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The Clean Air Partnership is a registered charity, founded in 2000. Our mission is to work with partners to achieve clean air, facilitate the exchange of ideas, advance change and promote and coordinate implementation of actions that improve local air quality.

Our next stop in our Doors Open Ontario

Our next stop in our Doors Open Ontario tour takes us to the capital city of Ontario. Toronto’s 14th annual Doors Open festival runs through May 25-26th and offers folks the opportunity to explore nearly 150 historical and cultural significant buildings across the city. While there are many green buildings within Toronto, one of them the Humber Arboretum Centre for Urban Ecology showcases how communities can create sustainable environments in urban spaces.


                            The Humber Arboretum

Through collaboration with the City of Toronto, the TRCA (Toronto and Region Conservation Authority), and Humber College in 2007, the Humber Arboretum Centre was built to replace the former bird observatory that was built there in 1977. A Gold LEED certified building has won various awards for its green building initiatives such as the Ontario Association Architects (OAA) Design Excellence Award and became the first building in Ontario to be awarded platinum certification from the Ontario EcoCentres Certification Program.

Some of the green features of the Humber Arboretum Centre include:

  • Green roof and rain water harvesting promoting water management and reducing the urban island heat effect
  • Glass walls that are filled with argon gas to limit heat loss during the winter months and keeps the building cool during the summer months


    Solar Awning

  • Thermal chimney a distinctive feature of the building that promotes air circulation inside the centre preventing the air quality from becoming stale or humid
  • Passive heating and cooling within and around the building are done through various ways such as the solar awning, thermal mass floors, the earth bank, and strategically planted trees to maximize temperature control within the building

The Humber Arboretum Centre is a unique stop in the Doors Open festival because it really is a unique place to visit. It embodies our ability to live sustainably and harmoniously with our natural environment without sacrificing architectural design and aesthetics.

For more about the Humber Arboretum Centre, click on the links below:

A short series on the green features of the building

A list of upcoming events at the Humber Arboretum

A Points of Interest interactive map to explore while you’re there


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