Project of the Week for December 11, 2017: Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

December 11, 2017 at 12:23 pm Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
5,716 sf greenroof Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Note: The video Land in the Sky: The Rooftop Garden at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto by Kelsey Carriere is playing at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit through December. Project of the Week: December 11, 2017

Mini Description & Details

Designed by LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects) and located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) offers social and culture-based services for aboriginal children and families with a strong sense of environmental stewardship. NCFST decided to install a green roof, rather than a conventional one, to facilitate traditional Aboriginal culture in their urban setting and received $26,550 in funding from the City of Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program.

Designed by Scott Torrance Landscape Architect, its living roof has a healing lodge and fire circle, surrounded by a lush roof garden of varied native perennials, shrubs, and trees. Bioroof Systems provided the materials and expertise to create a plant palette that would be instantly recognizable to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) who lived on the land that would become Toronto five centuries later. Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

The plant palette includes the traditional Anishinaabe (also known as Ojibwe and Algonquin) medicines: cedar, sweet grass, sacred tobacco and sage, which are harvested regularly for ceremony. At the core of the plantings is a garden of corn, beans and squash known as “The Three Sisters.”

The gardens are not just symbolic, they provide an opportunity for the city children and youth visiting the centre to learn firsthand about traditional horticulture and life ways. As well as an open air classroom, the roof is also a meeting place for the community. The accessible areas have been built with soft surface play areas, natural log seating, a fire pit, and green “teaching hills.” Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto


The heart of the roof is the Healing Lodge, a structure influenced by the traditional Anishinaabe Sweat Lodge. These special spaces are used both formally and informally for public assemblies and ceremonies, drumming and circle sessions and for counseling, meetings and playtime. Today, four stories above the streets of Canada’s largest city, the Native Child and Family Services Centre’s green roof is forging a living link with a country’s history and a people’s traditions. Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Year: 2010
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Type: Non-Profit
Single Source Provider
5716 sq.ft.
Accessible, By Appointment Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects)
Landscape Architect: Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc.
Green Roof System & Manufacturer: Bioroof Systems
General Contractor: Boszko and Verity
Green Roof Installation: Living Architectural Contracting Inc.
Water Retention Panel: GR32 Green Roof System, Green Innovations
Growing Media: Landsource Organix Ltd. Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

All the Info:

View the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database. Project Week Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube: Project of the Week 12/11/17 video photo credits: Photography by Ben Rahn, courtesy of LGA Architectural Partners and FORREC Ltd.; Bioroof Systems; and Kelsie Carriere.

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Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for July 3, 2014: Bioroof Systems

July 7, 2014 at 9:36 pm

New feature on!

Our Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week is an exclusive benefit for companies listed in our Directory, highlighting their business to our audience of stakeholders, professionals, and decision makers:


Bioroof Systems Inc.

Bioroof Systems Inc. is a truly North American solution for the green roof market-place, carrying the ideals of a robust environmental philosophy throughout our green roof solution.

Bioroof-LogoBioroof was born out of the experience of one of North America’s leading green roof installers.  Bioroof systems are designed for biodiversity, storm water retention, reduction of urban heat island effect, and reduced energy consumption.

The Eco-System is a high performance built up system.  The new Bio-Module modular system offers both a Shortgrass option that boasts the highest storm-water retention capability in the industry, while the Sedum option follows the well known FLL guidelines.  Finally, the Bio-System offers a low cost built up vegetated roof.

We’ve consulted top North American building scientists to ensure our system is compatible with sound roofing practices, yet flexible enough to cover a wide variety of roof types.

Our national Certified Installer Program provides fully trained contractors that are well versed in the techniques of installation and maintenance.

Superior systems means we also offer a superior warranty.  Most green roof system manufacturers will warranty the components and (sometimes) vegetation for one year.  Bioroof offers full warranty coverage including labor, materials and vegetation for the life of the roofing membrane on roofs maintained by a Bioroof Certified Installer.


For more detailed information about Bioroof Systems, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.

In addition to the eNews blast to our 10,000+ opt-in subscribers, we have created a prominent position on the Homepage for this weekly spotlight as well as posted on all our social media sites…  And, the centerpiece of this premier feature is the original video!  This exclusive video (about 2:00 min.) of each firm is also included inside their company profiles – see below.  For additional exposure, these videos will also be playing on various playlists in our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.


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Happy New Year – Start it Off Right with our 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Calendar!

January 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Our new 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ 12 Month Wall Calendar is still available for purchase and will make a great way to start the New Year off right – now in our sixth consecutive year, the Calendar combines two of our most popular destinations on The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and Upcoming Events.

Enjoy gorgeous vegetated roofs and walls each month and see where the international green conferences and happenings will be held by month!  Upcoming Events dates in the Calendar are confirmed as of publishing date, but are always subject to change so visit the Upcoming Events page for the latest updates and links to the conference organizers.  Learn more  or  order now.

At only $9.95 each, including standard shipping and handling for the United States and Canada, the 2013 Greenroofs and Walls of the World™ Calendar makes a great gift for the greenroof and greenwall lover in your life.

And new this year, we can ship calendars directly to your individual colleagues and loved ones anywhere within the U.S. and Canada with a special Happy New Year’s Greeting in your name!

Save with quantity discounts on orders of more than 10 to one address – note that the special individual mailing offer does not apply here – and contact us for destination shipping rates.

As usual, our 2013 Calendar is printed on 50% recycled paper with 25% post consumer waste using soy inks.   This year you can enjoy vibrant project photos from France, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and across the U.S.   Specifically, here are the project photos you’ll see every month – click to see the profile in the Projects Database:

 January – Private Kona Coast Line, HI Residence from Green Living Technologies International (GLTi):

February – Cuartel de Ballajá (Ballajá Infantry Barracks Building) from rooflite:

March – The Barnes Foundation from Roofmeadow:

April –  Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) from Bioroof Systems:

May –  Lincoln Center Theatre, LCT3 from Green Roof Blocks:

June – Atlantic Wharf (Russia Wharf)  from GreenGrid:

July –  Bellême Hospital from Vegetal i.D.:

August –  Grand Pines Assisted Living Center LiveWalls by LiveRoof:

September –  Hotchkiss School Biomass Treatment Facility from ZinCo USA:

October –  Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) from Xero Flor America:

November-  Orlando Health MD Anderson Cancer Center Labyrinth Vegetated Roof Garden:

December-  Fenimore Art Museum by  Barrett Company:

We’ve been featuring many of these awesome selections recently as our Greenroof or Greenwall Projects of the Week, and for good reason!

Special thanks go to our participating Sponsors in the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ 12 Month Wall Calendar  – we certainly appreciate your support of

Barrett Company, Bioroof Systems, GreenGrid Roofs, Green Living Technologies International (GLTi), Green Roof Blocks, LiveRoof, rooflite, Roofmeadow, Tremco, Vegetal i.D., Xero Flor America, and ZinCo-USA!

Thank you also to Harris Hatcher Photography for permission to use the beautiful Rock Mill Park photo of the Greenroof Pavilion & Greenroof Trial Gardens  from American Hydrotech on our cover – one of my own designs, I must admit!

Happy New Year 2013 & Happy Greening,

~ Linda V.’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 17, 2012

August 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from August 17, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for August 17th, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Our project of the week is the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3 built in 2012, in Brooklyn, New York.  This rooftop farm located on the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, is a massive 65,000 sq ft roof towering eleven stories over the East River.  The lion’s share of the financing for the installation of the Navy Yard farm was granted by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Initiative.  With over 45,000 sq ft of the roof covered in soil and planted, it manages over one million gallons of stormwater each year, easing the burden on the overtaxed Red Hook Wastewater Pollution Control Plant.

The farm’s 12-inch deep growing beds are comprised of a special soil medium, rooflite ® intensive ag, blended specifically for rooftop use and custom designed by Brooklyn Grange and Skyland USA.  With high productivity already underway, Brooklyn Grange’s second farm anticipates an estimated annual yield of 20,000 pounds of fresh produce per year.  Crops will include leafy greens, aromatic herbs, heirloom tomatoes and carrots.  The farm is productive during the months of April-November, while winter months see the planting of cover crops, such as clover and vetch, to prevent soil erosion and replenish vital nutrients.

– To learn more about the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

–  Welcome to our newest sponsor here on!  Bioroof Systems is a truly North American solution for the green roof marketplace, carrying the ideals of a robust environmental philosophy throughout their green roof solution.

–  Contributing Editor

– Read George Irwin’s latest contributing article, “Food Factories Now At Every Scale.”

Advertiser Press Release:

–  LiveRoof ® Green Roof Creates Rooftop Garden on the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Building.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post: “’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 10, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  August 19th-22nd: is GovEnergy 2012, in Cincinnati, OH (@GovEvergy & #GovEnergy)

–  August 19th-23rd: is StormCon – The North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Expo, in Denver, CO (@StormCon & #StormCon)

–  And August 23rd-25th: is the Farwest Show, in Portland, OR (#FarwestShow)

– “In the News“

–  Jonathan Devin, of the Memphis Commercial Appeal says “Sustainable tourism boon to businesses, travelers and environment.”  Tennessee is becoming a national leader in the idea of using tourist attractions to sustain the environment while drawing in tourists who want to support all things green.  No more “tourist traps” filled with cheaply manufactured knickknacks and people passing through not thinking about what they’re leaving behind in their footprints.

Tourism is now helping to sustain the natural beauty of the state.  A statewide initiative to get Tennessee’s hotels, restaurants, and attractions to start incorporating sustainability practices was put into effect at a kickoff celebration in April 2008.  Ruby Falls in Chattanooga became the first tourist attraction in Tennessee to become Green Globe Certified, and in Memphis, the Riverfront Development Corp.’s Beale Street Landing features a green roof that flows along with nearby Tom Lee Park.

– Anthony Martinez, of WBEZ91.5, talks about “A green roofs check-in.”  A local radio listener asked the question: “Are the tops of skyscrapers still being planted with green space and what have the benefits been?”  A lot of people still don’t really know that much about green roofs and the good they do.  So Anthony Martinez went out to find some more information about Chicago’s green roofs.  He started with Michael Berkshire, the Green Projects Administrator for Chicago’s Department of Housing and Economic Development.

Berkshire explained that besides the natural beauty of green roofs, they provide economic and environmental benefits like lowering heating and cooling costs, extending a roof’s life expectancy and managing stormwater runoff.  Although the amount of construction has slowed down, green roofs are still being built right now, helping to improve Chicago.  Martinez concluded his research with Dr. Milind Khire of Michigan State University, a member of the school’s Green Roofs Research Program. Khire agreed that green roofs have positive effects on buildings and their communities but to fully understand the benefits for the entire city, we need lots of green roofs, not just ones here and there.  He’s currently working on a computer model to predict what the city-wide benefits would look like in that case.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, being a member of our network on LinkedIn, and subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for  August 17th, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by*

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.