Toronto architects raise money for tree-planting at Eco Jam 2014

Industry professionals from some of Toronto’s most prominent architectural firms hit the stage at the Mod Club in Toronto on April 16, 2014 to celebrate Earth Week and raise funds for Trees Ontario. This is the second year for the event, and it was hosted by Smith + Andersen and their sustainability division Footprint.

Eco Jam 2014 was emceed by award-winning musician Wendell Ferguson and over 30 performers from companies including architectsAlliance, B+H Architects, Diamond Schmitt Architects, HOK, IBI Group, WZMH, Zeidler Partnership Architects, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Walsh Construction, EllisDon, Facio and Smith + Andersen. An enthusiastic crowd cheered the talent on while raising $6,129.00 to plant 2043 trees across the province.

The annual musical event draws attention to the importance of trees to the construction industry. In their commitment to sustainable design and engineering, Smith + Andersen and Footprint support responsible stewardship of this valuable resource.

Trees Ontario is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the re-greening of Ontario and to addressing the decline in tree-planting that has occurred since the 1990s. Working with provincial agencies and volunteers, their goal of planting between 2 and 10 million trees every year has resulted in over 18 million trees being planted since 2004.

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