With more people living in condos, apartments, and townhouses, not everyone has a backyard to call their own. And some people struggle to manage the physical demands of gardening. But around the region, community gardens are filling those gaps. One great example is at Somerset Gardens in Surrey. The residents welcome the opportunity to grow their own food. But, they also reap another valuable harvest, in the friendships that bloom where the seeds of community are planted.
Encouraging sustainable gardening choices is the goal of Metro Vancouver’s new Grow Green Guide – which offers local plant recommendations and eco-friendly gardening ideas. Reducing the demand on our water supply is a part of the plan. This water wise strategy is being embraced by municipalities, commercial landscapers, educators, and individual homeowners.
The opening of the Barnston Maple Ridge Pump Station marks the completion of a major piece of infrastructure that is now providing drinking water to growing municipalities.
An amazingly successful Re-Use It store on Bowen Island is giving back to the community while diverting waste from the landfill. And with each knick knack sold, their long-time goal to build a composting facility is making headway.
The City of Langley takes another step enhancing a walkable community with the opening of the centrally located Timms Community Centre featuring fitness and neighbourhood connection opportunities aimed at building a healthy lifestyle.
It’s a green sweep at the Coquitlam Curling Club. We stop in at the Provincial Women’s Curling Championships at the Poirier Leisure Centre in Coquitlam to look below the ice on the facility’s impressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction track record.
In a rapidly urbanizing world, the challenges facing cities around the globe related to sustainable growth management, transportation and environmental protection are extending well beyond local municipal boundaries.
Migrating salmon up the Seymour River get human help to make it past a massive rock slide that came down in the area in December 2014. Fish are trapped, carried in backpacks up 140+ stairs and then trucked to a hatchery to continue their lifecycle.
The region’s craft beer industry is booming, but microbreweries and other fermentation operations add significant quantities of liquid waste to the region’s the sewage system. Metro Vancouver sought input from craft breweries for a new bylaw that protects the environment and infrastructure, while supporting this growing industry.
Pockets of degraded air quality can occur in neighbourhoods even when overall regional air quality is acceptable. Here are four reasons why levels of air pollutants can be higher in some neighbourhoods.