Grey to Green Conference

Green Infrastructure Tours — August 26th

Tour of Waterfront Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Facilities & Award Winning Project — Corktown Common  — $30 + HST

Tour Guides. Tari Stork, Waterfront Toronto and Emily Mueller De Celis, Associate Principal, Michael Van Valkenburg Associates, Inc. Jorden Lefler, EllisDon-PAAV Ledcor

Time. 9:00 am — 11:00 am

Meeting Place: Lawren Harris Square (Lower River Street & Bayview Ave.)

End Place. Corktown Common

Tour Description. First stop on this tour will be the award winning Corktown Common. Corktown Common is a key component of the revitalization of the area and is helping to transform the former industrial lands into a beautiful, sustainable, mixed-use, riverside community. Innovatively positioned atop the area’s massive flood protection landform (FPL), Corktown Common has leveraged essential public infrastructure to deliver a magnificent public amenity. With more than 700 trees, thousands of shrubs and grasses and an extensive marsh the park is providing recreational and social space for people, as well as increasing biodiversity in the area. On this exclusive private tour with Waterfront Toronto and the designer, you will learn how this extraordinary greenspace was developed, designed, built and how it has quickly become the heart of this new community. The second half of the tour will take you through the portion of the community that will first be home to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village — the home away from home for the approximately 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials participating in the Games.  

Green Roof and Wall Tour   – Public Transit/TTC will be used to go from one location to the other.  Public Transit/TTC fare is not provided. Price $30 + HST. SOLD OUT!!

Time. 9:00am -12:00pm

Meeting Place: Metro Central YMCA — 20 Grosvenor Street

End Place. Robertson Building — 215 Spadina Avenue

4.5km / 2.8 miles

Metro Central YMCA has a 486 square meter green roof which provides community gardening, recreational space, and helping to divert an estimated 271,548L of stormwater from Toronto’s aging municipal system per year.   Green roof designed and built by Natvik Design Inc.

GRIT Lab is the only one of its kind testing green roofs and walls in an urb an environment in Canada. It is a 2,000-square-foot state-of- the-art facility that includes 33 green roof test beds, green facades, a weather station, and 264 sensors connected to over 5,000 linear feet of wiring.


The Robertson Building has a 10 year old 24-square meter living wall biofilter composed of several varieties of exotic indoor flowering plants providing a beautiful welcome to the Robertson Building, at the same time also serves as an effective air purifying system. The living wall was designed and installed by Nedlaw Living Walls Inc. then known as Air Quality Solutions Ltd.

Rye’s Home Grown Rooftop and Community Gardens — $30 + HST

Tour Guide. Catherine Lung, Programming and Partnerships Coordinator, Rye’s Home Grown, Teaching Assistant, Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University

Time. 9:00 am — 11:00 am

Meeting Place. Tim Horton’s Kiosk on the first floor of the Ryerson Engineering building located on 299 Church Street. It is located on the right side when you enter the main entrance and right across the elevator.

Tour Description. Take a tour of the 8 fantastic edible gardens at the Ryerson Campus using a variety of growning methods and techniques. Rye’s Home Grown (RHG) community garden is a closed-loop food cycle model and provides a source of healthy food for the university community.  The tour will feature an exclusive access to the 8,000 ft 2  green roof where RHG has utilized a portion of the space for their hidden rooftop garden.

* Note:  All tour schedules and locations subject to change and may be be dependent on weather conditions. We reserve the right to cancel tours or move participants to another route.

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