GREEN INITIATIVES @ RIVERDALE hub
PROVIDING HEALTHIER, MORE NATURAL OPTIONS FOR EVERYTHING FROM WATER USAGE AND INSULATION, TO FOOD PRODUCTION AND PERSONAL HEALTH.
WE'RE GREEN @ RIVERDALE hub
The Riverdale Hub has undertaken a three-part garden initiative to aid in greening this east end landmark. A green roof, a rooftop vegetable garden and a rainwater garden all act as important players in providing healthier, more natural options for everything from water usage and insulation, to food production and personal health.
These projects support each other to create a self-sustaining, environmentally conscious system. There are a number of opportunities for community involvement through the garden programs. This helps to foster increased sustainability, social justice and food security in east Toronto.
OUR GARDENS @ RIVERDALE hub
ROOFTOP & RAINWATER gardens
The Riverdale Hub offers an innovative and affordable green work environment to progressive organizations and individuals.
At the same time, the Hub provides placement opportunities and training to women through its social enterprises – creating a bridge between minority groups and mainstream communities through shared space, kindred spirit and common vision.
EDIBLE GARDEN @ RIVERDALE gallery
EXHIBITIONS @ RIVERDALE hub
The edible garden is the bread and butter of our rooftop garden project. There are two main goals for the garden. Its primary function is to grow organic vegetables and herbs for The Social Gardener, our local cafe. In doing so, we provide ultra fresh, all organic produce to our loyal customers. By working in conjunction with the Ontario growing season, The Social Gardener maintains relevance and environmental consciousness.
TOURS @ RIVERDALE hub
GREENEST building in
You won't believe what you'll see and learn on our seasonal tour (May - Sep only). The Hub boasts:
a geothermal system - reduces energy consumption while creating an environmentally sustainable building
an extensive green roof - relieving pressure on local storm water systems with water restoration project
rooftop solar panels - creating a revenue base and reducing cost while providing shading for the garden
solar panels as canopies above the building entrance - heats water supply whie providing shelter
daylighting technology - strategically placed reflective surfaces, windows and sun-lighting equipment maximizing the use of sunlight which further reduces costs while creating aesthetic appeal
acccesibility - access stairway from the ground, access features at entrance, elevator and special lift to our rooftop gardens allows outreach/education and gardening projects for the whole community