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Solutions Episode Three: Food & Farming

Local food experts share a wealth of knowledge on everything from growing citrus fruit to food security, featuring Vancouver Island non-profits and leading edge small businesses dedicated to healthy, nutritious and delicious...

Solutions Episode Two: Artists As Change Makers

Our second episode covers how an internationally-renown filmmaker, photojournalist, singer/songwriter duo, and a fine art photographer are all creating change through their craft. Featuring striking imagery and insight into the power of art.

Issue: Food Security

Food security can be described as the state of having reliable access to an adequate quantity of nutritious and affordable food, while food sovereignty is the right of communities to have authority over their own food systems, to produce food that is healthy, culturally appropriate, and ecologically sustainable.

Learn from experts and industry leaders on a variety of topics including nature & wildlife conservation, food & farming, transportation, the economy, and sustainability.

Solutions Sustainability Series

We know a lot of people are doing amazing things that more people should know about. For this reason, we created a series of half-hour programs that showcase local Vancouver Island and Gulf Island businesses, individuals, and organizations who are providing positive and sustainable solutions to ensure our region remains beautiful, healthy, happy and resilient.

The Future of Transportation

Solutions premiere show examines transportation throughout the capital region and Salt Spring Island with an eye to the future with fascinating interviews and creative approaches.

Artists As Change Makers

Hear how an internationally-renown filmmaker, photojournalist, singer/songwriter duo, and a fine art photographer are all creating change through their craft. Featuring striking imagery and insight into the power of art.

Food & Farming

Local food experts share a wealth of knowledge on everything from growing citrus fruit to food security, featuring Vancouver Island non-profits and leading edge small businesses dedicated to healthy, nutritious and delicious food.

Reliable Controls Green Buildings

In our pilot program, we feature one of the greenest and largest private high tech employers in the region, with offices world-wide. Reliable Controls specializes in the design and manufacture of internet-connected building controls that are effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaker Video Series

Hear from world-class speakers on a variety of topics with recorded presentations from Creatively United for the Planet events. See our full catalogue of videos here.

Forests and Communities for the Future

Presenters: Ann Mortifee, Kathleen Code, & Ray Travers
Share in a deep conversation with interspersed music by Ann, stunning imagery by international award winning photographers, Frances Litman, and Ancient Forest Alliance coordinator, TJ Watt, and enjoy a multi-media presentation on sustainable forestry and living forest communities.

The Importance of Nature

Presenter: Robert Bateman
Besides being one of Canada’s foremost artists, Robert Bateman is also a naturalist recognized by the Audubon Society as one of the 20th century’s “heroes of conservation”. He is a spokesman for many environmental and preservation issues, using his art to raise millions of dollars for these causes.

InVisible Influences | How Architecture Effects Us All

Presenter: Graeme Verhulst & Will King of Waymark Architecture
Our buildings and cities both reflect our culture, and shape it. Join us for an interactive discussion where we will look at the future of Victoria through the lens of architecture and urbanism. The best way to predict the future is to design it!

Working With Bears

Presenter: Charlie Russell
Charlie’s visionary and courageous work has overthrown countless widely held convictions concerning the nature of grizzly bears. He is the only person to ever successfully demonstrate that, when treated as intelligent beings, worthy and deserving of respect, grizzly bears will co-exist peacefully with humans.

Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuaries

Presenter: Jacques Sirois
Jacques Sirois of the Friends of Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary & member of the CRD’s Gorge Waterway Initiative gives an informative talk on migratory birds and bird sanctuaries around Greater Victoria, British Columbia.

Presentations & Reports

2017 Victoria Vital Signs

Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our collective quality of life.

Read the full report here.

2017 Columbia Institute Climate Report Card

Local governments who directly and indirectly influence more than 50 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, are taking climate leadership in communities across the country. Enhancing their ability to act is both necessary and a powerful opportunity for meeting Canada’s climate commitments.

Having asked the question ‘what federal, provincial and territorial initiatives would boost local government climate initiative,’ Columbia Institute released Top Asks for Climate Action: Ramping up Low Carbon Communities in June 2016. In this report, we laid out 18 federal policies and 24 provincial/territorial policies dedicated to ramping up low carbon communities.

A year later, this 2017 Top Asks report card looks at the federal policy positions and takes stock of where we’ve seen progress.

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CRD Climate Projections 2017

Temperatures in the capital region are warming. Global climate models project an average annual warming of about 3°C in our region by the 2050s. While that may seem like a small change, it is comparable to the difference between the warmest and coldest years of the past. The purpose of this report is to quantify, with the most robust projections possible, the related climate impacts (including changes to climate extremes) associated with warming.

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Top 5 Water Challenges in BC

British Columbia’s past, present, and future are intertwined with water. Lakes, rivers, aquifers, and glaciers were—and remain—critical to Indigenous populations in all aspects of life, and were important to early settlers for transport and resource development. More recently, development in British Columbia has included the damming of rivers and creation of a vast network of hydropower—now the source of 90 per cent of the province’s electricity.

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Urban Sanctuary Project

The Urban Sanctuary Project is a community initiative that aims to inspire others to become involved in the practices of a healthy ecosystem, with a special focus on Migratory Bird Sanctuaries. Celebrating the first three Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in Pacific Canada, in the heart of the Salish Sea, 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Convention Act, an important step in the history of the Canadian wildlife conservation movement.

Learn more here.

Transportation Systems & Urban Development Patterns for a One Planet Region

Good planets are difficult to find. Let’s take good care of the one we have!
Humanity is shifting from about 80% rural in 1900 to about 80% urban in 2100. The density with which new urban residents live will significantly affect the total amount of openspace (farmland and natural habitat) that will be displaced by development. More compact development (more than 20 residents per hectare) provides large savings and benefits. Our challenge is to increase both density and residents’ quality of life.

Download here.

Test Your Knowledge

What is a Photovoltaic Cell?

Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.
Photovoltaic cells generate cheap and green electricity from sunlight.

What is causing southern resident orca populations to decline?

Extinction is feared due to declining birth rates as a result of a lack of salmon.

What effect does lighting have on health?

Lighting affects the body’s natural circadian rhythm and can create sleep and mood disorders and has been linked to certain types of cancer and creates stress in the system.

How many islands are in the Salish Sea?

There are 419 islands in the Salish Sea.
Learn more about the Salish Sea from the Seadoc Society.

What is a "foldscope"?

A makeshift microscope made of paper used in field work.
Learn more about this handy origami from Manu Prakash’s TED Talk.

What is a major way commercial buildings can save on energy?

Replace existing lighting with energy efficient lighting, install custom controls to reduce lighting usage and monitor usage.

How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle?

If electricity costs $0.11 per kWh and the vehicle consumes 34 kWh to travel 100 miles, the cost per mile is about $0.04.

If electricity costs $0.11 per kilowatt-hour, charging an all-electric vehicle with a 70-mile range (assuming a fully depleted 24 kWh battery) will cost about $2.64 to reach a full charge.

What is the International Dark Sky Association?

The International Dark Sky Association is an organization created to protect the night sky and fragile ecosystems from stray light pollution by educating people on the affects of light pollution.

How does stray light affect environment and ecosystems?

Stray light can affect the migratory patterns of certain animals, has shortened the growing season of trees by up to three weeks and causes disorientation in birds, resulting in the death of millions of birds per year flying into illuminated buildings.


Greater Victoria Vital Signs

Courtesy of the Victoria Foundation
Victoria’s Vital Signs is an annual community check-up that measures the vitality of our region, identifies concerns, and supports action on issues that are critical to our quality of life.
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Nature in the Heart of the City

Nature in the Heart of the City

A mutual admiration for our natural world with the Robert Bateman Centre has resulted in nature-based map that includes the artwork of Robert Bateman which promotes ways to help people connect with nature.
The map is available free of charge at the Robert Bateman Centre or Creatively United events.
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Electric Vehicles in BC

Courtesy of the Victoria Foundation
British Columbia is leading the way in electric car use and charging station installation. Learn the numbers behind this growing green trend.

Trees Are Vital Cartoon

Learn why trees are so important to our lives and the health of our planet with a charming cartoon tree and facts by local artist Nelson Dewey.

Why Environmental Groups Need Our Support

These 15 reasons why environmental groups need our support will help inspire environmental awareness! Created by local cartoonist Nelson Dewey.

Car Idling Facts

Learn about how car idling is effecting our air and environment. Created by local cartoonist Nelson Dewey.

Sustainability Tips


  • Zero in on zero waste, question consumption
  • Repair, reuse then recycle
  • Refuse extra packaging and plastic (from plastic straws to cups)
  • Use a waterbottle vs buying bottled water
  • Choose recyclable products over disposable
  • Air and sun dry your laundry vs using your dryer as often as you can
  • Buy energy efficient light bulbs


  • Organize or volunteer with grassroot movements that support your community to be happier, healthier and more resilient
  • Write letters in support of causes, great organizations
  • Put your talents to good use by sharing them helping your community
  • Join a board, community group, attend council meetings, be engaged and aware
  • If you can’t volunteer time, donate money to those organizations doing the hero work


  • Exchange experiences and support great ideas by discussing and sharing them with others
  • Be part of a larger global conversation by being aware and involved in organizations such as Avaaz,
  • Invest in renewable energy
  • Cut emissions from transportation and travel
  • Focus on local food security
  • Choose fair trade first

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