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)

Market Development

Green Roof Market Survey

Every year Green Roofs for Healthy Cities conducts a survey of its Corporate Members in order to collect data on the growth and composition of the green roof industry across North America. The 2019 Survey is currently in development, and expected to release in September 2019.

Green Roof & Wall Policy Overview

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is in final preparations to release a brand new resource, the Green Roof & Wall Policy Overview. This document will be a collection of supportive green roof and wall policies from across North America in one convenient location, to help you identify potential markets, and operate as cost-efficiently as possible. This resource will be FREE for all GRHC members, and will be released August 2019, pending final review.

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.


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).