Climate change is affecting the long term survival of our urban forest. Metro Vancouver is developing guidelines and education materials to help landscapers choose trees that can adapt to our region’s urban environment and weather conditions.
Ever wondered how Metro Vancouver will accommodate growth in future years? Metro Vancouver’s forward-looking policies are encapsulated in Metro 2040, the regional growth strategy. Now a new online tool lets you understand how progress toward the five goals outlined in the strategy are being measured.
The City of North Vancouver is helping build a livable region by providing places and events where neighbours can connect outdoors as the community vision for the waterfront takes shape. Public features are under construction, and designs are in progress for restaurants, a hotel, art gallery and shops. Continue reading
The City of Port Coquitlam launched a Let’s Talk Housing Options initiative. Three housing options were presented that aimed to accommodate growth but maintain ground-oriented dwellings: laneway houses, duplexes, and smaller lot sizes. Continue reading
Metro Vancouver is calling on BC’s four largest political parties to publicly clarify their platforms on critical issues facing the region, including affordable housing, transit and protecting the environment, as well as how they intend to work with the regional government on funding major capital projects.
On February 27, 2017 Metro Vancouver’s Regional Homelessness Task Force released its position paper: Addressing Homelessness in the Metro Vancouver Region with new research findings and recommendations. The report finds a number of disturbing trends that show a homelessness crisis is affecting all corners of the Lower Mainland.
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.
West Vancouver’s location between the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains makes for a beautiful setting. But it also leaves it vulnerable to climate change impacts — such as sea level rise and extreme weather events. So the municipality is looking to the future and seeking local input in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — through the creation of a community energy and emissions plan (CEEP).
In Metro Vancouver, in 2011, 14% of trips in the region were taken by transit and 73% by automobile. Surrey is helping citizens understand their transportation choices, and explore ways to offer low carbon priorities.
Green construction techniques are advancing in our region, largely through the efforts of industry and civic leaders. See how the trend is delivering innovative new buildings and why our construction choices can impact carbon emissions for decades.