Metro Vancouver Close Up – Episode 7 July/August 2015

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Metro Vancouver Close Up logoIn this edition, a game show inspires Langley Township students with environmental learning, Surrey shows off its cycling infrastructure during Bike to Work Week, and Feeding the 5000 turns recovered food into a free lunch and a food waste lesson.

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Metro Vancouver Close Up – Gamification Gets Results with Planet Protector Environmental Education Program

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Metro Vancouver Close Up logoMaking a game of environmental education is delivering results in Langley. The Planet Protector game show mixes quizzes, activities, and video segments to make learning an engaging experience that has these students eager to share their knowledge.

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Caring for the Air – Forest Fires, Air Quality Advisories, and Why Fraser Valley Smog is Worse in the Summer

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Forest fires outside our region are having an impact on air quality in the Lower Fraser Valley this summer. Elevated concentrations of fine particulate matter from those fires resulted in an air quality advisory being issued on August 23 for the central and eastern Fraser Valley, due to smoke from wildfires in Washington. During this type of advisory it is recommended that people with chronic underlying medical conditions avoid strenuous activities.  Advisories also offer tips for individuals to reduce their own health risks and help improve the quality of our air. But even without forest fires, air quality in the Lower Mainland can deteriorate in the summer. Here’s why sunlight and heat can equal smog in our region, especially in the Lower Fraser Valley.

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Metro Vancouver Close Up – Surrey Showcases Cycling Infrastructure Improvements During Bike to Work Week

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Metro Vancouver Close Up logoOver 11,000 people participated in Bike to Work Week across Metro Vancouver, including those who took advantage of Surrey’s growing cycling infrastructure. See how the city is encouraging use of its bike paths, bike lanes, and end-of-trip amenities.

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Check It Out – Starry Night – Deas Island Regional Park – Saturday, Aug. 15, 7:30 to 10 pm

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Sparkling lights and candlelit paths welcome you to Starry Night at Deas Island Regional Park in Delta. Follow the illuminated paths to explore nature stations at night. See a live owl, join a drumming circle, and make a wish upon a star during this enchanted evening. 
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New Car Dealers Association of B.C. Spreads Water Conservation Message with Help from Members

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When Stage 3 water restrictions were implemented on July 20, washing of vehicles was one of the activities that went from restricted to prohibited, unless it’s done at a commercial car wash. Under Stage 3 rules, only windows, lights, and license plates can be washed, in the interests of safety. For some, any excuse not to wash the car is a good thing. For car dealers it’s not quite that simple.

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Home is Where You Can Help – How to be Water Wise During Stage 3 Water Restrictions

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Hot. Dry. Sunny. That’s been the weather forecast for much of the spring and summer of 2015. Long dry stretches, coupled with a lack of snowfall last winter, leave our region facing a water shortage. Residents of Metro Vancouver can play a vital role in managing the water we have. With a few simple steps around homes and yards, impacts are kept to a minimum.

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Love Food Hate Waste – The Single Serving Dilemma – How to Cook for One without Wasting Food

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LFHW logoPortion sizes and recipes are often created with the typical ‘family of four’ in mind. So reducing food waste can be a challenge when you are cooking for one. Because even if last night’s dinner will be today’s lunch, solo dining can still mean more leftovers than you want or need. But eating alone doesn’t have to equal excess food. Here’s five ways to love a table set for one, without creating the waste we hate.
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