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Toronto Pushes Green Roofs






Part of a demonstration green roof at Toronto, Ontario's city hall complex.


On Feb. 1, Toronto, Ontario's city government approved Making Green Roofs Happen, a green roof strategy that commitments to install green roofs on new and existing buildings, and recommends financial incentives for privately owned green roofs. City officials will be working with officials at Toronto Hydro and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund to develop programs that reap the significant energy, air quality and climate change benefits of green roofs.

Mayor David Miller said, "Given the power to regulate green roofs in our city, we can work with residents to implement major initiatives that will make our city cleaner, healthier and more beautiful.".

The city recently commissioned a green roof benefits study by Ryerson University. Researchers found that an eight-percent coverage of existing rooftops with green roofs, would generate over $300 million in initial cost savings in areas such as stormwater management, combined sewer overflow reduction, building energy savings, and the urban heat island reductions. Operational cost savings for the City from this level of coverage were calculated at approximately $40 million per year.

Green roofs infrastructure are proven technologies that utilize high quality waterproofing, root repellency and drainage systems, and lightweight growing media to grow plants on roofs.

Source: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities


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