Spring Gillard

Living Out Loud

On Friday, I joined a friend at the North Van Night Market at the Shipyards. It was abuzz. There’s a market, with food and crafts, live music and a long row of food trucks. It’s a wonderful venue; it was crowded, but there’s lots of space to stretch into with plenty of nautical seating throughout […]

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 […]

Certificate in Sustainability

For anyone looking to break into a career in sustainability or wanting to move into a sustainability position in your current job, you might want to check out the Certificate in Sustainable Community Development offered at Simon Fraser University. The program was designed for professionals who wish “to implement […]

Sustainability in Tough Times


I’m beginning to plan for this year’s applied sustainability course at Simon Fraser University (SFU). It’s essentially a two day tour where we go out and look at real life sustainability in action. Each year varies, but Olympic Village is always featured. The photo above shows the district energy system “smokestacks” […]

Restoring Systems

It’s that time again – time to start putting my mind to the SFU Applications Course, part of the Sustainable Community Development Certificate Program. This year our three day field class will be only two days. Don’t worry, the course will still be jam-packed with engaging models of sustainability. The reason for this is that […]