Steven W. Peck is the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, www.greenroofs.org, a non-profit industry association that is working to build the green roof and wall industry across North America. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has over 2,000 members ranging from individuals to multinational corporations. The association has developed a Green Roof Professional Accreditation program with over 650 accredited GRPs, advocates for public policy support of the industry, facilitates research, organizes an annual conference – CitiesAlive and publishes a quarterly magazine called the Living Architecture Monitor and the scientific Journal of Living Architecture. (www.livingarchitecturemonitor.com)
Prior to founding Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Steven conducted public policy research for federal, provincial and local governments on a variety of environment and economy issues with a focus on environmental technology transfer and public policy and sustainable community development. When Director of Environmental Policy at Thompson Gow & Associates he wrote Canada’s Background Report on Sustainable Cities for the Habitat Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa and Canada’s Report to the OECD on Ecological Cities in the mid 1990’s.
In 2007, he co-founded the Green Infrastructure Foundation, a charitable organization that is dedicated to education on best practices associated with living green infrastructure. (www.greeninfrastructurefoundation.org) In this capacity he co-authored a resource manual on green infrastructure design and benefits and has taught related courses all over North America.
Steven is also founding member and secretary/treasurer of the World Green Infrastructure Network, an international non-profit organization that encourages and supports the formation of green roof and wall industry associations around the world. In 2010, he founded the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, a network of organizations that is working to develop supportive green infrastructure policy for adoption by the Province of Ontario. www.greeninfrastructureontario.org
Steven has authored and co-authored numerous reports and on the topics such as sustainable communities, industrial ecology, environmental technology innovation and transfer, green roof and infrastructure design, policy and research.
He has been a keynote speaker on these subjects at conferences around North America and worldwide, including England, Switzerland, France, Singapore, China and Mexico. His latest work, The Rise of Living Architecture (2013) contains essays on the development of the green roof and wall industry in North America and profiles of over 50 industry leaders from designers to policy makers that made it happen. (www.greeninfrastructurestore.com) The green roof industry completed an estimated 100 million square feet of green roofs over the last 10 years in North America, and is working towards the implementation of and additional 1 billion square feet of green roofing and thousands of green walls by the year 2022.
Steven is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), an accredited Green Roof Professional, and enjoys an honors degree in Political Science and Economics from McGill University. He has two university aged children and enjoys snowboarding, canoeing, and campfires in the great outdoors.