WelcomeWelcome2017-10-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#86cebc24-450e-46cf-b0a6-2d37736f0596;L0|#086cebc24-450e-46cf-b0a6-2d37736f0596|Issue 36;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<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>0