Green Roofs for Healthy Cities unveiled the agenda for its 7th annual conference awards and trade show – Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities: Pushing the Envelope, to be held from June 3-5, 2009 in Atlanta.

“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 twenty-five 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.”

“The call for papers this year resulted in almost twice as many submissions as last year”, said Dr. Brad Bass, Chair of the Research Committee, University of Toronto. “We’ve been able to select the very best and leading edge research for this conference.”

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% growth in the industry.

“We have been promoting green roofs to the architectural community for over a decade and the acceptance and usage of green roofs has caught up to the interest level. Even in this challenging marketplace, green roofs are holding their own; with many owners, architects and landscape architects we work with looking to do their second, third and fourth project. ” said Ed Jarger, General Sales and Marketing Manager, Hydrotech

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.

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