Tour a Sustainable Sidewalk at Greenbuild

Want to tour a sustainable sidewalk in Toronto? Now you can. It may not look like much from the street, but this is one of our most exciting Silva Cell projects — a pilot proof-of-concept demonstration along The Queensway that is analyzing green infrastructure at work.

Join us for the free tour on Thursday, October 6th, from 3 – 5:30pm.

The Queensway is the site of a Silva Cell (suspended pavement) system that utilizes trees, soil and stormwater to support long-term tree growth while managing road and sidewalk stormwater runoff from the municipal catch basins. This site was largely funded by the City of Toronto and includes a monitoring system operated by Ryerson University to measure the rate, quantity and quality of the stormwater moving through the system.

The tour will cover how the system was built, a demonstration of the stormwater monitoring equipment and how the results are being reported and published, a visit to the field station, and a discussion of the various applications of this technology. Representatives from Toronto Water, Ryerson University and DeepRoot will lead the tour and answer questions.

Once more, for the cheap seats in the back:
Who: DeepRoot, City of Toronto, and Ryerson University
What: Tour of a sustainable sidewalk
When: Thursday, October 6th from 3 -5:30pm
Where: The bus will pick up all the tour attendees at 3pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building Entrance at 222 Bremner Blvd (Roundabout Plaza). Look for signs saying “DeepRoot” and two mini-buses.
Why: Because, because, because

If you’d like to join the tour, please contact Aileen Ocampo ( for more information. Space is limited.

And if you’re going to Greenbuild, you’ll notice that this coincides with the show (you do not need to be attending the show to come on the tour). We’re in booth #2241N; stop by to say hello!

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