2018 was our first year reporting our greenhouse gas emissions against our 2017 baseline emissions. While we facilitated operational changes and initiatives to reduce energy consumption in some areas, overall our emissions increased. We worked with SHB and Mohawk on two CEL projects throughout the year. Students from Mohawk College’s Environmental Technician program completed Waste Audits on three garden areas to measure the impact of our new waste diversion program. Electrical Engineering Technology Students completed a feasibility assessment of using renewable energy to operate our Fishway operation (used to restrict the number of invasive fish species in Cootes Paradise).
RBG‘s new earth kind, chemical free Rose Garden, located in Hendrie Park, was designed and installed using research proven techniques to provide maximum landscape energy and materials conservation based on real world operational effectiveness and environmental responsibility.
In 2018, we partnered with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to create a public report on “gardening in a changing climate”. You can find the factsheet and full report on the Greenbelt website.
On-going energy savings practices took place at RBG throughout the year including an HVAC system upgrade at RBG Centre and small scale LED lighting retrofits across multiple facilities.