The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has officially gone green.
The CMHR has received LEED Silver building status by the Canada Green Building Council, meeting some of the highest environmental performance standards in the world.
“Human rights and environmental responsibility are interconnected,” said CMHR president and CEO John Young. “People have the right to live in health and safety, to earn a sustainable livelihood and to maintain culture.”
The museum’s green features include a prairie grass roof, rainwater harvesting, natural lighting and a high-efficiency heating system that contributed to its rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.
This past summer, the museum’s grounds were also the site of a community garden created in partnership with horticulture students from the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development.