Gold Is the New Green
The Canada Council for the Arts has gained enough points to earn the highest designation by the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict (OCED) in the EcoDistrict Designation assessment in December. The Gold EcoDistrict Designation was awarded in recognition of the achievements the Canada Council for the Arts has achieved in reducing their waste, water, and energy, as well as for choosing sustainable transportation methods. The Canada Council for the Arts, located at 150 Elgin Street, has demonstrated sustainable practices by installing high efficiency lighting, motion sensors, Energy Star rated office equipment, water efficient fixtures and rainwater cisterns. Committed to sustainable transportation methods, 45% of employees use public transit, 18% walk, 9% cycle and 7% carpool. The Canada Council for Arts was also recognized for diverting waste such as paper, cans, glass and compost from landfills.
The Canada Council for the Arts is known for its support in grants and recognition of Canadian artists, musicians, theatre, visual
arts, dance, media arts, publishing, writing and integrated arts. The Canada Council for the Arts not only continues to promote and raise awareness of the arts in the public, but also in promoting sustainability. This achievement has shown the dedication and commitment of the Canada Council towards adopting sustainable practices. As a proud Champion member of the EcoDistrict Network, the Canada Council continually supports the OCED in reaching our goals to transform the downtown core into an economically, socially, and environmentally efficient place.