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 region’s craft beer industry is booming, but microbreweries and other fermentation operations add significant quantities of liquid waste to the region’s the sewage system. Metro Vancouver sought input from craft breweries for a new bylaw that protects the environment and infrastructure, while supporting this growing industry.
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!
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.
Construction on the Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel is nearing completion. In late June the tunnel boring for the project was completed, and the tunnel boring machine extracted from the access shaft on the north side of the Fraser River. Now crews are installing the steel pipe which will line the one kilometer long tunnel. When completed, the water main will more than double the current water supply capacity of the existing main and service the growing Metro Vancouver communities south of the Fraser. Tim Langmaid, the project manager for Hatch Mott MacDonald took us underground, for an up-close look at the final stages of the work.
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.
In just a few hours, crews collect over 30,000 paper cups — to test the viability of a deposit on disposable cups in our region. See how the work of binners keeps our streets clean and provides vital information on disposable cup recycling options.
In this episode, why paying a deposit on disposable coffee cups could mean cleaner streets, how the region is fighting illegal soil dumping on our farmlands, and a look at the evolution of green building efforts across Metro Vancouver.
In this episode of The Sustainable Region, we’re getting up close with bugs and blocked pipes. See how Metro Vancouver crews tackle the clogging culprit of flushable wipes to keep our pipes flowing. Plus, learn how Enterra Feed Corporation reduces organic waste at their Langley facility, by using discarded food to feed black soldier flies, producing animal feed and fertilizer. (16 min)