J.B. MacKinnon coined a phrase and started a movement, with the book The 100 Mile Diet. By highlighting the benefits of sourcing food close to home, MacKinnon shone a spotlight on the way we eat, impacting consumer decisions and the food industry, from the small-scale local farm to global agribusiness. In this guest post McKinnon explains how an appreciation for the food he eats makes it possible to be a ‘localvore’ on a budget. Continue reading →
Metro Vancouver’s goal is to increase recycling to 80 percent by 2020, and by re-thinking what we call waste, that goal comes in sight. Port Moody Arts Centre is re-thinking fashion by including a recycling category in its world-famous Wearable Art show.
Over the past few weeks I’ve written a series of posts that describe the important role that transit investments play in helping us achieve our collective vision for a livable region now and in the future. Here’s a review of the key issues to keep in mind when thinking about our region’s growth and the inextricable links between transportation, land use, and quality of life.
Tristram Stuart’s food waste awakening came in his teen years, a by-product of his decision to raise pigs for pocket money (see below). The awareness he gained regarding the scale of the problem became the catalyst for Stuart’s prize-winning book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin, 2009) and the creation of Feedback, an NGO which works to change social attitudes, demonstrate innovative solutions, and tackle food waste at the global scale. In this guest post, Stuart highlights the key issues that create food waste and suggests tactics individuals can employ to be part of the solution.Continue reading →
After more than ten years of underground and surface construction, Twin Tunnels beneath Grouse Mountain and Mount Fromme on the North Shore are now commissioned, marking the completion of the $820-million Seymour-Capilano Filtration Project. Watch the video to witness some of the notable events and construction milestones for this massive project.
On Thursday, May 7, Metro Vancouver announced the launch of a three-year campaign to reduce the amount of avoidable food waste residents are generating in their households. The goal of the campaign is to reduce household avoidable food and liquid waste by 10% by the year 2018.
Discussions about housing affordability in our region are a regular part of life. In fact, the situation is often described as a crisis. The #donthave1million campaign on Twitter recently started in Vancouver and soon went viral, illustrating how top-of-mind housing affordability is for Metro Vancouver residents.
Metro Vancouver’s waste water system relies on gravity, but some of the heavy lifting is done by facilities like the Lynn Pump Station. Celebrating 50 years of operation with a major upgrade, the pump station’s overhaul featured green themes of reuse.
Effective use of land is key to a prosperous urban region and in Metro Vancouver, two keystone areas are town centres and industrial – also known as ‘employment lands’. Maple Ridge is contributing to these regional priorities by offering a range of development incentives in both its town centre and employment lands.