Green Infrastructure Week 2018

Food production in the city is an important part of green urban infrastructure. There are a number of fun and informative events happening between May 13th and 19th (see below!!) to celebrate living green infrastructure. This includes urban forests, wetlands, meadowlands, green roofs, green walls and more — all of which can also incorporate food production!

First of all, the Grey to Green Conference is back this year as part of Green Infrastructure Week! Details are below.

Watch this video to get the low down on green infrastructure in the City.

“There are many economic, social and environmental benefits of green infrastructure including job creation, stormwater management, support for biodiversity, reduced air and noise pollution, and improved marketability of buildings.”

Events Held throughout Green Infrastructure Week

Check out how many are related to food!

  • Sunday May 13th
    • Tommy Thompson Park Bird Walk – FREE – 8 – 10am
    • Mother’s Day Brunch and Nature Walk  – 10:30am-1pm
  • Monday May 14th
    • Trillium Park Tour – FREE – 1pm
    • Green Infrastructure Twitter Chat – FREE – 11am-12pm
      • Use #GIchat2018
      • Instructions here
  • Tuesday May 15th
    • Grey to Green Opening Plenary – FREE – 6-8pm
      • More details below, RSVP here
  • Wednesday May 16th
    • Grey to Green Conference – 8am – 8:30pm
      • More details below, Register here
  • Friday May 18th
    • Guelph Seedling Sale – FREE – 3-6pm
    • Waterloo Seedling Sale – FREE – 3-6pm
  • Saturday May 19th
    • Toronto’s East-End Rain Garden Crawl – FREE – 9-11am
    • Ripple Farms Inc Farm Tour – FREE – 3-6pm
    • Tommy Thompson Park Tour – FREE – 10am
    • Garden at Kimbourne Season Opener and Environmental Fair – FREE – 10am – 4pm
    • Saturday Farmers Market at Evergreen Brickworks – FREE – 9am -1pm
    • Dawn Chorus – FREE – 5-7am


Full detailed agenda here.

  • May 15th
    • Tours and Training Courses (see details below)
    • FREE Opening Plenary Keynote: Designing Future Cities with Green Infrastructure
      •  6-8pm, Metro Hall, Rm 308/309 (55 John St)
  • May 16th
    • Sessions, Trade Show and Reception
    • Chestnut Conference Centre (89 Chestnut St., adjacent to Yonge-Dundas Square)
  • May 17th
    • Tours and Training Courses (see details below)

The following tours will take place:

  • Gro-Bark Bus Tour – May 15, 12:30-5pm, $79
  • Green Wall Walking Tour – May 15, 10am-12pm, $39
  • Healthy Hospitals Tour – May 17, 9:30am-2:30pm, $39
  • Urban Agriculture Tour – May 15, 1pm-3pm, $39
  • Corktown Common Walking Tour – May 15, 1:30pm-4pm, $39

The following workshops and training courses will take place:

  • Green Wall 101: Systems Overview and Design
  • Advanced Green Roof Maintenance
  • Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture
  • Advanced Lid Design: Bioretention Facilities Workshop
  • Building Confidence: How to Design, Plan, and Execute a Low Impact Development Stormwater Monitoring Program
  • Green Infrastructure Valuation
  • Biophilic Design Workshop
  • Green Roof Design and Installation
  • Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites