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Healthy water is the lifeblood of our communities.

Nov 14, 2017

Communities and Regulators Lack Data Needed to Protect Freshwater Ecosystems

British Columbians say that fresh water is our “most precious resource.”

However, governments and community leaders don’t have all the information they need to track water health, create sound policy, and coordinate work to protect BC’s rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands.

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The Fraser River, near Prince George, BC. (Photo: Stephanie Butler)

Oct 03, 2017

REFBC Funds Community Engagement, Energy Planning, and Watershed Governance Research

The Real Estate Foundation of BC’s Board of Governors approved 10 grants at the Foundation’s September 2017 grants meeting, totaling $854,674. To date, REFBC has awarded more than $80 million in grants to support sustainable land use projects in communities across BC.

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Sep 27, 2017

Growing Smarter: Integrating Land Use and Transportation to Reduce GHGs

The Real Estate Foundation of BC has released Growing Smarter, a review of the BC Climate Action Charter. The report summarizes the strengths of the Charter, reflects on progress made so far, looks to international examples of community climate action, and makes 10 recommendations for strengthening the Charter’s smart growth foundation.

REFBC has made its first two impact investments - in affordable housing and in sustainable energy. (Photo: Stephanie Butler)

Sep 06, 2017

Aligning Our Investing Practices To Our Mission

The Real Estate Foundation’s Board of Governors has approved its first two impact investments, totaling $400,000. These investments - $150,000 in Greenchip Financial, and $250,000 in New Market Funds – will generate social and environmental benefits, as well as provide a financial return for the Foundation.

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The Real Estate Foundation of BC office in the Marine Building, in downtown Vancouver. (Photo: Flickr / Kyle Pearce)

Jul 14, 2017

Roberta Stewart Joins REFBC’s Board of Governors

The Real Estate Foundation of BC is pleased to announce the appointment of our newest Governor: Robert Stewart, a general solicitor from Prince George. Roberta has been appointed by the Real Estate Council of BC for a three-year term

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Lake Okanagan, near Vernon, BC. (Photo: Stephanie Butler)

Jun 15, 2017

REFBC Grants $1.3M to Fund 10 Land Use Projects

The Real Estate Foundation's Board of Governors approved and ratified 10 grants at the June grants meeting, totalling $1,310,587. Projects supported include: climate policy research, indigenous land planning, consumer education on home energy efficiency, and more.

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Port Coquitlam, BC. Credit: PictureBC.

Apr 20, 2017

Building Change: Bringing Sustainability to our Built Environments

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. 

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Apr 13, 2017

REFBC Funds 15 Land Use and Real Estate Projects Across BC

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.

birds circling over a frozen river

Eulechan run on the Skeena River. Prince Rupert, BC. (Photo: Hedy Rubin)

Apr 12, 2017

Travel Blog: Haida Gwaii & Prince Rupert

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. 

blue-painted houses close together on a city street
Apr 11, 2017

Mandy Hansen and Ramona Faust to Lead REFBC Board of Governors

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.