Our innovative, sustainability-centered buildings
We buy green in many areas of our operation
Composting, recycling, repairing
We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment
Our employees and volunteers keep sustainability in mind
The reality is that our buildings and operations have an impact on the environment and the animals we work to protect whether it be through the use of energy, the generation of waste, or the buying of goods. In our efforts to mitigate that impact, Vancouver Aquarium has become a leader in environmental sustainability practices. This movement started in 2006 when we built our first green building certified as LEED Gold and continued in 2009 when we made a commitment to certify our environmental program to the international standard ISO 14001. In doing so, Vancouver Aquarium became the first aquarium in the world to build a LEED® Gold building and achieve ISO 14001 certification for their environmental program. Our commitment to being an environmental responsible organization is driven from the top. Our Senior VP Business and CFO built and signed off on our first Environmental Policy statement back in 2009. While the policy continues to evolve to integrate best practices, it has always been our guiding document and our commitment to the world on being a green organization.
Aquaquest – the Marilyn Blusson Learning Centre: The 52,000 sq. ft. building was certified LEED Gold back in 2006. It has some interesting green features that are still innovative today. Main Entrance Complex: When the we initiated plans for the most expansive revitalization in our history, we envisioned an innovative, sustainability-centered venue that would showcase aquatic life in the natural setting of Stanley Park. In 2014, the ribbon was cut on the new Aquarium Entrance Complex, and in 2016 it received LEED Gold certification.
Ocean Wise and Vancouver Aquarium attract employees and volunteers that believe in the organization’s mission and work hard every day to create a world in which oceans are healthy and flourishing. Two groups who support our employees and volunteers in doing this are the Aquarium’s Green Team and Environmental Management System Team.
Want to learn more about our impact
on the world? Read our annual report.