@TELUS Making a Difference to Families in GTA with Community Gardening Initiatives


GTA Parent Writer: Rob Mitchell @BobEEats

I'd heard about the TELUS community garden project in passing and never really gave it too much thought beyond, 'seems like a nice idea'.  That underappreciated notion was realized when I got an opportunity to view the gardens first hand and most especially, taste the product of this awesome endeavour. As with many corporate office environments in a city's downtown, the TELUS building has the staples of a slick functional modern working environment. What makes the TELUS work space stand out is how the gardens are integrated into the scene-scape of the entire environment. It really lends itself to an interjection of nature's beauty and bounty.  Right away the space around the garden was inviting and there were areas created to take up that invitation.  A few seating areas to chat, another few to lean about and take in the magnitude of the city; all within the construct of living growing flavour. 

Here are some Pictures from Our Evening:



It would have been a fine enough evening on its own, just explore around the garden setting and learn more about what the TELUS team had been growing but there was more….  A dining area was set up with numerous plates of the same veggies I was checking out minutes ago in mid-grow, prepared to be eaten by invited guests.  The most novel part was that the preparer of the spread was the charismatic Chef Massimo Capra who was effortlessly transforming the fresh produce into elegant antipastos. A small team was also in the wings readying the sea bream fish fillets that were to be paired with the garden feast.   I tasted everything, bent the ear of the Chef and learned a ton.


I was extremely impressed with the TELUS vision and execution of the evening and the unveiling of the award winning environmental, charitable and sustainability practices through:
  
  •  Battery Recycling
  • Solid Waste Diversion
  •  Supporting local food programs such as Green Thumbs Growing Kids through the TELUS new Roof Top Garden
  • Roof Top Sustainability Garden:
    • The rooftop garden at TELUS House Toronto was created to maximize the green space at the building and generate fresh, local, organic produce for team members and local charitable organizations including Toronto-based charity, Green Thumbs Growing Kids in addition to giving team members a chance to learn about sustainability through educational workshops and hands-on learning.
      • TELUS House Toronto has paved the way for the next phase of the company’s corporate urban gardens across the country.
        • TELUS Garden, the company’s LEED-platinum-certified head office in Vancouver, opens later this year and TELUS recently broke ground on TELUS Sky in Calgary, another LEED-platinum development.
    • TELUS’ Green Team network of team members  have passionately volunteered their time to promote environmentally sustainability
    • Encouraging team members to address climate change and reduce their carbon footprint
    • Minimizing consumption of resources
    • Reducing pollution generated and enhancing waste diversion programs
    • Promoting green commuting initiatives such as telework, public transit, biking and carpooling
    • One of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the World by Corporate Knights four times since 2009
    • Here is representation of solid waste diverted from landfills  and recycling efforts:

       Telus
    batteries recycled

    Additional information on TELUS projects can be found here:


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