The Royal Tyrrell Museum is “going green” to show our support for, and to raise awareness of, energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. We are taking an environmentally proactive approach in everything we do – from exhibit development to marketing and promotions.
In 2007, the Museum became the first Canadian museum to receive the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) “Going Green” designation. What does it mean to be green? So far, it means making small changes in the way we do things in order to generate cost savings, energy savings, and planet savings.
Some of the initiatives that the Royal Tyrrell Museum has been involved with are:
On Earth Day, April, 22, 2010 the Royal Tyrrell Museum along with the support local Drumheller businesses owners organized the first annual Drumheller Valley Trash Challenge. Participants were divided into teams and sent throughout the valley to clean up our local surroundings. In total, two large commercial dumpsters of trash were removed from our community spaces in one afternoon. This is now an annual community event.
Calgary Stampede Parade Float
In an effort to promote the “Go Green” initiative, the Museum has pledged to build only recycled, reclaimed, and recyclable entries for the Calgary Stampede Parade. As a true act of green the Museum’s past two float entries were self-propelled by Museum staff and earned us First Place as the “Most Creative Entry” and Third Place in the “Best Non-Profit” category for the 2010 Calgary Stampede Parade. Watch on YouTube.
Bat Housing Project
Through the generous support of Canadian Bat Houses Inc. and Dr. Robert Barclay, Professor and Department Head of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, the Museum will be introducing five bat houses into Midland Provincial Park in spring 2011. Our hope is that through the use of bats we can reduce the use of pesticides used to control mosquito larvae and adult mosquitoes in the surrounding area. Each bat house can hold up to 200 bats and each bat can eat up to its weight equivalent in insects each night. That’s a lot of mosquitoes!
To date, our green strategies include the installation of hands-free faucets in all of our staff and public washrooms, an overhaul of our lighting systems in our collections storage area, a reduction of lighting fixtures throughout our public spaces, as well as a major landscaping revitalization project.
Slowly, but surely, we make thinking green part of everything we do. There are many more green initiatives to come, and we’ll do our best to tell you a bit about our progress as we move forward into an era of eco-responsibility.