Grey to Green Welcomes Keynote Katharine Burgess from the Urban Land Institute

From October 29th-30th, 2019, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is hosting the Grey to Green: DC Metro conference at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center, Silver Spring. The event will draw over 150 landscape architects, architects, public policymakers, and green infrastructure professionals from across the DMV. The conference will examine the important role of green roofs, green walls and stormwater management practices as a tool to navigate extreme rain and heat events in cities.

Katharine Burgess the Vice President of Urban Resilience with the Urban Land Institute, recently co-authored the report Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate and Harvesting the Value of Water. The report looks at how extreme heat will change the way buildings are built, how humans will interact with their urban environments, and what technologies are available as we implement adaptation strategies. Extreme heat will have costly economic consequences on the real estate industry, in addition to the health impact more frequent heat waves will have on city residents. Grey to Green is excited to welcome Mrs. Burgess as a special guest and keynote presenter to discuss the report and the opportunities for green infrastructure at the Opening Keynote address on October 29th. Green roofs, walls and infrastructure, in general, provide a cost-effective and multi-purpose solution to many challenges cities will face during extreme weather events.

"By coming together to network and share information, Grey to Green will help stimulate more rapid progress in the utilization of green infrastructure across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed region" - Steven Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

This conference will consist of technical sessions, interactive workshops, training courses, local tours, and networking opportunities to provide attendees with experiential learning opportunities.

Grey to Green will help to accelerate the green industry in the DMV region by:

  • Connecting professionals and decision-makers in the field of infrastructure

  • Providing leading knowledge and expertise in best-practices for improving community well-being, economic benefits, and environmental health through the building and maintenance of green infrastructure.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American industry association for green roofs and walls and the Green Infrastructure Foundation, a charitable organization focused on green infrastructure education and valuation are pleased to be bringing the Grey to Green Conference to the DC Metropolitan Region. For more information visit