street scene with parklet and bicycle parking

Victoria, BC. (Photo: Stephanie Butler)

Jan 02, 2018

In Search of the Good Life: Measuring the Sustainability of BC Communities

REFBC has released In Search of the Good Life: Taking a Snapshot of Built Environment Sustainability in BC. The report examines the state of BC’s communities and introduces seven ambitious goals, 13 desired impacts, and 10 impact measures to assess the sustainability of BC’s built environments.

Dec 20, 2017

Holiday Office Closure

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Dec 20, 2017

Holiday Office Closure

To give our staff time to celebrate the holidays with their families, we will be closing the REFBC office at 4:30pm on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 and re-opening at 8:30am on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

blue canoe on the ground

Bella Bella, BC. (Photo: Hedy Rubin, REFBC)

Dec 18, 2017

Over $1-Million in Grants Approved in December 2017

At their winter grants meeting. the Real Estate Foundation of BC’s Board of Governors approved $1,009,180 in funding for 10 projects

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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.

downtown street with people walking, talking and using a mobility scooter

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.