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April 2023

April 2023 Newsletter
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Time is Short, but there is a Clear Path Forward

Happy April! Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere while our Southern compatriots are experiencing autumn, and weather and climate-based episodes continue getting more extreme. Have you seen the latest U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on climate change? It’s a sobering eye-opener, yet it also says that we can avert true climate catastrophe – if we take the clear, green path forward:

“Green, natural and blue infrastructure such as urban forestry, green roofs, ponds and lakes, and river restoration can mitigate climate change through carbon uptake and storage, avoided emissions, and reduced energy use while reducing risk from extreme events such as heatwaves, heavy precipitation and droughts, and advancing co-benefits for health, wellbeing and livelihoods. Urban greening can provide local cooling. Combining green/natural and grey/physical infrastructure adaptation responses has potential to reduce adaptation costs and contribute to flood control, sanitation, water resources management, landslide prevention and coastal protection. Globally, more financing is directed at grey/physical infrastructure than green/natural infrastructure and social infrastructure, and there is limited evidence of investment in informal settlements.” ~ Climate Change 2023: Synthesis Report

With green infrastructure and living architecture we protect our Earth and create a built environment that supports the health of the planet: our people, flora, and fauna. And investing in a green economy is essential.

April is
World Landscape Architecture Month (#WLAM2023) as well as Earth Month, and Earth Day will celebrate its 53rd observance on April 22. This year’s theme is “Invest in Our Planet” – very timely, indeed!

Many upcoming events highlight other great organizations and happenings, from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities with their
Boston Grey To Green Conference later this month to the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2023 in Berlin and Online: 27 – 29 June 2023 organized by BuGG with many national and international partners including WGIN and EFB. The #WGIC23 Call for Posters is due April 15 and regular registration ends on May 26.

Finally, don’t miss landscape architect Steven L. Cantor’s second and final installment of
High Line Redux 2023, a discriminating photo essay-style look into the many aspects of its successful design and implementation.

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World Green Infrastructure Congress 2023 in Berlin and Online: 27 – 29 June 2023

Featured Events

GRHC: Blue-Green Virtual Symposium – Technologies For Managing Stormwater
Earth Day 2023
April 22, Online
EARTHDAY.ORG (EDO), the global organizer of Earth Day and the largest recruiter of environmental movements worldwide, announced the theme for Earth Day 2023 – “Invest in Our Planet.” Acting as a continuation of this year’s well-received campaign, the theme is focused on engaging governments, institutions, businesses, and the more than 1 billion citizens who participate annually in Earth Day to do their part – everyone accounted for, everyone accountable.
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Electronic Leak Detection Testing, Standards, Science and Practical Applications – Webinar GRHC: Boston Region Grey To Green Conference
April 23-24, Boston, MA, USA

At the 2023 Boston Grey to Green Conference GRHC will be exploring the most recent green infrastructure science, economic valuation, asset management, public policy, technologies, and best practices in design, installation and maintenance. Their goal is to help inform the current policy debate by making the case for a rapid and significant increase in green infrastructure investment, a growing trend worldwide.
Sponsored by: Rooflite, Recover Green Roofs, Naturcycle, & others.
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IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show 2023
European Green Infrastructure Day 2023
April 27, Online
World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN)’s European Green Infrastructure Day (#EGIDay) will be back on 27 April 2023 for another day full of insightful discussions about green roofs and walls and how EU policies can support their uptake across Europe. The EGIDay is a policy conference dedicated to exploring the state of affairs of urban green infrastructure in the European Union.
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International Roofing Expo (IRE) 2023
April 27-29, Mumbai, India

Asia’s Largest Roofing & Allied Products Event provides the ideal platform for the building construction and infrastructure industry fraternity to converge, network and strike lucrative business deals and establish business partnerships. This niche B2B event is identified in the roofing fraternity for its comprehensive coverage on roofing and allied products.
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New York Build 2023
May 3-5, Washington, DC, USA
The Living Future Conference is a global gathering of stakeholders from the built environment who are addressing climate, health, and justice issues. They invite you to join the Living Future 2023 in Washington, D.C., where advocates and thought leaders in regenerative building, climate justice, materials health, and biophilic design will meet under the theme of Advocacy + Belonging.
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