Fisheries

Consulting Engineers are widely employed in fisheries in British Columbia and elsewhere. This industry (like forestry) has the potential to be a model of sustainability, but instead has found itself mired in controversy. For a balanced, professional viewpoint on the challenges facing BC fisheries, click on the link below to check out BioLine, the official publication of the Professional Biologists of British Columbia.
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Our Earth as Art

The Earth as Art Gallery shows our planet through the beautiful images taken by the Landsat-7 satellite – and most recently, the Terra Satellite’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER). This gallery of images uses the visceral avenue of art to convey the thrilling perspective of the Earth that satellites provide to the viewer.
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Fueling The Future

Assembled by the editing team of Andrew Heintzman and Evan Solomon, co-founders of Shift magazine, this coolly designed book reflects their respected talents: It is smart, hip and engaged. As such, this book gives readers a concise course on how the depletion of fossil fuels is about to change everyone’s future. The book is the first of a series intended to cover a wide range of topics such as water, globalization, or third world debt). Why energy? Kyoto, Middle East crisis, price of gas, health hazard of smog, North-America blackouts, there is plenty of evidence that energy is at the heart of the world’s most critical problems and concerns. Innovative solutions exist and a new generation of thinkers, inventors and engineers are already busy supplying the kind of ingenuity needed to develop and implement them. This book is a survey of these quests for solutions taking a non-critical, non-theoretical, consensus-building approach.
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Energy firms, activists team up for green power

By MARTIN MITTELSTAEDT ENVIRONMENT REPORTER Monday, December 15, 2003 – Page A14 The Globe and Mail Two odd bedfellows, environmental groups and some of Canada’s biggest greenhouse-gas polluters, have joined forces to say the country could produce enough renewable energy to match the electricity now coming from fossil fuels and nuclear power. Optimistic forecasts about wind turbines, rooftop solar panels and even the harvesting of the power in ocean waves are expected from environmentalists, but they are more unusual coming from the likes of Suncor Energy, BP Canada, and Shell Canada, three of the country’s biggest oil companies and all among the largest greenhouse-gas emitters. But the companies, along with four major environmental groups, are releasing a jointly written report today that says the future growth of fossil fuels will be “constrained” by concerns over global warming, and predicts that energy sources ranging from the wind to landfill gases will take up the slack. “Canada’s untapped potential for producing low-impact renewable energy is immense. It has the potential of being as large as today’s thermal and nuclear generation combined, the report said. Those who wrote the report say they hope having traditional antagonists in favour of green energy will make the federal government more likely to listen to their proposal that Canada adopt targets for green electricity production. Ken Ogilvie, executive director of Pollution Probe, said the two groups make natural allies on the issue because environmentalists want reductions in pollutants, while companies can make the business case for clean, green power. The groups have formed an organization, the Clean Air Renewable Energy Coalition, to argue the case for green power. “We’re credible to articulate the environmental case. We’re not credible to articulate the business case. I know from experience that it’s much more effective to see ministers with industry, NGOs . . . together and say we’re in agreement on this and yes, it’s doable, Mr. Ogilvie said. He said companies and environmentalists “can still be at each other’s throats” on other topics, but are smart to sometimes make alliances. “Certainly I wouldn’t say we’re getting in bed” with polluters, Mr. Ogilive said, defending the approach. One of the business officials who drafted the report said oil producers and environmentalists can put aside differences to argue for a mutual goal. “The beauty of it is we all have the same vision of introducing more new renewable energy into the Canadian marketplace, said Dianne Humphries, manager of sustainable development for Suncor Energy Inc. Suncor, which produces about 8 per cent of Canada’s oil, believes that wind power is the best bet among green energy sources to be commercialized. The company currently has about 5 per cent of the country’s installed wind turbine capacity.
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Vancouver Landfill Gas

The City of Vancouver owns and operates the Vancouver Landfill in Delta. The Landfill received approximately 400,000 tonnes per year of municipal solid waste from approximately 950,000 people or roughly 40% of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD). This unique project allows landfill gas (LFG) collected from the Landfill to be used to generate heat and electricity.
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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Wood Products

Wood is the ultimate sustainable building product. Thoughtful use of this renewable resource can guarantee biodiversity, mitigation of global warming and countless other positive outcomes. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has developed an internationally recognized third party certification system. FSC certification provides a way for builders and designers to recognize sustainbly harvested and processed wood. The movement of large scale successful retailers like Home Depot and Ikea towards FSC certified wood proves that FSC makes financial as well as environmenal and social sense. As of June 2003, FSC certified wood is now available in British Columbia at Eco-Lumber Co-op in Richmond. See the link below to visit their website.
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Terrence Rollerson, P. Geo

Mr. Rollerson developed the method called Terrain Attribute Studies (TAS) for landslide prevention in the forestry industry. The TAS approach to landslide management has received wide attention and support within the forest industry. Terry’s combination of disciplined scientific research and detailed knowledge of the forest industry has resulted in a scientifically proven, practical method that has wide applications to the forest industry. Mr. Rollerson’s work is an important aspect of the B.C. forest industry’s commitment to sustainability.
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UBC Sustainability Office

In 1997, UBC became the first Canadian University to adopt a sustainable development policy. A year later, Dr. Freda Pagani was entrusted with the task of creating an organization that would implement this policy by coordinating sustainability initiatives across campus. This was a challenging task, as there were no funds available in the university budget. So Dr. Pagani and her colleagues came up with an idea; they would initiate programs to help the university cut down on its energy and water use by 20% over five years, and part of the savings would fund the office. The Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) was established in 1998 as a selffunded entity with the vision of “earning the respect of future generations for the ecological, social and economic legacy we create”. Since then, UBC has become Canada’s leader in campus sustainability.
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Vancouver Island Technology Park

Deemed a showplace for environmentally sensitive development and sustainable green buildings, the Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) offers universities, technology and research companies an ideal place to bridge initiatives. VITP focused on the renovation of an existing 165,000 square foot hospital building. The BC Buildings Corporation is using VITP as a case study for their work in developing the LEED certification for broader use in British Columbia. Educational materials and tours have been developed to educate the community about VITP’s specific green attributes.
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