Port Coquitlam, BC. Credit: PictureBC.
People live in places. The places that we build – small towns, communities, cities, suburbs – all have impacts on our environment and on shared resources, like air, water, greenspace and energy. In our latest report, Building Change, the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) presents a case for sustainable built environments, along with six priorities for action.
REFBC’s Board of Governors approved seven General Grants and eight Real Estate Industry Grants, for a total of nearly $1.3 million in grants to support land use and real estate projects in communities across BC.
Throughout the year, Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) staff and board members make visits to communities across the province to learn more about local initiatives and REFBC-funded projects. In March 2017, REFBC CEO Jack Wong and Grants Manager Hedy Rubin visited communities in Haida Gwaii to meet with Indigenous community leaders and learn more about Comprehensive Community Planning. They also visited Prince Rupert to attend the BC Northern Real Estate Board’s Annual General Meeting.
The Real Estate Foundation of BC held its Annual General Meeting on April 7, 2017, which included an election for the Foundation’s Chair and Vice-chair positions.We are pleased to share that Mandy Hansen has been elected Chair for 2017-18 and that Ramona Faust has been elected as Vice-chair.
At this busy time of year, we’d like to take a moment to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.
To give our staff time to celebrate the festive season with their families, our office will be closed from December 24, 2016 to January 2, 2017, inclusive.
The Land Awards Gala is one way the Foundation is able to connect with communities and organizations to share information on BC land use issues and to celebrate innovation, collaboration and leadership in the broader sector.
At the Land Awards Gala on Oct. 21, REFBC presented three Land Awards – for projects led by the private, public and non-profit sectors. The Foundation also celebrated the work od Deborah Curran, 2016 Land Champion.
This week, REFBC shared comments and recommendations for the Federal government’s National Housing Strategy. REFBC’s submission included feedback from grantees and project partners, as well as insights gleaned from our recent research on the built environment.
With the addition of $1.1 million approved this fall, the Real Estate Foundation of BC has granted out more than $75 million to support land use projects in BC communities. (Photo: Bulkely River, BC / Hedy Rubin)
The Real Estate Foundation of BC’s Board of Governors approved 13 grants at the Foundation’s September 2016 grants meeting, totaling $1,111,300. To date, REFBC has awarded more than $75 million in grants to support sustainable land use projects in communities across BC.
The Foundation is pleased to welcome Noémi Pomerleau, who will be covering the Administrative Coordinator role while Kimiko Johanson is on maternity leave. While at REFBC, Noémi will be supporting both the staff team and the Board of Governors.