Welcome to Metro Vancouver Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/349/Welcome to Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to Metro Vancouver Update<div class="ExternalClass6F191998B60F45AE9F475F79FC4F7BEF"><p>Welcome to the Metro Vancouver Update, bringing you news and information from around the region. If you enjoy reading the Metro Vancouver Update, share it with a friend, and welcome them to subscribe <a href="/events/sri-mailing-lists/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> <span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a>. </p><p>If you haven't previously attended the Zero Waste Conference, take a look at the website, and register now! We have a range of information on solid waste in this edition, from an update on Canada's National Zero Waste Council activities to a trio of campaigns to help you reduce your waste at home. </p><p>Find articles that celebrate international recognition for two of our core utilities, provide an update on local fisheries initiatives, launch a new home energy web resource, and provide the latest news from our liquid waste program. Our fast facts look at water conservation with some year round tips and facts on how we use water in our homes every day.</p><p>There are so many positive things going on right here where we live.</p><p> </p><p> <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> </p></div>Read more...Welcome0 0


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Zero Waste Conference Nov 3 – register now!http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/350/Zero Waste Conference Nov 3 – register now!Zero Waste Conference Nov 3 – register now!<div class="ExternalClassF7FD3F017AD84CBE92F9C97AA4E9F558"><p>​Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Conference is November 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. It's a unique opportunity to meet international leaders in the global push to reduce our waste. Registration is open. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue24-zwc.jpgRead more...zwcFull
National Zero Waste Council fall 2016http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/351/National Zero Waste Council fall 2016National Zero Waste Council fall 2016<div class="ExternalClassDD7508DC373D4DD6B3AFDEF4DBC5F808"><p>​The National Zero Waste Council is advancing its waste-prevention agenda in a series of events and initiatives through November. Learn more at <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">nzwc.ca</a><br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-nzwc.jpgRead more...nzwcFull
RateOurHome.ca website launchedhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/352/RateOurHome.ca website launchedRateOurHome.ca website launched<div class="ExternalClass0AC85EF4BE994947AD5D0EF81C7FDADC"><p>​Metro Vancouver just launched <a href="http://rateourhome.ca/" target="_blank">RateOurHome.ca</a>, to spread awareness about home energy labels and increase the use of the EnerGuide Rating System and ENERGY STAR® for New Homes. <br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-roh.jpgRead more...rohFull
Metro Vancouver Fleet Planning and Acquisition Policyhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/353/Metro Vancouver Fleet Planning and Acquisition PolicyMetro Vancouver Fleet Planning and Acquisition Policy<div class="ExternalClass20F31850FC7D4D4A8330CE8FA41F47EC"><p>​Metro Vancouver has a new <em>Fleet Planning and Acquisition Policy </em>supporting reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from our 400 fleet vehicles and 300 pieces of mobile equipment. In 2015, fuel used by the corporate fleet produced almost half of the corporate total carbon footprint. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-emotive.jpgRead more...fleetFull
Regional Parks photo contest http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/354/Regional Parks photo contestRegional Parks photo contest <div class="ExternalClass7BDD82EB241F4AD68757EF4AAD2E235C"><p>​The 2016 Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Photo Contest attracted 161 entries including stunning landscapes, a diversity of plants and animals, and people connecting with nature. Find the winning snap, and a link to the entries here. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-photocontest.jpgRead more...parksphotoFull'A Bridge Over' taken in Kanaka Creek Regional Park (S. Tanner)
Hey! Food Isn’t Garbage! http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/355/Hey! Food Isn’t Garbage!Hey! Food Isn’t Garbage! <div class="ExternalClass78A0EE104D8F4E2490A929603821488A"><p>​Introducing two new food scraps characters to the popular <em>Hey! Food isn't garbage! </em>campaign.  Along with your food scraps, '<em>Grease'</em> and '<em>Chopsticks'</em> can be put in the green bin for composting.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-notgarbage.jpgRead more...foodFull
We Love Water campaign shifts to indoor conservation for fallhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/356/We Love Water campaign shifts to indoor conservation for fallWe Love Water campaign shifts to indoor conservation for fall<div class="ExternalClass6FC7912E2F7B459EA490FB9A56EBA275"><p>​The <em>We Love Water</em> campaign encourages everyone to make small adjustments to how they use water in their homes – <em>to use a little less, care a little more</em>. The featured indoor tips are perfect for year round water conservation. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-welovewater.jpgRead more...welovewaterFull
More than meets the eyehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/357/More than meets the eyeMore than meets the eye<div class="ExternalClass6CCF46C4CB7B492985AA5737BA1B4D45"><p>​In BC, anything with a cord or a battery can be recycled.  Use <a href="http://www.metrovancouverrecycles.org/" target="_blank">mvrecycles.org</a> to find a recycling location near you. Loose batteries, small electronics containing batteries, old cell phones, noisy toys; you name it, it can be recycled. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Ewaste-Bunny.jpgRead more...batteryFull
Fisheries initiatives at Metro Vancouver 2016 updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/358/Fisheries initiatives at Metro Vancouver 2016 updateFisheries initiatives at Metro Vancouver 2016 update<div class="ExternalClass719ABECFB4B24419B96863FF3B84EC39"><p>​Many of our readers are keen to hear about fisheries initiatives.  This is an update on Metro Vancouver's contributions to enhancing the native fish stocks across the region. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-fisheries.jpgRead more...fisheriesFullThe Seymour River fish fence supports the transportation of adult fish to the Seymour hatchery.
Improvements to liquid waste treatment East Fraserhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/359/Improvements to liquid waste treatment East FraserImprovements to liquid waste treatment East Fraser<div class="ExternalClass6E3AAEED93924F5BB731A0576936F827"><p>​Metro Vancouver's Liquid Waste Department recently completed a comprehensive sewer servicing and facility plan for the eastern part of the Fraser Sewerage Area to treat liquid waste and protect the environment over the coming years. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-eastriver.jpgRead more...eastriverFullEast Fraser Servicing and Treatment Projects
Recreational water quality monitoring http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/360/Recreational water quality monitoringRecreational water quality monitoring <div class="ExternalClass34E53D62CC184E93A07094551166661D"><p>​Metro Vancouver monitors the quality of local recreational water at both swimming and non-swimming beaches. The 2016 results are in, and overall water quality was very good. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-watertesting.jpgRead more...waterFullWater quality monitoring sample collection East False Creek
Liquid Waste Services gets Utility of the Future Today designationhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/361/Liquid Waste Services gets Utility of the Future Today designationLiquid Waste Services gets Utility of the Future Today designation<div class="ExternalClassCADF2B66149C4E36A84069C8754F88F5"><p>​Kudos to Metro Vancouver's Liquid Waste Services for receiving this international designation celebrating wastewater utilities that demonstrate innovative and sustainable management practices. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-utilityofthefuture.jpgRead more...lwsFullMetro Vancouver Director Tim Stevenson and Paul Kadota, Program Manager, Utility Research and Innovation, Liquid Waste Services
Canadian Innovation Project of the Year Awardhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/362/Canadian Innovation Project of the Year AwardCanadian Innovation Project of the Year Award<div class="ExternalClass3AE55FD65CFC4006A448FF2CFBBC0ABD"><p>​Another celebration, this time for Metro Vancouver's Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel Project, the <em>Canadian Innovation Project of the Year</em>  from the Tunnelling Association of Canada. A recognized example of world class infrastructure serving our region every day. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-portmann.jpgRead more...innovationFullInside the Port Mann tunnel. In addition to the project winning the Canadian Innovation Project of the Year Award, this photo also picked up the Tunnelling Association of Canada’s – Photo of the Year.
Surrey Clean Tech Expo http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/363/Surrey Clean Tech ExpoSurrey Clean Tech Expo <div class="ExternalClassAA35EFFBB26E4C2A8FEB5D1562F8CA14"><p>​The City of Surrey hosted the <em>2016 Greater Vancouver Clean Technology Expo and Championship</em>, a regional showcase highlighting some of the innovative businesses and initiatives in our region today.  </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-surreyexpo.jpgRead more...expoFull



Check it Outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/364/Check it OutCheck it Out<div class="ExternalClass79284C55745E440CB160E32A6C7A9780"><p>​The newest edition of <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter49&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ Program Guide – Check it Out! – </a> is ripe and ready for the picking. This fall guide is full of familiar and fresh events, programs and activities to connect you with nature in your local regional parks. There’s something for everyone.</p></div>Read more...cioSummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver Television Showshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/365/Metro Vancouver Television ShowsMetro Vancouver Television Shows<div class="ExternalClass225783A255584D818333109609E8345E"> <table width="100%" style="background:none;border:0px currentcolor;"><tbody style="background:none;"><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/metrocloseup-logo.jpg" alt="" style="width:130px;" /> </td><td><p> <strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Close-Up</a></strong> shows how municipalities and community groups are promoting sustainability and shared regional goals. New videos are posted each month.</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/issue49-festival.jpg" alt="" style="padding:5px 10px 5px 5px;width:130px;" /> </td><td style="vertical-align:top;"><p> <strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/217909774" target="_blank">Coquitlam Festivals Recycle</a></strong>: Coquitlam’s 125 Anniversary celebrations included plastics and food scraps collection. The City and Westcoast Plastics Recycling partnered to manage and staff zero waste stations that diverted 9000 kg of recyclables from landfill.</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/issue49-farmschool.jpg" alt="" style="padding:5px 10px 5px 5px;width:130px;" /> </td><td style="vertical-align:top;"><p> <strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/217909940" target="_blank">Tsawwassen Farm School</a></strong>: Tsawwassen First Nation has been a Metro Vancouver member since 2009 and farming is part of their vision for a sustainable economy. Their lands are home to a university-led farm school that supports their strategic priorities and regional goals.</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/issue49-shortershowers.jpg" alt="" style="padding:5px 10px 5px 5px;width:130px;" /> </td><td style="vertical-align:top;"><p> <strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/217910079" target="_blank">Burnaby's Shorter Showers Campaign</a></strong>: The City of Burnaby’s Bonsor Recreation Complex initiated a Shorter Showers Challenge to help conserve water with the goal to reduce showering times at the pool by 75%.</p> <br> <br> </td></tr></tbody></table></div>Read more...tsrSummaryBottom
Fast Factshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-25/366/Fast FactsFast Facts<div class="ExternalClass0DD345482BE74998973F9DD9269DF441"><ul><li>Cutting two minutes off your daily shower saves 460 litres of water per month – and much more if you use an older-style showerhead. </li><li>Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Leaving the tap running while brushing wastes 700 litres of drinking water over a month. </li><li>A family of four washes an average of 300 loads of laundry per year. For the most efficient use of water, fill your washing machine completely.</li><li>Even with an efficient washing machine, one load a day uses 340 litres of water a week. Washing less loads by re-using towels and other items is one of the easiest ways to save water around the house. </li><li>Most dishwashers use the same amount of water whether running half or full loads. Fill your dishwasher completely; at an average of 215 loads per year that wasted water really adds up.</li><li>Your washing machine’s permanent press setting adds water at the end of the wash cycle and can use twice the amount of water as a normal load of laundry.</li><li>On an average winter day Metro Vancouver delivers about one billion litres of water to municipalities in our region. That’s enough to completely fill BC Place.</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