Many ingredients for a sustainable lifestyle

Here in Vancouver, sustainability is not just a catch-phrase but has become an integral part of people’s daily lives. Therefore, I already visited the three-day EPIC Sustainable Living Expo in the impressive Vancouver Convention Centre on its first day to gain a diverse insight into the various facets of a sustainable lifestyle.

During this weekend, more than 300 exhibitors presented their solutions for a more sustainable lifestyle to more than 20.000 visitors. Many questions were answered…

How can we both generate electricity from renewable sources of energy and save electricity due to a more energy-efficient lifestyle? How can urban mobility become more sustainable – with electric cars, car-sharing or e-bikes? How can we grow our own fruits and vegetables in the city or even in our own apartments?

How can we promote fair trade and buy products that are produced in a sustainable way, no matter if we talk about clothes, shoes, accessoires, food, sports equipment, health products, toys, furniture, flowers or any other products? How can we even make weddings, event caterings or simply any event more sustainable?

Many answers to these questions were given at the EPIC Expo. Even more answers can be found outside of such an expo. We all have to inform ourselves, to be open for change and to set an example of living a sustainable lifestyle. It is clear that not everyone can switch to a sustainable lifestyle in all areas of his or her life, especially not from one day to the next, but we all can do this step-by-step and talk about our small, successful steps to a sustainable lifestyle.

EPIC Expo showed that both small and large contributions to more sustainability are possible in many areas of our lives. While solar panels on the roof or energy efficiency improvements in a rented apartment might be difficult to implement, everyone can buy his coffee, tea or chocolate from a fair trade vendor, no matter if in Canada or Austria!

Moreover, while many of these personal changes only require little effort, they can bring huge increases in your personal quality of life. Not to mention the creation of new and fulfilling jobs as well as the positive effects on the environment, the communities and your own health…

Posted on May 12, 2012 in Sustainability

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Andreas Lindinger is a Vienna-based business consultant, sustainability expert and urban thinker passionate about livable cities, sustainable transportation, renewable energy and civic engagement. Andreas offers a transdisciplinary business, finance and sustainability background, industry expertise in energy, mobility and environmental consulting and broad international experience gained in Vienna, Vancouver, Berlin and Dublin. Make sure to also check out Vienncouver.com and to follow @lindinger on Twitter.

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