Sustainable Region Initiative – Sustainability Dialogue, Zero Waste Challenge: Accelerating Multi-family Waste Diversion

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. In 2011, Metro Vancouver will convene 16 dialogues throughout the region please check the website often to find out about future dialogues in your community.


Sustainability Dialogue

Topic: Zero Waste Challenge: Accelerating Multi-family Waste Diversion

Metro Vancouver recently hosted an inaugural Zero Waste Challenge Conference. More than 700 representatives (from government, the private sector, non-profit organizations and the community at large came together to discuss how to achieve the zero waste challenge goals of 70 percent waste diversion by 2015 and 80 percent by 2020. Continuing the conversation sparked by this conference, Metro Vancouver’s upcoming Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues will feature a two-part series focusing on how we can work together to achieve higher diversion rates in two priority sectors: multi-family residential and construction and demolition. The first in that series will address the multi-family sector. While the region as a whole has a current waste diversion rate of 55 percent, the multi-family residential sector has a diversion rate of only 16 percent. With the majority of our growing population expected to live in multi-family residential, how do we accelerate waste diversion in this sector? The multi-family residential sector faces unique challenges such as shared garbage bins, limited space for adding containers to collect recyclables or organics, and limited access for recycling collection vehicles. How do we overcome these challenges and who needs to be involved? Panelists include: Ken Carrusca, Division Manager, Integrated Planning Division – Metro Vancouver; Robert Costanzo, Deputy Manager, Operations Engineering Department – City of Surrey; John Dundee, Manager, Common Services – City of Port Coquitlam; Tony Gioventu, Executive Director – Condominium Home Owners’ Association; Marg Gordon, Chief Executive Officer – BC Apartment Owners and Managers Association; Peter Judd, General Manager of Engineering Services – City of Vancouver; Allen Lynch, Manager – North Shore Recycling Program; Ralph D. McRae, Chairman & CEO – Northwest Waste Solutions; Brigitte Pronovost, Supervisor, Solid Waste & Common Services, Development Services Operations – City of Port Moody; and Ralph Wells, Sustainability Manager – University Neighourhoods Association.

Central Northeast

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2011
  • 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • To register, click here.

North Shore

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2011
  • 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Hollyburn Country Club, 950 Crosscreek Road, West Vancouver
  • To register, click here.


  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011
  • 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • To register, click here.

South of the Fraser

  • Thursday, April 21, 2011
  • 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Comfort Inn Surrey Hotel, 8255 166th Street, Surrey
  • To register, click here.


Why Chinatown Needs to Grow Taller

By Joe Wai MAIBC,
March 16, 2011

Last Thursday eleven major Chinatown organizations held a media conference in support of the Vancouver planning department’s Historic Area Height Review Report.  The zoning changes recommended in the report, which will be open to public discussion at tomorrow’s city council meeting, would allow taller buildings in Chinatown — though nothing like the soaring towers proposed in the past. If this report is approved, in Chinatown’s historic core, building heights could rise 10 feet above their current height, to a new limit of 75 feet. And the southeastern corner of Chinatown could see buildings of 120 feet — even, in one stretch of Main Street, 150 feet. More …