WE’VE GOT AN IMPRESSIVE GOAL: zero garbage, zero water waste and zero carbon emissions.
We get nearly four million visitors a year. That’s a lot of garbage, a lot of toilets being flushed, a lot of exhaust from cars and a lot of expensive power to heat and cool our buildings. It’s also a lot of money going up the chimney, out the window, down the drain and into the garbage. So, we’ve come up with TARGET ZERO as a way to be good to the environment while saving money.
With TARGET ZERO we are working hard to reduce our impact on the Earth, so we’re taking every step we can to implement innovative and responsible environmental practices.
We've completed a number of projects to-date:
Geothermal Heat Pump System
The Forks Market has replaced its old HVAC system with a closed vertical loop geothermal heat pump system.
From French fries to tractor fuel, we’ve converted used oil that comes out of our restaurants’ deep fryers to fuel that powers our equipment at The Forks.
We are currently composting materials from our full and fast food service restaurants and fresh food producer at The Forks Market.
By changing the way we use water, The Forks Market alone saves three Olympic-sized pools of water every year.
An effective recycling program is now underway throughout The Forks.
Target Zero Eco-Kids Tours, presented by MMSM
Our Target Zero Eco Kids Tour presented by MMSM is an innovative and interactive walking tour that teaches kids how to minimize their carbon footprint by showcasing what we have done here at The Forks.The tours, created and executed in conjunction with Green Kids Inc., offers a 60 minute interactive walking experience for school aged children. Led by two actors, the tour stops at Target Zero hot spots like the Biovator, the geothermal loops, the rain water collectors near the parkade and finishes with a personal message the kids can do at home, reducing, reusing and recycling.
Each 60 minute tour is FREE and can accommodate up to 25 school children. Programming runs April through June on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Booking must be made a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. To book your class call 204.987.4378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE Target Zero Eco Tours, presented by MMSM
Every Sunday and Tuesday in July, join us for a 60 minute Eco Tour around The Forks. Based off of the popular Eco-Kids Tour, this FREE interactive experience, led by two actors, invites visitors to explore what The Forks has done to reduce their waste while encouraging visitors to think 'green' and minimize their own carbon footprint.
Meet at 11 a.m. in front of The Forks Market main entrance by the Grey Owl. The tour is suitable for all ages and no registration is required. Maximum number of participants is 25 per tour.
Because Target Zero is ongoing, we’re constantly looking for more ways to change our impact on the environment. There are a lot of exciting plans in the mix.