The Terms of Reference for the Sustainability Committee of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC were updated and approved spring 2004. To open the Terms of Reference follow the link below.
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One Sky is an interesting Canadian NGO devoted to sustainable living. They have opportunities to get in involved and participate posted on their website (see link below). The excerpt below is from their website. Executive Director’s Message: One Sky was incorporated as a B.C. Society in August of 2000. Today we have a Canadian office, a Nigerian office, a “home” in Sierra Leone, programs in Latin American and Africa as well as a host of volunteers and dedicated staff all based out of the rural town of Smithers – British Columbia, Canada. This past year has seen our staff grow from three to eight with more projected to join our team before the year is finished. Our budget has grown from 189 K to 275 K with confirmed revenue this coming year of over 600 thousand dollars. The past year has been very full as we established new programming in Nigeria and played an active role in networking for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. While we have had much success the world has been plunged into an era of uncertainty and intense conflict. The current invasion of Iraq is an example of the resource conflicts that will only become more common as our planet is consumed through unsustainable practices and a blatant disregard for life. While we may have been growing organizationally it seems that the challenges we face are growing exponentially. One Sky exists to promote sustainable living globally and we have concentrated on this in some of the world’s environmental and social hotspots including Sierra Leone, El Salvador and now Nigeria. We have worked on international issues with our partners in Canada and broader networks around the world. We played a major role in publishing “Summit or Plummet” the Canadian NGO report on sustainable development as well as a 21 country shadow report on the WSSD. We were the official environmental non-governmental representative on the Canadian delegation to Johannesburg and traveled to preparatory meetings in New York and Bali to promote an NGO perspective. We have launched a major campaign in the past year to rid the world of conflict diamonds, diamonds that are causing untold damage in Africa. We continue to be the western node of the Canadian Environmental Network International Program and have joined the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.
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UNDERSTAND WHERE OPPORTUNITIES EXIST FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDING IN CANADA, NORTH AMERICA AND THE WORLD With construction activity accounting for 12% of Canadaâ€™s GDP â€“ learn how you can obtain a larger slice of the pie. This program has been specifically designed for architects, builders, designers, developers, engineers, facility managers and planners. Learn how to capitalize on burgeoning green building opportunities and carve out a niche for your firm in a growing market!
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On Sunday, the 29th of October 2000 the City of Bogota called what is without any doubt the most revolutionary and far reaching public consultations to date anywhere in the world to gain long-term public support for an entirely new transport policy and delivery system for their city. The Bogota Project, which is at the base of the referendum and which has already been awarded the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Prize for the Environment, calls for the creation of a permanent, iron-clad legal framework in support of a phased long term program of massive car reductions in the city, supported by a pathbreaking city-wide restructuring program already well underway and getting visible results. To learn more about the project, visit the Weblink Below
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Sustainable Development: Policy and Practice This site out of Europe offers “a wide open, independent â€œfirst-stop shopâ€ on the web for concerned citizens, researchers, students, policy makers, entrepreneurs, investors or social activists interested getting a firm grasp of current world sustainability issues, views and developments from an unbiased critical perspective. They invite diversity, participation, complex thinking and initiative”. To check it out, follow the weblink below.
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BC Facts is a provocative civil society organization aiming to hold the provincial government accountable on energy and climate change, wildlife and parks, health and pollution, enforcement and public participation, resource management, and other issues. Check out their website by following the link below.
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According to Ron Bain, Co-Chair of the Southeast False Creek Stewardship Group, the City of Vancouver recently adopted tough green building standards for new civic buildings. Vancouver City Council approved the Green Building Strategy for the City of Vancouver at the Planning and Environment meeting on July 8, 2004. Vancouver City Council adopted a minimum requirement of LEED Gold for all new civic buildings greater than 500 square meters funded out of future Capital plans and a target of LEED Gold for Southeast False Creek, starting out with LEED Silver, and with the intent to move to formal LEED certification as a requirement as soon as possible. Just as significant was the addition of a resolution to ask staff to prepare a strategy to address current privately initiated green building applications outside of Southeast False Creek. LEED is a green building standard endorsed by APEGBC as the preferred method of environmental assessment for buildings in BC. See the links below for more information on LEED.
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Vice President, Business Development The GLOBE Foundation is seeking a talented high-energy individual to take on the responsibilities of the Vice president, Business Development. GLOBE is a private, not-for-profit corporation focused on helping governments and companies enhance the business of the environment. GLOBE’s vision is to turn environmental problems into business opportunities thereby creating win-win solutions for the environment and the economy. GLOBE functions in two main areas; as an international consultancy working with governments and corporations to: implement business solutions to environmental problems; enhance corporate competitiveness through environmental leadership and focus financial resources on the business of the environment; and as an international conference, seminar, workshop producer and organizer. Current projects include the GLOBE Series in Vancouver and the EECO Series in Toronto; the EXCEL Partnership; GLOBE-Net as well as series of consultancies and projects both domestic and international. See the weblink below for more information.
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