Green Roofs for Healthy Cities' Awards of Excellence Program Has Changed!

To reflect the ever evolving nature of the green roof and wall industry, we have made some changes to our annual awards program to better reflect the current state and values of the industry. We feel that a big part of excellence should be performance, and as such, we have aligned the Awards Program with the Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT), an innovative new rating system which seeks to standardize the performance of green infrastructure installations, developed by the Green Infrastructure Foundation.

What's new:

  • Refined Categories - We have streamlined the submission categories to make them more straightforward and easy to understand. We have also added a new category for Urban Agriculture to reflect the growing trend of outstanding urban farming applications.

  • Refined Submissions - We have streamlined the submission form to their core components, with an emphasis on performance, design, and context. In an effort to

  • LAPT Integration - By aligning the awards program with the LAPT Scoring Categories, we can provide our award winners with a sneak peek to how their projects would rate in the LAPT, and how well their projects perform.

  • GRP CEUs - In an effort to recognize the practical experience gained from working on award worthy projects, now GRPs can earn CEUs for submitting projects they have completed.

GRHC's Awards of Excellence Program still represents the crowning achievement of living architecture design and performance, and these updates will ensure that the program continues to highlight the best and the brightest our industry has to offer.

We look forward to seeing all of your fantastic projects!


This year's awards will be officially presented on October 30, 2019 at Grey to Green: Washington DC. Award winners will be profiled in front of hundreds of industry professionals at Grey to Green, in the Living Architecture Monitor, and in numerous other publications.

To submit a project, you must fill out the submission form, save it into .doc or .pdf format, and create a 5-10 slide photo presentation (in powerpoint or .pdf format). Then you will be ready to submit! You may also provide an additional plant list for your project if you so choose.

Download a Green Roof/Wall Design Submission Form

Download a Green Roof/Wall Research Submission Form

Download a Green Roof/Wall Civic Submission Form


Each year we recognize integrated design and installation excellence with the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence. We also recognize outstanding contributions to the industry in research, policy, and corporate contribution. Award winners will be profiled in front of hundreds of industry professionals at CitiesAlive, in the Living Architecture Monitor, and in numerous other publications.

The Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence program recognizes distinction in five areas:

  • Design Awards acknowledging excellence in innovative and integrative green roof and wall design.

  • Research Award honoring outstanding research contributions to the green roof industry.

  • Civic Award honoring outstanding contributions to green roof policy development.

  • Living Architecture Monitor Advertising Award honoring supporters of the Living Architecture Monitor.

  • President's Corporate Award honoring individuals and companies that have made a significant contribution to the industry.

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For questions about the Awards of Excellence submission process, contact awards@greenroofs.org.

2018 Awards of Excellence Winners

The 2018 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence recognized outstanding Design projects in eight different categories, as well as Individual accomplishments in policy development, research, and finally Corporate excellence through advertising and corporate leadership. The Awards ceremony took place on September 27th, 2018, at CitiesAlive: 16th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Brooklyn, NY.

Extensive Institutional

McArthur McCollum Rooftop Meadow

Recover Green Roofs & Omni Ecosystems

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Intensive Residential

Two Old Mill

Janet Rosenberg & Studio

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Intensive Institutional

Teck Acute Care Centre

Connect Landscape Architecture

Exterior Green Wall

Nova Scotia Community College

Outside! Planning & Design Studio

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Interior Green Wall

Weiser Hall

Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Small Scale Residential

Altadore Eco House

Green T Design

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Special Recognition

The Southside Soapbox

William McDonough + Partners

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Special Recognition

IAC Sunset

Rana Creek Design

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Civic

Brandon Reitheimer

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President’s Award

Paola Garcia

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Research Poster

Fire Behavior of Green Roof Substrate

Nataliia Gerzhova

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Research Poster

Factors Influencing Temporal & Seasonal Variation of Nutrients in Runoff From an Extensive Green Roof

Nataliia Gerzhova

 
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Advertising Design

American Hydrotech

 

2017 Awards of Excellence Winners

The 2017 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence recognized outstanding Design projects in eight different categories, as well as Individual accomplishments in policy development, research, and finally Corporate excellence through advertising and corporate leadership. The Awards ceremony took place on September 20th, 2017, at CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Seattle, WA.

Extensive Industrial/Commercial

Rooftop Wheat Prarie
Omni Ecosystems

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Extensive Institutional

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre
Connect Landscape Architecture

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Intensive Industrial/Commercial

1516 West Carroll Ave Roof Farm
Omni Ecosystems

Intensive Institutional

Fenway Farms
Recover Green Roofs

Small Scale Residential

Hedgegate
AE Design

Special Recognition

Mountain Equipment Coop Head Office
Connect Landscape Architecture

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Research Poster

Current and Potential Uses of Green Roofs on Hospitals
Arjun Viray
Olyssa Starry, PhD

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JLIV Best Paper

Deploying Living Walls as Kinetic Facades
Leann Andrews, PLA
Nancy Rottle, PLA, FASLA

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Research

Bruce Dvorak
Texas A&M University

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Advertising Design

Sika Sarnafil

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Corporate Leadership

Lynda Wightman, Hunter Irrigation Products

2016 Awards of Excellence Winners

The 2016 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence recognized outstanding Design projects in eight different categories, as well as Individual accomplishments in policy development, research, and finally Corporate excellence through advertising and corporate leadership. The Awards ceremony took place on November 3rd, 2016, at CitiesAlive: 14th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Washington, DC.

Extensive Industrial/Commercial

Alberta Ecoroof Initiative
Green T Design

Extensive Residential

Williamsburg Condominium
New York Green Roofs

Intensive Institutional

Urban Farming at the Trent
ZinCo Canada

Interior Green Wall

Edmonton Federal Building
Nedlaw Living Walls

Intensive Industrial/Commercial

Tech Deck
Bionic Landscape

Small Scale Residential

Edgeland Residence
Ecosystem Design Group/Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Special Recognition

The Javits Center Green Roof
FXFOWLE Epstein

Civic

Hamid Karimi, PhD

Research

Richard K. Sutton, PhD

Corporate Leadership

Oscar Warmerdam, Sempergreen/Purple-Roof

2015 Awards of Excellence Winners

The 2015 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence recognized outstanding Design projects in eight different categories, as well as Individual accomplishments in policy development, research, and finally Corporate excellence through advertising and corporate leadership. The 2015 Awards ceremony took place on October 7th, 2015, at CitiesAlive: 13th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Brooklyn, NY.

Extensive Industrial/Commercial

Berry Architecture Office
Berry Architecture & Associates

Extensive Institutional

Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology
Roofmeadow

Intensive Industrial/Commercial

Aventura Optima Plaza
Savino & Miller Design Studio

Intensive Institutional

Helen Schuler Nature Centre
O2 Planning & Design Inc

Intensive Residential

TriBeCa Loft
New York Green Roofs LLC

Exterior Green Wall

Breathe Wall
LiveWall, LLC

Small Scale Residential

Urban Rooftop Vegetable Garden
Johanne Daoust

Special Recognition

LeFrak Lakeside Center Prospect Park
Roofmeadow

Advertising Design

Carlisle Syntec Systems

Civic

Kevin L. Shafer, P.E.

Research

Dr. Bill Retzlaff

Corporate Leadership

American Hydrotech

2014 Awards of Excellence Winners

The 2014 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding projects in seven different design categories, as well as accomplishments in research, policy development, and corporate support. The Awards ceremony took place on November 13th, 2014, at CitiesAlive, the 12th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Nashville, TN.

Extensive Industrial/Commercial

Midtown High Rise
New York Green Roofs

Extensive Institutional

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co

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Extensive Residential

Silver City Townhomes
XeroFlor America

Intensive Industrial/Commercial

Whole Foods Market
Recover Green Roofs, LLC

Intensive Institutional

PS 6 Eric Dutt Eco Center
MKM Landscape Architecture

Exterior Green Wall

The Shoppes at Kingsbury Square
Wolff Landscape Architecture

Interior Green Wall

Social Science Building, University of Ottawa
Diamond Schmitt Architects
KWC Architects
Nedlaw Living Walls

Small Scale Residential

Kimball Ave. Green Roof
Omni Ecosystems

Special Recognition

Music City Center
Roofmeadow
Greenrise Technologies

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Civic

Michael Gibbons

Research

Dr. Youbin Zheng
University of Guelph Green Roof Research Team

2013 Awards of Excellence Winners

The 2013 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding projects in seven different design categories, as well as accomplishments in research, policy development, and corporate support. The Awards ceremony took place on October 25th, 2013, at CitiesAlive, the 11th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Extensive Industrial/Commerical

Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility
SYMBIOS

Extensive Institutional

Kauffman Performing Arts Center
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

Intensive Institutional

Vancouver Island University
Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture

Intensive Residential

The Visionaire
MKM Landscape Architecture

Exterior Green Wall

Drew School
ROMA Design Group

Interior Green Wall

Drexel University
Diamond Schmitt Architects

Small Scale Residential

Skyhigh Residence
SYMBIOS

Special Recognition

Olive Street
Recover Green Roofs, LLC

Civic

Scott Potter

Research

Dr. Maureen Connelly

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Corporate Leadership

Douglas York
Ewing Irrigation Products