Sustainability Community Breakfast

Sustainable Region Initiative

The Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues and Sustainability Community Breakfasts are outreach components of Metro Vancouver’s Sustainable Region Initiative (SRI). They involve a series of high-profile debates and discussions intended to help decision makers shape the future of the region by presenting a range of views and stimulating fresh thought on regional issues such as housing, industry, labour and immigration, drugs and crime, regional economy, transportation, energy and agriculture. For more information, visit: http://www.metrovancouver.org/region/breakfasts/Pages/default.aspx.

Sustainability Community Breakfast
Topic: Food Scraps Recycling: Making it the Norm for Businesses and Institutions

Thursday, February 3, 2011
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
British Columbia Institute of Technology Downtown Vancouver Campus, 555 Seymour Street

Studies show that nearly half of our garbage is made up of food scraps and other compostable materials. Join us to hear how businesses and organizations across the region are reducing food waste and embracing food scraps recycling, keeping hundreds of thousands of tons of compostable materials out of landfills. Featured speakers include: Vagner Castilho, Sustainability Leadership Teacher – Windermere Secondary School (accompanied by Windermere leadership students); Filippo DeLuca, Recycling Coordinator – British Columbia Institute of Technology; Trish Kelly, Director of Project Development – Discovery Organics; and Tina Taylor, Food Services – British Columbia Institute of Technology. To register, go to http://apps2.metrovancouver.org/sustainability/Smailing_list/EventRegistration.asp?EventID=138.

More Professions Move To Digital Signatures

Three more professional organizations in Canada have begun use of digital signatures and seals. the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM) and the Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) have signed on for digital signature kits developed by Notarius, supplier to the AIBC, for their respective members. Both APEGM and APEGGA have adopted new or revised guidelines to regulate the use of seals on electronic. The OAQ has introduced a new code of ethics that addresses the use of a specific technology (digital signature) for electronic document authentication.

Final Notice: Annual Fee Payment Deadline – February 1, 2011

This is a reminder to all registrants and firms that your annual fees must be paid by Tuesday, February 1, 2011. To pay fees online, go to http://aibc.memberpro.net and log on. Those registrants who have both a personal registration and a firm licence (certificate of practice) are reminded that you will need to access two different web pages. If you encounter any difficulties, please contact Licensing Coordinator Kim Underwood (kunderwood@aibc.ca) or Registration & Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler (etyler@aibc.ca) immediately.

“Flat-pack” Schools Will Make Architects Redundant

By Elizabeth Hopkirk, Building Online
January 28, 2011

Architects are being written out of the government’s plans for school building, it emerged today. To save money, schools will be 15% smaller and based on one of half a dozen pre-approved templates. These templates are already being drawn up by construction companies, according to a report in today’s Times newspaper which dubbed them “flat-pack” schools. The standardised designs would cut out the need for architects, planning advisers and other consultants to design each school from scratch. More … http://www.bdonline.co.uk/5012481.article?origin=BDweeklydigest.

Haiti Rebuilding Effort

In response to the devastation of the January 2010 earthquake that hit Haiti, the Canadian Construction Association has teamed with its partner associations and Builders Without Borders to identify a project that would have a direct impact on the welfare of those hardest hit. École Lakay, a trades school in Port-au-Prince, was chosen as the facility that, if rebuilt, would enable Haitian students to advance their skills in the construction trades and, as a result, become leaders to help rebuild their country. The facility improvement has been split into two phases, with a $500,000 estimated cost in Phase 1 and an additional $500,000 for Phase 2. To date, a number of other Canadian construction associations have contributed nearly $200,000 to this project. An additional $200,000 is expected from a February fundraiser being sponsored by the Association de la Construction du Québec. The British Columbia Construction Association has been working with the CCA and is eager to involve other construction-related associations in B.C. in providing a West Coast contribution to this initiative. Those interested are invited to an information evening in Vancouver on Thursday, February 17 at which the executive director of École Lakay will relate firsthand knowledge of the situation in Haiti and share how this project will help Haiti to rebuild. You can support the CCA-BWB fund by attending. For more information, click here.

Zero Waste Challenge Conference: Getting Us To Zero Waste – A Shared Agenda For Action

Sustainable Region Initiative

The Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues and Sustainability Community Breakfasts are outreach components of Metro Vancouver’s Sustainable Region Initiative (SRI). They involve a series of high-profile debates and discussions intended to help decision makers shape the future of the region by presenting a range of views and stimulating fresh thought on regional issues such as housing, industry, labour and immigration, drugs and crime, regional economy, transportation, energy and agriculture. For more information, visit: http://www.metrovancouver.org/region/breakfasts/Pages/default.aspx.

Zero Waste Challenge Conference: Getting Us To Zero Waste – A Shared Agenda For Action

You are invited to take part in Metro Vancouver’s inaugural Zero Waste Challenge Conference, Thursday, March 10, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Burnaby. The focal point of this event will be a collaborative discussion on Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Challenge Strategy, which proposes a series of changes from regional businesses in a common effort to reduce solid waste. Featured speakers at this one-day conference include: Robert Lange, Director – Bureau of Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling, New York City Department of Sanitation; and Clint Mahlman, Senior VP – London Drugs. There will also be a “dragon’s Den” panel of experts featuring Rod Muir, Sierra Club of Canada; Bernie Magnan, Vancouver Board of Trade; and Neil Hastie, Encorp Pacific. Hear success stories and take part in vital dialogues on strategies and actions to increase solid waste reduction, reuse and recycling in the region. You are encouraged to register today as space is limited. For more information visit: www.metrovancouver.org.

City of Vancouver Electronic Plan Submission & Review

The City of Vancouver has announced its intention to implement electronic plan submission and review, 24/7 online permit status information, and mobility devices that will allow inspectors to provide immediate sign-off. Though it will still be some time before the improvements are available, the AIBC applauds the City of Vancouver for taking this initiative. The institute, along with colleagues from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, are assisting the city in developing systems and protocols that are professionally supportable and that meet the needs of the public as well as practitioners. The institute welcomes input from registrants on these initiatives, particularly those who have experience with electronic plan submission and review in other jurisdictions.

Maura Gatensby MAIBC
Director – Professional Services