seems that everyone is talking about all things "Green" these days...and
I think this is fantastic. Perhaps "Green" is seen as "trendy"
and some might be jumping on the band wagon for marketing purposes only. However,
whatever the reason, think of the impact if we all took the time to educate ourselves
even just a bit, and became more intentional about our environment and how we
interact with it.
do 155,000 Elephants have to do with Real Estate in BC?
all BC households switched their 5 most used incandescent bulbs,
the equivalent of over 1.3 million pounds of green house gases could
be saved - a weight equal to approximately 155,000 elephants. For
information about how
to recycle your CFL (Compact Fluorescent bulbs)
We are not "Green"
experts, but we are committed to making personal changes and helping to educate
others in order to live a Greener Life. This section of our website will hopefully
help in directing you to the resources to help accomplish this.
favourite Green Quote...."
the greenest building is one that is already built"
Carl Elefante, Principal Quinn Evans Architects, AIA, LEED AP
RESOURCES (in no particular order!)|
of Vancouver Grants and loans for energy-efficiency improvements
- When you make energy efficient upgrades to your home, you
can reduce your annual utility costs by as much as 40%.
At the same
time, reducing your carbon footprint means you are helping us
reach two important Greenest City 2020 goals:
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from 2007
Eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels
are valuable grants and rebates available that can help offset
the cost of making your home more energy efficient.
to available programs.
Green - Built Green is an industry driven voluntary
program that promotes "green" building practices
to reduce the impact that building has on the environment.
It benefits the homebuyer, the community and the environment
and is an opportunity for everyone to choose a "green"
created a "Checklist" which is a list of "green"
criteria. It includes an energy efficiency requirement, and
a menu of options in categories, addressing a range of "green"
items from which the builder can select to meet the Bronze,
Silver, Gold and Platinum achievement levels.
Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) - "The
Recycling Council of British Columbia is a multi-sectoral
non-profit organization promoting the principles of Zero Waste
through information services, the exchange of ideas and research."
Recycling Council of BC (RCBC) is all about reducing waste.
Founded in 1974, RCBC is Canada's oldest recycling council.
From expansion of the beverage container deposit-refund program,
to establishing programs for post-consumer paint, pesticides
and electronic waste, RCBC has led BCs progressive policy
of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program development.
Living Magazine - A Canadian publication. The goal for
Green Living magazine is to inform the "soon-to-be-converted"
by providing interesting, hip and valuable information about
organics, health, the environment and eco-consumer products,
as well as celebrity interviews and eco-home style. We promote
sustainable and healthy living that is good for you - and
for the earth. Our recently published book, Green Tips, is
an everyday guide to living more lightly on the earth. This
book is being distributed to World Wildlife Fund Canada sponsors
as well as through Canadian booksellers
Green Pages - "thegreenpages.ca" is a grassroots
web phenomenon that started in the dorm room of an environmental
studies student at the University of Waterloo. It began with
a large collection of links and then grew into an interactive
portal highlighting the latest social-economic, environment-related
news, events, and stories from across Canada. The site acted
as what is known today as a "blog" and created opportunities
for students, organisations, and community groups to voice
their opinions and share information. Today, the web site
is a virtual "library" of ideas, success stories,
snap-shots from the past, and inspiration.
Retrofits (GVRD) - The majority of structures that will
exist over the next 20 years have already been built. Their
structural, electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems are
aging or are already outdated and inefficient compared to
Building retrofits designed to improve the operating efficiency
of existing buildings can have a direct influence on building
comfort, operation costs, and will reduce the associated environmental
impacts our existing building stock places upon the environment
and its natural resources.
Suzuki Foundation - Green is not a new fad for this organization!
Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find
ways for society to live in balance with the natural world
that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas oceans
and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy,
sustainability, and the Nature Challenge - the Foundation
uses science and education to promote solutions that conserve
nature and help achieve sustainability within a generation.
Green Building Council - CaGBC is the leading national
industry organization advancing green building practices for
livable communities. The CaGBC represents 1,600 member organizations
involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings,
real estate and community development. The Council implements
the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Green Building Rating System in Canada.