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Success Stories /
Nov 06, 2017
City Policy Spurs Innovation – But Can We Handle the Pace?

As part of a dedicated effort to become the greenest city in the world, the City of Vancouver has formulated a plan to eliminate emissions from buildings. It will happen incrementally, but the end goal is to see high-performance building standards like the Passive House standard, Living Building Challenge, and Net-Zero Energy (NZE), become the […]

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Sep 05, 2017
Four Steps to a Greener Brand

Do you aspire to green your brand? Be forewarned: It’s challenging, as Kerri McKenzie and her colleagues discovered. McKenzie researched, developed and sourced materials for the outdoor gear retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) at its head office in Vancouver. Four lessons from her experience can help you green your supply chain with more reward than […]

Inspiration /
Aug 08, 2017
Local Construction Leaders Go Passive

In a public experiment to test the capabilities of a high-performance building, two white structures have been set up in Vancouver’s Olympic Village Square, each containing 1 tonne of ice. The key difference between the two ice boxes is their building envelope; one of them is built to BC’s current building code and the other […]

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Jul 12, 2017
HCMA’s Innovative Attitude

  HCMA Architecture + Design is a firm that is looking to the future of design. HCMA wants to make functional and environmental architecture, while also creating buildings that inspire. They strive to push the traditional boundaries of the practice of architecture and achieve maximum positive impact through design while putting in perspective an attractive […]

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May 17, 2017
Finding Value Even After the Sushi is Done

If you recently visited any of the restaurants listed on the map below, you may have seen a bin for collecting used chopsticks. Once a week, Felix Böck drives his truck, affectionately named “Pablo the ChopMobil,” to each of these partner restaurants to collect chopsticks, then he upcycles them into beautiful products at a small production facility […]

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May 04, 2017
Powering a Film Set can be Silent, Clean, and Portably Electric

“The film industry in Vancouver has long been conscious of sustainable production,” says Zena Harris, President at Green Spark Group, a sustainability consultancy that serves the film industry. “Efforts in this space formalized in 2006 with the formation of Reel Green and have evolved to include vendors such as Keep it Green Recycling and success stories […]

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Apr 26, 2017
The Power of Sorting: Combating Construction Waste in Landfills

Sea to Sky Removal is  a construction waste removal company run by husband and wife, Cinci Csere and Chris Arkell. Based in Squamish, 90% of their customer base is in Vancouver and the lower mainland, though they also offer waste removal all along the Sea to Sky Corridor. Operating solely in the construction and commercial […]

Inspiration /
Mar 25, 2017
RECAP: Measure What Matters 101; February 28, 2017

Do you feel like there is a disconnect between your business and the world in which it operates? Are you a socially minded business that seeks to do more than make profits, and instead be an active stakeholder in your community, the environment, and a positive presence for your employees, clients and customers? Many businesses […]

Inspiration /
Feb 02, 2017
Vancouver’s restaurants and food stores investing in renewable energy

Renewable natural gas is a carbon neutral energy source made from the gas produced when organic waste from sources like landfills and agricultural manure breaks down. The gas is captured, purified, and blended into existing natural gas distribution pipelines and delivered to homes, businesses, transportation fleets, and industry. Renewable natural gas performs in exactly the […]

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Jan 31, 2017
Penfolds Roofing & Solar leading the way

  Key Solution:  fleet propane conversion Annual Emission Reduction:  30 tCO2e Annual Cost Savings:   $20,000 Penfolds Roofing & Solar was founded in 1937 and completes over 1,500 residential and commercial projects a year. Penfolds employs about 150 people and is headquartered in the False Creek Flats neighbourhood of Vancouver, where it operates from a company-owned industrial […]