Building Healthy Communities through Green Roofs and Walls


As cities seek to attract residents and visitors to the urban core, new sports-anchored mixed-use districts serve as integral parts of the equation. These facilities and surrounding districts offer critical opportunities to educate the community on sustainability, with green roof strategies serving as the framework for the conversation. Developers of sports, entertainment, retail, office, healthcare and residential projects use green roofs and walls to promote health and wellness while creating vibrant downtown spaces and districts.

In addition to the economic benefits of these districts, design strategies related to the site and landscape, transportation, materials and resources, energy, urban farming and the indoor environment can help minimize impact on the environment while improving the cities in which we live. Chris DeVolder, HOK’s sustainable design leader for Sports + Recreation + Entertainment, will discuss the impact of green roofs and walls on building healthy communities.

Conference Speaker

Chris DeVolder, AIA, LEED AP

HOK Sustainable Design Leader, Sport + Recreation + Entertainment | Vice President

As a project leader and the sustainable design leader for HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, Chris is known for his thought leadership in the green sports movement. Chris has led sustainability initiatives and the LEED certification process for projects throughout the US and Canada and is focused on redefining sustainability and best practices within the profession. Chris’ leadership spans numerous non-profits and organizations that are integral in shaping Kansas City’s arts community, design industry and policies. His work in sustainable sports facility design has been recognized internationally by publications like The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, Sports Illustrated, and Sports Business Journal.

2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit

The Mission of the Virtual Summit 2017 is to inform, share, and create a global social media experience online for the living architecture and green infrastructure community with learning and networking via the power of the Internet.

Our commitment to sustainability and accessibility also keeps the Registration Fees super low - we hope you'll join us to connect & communicate!

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