Americans Chose Leaders Who Will Confront Climate Change

  This election was a resounding victory for climate action. Americans were presented with the clearest choice yet on global warming, and they chose the presidential candidate who confronted the climate threat, not the one who turned it into a punch line. Voters made the same choice in Congressional races across the country. They overwhelmingly…

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The Plastic Free Pledge Everyone Can Take!

Americans alone use and throw out 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour or over sixty million every single day. Six to ten million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, choking the life out of sea creatures. Millions of seabirds are dying from ingesting this plastic. In the Pacific Ocean, the great…

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What Is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a philosophy and a design principle for the 21st Century. It includes ‘recycling’ but goes beyond recycling by taking a ‘whole system’ approach to the vast flow of resources and waste through human society. Zero Waste maximizes recycling, minimizes waste, reduces consumption and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired…

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Vancouver Strives for the Gold as World’s Greenest City

By Warren Karlenzig – president of Common Current Vancouver, Canada’s new mayor Gregor Robinson is making good on his campaign promise to make Vancouver “The Greenest City on the Planet.” Forget trying to be Canada’s greenest city as Toronto has aspired to be, or North America’s greenest city as Portland, San Francisco and Chicago have…

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Built Green BC

Built Green is an industry driven voluntary program that promotes “green” building practices to reduce the impact that building has on the environment. It benefits the homebuyer, the community and the environment. The Built Green name  adds value to new home construction by promoting and recognizing the use of practices and products that represents resource-efficient and…

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Community Gardens in Greater Vancouver

This list is never up-to-date. Gardens still in the development phase aren’t included, contact people at the gardens change frequently and some contacts don’t want their names listed. The list will grow over time, and will include more information on each garden, will include gardens outside Vancouver and also e-mail addresses and garden web pages….

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Lawn Sprinkling Regulations

                                        Don’t waste water on your lawn. But if you must water… Lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect from June 1 to September 30. Lawn Sprinkling is allowed only from 4 to 9 am and 7 to 10 pm on the following days:    Even-numbered addresses: Wednesday & Saturday Odd-numbered addresses:…

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Aerial Spraying for Gypsy Moths

It’s standard government policy to aerial and ground spray wherever gypsy moths are found, despite the fact that a 1994 BC Ministry of Forests (MOF) Report states: “The direct impact of an established gypsy moth population on BC’s natural resources would likely be small.” The biocide of choice is a combination of 2.1 percent live…

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Clean Green Collection Program

In addition to the residential garbage and recycling collection programs, the City is also collecting clean green (ie. yard trimmings) on a bi-weekly basis during the months of May through to mid December.  The collection day corresponds with your usual garbage and recycling collection day. Containment of your greens can be any of the methods…

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