Living Walls – Vancouver’s Vertical Gardens

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Sylvia Hotel Photo: Rob Weiss

What comes to mind when you hear “Green City?”  I suspect many Vancouverites will think of bike lanes and organic garbage bins.  Dare I divert your attention away from traffic calming and waste to living walls, an innovative, vertical garden design concept.  Picture a creative, living piece of art that is aesthetically pleasing, and also works to purify the air.  Intrigued with the concept of a living quilt, so to speak, I set my sights on discovering and photographing a few of these gems.

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Living Walls – Vancouver’s Vertical Gardens

Hyundai Donation Fuels Opening of New Science World Exhibit: Check it Out for the Next 3 Years!

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Science World’s newest fun and interactive exhibit is providing visitors of all ages a chance to experience first-hand the environmental benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Based on a classic driving game, the Hyundai sponsored exhibit challenges drivers to take the hydrogen-powered Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle for a virtual spin. Continue reading:
Hyundai Donation Fuels Opening of New Science World Exhibit: Check it Out for the Next 3 Years!

Celebrate Earth “Cocktail” Hour, Vancouver-Style, March. 28

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Vancouver will slip into darkness this Saturday, March 28 at 8:30pm, as residents and businesses across the city switch off their lights for Earth Hour – the largest environmental event in the world.

Given that Vancouver a) knows how to celebrate, b) plans to be the world’s Greenest City by 2020, and c) is the 2015 National Champion for the “We Love Cities” Earth Hour City challenge, there’s no shortage of ways to spend Earth Hour here.

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Celebrate Earth “Cocktail” Hour, Vancouver-Style, March. 28

The Vancouver Convention Centre’s Six-Acre Living Roof Gets its Annual Haircut

photo: The VCC's living roof gets a haircut.

photo: The VCC’s living roof gets a haircut

The Vancouver Convention Centre’s six-acre living roof gets a haircut once a year in the fall. The honey produced by the bees living on the roof is also harvested at this time of year. Here are some interesting facts and figures about the annual mowing of the living roof and the VCC’s resident bees.

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The Vancouver Convention Centre’s Six-Acre Living Roof Gets its Annual Haircut

Celebrate Earth Hour Vancouver-Style, March 23

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On Saturday, March 23 at 8:30pm, Vancouver will be plunged into darkness as residents and businesses across the city switch off their lights for Earth Hour – the largest environmental event in the world.

Given that Vancouver
a. Knows how to celebrate,
b. Plans to be the world’s Greenest City by 2020, and
c. And is a strong contender to win the Earth Hour City challenge,

There’s no shortage of ways to spend Earth Hour in the city.

You might notice some local landmarks looking a bit darker than usual…
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Celebrate Earth Hour Vancouver-Style, March 23

Candlelight Conservation Dinner 2012 – Win a Restaurant Gift Certificate!


There are many reasons to dim the lights during dinner. Perhaps you’re looking for some romance. Or the pot roast you just plated is a bit overdone, and you’re trying to hide the evidence.

On Thursday, October 25th, you can dine by candlelight as a way of demonstrating how simple actions, like turning off unnecessary lights, can make a big difference when it comes to saving electricity.

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Candlelight Conservation Dinner 2012 – Win a Restaurant Gift Certificate!

Celebrate Earth Hour Vancouver-Style

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photo: flickr/taminator

This Saturday, March 31 at 8:30, Vancouver is going dark. Residents and businesses across the city will be switching off their lights for Earth Hour – the largest environmental event in the world. Given that Vancouver A. knows how to celebrate and B. is on track to be the world’s Greenest City, there’s no shortage of ways to spend Earth Hour in the city.

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Celebrate Earth Hour Vancouver-Style