GVRD, TransLink win Federal Funds for Sustainable Transportation

November 26, 2003 Transport Canada today awarded TransLink and the Greater Vancouver Regional District $8.8 million for a package of new sustainable transportation projects under the ministry’s Urban Transportation Showcase Program. Click on the Translink News Release link below to view details of the award.
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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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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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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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Linda Thorstad, P. Geo

Linda Thorstad, P. Geo., is a respected, senior professional who has served in many roles related to environmental and sustainability matters. A strategic thinker, she has demonstrated a solid understanding of interdependence of social, economic and environmental issues. Thorstad provided the leadership that led to drafting, member consultation and ultimate adoption of the APEGBC Guidelines for Sustainability as well as adoption of sustainability as a key component of the APEGBC’s Mission Statement.
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Carmanah Technologies Inc.

Carmanah Technologies designs and manufactures solar-powered LED (light-emitting diode) marine navigation lighting. By designing products that are durable while efficiently using solar energy, Carmanah has helped improve marine safety while reducing the use of standard energy and the impact of pollution on the marine environment. Products are engineered to be environmentally supportive and economically practical for maximum utility and mainstream appeal.
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