At Library and Archives Canada (LAC), sustainability and green operations are at the heart of the institution’s decisions about developing its facilities, and they continue to be key components in achieving its priorities.
Inspired by the 2019 to 2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, which presents the Government of Canada’s sustainable development goals and targets, LAC has made a commitment to explore innovative ways to reduce its environmental footprint.
Did you know that sustainable development was incorporated into the plans for LAC’s two ongoing building projects: the second preservation facility in Gatineau and the new Ottawa Public Library/LAC joint facility in Ottawa? Consult LAC’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy: 2020–2023 to find out more about the wide range of measures that the institution is implementing to reduce the environmental effects associated with its physical operations and procurement decisions
After all, the whole idea of sustainability is fundamentally linked to two of the four parts of LAC’s mandate: to preserve Canada’s documentary heritage for the benefit of present and future generations, and to serve as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.