In June 2011, the 61 year-old building of West Vancouver Memorial Library received LEED Canada Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance Silver certification, a FIRST for British Columbia! The library manages its power consumption and you can view their Pulse Energy Dashboard, and they lend power meters to their patrons! Individuals and the institution take actions to reduce garbage, recycle everything from styrofoam to electronics, conserve water and energy, & source and use greener office and cleaning supplies (check out their link to green suppliers). They even created a Green Building Operations Policy. Soon their will have a new roof which will be low maintenance, cost effective and energy efficient. Their library green team educates and promotes sustainable actions such as alternative transportation like walking, cycling, public transportation and carpooling which now is up to 50% of all staff members’ trips to and from the Library.
They are very interested in linking up with other librarians who have been working on making libraries greener so they can continue to improve. From Librarian Tara Matsuzaki: “It is also our goal to inspire others and share how we took lots of small steps became more sustainabl. Please visit our sustainability page or contact us. ”
Read more about their amazing initiatives!