STLAi named a Lead Industry Partner at the GRITLab

Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. is pleased to be named a Lead Industry Partner supporting the research and work of Toronto’s first, and only, green roof research facility, the Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory, the  ‘GRIT Lab‘ at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto.

Scott Torrance at the GRIT Lab
Scott Torrance at the GRIT Lab

A platform for multidisciplinary collaboration, GRIT Lab’s goal is to investigate the environmental performance associated with ‘green’ & ‘clean’ technologies such as green roofs,   green walls and photovoltaic arrays.

STLAi is playing a role at the GRIT Lab by sponsoring J. Scott MacIvor in his research into how green roof plant and soil communities are influenced by microclimate and roof configuration, as well as how to maximize and design for different green roof performance metrics. MacIvor is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology at York University. His thesis is an investigation of landscape and urban matrix factors influencing diversity and foraging of solitary bees in cities.

STLAi’s sponsorship has been matched by a grant from Mitacs Accelerate, which provides graduate students with applied research opportunities by enabling them to work with industry to address real business issues. Mitacs is a national research network which brings together academia, industry and the public sector to develop cutting edge tools and technologies. Mitacs created and administers the Accelerate Program which connects graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with companies through short-term research projects.

 

 

33 test beds compare four parameters: 1) Growing Media Type (FLL/organic), 2) Depth (4”/6”), 3) Vegetation (sedum/biodiverse), 4) Irrigation (none/timer/ moisture sensor).
33 test beds compare four parameters: 1) Growing Media Type (FLL/organic), 2) Depth (4”/6”), 3) Vegetation (sedum/biodiverse), 4) Irrigation (none/timer/
moisture sensor).