LEED Certification

The issue of climate change and its impact on the environment and wildlife is a matter of particular concern at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Therefore, we are committed to pursuing choices that minimize our environmental impact.
One way to accomplish this objective is through green building efforts, particularly related to the rating systems of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. In May 2015, the Assiniboine Park Zoo received LEED Silver certification for the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre building, a level based on a ranking of points driven by credits for various green building practices.
The LEED Green Building Rating System® is a certification program established by the Canada Green Building Council that encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED helps create more sustainable building environments by providing a framework for design, construction, and evaluation.
LEED is part of an integrated, strategic planning and design process that aims to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
 Visit the Canada Green Building Council web site to learn more about LEED certification.

Climate Change

Geothermal Energy

The Zoo’s new Journey to Churchill exhibit features a number of sustainable design and operational features that are invisible to Zoo visitors including a new geothermal energy system that meets 100% of the heating and cooling needs of the exhibit.

The geothermal energy is conducted by a closed loop system of plastic pipes under the Zoo’s parking lot that circulates a methanol mixture. This transfers heat from the earth into buildings in winter and during the summer, rejects heat from the buildings back into the earth.

The new district geothermal energy system provides a clean and renewable energy source for four detached buildings in Journey to Churchill:

• Gateway to Arctic building,
• Tundra Grill,
• water treatment complex, and
• the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) selected geothermal energy over fossil-fuel options as part of our commitment to addressing climate change and being a model for modern conservation practices.  APC will also benefit from a significant reduction in long-term energy costs for the exhibit. 

The Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Geothermal Energy System was funded in part by a $105,160 grant from the Manitoba Geothermal Energy Incentive Program.