Our location in the beauty and serenity of Vancouver Island, BC keeps the people of Ocean Crest ever mindful of the majesty of creation all around us, whether we are participating in outdoor celebrations, or working in all other aspects of ministry.
The Salvation Army believes that biblical teaching requires us to be faithful stewards of the whole of creation. As part of the world community, we all have an obligation to protect and share the beauty and the benefits of the environment for all creation.
The Salvation Army is committed to fulfilling its mission in a manner that promotes responsible environmental stewardship of the earth we share and its resources.
    Good environmental sustainability and stewardship will be achieved by taking the following steps:
  • Be fully aware of and compliant with environmental legislation.
  • Make environmental concerns an integral part of planning and decision making process.
  • Commit sufficient resources to reduce the ecological footprint of the Army operations and implement effective environmental initiatives. The commitment of resources from a financial perspective will give due consideration to adequate budget provision, available funds and a reasonable payback period after which the investment will result in net operational savings.
  • To the greatest extent possible, promote good environmental stewardship of all organizationally-owned and, to the greatest extent possible, leased facilities.
  • All facility design and ongoing maintenance projects will give consideration to and, where appropriate, include environmental initiatives (e.g. LEED Canada*).
  • Promote the efficient use of energy resources through cost-effective conservation and energy management programs.
  • Promote environmentally sustainable transport options, including the management of our fleet vehicle program.
  • Promote a waste management strategy that will address the proper handling and disposal of all wastes, reduce the production of waste, and pursue opportunities to reuse and recycle waste materials. This strategy will target all aspects of day-to-day operations including construction and renovation projects.
  • Identify, evaluate, control and minimize the environmental risks associated with our operations.
  • Evaluate environmental performance through periodic reviews and audits to ensure that our conduct is consistent with the above principles.