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Information about upcoming monthly Sustainability Community Breakfasts. Presentations and discussions of interest to an ever-growing network of sustainability practitioners.

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In 2012 Metro Vancouver hosted three dialogue series:

Dematerialization – Transitioning to an Economy Without Waste;
Building Community - Social Connects Matter
Shaping Regional Prosperity and Competitiveness

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Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues 
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Help shape the future of the region by sharing your thoughts with other local experts on innovative solutions to challenging regional issues.

Partnering with Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade across Metro Vancouver, the Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues is a key component of the Metro Vancouver's outreach and stakeholder engagement. As the title implies, this series of high-profile debates and discussions is intended to help decision makers shape the future of the region by presenting a range of views which hopefully challenge and stimulate fresh thought on a range of regional issues.

“Our dialogue sessions generate a wealth of information that will help us all — politicians, business, community advocates and citizens alike as we work towards a sustainable future for Metro Vancouver,” said Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore. “Expert panellists and highly–engaged participants have provided fresh and stimulating perspectives on regional issues and while Metro Vancouver may not be able to tackle all the challenges on its own, it can certainly serve as a catalyst in identifying actions and working, with partners, towards their implementation”.

 Recent Dialogues

Moving Up the Waste Hierarchy 
Held July 22, 2014 at the SFU Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Metro Vancouver is among North American leaders with its 58% recycling level, but it is aiming far higher – 80% by 2020. Northern European countries have been leaders in recycling and moving away from landfilling to manage residual waste, but they are also aggressively pushing to increase recycling levels. What can our region learn from European experiences and strategies? Is a continued focus on source separation the path forward? What is the role for extended producer responsibility? What are the trends and most successful approaches for managing residual waste? And what about organics - single family homes in Metro Vancouver are successfully moving toward recycling organics, but can businesses and multi-family residences find the same level of success?

Facilitator: Peter Holt - Bio


  • Herman Huisman, Senior Advisor International Cooperation, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands - Bio 
  • Brock Macdonald, CEO, Recycling Council of BC - Bio 
  • Phil Conran - Bio, and Vicki Cooper - Bio, Directors, 360 Environmental Co. UK (
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 Herman Huisman
 Brock Macdonald
 Phil Conran

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