Happy Holidays!http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/49/Happy Holidays!Happy Holidays!<div class="ExternalClassC4CD219DE2F24F059B90B5D17D163CCD"><p>As we near the end of 2014, everyone at Metro Vancouver wishes you Happy Holidays and a very happy 2015. One of our goals in 2014 was to further communicate Metro Vancouver’s vital work in the region, and we hope that with Metro Vancouver Update you are learning more about some of the important projects and initiatives throughout the region. We look forward to telling you more in 2015.</p><p>At this time of year, many of us wonder just what gifts to give our loved ones, family and friends. When you think about gifts this year, consider creating memories that people will cherish forever. Our Create Memories Not Garbage campaign has ideas for giving gifts of time, experiences, and long-lasting gifts that people will enjoy for many years. You can also watch the <a href="http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid888483788001?bckey=AQ~~%2cAAAAtIJh4TE~%2cEy0zR91VLds2WQTBHsEly2uYPZzBI2pw&bctid=3914340621001" target="_blank">Christmas edition</a> of The Sustainable Region television program as you enjoy holiday treats and cheer with friends and family. </p></div>Read more...Welcome0 0


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Award-Winning Sewer Heat Model http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/50/Award-Winning Sewer Heat ModelAward-Winning Sewer Heat Model <div class="ExternalClass082420DFDACA4A7D8D7420E3679FF29E"> <p>An award-winning sewer heat model developed for Metro Vancouver shows that the amount of heat available from our regional sewer collection system is enough to heat about 700 high-rise buildings.</p> <p>The model will also assist staff to help developers decide if sewer heat makes sense for their proposed developments, and in matching sewer heat with future residential, commercial and industrial developments.  </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/SewerHeat-970.jpgRead more about our award-winning Sewer Heat ModelLiquid WasteFull
First Comprehensive Car Share Studyhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/51/First Comprehensive Car Share StudyFirst Comprehensive Car Share Study<div class="ExternalClass491AF84E110745BE8B5E64F3437DF299"> <p>Metro Vancouver has completed the first comprehensive analysis of car sharing in our region.</p> <p>The Metro Vancouver <a href="/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/1507_PPE_MV_Car_Share_Study_14Oct20HR.pdf" target="_blank">Car Share Study</a> will help municipalities throughout the region better understand the role of car sharing in regional growth management and community planning. And, the study will also help maximize the benefits of car share on mobility, affordability, and the environment.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/CarShare-970.jpgRead more about Metro Vancouver’s Car Share StudyRegional PlanningFull
Two Major Water Main Projects Near Completionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/52/Two Major Water Main Projects Near CompletionTwo Major Water Main Projects Near Completion<div class="ExternalClassDC22106D5B854978825B08704D80F362"> <p>Two significant Metro Vancouver water main projects are near completion: the Angus Drive water main in Vancouver and the Maple Ridge water main. The Maple Ridge main is expected to be completed in January 2015 and the Angus Drive main in the spring.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/WaterMain-970.jpgRead more about these major water main projectsWaterFull
Seymour River Slide: Emergency Responsehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/64/Seymour River Slide: Emergency ResponseSeymour River Slide: Emergency Response<div class="ExternalClassD8EE8AC597A04D2B85200965A864C74F"> <p>A spirit of collaboration is among the defining values of our federation, and nowhere is that more evident than in times of emergency.</p> <p>On December 7, a large slide of up to 50,000 cubic metres of rock partially blocked the Seymour River in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Given the large-scale dynamic nature of this event, it was considered an emergency because of the potential for downstream flooding and potentially dangerous conditions in the slide area. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/slide-970.jpgRead more about Seymour River rockslideWaterFull
Helping Businesses Go Greenhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/53/Helping Businesses Go GreenHelping Businesses Go Green<div class="ExternalClassEBC71C8EB22D410A82058159BC477AB2"> <p>With funding from the LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program, Metro Vancouver helped 300 small businesses improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy costs in one year. It is estimated that these actions will save 890,000 kWh, which is enough electricity for about 890 homes for one year, and to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 12.5 tonnes.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/GoGreen-970.jpgRead more about how Metro Vancouver is helping small businesses go green Air QualityFull
Protecting Health: A New Objective for Sulphur Dioxidehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/54/Protecting Health: A New Objective for Sulphur DioxideProtecting Health: A New Objective for Sulphur Dioxide<div class="ExternalClassBDE028C39C68404DB949814674355FD2"> <p>Metro Vancouver has adopted a principle of continuous improvement in air quality and regularly reviews and strengthens the standards and objectives in place for various air pollutants. Our current <a href="/services/air-quality/AirQualityPublications/SO2Factsheet.pdf" target="_blank">objectives for sulphur dioxide</a> are out of date and new health evidence suggests that they may not adequately protect public health or the environment. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/AirQuality-970.jpgRead about how Metro Vancouver is working to protect air qualityAir QualityFull
2014 Christmas Campaign – Create memories, not garbage http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/55/2014 Christmas Campaign – Create memories, not garbage2014 Christmas Campaign – Create memories, not garbage <div class="ExternalClass10E9CF4FBA854FB685543840CA6DE12B"><p>Instead of just buying gifts this holiday season, invest in creating memories too!</p> <p>Gifts like child minding or dog walking, experiences like family baking or bungee jumping or lessons for singing or making pottery, are great ways to show how much you care. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Christmas-970.jpgRead more about how you can create memories, not garbage this holiday season2014 Christmas CampaignFull
Admiralty Point Lands Preserved in Regional Park http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/56/Admiralty Point Lands Preserved in Regional ParkAdmiralty Point Lands Preserved in Regional Park <div class="ExternalClassB06E9ED98287403488B6D2BA19E831E0"> <p>Admiralty Point was spared from development in 1860 when it was designated a military reserve. And now the scenic area, including two kilometres of ocean waterfront on Burrard Inlet, will be protected from development and preserved as a public park for future generations.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Admiralty-970.jpgRead about how Admiralty Point will be protected for future generationsParksFull
EcoBlitz Volunteers Plant Thousands of Trees & Plants http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/57/EcoBlitz Volunteers Plant Thousands of Trees & PlantsEcoBlitz Volunteers Plant Thousands of Trees & Plants <div class="ExternalClassFCB03C5DF858436986972472EB111D13"> <p>Through intermittent rain showers, almost 350 volunteers contributed 823 hours of labour to plant 7,347 native trees, shrubs and groundcover and removed 1,071 kilos of invasive plants like holly and ivy at Metro Vancouver’s inaugural EcoBlitz.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/EcoBlitz-970.jpgRead about how volunteers, Metro Vancouver partners and staff restore regional ecosystemsParksFull
Parksfest http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/58/ParksfestParksfest <div class="ExternalClass4F1074313D944A4AA6C3DEBF7D3A5F72"> <p>Parksfest is one of the ways for volunteers to come together to network, share experiences, and learn new skills and information about our regional parks and ecology. Over 2,000 volunteers contribute thousands of hours to Metro Vancouver’s partnership program volunteering on specific projects and as members of park partner groups and associations. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Parksfest-970.jpgRead more about how volunteers contribute to our Regional Parks networkParksFull
New Exhibit at Fraser River Discovery Centre http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/59/New Exhibit at Fraser River Discovery CentreNew Exhibit at Fraser River Discovery Centre <div class="ExternalClassBF3294F662DA4676BA56CF266FDE91EF"> <p>A new fun and interactive mini riverine trail system exhibit at the <a href="https://frdc.mymti.ca/" target="_blank">Fraser River Discovery Centre</a> promotes the opportunities and experiences of the Lower Fraser River corridor. The exhibit’s real tree canopy, projected images, oversized floor maps and murals will inspire you to head outdoors and start exploring.  </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Fraser-970.jpgRead more this exhibit & the Experience the Fraser projectParksFull
Food Waste Banned From Garbage in 2015http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/63/Food Waste Banned From Garbage in 2015Food Waste Banned From Garbage in 2015<div class="ExternalClassC2238760D74842A5A47463F589FD5A23"> <p>As of January 1, <a href="/services/solid-waste/food-scraps-recycling/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">new rules</a> will be in place to encourage residents and businesses in Metro Vancouver to separate food waste from regular garbage. </p> <p>Initial enforcement will focus on large generators of food waste like supermarkets, and major restaurants and hotels. And, the first six months will be an education period when no penalties will be charged in order to give residents and businesses additional time to implement effective plans for separating food waste from the garbage. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/organics-970.jpgRead more about keeping food out of the garbageSolid WasteFull



Check It Outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/60/Check It OutCheck It Out<div class="ExternalClassD4E12EF27DE74912B140E9D6F4FA6DC5"> <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>Read more...EventsSummaryBottom
The Sustainable Region TV Showhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/61/The Sustainable Region TV ShowThe Sustainable Region TV Show<div class="ExternalClass5A8A7FE1A213466CB38CB2DE5B5A96DD"><br> <p><strong>Metro Vancouver Close Up looks at:</strong> <ul> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">The North Shore Cycling Plan - a joint cycling plan for the City and District of North Vancouver developed with valuable input from cyclists. Impressive results include bike paths in the Lower Lynn Town Centre. </li> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">West Vancouver's latest housing option - coach houses. Coach houses are contributing to one neighbourhood's range of housing choices as well as increasing rental stock.</li> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">Vancouver citizen foresters! Urban trees are part of the natural capital that supports our economic and social well-being by buffering noise and reducing stormwater runoff. In Vancouver, citizen foresters are learning how to care for local trees.</li> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">The City of North Vancouver's Lonsdale Energy project. To mark its tenth anniversary, learn about the efficiency of the small-scale Lonsdale Energy because it delivers energy short distances to nearby population nodes. </li></ul> <p></p> <p>These episodes air on Shaw TV4, Delta Cable 4 and Novus TV4 through December.</p> <p>Shaw TV 4: Wed 7:30pm; Sat 12:30pm; Mon 3:30pm; Tues 11pm</p> <p>NVTV4: Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri at 8:30pm; Tues, Thurs, Sat at 9am & 3:30pm</p> <p>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/metro-vancouver-close-up/" target="_blank">online</a>. </p> <div></div></div>Read more...Sustainable Region TVSummaryBottom
Did You Know?http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-4/62/Did You Know?Did You Know?<div class="ExternalClassC5AEA87B7B0146E8B7900DA5E11324AB"> <ul> <li style="padding-bottom:15px;">Metro Vancouver has joined the <a href="http://www.chf.bc.ca/sites/stage.chf.affinitybridge.com/files/1149%20HSG%20Charter%20with%20Signatures.pdf" target="_blank">Canadian Rental Housing Coalition</a> which brings together industry, non-profit and government leaders to call for more affordable rental housing, and to increase the supply of rental housing across the country. </li> <li style="padding-bottom:15px;">With venues ranging from pristine wilderness to immaculate heritage homes only a short distance from the city centre, Metro Vancouver regional parks and conservation reserves are favoured location sites for filming movies, television programs and commercials. In 2013, the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve experienced its busiest year of filming since 2003. Based on public concerns and environmental considerations, as well as special events and construction in the reserve, Metro Vancouver staff carefully evaluate all filming requests. To support the BC film and production industry, staff do their best to make the booking process easy. <a href="/filming/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Information on policy, fees and permits </a>is available in one convenient location. </li> <li style="padding-bottom:15px;">Metro Vancouver supports a public education program on when to call <a href="/services/regional-planning/electoral-area-a/services/emergency-planning/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">9-1-1 </a>and what to expect when your call is routed to police departments, RCMP detachments, fire departments and the ambulance service. The program is provided by the <a href="http://www.ecomm911.ca/" target="_blank">E-Comm centre</a>, which provides educational materials on the difference between an emergency and non-emergency call, and how to properly use 9-1-1. Interpretation services are available to help callers in over 170 languages. Children’s educational materials are also available such as a storybook (available in six languages) about 9-1-1 and interpretation services, a colouring and activity sheet on the difference between emergency and non-emergency calls, magnets, bookmarks, and stickers. All materials are <a href="http://www.ecomm911.ca/911-education/education-materials.php" target="_blank">available without charge </a></li></ul></div>Read more...Did You KnowSummaryBottom