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1% For The Planet

Since 1987, we've invested over $26 million in Canada's environmental and outdoor communities through our community involvement program. We're committed to donating a full 1% of our annual gross sales to Canadian causes. Generosity It's your purchases that make this support possible. Every time you buy from MEC, 1% of the pre-tax total goes to Canadian environmental causes. Verifiability As an independent third party, 1% for the Planet confirms that member businesses meet their donation commitments.

Inspiration MEC was the first major retailer in Canada to join 1% for the Planet. Arc'teryx Corporate and Social Responsibility / Arc'teryx. Arc'teryx's long term thinking on environmental stewardship, responsible manufacturing, and community engagement.

Arc'teryx Corporate and Social Responsibility / Arc'teryx

The single biggest area of our company's environmental impact is the products we design and make. As a result, our environmental initiatives are primarily structured to address the footprint and composition of our product and materials. › Read More AboutEnvironmental Stewardship Our dedication to craftsmanship is expressed through our manufacturing processes. Quality and integrity can only be achieved through effective partnership with factories and suppliers. › Read More About OurManufacturing Policy. Home / AW by Andrea Wong. Lululemon athletica. Urban Sprawl in Vancouver. Reduce your carbon footprint. Canadians must really like each other.

Reduce your carbon footprint

Although we live in one of the world's largest countries with an endless horizon of space, we choose to live right next to each other in our cities. Over 80% of us now live in urban areas. As our cities grow bigger, urban sprawl is beginning to affect our quality of life. The most obvious problem is that sprawl leads to a car-dependent culture—and driving is stressful for drivers and for nature. More traffic, more carbon emissions, more smog! SmartGrowthBC. The World In A Garden. BC Agriculture in the Classroom - Home. Action grants grow green communities. Do you have a dream project for your neighborhood?

Action grants grow green communities

Invasive species clean-up? Outdoor classroom for your kids' school? Reusable dishes or energy-efficient upgrades for your meeting hall? A community-based grant could transform your inkling into reality. Private, public and non-profit sectors all provide small grants — usually under $5,000 —for community-based green projects. Subscribe to the Queen of Green digest Because well after the garden has been planted, the street party has ended or the creek has been cleaned up, the sense of community lingers — and grows.

According to the Vancouver Foundation, there's a direct link between knowing your neighbors, a sense of well-being and a desire to invest in community. Young Naturalists' Club of BC: Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids Vancouver Registration. North Shore Black Bear Society. BearAware. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Welcome to GBBC — Great Backyard Bird Count. Help Protect Grizzly Bears. Ask federal and provincial governments to increase protections for Canada’s shrinking grizzly bear population.

Help Protect Grizzly Bears

For 20 years, governments in Canada and the U.S. have recognized that the grizzly bear is a sensitive species in need of additional protection. While the U.S. has brought threatened grizzly populations back from the brink, efforts to protect populations in Canada have been an abysmal failure. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has just released its second assessment of the status of Canada’s iconic grizzly bear. The report found that while many parts of Canada support healthy grizzly populations, 16 subpopulations in western Alberta and southern B.C. are at risk of continued decline and eventual extinction. COSEWIC concluded that the grizzly bear is a species of “Special Concern” that should be listed under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Pacific Wild - Wildlife Conservation on Canada's Pacific Coast - British Columbia - Home. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia.

Special Places. Forever, For Everyone. Advanced Search. Creating outdoor community spaces. Walking School Bus. Vancouver Food Pedalers Cooperative - Home of the Finest Sprouts in the Land. New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes' — City Farmer News. Latest News. Parks, Recreation, and Culture. Vancouver is the only municipality in Canada with an elected park board, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

Parks, Recreation, and Culture

The Park Board's mandate is to nurture, maintain, and develop Vancouver’s urban parks and recreation system. This committment brings sports and recreational programs, social and cultural activities, educational programming, and special events to the people through community and cultural centres, pools, rinks, golf courses, and specialty parks. Facilities and schedules Find Vancouver sports fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, fitness centres, pools, water parks, marinas, community centres, and gyms. Household products that can double as non-toxic cleaners. Natural cleaning products that work.

Household products that can double as non-toxic cleaners

Photograph by: Stefanie Fraser , Postmedia News Everything you need to make your own non-toxic natural cleaners is in your cupboards. You'll save money using these common household products, especially if you buy generic brands. Your home will not only smell clean and fresh, it will also be less toxic.MAYONNAISE Great at removing water marks on wooden tables.

Queen of Green. Sweet Earth Soapworks. Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. Thesoapdispensary. Food and sustainable food systems. Creating a system for producing, processing, distributing, and consuming food that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable is a City priority.

Food and sustainable food systems

In fact, one of the main goals of the Greenest City initiative is to become a global leader in urban food systems by 2020. To achieve this goal, the City has started a number of major food initiatives. Council is working to: Vancouver Farmers Markets - Prepare to Meet Your Maker. Farm Folk City Folk. Parks - Province of British Columbia. Slow Food Vancouver. - shop online for organic grocery delivery to your door in Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Calgary.

Urban Digs Farm - Urban Digs - Urban farming in the heart of Vancouver, BC. Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society. Vancouver home to largest urban orchard in North America - British Columbia. North America's largest urban orchard opened right in the heart of Vancouver today, on a site once occupied by a gas station.

Vancouver home to largest urban orchard in North America - British Columbia

The land was leased to SOLEfood Street Farms from the City of Vancouver for $1 a year. "These trees at their peak will be ...15, 20, 25 feet high. They create an incredible habitat once they've been developed. "—Michael Ableman The partnership has turned the city-owned lot near the Pacific Central train station into an urban green space where nearly 500 trees have been planted in raised boxes. Sole Food - Sole Food transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables. Home Page - Get to Know. Richmond's Garden City Conservation. Helping those who help students find new ways to travel. SGBC - Agricultural Land. The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) represents 5% of BC’s land base.

SGBC - Agricultural Land

Buying locally grown food supports BC’s farmers and minimizes transportation-to-market costs. Protecting scarce farmland from urbanization is therefore a key smart growth strategy. Beediverse. Solutions are in our nature. Keeping bees on your property. As part of their goal to help make Vancouver one of the world’s most sustainable cities, Council encourages beekeeping in urban areas. Urban beekeeping is an excellent way to improve pollination for plants in backyard, community, and public gardens, which leads to better vegetable production. With good management practices, beekeeping is completely safe in residential areas. If you are interested in keeping bees in your yard, there are two steps you need to follow: Review the City's beekeeping guidelines.

Register your beehive with the Province of BC. Vancouvers newest supplier of sustainable seafood. SEEDS - Environment. Energy. Education. GREEN Schools™ Program NEW for March 2013 - Register for GREEN Schools project sharing and tracking and much more at This program is easy and exciting for kids to run! And it does not involve new curriculum. Your school is probably already very active in taking environmental action. Be The Change Earth Alliance. Sole Food - Sole Food transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables. Urban Digs Farm - Urban Digs - Urban farming in the heart of Vancouver, BC. Bees: Vancouver Convention Centre - BC, Canada.