swissnex San Francisco is proud to bring the Swiss perspective and expertise to the 11th annual CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference. From Wednesday, October 23 to Saturday, October 26, over 1,000 delegates from the region and across North America – including designers, engineers, roofing professionals and planners – will hear from 100+ expert speakers on the role of living architecture to increase urban resiliency via food production, water management, and energy generation. Programming includes inspirational Awards of Excellence, new professional training courses, green roof/wall/wine tours, an industry expo, and a spectacular delegate reception at the famed California Academy of Sciences.
On Thursday, October 24, hear the Swiss perspective on the links between green architecture and urban resilience.
Thursday’s Program Highlights
Poster Session “Greening San Francisco – Learning from Swiss Green Roof Policy”
Presented by Mary Ellyn Johnson, Public Programs Manager at swissnex San Francisco and participant co-organizer of the 2013 Swiss green roofs study tour.
Panel Discussion “Pushing Policy Forward on Green Infrastructure for Urban Resiliency”
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A hand selected panel discusses the current campaigns, policies, design guidelines, and incentives moving us toward a resilient future. Panelists, US policy makers, and green roof activists who traveled to Switzerland in June to learn about green roof policy there identify tools and drivers that could be applied to San Francisco for leap frog results.
Chair: Lisa Lee Benjamin, Principal, Evocatalyst
– Stephan Brenneisen, Researcher PHD-founder UG LAB/ZHAW Green Roof Competency Center
– Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP, Greenroofs.com Design Editor & Design Consultant, Greenroofs.com
– Robert Crauderueff, Founder and President, Crauderueff & Associates
– Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director, SPUR
– Tom Liptan, Landscape Architect, Urban Greenspaces Institute
Research Presentations and Panel Discussion Including Research from Switzerland
4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
“Height Limits Value of Green Roofs as Habitat,” J. Scott MacIvor, PhD Student, Biology Department, York University
“Ground Beetles on San Francisco Green Roofs,” Dimitri Meierhofer, Researcher/Project Manager, UG LAB/ZHAW
“Global Green Roof Biodiversity,” Magda Mioduszewska, UG LAB/Green Roof Relations and Project Manager, UG LAB/ZHAW Green Roof Competency Center; Stephan Brenneisen, Researcher PhD, founder UG LAB/ZHAW Green Roof Competency Center, UGLAB; Dimitri Meierhofer, Researcher/Project Manager, UG LAB/ZHAW; Chiara Catalano, PhD Student, Dipartimento SAF, Università degli Studi di Palermo; J. Scott MacIvor, PhD Student, Biology Department, York University; Julianna Razryadov; Researcher/Intern; UG LAB/ZHAW
Moderator: Lisa Lee Benjamin, Principal, Evocatalyst
VEG and the City will present their vertical vegetable wall built during PARK(ing) Day at the CitiesAlive Trade Show, which runs throughout the conference. The Zurich-based startup will be onsite to answer your questions about their products and their business model. The Trade Show is part of the larger CitiesAlive conference. To learn more about VEG and the City, visit vegandthecity.ch.
Photo: Myleen Hollero