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 Trail and Ed-Venture Lodge
The Wander and Ed-Venture Lodge opened in late 2013. This area is a LEED® Silver candidate project with the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC).
One 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.
It is an exciting model of environmental responsibility.