This year, Grey to Green featured unique workshops and training courses, giving attendees the opportunity to customize their conference experience. Some training courses include a tour. Click below for more details on each workshop offering.

Biophilic Design Workshop


This half-day workshop is a combination of lecture, discussion and design charrette in a World Café format that will address biophilia, biophilic design, living architecture, ecomimicry, and salutogenics’ role in promoting health and wellbeing for an aging population. We will explore how biophilia—our innate need to affiliate with nature and salutogenics—a focus on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease (pathogenesis) can influence senior housing for a growing market.

The result of the workshop will be the creation of a Human and Nature-Centered Design Guide for Senior Housing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Integrate biophilic principles, experiences and attributes into their design/build/business practice.
  • Incorporate a salutogenic approach into the design process, including that of eldercare.
  • Utilize complex system thinking and ecomimicry in their design approach.
  • Explain the basis and importance of this New Design Ecology to clients and colleagues.

The first 1.5 hours will be lecture and discussion including a stretching break.

Next 1.5 hours will be a design charrette including another break.

Last hour is presentations and discussion.

After lunch, for an additional 2 hours, we will be meeting with any attendees who want to give further consideration towards the creation of the Design Guide for Senior Housing.

Instructor: Elizabeth Calabrese, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Architect & Chris Chopik, Managing Director,

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Location: TBD

Green Wall 101: Systems Overview & Design


The Green Walls 101: Introduction to Systems and Design course discusses design and construction best practices for green facades and living walls, as well as the latest research findings on the environmental benefits of these technologies.

  • Determine major functions and components of green walls;
  • Describe characteristics and assess various advantages of different green wall systems;
  • Understand market drivers encouraging green wall implementation in North America;
  • Understand how to design green walls for maximum benefits and LEED™ points.

The half-day training course will be complemented by a green wall walking tour in the afternoon. Tuition includes the course, digital Resource Manual and tour. 

This course is approved for 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs, AIA CES, APLD and LA CES. 

Instructor: Brad Bass, Associate Executive Director for the Foundation for Student Science and Technology, University of Toronto

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON

Advanced LID Design: Bioretention Facilities Workshop


Green infrastructure, including low impact development (LID) practices, are becoming an increasingly common approach to stormwater management control. Bioretention is one type of LID measure that is designed to treat runoff from paved areas by using the natural properties of soil and vegetation to remove contaminants. Water management practitioners need to be familiar with the ‘ins and outs’ of bioretention design including sizing and siting, inlet and outlet design, material specification, construction planning, as well as the associated lifecycle inspection and maintenance requirements that should be considered during the design process.

Using an example project site, participants will be guided through a bioretention design problem including:
• Bioretention basics and terminology
• Review of performance studies
• Screening design options
• Sizing for hydrologic and water quality objectives
• Site planning and placement of bioretention areas
• Site grading and drainage
• Planting design
• Material specifications
• Detailed design options for inlets/pretreatment
• Detailed design options for outlets/flow control
• Construction planning and sequencing, with erosion and sediment control
• Maintenance planning
• Design documentation
• Certification/Assumption protocols

The day will be a series of short presentations interspersed with problem solving periods when the participants will work in small teams to develop their designs. Participants are requested to bring a device capable of accessing the internet.

This course is pending approval for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs, AIA CES, APLD and LA CES. 

Instructor: Jen Hill, Research Scientist, TRCA & Bill Trenouth, Program Manager, Credit Valley Conserviation

Date: May 15, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Black Creek Pioneer Village, North York, Toronto

Building Confidence: How to Design, Plan and Execute a Low Impact Development Stormwater Monitoring Program


ECAs and other approval permits frequently stipulate that compliance be demonstrated by facility operators, and this speaks to the need to effectively monitor performance. Monitoring LID and other stormwater features helps to ensure that they have been both properly designed and constructed, and that they function as intended. Failing to properly monitor LID practices can result in assuming ownership of underperforming stormwater practices which are unattractive, unsafe and noncompliant. This full-day workshop will cover material relevant to the successful monitoring of LID stormwater management practices.

This course is useful for municipal, consulting, conservation authority and other staff involved in the ownership or performance verification of one or more LID/SWM practices, ranging in size from small parking lot retrofits to large treatment approaches utilizing multiple features that service entire subdivision blocks. Instructors will provide course participants with comprehensive content on types of sampling equipment, calibration approaches and estimates of program costs. Tips, tricks, potential errors and proper monitoring techniques will be reviewed, and approaches for analyzing performance verification data will be covered.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key components of different LID features to be monitored.
  • Identify various types of equipment and monitoring infrastructure.
  • Understand the critical times where monitoring considerations need to be addressed.
  • Know the common methods used for performance, compliance, assumption and adaptive monitoring of LID practices.
  • Understand what the basic requirements of a monitoring program, including the importance of goals and stakeholder involvement to design the program.
  • Learn how to effectively develop and implement both simple and comprehensive monitoring programs.

This course is pending approval for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs, AIA CES, APLD and LA CES. 

Instructor: Stephanie Wilson, Water Resource Coordinator, Credit Valley Conserviation & Mark Hummel, Monitoring Technician, TRCA

Date: May 15, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Black Creek Pioneer Village, North York, Toronto

Integrated Water Management for Buildings & Sites


Developed jointly by GRHC and American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC) committee members, this course provides technical and economic information on the design and performance of a fully integrated site and building water management system based on the “Net Zero Water” concept.

This approach promises to significantly reduce the consumption of potable water in buildings, reduce discharge to municipal waste water systems, and save on municipal energy by reducing the amount of potable water treated at municipal facilities. The recognition of the connection between water management and energy conservation is emerging as a new opportunity in integrated management systems.

Key concepts and terminology are illustrated by case studies and demonstration projects which identify issues and opportunities associated with:

  • Costs and benefits
  • Design and engineering practices
  • Installation and maintenance requirements
  • Efficiency and performance of a fully functional integrated site and building water management system based on the “Net Zero Water” concept.

This course is approved for 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs, AIA CES, APLD and LA CES. 

Instructor: Jeffrey Bruce, GRP, FASLA, ASIC, LEED, Principal, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Cooper Koo YMCA, 461 Cherry St, Toronto, ON

Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture

$239 CAD (GRHC Member)
$265 CAD (Non-Member)

“I participated in the half-day and inaugural class: Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture. Of the 101, 201…classes, trust me, I’ve taken them all, I thought this was the most relevant, informative and interesting class…ever.”
— Janet M. Faust, LEED AP, GRP, Greenroof Product Manager, JDR Enterprises, Inc.

This course discusses multiple approaches to growing food on rooftops through design and maintenance principles, and case studies drawn from across North America.

Learning Objectives:

  • The diversity of physical applications of urban agriculture and the growing technologies that apply.
  • The social, environmental and economic benefits of urban agriculture and rooftop farming.
  • The governance, personnel and economic options for implementing urban agriculture and rooftop farming systems and operations.
  • The conditions that lead to a successful urban agriculture project.
  • Strategies for overcoming common challenges associated with developing an urban agriculture/rooftop farming project.
  • Basic installation and maintenance principles.

The half-day training course includes an 85-page digital course manual and an urban agriculture tour.

This course is approved for 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs, AIA CES, APLD and LA CES. 

Instructors: Rhonda Teitel-Payne Urban Agriculture and Non-Profit Consultant, Toronto Urban Growers & James Kuhns, Urban Agriculture & Food Development, Toronto Urban Growers

Date: Tuesday May, 15
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Location: TBD

Advanced Green Roof Maintenance

$199 CAD (GRHC Member)
$225 CAD (Non-Member)

This half-day course explores green roof maintenance considerations from the design phase through post-establishment.  Learn how to: design and budget to facilitate maintenance; develop maintenance plans and inspection reports that work in concert with warranty requirements; perform common maintenance procedures; and rehabilitate green roofs that have been subject to maintenance neglect.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the impact that design decisions have on green roof maintenance requirements.
  • Gain an understanding of the major reasons to invest in a maintenance program.
  • Understanding common maintenance challenges and how to address them.
  • Learn how to budget for maintenance and develop a maintenance plan.
  • Learn how to diagnose problems on a green roof.

This course includes a digital course manual as well as a tour of the YMCA Cooper Koo green roof.

This course is approved for: 3.5 CE Hours by USGBC/GBCI; 3.5 CE Hours by AIA CES; 3.5 Professional Development Hours by LA CES; and 3.5 Continuing Education Units for GRPs.

Instructors: Bailey Wiebe, Maintenance Manager, Ginkgo Roofs

Date: Tuesday May, 15
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Cooper Koo YMCA, 461 Cherry St, Toronto, ON

Green Infrastructure Valuation

The benefits of green infrastructure are well known, but difficult to value. This difficulty creates an obstacle, where green infrastructure is often not considered when making important investment and asset management decisions. The goal of this course is to help individuals, especially those in the public sector, to value the benefits provided by green infrastructure in their communities.

Instructors: Rohan Lilauwala, Program Manager, Green Infrastructure Foundation

Date: Thursday May, 15
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Ballroom, The 519, 519 Church Street, Toronto, ON

Green Roof Design & Installation

$499 CAD (GRHC Member)
$524 CAD (Non-Member)

Green Roof Design and Installation is a full-day course that provides detailed information on green roof benefits and technical standards, as well best practices for design, installation and maintenance.  It presents tools and techniques needed to meet green roof project objectives on schedule, to specification, and within budget.  Attendees will learn:

  • The full range of system types and components available to designers
  • Essential qualifications for project teams
  • Implementation issues for new and retrofit buildings (including staging, scheduling, conveyance methods, and coordination of trades)
  • Contracts and construction administration
  • Quality assurance, warranties, and liability issues

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify green roof system types
  • Learn the three fundamental green roof project objectives from which all others must follow
  • Understand how green roof components work together in an assembly and design strategies for optimizing performance
  • Learn cost estimation and budget development techniques for green roof projects
  • Understand the critical path approach to project completion

This course includes a digital course manual. 

This course is approved for: 6.5 CE Hours by USGBC/GBCI; 7.5 CE Hours by AIA CES; 7.5 Professional Development Hours by LA CES; 7.5 CPD Points by BOMI.

Instructors: Rohan Lilauwala, Program Manager, Green Infrastructure Foundation

Date: Thursday May, 17
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: TBD