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
We empower our employees and volunteers to 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 square foot Aquaquest – the Marilyn Blusson Learning Centre 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 our most expansive revitalization in our history, we envisioned an innovative, sustainability-centered venue that would showcase aquatic life within the natural setting of Stanley Park. In 2014, the ribbon was cut on the new Aquarium Entrance Complex and visitors can now see the product of this vision from the moment they set foot in the immersive space.
Our Environmental Policy commits to 'including the environment and lifecycle thinking in purchasing decisions’. We do this through surveying our suppliers on their environmental and social practices as well as employing lifecycle impact surveys for new products pre-purchase.. We buy green in many areas of our operation, including:
In our Environmental Policy, we make a commitment to identify waste streams and work to eliminate them. We fulfill this commitment by conducting annual waste audits to help us better understand our waste and then to implement new waste-reduction and recycling programs. 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.
Our commitment to ’measuring and managing natural resource use’ extends to energy use, chemical management, water conservation and green transportation.
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.