Posts Tagged:Community

The Romance and Reality of Urban Food

Two weeks ago, SFU City Conversations featured an emotional debate on Port Metro Vancouver’s Deltaport expansion plans on farmers’ fields protected by the Agricultural Land Reserve. As in this debate, the aspects of local food production and food security were also central issues in today’s City Conversation on “The Romance and Reality of Urban Food”.…

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South East False Creek: One of Vancouver’s many great urban development projects

South East False Creek is one of Vancouver’s many great urban development projects as the city turned the Olympic Village from 2010 into a residential neighborhood that embraces modern architecture, sustainability, density, quality of life and a beautiful waterfront. Next to the historic salt building, the great public square, the cafés and shops as well…

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Sustainable ideas worth spreading

Yesterday, I visited the TED Global Talent Search event in Vancouver, an evening full of 22 inspiring and diverse talks that each only lasted for 3-6 minutes but had a great impact due to their powerful and exciting messages. This event was part of a global talent search in 14 towns on six continents for TED2013, the…

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Cities and communities are at the forefront of energy development in British Columbia

The GreenTech Exchange and the BC Women in Energy Network yesterday hosted a panel on “Community Energy Development: The Role of Small-Scale Energy Systems in Achieving a Clean Energy Future“. This event made clear that cities and communities in British Columbia are at the forefront on climate change, sustainability and clean energy development. In his…

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Urban farming insights from Vancouver

The EPIC Sustainable Living Expo also featured several interesting talks. For instance, Chris Thoreau, an urban farmer from Vancouver who brings his food as a food pedaler by bike to his customers, talked about the exciting topic “Urban Farming in Vancouver”. In fact, as 80% of the Canadian population is lives in cities, growing food in the cities is an important step…

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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…

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Jane’s Walk: Exploring your urban neighbourhood

Since 2007 thousands of people meet each year on the first weekend of May to remember the urban thinker, activist and writer Jane Jacobs and to explore their neighbourhood by walking together. Starting in Toronto, the Jane’s walk phenomenon has now spread across North America and the whole world, with more than 600 walks in 85 cities in 19…

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