May 06, 2014

Research Explores Connections Between Green Infrastructure, Health, Resiliency

The paper was released as part of Grey to Green, Canada’s green building conference

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Research Grey to Green Toronto Canada

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities launched a research paper on the main connections between green infrastructure, health and community resiliency. The paper reviews a growing body of literature that illustrates that how we design buildings and communities has profound consequences for health and happiness. The paper is part of Grey to Green, A Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure - Designing for Health on Aug. 25 to 26, 2014 in Toronto. The conference features 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 project case studies, design and analytical tools, and cutting edge research.

“More research is needed to fully understand the health benefits of green infrastructure. However we already have enough information to dramatically improve how we design buildings and plan communities for greater health and happiness“, said Steven Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. “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,” said Bill Browning, a world leader on biophilic design. Browning will share his latest scientific research findings on how better human health and productivity relates to biophilic design practices. Dr. Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington, will provide 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.

The tradeshow will bring together exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in products, services and designs.