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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Metro Vancouver Close Up – Surrey Biofuel Facility to Generate Energy from Food Scraps

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The City of Surrey Organic Waste Biofuel Processing Facility will process food scraps into renewable natural gas. The gas will fuel the City’s natural gas fleet, fuel a District Energy System, and reduce Surrey’s carbon footprint. 

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Metro Vancouver Close Up – Building a Better Bin in New Westminster to Tackle a Recycling Challenge

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Metro Vancouver Close Up logoSorting recyclables becomes faster -and easier- when the information is consistent where ever you go – work, school, home and public spaces. New Westminster is working with Metro Vancouver to test out recycling bins that might become a common sight.

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Love Food Hate Waste – Enhance the Tradition by Celebrating the Holidays without Food Waste

This year why not start a new tradition? Celebrate the season by ensuring none of the delicious food you take time to prepare goes uneaten. Here are some easy tips to make the most of your holiday feast, without eating turkey sandwiches every day for a month!

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The Christmas holiday season is a time for feasting – across cultures and around the globe. But, the best of intentions, coupled with our desire to ensure there’s enough for everyone, makes it easy to go overboard – ending up with a lot of food that never gets eaten. Did you know the average Metro Vancouver household throws out $700 worth of food annually? This time of year can be hard on the wallet as it is. Cooking food just to throw it away is not the way you want to finish up the year. 

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Metro Vancouver Close Up – Students for Sustainability

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It’s been a year since Metro Vancouver’s food scraps landfill ban was introduced. For the next steps in waste reduction, creative strategies are increasingly part of the conversation. Here are a couple of ways students are bringing attention to solutions.

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Metro Vancouver Close Up Episode 10 – December 2015

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Metro Vancouver Close Up logoIn this episode of Metro Vancouver Close Up – students lead the way on school food scrap recycling programs, citizens take advantage of transportation planning workshops in Surrey, and art and bees find common ground in Richmond. Continue reading