September 14, 2004
by Canadian Architect
The documentary film A Sustainable Future: Creating the Legacy – The Story of the Earth Rangers Centre will be broadcast on Canadian Learning Television (CLT) on Friday, October 15 at 7:00 pm.
The documentary, produced in association with Canadian Learning Television, examines the sustainable development movement and Canadian efforts to meet sustainable building goals. It features the building of the Earth Rangers Centre (www.earthrangers.ca) at the Kortright Centre (near Woodbridge, North of Toronto) and highlights its sustainable features.
“Everything about the Earth Rangers Centre has been planned to make it a model of sustainable development. The Centre incorporates green building design and construction techniques into the facility encompassing 60,000 square feet on a 31-acre site. The $23 million building houses a wildlife hospital capable of handling 5,000 animals a year, a theatre and interactive displays for visitors and student tours, Canada’s only oil spill response unit for rescuing wildlife and a world-class veterinary training and research hospital.”
The mandate of Earth Rangers "to inspire within children a lasting passion to improve the environment" is demonstrated in the film through students who are shown visiting the Centre and participating in Earth Rangers’ educational programs.
“Using footage from the construction stage of the building as well as interviews with environmental champions, the film examines the role of youth in determining the questionable future of our planet,” said Tiina Soomet, President, CLARE Media Inc. “We were able to discuss industry’s role in contributing to the education of future generations on sustainable issues with Earth Rangers founder Robert Schad, of the Schad Foundation, as well as with industry professionals with an interest in promoting sustainable construction.”
Also featured are interviews with key players in the ongoing promotion of sustainable development including the Canada Green Building Council, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Committee and EnerQuality Corporation (R-2000 home Program). “We expect that this film will serve as an inspiration to the construction sector and other industries to incorporate sustainable development principals into future projects,” concluded Soomet.