What Makes Black Creek Pioneer Village Green
Black Creek Pioneer Village: Toronto's Original Green Event Venue
At Black Creek Pioneer Village, being "green" means going back to our past. In 1860's Toronto, being green wasn't a movement; it was a way of life. Almost everything consumed was locally made or produced. Taking our cue from this bygone era and using some common day ingenuity, we have taken the following steps to help reduce our footprint.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- The goal is to have ZERO landfill refuse at the end of the event.
- Any left over food is composted.
- We only purchase compostable napkins, plates, cutlery and cups.
- All glass, cans, plastic containers and cardboard products are recycled.
Local Food, Wine and Beer
- We support local farms by purchasing vegetables and meats from Ontario. Our goal is to source 60% of all of the food used in our operation locally.
- We operate an historic brewery on-site and sell locally produced craft beer.
- We promote local craft brewers.
- We host a number of events that highlight and promote local food and beverage producers, including Brews Fest
- We promote seasonal menus that feature Ontario produce.
- Only tap water is used at events.
- All paper products are chlorine-free, made from 100% recycled material; we use hand cloth towels throughout our kitchen.
- All coffee is fair trade.
- All dishwashing and cleaning products are toxic and chemical free.
Maintenance and Renovations
- In 2009, we replaced the roof on our Visitor's Centre with a white roof made from 100% recycled materials.
Revenues generated from corporate meetings, events and weddings fund historical education programs for school children and the on-going maintenance of Black Creek Pioneer Village - Toronto's Living History Museum.