The federal government is working on a mandate to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings. Part of this mandate requires better stormwater management systems and one way to reach the goals set forth by this mandate is through green roofs and walls. So it should be no surprise that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as the General Services Administration have partnered with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities to sponsor the upcoming Washington Regional Green Roofs & Walls Conference in Washington, D.C.

The conference runs from June 1-3, 2010 at the Ronald Reagan Conference Center. A variety of topics will be covered at the event including several different levels of green roof design classes, a session on integrated water management, how project managers can maximize LEED points for their green roof installations, green roof incentives, and a case study on the green wall at the headquarters of the U.S. Census Bureau.

If you’re a LEED Accredited Professional and planning on attending the event, I have good news for you. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is a U.S. Green Building Council registered provider and so you are able to earn LEED continuing education credits for attending the event – up to six credits for attending the entire conference. Attendees seeking AIA, ASLA, RCI, and APLD credits are also able to earn up to six credits.

In addition to the workshops and training courses provided during the conference, the event will also feature a trade show and provide several different tours of green buildings in the area. Current stops on the tour include the U.S. Department of Transportation, which boasts the largest green roof installation in the D.C. metro, a tour of National’s Park, the first LEED certified major league baseball stadium, and the green roof at the American Psychological Association.

Registration is now open for the event with several different fee structures available. Naturally, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities members receive a discount but discounts are also available for students and members of government agencies.

For more information, visit the Washington Regional Green Roofs & Walls Conference website.

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