Saturday, July 19, 2008

Green Patio at Lesmill

As part of the effort to green head office, open up more space for building occupants & visitors and spruce up head office's look, a new patio above the front entrance is taking shape. With executive support from 1st VP / Treasurer Patty Rout, the green wellness patio was lead-handed by OPSEU's graphic designer Emily Visser.

This new outdoor, non-smoking space includes a glass & metal patio table with 6 chairs as well as 4 "made in Ontario" wooden chairs. A variety of indigenous plants were planted in 9 new clay pots. OPSEU is slated to receive a prototype recycling unit from a local company when it is ready (probably next year). Emily spent a lot of time looking for the most sustainable furnishings (within a fairly tight budget). (Check out Mark Barclay's electric bicycle below the patio)

The new non-smoking space will be accessible to staff, members and visitors at 100 Lesmill Road. Highly visible from the road, the patio augments the new indigenous plant garden beds which are are under development. Access is from the mezzanine level.

David Cox helps with planting on the new patio which has been planted with sunflowers and herbs for now.

Check out the patio the next time you're at head office!

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