Consistent with Edmonton's vision to build sustainable infrastructure, projects at the Edmonton Valley Zoo will be models of environmental responsibility.
All new buildings will take advantage of natural light and air ventilation and incorporate features that harness green technologies to leave a smaller ecological footprint on the natural systems and wild places that the zoo is working so hard to conserve.
The Arctic Shores exhibit is home to animals of the sea. The exhibit opened in 2012. It features state of the art environmentally friendly practices, and technology.
- Storm water is captured and reused
- A featured green roof reduces the volume of water run-off
- Pool water is filtered naturally by plant materials in working wetlands and reused
- Pine-beetle kill wood was used in building construction
- Landscape plantings are drought tolerant
The Wander and Ed-Venture Lodge
LEED® is a certification program and benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance buildings and interiors. The certification is awarded by achieving credits in 7 key areas of sustainability:
- Sustainable sights
- Water efficiency
- Energy and atmosphere
- Materials are resources
- Environmental quality
- Innovation and design
- Regional priority
Some of the highlights of the Wander and Ed-Venture Lodge are that over 20% of the materials used to build the gift shop, café and education centre buildings contain recycled content and were regionally sourced. Additionally over 50% of the wood used on this exhibit was harvested from sustainably managed forests that promote reforestation and protect habitats against clear-cutting.
We are thrilled to introduce this new and exciting wing of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. It is an exciting model of environmental responsibility.