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.
Birding in Delta could lead to a strategy to protect key areas and boost tourism, Surrey’s Biofuel Facility under development, and collaboration in wastewater science at the Annacis Research Centre. Continue reading
Our region’s parks provide many functions and services, from habitat for wildlife to scenic hiking routes for outdoor enthusiasts. Now we are learning that we can add “carbon storage” to the list.
Sorting 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.
West 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).
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.
In this episode of Metro Vancouver Close Up – linking local actions with regional goals through district energy, public recycling amenities, and carbon emission reduction plans.
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.
In Metro Vancouver, in 2011, 14% of trips in the region were taken by transit and 73% by automobile. Surrey is helping citizens understand their transportation choices, and explore ways to offer low carbon priorities.
More than 47% of the region’s land base is designated as conservation and recreation, and more than 750 hectares have been added since 2011. In Richmond, an artistic buzz is highlighting ways to enhance these valuable places, big and small.