Posted on October 03, 2012
Friends of Cortes Island Society is just beginning a new Water Stewardship project. The community consultation program will work with you to assess your fresh and waste water issues and provide you with economical and innovative options for local, environmentally sound septic alternatives that meet the needs of individual homeowners, as well as larger developments.
by Kathy Smail
Like our garbage, a large proportion of our poop on Cortes Island is regularly trucked off-island to Campbell River. This means that, after trucking, ferries, and dumping into a secondary treatment facility to be aerated, settled and clarified, the solids (sludge) are piled up in a field and the liquid is sent down a big pipe into the ocean that feeds us.
Posted on August 29, 2012
O.U.R. Ecovillage is a demonstration eco-community located in Shawnigan Lake on Southern Vancouver Island. O.U.R. stands for One United Resource, which refl ects their mandate to consult with a wide range of people and professions to develop a sustainable community.
by Julia Watson
Planning began in 1990 with a group of friends intent on living lightly on the land. Many years of visioning,
Posted on August 21, 2012
by James Hickling
World-famous Wreck Beach, located in Pacific Spirit Park on the tip of Point Grey in Vancouver, is now threatened by a controversial plan to develop residential housing at the University of British Columbia campus.
Recognized as a clothing-optional beach since the 1920s, Wreck Beach is renowned for its wilderness- like setting, pristine viewscapes and unique social culture. Steep cliffs and huge old-growth trees shelter the shore from urban pressures, making the beach a refuge for all kinds of marine and avian wildlife, as well as for people of all shapes and
Posted on August 17, 2012
Cohousing is an international housing style pioneered in Denmark more than 40 years ago, designed to foster true community among all residents.
by Kathryn Hazel with assistance from Suzanne Gregory
Have you ever wished that you lived where your children didn’t have to dodge cars? Could build that cabinet for your didgeridoo collection, without having to buy all the tools? Had somebody to watch the baby while you were busy shampooing the dog?
Then cohousing may be for you! Cohousing is an international housing style pioneered in Denmark more than 40 years ago, designed to foster true community
Posted on August 14, 2012
While governments diddle around with new nuclear power and the climate crisis threatens to go over the top, you can install alternative energy yourself at home or in your business, probably for less cost than buying a hybrid car. And of course, for the householder as well as the power corporation, the “negawatt” of power saved through energy
Posted on August 14, 2012
Whether you are building or renovating, the green homes approach to housing reduces environmental impacts, reduces long-term building operations and maintenance costs, increases marketability and building value, and results in healthier indoor environments. Perhaps the most important aspect of building a green home is that it is not an “all or nothing” process. When carefully selected and implemented, even modest measures can result in significant conservation of resources. Green homes are also uniquely local as climates, customs, availability of materials and preferences vary so much throughout
Posted on July 18, 2012
The concept of Peak Oil is developing quite a political following, although not quite so much as climate change and global warming. Peak Oil is the idea that we have reached or will soon reach the point at which half of all the easily extractable oil and gas around the globe has been consumed. Although the pumps will not suddenly run dry, the cost of the remaining oil, both in money and effort, will continue to escalate, with unforeseeable impacts on the American and global economy. A Great Depression, or a massive transformation in energy use, is generally foretold. Of course, similar challenges will be overcome as our societies reinvent themselves and their technologies for a sustainable energy future.
Posted on July 17, 2012
When one of Canada’s largest mainstream retail companies sells across-the-counter solar panels and has a new website devoted to all things environmental, one can safely say to Kermit the frog: “It’s no longer hard being green.”
by Leslie Gillett
“Canadian Tire recognized a growing need for environmentally sustainable choices a couple of years ago,” says head office spokesperson Sarah Rodgers.
Posted on July 15, 2012
Photos and text by Jim Cooperman
Rampant and often massive development projects around BC have become the new battleground for environmental activism over the last few years. Citizen groups which once worked tirelessly to prevent the logging of old growth forests are now
Posted on July 11, 2012
by Paula Steele
It started with a question: How do you encourage 6,000 homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient? The City of Colwood had just completed its Community Energy and Emissions Plan, which identified that energy retrofits to existing homes would help the community reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, as well as creating local jobs and