17:00 to 18:00 GMT (London Time)
WEST VANCOUVER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Director Jenny Benedict will outline how the Library became the first in Canada to be awarded LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EB: O&M). She will be joined by Green Team member Julie Backer who will speak to the grassroots staff-led effort that conceived of ways to save energy, reduce waste, conserve water and restrict hazardous chemical use. The Library’s work was featured in the award-winning 2013 book, Greening Libraries.
DENVER ZOO, COLORADO, USA
Jennifer Hale, Director of Safety and Sustainability, will outline the Zoo’s work at the forefront of environmentalism - specifically: converting the zoo’s animal waste and human trash into usable energy and heat; cutting material inputs; and reusing water. In 2009 the Zoo was the first U.S. zoo to receive ISO 14001 international certification for its environmental management efforts and, in 2011, the first recipient of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Green Award.
About The New Barn-Raising
The New Barn-Raising is an initiative to encourage the exchange of international best practice around sustaining community and civic assets such as parks, recreation centers, libraries, neighborhood stores, senior centers, museums and theaters. These are places and spaces characterized by a high degree of accessibility, popularity and sense of belonging to 'the people'.
The term New Barn-Raising refers to how different groups (business, citizens, foundations, non-profits groups, politicians, social entrepreneurs, social investors, taxpayers and unions) can all pull together to support assets.