Vegetables grown on Burlington mall rooftop harvested for foodbank

Published August 2, 2023 at 12:21 pm

A Burlington mall is putting some space that is usually left unused to good work.

Mapleview Shopping Centre, in collaboration with the urban farming company Micro Habitat, has transformed its rooftop into a garden that supplies food for clients at the Burlington Food Bank. Some proceeds are also directed to Breakfast Club of Canada.

The rooftop garden boasts an assortment of vegetables, flowers and herbs, which are harvested on a weekly basis throughout the summer and will continue into the fall.

Mapleview representatives say the project is a chance to give back to the community while at the same time reducing the shopping centre’s environmental footprint as well as promoting local biodiversity.

“At Mapleview Shopping Centre, we are deeply committed to implementing community-driven and environmentally conscious programs,” said Rita Donnelly, General Manager, Mapleview. “Through these summer initiatives and together with our partners, we hope to inspire our guests, nurture local talent, and create a positive impact on our community.”

In addition to this sustainability initiative, Mapleview will unveil a visual art installation this month, managed by public art consultant Cobalt Connects, featuring talented local artist Stylo Starr kicking off the series.

Located in the North Wing across from Sporting Life, the art pieces will revolve around themes of community, diversity and inclusion, providing guests with a visual experience that showcases the artistic community in Burlington.

Mapleview Shopping Centre has implemented sustainability initiatives year-round to reduce its ecological footprint. The shopping centre has received accreditation from sustainability organizations, offers 19 electric vehicle charging stations on its premises, utilizes energy-efficient LED lighting contributing to reduced energy consumption, and provides tenants, retailers and guests with convenient recycling options, among other ongoing programs.

 

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