The Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF) was founded in 2007 to respond to the need for greater awareness and resources to promote the design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure in local communities. GIF is a tax-exempt, charitable 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a membership based industry association and the leading entity for promoting the Green Roof and Wall industry in the U.S. and Canada.
The Green Infrastructure Foundation works with partners including the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition to deepen and broaden public awareness of the multiple benefits of green roofs, urban forests, and other forms of green infrastructure as part of the built environment.
GIF’s programs and activities are designed to promote the positive contributions green infrastructure can make in communities while addressing barriers to green infrastructure such as local, state and federal regulations, the lack of awareness among policymakers and their constituencies, and the lack of technical knowledge about green infrastructure among contractors and consultants. They include:
The Green Infrastructure Charrette Program helps communities create a compelling vision for their communities, redesigned using green infrastructure, and including a cost-benefit analysis.
The Living Architecture Performance Tool Program aims to create consensus-based performance metrics for living architecture, to ensure performance so that living architecture projects can be funded and incentivized with confidence.
The annual Grey to Green Conference, held in partnership with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, explores the economics of green infrastructure. The fourth annual Grey to Green Conference looked at using green infrastructure to address climate change, and was held in Toronto, Ontario from June 1-4, 2016.
The annual CitiesAlive Conference, presented in partnership with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, is North America's largest green roof and wall gathering. The 14th conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from November 1-4, 2016.
Training and workshops to help provide an overview of green infrastructure technologies, benefits, and policies that can be used to help spread awareness and adoption of these technologies.