News Bites--July 26

Jul 26, 2017

Efficiency on energy
Staff are reviewing opportunities created by the new BC Energy Step Code to advance the performance and efficiency of new buildings in alignment with the District’s Corporate Energy & Emissions Plan. Improved energy efficiency is a principal direction in the broader effort to green the District’s Zoning Bylaw and to ensure existing District regulations are aligned with the Building Act.

Saying not to knotweed
The 2017 knotweed treatment program is underway with approximately one-third of District sites completed to date. Knotweed in Ambleside Park was treated last week. It's all part of the District's Invasive Plants Strategy.

Green Can grows
Congratulations West Van–92 per cent of you said you're using your Green Can to divert food scraps from the garbage (according to a recent survey). Most food that attracts wildlife is going in the Green Can and getting picked up weekly in the mornings (as opposed to garbage which gets collected bi-weekly in the afternoons). Residents can further reduce risk of wildlife by freezing their most odorous food scraps until the morning of collection.

It's wasteful
Last week consultants conducted the fourth of five waste composition audits of the materials collected in the Horseshoe Bay streetscape recycling pilot. These waste audits provide information about the types of materials collected in all three waste streams (garbage, paper, containers) as well as information about contamination in the recycling streams (paper, containers). The final audit will take place in the fall.

Afternoons of active play–for free
Twice a week until the end of August, kids can drop-in for free games and activities that cultivate self-confidence and social connections. Active Play in the Park, a partnership with Red Fox Youth Leaders, takes place on Mondays from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at John Lawson Park (until August 28) and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.–2 pm. at Ambleside Park (until August 30). 


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