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November 24, 2005
City hosts public meeting to discuss green roof options for Toronto
Mayor David Miller, Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone and members of the Roundtable on
the Environment hosted a public meeting at City Hall today to discuss “Making
Green Roofs Happen” a discussion paper on ways to encourage the use of rooftops
in the city to grow vegetation. Members of the public had the opportunity to
share their comments and suggestions. The next step for the Roundtable will be
to make recommendations to City Council for the implementation of the Green
Roofs Strategy.

“This is a perfect example of how we expect the new City of Toronto Act will
help us govern in the best interests of Torontonians,” said Mayor Miller.
“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.”

“This is an incredible opportunity to establish the City of Toronto as a world
leader in environmental policy in this area,” said Deputy Mayor Pantalone,
Chair of the Roundtable on the Environment. “Green roofs help to improve air
quality, save money for both the City and property owners, and make Toronto a
more beautiful and liveable city.”

The special meeting coincided with the release of the “Environmental Benefits
and Costs of Green Roof Technology for the City of Toronto,” a study undertaken
by the City of Toronto in partnership with Ontario Centres of Excellence -
Earth and Environmental Technologies and with a grant from the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Funds. The meeting included a
presentation on the results of the study, an overview of how other cities
encourage green roofs, the proposed standards for green roofs and the options
for implementation in Toronto in 2006.

Environmental benefits of implementing green roofs in urban settings include:
  • reducing stormwater runoff that affects water for drinking and swimming, as well as habitat in local rivers and lakes
  • reducing energy consumption
  • reducing the urban heat island and thereby improving air quality
  • beautifying the city
  • creating more natural green spaces in built up areas
  • providing more opportunity for food production

The City estimates that there are approximately 5,000 hectares of eligible
rooftops in the city of Toronto that may be converted into green roofs. To
obtain a copy of the “Making Green Roofs Happen” discussion paper or the report
on the “Environmental Benefits and Costs of Green Roof Technology,” call
416-395-7352 or visit

Media contacts:

Patchen Barss
Office of Mayor David Miller
416-338-7134 (office)
416-294-0897 (cell)

Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone
Chair of the Roundtable on the Environment



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