From the start, Turf Systems has always been about preserving and enhancing green spaces – in our community and around the world. Turf is a powerhouse in improving air quality, not to mention key in bringing people together outdoors. Who doesn’t love an expanse of soft, green grass!
Our newest initiative is a program to support community areas where better turf can make a difference. As of 2016, we will be giving back 10% of the total square footage we service annually with service directly for the community.
The fun part is that you can choose where you would like to see it happen! Just let us know your chosen area and if your neighbourhood collectively has the total square footage of serviced grounds, we’ll get onto improving the turf in that area. For example, a local park that your kids regularly play in needs better grass area, which in turn would increase your neighborhood’s air quality and enhance everyone’s time while at the park. If the park is 10,000 sq ft and your neighborhood has 100,000 sq ft of property being serviced, we would take on service for that local park!
Now, if you don’t have a project or specific green space, or enough participants to make it happen, that’s ok – we’ll also be picking local projects on an ongoing basis as part of our regular company mandate to give back to the community.
Some of the projects we’ve participated in to date
Memorial Grove Tree Plant
As part of Project Evergreen, we travelled to New York City’s Liberty Island after Hurricane Sandy destroyed what had been planted there, to help plant trees in a memorial grove honouring the victims of 9/11.
St. James Park Rebuild and Maintenance
Every year in April we help maintain the lawns at St. James Park in Toronto, after we partnered to rebuild the grounds there in 2011.
Green Up of Schools Participating in Clean Up Green Up Burlington
April 2017 we partnered with three schools alongside the students, in not only cleaning up the grounds of the schools, but provide some much needed nutrients to the very green that cleans our air and provides the oxygen our children need to breathe. If you include all the plants surrounding the three schools we participated with into the benefit equation, including the green turf areas of the parks, approximately 350m^3 of pure oxygen is produced every single day when the sun is shining and the plants within that park are actively growing, that is enough pure clean air for almost 600 people. These parks combined also absorb almost enough carbon to offset an average car travelling 86,000 km’s and probably one of the most fun facts is that the green grass the kids play on every day has the ability to do the same work as having 14,000 trees growing in those same areas. If you have a project or park in mind for next Earth Day that you believe is in need of greening up, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description why and how your project could benefit the community as a whole, and we will be more than happy to consider it.
Pingree Park Restoration - Project EverGreen
November 2017 the President of Turf Systems Inc., Alan White participated in Detroit’s Pingree Park Restoration Project with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and so many other volunteers as part of Project EverGreen (a national non-profit organization committed to creating a greener, cooler earth).
Woodlawn, Birch, and Birge Park
Over the past few years, we have been working in project phases with Green Cities Foundation to help them achieve their mission of connecting plants and people for a greener, healthier, urban climate. Our team has worked closely with them on-site as well as with the City of Hamilton at Woodlawn & Birge Park. Thanks to Plant Products who provided the overseed and fertilizer, we were able to aerate, seed, and fertilize these sites to encourage the development of a greener space in the near future.
Barton Village - St. Matthews House
Here is a project that our team spent some time working on in partnership with the Green Cities Foundation and RBC Insurance. From the start, Turf Systems has always been about preserving and enhancing green spaces in and around our community with a mission for greener lawns, healthier landscapes, and better environments. Over the past few years, we have been working in project phases with Green Cities Foundation to help them achieve their mission of connecting plants and people for a greener, healthier, urban climate. Our team has worked closely with them on-site in Barton Village finalizing a daycare renovation for St. Matthews House!
We want to thank Oriole Landscaping, Rainbird Canada, and SiteOne Landscape Supply who provided their landscape expertise. Unilock for providing their labor and material to make these gardens wheelchair accessible. Connon Nurseries and Gro-Bark for providing the plants, soil, and mulch. As partners, we were able to ensure this now greener space would be well watered, accessible to all, and cared for so it can be enjoyed for generations to come. We were grateful for the opportunity to assist with turning this once asphalt parking lot, into a greener space with cleaner air, reducing the effects of climate change, and helping to improve the overall quality of life in these nearby cities.
If you are interested in learning more about these projects, you can visit the Green City Foundations website, or follow the trending hashtag #GreenMyCity on social media platforms.
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