Oct 2017

DID YOU KNOW THAT: China breaks ground on ambitious and self-sustaining "Forest City"

In 2016, China’s State Council released guidelines shifting the focus to the “economic, green and beautiful.” This shift created the opportunity for Stefano Boeri to implement his Forest City vision. The project comes on the heels of Vertical Forest, two residential towers in Milan covered in the equivalent of five acres of forest. “We started to imagine if it was possible to create an urban environment created from many of these vertical forests,” stated Stefano Boeri.

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BLUE ECOLOGY WORKSHOP (Nov 28) – your opportunity to interact with MP Fin Donnelly, founder of the Rivershed Society

“The Blue Ecology Workshop encourages you to look at water differently; to look at each other differently – in a new way.” states Fin Donnelly. “It asks, can different groups work together better? – First Nations and non-First Nations; professionals and water stewards; government and non-government organizations; academics and students – seize the opportunity to share experiences, knowledge and learn from one another’s perspectives!”

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NEW PUBLICATION: Restore Watershed Hydrology, Prevent Stream Erosion, Ensure Salmon Survival on Vancouver Island (Shelly Creek in the City of Parksville)

The Shelly Creek experience foreshadows that an informed stream stewardship sector may prove to be a difference-maker that accelerates implementation of the ‘whole-system, water balance’ approach in British Columbia. “By sharing the story of Shelly Creek, we want readers to recognize that erosion is a common issue impacting salmon and trout habitats in small streams, draining into the Salish Sea,” states Peter Law.

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NEW PUBLICATION: Green Infrastructure Innovation in Langley Township (British Columbia)

“When the previous General Manager of Engineering retired in 2011, our Chief Administrative Officer listened when I presented the case for doing both jobs – Engineering and Community Development,” stated Ramin Seifi. “The Township needed more integration to respond to the demands on infrastructure and the risks to the environment resulting from rapid population growth. Achieving integration depended on the Township having a better structure. Replacement of curb-and-gutter with a ‘blue link’ rain garden is a perfect illustration of integration in action.”

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BLUE ECOLOGY WORKSHOP (Nov 28) – your opportunity to interact with CBC’s Bob McDonald, host of Quirks & Quarks

“Climate change is no longer in the future. It is here. It is real. If we are to adapt, and be quick about it, we really must move beyond ‘shock and yawn’,” says Bob McDonald – author, science journalist, and the national science commentator for CBC Television and CBC News Network. “ A recent interview with a UN diplomat got me thinking. The real issue is public engagement, he said. We are at a moment of truth. Unless the climate message offers hope, he explained, individuals will not be motivated to take action.”

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