Mar 06, 2015

Grey to Green Conference Program Launches

The conference will be held June 1 to 2 in Toronto

Grey to Green Toronto food systems green roof

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities launched the program for Grey to Green: A Conference Exploring the Economics of Local and Regional Food Systems and Resilience on June 1 to 2, 2015 in Toronto. Grey to Green will showcase more than 50 experts across a range of fields. The multi-disciplinary program is packed with project case studies, designs, business models and analytical tools.

“Building our capacity to grow food in cities and the surrounding region, on vacant lands and upon the roofs and walls of buildings is critical to securing our resilience in the decades to come, “ said Steven Peck, founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. “Learn from the pioneers, the movers and shakers at Grey to Green.”

Keynote speaker Roger Schickedantz, director and architect at William McDonough + Partners, will profile a variety of paradigmatic projects that include rooftop food production at varying scales, ranging from experimental hydroponic greenhouses to a commercially viable 80,000-sq-ft production facility.

Eric Corey Freed, vice president of the International Living Future Institute, will deliver a keynote address discussing how the threat of climate change is already impacting businesses. Attendees can learn how to take more of a leadership position by using natural principles to make their facility more resilient and sustainable.

The tradeshow brings together exhibitors showcasing the latest in products, services and designs. Through tours, attendees can gain exclusive access and information to local projects such as the new Corktown Common, Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common, Eastdale Collegiate Institute Rooftop Farm, Access Point on Danforth and Ryerson University’s Rooftop and Community Garden projects.

Professional training courses offered as part of the Grey to Green Conference include: Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture; Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design; Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance and Projects; Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites; Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites III: Water Storage and Cisterns; and a new soil workshop developed by Compost Canada.

Speakers include: Ben Flanner, head farmer and president of Brooklyn Grange; Shelley Petrie, director of Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; Liat Margolis, director of GRITLab; Debbie Field, executive director of FoodShare Toronto; Lauren Baker, food policy specialist for the City of Toronto/Public Health; and Lauren Mandel, project manager for Roofmeadow LLC and owner of EAT UP LLC.

The event is sponsored by: Canadian Association Of Physicians for the Environment, Carrot Common, City of Toronto Environment and Energy, Compost Council of Canada, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Green Infrastructure Foundation, International Living Future Institute, Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and William McDonough + Partners.