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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Dec 01, 2016
Helping Cities and Businesses in a Data-Driven World

Since 2007, Climate Smart has helped more than 800 small and medium-sized businesses cut their emissions and associated costs through training, software, support, and certification. Distinct from a typical consultancy, the Climate Smart approach is capacity-building, meaning that businesses come away with the internal ability to analyze, measure and reduce their company’s impact: key skills in […]

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Sep 16, 2016
Filmed in Vancouver, X-files a bonafide green production

As FOX’s iconic sci-fi series The X-Files returned to television in January 2016, the cast and creative team worked to ensure that the show remained as timely and ambitious as ever. Even as the series built on its own fictional history, it also built on its legacy behind the scenes, including its long-running commitment to […]

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Jul 28, 2016
Warner Bros. is “Watching its Waste” – Showing Leadership on Metro Vancouver’s Organics Ban

Organics ban advertisement. Credit: Metro Vancouver Television has a profound effect – we are entertained, engaged and excited to see what the next episode brings. The credits that scroll at the end of a show are an indication of the hundreds of people and resources needed to create it. There are many logistics involved with […]

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