Welcome to the October Metro Vancouver Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/190/Welcome to the October Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to the October Metro Vancouver Update<div class="ExternalClassF81BE397BD204B30B5BC3C6A2AC36DC6"><p>This month we get out to Burns Bog, find out how to support our urban forests, and visit some local students as they connect with the place they live. Check your knowledge on what to do with your cooking grease, and where to take your batteries for recycling. </p><p>We are including a feedback survey for you to provide your thoughts on this newsletter. Please take a few minutes to answer the <a href="/metroupdate/survey" target="_blank">survey</a> so that we can improve the newsletter for you, our readers. </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a class="button centered" href="/metroupdate/survey" target="_blank">Fill out the survey</a></p><p> </p><p> <span lang="EN-US"> <em>Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing</em></span></p></div>Read more...Welcome0 0


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hey! I'm not garbage!http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/191/hey! I'm not garbage!hey! I'm not garbage!<div class="ExternalClass8E6D9875894D4D8DA7BC40BD04CB6A95"><p>Food soiled paper such as coffee filters, paper plates and paper napkins can be recycled with your food scraps. A campaign featuring the 2015 talking food characters is in your community now, sharing their friendly message, 'Hey! I'm not garbage!'</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue14-imnotgarbage.jpgRead more...notgarbageFull
Take Charge! Recycle all batteries and electronic deviceshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/192/Take Charge! Recycle all batteries and electronic devicesTake Charge! Recycle all batteries and electronic devices<div class="ExternalClassD66C03069E434A768027C838AD90C1AA"><p>Batteries contain chemicals that we want to keep out of the environment. They should all go to a depot for recycling or safe disposal. Some batteries are built into a device and either get recharged or are considered one-time use. When they stop working, these can be recycled too. Find locations at <a href="http://bcrecycles.ca/" target="_blank">bcrecycles.ca </a></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue14-take-charge.jpgRead more...takechargeFull
Seymour River rock fall, trails and salmonhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/193/Seymour River rock fall, trails and salmonSeymour River rock fall, trails and salmon<div class="ExternalClass8A84173A711B4A93BAA537A3943C729F"><p>In December last year there was a significant rock fall into the Seymour River. This fall, Metro Vancouver is working alongside numerous organizations to help returning salmon to spawn in the river. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue14-seymour-seining.jpgRead more...seymourFull
Getting to know Metro Vancouver's Youth-4-Actionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/194/Getting to know Metro Vancouver's Youth-4-ActionGetting to know Metro Vancouver's Youth-4-Action<div class="ExternalClass6C44F934BA3A4CEAB7D1468E645DDE06"><p>Metro Vancouver and the Burnaby School District deliver a program in which grade 10 and 11 students explore leadership and local sustainability (water, liquid waste, ecological health and more). Students develop the knowledge, skills and inspiration to influence sustainability at their own schools.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue14-y4a.jpgRead more...y4aFull
Grease clogs costing $2 million annuallyhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/195/Grease clogs costing $2 million annuallyGrease clogs costing $2 million annually<div class="ExternalClass92A2C561DBDB43A9952F97C3DBD05B06"><p>Grease, food, paint, wipes and other objects cause problems in our sewer system, and do not belong in the drain. Cooking grease hardens in drains and sewers, resulting in clogs, which can cause sewers to spill into the environment. Find out what to do with your cooking grease here.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue14-greasebanner.jpgRead more...greaseFull
Urban forests to get climate adaptation guidelineshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/196/Urban forests to get climate adaptation guidelinesUrban forests to get climate adaptation guidelines<div class="ExternalClass662C33490F88482CB150AC429D83ED74"><p>Healthy urban forests sequester (hold) carbon, shade buildings, and influence stormwater. They can help people and organisms adapt to the changing climate, and play a large role the region's livability. At the same time the urban forests themselves are susceptible to climate change. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue14-urbanforest.jpgRead more...forestsFull
Burns Bog restoration trialshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/197/Burns Bog restoration trialsBurns Bog restoration trials<div class="ExternalClass592DF032C6EC48519ADC53EDFE24D242"><p>Just as bogs take centuries to form, so too can damaged areas take centuries to recover. Restoration work is part of the 100 year vision for the Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area. Read about some new research here. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue14-burnsbog.jpgRead more...burnsbogFull
Residential wood smoke awarenesshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/198/Residential wood smoke awarenessResidential wood smoke awareness<div class="ExternalClass538447828C8F44FC84B0C6C1A2C6A4B9"><p>Some houses still have a wood burning fireplace or wood stove, and while we reminisce about the warmth of a fire on a cold night, we can forget about the impact burning wood can have on our air quality. Metro Vancouver offers a rebate program, wood burning workshops and tips on how to burn wood cleanly. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue14-woodsmoke.jpgRead more...woodsmokeFull



Check it out - Fall edition is out nowhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/199/Check it out - Fall edition is out nowCheck it out - Fall edition is out now<div class="ExternalClass33E0FE8BE3CF4DB485C9EED9180A04EF"><p>​Forest walks, mason bees, and Christmas birds and cookies. Intrigued? Visit <a href="/" target="_blank">metrovancouver.org</a> and search ‘checkitout’. The <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/CIO-Fall2015.pdf" target="_blank">Fall 2015 event guide</a> has great programs and events for you, and your family, to learn about, connect with and enjoy our Regional Parks all winter long.<br><br></p></div>Read more...Check It OutSummaryBottom
Regional Arts & Culturehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/200/Regional Arts & CultureRegional Arts & Culture<div class="ExternalClass5ADBB075E6C54B18B019B849C3B2C5A5"><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/maxguide-logo.PNG" alt="" style="width:150px;padding-right:20px;float:left;" /> <a href="http://www.maxguide.org/" target="_blank">​MAXguide.org</a> Metro Vancouver’s regional arts and culture calendar, is a collaboration of regional culture stakeholders, providing free listings of arts and culture events for arts organizations, individuals and selected art businesses<span lang="EN-US">.  Check out what’s happening across the region.</span></p></div>Read more...MAXSummaryBottom
The Sustainable Region and Metro Vancouver Close Uphttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/201/The Sustainable Region and Metro Vancouver Close UpThe Sustainable Region and Metro Vancouver Close Up<div class="ExternalClassDCC2951B825B43F6BE38BA6677B20B5D"><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/TSRLogo.jpg" alt="" style="width:150px;padding-right:20px;float:left;" /> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/the-sustainable-region" target="_blank"> <strong>The Sustainable Region TV</strong></a> series examines how Metro Vancouver manages growth, protects the environment, and delivers vital services to residents of our region.</p><p> <a href="http://bcove.me/c9d8sp18" target="_blank">TSR Episode 10 2015 Sewers and Bugs</a> - In this episode, flushable wipes are hurting our sewer system. See how Metro Vancouver crews tackle this clogging culprit to keep our pipes flowing. Plus, learn how Enterra reduces organic waste, by turning food into bugs and back into food again.</p><p> </p><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/metrocloseup-logo.jpg" alt="" style="width:150px;padding-right:20px;float:left;" /> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up" target="_blank"> <strong>Metro Vancouver Close Up</strong></a> shows how municipalities and community groups are promoting sustainability and shared regional goals. New videos are posted each month. </p><p>Metro Vancouver Close Up Episode 9 October 2015 - 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 how the evolution of green building efforts across Metro Vancouver is taking shape.</p><ul><li> <a href="http://bcove.me/ik8ime2c" target="_blank">Coffee Cup Revolution</a> - 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.</li><li><a href="http://bcove.me/1z9tiei7" target="_blank">Illegal Fill Dumping in Delta</a> - Tracking the movement of soil in our region has been a challenging task for municipalities. How a pilot program will provide more information for bylaw officers to use -- in the abttle against illegal dumping on our local farmlands.</li><li><a href="http://bcove.me/o8srgn8r" target="_blank">Green Buildings</a> - Green construction techniques are becomming commonplace in our region, as municipal efforts for sustainable building gather momentum. Learn how the industry is embracing the trend and why our building choices can impact carbon emissions for decades.</li></ul><p>These programs air back to back on Shaw TV4, Delta Cable 4 and Novus TV4:</p><p>Shaw TV 4: Wed 7:30pm; Sat 12:30pm; Mon 3:30pm; Tues 11pm<br>NVTV4: Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri at 8:30pm; Tues, Thurs, Sat at 9am & 3:30pm<br>Delta TV: Sun/Mon at 8am & 2pm; Mon-Fri at 11:30am</p><p>And they are always available <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">online</a>.</p></div>Read more...TSRSummaryBottom
PM and wood smoke fast factshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-14/202/PM and wood smoke fast factsPM and wood smoke fast facts<div class="ExternalClassE73923A4EF8D410C9E69AF7FD520703F"><ul><li>Particulate matter (PM) is made up of tiny solid or liquid particles that float in the air.</li><li>PM<sub>2.5</sub> is the symbol for particulate matter that is 2.5 microns in diameter.</li><li>10,000 microns fit into one centimeter. So 2.5 microns is 0.00025 centimeters, about one-fifth the width of a human hair.</li><li>Particles in the PM<sub>2.5</sub> size range are able to travel deep into our lungs and even into our bloodstream.</li><li>Exposure can cause short-term health effects such as eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath, and worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease.</li><li>Wood-based home heating is the largest source of <a href="/services/air-quality/AirQualityPublications/PMFactsheet.pdf" target="_blank">fine particulate matter</a> emissions in our region.</li><li>Metro Vancouver measures particulate matter levels at <a href="http://www.airmap.ca/" target="_blank">several air quality monitoring stations</a>, runs a woodstove exchange <a href="/services/air-quality/engagement/Pages/wood-stove-exchange.aspx" target="_blank">rebate program</a>, and provides clean burning tips <a href="/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/air-quality/factors/tips-burning-smart/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</li></ul></div>Read more...Did You KnowSummaryBottom