineers to create a planted bioswale that followed the original 1920’s vision for the park, but with a sustainable and modern twist.

Presenter:

Yvonne Battista, Associate Professor, DTAH: Yvonne Battista is an Associate at DTAH where she has spent 16 of her 19-year career designing, managing and implementing landscape projects with a focus on stormwater management, urban streetscapes, and parks. Yvonne prioritizes the seamless integration of pedestrian environments within complex urban conditions with a focus on environmental stewardship and quality design solutions.


Anthony Mayer , CEO, Hanging Gardens, LLC

Anthony Mayer, CEO, Hanging Gardens, LLC

Session 18 | Room 9232 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Blue, Green and Smart: New Land Use Patterns Drive Modern Stormwater Technologies

In the 1990s, urban planning and real estate professionals began to witness the advent of increased densities, mixed-use development and a renaissance in urban centers. Compact, walkable and diverse land uses were becoming favored, and this approach was a marked change from the low-density development that had characterized land use over the previous decades. Higher-built densities provide new ways to think about managing stormwater. More buildings and the resultant increase in impervious surfaces, catalyzed solutions utilizing smart stormwater management systems. Furthermore, as a result of regulatory changes, cities now require property developers to manage a significant percentage of stormwater on site. Unlike suburban or rural regions where land is cheap, urban areas generally can’t depend on constructed ponds to do that. Additionally, the cost of land in densely populated areas means developers must build the most efficient stormwater management systems possible. Downtown land values can be 4 to 30 times higher per acre in comparison to land 10 miles from a city center. In major urban areas, land costs can be exorbitant. Green infrastructure integrated with smart stormwater systems can help protect developers’ ROI by maximizing the building’s footprint in proportion to the size of the parcel of land.

Presenter:

Anthony Mayer, CEO, Hanging Gardens, LLC: Anthony Mayer is the CEO of Hanging Gardens, LLC; a firm specializing in urban stormwater management solutions. Anthony is a LEED AP, and GRP with 18+ years in the Green Infrastructure Industry. Anthony’s goal is to provide objective information that results in successful green roofing & stormwater mitigation/recycling projects.


Oscar Warmerdam , President, Sempergreen

Oscar Warmerdam, President, Sempergreen

 
 
Ignacio Espoz,  CEO, Latin Green

Ignacio Espoz, CEO, Latin Green

Session 19a | Room 9231 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

An in depth case study on the cork-screw green roof/wall construction installed by Sempergreen at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Designed by Steven Hall Architects, this three dimensional green roof/wall is a technical masterpiece.

Presenter:

Oscar Warmerdam, President, Sempergreen: Oscar Warmerdam has been part of the green roof industry since 2007, the year Sempergreen USA grew its first Sedum blanket for the North American market. As the company evolved from being just a nursery, to a nursery / consulting company to finally a nursery / consulting / maintenance company. Sempergreen has learned so much, and seen so much and the maintenance activities are another way for the company to learn about everything that a green roof endures so it can be shared with their clients. In 2017 Sempergreen built the world’s most advanced stormwater laboratory as it is on a quest to understand and lead in green roof stormwater hydrology. Sempergreen believes that retention should be accompanied with true detention and that detention is what will drive the green roof industry in the long run.

Session 19b | Room 9231 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Green Advertising on Roads and Cities, a Sustainable Way for Our Planet

In 2011, we created the first green self-sustainable advertising on the highway in a region of Chile. The green sign covered by plants and grasses, became an icon, since it is recognized by all the people who pass through the place. The design consists of a green wall where the advertising message goes, this includes an automated irrigation system, an atmospheric water system, a led lighting system, all powered by solar panels. At its base and underground is a pond of water that is fed by rainwater, also by the system of atmospheric water and irrigation wastewater. With the success of the green sign, today there are dozens of green signs in the area and this means that the municipality has enacted a new law that says that advertising must contain 80% vegetation. This green sign has changed the way of advertising, contemplating sustainability and ecology, which has meant that other municipalities and regions of the country are considering a regulation so that advertising, necessarily contains a green surface.

Presenter:

Ignacio Espoz, CEO, Latin Green: Commercial engineer, inventor of patents, former director of WGIN, world pioneer in green infrastructure in green walls, international lecturer in America, Europe and Asia, presentation of master classes in Chile, Argentina, Peru, China and Korea, development of dozens of projects


David Yocca ,  FALSA, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect/ Ecological Planner, Biohabitats

David Yocca, FALSA, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect/ Ecological Planner, Biohabitats

Rohan Lilauwala ,  Program Manager, Green Infrastructure Foundation

Rohan Lilauwala, Program Manager, Green Infrastructure Foundation

Lois Vitt Sale , Chief Sustainability Officer, Wight and Company

Lois Vitt Sale, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wight and Company

Sarah Atkinson , Marketing Manager & Horticulture Technician, Recover Green Roofs

Sarah Atkinson, Marketing Manager & Horticulture Technician, Recover Green Roofs

Jesse Rosenbluth , Business Development, Omni Systems

Jesse Rosenbluth, Business Development, Omni Systems

Session 20 | Room 9230 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Living Architecture Performance Tool: The First Certified Projects

The Living Architecture Performance Tool is an innovative new rating system and guideline for green roofs and walls. Learn about the system's structure and development through its pilot phase, and how it can revolutionize the industry. Discover some of the first certified projects with case studies of the Adlai E. Stevenson High School's Net Zero Building Addition, Harvard Business School's new green roof, and the Carroll Rooftop Farm.

PresenterS:

David Yocca, FALSA, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect/ Ecological Planner, Biohabitats: With over 30 years’ experience in ecologically focused practice, David has led a wide array of restorative planning and design efforts. With a strong focus on the measurement and improvement of the ecological, economic, and social performance of places, he relies upon an integrative, open and inclusive engagement approach. David is home-based in Grand Rapids, MI, is a landscape architect/ecological planner with Biohabitats, and serves as board chair for the Green Infrastructure Foundation.

Rohan Lilauwala, Program Manager, Green Infrastructure Foundation: As Program Manager at the Green Infrastructure Foundation, Rohan has spent the past five years working on breaking down barriers to the widespread use of living green infrastructure across North America. Rohan has developed and delivered training programs, tools and resources, and analyses, focusing largely on green infrastructure costs and benefits. He is also the driving force behind the Living Architecture Performance Tool, a rating system for green roofs and walls, akin to LEED.

Lois Vitt Sale, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wight and Company: Lois leads Wight & Company’s sustainable design initiatives and advances the firm’s commitment to offering clients the most effective sustainable solutions. Her work focuses on creating leading-edge sustainable facilities, formulating policies that promote and/or remove barriers to sustainability, and maximizing the environmental potential for projects. Lois’ advocacy efforts include serving as a national leader in the application of private and commercial green technologies and sustainable planning to the public and private sectors. She is a public policy advisor to elected officials and has participated in the development of policies to lessen the negative impacts of the built environment on health and natural resources.

Sarah Atkinson, Marketing Manager & Horticulture Technician, Recover Green Roofs: A graduate of the University of California Berkeley with a B.S. in Environmental Science, Sarah comes to Recover with a desire to build environmentally sustainable and socially equitable communities. Before joining Recover, Sarah worked as a program coordinator at a food education non-profit in San Francisco, coordinating cooking and nutrition classes and managing marketing efforts. Sarah has worked on numerous farms around the world, and enjoys sharing her love for plants and the outdoors with others.

Jesse Rosenbluth, Business Development, Omni Systems: Jesse Rosenbluth provides Business Development and Green Infrastructure Technical Services for Omni Ecosystems. He has spent over a decade in the field of applied ecology with his career spanning wetland remediation in Ohio, riparian restoration management in Oregon, organic farm management and sustainability practices in Michigan and Illinois, and green infrastructure installation and management throughout the U.S. He brings his expertise to bear supporting clients as they apply Omni Living Infrastructure systems. Jesse wants every landscape to grow into the best version of itself and take full advantage of ecological principles possible through Omni's advanced technologies.


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Session 21 | Ballroom D | 3:35 pm - 4:05 pm

Flood Control Benefits of Small GI Systems

Incorporating green infrastructure (GI) into dense urban neighborhoods can be a challenge. Small GI systems placed along public rights of way, known as green streets, are often the preferred and only option. Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) worked with the City of Cambridge Department of Public Works to develop green street designs for three dense residential streets. CRWA and Stantec then modeled the impact of both pollutant removal and flood control from scaling up green street designs across the city. The team looked at three green street scenarios transitioning 10%, 20% and 50% of the City's residential streets to green streets. This talk will present the modeled pollutant removal benefits and the stormwater control benefits under larger, future condition, rainfall event scenarios.

Presenter:

Julie Wood, Deputy Director, Charles River Watershed Association: Julie Dyer Wood is the Deputy Director at Charles River Watershed Association. Ms. Wood has been with CRWA since 2007 where in prior roles she has staffed their Blue Cities Stormwater Management program and led their Field Science Program. Ms. Wood has degrees in math and environmental science.


Stephanie Dreher , Bio and Headshot coming soon!

Stephanie Dreher, Bio and Headshot coming soon!

Session 22 | Room 9232 | 3:35 pm - 4:05 pm

Crowdsourcing Data is a Win-Win for Community Engagement and Building a Better Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Project in New Orleans, LA

Located at the confluence of the Mississippi River with the Gulf of Mexico, and just south of Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans is surrounded by water in every direction. Moreover, a substantial portion of the City is situated below sea level, creating a “bowl-shaped” topography that is susceptible to flooding. The City currently provides flood and hurricane protection with levees and floodwalls and employs a series of large pumping stations to remove water from the floodplain as quickly as possible during wet weather events. Building a resilient system that addresses physical vulnerabilities such as climate change, subsidence, sea level rise, heat island effects and social vulnerabilities such as poverty and income inequality is a difficult challenge that requires innovative solutions. Real-Time community-generated data is being used to gain quantitative and qualitative information such as heat island effects, rainfall and flooding data to ground truth and complement our big data models. This combination of big data and community knowledge is helping inform the planning and design of where creative placemaking needs intersect with green infrastructure needs. The St. Bernard Neighborhood Stormwater Resilience project aims to provide an example to communities aspiring to become more resilient and sustainable.

Presenter:

Stephanie Dreher, City of New Orleans


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Session 23 | Room 9231 | 3:35 pm - 4:05 pm

Is it Time to Re-Visit the Organics Debate?

The question of organics in green roof media and what quantity or quality of organics should be considered has been a subject of debate in the industry. Some are proponents of greater levels of organics and some believe the question has been settled on the side of mineral dominated growth media. Some point to the lightweight, moisture capturing attributes while others point to the negative effects of loss of mass and intrusion of fine particulate matter. Many assumptions are made as to what constitutes performance and what practices produce it. The desire to make use of renewable resources in North America is strong and therefore the use of mined resources has come under scrutiny. With the rising costs of mined and manufactured lightweight aggregates, are mineral dominated media the only future we can look forward to? Can recycled organics play a role in the green roof industry and if so, what are best practices? This presentation will look at the experience of one of North America’s pioneers of high organic media in green roofs. It will look at the research surrounding green roof media and how it relates to its’ selection. It will reflect on lessons learned, failures and successes and provide guidance on selection of organic source material to avoid pitfalls. It will also take note of the performance benefits achievable through the use of recycled organics, from stormwater to cooling effects. It will cover the physical, biological and chemical processes inherent in different organics and how they relate to plant communities beyond sedum succulents.

PResenter:

Rick Buist, Program Director, Tremco: Rick Buist is president of Bioroof Systems Inc., a horticulturist, green roof product innovator and practitioner of green roof design and installations for the past 20 years. Located in Burlington, Canada, his company has had the privilege of providing green roof systems on some of the largest projects in Canada, such as the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian museum for Human Rights, the Toronto Transit Commission’s Ashbridges Bay Maintenance Facility and is currently providing one of the largest modular green roofs in North America on the Toronto Transit Commission’s 4 acre McNicol Bus Garage. He has lived through the creation of the Toronto Greenroof By-Law and experienced its’ effect on the green roof market. He has co-created patented modular systems that are currently thriving on roofs throughout the USA and Canada and even some overseas. For the past 6 years, his company has been the exclusive provider of the Vegetated Roof Program for Tremco Inc..


Shane Pliska , President, Planterra

Shane Pliska, President, Planterra

Session 24 | Room 9230 | 3:35 pm - 4:05 pm

Lighting for Plants Integrated into Architecture for Human Wellness

Biophilia has more designers integrating live plants into architecture. One of the biggest challenges sustaining greenery inside buildings and enclosures is light. I offer a detailed presentation on the glazing, artificial light sources and lighting needs for plants commonly uses in design. A plant is like the canary for the modern workplace. If there is enough light to support plant life, there is enough light to support a healthy and productive environment for people, too. A full white paper on the subject can be found at: https://planterra.com/PlanterraLightingGuide

PRESENTER:

Shane Pliska, President, Planterra: Shane Pliska is the president of Planterra Corporation, a provider of interior landscaping services to corporate and institutional buildings. He is also the founder of the Planterra Conservatory a botanical garden and event venue in West Bloomfield, Michigan.