Calgary Zoo recognized for enduring commitment to forest conservation

Posted on November 27

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Zoo is proud to be a recipient of the Forest Stewardship Council’s 2019 FSC Leadership Award (Design & Build) for Panda Passage. The FSC Leadership Awards celebrate people, companies and buildings for their commitment to responsible sourcing and forest management.

The Design & Build category recognizes excellence and innovation in the use of FSC-certified building materials in residential and commercial design and construction to create a space that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. The winning project must have been completed in 2017 or 2018, be located in the United States or Canada, and utilize at least 50% FSC-certified materials.

Both the Calgary Zoo, along with lead architects, Zeidler Architecture, were recognized for “demonstrating tenacity and commitment in sourcing extensive FSC wood for this state-of-the-art panda habitat”.

As environmental stewards of sustainability, the Calgary Zoo set out to use our resources in the most efficient way possible. Panda Passage is part of the Calgary Zoo’s commitment to cutting-edge habitat design and has even received Petal Certification, making it the most advanced habitat in the world, and the first project to receive the designation in Alberta.

The FSC Leadership Award acknowledges the Calgary Zoo’s continued commitment to taking action to ensure our spaces give back more than they take through design and construction.