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.

Vancouver Green Capital

That is apparently our new marketing slogan. When I say our, I mean the City of Vancouver in this case. In a speech to our buddies over at the Board of Trade, the Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson outlined his strategy to attract green industry investment to Vancouver and the surrounding municipalities and raise our international profile.

This all sounds great, but as someone who works for an organization doing economic development in Vancouver, I’d like to see a little more than speeches and whirl wind speaking tours.

Majora Carter meets Mayor Robertson

Majora Carter meets Mayor Robertson

The Mayor and Majora Carter will both be speaking at Resilient Cities and the number of shoulder events continues to grow I just registered for the Board of Change one. We’ll see if this conference and these speeches have any effect in changing Hastings and Main.

This story is getting national attention and I guess our focus on around 40 blocks of the city, kept me from posting it ASAP. I think ultimately there are only so many people who have been organizing a green industry cluster and proposing a green economic zone.

Frances Bula and her readership have been discussing this in detail, there are just only so many hours in the day.

Resilient Cities: Vancouver

This upcoming conference (October 20-22) is bringing some exciting speakers to town to speak on: green jobs, ecology, urban renewal, many of the things we blog about and are working on in Vancouver’s Inner-city.resilientCitiesOnePager

Building Opportunities with Business is going to have a booth and likely several other authors of this blog and green cluster members will be present and participating.  Here is the official promotional blurb:

Resilient Cities: Urban Strategies for Transition Times
A Gaining Ground conference in association with Smart Growth BC and in collaboration with the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics.
Date: Oct 20-22, 2009
Location: Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Web site:
Tel: 250-858-4600
Registration: Register online or by calling 250-472-4747

North American cities are facing transformational challenges in sustainability, economy, and urban management. Sustainability imperatives, the call for climate action, the prospect of a quickly shifting energy future, pressure for new approaches in almost every urban system, and the shock of the economic downturn have North American cities scrambling to comprehend and manage the shift toward ecological practices and greater resilience.

The conference will explore strategies to make cities more robust, and will enable participants to advance their thinking on three key subjects:

  • innovation in sustainability governance and best current practices for managing sustainable urban systems;
  • capturing opportunities in the green economy;
  • strategies for building widespread sustainability collaborations that engage the community level.

The speakers listed on their webpage include: Anita Burke, Gregor Robertson, Bill Rees, and Majora Carter who we had give the keynote at Sustainability 2.0.

Media Coverage for a Sustainable Inner-city

The Strathcona Business Improvement Associations, Sustainability 2.0 Expo which was organized by the SBIA, local businesses, including several of the folks behind this blog, was a huge success.  We brought up Majora Carter to be the keynote speaker.  We brought together local green business leaders, we invited the whole community,  City Councillors and sponsors were pleased with the outcome, we even introduced Majora to Vancouver’s Mayor.  This blog and the Green Inner-city Cluster are part of the follow up on the momentum built on April 2nd.  So it was good to see we’re not the only people still motivated to make a positive and green change to Vancouver’s inner-city.

Majora Carter meets Mayor Robertson

Majora Carter meets Mayor Robertson

The folks over at Granville Online, including the second greenest person on the planet just wrote a nice follow up piece on the efforts of SBIA to become a green industrial zone.  There is still lots of work to be done, if you’re interested in greening your organization and working towards a greener inner-city, one that includes green businesses and green jobs, join us once again in Strathcona for the Green Inner-city Cluster Kickoff on June 10th.

Van Jones on NPR

Through the magic of Google, we bring you an interview with one of the leaders of the Green Economy movement in the United States.  Special Advisor to the President on Green Jobs and author of “The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems” Van Jones weighs in on how the economic stimulus policy money earmarked for green jobs will be spent, the benefits of the green economy, and just what is a green collar job.

Another leader of the Green Jobs movement in the United States, Majora Carter was recently in Vancouver.  She was the keynote speaker at the Strathcona BIA’s Sustainability 2.0 Expo.  A lot of the team was involved in making that happen, thanks again to the Vancity Community Foundation for sponsoring Majora’s keynote.  While in Vancouver she met with Mayor Robertson, other city councilors as well as planning office and business leaders.  There was coverage in the blogosphere and main stream media. is working on getting the video coverage edited online and hopes to bring it to you in a week or so.  Thanks to Fearless/W2 and particular Mo Simpson for their effort and support.

Majora Carter and Mayor Robertson