Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/315/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClassB8D30946AEBD48378360D1A5C339E496"><p>With summer in full swing, we've got stories on the role of the snowpack in our water system, fire suppression in the Regional Parks and tips for you to use water wisely. </p><p>Also included are updates on some key infrastructure around the region, the announcement of our 6th annual Zero Waste Conference, and many other initiatives occurring across this region.</p><p>If you're staying close to home this summer, you'll find ideas on where to connect with nature in a Regional Park, enter a local photo contest, try out an electric vehicle, register for a watershed tour and discover nature through the myriad events in our summer edition of Check-it-Out. </p><p>Have a wonderful summer. We will see you in September.</p></div>Read more...Welcome0 0


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Metro Vancouver’s 6th annual Zero Waste Conference http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/331/Metro Vancouver’s 6th annual Zero Waste ConferenceMetro Vancouver’s 6th annual Zero Waste Conference <div class="ExternalClassC9F72AA12A714288A95D8A5DC68E535A"><p>​Register for the conference online, and join this energized, forward-looking conference on how our society can use innovative design to greatly reduce the amount of waste we generate. Hear from local and global leaders, engage with your peers, and meet new leaders in the science, politics and economics of innovation. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/ZWCEmail2016.jpgRead more...zwcFull
Capilano Water Main Construction Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/316/Capilano Water Main Construction UpdateCapilano Water Main Construction Update<div class="ExternalClassE2D583DC202F4A0493938ADF39E2C81C"><p>​A new water main has just been installed along Capilano Road on North Vancouver. Excavations are complete, and the water main is delivering water to residents and businesses across the North Shore. <br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Capilano-Water-Main-Construction-Sidewalk-Completion.jpgRead more...capilanoFull
Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Completionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/317/Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade CompletionNorthwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Completion<div class="ExternalClassE74D555748B3405AB3FDFECCE9160AB1"><p>​The waste water treatment plant, serving residents and businesses in the Langley area us undergone a recent upgrade. Work is now complete, and the improved plant accommodates population growth and improves the quality of the water discharged. <br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue23-nwlwwtp.jpgRead more...nwlangleyFull
Smart Drive Challenge - Ready to Track Your Driving?http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/320/Smart Drive Challenge - Ready to Track Your Driving?Smart Drive Challenge - Ready to Track Your Driving?<div class="ExternalClass5B9D869D7D31423A9516D61E8865041A"><p>​Later this summer Metro Vancouver will start recruiting drivers for a Smart Drive Challenge. Are you up for the test? </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-smart-drive.jpgRead more...smartdriveFullThis small plug-in device for vehicles, smaller than a cell phone, measures driving habits before and after smart driving training, putting participating drivers to the test.
Climate Actions and Carbon Neutral Progress in 2015http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/321/Climate Actions and Carbon Neutral Progress in 2015Climate Actions and Carbon Neutral Progress in 2015<div class="ExternalClassE2B557F5361D44B5917490C35A62E3CF"><p>​In June we published our 2015 Climate Actions and Carbon Neutral Progress Report, listing completed actions and ongoing projects to address climate change.  </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-carip.jpgRead more...CARIPFull
Wipes Campaign Wins Awardhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/322/Wipes Campaign Wins AwardWipes Campaign Wins Award<div class="ExternalClassF05D218002BF4F32BE1B9CBA605F6542"><p>The Never Flush Wipes campaign came out on top, recently winning an award from the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association. The program was first piloted in Pitt Meadows before expanding across the region. Now others are looking to Metro Vancouver to see if they can use the campaign too. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-neverflushwipes.jpgRead more...CWWAFull
Snowpack and the Alpine Lakeshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/324/Snowpack and the Alpine LakesSnowpack and the Alpine Lakes<div class="ExternalClass0F6B71E18DD949439B43FFC61F74CE5E"><p>​Looking to the North Shore Mountains, we can see the majority of the visible snowpack for 2015 is melted. What does this snowpack mean to our water supply? And how is it monitored? Find out here…</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-snowpack.jpgRead more...snowFull
Mattress Recycling in 2016http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/325/Mattress Recycling in 2016Mattress Recycling in 2016<div class="ExternalClassF04B0564BD23454BA4E2B0BB28B8AEBF"><p>​10 years is about the average time we keep our mattresses. What happens to them afterwards? Most are collected or dropped off to be recycled. Unfortunately some are tipped in alleyways. What can we do to encourage mattress recycling? </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-mattress.jpgRead more...mattressFull
Fire Supression in Metro Vancouver Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/326/Fire Supression in Metro Vancouver ParksFire Supression in Metro Vancouver Parks<div class="ExternalClass965624DD6EDA47D1BEA75ED7C14AF6FA"><p>​Moving around the Province this summer you will see Fire Rating signs posted in communities, and at the entrance way to most parks. Here's a look at what we do in Metro Vancouver to protect our beautiful Regional Parks for the risk of wildfire. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue23-firerating.jpgRead more...fireFull
Water Conservation Tipshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/327/Water Conservation TipsWater Conservation Tips<div class="ExternalClassF695BE5FB63B4BF998D11FEBA7A99F53"><p>​With warmer temperatures it's time to look at how we are using our drinking water. The <em>We Love Water</em> campaign does just that, offering facts on how we use water and tips to use a little less. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-welovewater.jpgRead more...waterFull
NEW videos and recent releaseshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/323/NEW videos and recent releasesNEW videos and recent releases<div class="ExternalClass4D6B28F7F3A74C7D801B85E4B0BD96FB"><p>​We produce an ongoing selection of compact, informative videos, all shareable on social media, about the place we all call home. Check out the latest, and don't forget to tell your friends. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue23-videos.jpgRead more...videoFull



Check it outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/328/Check it outCheck it out<div class="ExternalClass20055003CC03434E8DB7B1F2896BD07B"><p>​The <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Summer 2016 event guide</a> has great programs and events for you and your family to experience nature. From wildflowers to wetlands, find a new way to connect with your Regional Parks. There’s an <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">option to subscribe</a> to receive the online version of the Check It Out Guide.</p></div>Read more...cioSummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver Television Showshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/329/Metro Vancouver Television ShowsMetro Vancouver Television Shows<div class="ExternalClassE732DB6553C145ED91DB3D22F42E30D5"><p>​​</p><div class="ExternalClassC8213215CE0243FEB578E0B1D22E29EE"><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>Showcasing Metro Vancouver's online Grow Green Guide, this episode delivers real-world advice to gardeners in our region. Gardening sustainably is healthier for our local ecosystems. It makes it easier to maintain great looking lawns and gardens. Plus, it's an activity that promotes neighbourhood and community connections. All compelling reasons to dig into eco-friendly gardening today. </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> <br style="clear:both;"> <p> <strong> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/217908285" target="_blank">Surrey Spot</a></strong>: Pop-up parks transform empty parking lots and paved areas with seating, plants and fun features. The City of Surrey has taken charge of the plaza near Surrey Central SkyTrain station. This summer check out ‘Surrey Spot’, it’s the result of a design challenge with UBC landscape architecture students.</p><p> <strong> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/217908419" target="_blank">Bowen Island Mountain Trike</a></strong>: Metro Vancouver’s Crippen Regional Park is on Bowen Island and it has over 12 kilometres of trails through forests, and along ocean and lake shores. When mobility issues limited access for a visitor, a team of locals --including the municipal library-- found a solution.</p><p> <strong> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/217908570" target="_blank">Surrey Bend Regional Park Official Opening</a></strong>: A new 348 hectare park on the banks of the Fraser River is the result of a unique partnership between City of Surrey and Metro Vancouver. This rare un-dyked bend in the river features floodplains, bog and picnic shelters. It took 20 years of land acquisition and now it’s officially open. </p></div></div>Read more...TVSummaryBottom
Fast Facts about Water Conservationhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-23/330/Fast Facts about Water ConservationFast Facts about Water Conservation<div class="ExternalClassC4D4208BEFDD4213AEED09CF962AC469"><ul><li>On an average winter day Metro Vancouver delivers about one billion litres of <a href="/services/water/sources-supply/drinking-water/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> water</a> to municipalities in our region. That’s enough to completely fill BC Place. </li><li>Our water use can double in summer, largely due to sprinkling and other outdoor use. </li><li>An hour of sprinkling uses as much water as 25 toilet flushes, five loads of laundry, and five dishwasher loads combined. </li><li>An average garden hose can deliver 2,700 litres of water per hour. That’s the equivalent of 450 toilet flushes! Take a look for small leaks or a loose coupling in your hose; they can quickly add up to a lot of wasted water.</li><li>A healthy lawn only needs one hour of sprinkling or rain per week. Here’s all you need to know about <a href="/services/water/water-conservation/waterwise-lawn-care/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> waterwise lawn care</a> and <a href="/services/water/water-conservation/lawn-sprinkling/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> water sprinkling</a> between May 15 and October 15.</li><li>Watering your lawn between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. complies with the <a href="/services/water/water-conservation/lawn-sprinkling/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> regional sprinkling regulations</a>, and reduces the amount of water lost to wind and evaporation. </li><li>How are you waterwise? Share your tips and learn new ones at <a href="http://www.welovewater.ca/" target="_blank"> www.welovewater.ca</a>.</li></ul></div>Read more...factsSummaryBottom