Grey to Green is at the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and will showcase more than 75 leading thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal the intersection of health and living green infrastructure. The multi-disciplinary program is packed with fantastic project case studies, useful design and analytical tools, and cutting edge research.
Designers, engineers, policy makers, developers, utility managers, conservationists, healthcare professionals, horticulturalists, contractors, urban farmers, and academics, all share important opportunities to advance the social, economic and ecosystem health of our communities by utilizing living green infrastructure. Urban forests, green roofs and walls, bioswales, rain gardens, meadowlands, and wetlands all provide fundamental human, ecosystem and economic health benefits. Grey to Green will bring to light many of the important scientific, design, economic and policy advancements in the living green infrastructure field. Learn from project case studies and research from across North America from Atlanta to Jacksonville to Seattle and more. Many featured projects are in Toronto, from the new Corktown Commons and the research facilities at the University of Toronto to the developing Toronto Pan Am Games Athlete’s Village. These projects are pushing the boundaries of integrating green infrastructure design for multiple benefits.
Designing with nature or biophilic design, is a rapidly evolving practice that is proving to pay for itself, in many more ways than we had previously imagined. Bill Browning, a world leader on biophilic design will share his latest research findings on the bottom line from better human health and productivity and emerging best design practices. Many US jurisdictions are recognizing the multiple benefits of green infrastructure and investing billions of dollars on incentives, regulations and investments. Learn more about what jurisdictions like Washington DC and Chicago, Illinois are doing. Don’t miss the keynote by Dr. Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington on her latest research on the economics of improved health resulting from green infrastructure investment. Leading private sector developers are realizing that the design and development of buildings and sites with green infrastructure can have a dramatic impact on the bottom line. Check out BILD’s panel on infrastructure and flooding
The growing body of knowledge presented at Grey to Green will help to break down the artificial barriers between planning and design and human health and well being. Important advancements have occurred recently in our scientific understanding of the important role that these technologies play, particularly in urban regions, regarding the maintenance of our physical and mental health. Designing without nature can have serious and long lasting negative impacts on human and ecosystem health, and our local and regional economy. Click here to find out more on how green infrastructure can positively impact your health and the health of your community in a positive way.
Grey to Green, located in the heart of downtown Toronto this summer, featuring unbelievable tours, training courses and fantastic networking opportunities is an event not to be missed.