Kwantlen School of Horticulture helps give shelter to those in need

Tue, Dec 15, 2009


Green Roof Project
Kwantlen horticulture students, staff and faculty installed a green
roof for Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope building in Langley.


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December 16, 2009

Kwantlen School of Horticulture helps give shelter to those in need

(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s School of Horticulture contributed to a community building initiative as 30 Kwantlen students with Kwantlen staff and faculty worked over 300 hours to install a green roof for Salvation Army’s “Gate Way of Hope” building in Langley.

“The green roof installation project at the Gateway of Hope building was a great thing to be a part of,” commented Kwantlen horticulture student Alexis Wiessler. “The hands-on experience and exposure to new and modern branches of horticulture are incredible, not to mention the feeling of warmth that comes from being part of such a good and charitable community project.”

The green roof will provide a number of benefits such as extending the life of the roofing membrane, moderating storm-water runoff, increasing building energy efficiency, and improving the rooftop view for residents. The students have also planted native species in the adjacent riparian zone to re-establish biodiversity and suppress invasive plants.

Maple Ridge resident and horticulture student Sherilyn Gale remarked, “We were able to work on both a river riparian as well as assist in the installation of a live roof. This project provided practical experience that enabled me to learn the importance of sustainability and its significance to the community’s future well-being.

This unique community project exemplifies Kwantlen’s first class education which provides its students with real-world experiences and practical skills for employment.

“We felt that the project provided excellent educational value and an opportunity to contribute to a community building initiative,” said Kwantlen horticulture instructor Michelle Nakano. “Green roof technology and ecological restoration in urban settings demonstrate a more sustainable approach to urban landscapes, and students benefit from being exposed to these applications in a real-life context.”

The Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope building is a modern, state-of-the-art facility for the homeless and at-risk population in Langley, B.C. The three-storey development provides 30 emergency shelter beds and 25 supportive independent living transitional beds for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness in the community.

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Green Roof Project

Green Roof Project