Green roofs are growing in popularity in Canadian urban development because of their many environmental, economic, and social benefits. However, laws and policies promoting green roofs in Canada have been slow-coming, despite these tools having been identified as a key factor in increasing the number of green roofs in a city. As a result, green roofs have also yet to permeate the public consciousness.

Bart Danko tries to tackle this problem in Terra Communis, a project that examines green roofs and green roof policies through a film and policy document. Through interviews with academics, green roof installers, green roof manufacturers, municipal policymakers, green roof owners, and others, the film explores green roofing as a tool to mitigate local and global environmental problems. The film also explores Bart Danko’s personal process of engaging with municipal policy in Brampton, Ontario, a rapidly developing city that is blurs the boundary between suburban and urban. The policy document supplements the film by making tangible recommendations for innovative green roof policies in Brampton, 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