Remember Sustainability 2.0

Saul Brown does. He also knew that some of the footage we recorded made it on to YouTube.  I hope someday more of the footage makes it online in some form.  Strathcona BIA is working on their next conference which they’ve dubbed Sustainability 2.010! I’m less involved this time personally, but with Will Allen coming to Vancouver and Majora Carter having already been here twice.  Resilient Cities: Vancouver, greening the inner-city, Green Capital, GCAT, Vancouver is definitely one of the North American leaders in sustainability, social purchasing, urban agriculture, urban architecture.  You know good stuff.

Will Allen is coming to Vancouver

He is speaking at “Growing out of Hunger” which is part of the SFU dialogue series.  Will Allen was a professional basketball player who is now one of the leading figures in urban agriculture thanks to his work with the University of Wisconsin and the cities of Milwaukee and Chicago.  He is the CEO of Growing Power Community Food Centre and was mentioned in an earlier blog posting.

Will Allen was also the winner of MacArthur Fellowship in 2008.  His presentation is free to all, but you must register.  The event will take place at the Croatian Cultural Centre at 3250 Commercial Drive on March 25th from 7-9pm.

For those of you interested in urban agriculture or urban renewal you should not miss this.  This blog was happy to be part of the effort to bring Majora Carter to town the first time and for people who missed her presentation should double endeavor to attend Will’s.

Olympic Village greenest neighbourhood in the world

The US Green Building Council has awarded Millennium Water AKA the Vancouver Athlete’s Village AKA the place where the Aussies hung their big green flag as a certified LEED Platinum Neighbourhood Development.  Our Mayor is rightfully proud of this accomplishment.

As part of the Olympics Inclusivity Goals as well as ongoing efforts to revitalize Vancouver’s historic inner-city, a Community Benefits Agreement was struck between the developer, the City, and Building Opportunities with Business.  The outcome of which resulted in 102 inner-city residents being trained and employed in construction, along with over 40 million in procurement from inner-city businesses.

Farming in the DTES

Although we’ve written a number of posts on the SOLEfood urban farm that the authors of this blog helped start and run, it wasn’t the first vacant lot in the inner-city to be planted, nor is it the only one.  Before we were ready to announce our full plans we consulted a number of people and photographed existing gardens and green spaces in the Downtown Eastside.  The Hastings Street Community Garden is probably the most well known, though there are a number of others which I photographed, including one beside the DTES Neighbourhood House.

Today an article about the history and purpose behind another garden appeared on the internet.  David Aupperlee describes himself as a full time urban farmer and works with the organization Jacob’s Well which is right down on Main Street not far from Hastings heading North.  Those of us behind the blog are delighted to read of their successful harvesting or organic vegetables and look forward to discussing techniques and future opportunities to increase the green economy, green jobs, and urban agriculture in the DTES.

Andrea Reimer on Greenest City Goals

Andrea just posted to Twitter and her blog how the city is doing on achieving their Quick Start Recommendations.  BOB, United We Can and many many others helped start an urban farm on Hastings Street which seeks to provide Green Jobs for inner-city residents, but obviously a lot more needs to be done.