5   +   5   =  

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ 7th annual conference awards and trade show – Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities: Pushing the Envelope, will be held from June 3-5, 2009 in Atlanta. A free one-day trade show floor pass is now available by clicking here.

“We have an amazing program this year, with new developments related to integrated water management, urban food production, green house gas sequestration and more”, said Steven W. Peck, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, a non-profit industry association. “We have over 25 case studies on the agenda covering everything from massive retrofits of intensive green roof parks like Robson Square in Vancouver to semi-arid award winning green roofs at Southface in Atlanta and Austin City Hall in Texas. The breadth and depth of the program is unmatched.”

This year’s conference will feature more than 60 presenters, including 30 case studies, 20 research papers and over 25 poster sessions as well as local tours. This level of interest is a reflection of the steady 30 percent growth in the industry.

The really bright spot for fast track new opportunity is digital-controlled full site commercial building irrigated green roofs plus landscape, stated Chris Peck director of business development at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. The news is vital off grid water supply coming from on-site water harvesting of available sources (such as grey water, cooling tower, rainwater, etc.) into irrigation systems support.

The Thursday track 4, session 4.3 is what this is all about. It will certainly shape attendees’ new business advantage perspective and the value of accredited professional training.

 At the end of the day, it’s all about water/energy conservation and savings driving genuine economic sustainability for commercial building owners, and for sure, their hard pressed water/energy supplying municipalities, Chris Peck stated.

The other bright spot is public/policy makers are increasingly looking for on-site water/energy savings in design/build specifications as a qualification for grant funding/tax relief and regulatory incentives.

The Inaugural Green Roof Professional (GRP) accreditation exam will be offered for the first time in Atlanta. The GRP is akin to the LEED (AP) designation, but it is focused on best practices associated with the design, installation and maintenance of green roof infrastructure.

For more information, visit www.greenroofs.org