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Ecoroof Portland is coming in March

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Environmental Services is bringing Ecoroof Portland back in 2011. The annual fair brings together in one place information attendees need to plan and construct an ecoroof project.

Ecoroof Portland 2011 participants will learn how ecoroofs work and why they're important. They can get information directly from ecoroof vendors including architects, consultants, contractors, landscape architects, manufacturers, nurseries, structural engineers, suppliers, research, and non-profit and community organizations.

Activities will be planned throughout the month of March, including workshops and project tours with an emphasis on both commercial and residential ecoroof development. 

Fair attendance is free. Vendors can reserve booth space for $125. More information, including how to register as a vendor, is available at

Ecoroof Portland 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Oregon Convention Center, Hall B

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Announcing Speakers for Ecoroof Portland

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We're excited to announce our guests and keynote speakers that will be traveling to Portland next month:

Stephan Brenneisen is a geographer, ecologist, and green roof expert from Basel, Switzerland. He is the head of the Green Roof  Competence Centre at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, and president of the Swiss Engineering and Architect Union-Norm Commission.  In this role  he  has led the development of different green roof standards  for Switzerland for habitat approach (biodiversity, nature conservation)  and light weight innovations. He is currently working as a lecturer and  project leader in urban planning and nature conservation. His research has covered the  ecological compensation value of green roofs, with a focus on biodiversity and city planning aspects. Stephan will be in Portland in early March to consult on ecoroof design for habitat and biodiversity. His presentation (details coming soon) will take place on Thursday, March 3rd. 


Wolfgang Ansel is currently the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA). IGRA`s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, an international knowledge  transfer in the field of Green roofs and  the stimulation of international standards for good practices and  reliable Green Roof technology. Wolfgang Ansel is co-author of different Green Roofs Books (“Green  Roofs – Bringing Nature Back to Town, Proceedings – International Green  Roof Congress 2009”, and many others). During the last year he  was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America and Asia. One of his  main areas of work is implementing green roof policies on an international level. Wolfgang will be speaking at Ecoroof Portland.


Renowned biologist, restoration ecologist and expert designer of living architectural systems, Paul Kephart is sought after for his skill has an innovator and pioneer in the fields of environmental planning and ecological design. Paul has developed his profound understanding of natural processes over the course of almost thirty years of diverse ecological work including ecological design, horticulture, botanical surveying, biological assessment, watershed management, mitigation, land stewardship and resource management planning. He is the President of Rana Creek Habitat Restoration in Carmel, California. Paul has applied his ecological design training on noteworthy large-scale architectural icons, including Gap HeadquartersCalifornia Academy of Sciences, and the Vancouver Convention Center. Paul will be speaking at Ecoroof Portland.


Ecoroof Tours in March

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As a compliment to Ecoroof Portland on March 18th, we've added several ecoroof project tours to the calendar this year. Space is limited, and registration is required. To register, send an email to and indicate the tour you'd like to attend. You can also register by calling 503-823-7863; please leave your contact information and the tour you'd like to attend. At this time, we're asking people to sign up for only one tour to assure space for others. 


South Waterfront and Oregon Health and Science University

Tuesday, March 8th - 1pm-4pm

The project team from Green Above Ground will lead a tour of ecoroofs at OHSU and South Waterfront. Sign up by sending an email to and include 'OHSU' in the email subject line. Or call 503-823-7863.


PSU Test Plots 

Downtown Portland Walking Tour

Saturday, March 12th - 9am-1pm

Join Tom Liptan of BES, Mike Houck of Urban Greenspaces Institute, and Bob Sallinger of the Audubon Society of Portland on a guided tour of ecoroofs in downtown Portland. Sign up by sending an email to and include 'Downtown' in the email subject line. Or call 503-823-7863.


Asa Flats and Lofts

The Pearl District

Tuesday, March 22nd - 1pm-4pm

The project team from Green Above Ground will lead a tour of ecoroofs in the Pearl District in Northwest Portland. Sign up by sending an email to and include 'Pearl' in the email subject line. Or call 503-823-7863.



79 SE Taylor, Central Eastside 

Eastside Bike Tour

Saturday, March 26th - 9am-1pm

BES Ecoroof Program staff will lead a bicycle tour of ecoroof projects in Southeast and Northeast Portland. Sign up by sending an email to and include 'Bike Tour' in the email subject line. Or call 503-823-7863.

Ecoroof Talk: Stephan Brenneisen

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5:30 PM, March 3rd at the Portland Building, Downtown Portland

"Green roofs from pilot to mainstream: Pushing the market with wild life visions"

Thursday, March 3rd - 5:30 pm

Portland Building - 1120 SW 5th Ave - 2nd Floor Auditorium

Green roof and biodiversity expert Stephan Brenneisen will present on his work and research in Basel, Switzerland. Sponsored by the Bureau of Environmental Services. Attendance is free.

Stephan leads the Green Roof Centre of Competence at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Wenswil where he conducts research and advises on green roof policies and designs. Stephan did his PhD studies on how different green roof substrate depths influence biodiversity and continues to actively promote the design of green roofs for biodiversity.




Thursday March 3rd

5:30-6:30 pm


Portland Building

1120 SW 5th Ave

Portland Oregon 97204

2nd Floor Auditorium

This talk is the first in a series of ecoroof-related opportunities available in the month of March. Visit the Ecoroof Portland webpage to learn about other presentations and tours open and available to the public.