Welcome to Metro Vancouver Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/1/Welcome to Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to Metro Vancouver Update<div class="ExternalClassA67E3A1DB6EB40C0A3CE13E15AA285DE"> <p>Every month we will bring you news and information from around the region about key programs and projects like the upgrade to the Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, the new waste-to-energy project, and the National Zero Waste Council whose Secretariat is housed at Metro Vancouver. We will also cover issues including environment and regional parks, regional planning, and air quality and climate change.</p> <p>Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans and delivers regional-scale services. Our 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. Metro Vancouver is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority.</p> <p>We hope you enjoy this first issue.</p> <p>To subscribe to Metro Vancouver Update <a href="/events/sri-mailing-lists/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p></div>Welcome0 0

 

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The National Zero Waste Council http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/5/The National Zero Waste CouncilThe National Zero Waste Council <div class="ExternalClass5E4AE12232AB422BAB676F75CEBF4725"> <p>Since the fall of 2012, Metro Vancouver, in collaboration with the <a href="http://www.fcm.ca/" target="_blank">Federation of Canadian Municipalities</a>, has demonstrated leadership in development, launch and now implementation of the <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">National Zero Waste Council</a>. The Council just conducted its first Annual General Meeting after being launched at the <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/conferences/217725900" target="_blank">2013 Zero Waste Conference</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/ZWCBanner.jpgRead About the Latest DevelopmentsSolid WasteFull
2014 Zero Waste Conference http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/7/2014 Zero Waste Conference2014 Zero Waste Conference <div class="ExternalClass13F65ED168FF4FDFBC64A1C1A40649D8"> <p>Metro Vancouver hosted its fourth annual <a target="_blank" href="/zwc/Pages/default.aspx">Zero Waste Conference</a>. Over 500 people attended our annual conference that features experts and pioneers in the zero waste movement from Canada and abroad. This year’s conference was held on September 16 at Vancouver’s Trade and Convention Centre.</p> <p>This year we focused on three themes: Innovation in Design, Transformation in Business, Collaboration for Systems Change. A special session on advancing waste prevention nationally provided an update on Canada’s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nzwc.ca/Pages/default.aspx">National Zero Waste Council</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/zwc2014-presentations.jpgRead More About the 2014 ConferenceSolid WasteFull
Solid Waste Management: Experience from the European Unionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/4/Solid Waste Management: Experience from the European UnionSolid Waste Management: Experience from the European Union<div class="ExternalClass90C67ADC1F014F92A45A18F9DBCED7F5"> <p>Northern European countries are global leaders in recycling, and are increasingly moving away from landfilling to manage waste. In July, experts from the Netherlands and the UK met with Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee and participated in a Metro Vancouver <em>Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue</em> to exchange ideas and discuss issues that have arisen in those countries concerning waste management and waste-to-energy projects.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/swm-roundtable.jpgRead About This European Experience and Watch Videos of the Dialogue and Committee MeetingSolid WasteFull
Responsibly Managing Our Garbage – Bylaw 280http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/15/Responsibly Managing Our Garbage – Bylaw 280Responsibly Managing Our Garbage – Bylaw 280<div class="ExternalClassFACF689B4D9840FEA4511BAD2ECF3701"> <p>Having residential and commercial garbage delivered to regional disposal facilities operated by Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver is necessary for our region to meet its aggressive waste diversion goals, and to encourage a competitive waste management and recycling industry.</p> <p>Metro Vancouver’s Bylaw 280 would facilitate this, and ensure that a cost-effective and equitable waste-disposal system continues to be available to all residents and businesses in Metro Vancouver. Bylaw 280 must be approved by the provincial Environment Minister before it is adopted, and Metro Vancouver is awaiting this decision. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Bylaw280.jpgRead About How Bylaw 280 Is Essential To Responsibly Manage Our GarbageSolid WasteFull
New Waste-to-Energy Project Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/2/New Waste-to-Energy Project UpdateNew Waste-to-Energy Project Update<div class="ExternalClass04F4A7DA9EEB422EA69FACDFA7836FED"> <p>Metro Vancouver has set ambitious targets to increase our recycling rate to 70% by 2015 and 80% by 2020. Independent consultants concluded that a <a target="_blank" href="/services/solid-waste/about/wte/pages/development.aspx">new waste-to-energy project</a> was the best solution to manage the remaining waste after all efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. Waste-to-energy facilities recover energy and metals from garbage that cannot be recycled. Modern facilities have minimal effects on the environment, and are used worldwide to heat and power homes and businesses, and to recycle metals. We are currently in the early stages of developing the project.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/WTE.jpgRead About the Latest DevelopmentsSolid WasteFull
Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/3/Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant UpgradeLions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade <div class="ExternalClassE2800FD6689C4C89B8A4992F3A23116C"> <p>To comply with new regulations and standards adopted by the federal and provincial governments for secondary treatment for wastewater, Metro Vancouver will replace the current 53-year-old Lions Gate wastewater treatment plant with a new secondary treatment facility by 2020.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/LGWTP.jpgRead About the Latest DevelopmentsLiquid WasteFull
Witnessing Almost a Century of History http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/8/Witnessing Almost a Century of HistoryWitnessing Almost a Century of History <div class="ExternalClassBA7F75A62D0743E89843D208D6F1BE07"> <p>A century of municipal collaboration to deliver regional services in Metro Vancouver began with a plan for a regional sewer system. In March 1914, the BC Legislature authorized the incorporation of the Vancouver and Districts Joint Sewerage & Drainage Board, and in 1956 the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District was formed. Today, 17 municipalities and one electoral area are members of the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District (GVS&DD) Board, one of the four legal entities commonly known as Metro Vancouver.</p> <p>Albert Norman was born in 1917 in North Burnaby, three years after the Board was created, and 27 years later he joined the Board and earned $1.25 per hour in his first job as an excavator operator.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/100Years.jpgRead More About Albert Norman’s Career at Metro VancouverLiquid WasteFull
Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/9/Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant ExpansionNorthwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion <div class="ExternalClassD1BB6A7B647D4734B4CF7B94F1731ACB"> <p>The $64-million infrastructure expansion project at the <a target="_blank" href="/services/liquid-waste/treatment/treatment-plants/northwest-langley">Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant</a> will accommodate the projected population growth in the Langley area, and provide enhanced environmental protection for the Fraser River. The plant’s treatment capacity will be expanded with the addition of three new state-of-the-art secondary clarifiers, which move settled sludge to a digester where microorganisms break down organic materials from wastewater.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/NorthwestLangleyWWTP.pngRead More About This Expansion ProjectLiquid WasteFull
Wise Water Consumption and Water Conservation http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/13/Wise Water Consumption and Water ConservationWise Water Consumption and Water Conservation <div class="ExternalClass672239341987440E80A2DAF41D2E3A2B"><p>Metro Vancouver’s continued efforts to raise awareness of wise water consumption and conservation during the summer months are paying off.</p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/sprinkling.pngRead More About Our Conservation EffortsWaterFull
Facts in Focus Policy Series http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/11/Facts in Focus Policy SeriesFacts in Focus Policy Series <div class="ExternalClass9FE38B6C80BA4032B90EDAE8B08E535E"> <p>Timely research and information are essential for Metro Vancouver to fulfill our <a target="_blank" href="/about/aboutuspublications/BoardStrategicPlan2012-2014.pdf">mission and three broad goals</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Deliver Core Services.</li> <li>Plan for the Future.</li> <li>Act as a Regional Forum.</li></ul> <p>This research and information allows the Board to have informed discussions on issues prior to making decisions, and to find effective and innovative ways to communicate and engage with our communities.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/FactsFocus.pngRead More About Facts in FocusRegional PlanningFull
New Energy Management Policy http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/12/New Energy Management PolicyNew Energy Management Policy <div class="ExternalClass512BEC541DE64B3E8AB290AAFEB253FB"> <p>Metro Vancouver’s new Corporate Energy Management Policy will enable us to improve our energy performance and ensure sustained progress on all of our energy initiatives.</p> <p>The policy covers promoting energy efficiency and conservation in Metro Vancouver operations, identifying clean and sustainable energy sources that can be generated and recovered from our operations, and managing energy performance of our regional utilities (water treatment and supply and wastewater collection and treatment) and other functions in an efficient and accountable manner.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/CorporateManagement.jpgRead More About Sustainable Energy ManagementAir QualityFull
Metro Vancouver, Richmond and Vancouver Parks Now Featured on iParks Navigator! http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/10/Metro Vancouver, Richmond and Vancouver Parks Now Featured on iParks Navigator!Metro Vancouver, Richmond and Vancouver Parks Now Featured on iParks Navigator! <div class="ExternalClass575633BD06E147488288E80716EBBE76"> <p>The iParks Navigator which integrates GIS map data with a mobile platform, helps you explore regional parks and those in Richmond and Vancouver like never before! And best of all it's free and available for iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices. iParks Navigator lets you filter for activities like playgrounds, pools and beach areas, and facilities like washrooms, picnic shelters, and visitor centres.</p> <p>The City of Vancouver has joined the City of Richmond and Metro Vancouver in issuing the latest release of this innovative app designed to help people find parks around Metro Vancouver.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/iParks.jpgRead About the App Features & How to Download For All DevicesParksFull

 

 

The Sustainable Region TV Show & Metro Vancouver Close Uphttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/14/The Sustainable Region TV Show & Metro Vancouver Close UpThe Sustainable Region TV Show & Metro Vancouver Close Up<div class="ExternalClass31FF5335CC9E4A5CAC147DB9C7CBB5CB"> <p>Metro Vancouver produces <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/the-sustainable-region/" target="_blank">The Sustainable Region </a>television program and <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Close Up</a>. Both can be seen on community cable channels throughout the region and on our website.</p> <p>The Sustainable Region features Metro Vancouver projects, programs and places, highlighting the vital role of our services in daily life for residents and businesses throughout the region. Metro Vancouver Close Up showcases municipal and other local initiatives that are helping to build a livable region. The video series is produced by Metro Vancouver with input from our member municipalities, community and business organizations.</p> <p>Watch these short videos and send us stories about your municipality. Four separate stories are released every three weeks for use on your municipal web and social media platforms. They are also available on Metro Vancouver's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTam_KckxZ7Aqy3g2dT-YCw" target="_blank">YouTube Channel</a>, <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">website,</a> <a href="http://metrovancouvervideos.org/" target="_blank">video blog</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/metrovancouver" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/metrovancouver" target="_blank">Twitter</a>. Contact <a href="mailto:dana.carlson@metrovancouver.org">dana.carlson@metrovancouver.org</a> to tell us your stories.</p> <p>Both programs can be seen on:</p>Shaw TV4: Wed 7:30pm, Sat 8:30am, Mon 3:30pm<br>NVTV4: Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri at 8:30pm; Tues, Thurs, Sat at 9am & 3:30pm<br>DeltaTV: Sun, Mon at 8am & 2pm; Mon to Fri at 11:30am <p></p> <p>And they are always available <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">online</a>.</p></div>Sustainable Region TVSummaryBottom
Did You Know?http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/6/Did You Know?Did You Know?<div class="ExternalClassA882C42F75F442679D5935BCE70D7287"> <ul> <li>You can create water-thrifty gardens using drought-resistant plants? Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/water/WaterPublications/WaterwiseGardening.pdf" target="_blank">water-wise gardening</a> guide teaches you how!</li> <li>There are <a href="http://www.clearairbc.ca/whatyoucando/Pages/TopTenActions.aspx" target="_blank">10 easy things</a> you can do to help improve air quality in our region.</li> <li>Two of Metro Vancouver’s core services, which are provided principally to our <a href="/about/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">member municipalities</a>, are the <a href="/services/water/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">provision of drinking water</a>, and <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">sewerage and drainage</a>. Sustainability is key to infrastructure improvement projects in these areas, which we achieve by considering the social, environmental, and economic impacts of projects throughout the region.</li></ul></div>Did You KnowSummaryBottom
Sustainability Community Breakfastshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/16/Sustainability Community BreakfastsSustainability Community Breakfasts<div class="ExternalClassFDAFFFD63E8447659A72446B5767886C"> <ul> <li><strong>A Century of Liquid Waste Services in Metro Vancouver</strong><br>October 8, 7:30 - 9:00 am, Eagles Hall, 170 West 3rd St., North Vancouver<br>October 29, 7:30 - 9:00 am, Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel, 15269 104th Ave., Surrey<br><br>Speakers: <strong>Simon So</strong>, General Manager, Liquid Waste Services, Metro Vancouver;  <strong>Fred Nenninger</strong>, Manager, Policy Planning Analysis & Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrades, Liquid Waste Services, Metro Vancouver. <strong>Jeff Arason</strong>, Manager, Utilities, Engineering Department, City of Surrey, will speak at the October 29 Breakfast.<br><br></li> <li><strong>Working with Partners - Enhancing Metro Vancouver Waterways</strong><br>October 22, 7:30 - 9:00 am, BCIT Downtown, 555 Seymour St., Vancouver<br><br>Speakers:  <strong>Brian Smith</strong>, Hatchery Manager, Seymour Salmonid Society; <strong>Ross Davies</strong>, Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society (KEEPS); <strong>Robin Taylor</strong>, Environmental Manager, PMH1, Transportation Investment Corporation.<br> </li></ul></div>Read more...EventsSummaryBottom
Zero Waste: Innovations to Drive the Circular Economyhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/17/Zero Waste: Innovations to Drive the Circular EconomyZero Waste: Innovations to Drive the Circular Economy<div class="ExternalClass4F6ED554FC5E46C4AA29DF7462D5ABBF"> <p>October 20, 8 am – 2 pm, SFU Downtown, Segal Building, 500 Granville St., Room 1200</p> <p>Speakers include <strong>Malcolm Brodie</strong>, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee, Chair of the National Zero Waste Council, and Mayor of Richmond; <strong>Brock Macdonald</strong>, CEO, Recycling Council of BC and Vice-Chair, National Zero Waste Council; <strong>Candace Le Roy</strong>, Director, SFU Sustainability Office.</p></div>Read more...EventsSummaryBottom
First Annual Metro Vancouver Regional Parks EcoBlitzhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-1/18/First Annual Metro Vancouver Regional Parks EcoBlitzFirst Annual Metro Vancouver Regional Parks EcoBlitz<div class="ExternalClass48DA2EABC4CA49FCA01298595A6DB177"> <p>October 25, 10 am – 1 pm at <a href="http://www.meetup.com/Regional-Parks-Connect-Metro-Vancouver/" target="_blank">10 Regional Parks</a> across Metro Vancouver</p> <p>Join our Regional Parks Ecological Team at one of 10 work parties removing invasive plants and replanting native vegetation. Equipment & refreshments provided.</p> <p><a href="http://www.meetup.com/Regional-Parks-Connect-Metro-Vancouver/" target="_blank">More information</a></p> <div></div></div>Read more...EventsSummaryBottom