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Emerald Ash Borer damaged trees to be turned on-site into useable lumber

Jul 24, 2014

Media Advisory

On Saturday July 26, 2014 Partners in Project Green, an organization committed to helping businesses in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone manage sustainability programs, will present an on-site demonstration of business collaboration organized by its Material Exchange Program. The demonstration will showcase how organizations are working together to create an ecologically sound solution to manage the waste from infected ash trees.

The challenge:  As a result of insect-related damage caused by the Emerald Ash Borer, hundreds of businesses in the GTA must remove infected ash trees.  This growing problem is expected to cause the loss and requirement for disposal of nearly all of the City of Toronto's 860,000 ash trees by 2017.

The demonstration:  Partners in Project Green brings together Bentall Kennedy, Canada's largest property manager and a real estate investment manager committed to sustainable practices, and Sawmill Sid Lands & Housing, a building and landscaping firm with a specialty in mobile sawmilling.  Bentall Kennedy's infected trees will sustainably be converted to useable lumber by Sawmill Sid, on-site and without creation of excess waste or related transportation, emission and storage challenges.

Event Details:     Ash trees processing and milling demonstration. Learn more about this exciting initiative to turn infected ash trees into useable lumber and watch as Sawmill Sid processes and mills the trees right on-site.

Media are invited to join Partners in Project Green for a demonstration of on-site processing and milling of damaged ash trees by Sawmill Sid at Bentall Kennedy's Etobicoke office location.

Event Details:     Ash tree processing and milling demonstration. Learn more about the potential for sustainable property management practices to minimize waste and environmental challenges, and watch as a mobile sawmill operation turn trees into lumber on-site.

Date:                    Saturday, July 26, 2014

Time:                    9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  

Attendees:          City of Toronto Foresters, Toronto and Region Conservation, Region of Peel, Weston Forest Products, Bentall Kennedy, Sawmill Sid Lands & Housing

Location:             10 Carlson Court, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6A2


About Partners in Project Green

Partners in Project Green ( is a growing community of businesses working together to green their bottom line by creating an internationally-recognized 'eco-business zone' around Toronto Pearson. Through new forms of business-to-business collaboration, Partners in Project Green delivers programming that helps businesses reduce energy and resource costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost-effective manner.


Media information:
Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Public Relations, Toronto and Region Conservation, 416-661-6600 x 5632,

On-site Contacts:

Alex Dumesle, Manager, Partners in Project Green, Cell: 416-508-8056


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Elizabeth Oakley
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5856

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