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June 2004 Issue

Instead of Global Warming
In Ontario, one corporation reforested its campus to absorb greenhouse gases. After a decade, how's it doing?

By Ren Thomas

Instead of Global Warming
Image Courtesy PMA Landscape Architects

Creating a sustainable landscape is often easier in theory than in practice, particularly with our modern industrial landscapes. The naturalized industrial landscapes at Husky Injection Molding Systems are an attempt to make good on the theory. The development of this site over the past decade offers a valuable learning experience about the difficult process of creating sustainability, from detailed construction to the point at which most trees and plants can be considered well established.

Husky is a global supplier of plastic molding equipment to the plastics industry. Founded in 1953, the company has staff in 25 countries. Husky's head office in Bolton, Ontario, 30 miles north of Toronto, is a 70-acre campus that strongly contrasts with the neighboring industrial and suburban strip-mall landscapes. Instead of a vast lawn with a few clipped evergreens, the Husky campus features a densely planted landscape intended to be as sustainable as possible.

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