In the lush and earthy corners of UHN, we find some spectacular gardens.
Let’s start in the west with GROW at Bickle Centre, aka, Garden Rehab on Wheels, or Garden of Eatin’. Thanks so much to Amanda Beales for leading this team through it’s 3rd fantastic season. Each year, it expands and improves.
Staff Salad Potluck 2018
This season, the team built a second in-ground patch for plants too big for the boxes. Continue reading
Most of us don’t think much about how we get our water. It’s almost always available and relatively inexpensive. For the vast majority in Canada it’s just one of the great benefits of living here. However, the result is that we Canadian’s are not very good at managing our water consumption, as you can see in the graph below.
There’s a pretty clear inverse correlation between the price of water and the consumption of water. It makes sense. Generally the more something costs, the more careful people are with it. That’s pretty similar to how we manage electricity too.
Our domestic water requires both water treatment and power for pumping. Old pumping system were generally very inefficient designs because electricity was cheap and technology was expensive. That’s one of the problems we had with the old domestic cold water booster pumps at Toronto General Hospital.
Toronto General Hospital is undergoing a major retrofit of its central chilled water plant, one that will fundamentally improve the system’s capabilities and dramatically reduce electricity costs. The plant is essential to services at the hospital, providing chilled water to equipment and ventilation. It cools operating rooms, equipment for MRI and CT scans, servers, rooms with -80ºC freezers, the cyclotron, as well as all the clinics, patient rooms, and offices throughout TGH’s two million square feet. The new system will save the Continue reading
A snake plant, pictured above, is one of the many plants that can naturally filter your air. Near the end of this article there’s a link to six other plants that are also great air filters.
Making an indoor environment healthy for human occupants is not as simple as it seems. There are Continue reading