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.

National Parks Report, Urban Woods and Green Energy Centre opens

Scotland has seen had a lot of green news this week with the National Parks Report being released, which recommends the reducing the numbers of members of the authority and setting up a short term National Parks Strategy Group. The government also earmarked
£1m for a makeover of Urban Woods including upgrading trails and planting new trees(from The Herald). Aberdeen saw the official opening of the Scottish European Green Energy Centre(SEGEC) which will focus on marine energy, offshore wind, long distance super grid development and smart distribution grids, carbon capture and storage, renewable heat and energy efficiency.

IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – pamelaadam

OMA reduced plans for Commonwealth Institute

The Architects Journal reports that the OMA plans for redevelopment of the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington have been submitted with reductions in height and less demolition of existing buildings about outcry from conservation groups.
via Architects Journal – OMA’s Institute plans ‘significantly reduced’

World Landscape Architect first reported on the OMA Commonwealth Institute project in December 2008.

New Chair of CABE appointed

Paul Finch has been appointed as the new chair of CABE and will take over from Sir John Sorrell this December.

Paul is Programme director of the World Architecture Festival, and editor emeritus of Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal.

He has chaired CABE’s London 2012 design review panel since 2006. A former commissioner and deputy chair of CABE, Paul spent five years as chair of CABE’s design review panel, and also chaired its regional committee.

Sir John Sorrell said he was delighted by Paul Finch’s appointment as his successor: ‘He will be a powerful advocate for good design. He brings an encyclopaedic knowledge of architecture and urban design, and he knows the work of every leading designer, internationally as well as nationally. Most importantly he knows how to get the best out of them, which is exactly what we need in difficult economic times.’

SOURCE: CABE

County so short of cash its closing parks

King County announced that they are going to close 39 parks to cut $4.6million from the $56.4 million budget shortfall for 2010. Some of these parks had been newly upgraded such as White Center Park(2007 upgrade).

All of the 39 park land will remain open however not maintained and in December all facilities such as playgrounds, toilets, carparks will be locked or fenced off.

King County Executive Kurt Triplett called for possible proposals from cities and taxpayers to transfer the park ownership for free. Some cities have looked at annexing the parks from the county however this would often take more than 18 months.

SOURCE: King County Government

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