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Footprints Conservation Society’s Planting The Seed Gala

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 9:27am PDT
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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!


  1. Sanaz says:

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

  2. Mark says:

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

  3. Marina says:

    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. Lori says:

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

  5. phyllis says:

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

  6. Chris says:

    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. Steven says:

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

  8. Ian says:

    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. Grace says:

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

  10. maria says:

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

  11. Tracy says:

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

  12. Teresa K says:

    I will use less water.

  13. Marissa says:

    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. Bonnie says:

    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. Alv says:

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

  16. I believer in education about re-using..

  17. Ping says:

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

  18. Terumi says:

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

  19. Janelle says:

    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 Chu says:

    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. Amy says:

    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. NoRaH says:

    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 Williamson says:

    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. Carmen says:

    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. Jill says:

    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. Taigi says:

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

  27. Scott says:

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

  28. Vanessa says:

    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. Lawrence says:

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

  30. Brenda Bedford says:

    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. Dilara says:

    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 Gardner says:

    I take transit daily. Enough said.

  33. Sita says:

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

  34. Mike says:

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

  35. Michael says:

    It’s smart to be green.

  36. LYN says:

    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. Adam says:

    I don’t spend money I don’t have.

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