In 2011, the Aquarium diverted 84 per cent of its wastes from the landfill (largely as a result of composting and recycling), reduced its overall electrical consumption by 14 per cent, and converted all café serving ware to 100 per cent compostable materials.
The Vancouver Aquarium has been selected by Maclean’s magazine and its research partner Aon Hewitt as one of Canada’s top Green 30 companies. As a Green 30 company, the Vancouver Aquarium is being recognized for incorporating best practices in environmental stewardship into the organization’s business model and culture.
Many of the environmental milestones achieved internally within the Vancouver Aquarium are due to the work of its Environment Management System team, which has worked with every department to implement various environmental measures. The Aquarium also has a voluntary task force called the Green Team, which conducts lunch-and-learns and “green” challenges for staff and volunteers.
Vancouver Aquarium’s national public conservation programs, including Ocean Wise and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a joint initiative with WWF and presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, also helped to earn high marks among the organization’s employees.
The Green 30 list was developed based on feedback submitted by each organization’s employee base, and was independently compiled by Aon Hewitt, a research firm partnering with Maclean’s magazine to create the list. Maclean’s May 7 issue, available on newsstands starting April 26, includes the entire Green 30 list.
The Vancouver Aquarium was the first aquarium in the world to receive both LEED Gold and ISO 14001 certifications and is considered one of the greenest civic institutions in Canada.