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World Green Infrastructure Congress to be held in Bærum, Norway in 2019

The Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association (SGIA) together with the Norwegian Association for Green Infrastructure (NFGI) and The Municipality of Bærum, Norway has been awarded the honor of hosting the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2019.

Tentative dates set for WGIC 2019 are June 11th – 13th, 2019.

David Brasfield, Chairperson of SGIA, presented the bid for hosting WGIC 2019 at the World Green Infrastructure Network’s (WGIN) annual meeting in Berlin on June 19th. The Scandinavian bid for hosting in Bærum was prioritized over a well prepared bid from Singapore. WGIN’s choice was based on the expectation of knowledge dissemination and organizational benefits for Norway and Scandinavia and geographical considerations (WGIC 2018 will be held in Bangalore, India).

WGIC is the world’s premier international event for green infrastructure professionals. The WGIC held in Berlin in June 2017, for example, offered:

  • More than 100 speakers from 20 different countries
  • 49 exhibitors at the accompanying exhibition, in addition to poster presentations
  • More than 800 registered participants from 44 countries
  • Knowledge transfer on greening of buildings (greening of roofs, façades and indoor areas)
  • Sharing of best practice examples – projects, policy and research
  • Transfer of knowledge by industry experts from Germany and abroad in parallel
    series of lectures and discussion rounds
  • Networking. Meeting points. Access to stakeholders
  • Interdisciplinary exchange of experience between city representatives, architects, city planners, urban water developers, industrial and property representatives, manufacturers, suppliers, researchers, associations, politicians and other stakeholders
  • Guided visits to local green roof, wall and infrastructure projects

More information on WGIC can be found at  or

If your business or organization wishes to be formally included in planning or arranging WGIC 2019 in Bærum, Norway please contact SGRI Chairperson David Brasfield at


The Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association has a new name!

The Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association (SGIA) is the new name for our association. The name change, proposed by the board early in 2016, was finally adopted at the association’s extraordinary general assembly on June 16th, 2017. The association’s bylaws have been amended accordingly.

The Scandinavian Green Roof Institute (SGRI) will retain its original name and continue working within its present scope of thematic focus.

The name change presents green roofs and walls within the context of nature based solutions and infrastructure, and reflects the organization’s intent to raise stakeholder awareness about the increased sustainability and extensive co-benefits inherent in green infrastructure technologies. The broadened focus will have a minimal effect on the SGIA board’s tasks and operations.


New green roof policy for the city of Helsinki

The City Board of Helsinki adopted on December 19th , 2016 its first comprehensive policy on green roofs. The initiative for establishing a green roof policy was originally made in 2013 by three city councilors: Emma Kari, Mari Puoskari and Anni Sinnemäki. Upon publishing the new policy The City Board stated, “The City of Helsinki is committed to the promotion of green roofs according to the means presented in the green roof policy.”


The stated goals of the policy are improved storm water management, mitigation of urban heat island effect, promoting urban biodiversity and more active utilization of roof surfaces as an urban resource. Strategies aimed to achieve Helsinki’s green roof goals include:

  • Active promotion of green roofs via integration in city planning, pilots and allocations
  • Requirement to demonstrate the consideration of green roofs for all new projects with roof slopes less than 20 degrees
  • A dynamic approach to requirements for substrate depth, based on functional requirements
  • Active promotion of environmentally responsible green roof solutions
  • Commitment to increasing local and municipal expertise through monitoring, evaluation and dissemination of knowledge

The City of Helsinki is also committed to further exploration of methods for developing financial instruments which can stimulate the construction of green roofs. The Helsinki Public Works Department has been tasked with responsibility for implementing the strategy.

The entire policy, translated to English, can be downloaded here at the Scandinavian Green Roof Association web site.

Upcoming Events

International Conference: GREEN SURGE in Malmö

The City of Malmö and the GREEN SURGE consortium are pleased to gather researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.  At the conference you can:

  • Meet leading researchers to learn how growing populations and urban densification can be reconciled with green infrastructure to improve health, equality, climate adaptation and biodiversity.
  • Learn how your city colleagues and other practitioners are realizing nature-based solutions to address some of the most pressing challenges of today.

More information, call for abstracts and registrations.

Participation fee is 1800 SEK / approx. 185 Euro. Reduced fee for presenters 1000SEK (approx. 100 Euro).

Location: Parkbron, 211 33 Malmö, Sweden View location on map

Our vision is a Scandinavia where buildings and nature are combined
– where green roofs and walls create living, livable and resilient cities.