The Calgary Zoo has just received the prestigious Petal Certification for its Panda Passage.
At the zoo, four Giant Pandas (yes, that’s literally what they are called) live in one of the world’s most advanced habitats. The cutting-edge design along with the use of land gave the Calgary Zoo the competitive edge to win.
The Petal Certification Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) Living Building Challenge honours and celebrates the achievement of the world’s most rigorous building standards, according to a release from the Calgary Zoo.
This certification celebrates the Calgary Zoo’s initiative to ensure the space gives back more than it takes through careful design and construction surrounding the exhibits.
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In a statement, Parker Helble, Certification Manager at the ILFI, said he is thrilled to see conservation organizations like the Calgary Zoo adopt the Living Building Challenge.
“The zoo and ILFI share similar goals and values and Panda Passage is a wonderful reflection of this,” he said in the release.
“Panda Passage successfully incorporates beauty, biophilia, conservation, health, equity, and education at the intersection of species.”
Since it’s opening in May of 2018, the Panda Passage has earned four petals towards certification including health and happiness, materials, equity, and beauty.
Buildings must acquire three out of seven possible petals in order to achieve certification, one of which must be Water, Energy, or Materials. In addition s building may receive petals in Imperatives, Limits to Growth, and Inspiration and Education.
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm (4:45 pm is the last entry!)
Where: Calgary Zoo — 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Adult: $29.95
Senior (60+): $27.95
Child/Youth (3-15): $19.95
Infant (2 and under): Free