Welcome to our last newsletter of the year!

It’s been a busy month. Metro Vancouver joined the battle against single-use items such as utensils, plastic bags and coffee cups, released a 10-Year Housing plan, and continued with projects such as the Kennedy Newton Water Main and Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A program to reduce emissions and exposure to traffic-related air pollutants is also being developed after a national study on near-road diesel emissions confirmed that concentrations of air contaminants are higher near major roads. Did you know one million residents live near busy routes?

Also last month, Metro Vancouver hosted its ninth annual Zero Waste Conference and National Zero Waste Council AGM – over 500 participants turned out to hear the thoughts and work of Canadian and International experts related to the Circular Economy. Next year is the 10th anniversary of the Zero Waste Conference and Canada will host the 2020 World Circular Economy Forum!

For more highlights, check out the videos in this newsletter, featuring initiatives such as Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing, agriculture awareness grants and a Pitt Meadows Community Clothing Swap.

Happy Holidays and see you in January!

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.