Despite the rainy weather, Catriona Wilson, Vancouver Aquarium outreach education administrator, braved the elements to bike to work today. She is just one Vancouver Aquarium staffer taking part in Bike to Work Week from May 28 – June 1. Bike to Work Week is an initiative of HUB, a non-profit society in Vancouver to make cycling better through advocacy, education and celebration.
The Aquarium’s participation in initiatives such as Bike to Work Week supports the goals of its Environment Management System and Green Team task force (a voluntary group of staffers who encourage sustainable practices internally) to increase staff participation in “green” initiative in order to minimize carbon footprint.
“Every time we commute in a more sustainable manner, we are reducing our impact on the environment,” says Tara Schaufele, sustainability manager at the Aquarium. “It’s a part of our journey towards improved sustainability, which in our eyes never ends.”
The effort to be “green” is ongoing, which is why Aquarium staffers will also be taking part in another environmentally-friendly commuting event next week, called Commuter Challenge, taking place from June 3-9. As part of Canadian Environment Week, this initiative celebrates active and sustainable transportation and encourages Canadians to leave their car at home when commuting to work.
What steps will you take to be a “green” commuter?