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Runaway Climate Change and the Role of Vegetation in Cities

Runaway Climate Change and the Role of Vegetation in Cities

Climate change is the most important issue facing humanity this century. It is global, affecting everyone and every planetary system.

The Height of Cool: Battling the Heat From U of T’s Experimental Green Roof

The Height of Cool: Battling the Heat From U of T’s Experimental Green Roof

From the fifth-storey roof of the University of Toronto’s new faculty of architecture building — plunk in the middle of Spadina Cres. — Robert Wright points north to the canopy of green that covers the city’s Annex neighbourhood.

Green Roof Retrofits Relieve Stormwater Systems (and Look Lovely)

Green Roof Retrofits Relieve Stormwater Systems (and Look Lovely)

As stormwater management – and growing stormwater fees – becomes an increasing concern for business, organizations may want to consider green roofs as a way of relieving underground stormwater systems, a new study says.

How Green Roofs Can Help Cities Sponge Away Excess Stormwater

How Green Roofs Can Help Cities Sponge Away Excess Stormwater

Green roofs are a green infrastructure (GI) option that can be applied to virtually any rooftop given weight load capacity. The benefits of green roofs extend far beyond their obvious aesthetic appeal.