August 20-27, 2007

Looking ahead...

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American green roof industry association and the city of Toronto have been chosen to co-host the 2009 World Green Roof Congress. The Congress will bring more than 1,000 delegates to Toronto from around the world to discuss the latest research, policy and technical advances in the rapidly growing green roof industry. The event is organized through the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network, an international organization made up of the leaders of national green roof industry associations from around the world.

In 2006, Toronto city council passed "Making Green Roofs Happen," a comprehensive report on policies and programs that will advance the use of green roof technology on city buildings and in the private sector. Green roof infrastructure involves the use of technologies that incorporate drainage/filtering systems, quality waterproofing, root-repellancy, engineered growing media and plants.

The benefits of green (vegetative) roofs include a reduction in stormwater runoff, better heat and sound insulation, energy savings, improved air quality and reduction in the urban heat island. Green roofs also provide increased park and community gardening space and contribute to improved aesthetics and habitat restoration. "Green roofs deliver more public and private benefits than any other green building technology," said Steven Peck, president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

More information is available from

Steven Peck at 416/971-4494, E-mail

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