May 04, 2010
The City of Mississauga is "Living Green" by undertaking a one-year pilot project
that tests a green alternative to traditional concrete noise walls along Rathburn Road
A demonstration of the "Living Wall" a green alternative to traditional concrete
noise walls - will be featured along a section of Rathburn Road East, the location of the pilot
Monday, May 10, 2010
Southwest corner of Rathburn Road East and Tomken Road along Uxbridge Lane
Councillor Maja Prentice
Councillor Carolyn Parrish
Councillor George Carlson
Transportation and Works Commissioner Martin Powell
Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Members
St. Basil Catholic School
TD Canada Trust
"The Living Wall blends nature and engineering to form a sound barrier that complements
the environment," said Councillor George Carlson, Chair of the City of Mississauga's
Environmental Advisory Committee. "Options like these are creative solutions and improve
the quality of life in our City."
"This project is a welcome addition to Ward 3," said Ward 3 Councillor Maja Prentice.
"We are excited to test the Living Wall in our ward and look forward to seeing the results
and benefits to the community."
"The Living Wall - Noise Attenuation Barrier is made of fast-growing willow shoots filled
with an earthen base core that is secured by a timber framework," said Infrastructure
Programmer Raymond Lau. "This design will work in certain conditions and presents a green
option to traditional concrete barriers. The pilot location was selected based on several
criteria, with the main purpose of the barrier being to reduce road noise."
The City of Mississauga applied for funding to partially offset the construction cost of the
wall, and pending Council approval has received $15,000 from the TD Green Streets program in
partnership with Tree Canada.
"The City of Mississauga's application really shines because it demonstrates the
multifunctional nature of trees," said Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of
the Environment Foundation. "We often think of trees primarily as providers of shade but
trees can also help to improve air quality, prevent soil erosion and absorb the noise of street
"Mississauga typifies the type of innovative project that the TD Green Streets program
seeks to encourage," said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. "We are happy, with
the help of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, to help Mississauga enhance its urban
forests and beautify its community."
Infrastructure Programmer Raymond Lau adds that community involvement is key to success of the
project as St. Basil Catholic School and the TD Canada Trust Branch, located at Tomken Road and
Rathburn Road East will be involved in the pilot project by helping maintain the Living Wall
through watering and general upkeep.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses,
including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices.
A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in
the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers
for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing
its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation,
operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading
Today for Tomorrow."
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