Current Advocacy

As a central tenant of our mission at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, we are committed to advocating for widespread acceptance and policy support for green roofs and walls in municipalities across North America. Taking an active role in developing and supporting green infrastructure policy across North America through technical research, advisement, and tracking through the Living Architecture Policy Library (LAPL)


Advocacy Activities

As a central tenant of our mission at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, we are committed to advocating for widespread acceptance and policy support for green roofs and walls in municipalities across North America. We have successfully supported policy development in cities across North America such as Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington DC, and are working to bring even more up to speed in the next coming years in cities such as Vancouver, New York, and Calgary.

In June 2018, New York City Council Members Costa Constantinides, District 22; Rafael Espinal, District 37; Stephen Levin, District 33; and Donovan Richards, District 31; formally introduced a package of legislation aimed at expanding green roofs in New York City as a concerted effort to combat climate change.

On Monday, January 28, 2019, New York City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection reviewed the legislation, at which Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and several other partners and members were in attendance to put their support behind these measures through collected letters of support, written testimony, and oral presentations. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities looks forward to helping craft sensible, and useful green roof legislation in the city of New York.


Market Development

Local Market Symposia

Symposia events target local city representatives, organizations, industry expertise, and academic research to engage local stakeholders, develop local support, and grow the awareness of green roofs and walls.

These one-day events feature industry experts and local leaders presenting on green roofs and walls, local standout projects, and the importance of strong green roof and wall policy. These events also feature a trade show for local green roof and wall companies, interactive panel discussions, and workshops to help develop policy locally.


LAPT and Other Standards

The Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT) is a rating system and resource, designed to certify that green roofs and walls are designed to achieve certain measurable and replicable performance benefits, so that they can be funded, designed, installed, and maintained with a higher degree of confidence.

The LAPT is designed to be used as a guideline or decision-support tool by policy makers. Policy makers that want to optimize the public benefits provided by green roofs and walls but do not have the in-house expertise or capacity to ensure compliance are an ideal audience for the LAPT.

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Pilot Phase

The LAPT is currently seeking 25 projects for its pilot phase through December 17. These projects can be in any phase of the design or construction process.

There is a $500 fee upon registration, and an additional fee upon submission of certification documentation ($1,000 for projects with <9,999 sq. ft. of green roof/wall area, and $2,000 for projects with >10,000 sq. ft. of green roof/wall area).