Mountain Equipment Co-op

Mountain Equipment Co-op or MEC, is a popular outdoor gear company in Canada. They are true pioneers in green rooftop installation. Seen here is the roof of a MEC store in Toronto. All the plants are native to Canada and are suited for prairie conditions. They have created prairie environments on many of their outlets, including the award-winning Winnipeg and Montreal locations. These green roofs are carefully planned ecosystems which, once established, sustain themselves as they would in the countryside. The one in Toronto covers an area of almost 10,000 sq.f. which means that over half of the entire surface is covered in shrubs, perennial grasses, flowers, herbs, and groundcovers.