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Biophilic Cities: A Presentation by Dr. Timothy Beatley

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Please join us for a free presentation: 

What is the Nature of Your City?

Across the world, cities are bringing back nature to help address urban challenges.  We are healthier when we are closer to nature.  We have a greater respect for the environment that sustains us.  We are more adaptable to change when we let nature do its work.   

Join us for a free presentation by Dr. Timothy Beatley, renowned expert in sustainable city planning and author of the book Biophilic Cities. Dr. Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-five years.  He will share his experience and knowledge of cities across the world that have made strides to integrate nature into our neighborhoods and communities. 

A Presentation on Biophilic Cities with Dr. Timothy Beatley

January 18th, 2012

6:00-8:00 PM

Pacific Northwest College of Art - Swigert Commons

1241 NW Johnson 

Portland, OR 97209

This event is free and open to the public. 

Sponsored by the City of Portland's Environmental Services and Office of Healthy Working Rivers, 

Illahee, The Intertwine Alliance, The Urban Greenspaces Institute,

and the University of Oregon


New Project Reports online

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There are several new ecoroof incentive project reports posted on our projects page. If you have a project in mind, our hope is that these reports will help you navigate the process. 

New reports posted include: Ankeny LoftsEberdt ResidenceFoster Residence, GSA 911 AuditoriumKillingsworth StationLeftbank Project Bike ShelterOHSU HospitalOHSU Hatfield Research CenterOmey Residence, Stine Residence, and the Yamhill House Garage

Portland builds over 100,000 square feet of greenroofs in 2011

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Portland has again topped the 100,000 square foot mark for new greenroof construction in a calendar year.  2011's total is just a hair over the mark and comprises the green, vegetated portions of ecoroofs and roof gardens constructed within the City limits.  There's likely a bit more out there as this comprises only projects which City staff are aware of.  Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in the industry and we look forward to setting a new record this year. 

Changes coming to the Ecoroof Blog

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Since 2009, the City of Portland Ecoroof Blog has helped build awareness of green roof technology and reach more people in Portland and across the world. Visits to the blog have grown from 500 to 17,500 per month. At the same time, ecoroof demand has increased, and Portland now boasts 330 ecoroof projects and is on course to surpass all annual records for 2012. The blog has been a great way to share this information on the Environmental Services website and show the value of ecoroofs in Portland. 

Ecoroofs allow us to turn rooftops into functional elements of a healthy urban watershed, but they are part of a broader set of green infrastructure tools the city uses to manage stormwater. An average of 37 inches of rain falls in Portland annually, washing over roofs, streets, and parking lots and carrying dirt and pollutants to rivers and streams. This stormwater runoff can also cause erosion and flooding that harms properties and wildlife habitat if it’s not properly managed. The city uses green infrastructure to address these problems in a cost-effective and sustainable way that meets our goals and provides other benefits.

Green infrastructure designs mimic natural systems to manage stormwater runoff at its source and improve water quality. Integrating green infrastructure into our built environment helps sustain a community’s livability, health, and economy. Just as parks, natural areas and open space are integral to a city, so are small, localized green spaces like rain gardens, green streets, and ecoroofs. Bringing nature into the city can increase our mental and physical health, enhance social interactions, increase property values, and reduce the demand for energy and piped infrastructure, which saves money for Portland sewer ratepayers.

The completion of Portland’s combined sewer overflow (CSO) control program last year makes green infrastructure's role in managing our urban watersheds even more important. To recognize this, the Ecoroof Blog will expand to highlight the range of green infrastructure projects throughout the City of Portland. We'll continue to emphasize the beauty and value of ecoroof projects, but we'll also look more broadly at how the entire green infrastructure toolkit can improve our city spaces while enhancing livability. 

If you're subscribed to the Ecoroof blog, you'll still receive the feed. If you're subscribed to our Facebook page, you'll still receive updates there as well. 

Ecoroof Symposium - May 18, 2012

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Portland Ecoroof Symposium

The Bottom Line on Portland Green Rooftops

Friday,  May 18, 2012

World Trade Conference Center

121 SW Salmon Street, 2WTC

Portland, OR 97204

8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.



Cities across the world are investing in green roofs to combat urban challenges. Portland is a leader in green roofs, and we’ve learned a great deal about their benefits for managing stormwater and greening our city. But more and more is being learned about the true costs and benefits of green roofs and how they offer a better return on investment. On May 18, 2012, join the City of Portland for a series of presentations and case studies that detail current research examining the green roof bottom line.


Who should attend?

Architects, designers, developers, building owners and managers, planners, engineers,

and green roof professionals.


What is the cost to attend? 

The event is free, but space is limited.

Advance registration is required.


 To register:

 To attend the symposium, send an email RSVP to or call 503-823-7863 to reserve a space. 

 Featured Presentations


Assessing the Year-Round Thermal Benefits of a Green Roof

Dr. Brad Bass, University of Toronto's Centre for Environment


The Benefits and Challenges of Green Roofs on Public and Commercial Buildings:

A report of the United States GSA

Kirstin Weeks, ARUP Consulting


Green Roofs and the Triple Bottom Line:

Rethinking Sustainability ROI

Matt D. Edlen, Gerding Edlen Development Company


Gardens in Healthcare: Rehabilitation, Recovery & Restoration

Teresia M. Hazen and Brian E. Bainnson, Legacy Health


Green Roof Maintenance: Lessons learned at OHSU

Chad Sorber, Oregon Health and Science University


A Case Study of the Ramona Apartments

Ed McNamara, Turtle Island Development LLC


…and many more


Ecoroof Vendor Showcase

The Ecoroof Vendor Showcase will take place after the Symposium sessions

from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Ecoroof products and service providers will be on display. Vendor booth space can be reserved for $25.

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