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:

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.