Spring Gillard

Moving Force

My thesis is now available in the great library in the sky. The title is Moving force: case study of a sustainability tour as a potential vehicle to enhance application of learning. The abstract is below.

Despite concentrated efforts by sustainability practitioners and educators around the world, very little progress has been made in terms […]

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 […]

Good for the Sole

In 2008, Seann Dory was one of the participants in our SFU Applications in Sustainable Community Development course. At the time he was working at United We Can, a container recycling depot that employs residents of the downtown eastside (DTES). As we toured, Seann met some folks who had an idea to turn the DTES […]

Farm Floating

I was on the Island last week. A couple of Islands to be exact – Vancouver and Denman. The first few days of my holiday, I hung out with friends in the Duncan area, floating from farm to farm. Here’s what my Saturday looked like: Duncan Farmer’s market, shopping for bread and cheese in the […]

Rare Bird

We spotted a rare bird during our SFU tour on Saturday. No, not one of the 50 or so species that have returned to the area now that there’s a wetland at Olympic Village. As we were discussing the neighbourhood energy utility under the Cambie Street bridge, I spotted a woman at […]

Food Gardening at Canwest

Canwest, the annual BC Landscape and Nursery Association show always has a great line-up of guest speakers and tours. Not to be missed in the pre-show clinics is Green Roofs & Living Walls 101 with a roster of 12 industry leaders, most notably local expert, Randy Sharp of Sharp and Diamond. There […]

The Coconut Bun Tour

In 2006 I was hired by the BC Ministry of Economic Development to develop and deliver a green building tour for a visiting delegation from Austria. They were a consortium of architects and green business leaders. One of the delegates owned a timber construction company specializing in building without glue and other chemicals. Another […]

Green Scenes

I do tours. Tours on things that are green and sustainable. I started the Green Scenes program with partner Simon Fraser University Centre for Sustainable Community Development a few years ago. I now do a course with them, detailed below. And also this fall will be doing a number of tours at the Gaining Ground […]