Spring Gillard

Go Solar Tours

The Society for Environmental Conservation (SPEC) invites you to join them on a tour to the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) store on Broadway to learn about solar energy. On August 6th, a solar expert will animate the tour on the MEC rooftop parking lot.

These solar panels were installed in June by Bullfrog Power, […]

Watershed Tours

I’ve been on one of these watershed tours before and they are fabulous. Metro Vancouver offers them July to September. Details below.

Every summer we open our protected watersheds to let you discover these pristine valleys first hand. Join us for an engaging and scenic guided tours of our three protected watersheds to let […]

Kits Haze

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Okay, I don’t want to sound like a no-fun Vancouver type, but tomorrow is Khatsalano Days. Which means 4th Avenue will be closed from Burrard to McDonald. There will be music, food […]

Green Blobs

Another great Facebook post from Green Renaissance. These South American Llareta plants grow ever so slowly – about a centimetre and a half a year, but these dense blobs live to the ripe old age of 3,000. The llareta is a flowering plant in the Apiaceae family. According to Wikipedia, it grows in the Puna […]

Trashing the Waves

Thanks to Green Renaissance for this haunting shot of Indonesian surf champion Dede Suryana riding a wave off Untung Jawa Island, Indonesia. He wasn’t surfing alone. There was a whole lot of trash along for the ride. American surf photographer Zak Noyle captured these alarming images. Let’s hope they send shock waves throughout the world.


Timely Wisdom

In addition to being summer solstice, today is National Aboriginal Day. I spent Friday morning at the Musqueam celebration. They had a day of festivities planned. In the opening remarks, the very funny MC, Gordon Grant, said we were to tell what we saw and heard. So this is my effort.

I browsed through a […]

Detecting Radon


Did you know that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers? This post is from Lisa Gue, Senior researcher and analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation. Radon wasn’t even on my radar.

Radon has been called “the unfamiliar killer”. Most Canadians have never heard of radon, even though […]

Living Architecture

Spotted this in Sharp & Diamond’s newsletter. They were the landscape architects on Mountain Equipment Co-op’s new head office in Vancouver. The write-up is from their website. More photos there too.

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has officially opened its head office in Vancouver. The four-story building is designed to meet LEED® Platinum standards with a […]


This is a shocking blog post from the David Suzuki Foundation. All the more reason to use natural products. Check out DSF’s website for more information and rate your beauty products on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep.

How much are whiter teeth and smoother skin worth to you? Are they worth the water and […]

Canada Grows

A colleague sent out this excerpt from Stats Can this week. A lot of us are growing food. Too bad about the continued use of pesticides, even though they’ve been banned for cosmetic use in many jurisdictions. There’s some great information on natural yard and garden care here.

Canadians and Nature: Around the home, 2013