Category: Sustainability

View of wind farm from the air

By , 9 October 2007 23:44

Flying from Toronto to Vancouver today, I saw this out the window:

PrinceWind 09oct07

I’m 30,000 feet in the air. With 3x optical zoom, here’s the view from 10,000 feet:

PrinceWindCloseup 09oct07

This is a ground level perspective:

The circle is a person standing in the middle of the road. Get more views on the size of this wind turbine from the source:…

Official website: Brookfield Power

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The Permaculture Concept video

By , 12 September 2007 10:06

In addition to the big picture view, Bill Mollison shows how to setup a growing space on an apartment balcony!!

Bee Hive Hosting

By , 12 August 2007 23:33

Update: 14 August 2007 – Bees gone! See comments.

T. who I met through the Guerrilla Gardening Meetup Group asked me if I could host a bee hive in my garden. My house neighbours said okay in exchange for some honey.

They arrived tonight….

A Boy Bee


T[apprentice] & S[teacher]


There are bees in both boxes. The cardboard box contains a swarm with a virgin queen. S wants the bees outside to go inside and to stop the established bees from killing the new ones, she sprays the swarm with a mixture of sugar water and vanilla.


The old bees will lick the vanilla mixture off the new bees because they taste good and be accepted as friends.

In just over a day the swarm started building a honeycomb


Here they are at the entrance of their new home


Eventually they will get inside

Another view of the honeycomb they made


Daylight pics to be added in a few days….

Vancity Bike Share – Take it. Ride it. Pass it on.

By , 26 June 2007 10:00

Vancity Bike Share |

Take it. Ride it. Pass it on.

Welcome to the home of the Vancity Bike Share – a community experiment.

Vancity Bike Share wants to see you to get on a bike, share it with others and spread the word about cycling. It is a chance to try alternative transportation, increase your daily exercise and share with your community. is your Vancity Bike Share home base. Currently, we are looking for people who want to participate in this experiment. If you’d like to get your hands on one of our bikes, click here.

Launch party:

Come eat some pancakes and watch as the Vancity Bike Share takes its first pedal!

June 27, 2007
7:30am-9:00am (BEST’s Pancake Breakfast)
9:00am – 9:30am (Launch of Vancity’s Bike Share)
200 Granville Street (Granville Square – just west of Waterfront Station)

Bike Share #1 - want one?

Bike Share #5

Work colleagues on their new bikes:
Riaz & David #2

Opening day Riley Park Farmer's market

By , 7 June 2007 00:10

It looked like it would rain at any moment but never did.

Farmer's Market - Riley Park 06Jun07

Worms for composting available in Vancouver/Lower Mainland [and elsewhere]

By , 25 May 2007 09:24

My focus on composting and sustainability has led me to some interesting places on the ‘net. Lately, I’ve been looking for extra compost bins on Vancouver Craigslist. While reading the posts, I find many people asking for worms aka wrigglers to start their own worm bins. This is great news. Even though I offer for sale a completely different [better] composting system, – no fruit flies, no odour – I am happy to see people take the steps to reduce their food waste.

I have replied by email a number of times to individuals with this information:

City Famer’s Worm Composting page

City Farmer’s Worm Supplier page includes suppliers in BC, Canada, The U.S.A and from around the world.

The City of Vancouver

has a limited number of Worm Composters available at the low price of $25. The units come complete with the bin, lid and tray, worms, bedding and instructions, and a mandatory one hour workshop at the Compost Demonstration Garden [aka City Farmer – Al]. To register for the workshops or to get more information, call the Compost Hotline at 604-736-2250.

The GVRD’s Composting and Yard Trimmings page has a A Guide to Composting with Worms [.pdf file]

Finally, if you live in Vancouver, I have thousands of worms in my compost bins if you want to come over and sort through the stuff. Call or email me. My contact information is on the Home page in the left column.

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3 minutes of Honey Bees [on YouTube]

By , 23 April 2007 22:52

I recorded this on the weekend.

The “Video Fireplace” of nature.

This is a hive at the Strathcona Community Gardens in Vancouver, BC.

Look closely and you will see pollen on the legs of the bees as they walk from their landing area into the hive.

Aside from the wind, the sounds in the background are an industrial area [see map link above] across the street from the gardens. I’ve been here in the summer where four hives are active and I still can’t hear the bees buzzing because of that noise unless I get really close.

This clip was filmed using a Samsung Digimax D53 camera and the 3x optical zoom. I am sitting about 3 feet away from the hive. Windows Moviemaker used to add the Titles and brighten the image 1x.

Comments and feedback welcome.

Metropolis at Metrotown offers free e-waste recycling until 22 April 07

By , 18 April 2007 07:37

I found this on Vancouver Craigslist

Earth Day coming up on Saturday…. Boy are they in for a surprise with the amount of stuff that will show up.

Metropolis at Metrotown

Got Old Electronics? Anyone with old computers, printers and electronics is encouraged to drop by Metropolis at Metrotown’s Atrium Court between April 16 -22. Metropolis at Metrotown will recycle all electronics for free!

Bonus: “What’s more? Get a free herb planter in exchange for electronics and help lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions while quantities last!”

ACCEPTABLE – Electronics

  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Telephone systems
  • All Television types
  • VCR’s
  • 3M Players
  • Electronic games
  • Sony Play Stations 1 – 2 – 3
  • Radios
  • CD Players
  • Cellular phones
  • PC (personal computer)
  • Monitors CRT’s
  • Mainframe computers
  • Scanners
  • Printers
  • Fax Machines
  • Photocopiers
  • Scientific equipment
  • Toner cartridges
  • Photographic sound & visual recording equipment
  • Cameras
  • Car stereos
  • Electric ballasts
  • Electronic wiring
  • Power cables
  • Irons
  • Watches

Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Mon – Fri

9:30 am – 9:00 pm Sat

11:00 am – 6:00 pm Sun

Location: Atrium Court. Ground Level

Other resources for e-waste recycling:

Alternative Disposal & Recycling Locations

e-waste end of life electronic equipment

Starting in 2008 all e-waste in the GVRD will be banned from landfill sites:

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C.A.N. vs Zipcar

By , 12 April 2007 00:39

I joined the Co-operative Auto Network* in July of 2006 and it was one of the best decisions that I have made in recent years. I paid my refundable $500 share and received a four hour orientation. Knowing that I have access to a vehicle if I need one is liberating.

There are buckets available for reuse in Langley once a month that I pickup in a small truck, which makes my business more sustainable and keeps my costs down. During Vancouver’s last major deluge – 11 March 07 – I decided that a 40 minute bike ride to a friend’s party was not worth getting soaked to the bone so I booked a C.A.N. car instead.

Now Zipcar an American car-sharing company has come to Vancouver and they are going after the same market that C.A.N. is. And they have a $25 initiation fee compared to C.A.N’s $500 share purchase requirement.

However, when it comes to the actual use of the vehicles, there is big difference in the pricing as Jen – who compared her C.A.N. invoices with Zipcar’s pricing – writes:

The Zip car would cost nearly double. Actually more than that, because the only cars available in my neighbourhood are “cool” cars – so I would mostly be paying the $11.75 rate, rather than the $9.75. Though Zipcar does offer discounts (around 10%) for pre-paying at least $50 every month, the $50 doesn’t roll-over if you don’t use it. Also, my average trip length is about 25kms. To use the included 150kms/day, you’d have to be driving to Abbotsford and back on each trip.

Read it all….

Jen’s post blogged about on which I read at

Edit: “So Zipcar…” changed to “Now….”

*Use this code: M4199 when you join. – Added 06 May 2007

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Heavy Petal – City Farmer promotes backyard sharing.

By , 26 February 2007 09:34

Andrea Bellamy writes:
Sharing is good

City Farmer recently announced Sharing Backyards in Greater Vancouver, a website that aims to bring together people looking for a space to garden with those who have under-used backyards and are willing to share.

I received an email about this from City Farmer a few days ago but didn’t look at the website at the time. It is a googlemap Mashup and I’ve added my backyard to the list of people offering space.

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