Across the Lower Mainland, about 2,500 single family homes are demolished every year, each averaging 50 tonnes of wood waste. Municipal bylaws that require demolition recycling are helping keep that wood available as a resource and build the green economy.
A Township of Langley Ecological Systems Initiative pilot project rewards agricultural farmers for maintaining eco-friendly areas on their lands to help farmers bear the cost of keeping waterways, forests and other sensitive areas healthy.
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!
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.
Encouraging sustainable gardening choices is the goal of Metro Vancouver’s new Grow Green Guide – which offers local plant recommendations and eco-friendly gardening ideas. Reducing the demand on our water supply is a part of the plan. This water wise strategy is being embraced by municipalities, commercial landscapers, educators, and individual homeowners.
The opening of the Barnston Maple Ridge Pump Station marks the completion of a major piece of infrastructure that is now providing drinking water to growing municipalities.
An amazingly successful Re-Use It store on Bowen Island is giving back to the community while diverting waste from the landfill. And with each knick knack sold, their long-time goal to build a composting facility is making headway.
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.
It’s a green sweep at the Coquitlam Curling Club. We stop in at the Provincial Women’s Curling Championships at the Poirier Leisure Centre in Coquitlam to look below the ice on the facility’s impressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction track record.
In a rapidly urbanizing world, the challenges facing cities around the globe related to sustainable growth management, transportation and environmental protection are extending well beyond local municipal boundaries.