Toronto green roof initiative closes September 11


The City of Toronto is inviting owners of industrial, commercial and institutional properties to submit an application for funding from the Eco-Roof Incentive Program. The program, which is open to properties that retrofit their buildings with green or cool roof technologies, closes September 11, 2009.

The Eco-Roof Incentive program is a new initiative in 2009, created as a way to encourage Toronto’s business community to become more environmentally sustainable and better adapted to climate change.

Owners who install a green roof, a surface that supports the growth of vegetation, can apply for $50 per square metre up to a maximum of $100,000. Cool roofs, which feature a membrane or coating designed to reflect the sun’s rays, are eligible for $5 per square metre to a maximum of $50,000.

Grants for the Eco-Roof Incentive Program will be awarded twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall. The City of Toronto recently announced the successful projects from the first round of applications: 22 projects, including five in the targeted employment districts, were awarded a total of $500,000.

Projects currently under construction include:
• A 704-square-metre green roof on software maker ESRI Canada (employment lands near the Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton Avenue), with future plans to add solar panels to the remaining portion of the roof
• A highly visible 630 sq m native grassland and rooftop wetland located on the downtown YMCA building
• A 975 sq m urban agricultural garden and native species meadow on the Carrot Commons (located on the Danforth between Broadview and Pape Avenues)
• An 882 sq m green roof on the Wexford Heights Mall (Lawrence and Warden employment lands)
• A 5008 sq m cool roof on the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club (Wilson and Avenue Road)
• Two cool roof projects in the Tapscott employment area (Markham and Finch) totaling 9400 sq m.

For more information about the Eco-Roof Incentive Program, including eligibility criteria, past projects and how to apply for funding, visit www.livegreentoronto.ca.

SOURCE: City of Toronto
IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – Padriac.

New Bridge Design competition for Calgary

The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation(CMLC) has announced a bridge design competition for St.Patrick’s Bridge.

CMLC has been charged with the responsibility of implementing public infrastructure improvements that will be the catalyst for private and public sector development in the Rivers District with a focus on East Village. The design and construction of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge – St. Patrick’s Bridge – is an important component of the infrastructure improvements in the Rivers District. CMLC has initiated a competitive process for the conceptual design of the pedestrian/bicycle bridge which crosses the Bow River and provides crucial links between the communities on the north and south of its banks with city attractions, amenities and pathway systems.

CMLC is committed to ensuring that the revitalization of the Rivers District provides the city, the province and the country with an excellent asset for Calgary to remain among the best places in the world to live, work, play and visit.

Closing: Sept 14, 2009

For more information go to the competition website.

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT is not involved in this competition please send any enquiries or requests for information to the organisations via the competition website..

Kentucky surface mined mountains whats left behind?

Bill Estep of the Lexington Herald Leader at Kentucky.com has written the interesting article titled The plan: Plant 125 million trees which is the first in a an occasional series of stories about what happens to the land left behind after the mountains have been mined.

A group promoting reforestation in Appalachia is seeking more than $422 million to plant trees on mountains that were cleared or leveled for surface mining, a program that could have far-reaching impact on the economy and environment of the region……..

Read the first article in a series at the SOURCE:  Lexington Herald Leader at Kentucky.com - The plan: Plant 125 million trees

IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – The Sierra Club

Living Green Roof used as laboratory at Princeton

Princeton University

At the moment, the roof above Dormitory A of the redeveloped Butler College complex is a “green” roof only in the most technical sense of the phrase.

The 14 varieties of hardy sedum planted on the Butler rooftop earlier this year have now exploded into a kaleidoscope of color. The contrasts in the palette of the many-hued rooftop garden are only expected to intensify as summer turns to fall.

Continue reading Living Green Roof used as laboratory at Princeton

NY has new green space why can’t Toronto?


Vanessa Farquharson of the National Post(Canada) has written an article asking why can’t Toronto get new green space like New York. The article cites the Highline in New York as an amazing new green space in New York and looks at its history and although a the Highline is a new space the idea of raised green space was implemented at Promenade Plantée(4.5km raised garden in Paris).

Farquharson asks should the Gardiner be made green? rather than demolished. She then goes on to ask Matthew Blackett(editor of Spacing magazine) and Les Klein(Quadrangle Architects – WLA reported about his design for a green freeway)

…which parts of the city they would redesign as park space if budget wasn’t a concern

to read their suggestions go to the SOURCE: National Post(Canada) – New York’s getting new green space, so why can’t we? 

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