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

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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Local Cooling helps reduce computer energy use and shows savings

By , 17 February 2007 13:53

Update: Added third paragraph from LC in quote and Reality Check

Yes I know, techies/geeks can adjust shutdown options on their computers to save energy. I do it too. This application tracks how many computers are using their program and the net energy savings in terms of KWhs, gallons of oil [barrels would be better – divide by 55] and the number of trees needed to balance the now saved carbon emissions.

As a beta program, right now the stats are basic and don’t include the number of computers that team and/or companies have using the program, but I have a fix for that. See below.

More than 30 billion kilowatt-hours of energy is wasted because many of us simply forget to shut down our computers when we’re not using them. If we could just improve the efficiency of how we use our PCs, the savings in energy costs would be over $3 billion dollars! The CO2 emissions from just 15 computers are equivalent in energy terms to the gas consumption used by one car.


By adjusting the power mode settings our advanced algorithms will predict how much you will save based on past PC usage and statistical data. Every time LocalCooling saves power by either turning of your screen, putting your hard drive to sleep when not used or shutting down your PC when you are away your savings stats will start to grow. Download LocalCooling today and optimize your PC’s energy efficiency in minutes.

Our goal is to introduce 100,000,000 PC users into the Local Cooling community. If just 100 million of us optimize the efficiency of our computers’ energy consumption, we could prevent over 300 billion kg of CO2 gas emissions, equivalent to over 1.8 billion gallons of oil, in just the first year alone.*

Team challenge

When you create your profile, in the form field that says “Join a group” put ChangeEverythingFriends

Send an email to aapATgreatdayDOTca with your stats feed after you install the program and I will add you to this team page which also shows you how to turn of the beep sounds the program makes.

For people and companies with multiple computers:

You download the program and login with the same account on all computers. Once you have been running the application on all systems this will be stated in your account view. This will add all your savings from all computers to your account.

Tell me how many computers you are running.

TreeHugger gives a lukewarm review, but the comments are more positive.

*Reality check: 1.8 billion gallons of oil is equivalent to 42,857,142 barrels of oil. LC uses gallons to make their numbers look bigger. According to US Dept of Energy November 2006 statistics, the US consumes 20,802,000 barrels/day, so 100,000,000 computers for a year on LocalCooling will save two days U.S. oil consumption.

Obviously a lot more has to be done to solve the problems of global warming, but I have to start somewhere.

More stats:

Annual U.S. oil consumption 7,592,730,000 barrels
Local Cooling savings as a percentage: 0.56

World oil consumption: 83,990,000 barrels/day
Annually: 30,656,350,000
Local Cooling savings as a percentage: 0.13

oil consumption: 2,280,000 barrels/day
Annually: 832,200,000
Local Cooling savings as a percentage: 5.14

Are there 100,000,000 computers in Canada?:-)

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Change Everything takes on Net Neutrality

By , 23 January 2007 12:43

Check out this website for a new way for creating change in your community.

what? are we asleep at our computers??? |

Net Neutrality’ (the freedom of all users to have equal access to the internet) has become a huge and successful campaign in the States, but in Canada hardly anyone knows about it, or knows that what we all take for granted now is threatened.

I used to believe that Net Neutrality was an issue for the U.S.A. ISP providers and users.

Not anymore: Net Neutrality Canada -

In recent weeks this site has seen visitors from government offices including Industry Canada, Canadian Heritage, the Parliament and the Privy Council. Net neutrality is clearly an issue that is on this government’s radar.

Network neutrality is critically important to Canadians as it preserves the democratic spirit of the Internet and guarantees that all Canadians, not just rich corporations, have fair and equal access.

Recently, network neutrality has come under attack by a number of Canadian corporations, many of whom you will find listed on this site. Demonstrably, net neutrality is not a hypothetical problem; it is one that is occurring today, on the ground, in Canada.

Many critics of network neutrality claim that all government regulation should be avoided and instead a laissez-faire attitude should be adopted. This ignores the fact the incumbents in the telecommunications industry obtained their positions through decades of government granted monopoly.

The sad state of the telecommunications market in Canada is that there is insufficient consumer choice and this prevents these otherwise correct free market principles from working as intended.

The article/letter goes on to demonstrate how Telus blocked the public’s access to pro-union websites during their labour dispute and how Videotron –’s – provider now wants to add a transmission tarrif for delivering content that customers have already paid for:

To get to, Videotron’s subscribers are paying Videotron for access to the sprintlink backbone. Like most services, the company’s that provide them, must incur expense, add a reasonable margin and resell those services to consumers. This is what Videotron does. They are not hurting by video being transfered on their network. They are simply being forced to provide the service which their customers already pay for. This excess does not belong to you Videotron; its bought, its paid for, by your customers!

Read it all…. Then sign the letter and call or email your MP!!

See also: Canada Sleeps Through The War To Save The Internet

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