Press releases 2010
The Biosphère presents Two Green Roofs and a Model Conservation Garden
MONTRÉAL, Que. -- October 15, 2010 -- As part of its 15th anniversary celebrations, the Biosphère has installed two green roofs and created an indoor garden that reproduces three Canadian ecosystems. Visit the Biosphère to see these additions and to learn more about the environment and technologies for green housing.
The green roofs show how the installation of planted roofs can benefit urban environments by helping to counter heat islands, dampen noise, boost energy efficiency, and purify the air and water. Two types of green roofs--extensive and intensive--are demonstrated. The Biosphère roofs enable people who want to acquire this technology to learn about the options available to them. The new roofs cover 242 m2 and are visible from the museum lookout.
In addition, the Biosphère has redesigned its indoor garden as a conservation area for plants. The plants in the garden are all indigenous to North America, and some of them are vulnerable or threatened in Quebec. Various interpretive components, such as a game for identifying ecological gardening allies, are part of the garden tour and promote awareness about the functioning of various natural ecosystems and the importance of conserving them.
The Biosphère was already considered a green building when it was built in 1995. Its new roofs add to its existing green technologies, which include two wind turbines, a geothermal heating system, wetlands for wastewater treatment and solar panels (the Ecoological Solar House).
As an environment museum, Environment Canada's Biosphère is mandated to encourage everyone to take action and get involved in environmental issues. In addition to presenting exhibits and special events, the Biosphère develops educational and awareness-raising products for diverse clienteles across Canada and is a recognized clearinghouse for environmental information.
For further information, contact:
Environment Canada Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/environmentcan
Biosphère Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Montreal-QC/Biosphère/173004244677
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