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City of Mississauga Pilots Living Wall: A Green Alternative To Traditional Noise Wall Barriers

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 East.

What:

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 project.

When:

Monday, May 10, 2010
1:30 p.m.

Where:

Southwest corner of Rathburn Road East and Tomken Road along Uxbridge Lane

Who:

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
Tree Canada

"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 traffic."

"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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Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   catherine.monast@mississauga.ca


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