Metro Vancouver Update Vancouver UpdateMetro Vancouver Update<div class="ExternalClassBCD11039A9A54BC4A88CC83E2250F55C"> <p>Welcome to the second edition of Metro Vancouver Update, bringing you news and information from around the region. We cover the provincial government’s decision to reject a key bylaw for our solid waste management plan, an update on the Seymour Capilano Filtration Project as it nears completion, the “Food isn’t garbage” advertising campaign, actions to address climate change and air quality, the Annual Report on <em>Metro 2040</em>, our regional growth strategy, a new project to restore the estuary of the Seymour River, and more.</p> <p>Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans and delivers regional-scale services. Our 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. Metro Vancouver is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority. </p> <p>To subscribe to Metro Vancouver Update <a href="/events/sri-mailing-lists/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <div> </div></div>Read more...Air QualityWelcome0 0


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Bylaw 280: Provincial Decision Bad News for Recycling in Metro Vancouver 280: Provincial Decision Bad News for Recycling in Metro Vancouver Bylaw 280: Provincial Decision Bad News for Recycling in Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass485B8899CA414AEDB15397D4D6AC80E4"> <p>Having residential and commercial garbage delivered to regional disposal facilities operated by Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver is necessary for our region to meet its aggressive waste diversion goals, and to encourage a competitive waste management and recycling industry. Bylaw 280 would have facilitated this and ensured that a cost-effective and equitable waste disposal system continued to be available to all residents and businesses in Metro Vancouver.</p> <p>However, an October 17 decision by the Minister of Environment has rejected Bylaw 280. </p> <p>We believe that Metro Vancouver residents and business owners and operators care what happens to their garbage and want to work with Metro Vancouver to meet our ambitious recycling goals of 70 percent in 2015 and 80 percent by 2020. </p></div> About How the Provincial Decision on Bylaw 280 Will Affect Waste Management & RecyclingSolid WasteFull
hey! Food isn't Garbage!! Food isn't Garbage!hey! Food isn't Garbage!<div class="ExternalClassAFE194539F9E46BBB2ED08071F3ACD37"> <p>Food scraps belong in your green bin! </p> <p>In preparation for a ban on putting food waste in the garbage in 2015, that message will greet residents and visitors as they travel around the Metro Vancouver region between October and late November, and in shopping malls, public facilities, and office building elevators. </p></div> About Our Food Is Not Garbage CampaignSolid WasteFull
Waste-to-Energy Facility Emissions Getting Even Lower Facility Emissions Getting Even LowerWaste-to-Energy Facility Emissions Getting Even Lower <div class="ExternalClass36324021343C4AFA9F105EB44948BE57"> <p>Emissions from Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/solid-waste/about/wte/pages/04.aspx" target="_blank">waste-to-energy facility</a> are getting lower and lower thanks to an upgraded nitrogen oxide control system.</p> <p>Smog forms when nitrogen oxides react with other air pollutants in the presence of sunlight. The greatest sources of nitrogen oxides in our region are cars, trucks, ships and non-road vehicles like bulldozers.</p></div> About Emissions Upgrades To Our Waste-to-Energy FacilitySolid WasteFull
Seymour-Capilano Filtration Project Filtration ProjectSeymour-Capilano Filtration Project<div class="ExternalClass6F46D048FA7B4AB78D34A3CE3EE4360A"> <p>The Seymour and Capilano watersheds supply Metro Vancouver residents and businesses with 70 percent of their drinking water </p> <p>A decade-long <a href="/services/water/projects-initiatives/construction-projects/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">construction project</a> to allow for the continued supply of safe, high-quality drinking water in Metro Vancouver is 99 percent complete. </p> <div> </div></div> About the Latest DevelopmentsWaterFull
Metro Vancouver Awarded Climate & Energy Action Honourable Mention Vancouver Awarded Climate & Energy Action Honourable MentionMetro Vancouver Awarded Climate & Energy Action Honourable Mention<div class="ExternalClass88E9372EB932432BA3BE604A51B0C2E4"> <p>Metro Vancouver has earned an Honourable Mention in the Community Energy Association’s <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Climate & Energy Action Awards</strong></a>, which were presented by the Hon. Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, at this year’s Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Whistler. </p></div> About What Metro Vancouver Is Doing To Help Combat Climate ChangeAir QualityFull
Metro Vancouver and Member Municipalities Strive for Carbon Neutrality Vancouver and Member Municipalities Strive for Carbon NeutralityMetro Vancouver and Member Municipalities Strive for Carbon Neutrality<div class="ExternalClass86878D0EA86740699A9C3FFD77C577CF"> <p>As required by the <a href="" target="_blank">BC Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program</a>, Metro Vancouver has published a <a href="/about/publications/Publications/2013CARIP_Public_Report.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> summarizing the carbon footprint of our operations for 2013.</p> <p>The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program is a provincial government conditional grant program that provides rebates on carbon taxes paid to BC Climate Action Charter signatories, which includes Metro Vancouver.</p></div> About How Metro Vancouver & Member Municipalities Are Reducing Greenhouse Gas EmissionsAir QualityFull
Non-Road Diesel Vehicles: Additional Emissions Enforcement in January 2015 Diesel Vehicles: Additional Emissions Enforcement in January 2015Non-Road Diesel Vehicles: Additional Emissions Enforcement in January 2015 <div class="ExternalClass7FFA8B734C224F6DB49D42D59757BA89"> <p>Metro Vancouver’s Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Bylaw has been in effect since 2012, and on January 1, 2015 important new operating prohibitions will come into force.</p> <p>This bylaw protects human health by reducing emissions of harmful diesel soot from industrial and construction machines like excavators, forklifts, and generators.</p></div> About the New Regulations Coming Into Effect in 2015Air QualityFull
Metro 2040: Annual Progress Report 2040: Annual Progress ReportMetro 2040: Annual Progress Report <div class="ExternalClass28D2A80DFE274856A142B7AEFF554FE7"> <p>The first annual report for Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy, <em>Metro 2040: </em>Shaping Our Future, show that our region scores high as a place to live, work and play, and that many aspects of the strategy are being advanced and accomplished.</p> <p>Combating urban sprawl by developing within the established urban containment boundaries, protecting agricultural land, and integrating land and transportation development are crucial elements of <em>Metro 2040</em>.</p> <p>The first, and baseline, annual report - <a href="/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/Progress-toward-Shaping-our-Future-Baseline-Annual-Report-min.pdf" target="_blank">Progress Toward Shaping Our Future: <em>Metro 2040</em></a> – demonstrates that regional planning significantly affects the day-to-day lives of the region’s citizens. </p></div> About Metro 2040: Annual Progress Report Regional PlanningFull
Seymour River Estuary Restoration River Estuary RestorationSeymour River Estuary Restoration<div class="ExternalClassC315FE7DF93640159267F1BDCD3D74A6"> <p>With inflows of both sea and fresh water, the Seymour River estuary should work as a productive natural habitat. Over the years, however, the estuary has been degraded by heavy industry and other development causing altered water flows, losses of gravel and woody debris, and the growth of invasive plant species.</p> <p>Metro Vancouver and a number of partners are undertaking an ecological restoration project to improve the health of the estuary’s ecosystem and increase fish survival. </p></div> About The Ecological Improvements to the EstuaryEcological HealthFull



Check It Out It OutCheck It Out<div class="ExternalClass5BCD7B3DF3BB4E7EA50AD50B570445D8"> <p>The fall edition of <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/CIO-Fall2014.pdf" target="_blank">Check It Out</a> is now available.</p> <p>Register for programs or drop in to events that Metro Vancouver offers throughout the region. </p></div>
The Sustainable Region TV Show Sustainable Region TV ShowThe Sustainable Region TV Show<div class="ExternalClassCCBDB8D0114C498EBB4BB9CDC54B33F3"><a href=""><strong>Liquid Waste Overview</strong></a> <p>Metro Vancouver's proposed liquid waste initiatives can maximize the recovery of heat, water, soil nutrients, and other useful elements from sewage. Learn what's being planned and how those projects will protect our water supply, the environment, and the public. </p><a href=""><strong>Understanding Wastewater Treatment </strong></a> <p>What happens after you flush? Find out with this overview of primary and secondary wastewater treatment in our region. Join Metro Vancouver’s Craig Mayer to find out what happens before our wastewater is returned to the environment.</p><a href=""><strong>Albert Norman Feature Interview</strong></a> <p>Albert Norman was hired by the Greater Vancouver Regional District in 1944 and retired in 1977. Mr. Norman was an avid photographer and took photos at his job sites during his 33 years of service, collecting an impressive archive of our region's sewers infrastructure.</p><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/"><strong>Metro Vancouver Close Up</strong></a> <p>Baby barn owls are being studied and are thriving in Richmond's Terra Nova Rural Park. Researchers say they are doing well, in part, because the open space was protected by the containment of urban development.</p> <ul> <li>An internet-accessible rain gauge in Coquitlam is helping construction crews work in the rain and comply with a new bylaw that helps reduce storm water run-off, and reflects the region-wide goal to protect waterways.</li> <li>Vancouver residents are learning how to care for trees, an important part of the region's natural capital.</li> <li>Find out about the fun, free feeling of riding in an electric vehicle. Surrey is one of the partners in a region-wide campaign promoting the environmentally friendly vehicle.</li></ul> <p>These episodes air on Shaw TV4, Delta Cable 4 and Novus TV4 through October.</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 <br><br>And they are always available <a href="/mediaroom/videos/Pages/default.aspx">online</a>. </p></div>Read more...Sustainable Region TVSummaryBottom
Did You Know? You Know?Did You Know?<div class="ExternalClass488963C433ED4D1D9AEFF87E4C6B6363"> <ul> <li>Over one million kilos of pumpkins are carved up annually in the Lower Mainland and after Halloween night, these pumpkins are potentially sent to the landfill. Plan to <a href="/services/solid-waste/food-scraps-recycling/residents3/tools-resources/Pages/default.aspx">compost your Jack O’Lanterns</a> after Halloween.</li><br> <li>Metro Vancouver residents are eligible to receive a rebate for trading in their old uncertified wood-burning appliance for a new low emission appliance. Rebate funding is limited and is issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn about this <a href="/services/air-quality/engagement/Pages/wood-stove-exchange.aspx"><strong>important program</strong></a> that helps to improve our region’s air quality. </li><br> <li>Three Metro Vancouver projects have helped to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region. <br><br> <ol> <li>Wastewater treatment plants now produce less than a third of the amount of greenhouse gases than they did in 1997. Further improvements are being made as facilities are upgraded.</li><br> <li>Hybrid and electric vehicles are replacing some conventional cars and trucks in the Metro Vancouver vehicle fleet, which significantly reduces fuel usage.</li><br> <li>A number of Metro Vancouver buildings now have solar hot water heaters and energy-efficient lighting upgrades.</li></ol></li></ul></div>Read more...Did You KnowSummaryBottom
Sustainability Community Breakfasts Community BreakfastsSustainability Community Breakfasts<div class="ExternalClass7540EC5B2AB0499BA63922D4D2D67365"> <ul> <li><strong>Shaping Our Future: <em>Metro 2040</em></strong> <br><br>November 19, 7:30 – 9:00 am, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver<br><br><a href="/events/community-breakfasts/Pages/default.aspx">Information & Registration</a></li></ul></div>Read more...EventsSummaryBottom