Sustainability is one of the most pressing issues the world is facing today. Forward thinking companies are integrating sustainability into their vision, strategic planning and business operations and then marketing this progress as a means of meeting consumer’s expectations and capturing a larger market share.
Similarly, Vic West Lawn Bowls and Croquet has recognized that for our organization to prosper over time we must not only produce financial performance but deliver a ‘step-change’ in how we mitigate our environmental footprint. Our business philosophy is for a culture of sustainability to be interwoven into the fabric of our everyday business decision making – not as a separate goal or intention.
Our view of sustainability is based on three broad pillars, comprised of social and cultural equity (our members and community); economic health (our financial prosperity); and environmental stewardship (our impact on the environment). Collectively, we believe these ‘pillars’ are the foundation for a strong, vibrant and healthy organization.
Our Sustainability Framework, the first of its kind for a Lawn Bowling Club in British Columbia – is a strategy to embed sustainability into the decision making process in our organization and to lead by example in terms of asset management, energy consumption, water and waste initiatives and operating an environmentally responsible facility. We want Vic West Lawn Bowls and Croquet to be known as a ‘leader’ in the operation of a clean, healthy, green and prosperous community recreational and social facility.
We believe in ‘doing our part’ and we now have a process for identifying and implementing sustainability opportunities that will contribute to the long term vitality and resilience of our South Vancouver Island community.
Sustainability Initiatives completed:
2021 – Coming soon. Two new sustainability projects to be finalized by September 30th.
2020 – Re-paved the four asphalt sidewalks (4000 sq. ft.) surrounding the bowling and croquet green with a non-slip, impact absorbing rubber surface made from environmentally friendly 100% recycled tires.
2019 – Constructed compost box for grass clippings and turf cores (from bowling and croquet green maintenance), general garden waste and select food waste for re-use as compost on facility gardens; and, installed solar powered exterior safety lighting.
2018 – Retrofitted Club House facility with energy efficient and effective windows, doors, heat pump (with back-up baseboard heaters) and LED overhead lighting – reduced annual energy consumption by up to 40%.