WelcomeWelcome2019-10-31T07:00:00ZGP0|#a554aaf3-ced2-4881-88ac-9816e813669c;L0|#0a554aaf3-ced2-4881-88ac-9816e813669c|Issue 57;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass55DC7304FEC64E63B5CAA5B998A2E04D"><p>​Welcome! It's been a busy month at Metro Vancouver preparing for the ninth annual Zero Waste Conference, which wraps up today. The two-day conference drew <strong> <em>more than 500 </em></strong>hundred participants who came out to hear some great insights from speakers involved in zero waste practices and the circular economy. </p><p>Metro Vancouver has also developed a <em>Residential Water Metering in Metro Vancouver: Best Practices Guide</em>, to support local government in making decisions around water metering, and is working on its next <em>Clean Air Plan</em> aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Metro Vancouver has also partnered with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to assess the fate of viruses in the Liquid Waste management system and the potential risks associated with wastewater discharges.</p><p>For those of you embracing electric vehicles, Metro Vancouver finally has its own Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC). It is located in a publicly accessible parking area of Metro Vancouver's head office in Burnaby. And did you know this year marks the 40th anniversary of Campbell Valley Regional Park? If you get a chance, check out this park's natural wonders and rich heritage in the Township of Langley.</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