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 first year of the Corporation of Delta’s Urban Reforestation Project will see more than 1,000 trees planted in Delta. In five years, a total of 5,000 trees will be planted in Delta’s parks, boulevards, and medians.
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
Metro Vancouver member City of North Vancouver is addressing climate change with several programs advancing non-polluting forms of transportation, like the Green Necklace, a paved trail that circles North Van’s central Lonsdale area.
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
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.
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.
Surrey is one of the first cities in Canada to embark on a full conversion of street lighting to LED. The high efficiency and life expectancy of LED lights will result in about $1 million in annual savings in reduced power consumption and maintenance costs.
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.