Green roofs are exponentially growing in popularity in North American urban development due to their many environmental, economic, and social benefits. Despite this, green roof policy progress in Canada has been slow, which has been identified as a key factor in promoting green roofing. As a result, green roofs have yet to permeate public consciousness.

Bart Danko aims to tackle this problem in Terra Communis, a film which explores green roofs and green roof policy in the Greater Toronto Area. Through interviews with academics, green roof installers, green roof manufacturers, municipal policymakers, green roof owners, and others, this film explores green roofing as a tool to mitigate local and global environmental problems. It also documents Bart Danko’s personal process of engaging with municipal policy in Brampton, Ontario, a rapidly developing city that is blurring the boundary between suburban and urban.

In two forms, a film and a policy document, this project hopes to encourage innovative green roof policies in Ontario and beyond.

TERRA COMMUNIS: “Land that no one owns or over which no state exercises sovereignty and that is theoretically available on equal terms for all to use.” – Oxford Reference