Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American association for professionals working in the green roof and wall industry has launched the first Green Infrastructure Week in partnership with local and regional organizations that work to preserve and develop green infrastructure. Green Infrastructure Week will be held May 13-19 across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond to promote the benefits of green infrastructure and encourage the general public to become part of the conversation about developing better policies to protect and develop green infrastructure. Green Infrastructure Week web site features a variety of tours and workshops with the Grey to Green Conference in Toronto at its core on May 15 and 16th. The web site contains events, resources and actions that citizens can take. Please visit greytogreenconference.org
“Green Infrastructure Week provides us with a special opportunity to celebrate natural and built green infrastructure in our communities throughout the region and to strive to improve upon it through individual and collective action. Despite the many and proven benefits of green infrastructure such as green roofs, urban forests bioswales and wetlands, policies to protect and develop these resources are grossly insufficient. It's hard to imagine future communities being healthy and resilient places to live without investment in more robust green infrastructure in, on and around our buildings", said Steven W. Peck, GRP, Founder, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition.
Green infrastructure provides our cities with cleaner air and water, flood protection, job opportunities energy savings, aesthetics and contributes directly to better human health. Green Infrastructure Week will serve as a one stop platform to connect these organizations and their work in their shared mission to conserve, protect and invest in green infrastructure and make it easy for individuals to celebrate, enjoy, learn and take action.
Green Infrastructure Week partners include Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Green Infrastructure Ontario, LEAF, Ontario Parks Association, Landscape Ontario, Rain Community Solution, Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), and Ducks Unlimited.
For more information and Green Infrastructure Week events visit: greytogreenconference.org/giw