COPE Commissioner Loretta Woodcock is asking Vision Vancouver to signal their support in keeping Bloedel’s geodesic dome intact as a legacy building for Vancouver. Recently the Vancouver Park Board issued a Request for Expressions of Interest to seek business cases or concepts for the future use of the facility, in order to address the Bloedel Conservatory’s deficit operating budget.
 
"While Park Board is actively pursuing increasing Bloedel’s operating revenues it should simultataneously be seeking funding to improve the energy efficiency of the building, thereby reducing costs" states Woodcock. " Currently utility costs are over $150,000 annually.  If the Park Board is serious about not dismantling the Bloedel facility then it needs to send that message to the public by making the effort to locate and leverage whatever grant dollars it can secure to improve the energy efficiency of this building".
 
Woodcock will be presenting a motion at the March 1st park board meeting, asking PB staff to locate and leverage grant dollars to improve the energy efficiency of Bloedel which includes seeking alternative energy grants through the federal and provincial governments. There are alternative energy options such as photo voltaic, solar, geothermal, or air source heat pumps, that can be researched. According to Woodcock, "Bloedel can be made a green building, inside and out". The full text of the motion is below.

"Bloedel can be a green building, inside and out."

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