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.


Social Purchasing Works

At least Saul Brown seems to think so. Saul and his company are members of our Green Inner-city Cluster and have helped us on SOLEfood and the Sustainability 2.0 Expo among many projects. His company provides sustainable and socially responsible corporate gifts and operates out of a green building in Strathcona.

Building Opportunities with Business maintains an online directory of inner-city businesses with particular emphasis on those that are sustainable and socially responsible. Many large organizations such as Business Objects and SFU use it to buy their catering, recycling, or cleaning services. Next time your business or organization needs to hire someone for a job, if you’d like to hire someone who is progressive and working towards improving Vancouver’s historic inner-city, check our online business directory first.

If you operate a business in Vancouver’s historic inner-city and wish to be included in the directory, you can register online. We’re making a few changes and additions to our website which will be finished soon according to our web developers.