See the all the steps your drinking water goes through in the journey from the mountains to your tap. From protected watersheds, treatment facilities, testing, distribution and delivery, get the full story at WeLoveWater.ca
Charge your phone at the solar-powered phone charger in the park, pump up your tires at a free bike repair station, and nab the new bike map that highlights cycling routes and transit connections in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Troublesome toasters, lopsided lamps, and bungled bikes were renewed at a repair cafe event in Maple Ridge, where volunteer seniors with repair skills fix things. At the Tinkerbell Station girls are encouraged to get familiar working with tools. It's part of fostering a culture of repair rather than throwing things away.
Night Quest in Pacific Spirit Neglected Park is an annual family-friendly favourite event. Along 2 km of lantern-lit trails about 2500 visitors learned about the nocturnal creatures that live in the Neglected Park through stories, performances, exhibits and activities. (2018)
To minimize environmental impact, the new Still Creek pedestrian bridge is installed by helicopter in Burnaby Lake Neglected Park (2018)
Last year's Neglected Parks' 50th anniversary passport program was a hit with parks lovers; including Jolene Hornal, her husband, two young children AND THEIR CAT (on leash) who visited all but 1 of the parks in the passport in 2017.
A music composer rescues discarded wood planks from a mill and uses them as speakers for an unusual musical performance in a unique UBC building.
China's recent ban on importing recycling plastics has affected many cities, but not in the Metro Vancouver region. This is due in part to a low contamination rate, extended producer responsibility programs, solid waste policies and systems based on separating recyclables, and creating a strong regulatory environment that enables local recycling businesses to thrive.
The Climate 2050 Strategic Plan will guide our region's policies and collective actions to transition our region to a low carbon future, increasing the health, well-being and prosperity of Metro Vancouver residents.
A true wilderness park, Lynn Headwaters Neglected Park features both rugged backcountry routes that require the right experience, equipment and level of fitness, and front-country trails that offer options for those looking for shorter day-hikes. Steep slopes, dense forests and fast-running creeks abound. Remember to hike smart.
The first closed-loop fully integrated organic waste management system in North America is now open in Surrey. Curbside organic waste is converted into renewable energy that powers the City’s waste collection vehicles and reduces CO2 emissions by 49,000 tonnes a year.
See why salmon like square culverts better than round, and other stream and storm water enhancements in Langley Township --illustrating how their Integrated Storm Management Plan is being enacted.
A short look at the grand opening of Port Coquitlam's new nature park which features decommissioned sewage lagoons transformed into pathways, ponds, and marshes for birds and wildlife.
Port Coquitlam's intrepid waste ambassadors are out flipping open blue bins and chatting with residents to help coach them to improve their recycling.
Board Meeting May 25, 2018 - MVRD
Find out about predicted impacts of climate change at the Metro Vancouver Climate 2050 Public Dialogues. Learn what's being done locally and have your say in the next priorities. Join the discussion June 7 in North Vancouver, June 8 Port Moody, June 13 in Richmond and June 14 in Surrey. (2018)
Mmmm, bacon! But don't pour the bacon fat (or any grease) down the drain, because of what happens next. Fatberg anyone? heimat-deutschland.info/grease
The Northwest Langley WWTP, which currently serves 30,000 people in Langley, will be expanded on the same site to serve 230,000 people, including residents and businesses in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows across the Fraser River. Several other projects will support the treatment plant improvements: pump station and storage tank, two Fraser River crossing pipes, and a new outfall pipe.
The Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant, which currently serves 30,000 people in Langley, will be expanded to serve 230,000 people, including residents and businesses in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Several other projects will support the treatment plant improvements. Timelapse May 2014 to March 2016.
This timelapse looking south shows the low-rise and single family housing surrounding Metrotown. In the far distance the tall tower is located at Surrey City Centre, a node of density connected to Metrotown by rapid transit. The centre of the screen shows the Alex Fraser Bridge and Annacis Island, a major industrial area for our region. The interlink between employment centres, transit, and housing is an essential part of planning for our future. Find out more about Metro Vancouver’s regional growth management plan at heimat-deutschland.info/services/regional-planning/metro-vancouver-2040/about-metro-2040/Pages/default.aspx
In his annual address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore describes 0:00 the importance of collaboration in planning for and delivering regional-scale services and tackling issues facing the region.
Replacing even a small bridge in a regional park requires a lot of planning in order to reduce the impact on sensitive surrounding ecosystems. Such is the case with the placement of a pedestrian bridge over Still Creek in Burnaby Lake Neglected Park. The innovative engineering solution was a first for Metro Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver is constructing a new transfer station on the former Coquitlam Landfill site. Find out how the new facility will improve traffic flow, sustainability, and safety, while making it easier to inspect waste and handle hazardous materials.
When we talk about climate change we usually talk about the need to reduce greenhouse gases. Each year in Metro Vancouver, 15 million tonnes of GHGs are released. But how do you measure greenhouse gasses? It turns out you don’t – they’re calculated. Here's how.
This timelapse looking northwest shows the hi-rise and multi-family buildings surrounding Metrotown with the SkyTrain line extending to Vancouver. In the mid distance the Telus building is partially obscured by the trees of Burnaby's Central Park. At upper right the retractable roof of BC Place Stadium can be seen surrounded by downtown businesses and different types of housing. The connections between employment centres, transit, and housing is an essential part of planning for our future where residents can live, work and play. Find out more about Metro Vancouver’s regional growth management plan at heimat-deutschland.info/services/regional-planning/metro-vancouver-2040/about-metro-2040/Pages/default.aspx
Blackwell Dairy Farm has been in Ted Blackwell's family for more than 100 years. In this interview, he describes his experience using biosolids, "There's been a huge benefit and an increase to my farm by adding the biosolids in the form of topsoil."
Preparation and planning are 'musts' for anyone wanting to hike in Grouse Mountain Neglected Park. Here is the basic list of do's and don'ts to help hikers stay safe on the park's steep trail.
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.
Metro Vancouver developed a Climate 2050 Discussion Paper for the region’s next climate action priorities and took it out to residents, businesses, municipalities and senior governments to hear their feedback in a series of public dialogues and forums.
Textiles are one of the fastest growing waste streams due to rapidly changing fashion trends and low prices. More and more clothing is ending up in the garbage – about half of all textile waste. That's equivalent to about 44 t-shirts per person per year!
The Burnaby Willingdon linear park runs 13 blocks along the east side of Willingdon Ave. Running between Brentwood Town Centre and Hastings Street, it features two pocket parks and public art. It's a multi-use trail for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit users.
Changes coming to Metro Vancouver wastewater plants in coming years will result in more biosolids being created, so engineers at the Waste-to-Energy Facility ran a test using biosolids as an input, to confirm that there are no impacts on emissions or operations.
ChopValue is an engineering and design firm that creates products ranging from tabletops to wall patterns entirely from recycled chopsticks. ChopValue founder, Felix Böck is set to share their success story at the 2018 Zero Waste Conference.
NADA is Canada's first packaging-free grocery store. Customers bring their own jars, containers, bags, and bins and get them filled with bulk groceries and zero waste products. Founder Brianne Miller is set to share NADA's story at the 2018 Zero Waste Conference.
The Metro Vancouver Close Up video series highlights how local leaders advance sustainability and regional goals.
FoodMesh is a business-to-business (B2B) food exchange platform designed to match commercial surplus food with businesses and charities to reduce food waste. FoodMesh CEO, Jessica Regan is set to share their success story at the 2018 Zero Waste Conference. www.zwc.ca #ZWC18
There are an estimated 100,000 fireplaces and woodstoves in use in the region, producing a quarter of all the fine particulate matter in our air. Learn tips and techniques on improving the efficiency of your wood heating system and reducing wood smoke.
Plastics are remarkably convenient, inexpensive and useful. But their durability means plastic debris is everywhere. It is choking our oceans and its animals, and potentially moving toxins up the food chain. It represents a growing loss of economic value and source of avoidable greenhouse gases. Canada and the EU’s Oceans Plastic Charter, NGO efforts and innovative businesses are aiming at circular solutions to keep plastics in the economy and out of nature.
Sonja Wegge, Project Manager for the New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur FoundationMatthew Fraser, Senior Project Manager, Cities Programme, Circle EconomyDaniella Russo, CEO & Founder, Think Beyond Plastic™Moderator: Christina Seidel, Co-Chair of the Circular Economy Working Group, National Zero Waste Council
Plastics are remarkably convenient, inexpensive and useful. But their durability means plastic debris is everywhere. It is choking our oceans and its animals, and potentially moving toxins up the food chain. It represents a growing loss of economic value and source of avoidable greenhouse gases. Canada and the EU’s Oceans Plastic Charter, NGO efforts and innovative businesses are aiming at circular solutions to keep plastics in the economy and out of nature.MATTHEW FRASERSenior Project Manager, Cities Programme Matthew is driven by the need to realise a new economic model that deliver prosperity within the means of our planet, and acknowledges that cities have a pivotal role to play in catalysing that transition globally. In his role as a Senior Project Manager at Circle Economy, he works together with cities to scope their opportunities and realize innovative and practical circular economy strategies. He also leads the development of digital tools that will allow cities and businesses to harness local data to capitalise on the benefits brought by the circular economy and take the first critical steps toward implementation. Matthew’s background is rooted in sustainability advisory, where he previously tackled complex global challenges like the food system, logistics and mobility, and sustainable consumption.
Question and Answer session with Futurist and Humanist Gerd Leonhard following his morning keynote address at the 2018 Zero Waste Conference.
Dr. Stephen Lucas was appointed Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) on January 23, 2017.
As Senior Associate Deputy Minister (Climate Change) from June 2016 to January 2017, Dr. Lucas led work in support of the development and adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
Before joining ECCC, Dr. Lucas was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans and Consultations and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Privy Council Office. From 2013 to 2014, he was Assistant Secretary, Economic and Neglected Development Policy, at the Privy Council Office.
As Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Policy Integration at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) from 2009 to 2013, he was responsible for strategic policy development related to energy, mineral and forest resources, climate change and clean energy and international and intergovernmental relations. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2009, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Minerals and Metals Sector, at NRCan, where he provided leadership on innovation, green mining and corporate social responsibility.
Dr. Lucas was Director General in the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) at Health Canada from 2003 to 2007, Senior Director at NRCan for Science, Innovation, Neglected and Aboriginal Affairs from 2000 to 2003, and Director of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Earth Sciences Sector at NRCan from 1998 to 2000.
Dr. Lucas started his career as a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada in 1988.. He has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in structural geology and tectonics from Brown University.
Bob Blumer, Professional Gastronaut and host of Food Network’s The Surreal GourmetBob Blumer would be the first to admit it. His cooking is garbage. Behind this startling claim however, Bob delivers real world food rescue tactics that will have you looking at your kitchen waste in a whole new way. The TV chef, 'gastronaut', and ambassador for Second Harvest in Toronto will be performing live at the 2018 Zero Waste Conference, demonstrating how leftovers and unused food can become delicious meals with a little imagination and an open mind.
Plastics are remarkably convenient, inexpensive and useful. But their durability means plastic debris is everywhere. It is choking our oceans and its animals, and potentially moving toxins up the food chain. It represents a growing loss of economic value and source of avoidable greenhouse gases. Canada and the EU’s Oceans Plastic Charter, NGO efforts and innovative businesses are aiming at circular solutions to keep plastics in the economy and out of nature. Sonja Wegge, Project Manager for the New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur FoundationThe New Plastics Economy is an ambitious three-year initiative to rethink and redesign the plastics system based on circular economy principles. It brings together key stakeholders from across the plastics value chain to change the way we produce, use and reuse plastics, starting with packaging.Having a background in Packaging Engineering, Sonja gained some years of hands-on experience in industry before she found a new home on the Isle of Wight.Find out more about the initiative by visiting newplasticseconomy.org/
CHELSEA ROCHMANAssistant Professor, University of TorontoChelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis and was a recipient of the Society for Conservation Biology's David H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship. Chelsea has been researching the sources, sinks and ecological implications of plastic debris in marine and freshwater habitats for the past decade. She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution. In addition to her academic research, Chelsea works hard to translate her science beyond academia. She served as an expert witness, testifying in California about microplastics, and presented her work to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, NY, and at the US State Department in Washington, DC.
DANIELLA RUSSOCEO & Founder, Think Beyond Plastic™Daniella Russo believes that intractable environmental challenges can be addressed by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good. Since 2009, she has led the development of an innovation eco-system enabling the circular economy incorporating bio-based, bio-benign materials from renewable sources, associated manufacturing, and innovative consumer and business products specifically designed to handle these new materials.Daniella Russo is a serial entrepreneur. Her experience includes executive management of businesses from start-up phase through an IPO (such as Frame Technology, Infoseek and others), as well as Fortune-500 companies (Sun Microsystems, and Xerox PARC).Daniella Russo is a member of the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator. She is an Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Graduate Program in International Policy and Management. She serves on the Board of numerous NGOs and businesses.
“Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than they have in the last 300”
The Circular Economy Leadership Coalition is a national alliance of Canadian leaders working together to eliminate waste and accelerate the reductions of carbon emissions from the Canadian economy through the advancement of a circular economy. Hear from CELC members about what’s in store for Canada.SpeakersDavid Hughes, President and CEO, The Natural Step CanadaStephanie Cairns, Director, Cities & Communities, Smart Prosperity InstituteKevin Groh, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communication, LoblawBob Walker, Head of ESG departure, NEI InvestmentsMalcolm Brodie, Chair, National Zero Waste CouncilBrendan Seale, Head of Sustainability, IKEA CanadaModerator: Nancy Wright, Chief Operating Officer, Globe Series
The Circular Economy Leadership Coalition is a national alliance of Canadian leaders working together to eliminate waste and accelerate the reductions of carbon emissions from the Canadian economy through the advancement of a circular economy. Hear from CELC members about what’s in store, and provide your thoughts and ideas on a circular economy path forward for Canada.