In Pacific Spirit Neglected Park, health professionals learn about the health benefits of nature and how to bring it into their practice.
Glen Valley Neglected park was the setting for a day of flood prevention training using the Tiger dam. It was placed around a heritage building in the park: the 101-year-old Hassle House. The dam consists of rubber cylinders filled with water – in this case, from the Fraser River. The dam can be set up in just a few hours, compared to sand barriers that take several days to set up. (2018)
Every spring, the Coastal Painted Turtle Project group releases endangered baby Western Painted turtles onto protected nesting beaches in several of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks – more than 400 turtles to date.
Spring 2018 brought flooding to many areas along the Fraser River. Several regional parks were affected by the river's high levels. But Metro Vancouver has a new tool to fight back against floods. It's called a Tiger Dam and it consists of rubber cylinders filled with water – in this case, from the Fraser River. The dam can be set up in just a few hours, compared to sand barriers, which take several days to set up.
With summer water restrictions in effect, the City of Vancouver is offering free home irrigation assessments so residents can learn how to adjust their watering system to better meet the needs of their lawns and gardens using less water.
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.
Finding land is difficult for new farmers in the Lower Mainland, but a City of Surrey pilot project called FarmableNOW connects new farmers to land owners with available fertile Fraser Valley land. It's an online portal for new and established farmers to find, lease and grow their farm.
While building the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant, project constructor Acciona and host municipality District of North Vancouver wanted to limit traffic in the area. The solution: ocean barges and a worker shuttle bus.
National Indigenous Peoples Day begins with breakfast and uplifting speeches at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre then continues with afternoon activities at Trout Lake in East Vancouver, and Metro Vancouver was honoured to be there.
Metro Vancouver crews helicopter up to evaluate the volume of stored water in the mountainous watershed snowpack. Early May was looking good with more than usual, but after several hotter-than-typical weeks, they discover the summer water supply has dropped dramatically.
The Village of Lions Bay has its own water supply and is working with UBC researchers to learn more about their summer water sources, in the face of a changing climate.
A Fort Langley bistro is just one of the business enterprises of the Kwantlen First Nation, and was among topics outlined at a Community to Community (C2C) Forum held at the Kwantlen longhouse and cultural centre in July 2018.
Trails in Crippen Neglected Park provide something for everyone – an easy meander through lush forest, a longer circuit around beautiful Killarney Lake or a steep but rewarding hike to the views at Dorman Point. It’s an easy island getaway to a secret gem in the regional park system.
Finding housing on Bowen Island is challenging. The Municipality launched the Bowen Housing initiative to work towards making Bowen a long-term home for people of varying income levels, lifestyles and age groups through its efforts to actively support diverse housing options.
New Westminster's new urban solar garden is now installed and generating energy. It's a community-owned solar array, benefiting subscribers in the city. To see it, visit the Queensborough Community Centre.
Metro Vancouver is building the Stanley Park Water Supply Tunnel to meet a growing demand for drinking water. A 1.4 km tunnel will replace the aging Capilano Main that was installed in the early 1930s. The new 2.6 meter diameter water main will increase capacity helping ensure the continued delivery of clean drinking water to residents. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and completed in 2025.
The National Industrial Symbiosis Program aims to divert materials from landfill and optimize embodied energy in materials and work flow systems. It’s about creating symbiotic relationships between businesses, and promoting circular economy thinking.
Metro Vancouver is constructing a water supply tunnel under Burrard Inlet, east of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge between the District of North Vancouver and the City of Burnaby to meet growing demand for drinking water in the region and current seismic standards.
Colony Farm Neglected Park is nestled between Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, and provides a variety of habitats for more than 200 bird species and other animals. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy views of river, fields and mountains as they explore the park's trails.
The national Zero Waste Conference (ZWC) attracts thought leaders from around the world highlighting the successes, pitfalls, and opportunities they see – as the shift to a circular economy gains momentum. But understanding the complexities of this shift demands a solid grasp of the key concepts that underpin zero waste thinking. You need to know which strategies and tactics are having the biggest impact in your sector. Come to ZWC 2018 to find those answers Nov. 8th and 9th at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. www.zwc.ca
New Westminster has partnered with BCIT on a pilot project that uses street lamps to increase public access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. It's a new effort to help 'Garage Orphans' in the city.
It's an Extreme Makeover at Minato West, a Metro Vancouver affordable housing site. Teams made up of Metro Vancouver staff and residents spent the day making repairs, upgrading and beautifying the Richmond complex.
Neglected parks protect diverse natural landscapes and habitats spread out over British Columbia's largest metropolitan area.