Biography of Steven Peck
Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, is the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the North American green roof and wall industry association. Since 1996, he has worked to advance the green roof and wall industry by facilitating research and demonstration projects; organizing conferences and workshops; writing articles; judging award competitions; building institutional capacity; lecturing; publishing; and advocating for supportive policies and standards at all levels of government. In 1999 he began editing and publishing a quarterly green roof and wall magazine entitled The Living Architecture Monitor™. Mr. Peck has written and lectured extensively on the interrelationship between public policy, research and the socioeconomic benefits of living architecture, as well as on the topics of urban sustainability and industrial ecology.
In 2007 he co-founded the Green Infrastructure Foundation, the charitable arm of GRHC , dedicated to advancing all forms of green infrastructure. Mr. Peck co-founded the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition in 2010 to lobby for living green infrastructure protection and investment in Ontario. Author of Award Winning Green Roof Designs (2008), and The Rise of Living Architecture (2012), Mr. Peck has spearheaded the development of the accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) program and has co-written and/or edited the following resource manuals: Green Roof Design 101: Introductory Course (2004); Green Roof Design and Installation 201 (2006); Green Roof Policy Development (2006); Ecological Green Roof Design (2006); Green Roof Waterproofing and Drainage 301 (2007); Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design (2007); Green Roof Plants and Growing Media 401 (2008); Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance and Projects (2009); Introduction to Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites (2010); Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture (2010); and Advanced Green Roof Maintenance (2011).
In 2007, he co-founded the World Green Infrastructure Network, an international coalition of green roof and wall associations dedicated to developing the living architecture industry world-wide. Mr. Peck is optimistic about our collective ability to, within a generation, rapidly evolve the building industry towards producing restorative buildings and communities. Fifteen years on, he remains passionate about realizing the enormous and untapped potential of living architecture to greatly improve our lives.
Mr. Peck is available for media interviews by calling 416-971-4494.