THUNDER BAY – There is a new green roof in Thunder Bay. Union Gas is celebrating 100 years of providing safe, reliable and affordable service to customers and communities across Ontario. To mark its Centennial, the company is awarding a $7,500 grant to EcoSuperior Environmental Programs in support of their Green Roof project, which will be delivered in partnership with The City of Thunder Bay.
The funds will provide for the construction of a timber-frame storage structure with the first known green roof in Thunder Bay, to be located in Central Natural Environment Gardens.
Julie Dill, President of Union Gas, and Glenn Burton, Northeast District Manager, presented a cheque to Ellen Mortfield, Executive Director of EcoSuperior Environmental Programs at an open house held today at the company’s office on Amber Drive in Thunder Bay. Union Gas employees, retirees, government officials, industry partners and other members of the public joined in the celebration, which also included a ceremonial tree planting.
“A passionate commitment to stewardship, safety and win-win relationships are all central to our business culture and operations,” said Dill. “Our success as one of North America’s premier natural gas storage, transmission and distribution companies is shared with the communities we serve and we can’t think of a better way to mark this occasion than by giving back to a community program that so closely aligns with these business values.”
“We’re proud of our 55 year history with Thunder Bay,” added Burton. “And we look forward to continuing this positive relationship as we strive to be the partner of choice in this and all 400 communities we serve.”
“EcoSuperior Environmental Programs is working to develop programs that encourage environmental stewardship,” said Mortfield. “We are grateful for the support of Union Gas in helping us make the green roof program a reality in Thunder Bay. Green roofs have many proven benefits, including lower heating and cooling costs, a decrease in the urban heat island effect, increased plant and wildlife habitats, improved air quality and better storm water management.”