Check out our resident Bald Eagles who have made a new home here at Hastings Park.
The pair have been constructing a new nest since late last year in a Douglas Fir at the South West corner of the Sanctuary here in Hastings Park. This new nest replaces the previous nest they occupied for years closer to the PNE Forum, which had been blown over last year in a wind storm.
Did you know that the PNE’s Sanctuary is home to 137 different species of birds. This natural ecosystem in the middle of Hastings Park is a beautiful walk with ponds, trees and diverse wildlife.
Thank you to Hastings Park Conservancy friend, Doug Cooper for the photo and background on our resident Bald Eagles.
From Playland and The Fair to indoor and outdoor year-round events, the staff at the PNE are committed to improving the PNE’s environmental footprint and making sustainability investment a top priority. We even have a full time Sustainability Captain on staff!
Here’s a few of the environmental strides that we’ve made:
- On Wednesday August 27, 2014, we had our first attempt at a zero waste day during The Fair. With support from Vancity and their community partners we were able to divert 95% of that day’s waste from the landfill.
- During The 2013 Fair, we diverted over 17 tonnes of pre-consumer food waste from the landfill, and collected and recycled 175 tonnes of animal waste and shavings from our agriculture department.
- In 2014, 75 new waste diversion stations were added throughout Playland and the PNE Fairgrounds to increase our annual waste diversion rates.
- 20,000 fluorescent tubes and incandescent light bulbs were saved from the landfill, and turned into recyclable glass and capturing bulb glass.
- Food waste, scrap metal and garden waste are all collected and recycled by our staff to divert all of these items from the landfill.
- We are a member of ClimateSmart, which measures and monitors for the purpose of reducing the our carbon footprint and environmental impact.
- Used grease from many sources, including the oil used to cook Mini Donuts, is collected and recycled.
- Non-recyclable food plastics and Styrofoam have been banned on site and we require any vendor coming to Hastings Park to use only compostable and recyclable containers.
- We are a member of Green Sports Alliance where we share and gain sustainable information with other facilities.
- Low flow toilets and automatic faucets were installed in the Pacific Coliseum and PNE Forum to reduce water usage.
We are on a journey to zero waste. That statement is HUGE, it extends throughout our buildings, our parks and our annual attractions, and it’s one that we’re proud of and working hard towards.