CHF BC started its Sustainability Newsletter in summer 2021. Articles from the newsletters will be archived here.

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Report #1 | Report #2 | Report #3
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Report #1

Our first sustainability newsletter!

The past month has seen the hottest temperatures on record in BC, accompanied by forest fires and many people dying*. Climate change is real and is being felt now. What can we do?

We’ll be looking at different ways we can adapt and mitigate. Adaptations are actions we can take to minimize the harms that are already appearing because of climate change; mitigations are actions we can take to reduce the heat-trapping gases that human activities have been adding to the atmosphere and that are impacting climate.

In each issue – there’ll be four a year – we’ll try to offer some suggestions and look at environmental sustainability more broadly, especially as it connects to housing.

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Report #2

Our second sustainability report highlights CHF BC's new sample "Sustainability Policy" and its associated discussion notes. We also offer a report from a recent co-operative conference and some links to consider when thinking about the connections between environmentalism and equity.

Please log in to access our full Sample Policies and Procedures page. (If you’re a member of a CHF BC co-op but haven’t created an account already, please register — it doesn’t take long.)

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Report #3

This issue is centered around actions that you can take to further ideas and goals around sustainability at your co-op and within your community. (The third newsletter was delayed: the good news is that means the wait until the fourth will be shorter!)

  • Energy Conservation Assistance Program
  • Small Sustainability Grants
    Have an idea with a sustainability or environmental focus that’s on a smaller scale? You might be able to make it reality through one of these small grant programs. Learn more here.
  • Plant Life
    Does your co-op have some existing green space? Or are you perhaps thinking about putting in plants or a garden? Here are a few things to think about.