Sustainability

We see a greener future through sustainable practices and community engagement.

Once an industrial brick factory, Evergreen Brick Works is now an award-winning public space and an internationally renowned showcase of sustainability and green design. Here are some of our sustainable highlights:

Adaptive reuse

As a former industrial site transformed into a thriving community space, Evergreen Brick Works as a whole exemplifies sustainability through adaptive reuse. Adaptive reuse reduces waste compared to demolishing a structure and building a new one and typically has a lower carbon footprint compared to new structures.

Local food initiatives

Since its inception, the success of our public markets program has enabled us to test new ideas and scale solutions, positioning Evergreen Brick Works as a known leader in sustainable ideas for public markets across the country. Locally grown and sold food travels shorter distances to reach consumers, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation. In addition, our Urban Food Gardens showcase sustainable food-growing techniques that can be applied elsewhere.

Green design and construction

The preservation, green design and construction of the historic kiln building enable the Evergreen Brick Works site to be near carbon neutral. These features include solar thermal technology integrated with a ground source system to capture and store heat for winter heating; a high-efficiency, renewable and geo-exchange system to heat and cool other buildings on site; and a unique raised cavity floor system in combination with low-impact landscape design strategies for flood and stormwater management.

Sustainable transit

Evergreen Brick Works encourages both active transportation and public transit. Bike-friendly infrastructure such as bike racks, a Bike Share docking station and proximity to trails and bike paths make it convenient for visitors to cycle to the site. TTC service is available seven days a week, and the free Evergreen Brick Works shuttle bus departs every 30–45 minutes during operating hours.

LEED certification

The Centre for Green Cities, our newest building on-site, holds a Platinum LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) — the highest level of sustainability achievement for buildings.

This certification means that a building has met stringent criteria for energy efficiency, water conservation, sustainable materials, indoor air quality and overall environmental performance.

Community gardens

The gardens and regenerative landscapes at Evergreen Brick Works aim to restore the ecological integrity of the area, encourage biodiversity and contribute to the sustainability of the land itself. These gardens, like our Birds, Bees and Butterflies Garden, incorporate native plants and help support a wide diversity of pollinators and wildlife, promoting a healthier ecosystem.

Why sustainability is important

Sustainability lies at the very heart of Evergreen Brick Works. We recognize that the health of our planet directly impacts the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

 

Our commitment to sustainable practices reaches beyond environmental impacts; it’s an approach that enhances the quality of life for everyone who visits, works and learns here. That means that our sustainable initiatives not only reduce our carbon footprint but also enhance the resilience of our community.

Our future sustainability plans

Our goal is to maintain a near-zero carbon site by implementing measures like collecting, storing and reusing rainwater for our gardens. We’ve also introduced a new litter clean-up program, where visitors can actively participate in site stewardship by picking up a litter box at the welcome desk.

 

Stay tuned for more updates on our ongoing initiatives as we work towards a greener and more sustainable future.

Renewable energy

The TD Future Cities Centre at Evergreen Brick Works is bullfrogpowered® with 100% renewable energy. Bullfrog Power’s generators put 100% clean, pollution-free electricity onto the grid to match the amount of conventional power used. By partnering with Bullfrog Power to choose green electricity for our premises, we’re reducing our carbon footprint, helping fund the development of new community-based green energy projects, and supporting an innovative approach to growing the renewable energy industry.

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