Environmental Successes (Attractions)
Our commitment to implement effective and innovative environmental solutions extends to our Attractions division, where we manage world-renowned sites with a two-fold mission: to curate memorable experiences while enhancing environmental value for Canadians.
Not only is the CN Tower a globally recognized landmark, but the Canadian icon is also a leader in environmental sustainability. A BOMA BEST® Certified Gold building, here, local food sourcing is a top priority. Thirty-four per cent of foods and 70 per cent of liquor, wine and beer served at the Tower’s renowned 360 Restaurant are locally sourced – an achievement that’s earned the fine dining establishment Feast On® certification. The Tower’s commitment to sustainability also extends to its waste reduction; in 2018/19, the attraction moved to using cups, lids, takeout containers and disposable cutlery made entirely of compostable materials. As well, an investment in an ORCA system has diverted more than 11 tons of food waste.
Located in Toronto’s North York district, Downsview Park is a 291-acre (118-hectare) urban green space that offers a diverse range of public activities and programs. More than half of the 572-acre (231-hectare) site has been designated as park space and integrates trees (more than 120,000 of which we’ve planted), ponds, trails, sports fields and gardens, while the remaining land area is dedicated to the development of five sustainable neighbourhoods. Simultaneously, unnoticed features of the Park – for example, its stormwater management system – work behind the scenes to benefit the local community and ecosystem. Downsview Park is also proud of its educational programming, through which year-round, thousands of children and school groups are given the opportunity to learn about the environment and all its wonder.
Old Port of Montréal
Between 2005 and 2017, the Old Port of Montréal reduced its carbon emissions by 300 per cent (from 940 to 319 tonnes), while implementing various initiatives to reduce plastic waste. During the 2019 summer season, the Old Port planted 35 trees, 120 shrubs and 200 perennials, contributing to the site’s overall beauty and more importantly, the surrounding area’s ecological benefit.
- Since 2006, the CN Tower has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 85 per cent. The attraction continues to explore additional sustainability efforts, including the elimination of ozone-depleting refrigerants and the implementation of energy efficient technologies.
- After launching a pilot project in 2011, and more recently consulting experts and the public, Downsview Park is planning to move its urban agricultural space to its permanent location and increase it to ten-acres at the south end of Downsview Park.
- In keeping with its commitment to “reduce, restore and recover,” the Old Port of Montréal donates its outdated but functional devices to community and educational organizations.