Environment

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor has been named one of The Starfish Canada Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 for 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich councillor named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25

Coun. Ned Taylor, three other young environmentalists from Greater Victoria on the list

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor has been named one of The Starfish Canada Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 for 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Large trees and vibrant foliage line Cormorant Point, one of Saanich’s many lookouts. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Nominations for the Saanich Environmental Awards open until April 15

Awards to be presented at the June 1 council meeting in the Saanich Council Chambers

Large trees and vibrant foliage line Cormorant Point, one of Saanich’s many lookouts. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The fully-loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo

Trucking company fined $175K for Kootenay creek fuel spill

Decision handed down last Friday in Nelson court

The fully-loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo
Jesse Zeman, BCWF director of fish and wildlife restoration, had the original idea to create an app after issues surrounding private land owners blocking access to public land presented themselves. (Photo submitted)

App for reporting poaching, trespassing gains steam in B.C. with 10,000 users

More than 10,000 users have downloaded it since it was introduced in 2016

Jesse Zeman, BCWF director of fish and wildlife restoration, had the original idea to create an app after issues surrounding private land owners blocking access to public land presented themselves. (Photo submitted)
B.C. man invents tree-planting alarm clock

B.C. man invents tree-planting alarm clock

If you wake up on time, you earn virtual seeds

B.C. man invents tree-planting alarm clock
Councillor Tony St. Pierre drives a an electric vehicle that is part of a car-sharing arrangement with neighbours. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)

Most of Sooke’s politicians sport ‘green’ rides

Transportation poll a small window on environmental commitments

Councillor Tony St. Pierre drives a an electric vehicle that is part of a car-sharing arrangement with neighbours. (Tim Collins - Sooke News Mirror)
Plastic straws are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. on Monday, June 4, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward

Plastics ban coming after Environment Canada science review backs need

In 2016, 29,000 tonnes of plastic garbage ended up as litter in Canada, report says

Plastic straws are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. on Monday, June 4, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
Arena operator Will Pearson demonstrates the electric Zamboni’s functions. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich swaps last propane-powered Zamboni for electric model

Pearkes arena’s all-electric ice resurfacing fleet to reduce carbon emissions by six tonnes

Arena operator Will Pearson demonstrates the electric Zamboni’s functions. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Patrick Gale, a teacher at EMCS, is taking the lead in a proposed environmental academy at the local high school. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)

New Sooke education academy focuses on environment, community

Program still requires school board approval

Patrick Gale, a teacher at EMCS, is taking the lead in a proposed environmental academy at the local high school. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)
Mount Douglas Park is home to part of Saanich’s urban forest. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich starts reserve fund to enhance municipality’s urban forest

Funds will go to planting more trees support urban canopy growth, outreach

Mount Douglas Park is home to part of Saanich’s urban forest. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
A new company in Victoria is hoping to offer a reusable option for coffee drinkers. (Facebook/The Nulla Project)

Victoria residents launch reusable coffee cup exchange program in downtown area

The Nulla Cup project is available at several downtown businesses

A new company in Victoria is hoping to offer a reusable option for coffee drinkers. (Facebook/The Nulla Project)
Pacific Northwest Transportation Services aims to have a zero-emission fleet by 2026. (File contributed/ pnwts.com)

Victoria shuttle service aims to use cruise ship waste as fuel

Pacific Northwest Transportation Services wants to have a zero emission fleet by 2026

Pacific Northwest Transportation Services aims to have a zero-emission fleet by 2026. (File contributed/ pnwts.com)
The City of Victoria has made significant changes to its tree preservation bylaw. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Property owners now required to pay $2,000 if they can’t replace removed trees

Significant amendments were made to the City of Victoria’s tree preservation bylaw

The City of Victoria has made significant changes to its tree preservation bylaw. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Cigarette butt cannisters have collected more than 100,000 butts since they were installed in 2018. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Thousands of cigarette butts collected and recycled from downtown Victoria

Canisters placed throughout the downtown core have made an impact on local litter

Cigarette butt cannisters have collected more than 100,000 butts since they were installed in 2018. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Saanich resident Melissa Hyland and her dog Butters enjoy a mild and moderately sunny day at Kings Park on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Saanich seeks cash from Capital Regional District to preserve Kings Park

Discussion set for CRD’s next Parks and Environment Committee meeting on Nov. 27

  • Nov 6, 2019
Saanich resident Melissa Hyland and her dog Butters enjoy a mild and moderately sunny day at Kings Park on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Coun. Sharmarke Dubow has filed a motion asking elected officials in the capital region to take transit as their sole means of transportation for one week. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)

Victoria councillor challenges elected officials to use public transit for a week

Only taking the bus for a week will give more insight into what needs to be done, Dubow says

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow has filed a motion asking elected officials in the capital region to take transit as their sole means of transportation for one week. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)
How to have an eek-o-friendly Halloween: buy bulk candy and get creative

How to have an eek-o-friendly Halloween: buy bulk candy and get creative

Local family shares tips and tricks to reduce plastic waste on this holiday

  • Oct 30, 2019
How to have an eek-o-friendly Halloween: buy bulk candy and get creative
The results of another Surfrider clean-up at Nigei Island. (Photo by Michelle Munkittrick)

Surfrider UVic plans cleanup above and below tide at Cadboro Bay

Scuba divers, surfers and kayakers are all lending a hand in cleaning up Victorias beaches

  • Oct 10, 2019
The results of another Surfrider clean-up at Nigei Island. (Photo by Michelle Munkittrick)
Charlotte Brady (left) and Anastasia Castro head the Kids For Plastic Free Canada. They were two of the students present at a special presentation to the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on Tuesday afternoon. (File contributed/ Margaret McCullough)

Victoria students, climate activists urge province for protection beyond a plastic bag ban

Kids for Plastic Free Canada, Surfridermeet with Minister of Environment and Climate Strategy

Charlotte Brady (left) and Anastasia Castro head the Kids For Plastic Free Canada. They were two of the students present at a special presentation to the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on Tuesday afternoon. (File contributed/ Margaret McCullough)
UVic Masters student, Desirée Bulger (middle) has been researching the effectiveness of artificial reefs (Tobias Scharvogel photo)

University student studies effects of artificial reefs made of sunken ships, planes

To preserve marine life eight ships and a plane have been deliberately sunk off the Island

  • Oct 5, 2019
UVic Masters student, Desirée Bulger (middle) has been researching the effectiveness of artificial reefs (Tobias Scharvogel photo)