Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/522/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClass24F1DBA4038B4A888FFA338216A91ED1"><p>It was a busy month leading up to Metro Vancouver's seventh annual Zero Waste Conference, which focuses on the theme of the circular economy, on November 1. The conference features keynote speakers Cady Coleman, scientist and retired NASA astronaut, and Tristram Stuart, award-winning author, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and founder of Toast Ale.</p><p>Besides the conference, we increased our work around two education/behaviour change campaigns, with a new installation for our <em>Wipe It Green Bin It</em> campaign, which aims to get people to stop dumping grease down our sewers. Efforts were also increased to address abandoned waste to get residents to think twice before they dump their unwanted couches, mattresses and other furniture on municipal streets and in alleys.</p><p>We also forged ahead with a request to the provincial government to make changes so it's easier for electric vehicle owners to charge their cars, while launching our new Metro Vancouver performance monitoring dashboard, which gives the public more detailed information on how our operations run on a regular basis. </p><p>On the water side of things, our Clayton Reservoir project is moving ahead, while we are using new multibeam sensors to ensure our pipes remain in good repair on the ocean floor. It's all in a day's work as we grow across the region.</p><p> </p><p><em>Metro Vancouver is a federation 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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Region drives to reduce barriers to EV ownershiphttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/523/Region drives to reduce barriers to EV ownershipRegion drives to reduce barriers to EV ownership<div class="ExternalClass73D278943EC048AF9C0FDF65198E4646"><p>Metro Vancouver hopes the B.C. government will support a bid to make it easier for people to own electric vehicles. Delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities last month endorsed two resolutions to address challenges faced by electric vehicle (EV) owners, particularly in multi-family buildings. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue36-ev.jpgRead more...FullSukhdeep Gill volunteers with the Emotive electric vehicle campaign
Multibeam echo sounder protects infrastructurehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/524/Multibeam echo sounder protects infrastructureMultibeam echo sounder protects infrastructure<div class="ExternalClassADBCD3B340BA4548B5995FE220A91746"><p>​Metro Vancouver is using upgraded technology in the form of a Multibeam Echo Sounder bathymetric survey system to help protect its numerous marine crossings for both water and sewer mains as well as outfalls located under the beds of the Fraser River and Burrard Inlet.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue36-multibeam.jpgRead more...FullRiver bottom multibeam survey of Cambie Richmond Main under the Fraser River
Metro Vancouver tackles microplastics in wastewaterhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/525/Metro Vancouver tackles microplastics in wastewaterMetro Vancouver tackles microplastics in wastewater<div class="ExternalClassE3CAF7C41D054DA2B2BCE6B5F8B6D638"><p>​Metro Vancouver has partnered with the Ocean Wise Conservation Association, which is part of the Vancouver Aquarium, to determine the amount of microplastics coming to its wastewater treatment plants and how much is removed by treatment. Microplastics are small pieces of plastics that range in size from one nanometer to five millimetres and come from a variety of sources, including microbeads used in personal care products.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue36-microplastics.jpgRead more...FullExamples of microplastics obtained from wastewater samples, from left to right: microplastic bead close-up and microplastic fibre close up (Photographs courtesy of Vancouver Aquarium)
Performance dashboard highlights regional serviceshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/526/Performance dashboard highlights regional servicesPerformance dashboard highlights regional services<div class="ExternalClassFF10FF5C83D645ED92BFF321C796EFA1"><p>​Metro Vancouver has launched a new Performance Monitoring Dashboard to provide updated operational information – from trends in waste diversion to regional park visits and housing vacancies – related to the region's nine essential services.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue36-dashboards.jpgRead more...Full
‘Wipe It, Green Bin It’ campaign aims to prevent costly clogshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/527/‘Wipe It, Green Bin It’ campaign aims to prevent costly clogs‘Wipe It, Green Bin It’ campaign aims to prevent costly clogs<div class="ExternalClass3224C5021C6E4527937B7A0122034BEA"><p>​Metro Vancouver unveiled an innovative 3D installation at Robson and Bute last month, as part of its 'Wipe It, Green Bin It' message.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue36-grease.jpgRead more...Full
Zero Waste Conference promotes ‘circular economy’http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/528/Zero Waste Conference promotes ‘circular economy’Zero Waste Conference promotes ‘circular economy’<div class="ExternalClass0558E04257E04320B2A281BCBF5626B5"><p>​Metro Vancouver's 2017 Zero Waste Conference will be held on November 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, highlighting 'A Circular Economy Within Reach,' with a focus on plastics, textiles, food waste, business innovation and circular cities.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue36-zwc.jpgRead more...Full
‘Put Waste in Its Place’: combat illegal dumpinghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/529/‘Put Waste in Its Place’: combat illegal dumping‘Put Waste in Its Place’: combat illegal dumping<div class="ExternalClass42FA0C4AF32D4EE3B62EEBF7FC2A0BE4"><p>​It's an all-too-familiar sight: a mattress abandoned behind an apartment building or unwanted furniture or appliances left in a laneway or next to the sidewalk. Illegal dumping comes in many forms, but the result is the same: it costs Metro Vancouver municipalities $5 million annually to clean up and sends a message that our neighbourhoods are suitable for dumping.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue36-wasteinitsplace.jpgRead more...Full
Construction underway on Clayton Reservoir Projecthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/530/Construction underway on Clayton Reservoir ProjectConstruction underway on Clayton Reservoir Project<div class="ExternalClassC2C3554A47F84782ACAE001BD9467C46"><p>​Metro Vancouver is building a new $30-million reservoir at Hazelgrove Park in the City of Surrey to ensure the reliable supply of clean, safe drinking water for the service area’s growing population. The Clayton Reservoir Project will replace the aging water tank at 72 Avenue and 190 Street in Surrey.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue36-clayton.jpgRead more...Full



Check it Out!http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/531/Check it Out!Check it Out!<div class="ExternalClass415CB8AF34C84FEFA650992A3D8C202A"><p>​With fall comes country fairs, salmon migrations and the arrival of the fall/winter edition of <a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Regional Parks' Program Guide – Check it Out!</a> The newest edition is jam-packed with events and programs to connect you with nature in your local regional parks during our 50th anniversary year.</p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Celebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/532/Celebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional ParksCelebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClass59FB33A53FC4497CAC3A0273CAA28DF9"><p> <span aria-hidden="true"></span>Get your passport and start exploring. Download the FREE MV Passport app or pick-up a paper copy.</p><p>Collect stamps at each of the 18 participating regional parks.</p><p>Earn rewards. Win prizes! Shop our collection of commemorative T-shirts, hoodies & more. </p><p>A portion of proceeds goes to <a href="http://www.pacificparklands.com/" target="_blank">Pacific Parklands Foundation</a>, a registered charity dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of Metro Vancouver's regional parks.</p><p> <a href="/services/parks/celebrate-parks/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Find out more.</a></p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
The Sustainable Regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/533/The Sustainable RegionThe Sustainable Region<div class="ExternalClass835746E5CC4347DCB725CB91AED61FED"><p><strong>​</strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/238650282" target="_blank"><strong>Episode 8 - 2017</strong></a><br>In this episode, we see important maintenance work on our drinking water and liquid waste infrastructure, learn how the local bat population is being monitored and protected, and find out about Metro Vancouver's work on zero waste, safe disposal of medication, and building relationships with local First Nations. </p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver Close Uphttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/534/Metro Vancouver Close UpMetro Vancouver Close Up<div class="ExternalClassB5C671B5366A4988A94287E283E081DF"><p><strong>​</strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/234932928" target="_blank"><strong>Burnaby Large Item Pick Up</strong></a><br>Burnaby is one of several cities that pick up large unwanted items SUCH AS couches, mattresses and fridges. Find out about your community's options and other ways to help reduce abandoned waste via <a href="http://wasteinitsplace.ca/?utm_source=newsletter60&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">wasteinitsplace.ca</a></p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Events around the regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-36/535/Events around the regionEvents around the region<div class="ExternalClass7D1E68450F944526BACE1E35DDA11091"><p><strong>Metro Vancouver's 7th Annual Zero Waste Conference</strong><br><em>Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver</em></p><p>Network with leaders from across the country and the globe, contribute your ideas, and join a national conversation on how to eliminate waste and create value by transitioning to a circular economy.</p><p>November 1, 7:30 am – 6:30 pm</p><p><a href="http://www.zwc.ca/Pages/index.aspx?utm_source=newsletter60&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Information and registration</a></p><p> </p><p><strong>Canada’s Economic Infrastructure</strong><br><em>TBA - Vancouver</em></p><p>The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade host keynote speakers David Dodge, former Governor of the Bank of Canada, and Jane Bird as they look at what lies ahead for the Canadian economy and the infrastructure sector and what it means for Greater Vancouver and BC. David will provide his insights on the main factors driving the domestic and global economies. Jane will look at where the opportunities are for infrastructure in Canada and internationally.</p><p>November 22, 11;30 am – 2:00 pm</p><p><a href="https://www.boardoftrade.com/events/individual-events/1119-6208" target="_blank">Information and registration</a></p><p> </p><p><strong>Community and Economic Resilience in Urban Environments</strong><br><em>515 West Hastings St, Vancouver</em></p><p>This course provides a foundation for understanding resilience as it pertains to cities of all sizes, using community- and economic-based lenses. It helps practitioners, planners, and organizational leaders to identify their roles in increasing resilience in their own communities and approaches to integrating ‘whole community’ participation.</p><p>November 24</p><a href="http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/courses/city/community-and-economic-resilience-in-urban-environments.html" target="_blank">Information and registration</a></div>Read more...SummaryBottom