Footprints Conservation Society’s Planting The Seed Gala

Comments 37 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Footprints Conservation Society presents Planting the Seed, an upcoming community fundraising event in Coquitlam.

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Footprints is a non-profit organization that provides environmental education programs in elementary and middle schools throughout Greater Vancouver. Funds raised at the gala will be put toward helping local children plant forestry in their neighbourhood (specifically Panorama Park in the spring of 2011).

From the organizers: “Our vision is to provide young community leaders with resources and opportunities to become active, informed citizens, develop grass-roots initiatives in a project-oriented environment, and enhance the quality of life in communities throughout the Greater Vancouver.”

Footprints hosts many workshops and community events across the Lower Mainland. From documentary film screenings at SFU downtown to workshops on using online media for social change at UBC.

The Planting the Seed gala on December 10th, 2010 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre will be catered by Chef Fred Soofi of Pasta Polo and Club Ilia. The $60 ticket includes dinner, guest speakers, and dancing. A silent auction and raffle will also run with prizes available from Grouse Mountain, MEC, Westin, London Drugs and more. is also proud to be a sponsor of the gala event.

If you would like to attend the gala December 10th, I have two tickets available to give away (value $120). To enter to win, please leave a comment on this post. It can be about how you’ve reduced your “footprint” or how you would like to see your community be more “green”. I will draw one winner Friday December 3rd at 9:00am.

You can keep up to date on the latest news from Footprints on Facebook.

Update The winner is Dilara – have fun at the event!

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37 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. SanazTuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 10:37am PST

    I have reduced my footprint by taking transit, living in a high rise and eating organic food.

  2. MarkTuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 11:50am PST

    I’d like to see more community garden projects around the city.

  3. MarinaTuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 12:03pm PST

    Especially since it is in my home community, I would love to go to this gala (thanks for publishing the info!). My husband and I are both vegetarian, which has drastically reduced our carbon footprint. We also work from home, meaning we don’t have to do any nasty commuting!

  4. LoriTuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 12:19pm PST

    I carpool, compost, always re-use my cloth bags, and wear a sweater rather than turning up the heat.

  5. phyllisTuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 2:38pm PST

    I would like to see recycling be more accessible on the streets (eg. more containers).

  6. ChrisTuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 3:55pm PST

    As well as bike-days, Vancouver should sponsor “human-transportation” days. Any form of non-powered transportation can count. Because I know people who can get to work in ways other than biking. Even walking should count on those days.

  7. StevenTuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 9:15pm PST

    I’ve reduced by never using the drying machine. I only line dry my clothes now!

  8. IanTuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 9:16pm PST

    My car was my usual norm to school. However, I’ve realized how much carbon offset i can reduce by taking public transport. So from Monday to Friday, I only take the bus to UBC!

  9. GraceTuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 9:17pm PST

    I’ve done my part by using a hand powered lawn mower!

  10. mariaTuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 9:39pm PST

    I have been recycling everything i possible can, trying not to drive unnecessarily, hang drying clothes and hand drying dishes.

  11. TracyWednesday, November 17th, 2010 — 12:53am PST

    I take transit everywhere! To work and on the weekends.

  12. Teresa KWednesday, November 17th, 2010 — 7:41pm PST

    I will use less water.

  13. MarissaWednesday, November 17th, 2010 — 8:34pm PST

    Im an commis pastry chef, and I convinced the ex. chef to start composting at the restaurant. We also only use local, sustainable products.

  14. BonnieWednesday, November 17th, 2010 — 9:14pm PST

    I wish that more people would make a conscious effort to be less wasteful by choosing reusable options instead of disposable options. The garbage bins I see downtown each day are overflowing with coffee cups and take out food containers. Glad I don’t drink coffee.

    Vancouver has a long way to go to truly becoming a “green” city. Societal apathy on environmental issues never ceases to amaze me.

  15. AlvFriday, November 19th, 2010 — 12:40pm PST

    I’d like to see transit being made a priority.

  16. anne marie slaterSaturday, November 20th, 2010 — 2:37pm PST

    I believer in education about re-using..

  17. PingSunday, November 21st, 2010 — 9:42pm PST

    I cut my old bath towels and turn them into tea towels, and then to small dish towels

  18. TerumiTuesday, November 23rd, 2010 — 12:59pm PST

    Composting foodwaste and eating vegetarian at least one day a week.

  19. JanelleTuesday, November 23rd, 2010 — 1:49pm PST

    I bought a bike this summer and have been cycling everywhere instead of busing. I had my bike for a week, it was stolen from my friends car and even that didn’t deter me! A week later I bought an other bike and was back on the road!

  20. Kaishin ChuTuesday, November 23rd, 2010 — 2:45pm PST

    Being a designer, I always like to do my share with less wastage or using more eco conscisous goods. as an artist and crafter, I like to resuse goods, such as one of a kind soft toys with bolt ends of fleece or 2nd hand sweaters, recut 2nd hand garments into new ones. I recycle and reuse as much as I can from containers to bags, and I choose to live close to work, so that I can walk to and from work, or take transit on the odd days. Being a foodie, I advocate eating local and with the season. Also I try by engaging my blog readers to get up close and personal with their food and cooking more at home.

  21. AmyWednesday, November 24th, 2010 — 11:10am PST

    I recycle and compost all of my garbage at work. I’d really like to see my community (North Vancouver) start a curb-side compost collection program. It would really cut down on the amount of waste going to landfill.

  22. NoRaHWednesday, November 24th, 2010 — 8:32pm PST

    I am very careful with my usage of water. In my opinion, most people take for granted the luscious supply of clean water available in Canada, when we should be much more thankful for it.

    There are millions of people everyday who suffer from the lack of clean water. To raise awareness, or if you’re kind enough to donate, check out mycharity: water.

  23. Michelle WilliamsonWednesday, November 24th, 2010 — 11:46pm PST

    I’m a big supporter of public transit, and always have been. I’m a member of Zipcar, a car sharing programme, and I recently convinced my coworker to become a member instead of buying his own car.

  24. CarmenThursday, November 25th, 2010 — 9:49pm PST

    I’m a new mom of a four month old. I would love to learn about ways to better impact our environment for our future generation. Now that I’m on maternity I’ve been researching better ways to recycle and have just recently began composting. Once you get into the swing of things, it starts to become second nature. Also, changing the lightbulbs in our house has been a recent project.

  25. JillFriday, November 26th, 2010 — 9:14am PST

    I always carry a few bags to reuse in my purse so I dont need to take plastic bags when I go to the store. I keep lots of reusable bags in my car for my weekly shopping trip.

    I moved to Canada from Ireland where they charge over 30 cent for a plastic bag. Most people there carry cloth bags instead of taking the plastic ones when they shop.

  26. TaigiSaturday, November 27th, 2010 — 10:54am PST

    Carrying reusable bags so any imprompt shopping allows me to refuse the plastic or paper bag.

  27. ScottSaturday, November 27th, 2010 — 5:07pm PST

    I always take transit, I share a house with eleven other people, and I always use cloth shopping bags.

  28. VanessaMonday, November 29th, 2010 — 9:41am PST

    I do everything I can to save electricity and water, recycle, not drive etc. I think I deserve to go to the gala not becuase of the things that I do to conserve my own waste but due to the fact that I am always educating other on decreasing their carbon footprint. Change is difficult for most people but without guidance things will never get better. I take pride in knowing that I am making a difference.

  29. LawrenceMonday, November 29th, 2010 — 11:28am PST

    i walk to work every day and occasionally take public transit if the weather is horrible

  30. Brenda BedfordMonday, November 29th, 2010 — 1:57pm PST

    In order to reduce the size of the landfill, I’d like to see Burnaby adopt the same recycling program that Vancouver has implemented – that is picking up household food waste.

  31. DilaraMonday, November 29th, 2010 — 6:59pm PST

    I have reduced my footprint by walking/taking transit, eating local, organic produce whenever possible, cutting our meat & fish consumption to 4 times a week, and recycling and composting.

  32. Ken GardnerTuesday, November 30th, 2010 — 11:30am PST

    I take transit daily. Enough said.

  33. SitaWednesday, December 1st, 2010 — 2:18pm PST

    I take transit daily, i’m vegetarian, and at work my department is transitioning the entire office into going for paperless meetings!

  34. MikeFriday, December 3rd, 2010 — 8:10am PST

    I ride my bike instead of drive a car and I practice the 3 R’s.

  35. MichaelFriday, December 3rd, 2010 — 8:11am PST

    It’s smart to be green.

  36. LYNFriday, December 3rd, 2010 — 8:13am PST

    Practicing minimalist shopping helps. Eating at home and cooking up batchres of ood from scratch helps be more environmentally friendly. Being political and telling politicians that we want jobs in Canada and not abroad is all good.

  37. AdamFriday, December 3rd, 2010 — 8:18am PST

    I don’t spend money I don’t have.

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