Sustainability at NVDPL

Libraries are sustainable by nature but North Vancouver District Library is doing so much more.

Here are a few of North Vancouver District Public Library's sustainability success stories:

• Our Lynn Valley Main Library has been officially certified LEED® Silver for New Construction.

• Our Capilano Branch has undergone a seismic upgrade and has been officially certified LEED® for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance.

• The Library has an active Green Team that spearheads sustainability initiatives for the Library.

• Through increased signage for recycling bins, a “get rid of it responsibly” campaign to recycle plastics not accepted in blue bins, and regular waste audits to monitor recycling levels, the Library was able to divert 67 per cent of its waste from the landfill in 2011.

• We operate our facilities using more sustainable and energy efficient practices, and we clean our buildings with green products.

• As a library, we are sustainably by nature! Just by borrowing a book from the Library or purchasing a gently used book from one of our book sales, you are doing the environment a favour. Feel good about borrowing!

NVDPL Green Team:

The Green Team brings together staff members who are passionate about reducing the Library’s ecological footprint. The Team organizes Earth Day and Earth Hour celebrations, staff recycling initiatives, sustainability awareness campaigns and much more!

The Green Team's motto is "sustainable is attainable!"  You can recognize Green Team initiatives in the Library when you see the Green Team's logo:

Playing an Active Role in the Bigger Picture:

The actions of the Library are aligned with the District of North Vancouver’s vision for a sustainable future.

We are Here to Help:

Whether you are looking for local recycling information, or researching global climate change, ask one of our helpful staff in the library.