What is now known as Spark originally opened as the Calgary Centennial Planetarium on July 1, 1967. It was located on 11 Street SW in Calgary's downtown west end. In 1983 the Calgary Science Centre Society began a bid to open a full science centre to Calgary and in 1987 they received an operating agreement that would transform the planetarium into the Calgary Science Centre. The Calgary Science Centre was renamed TELUS World of Science – Calgary after a $9 million donation from TELUS Corporation on April 27, 2005. The new building is certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, which provides standards for green building and renovations. As LEED Gold, it is environmentally efficient in heating and cooling. It uses grey water in toilets, has solar panels on the roof, and up until the COVID-19 crisis, did not use bleach or toxins in any of the cleaning supplies.
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