On Wednesday, January 6th, FortWhyte Alive was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Sustainability Award in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability. Selected for this distinction by the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development, members of FortWhyte’s 2015 Sustainability Committee – Richard Bolton, Minna Goulet, Janna Barkman and Ian Carter – were on hand to accept the achievement from the Honourable Tom Nevakshonoff, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship.
FortWhyte released its 2015 Sustainability Plan last January and has already completed many of the actions set out in the five-year proposal. Highlights include:
- An LED Lighting Retrofit in both the Interpretive Centre and Alloway Reception Centre, as well as an exterior walkway lighting retrofit which resulted in annual savings of 14,960 watts, and $3,050
- Installation of two electric vehicle charging stations in the Alloway Reception Centre parking lot
- The launch of a new integrated Compost Program, resulting in approximately 60% of Buffalo Stone Café kitchen waste to be diverted from landfill
- A Waste Audit completed by AET Group, which studied refuse collected at the Buffalo Stone Café, Nature Shop, SRFS, Interpretive Centre, outdoor waste garbage and recycling bins
- The launch of the FortWhyte Alive Sustainable Procurement Policy and FortWhyte Alive Green Building Policy
- Property Condition Assessment and Energy Assessment of the 32-year-old Interpretive Centre performed by Stantec Consulting Ltd, which provided recommendations for future energy efficiency upgrades
- Participating in and served as a location for October’s Sustainability Month public engagement events, hosted by Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development Working Group and Manitoba Eco-Network
- Hosting “Education for Sustainable Development” Professional Development Day at FortWhyte Farms, in partnership with Manitoba Education
- Recognized as a Finalist for Travel Manitoba’s Tourism Award for “Sustainable Tourism”
FortWhyte is thrilled to be on the leading edge of sustainable initiatives in the province, and the Committee is already hard at work on the goals for 2016. This year’s action plan includes: increasing the capacity of the on-site composting program, developing strategies to improve the health of FortWhyte’s lakes, as well as conducting an audit of the Nature Shop to increase the amount of merchandise that is locally and ethically sourced.
Details of the Sustainability Plan can be found on our website, here.