Our Green Initiatives
At the YMCA, we believe a great future is a green future. Our investments in new technology, waste conservation initiatives and energy retrofit projects will ensure that we operate in a sustainable manner. By focusing our efforts on environmental initiatives that will deliver cost-savings to our operations, we can reinvest funds to support both sustainable and social initiatives. Our environmental priorities include:
Natural playgrounds let kids connect with their environment by providing a safe play space that uses natural elements such as mature trees, fallen logs, flowers, hills, valleys and boulders.
Green roofs and terraces are designed and built by volunteers and community members to encourage educational experiences, ensure accessibility for all persons with disabilities and use locally grown plants and shrubs.
Cedar Glen YMCA Outdoor Centre is an environmentally focused education space offering leadership development programs that give youth opportunities to gain independence and explore their potential. They also get the chance to experience the outdoors in its natural state, learn about environmental technology and help transform our planet to become sustainably green.
Our YMCA centres are prime targets for education and conservation efforts such as low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads, and efficient laundering and faucet shut-off sensors. There is so much we want to do, including the following projects:
- Upgrading our appliances to low-flow technology
- Upgrading our water fountains to include a spout to refill water bottles
- Keeping our pools clean and clear with newer technologies and less chlorine
We want to reduce our carbon footprint by:
- Upgrading to LED lighting and other more modern light technologies, which will have a huge impact on our large centres
- Upgrading our heating equipment to reduce gas consumption
- Installing waste heat recovery units for pool water at our health and fitness locations
You can help us build a healthy tomorrow. To learn more about how our volunteers are helping keep our communities green, visit our blog.