2019 Living City Award Recipients

Christine Miller and Luci Cadman

In their respective roles as Executive Director and Education Coordinator with the North Shore Black Bear Society, Christine Miller and Luci Cadman work tirelessly to educate residents about attractant management to reduce human-bear conflict in the North Shore. Under Christine and Luci’s leadership, the North Shore Black Bear Society canvasses high conflict areas and responds to inquiries from residents through a hotline and email, increasing awareness of bears and bear proofing in the community. Christine and Luci provide bear and wildlife education to residents at City events, to children and youth through school presentations and to newcomers to Canada through visits to MOSAIC. The outstanding work of Christine and Luci through the North Shore Black Bear Society helps residents and visitors safely enjoy both the urban and natural assets of the North Shore.

David Roberts, Kathy Fung and Matt Dowds

Owners of a 1912 craftsman bungalow in Grand Boulevard, David Roberts and Kathy Fung, pursued significant energy efficiency and green building upgrades to their home while preserving its heritage history. North Vancouver builder, Matt Dowds of Dowds Homes, used advanced buildings techniques and systems to realize the owners’ vision. The house was the first home in B.C. to achieve Passive House Plus certification with negligible net energy use. The home uses no fossil fuel energy sources and generates renewable energy through photoelectric panels. Green building techniques were also used to repurpose old growth fir from the heritage structure and integrate water conservation features in the garden and driveway design, reducing its environmental impact. The initiative of Dave and Kathy, and expert work of Matt, to create this high performance and low impact home, while preserving heritage elements, deserve to be recognized.

North Shore Community Garden Society

Founded in 2009, the North Shore Community Garden Society oversees the use and management of six community gardens in the City and District of North Vancouver. The Society fosters a sense of community at each of the gardens, where members contribute time and effort towards garden maintenance and learn together about sustainable gardening. The Society encourages members to grow organic produce and share of the abundance with neighbours and the food bank. The gardens are showpieces in the community as greenspace for residents to enjoy and learn about urban agriculture. The Society’s garden coordinators are gentle, informative and effective guides and empower members to grow their own food in the City.

Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery

Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) goes above and beyond to reduce and reuse packaging in their grocery orders to residents across B.C., including many in the City of North Vancouver. Groceries are delivered in reusable bins with reusable freezer jackets and cold packs, and minimal single-use packaging. SPUD recently piloted a reusable takeout container program where plastic containers were given to members to use for takeout food orders, and returned to SPUD with the reusable grocery bins to be washed before being given back to members to use again. The plastic containers used in the program were made from 50% recycled plastic as a lower-impact alternative to virgin plastic containers. Due its success, SPUD is expanding the program to all members and hopes to inspire other food delivery services to transition to a circular economy model for packaging. SPUD strives to be a leader in sustainability and demonstrate their environmental values through innovative programs that lead by example in the community.

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