February Episode of The Sustainable Region Profiles Local Innovators in Waste Reduction

Waste is one of the pressing issues of our time. And while recycling and composting efforts keep some materials out of our landfills, reducing waste also means going deeper, examining every part of the product life cycle, from raw materials to opportunities for re-use before disposal.  Continue reading

Netherlands’ Building Innovation Captures Imaginations at 2016 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference

At the 2016 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, keynote speaker Owen Zachariasse profiled his company’s Park 20|20 development; with its closed loop energy and water systems, human-centered design, and innovative construction. An condensed version of his presentation aired in Metro Vancouver as the first episode of the 2017 season of The Sustainable Region

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Reconciliation in the Region

There’s a growing awareness of the effects of Indian Residential schools and that knowledge is being shared though words, actions, and art.

Several individuals line up to wash their bodies with a smudge of smoke. They are preparing to go on a walk that is only a few blocks long through East Vancouver, but in fact is part of a much longer road. It is Orange Shirt Day, one of several events emphasizing the memory and effects of Canadian Residential Schools on indigenous people.

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Salmon in the Brunette Basin

At the east end of Burnaby Lake, Metro Vancouver Senior Engineer Ed Von Euw stands on the small dam that divides the lake from the Brunette River as he points to salmon in swirling water near an opening in the dam. “They make their way up the fish ladder where rock clusters have been placed. It creates a series of pools so they can step up (to the dam),” he explains.

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Grow Green Guide Offers Plant Suggestions and Sustainable Landscaping Options to Local Gardeners

Spending less time mowing and watering? What’s not to like about that? With the expert gardening advice and creative landscaping suggestions featured in Metro Vancouver’s new Grow Green Guide, it’s easier than ever to enjoy a great outdoor space that reduces water demand, supports pollinators, and looks great too!

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Somerset Garden Residents Reap Benefits of Community and Sharing through Garden Plots and Harvest Boxes

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.

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