OVERVIEW

We are committed to sustainability

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. 

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Reducing Waste

In our Environmental Policy, we make a commitment to identify waste streams and work to eliminate them. In our offices, we compost food waste and recycle everything from standard paper, cardboard, and containers to less standard items like nitrile gloves, ceramics, writing instruments, and electronics.

All Aquarium Café disposable dishware and utensils, as well as food waste is composted and turned into Class A compost that is used to grow certified organic alfalfa and hops in the British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.

Resource Protection

We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. Our commitments extend to energy conservation, chemical management, water conservation, and green transportation.

Conserving Water
 

Conserving Water

We monitor our use, set annual objectives, and actively work to reduce our freshwater use. We've installed low-flow toilets and showers, added rainwater collection to our roofs, moved to hydraulic to pneumatic valves, and more. 

Bring Your Own Bottle
 

Bring Your Own Bottle

In April 2017 the Vancouver Aquarium ceased the sale of disposable water bottles (in 2016 they sold 39,000 bottles), asking guests instead to bring their own bottle nd fill it in one of the seven onsite water fountain / bottle fill stations.

Conserving Energy
 

Conserving Energy

We monitor use, set annual objectives, and actively work to reduce our electricity and natural gas use. We've transitioned to more energy efficient LED bulbs, incorporated a District Energy System loop inro our newest buildings, and more. 

Managing Chemicals
 

Managing Chemicals

We manage chemicals very diligently. All of our chemicals are inventoried. in an online database where employees have 24-hour access to safety data sheets to make sure they can do their jobs safely.  

Review And Replace
 

Review And Replace

We continually review our chemical inventory and look for environmentally preferable substitutions for conventional chemical products. 

Green Transportation
 

Green Transportation

We work hard to ensure our employees and volunteers can get to work sustainably. As a corporate member of Mobi Bike Share we offer discounted bike share membership, we also have onsite electric vehicle charging, and over 100 bike spots. 

Association Of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA) Green Award
 

Association Of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA) Green Award

Every year, AZA recognizes top achievements from zoos and aquariums across North America. in 2015, the Vancouver Aquarium received the Green Award for outstanding environmental consciousness and institutional green practices.  

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