Green Roof Policy Development Workshops

This half-day workshop will be held in Room 207 of Ottonobee College at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, on March 22nd, 2007, and in Room 303 of Metro Hall in Toronto Ontario, on March 26th, 2007. Both workshops run from 9:00am-1:00pm, and will examine what kind of incentives currently exist in other jurisdictions, how the incentives are tied to performance standards and how policy makers can assess what types of incentive programs will work best in their areas. It will also provide a framework for planners and governmental agencies to gain an understanding of the multi-faceted impacts of green roofs and areas of consideration for implementing green roof policy. Tuition is $95 or $45 for NGOs and students.

Instructors are Ray Tomalty for the Peterborough session and Steven Peck for the Toronto session.

Tomalty has a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of Waterloo and has worked in the field of urban sustainability for over 15 years. He has participated in or led over 50 research projects on issues ranging from sustainable transportation, affordable housing, growth management, indicators of community sustainability, community energy planning, and green community certification. He is the founder and principal of Co-operative Research and Policy Services, a consulting firm in Montreal with associates across the country. Tomalty taught in the environmental studies program at the University of Toronto for five years and is now an Adjunct Professor in the School of Urban Planning at McGill University, where he teaches urban environmental planning. He is also the co-chair of the Smart Growth Canada Network, a national group of NGOs and professionals dedicated to education, research and advocacy on issues related to healthy communities and urban sustainability.

Peck is the founder and Executive Director of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities the association that represents the green roof industry in North America. He was involved in a green roof design guidelines report published by CMHC and he chaired the Design and Accreditation Committee, which was responsible for the development of Green Roofs Design 101. His extensive knowledge of green roofs and the green roof industry has made him a popular speaker on the topic in Europe as well as North America. Over more than a decade, he has conducted public policy research on a variety of environment and economy issues. In 2006, Peck won the Canadian Urban Institute Urban Leadership Award for his efforts to promote City Livability. He prepared Canada’s Report on the Status of Sustainable Communities for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. He actively advocates for and promotes the green roof agenda across North America.

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