New rules for organic waste such as food scraps are coming to the Metro Vancouver region. The changes will affect a wide cross-section of Metro Vancouver businesses and residents, including waste haulers, public facilities, the food services industry, multi-family buildings, and some single family homes. Here’s an overview of some of the key things you need to know, plus links to alternate language versions of the video: (French, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi, and Tagalog). For additional information and background, visit the Metro Vancouver Organics Disposal Ban web page.
North Shore communities take center stage in our tenth episode. We chronicle ten years of district energy success with the City of North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Energy. Learn why West Vancouver is embracing Coach Houses and how they offer a wider range of housing choices for everyone from young families to seniors hoping to ‘age in place. Take a ride on the new Spirit Trail — a cycling route connecting Deep Cove to West Vancouver and creating a safe, accessible bicycling option across the North Shore. Plus, trees make for healthy communities no matter which side of the Burrard Inlet they are planted. See how the City of Vancouver is delivering training to amateur arborists to fulfill an ambitious goal of greening the city.
In West Vancouver coach houses are now an option, making the district the 10th municipality in Metro Vancouver to use this form of detached secondary suites as a way to grow housing stock. See how this housing style helps young families and seniors, and makes it possible to reduce construction waste at the same time.
The number of cycling commuters in North Vancouver has tripled in the last three years, evidence that the joint cycling plan for the City and District of North Vancouver, developed with valuable input from cyclists, is working. Now the route priorities are being incorporated into capital planning processes and results are appearing, such as the Spirit Trail. Working together, the two municipalities are making their communities more bicycle friendly and at the same time reducing emissions and improving air quality.
Urban trees are part of the natural capital that protects our economic and social well-being. They buffer noise, reduce stormwater runoff, and provide habitat for wildlife. The City of Vancouver has set a goal of planting 150,000 trees by 2020. With the help of a team of citizen foresters, this ambitious goal is closer than ever. See how training gives these volunteers the skills to help the city get greener.
When the City of North Vancouver started Lonsdale Energy Corporation ten years ago, they became a regional leader in greenhouse gas reductions. Now with six mini-plants, 54 nearby buildings are efficiently served from a range of alternative energy sources, including solar and geothermal.