Vancouver 2020 – Greenest City in the World
Vancouver is working hard on it’s action plan to become the Greenest City in the world by the year 2020. To help them reach this goal, The City of Vancouver requires that all new municipal facilities be built to Leadership in Energy and Design ( or LEED certified) Gold standard as a minimum. (Ref: Vancouver Action Plan) This action plan led to Vancouver being awarded the “Best Green Policy” by the World Green Business Council in November of 2013.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in over 132 countries. Since 2002, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and LEED Canada have been redefining the buildings and communities where Canadians live, work, and learn.
It’s All About Sustainability
An LEED certified building recognizes that sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings – in their design, construction, and operation. Over the past 11 years, the CaGBC has certified over 1000 LEED buildings in Canada and registered over 4000, the second highest number in the world.
Green buildings create a healthier working environment for staff and tenants, through better air ventilation and more natural daylight. Green buildings reduce waste, conserve energy, decrease water consumption, and drive innovation.
Many BC municipalities, including the City of New Westminster (our main office location ) are adopting the well-recognized LEED® building rating system for new civic buildings. Adopting the LEED Gold rating standard demonstrates that New Westminster (along with other BC municipalities) is serious about reducing greenhouse gases, saving energy, reducing operational costs and the City’s overall environmental footprint.
According to the Canadian Green Business Council , the results of the going green initiative has led to major changes since 2005:
- Enough energy savings to power 54,307 homes
- Recycled 2 million tonnes of construction debris, which is equal to about 639,642 garbage trucks
- Reduced greenhouse gases equal to taking 58,980 cars off the road
- Water savings equivalent to 1,336 Olympic sized swimming pools
Green Construction Cleaning And Janitorial
Master Care Janitorial and Facility Services is proud to be a green cleaning company that can help buildings get LEED certified. With a variety of professional cleaning and facility services, Master Care can offer its assistance in the construction and operation of LEED buildings. After all, we currently service Metro Vancouver’s first LEED Gold building, so we do have the knowledge and the experience!