WHAT: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ The Great Community Resiliency Project contest. Submit your ideas of how living architecture can create more resilient communities in face of climate change, resource shortages, natural disasters and environmental degradation for your chance to win a free delegate pass to CitiesAlive in San Francisco, October 23-26, 2013. 

HOW: Submit your ideas to The Great Community Resiliency Project Contest in one of the following formats to the editor, Jennifer Foden Wilson, jfodenwilson@greenroofs.org by Wednesday August 28, 2013. Submission formats accepted: editorial (max. 75 words), video (max. 1 minute), audio (max. 1 minute), 1 drawing or photo (high-resolution) with caption. 

WHERE: The editor’s top picks will be published in the November (Winter 2013/2014) issue of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine. The editor’s top picks will also be published on GRHC’s Facebook and (new!) Pinterest pages, where the ideas will be voted on. The person with the most votes will win a delegate pass to CitiesAlive: 11th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference in San Francisco from October 23-26, 2013. At CitiesAlive, we will be examining how living architecture technologies can contribute to resilient buildings and communities.

WHY: In 2012, the United States experienced 11 extreme weather related disasters, each causing in excess of $1 billion in damages and many more on a smaller scale. Recently, Hurricane Sandy pummelled the U.S. so hard that the economic impact will likely top $60 billion. Natural disasters have an enormous impact on our infrastructure, ecosystems and on the health and livelihood of those affected. We are far from fully understanding the hidden potential of how living architecture systems can help our communities cope when various disasters strike. 

CONTACT: For more information, contact Jennifer Foden Wilson, editor of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine at jfodenwilson@greenroofs.org or 416-971-4494 ext. 231.