Visionquest Environmental Strategies corp. - CWRE YMCA (Greater Toronto) Green Roof Tour (November 2014, Toronto).


Toronto, Ontario – As part of the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo 2014 VisionQuest Environmental Strategies Corp., on behalf of client ThermaGreen Environmental facilitated a pre-expo delegate tour of the YMCA (Grosvenor Street, Toronto) Green Roof.   Approximately forty conference delegates from across Canada participated in the educational and hands-on event.

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Photo credit: Alex Versluis


In 2009, with a $250K donation from TD Bank Financial Group the YMCA of Greater Toronto proceeded with the design and construction (Natvik Design Inc.) of a green roof that incorporated a former running track.  The incorporation of the rooftop vegetation provides users with an aesthetically pleasing surrounding that provides numerous eco-benefits like vegetation, reduced storm water runoff, energy efficiency, and a decrease in radiated heat.  The roof holds 100 cubic yards of growing medium, to a depth of 6”, with over 1800 plants in the waiting beds, including Little Bluestem grasses, Lance-Leaf Coreopsis, Black-Eyed Susan, Upland White Aster, Wild Onion and Wild Chives, Blue Spruce and Dragon’s Blood sedums and Side-oats Grama.
Officials from Toronto based ThermaGreen Environmental Services (Division of E.F.Walter) provided participants with a detailed presentation including a technical overview of how their patented ThermaGreen  manufacturing and recycling technologies of post-industrial foam products are remanufactured into high performing products and solutions for civil engineering and environmental applications, using cross-link polyethylene foam. Benefits include environmental management, materials procurement and landfill diversion.
      

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Leading applications include green rooftop gardens, eco (floating) islands, sports field turf replacement (Sportlite), playground underlay for impact shock absorption.  Superior product qualities include buoyancy for stable floating infrastructure; enhanced drainage & hydrostatic pressure diversion, insulation (thermal R value 5.85 / 2 “), geomembrane protection, physical / chemical properties that are non-toxic, decay & mould resistant and does not decompose.

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Photos:  Heather Bradley, Inside Sales & Technical Support, Blu Alexander, Director of Business Development, Susana Guedes, Director of Marketing – ThermaGreen Environmental, present to the CWRE tour participants. CWRE tour attendees.


The Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo is the premier event in Canada for waste & recycling professionals representing the collection, hauling, disposal services, C&D, consultants, engineers; facility & site operators, IC&I, landfill operators, manufacturers with waste streams, property managers, recycling coordinators federal, provincial and municipal governments and industry associations.
VisionQuest Environmental Strategies Corp (Aurora, Ontario) is a leading Canadian consulting firm providing environmental leadership and support to corporations and public sector clients for a sustainable future with a primary focus on solid waste management diversion.