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. Please check the web site often to find out about future dialogues in your community.

Sustainable Community Breakfast: Residential Organic Waste Distribution – The Inside Story

It’s official: removing food scraps and other organic waste from the garbage stream is a great idea. In fact, organics collection programs have been identified as critical initiatives that will help the Metro Vancouver region increase regional waste diversion from the current rate of 55% to a target of 70% by the year 2015. But what are the challenges to implementing waste management programs that include residential food scraps collection? Join us to hear representatives from two municipalities and a neighborhood association that have taken this on … and succeeded. Speakers include Rob Costanzo, Deputy Manager of Operations, Engineering Department – City of Surrey; Tracey Tobin, Environmental Services Officer – City of Burnaby; and Ralph Wells, Sustainability Manager – University Neighborhoods Association.


North Vancouver
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at British Columbia Institute of Technology Downtown Vancouver Campus,
555 Seymour Street. Register online at:

Encore Presentation: Building Smart #16: 2012 Code Changes – Safety, Efficiency and Sustainability

The Homeowner Protection Office, a branch of BC Housing, invites you to attend an encore presentation of Building Smart #16: 2012 Code Changes – Safety, Efficiency and Sustainability. This seminar will highlight code changes to Part 9 of the BC Building Code as well as the Vancouver Building By-law. Participants will learn about the impact the new requirements will have on construction practices including accessibility, energy and sustainability, as well as examples of compliant building solutions. Locations include:

Tuesday, November 13, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown,  6083 McKay Avenue


Wednesday, November 14
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Coast Bastion Inn, 11 Bastion Street


Wednesday, November 21
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 – 88th Avenue

The cost is $45 and includes light refreshments. Online registration is required: go to For additional information, you can find an information sheet on the HPO home page: