Eco-friendly Operations Centre honoured with second LEED Platinum designation
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In 2006, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Operations Centre was the first building in Canada to be honoured with the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership Platinum Designation in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Six years later, after ongoing monitoring of energy use, water efficiency, recycling, building maintenance and staff habits, the centre has received another award: a LEED Platinum Designation for the Operations and Maintenance.
The Operations Centre met one of its loftiest targets by ensuring almost all the additional costs of incorporating green technology were covered by energy savings within the first 5 years of operation. Meeting this goal has demonstrated to Canada’s building industry that investments in green design really do translate into long-term benefits, both for the environment and the organization.
The Tricks to Staying Sustainable
Interested in how Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Operation Centre cuts back on its costs and environmental impact? Here are a few of the ways it continues to run sustainably:
- 95% of waste enters the recycling stream, including soft plastics, electronics and Styrofoam
- Natural climate control is achieved through solar panels, sun shades, operable windows, and geothermal heating
- Timed lights reduce energy waste
- Sustainable purchasing for ongoing consumables
- A native Garry oak garden has resulted in elimination of irrigation
- Conscientious day-to-day staff practices including cycling and carpooling to the office
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve would like to thank participation by industry partners, such as McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd., Stantec Engineering
Reservations available for Sidney Spit Camping
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You can now reserve your campsite at Sidney Spit (Sidney Island) simply by visiting the Parks Canada Campground Reservation Service at reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca or by phone at 1-877-737-3783. Our new service will allow visitors to choose their own campsite in all three of the park’s reservable campgrounds.
Please note that current park fees are in place until March 31, 2013 and are subject to change. Fee adjustments may be implemented in summer 2013. Click here for current fee information.