Metro Vancouver Close Up – Delta Bird Strategy Takes Flight

A Metro Vancouver mapping project reveals that 22 per cent of the regional core is composed of sensitive ecosystems. An example of this is Delta’s wetlands, renowned as prime bird habitat.  These areas support millions of birds and now a Delta birding group has called for a strategy to protect these key areas and develop tourism through bird watching.

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Metro Vancouver Close Up – Building a Better Bin in New Westminster to Tackle a Recycling Challenge

Metro Vancouver Close Up logoSorting recyclables becomes faster -and easier- when the information is consistent where ever you go – work, school, home and public spaces. New Westminster is working with Metro Vancouver to test out recycling bins that might become a common sight.

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Metro Vancouver Close Up – West Vancouver Looks Forward With Community Energy and Emissions Plan

mvconnectHoverWest Vancouver’s location between the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains makes for a beautiful setting. But it also leaves it vulnerable to climate change impacts — such as sea level rise and extreme weather events. So the municipality is looking to the future and seeking local input in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — through the creation of a community energy and emissions plan (CEEP).

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Metro Vancouver Close Up – Richmond Delivers Energy and Reduces Emissions with an Underground Approach

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The city of Richmond has a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2020, while also following regional recommendations to densify city centres. How to simultaneously deliver energy to a growing population while reducing emissions? The answer is underground, in Metro Vancouver’s sewer system.

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FIVE HOLIDAY FOOD-WASTE PITFALLS TO AVOID

Dana Gunders

Guest blogger Dana Gunders is a staff scientist with the Natural Resources Defence League, with a focus on food and agriculture. She leads the NRDC’s work on reducing food waste and is the author of a widely distributed report “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”. Her most recent book is The Waste Free Kitchen Handbook.

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