YORKDALE, TORONTO’S MOST SUCCESSFUL SHOPPING DESTINATION, IS REDUCING ITS CARBON FOOTPRINT

At a time when the Progressive Conservative provincial government is doing everything it can to screw up the environment, OXFORD Developments is working on a vast green roof and solar panel installation atop Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

The solar panel installation is the largest in Greater TORONTO, with more than 600 panels, producing 235,000 kWh annually – equal to the annual energy consumption of 40 houses, and providing a quarter of Yorkdale’s inner & outer lighting.  <PHOTO – Louis Thomas Kelly>

The green roof covers 150,000 square-feet and saves energy by reducing atmospheric heating, air pollution and makes use of surface water run-off. The rainwater collection system supports the rooftop ecosystem.

Avéole, an urban beekeeping company, has installed two rooftop hives with 5,000 inhabitants – and plans to eventually house 50,000 honey bees – improving pollination all around the neighbourhood.

Elevated Eats occupies space above a parking garage – an urban garden that produces 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables. The garden’s produce is forwarded to local food banks.  <PHOTO – Louis Thomas Kelly; details from urbantoronto.ca>

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One thought on “YORKDALE, TORONTO’S MOST SUCCESSFUL SHOPPING DESTINATION, IS REDUCING ITS CARBON FOOTPRINT

  1. I think taking advantage of the solar energy systems is a neat idea. We should be able to cover our energy needs when we can. Another advantage is that these systems are eco-friendly; meaning that they won’t be polluting the air, we breathe. I work for a local cleaning company that does everything to stop air pollution while being mindful of the environment by using only natural products that are safe for people and the mother earth. It’s fabulous to see more businesses pay attention to being environment-friendly with new green energy sources like solar energy.

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