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Water: The Key to Everything Green

Why water will be the topic on everyone’s mind at CitiesAlive in Nashville, Tennessee, this November.

By Rebecca Black

The green roof and wall industry has always been focused on the role of water—we can’t sustain green roofs and walls without it. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ long-term goal is for the industry to install 1 billion square feet of green roofs and countless green walls by 2022 across North America. Almost all of these projects will require water systems. In some parts of the country there is too much water, while others suffer from drought.

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The theme of this year’s CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference is “Water: The Key to Everything Green.” Programming will feature provocative panel discussions, inspiring plenaries, and industry experts speaking on the various ways in which green roofs and walls can play a key role in onsite stormwater management and a more holistic approach to water use and reuse. Here are some great examples of why water will be the topic on everyone’s mind in Tennessee.

Opening Plenary: The Great Debate—To Irrigate or Not To Irrigate
The new LEED v4 outdoor water use reduction standards may trigger the removal of irrigation systems on green roofs. Is this good for projects? Or does it threaten viability and longevity? How will green roof and wall installations survive in the face of climate change and unpredictable weather patterns? Tackling this topic head on will be CitiesAlive water ambassador Warren Gorowitz, vice president of sustainability at Ewing Irrigation, joined by Lynda Wightman of Hunter Industries, Lois Vitt Sale of Wight Company, and other thought leaders from the sector.

Net Zero Water: Boot Camp Launch

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has developed a comprehensive series of integrated water management training courses, in conjunction with a member-based working group and the support of Ewing, Hunter Industries, and Jeffrey L. Bruce and Associates. The courses cover everything from water capture and storage to treatment and reuse. We are pleased to announce the roll out of the first two-day Net Zero Water Boot Camp, scheduled November 11-12, to kick off CitiesAlive. Other half-day training opportunities include rooftop urban agriculture, green roof maintenance, and more. Upgrade your professional expertise and earn CEUs in Nashville this fall. Visit www.citiesalive.org/training for courses, details, and registration.

Inspiring Project: Nashville Music City Center

Right next door to the CitiesAlive venue is the spectacular LEED Gold-certified Nashville Music City Center featuring a four-acre green roof. Learn more about the comprehensive onsite water management plan and implications of the project in terms of Nashville and Tennessee’s water management policies and restrictions.

Industry Experts Take on the Water Theme
Each year, CitiesAlive features up to 100 panel presenters who address the most up-to-date research, policy, and design that drive excellence in the living architecture sector. This year is no exception, featuring two days of top notch programming in the following areas.

RESEARCH
“Investing in Irrigation to Maximize Cooling and Insulation” by Tijana Blanusa, Royal Horticultural Society / University of Reading

“The Effect of Water Balance on Green Roof Benefits” by Bradley Rowe, Michigan State University

“Comparing Economic and Ecological Benefits of Green Roof Systems” by Glenn Williamson, Amber Real Estate, LLC

DESIGN
“2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” by Haven Kiers, Greenroofs.com

“Roofing Systems: Roof Leak Testing Methods, Overburden Applications and Managing Expectations” featuring Matthew Durrett, International Leak Detection; Richard C Hayden, American Hydrotech; and Richard Stever, Carlisle Construction Materials

“Irrigation on Green Roofs: Conversation and Case Studies” by Molly Meyer, Omni Ecosystems

POLICY
“Green Gold: Sustainable Currency from Design through Implementation” by Janice W. Annunziata, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

“Green Infrastructure for Urban Watershed Management” by Neal Shapiro, City of Santa Monica

“Using GIS to Analyze Green Roofs as Stormwater Management” by Rob Crauderueff, Crauderueff & Associates



Nashville Omni Hotel: A Venue with Style
Opened in 2013, the Omni Nashville Hotel is an authentic expression of the city's vibrant music culture. The Omni is a gorgeous modern building incorporating natural materials, a green roof, and regional limestone and connects directly to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. CitiesAlive delegates qualify for a special conference single ($239) and double ($259) room rate. Call or book online early before rooms at the discounted rate sell out.

Music City: A Sports, Music and Food Lovin’ Host

There has never been a better time to come visit Music City. Voted by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top five cities to visit in 2013, Nashville is booming with trendy new restaurants, an eclectic music scene, and all the barbeque and hooch you imagine. Entertainment options just steps away include the County Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Predators, Tennessee Titans, and more.

Learn more and register today.

Rebecca Black is the director of business development at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Contact her at rblack@greenroofs.org  for sponsorship and trade show opportunities.



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