In May 2016, 59 participants from all parts of BC’s agrifood sector gathered for the Finding Common Ground 2016 Summit, hosted by REFBC and the Sustainable Food Systems Working Group (SFSWG) in Vancouver. At the two-day Summit, participants shared their knowledge and created action plans around three focus areas.
Every two years, the Real Estate Foundation of BC presents the Land Awards, which recognize bright ideas and energetic leaders in sustainable land use. The submission deadline for the 2016 Land Awards is midnight, May 30, 2016.
Thank you to everyone who participated in last week's Sustainable Food Systems Working Group webinar, Learning from Vermont Farm to Plate, featuring a presentation from Erica Campbell, Farm to Plate Network Director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. The slides and recording are now available.
Earlier this week, the Real Estate Foundation of BC joined other Canadian philanthropic organizations in signing the Declaration of Action, which commits signatories to supporting the vision of Aboriginal peoples, to building a fairer and more just country, and to the recommendations and findings laid out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
2015 was a significant year for REFBC. We surpassed $73 million in total grants approved (since 1988), made a $1-million grant to help seed a BC Water Legacy Fund and began a three-phase special project to explore ways to help make our built environment more sustainable.
Oliver, BC. Credit: PictureBC.
The REFBC Board of Governors approved 18 grants at the Foundation’s spring grants meeting, totaling $1,105,166. Twelve grants were approved under the Foundation’s General Grant intake, which is open to any non-profit organization in BC doing projects related to land use. Six grants were funded through our Real Estate Industry Grants intake, which is open to organizations that are connected to BC’s real estate industry.
Belcarra. Credit: PictureBC.
The Real Estate Foundation of BC held its Annual General Meeting on March 31, 2016, which included an election for the Foundation’s Chair and Vice-chair positions, the introduction of a new governor and the approval of REFBC’s audited financial statements.
Vancouver bike lanes. Credit: Paul Krueger, Flickr Creative Commons.
This week, REFBC shared comments and recommendations for the second round of consultation on the BC Government’s forthcoming Climate Leadership Plan (CLP). REFBC’s second-round submission includes a cover letter addressed to Minister of Environment, Mary Polak, as well as a package of ten recommendations for integrating transportation and land use planning.
Last week, the Sustainable Food Systems Working Group (SFSWG) and REFBC hosted the first in a series of three webinars exploring potential solutions to boost the production and consumption of local food in British Columbia.
How can we get more B.C. food on more B.C. plates?
Last year, that question brought together dozens of British Columbia agri-food sector leaders for a one-day forum, hosted by the Sustainable Food Systems Working Group (SFSWG). The “Finding Common Ground” forum aimed to build a shared understanding, explore common interests and find opportunities to move forward together on initiatives that foster local and sustainable food systems.