June 15, 2017
Interest in green infrastructure is growing every year ― the pressing need to slow water runoff is just one reason. The Grey to Green Conference is an important idea exchange for this movement; the 2017 edition recently took place in Toronto.

Landscape Ontario has been a longstanding Grey to Green supporter. In fact, LO’s Tony DiGiovanni was a keynote speaker this year. His message underscored the importance of green suppliers in providing employment. He called the green sector “a well-kept secret; we are too humble as a group.”

DiGiovanni noted the economic value of green infrastructure and the jobs it creates is huge, dwarfing enterprises such as General Motors. The challenge, as he sees it, is to cure the public of “plant blindness” ― the tendency to overlook plants and trees, and thus miss the environmental benefits they provide.

The conference is staged by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, based in Toronto under Stephen Peck’s leadership. LO members Neil McKeown of Gro-Bark and Kees Govers of LiveRoof Ontario also participated as speakers. Landscape Ontario was a conference sponsor.