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It 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.

 

What do 155,000 Elephants have to do with Real Estate in BC?

If 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.

Our favourite Green Quote...." the greenest building is one that is already built"    Carl Elefante, Principal Quinn Evans Architects, AIA, LEED AP

GREEN RESOURCES (in no particular order!)
City 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
There are valuable grants and rebates available that can help offset the cost of making your home more energy efficient. Check out the link to available programs.

Built 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" future.

They have 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.

The 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." The 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 BC’s progressive policy of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program development.

Green 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

The 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.

Building 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 today’s standards.

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.

David 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.

Canada 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.


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