Welcoming Jao, Our New Communications & Operations Manager


Jao_Profile_compressed.jpegGrowing up in Vancouver, it was inevitable that I would fall in love with the forests and mountains that surround the city. Overtime, my interests in our environment has developed into a passion for sustainability and protecting spaces and places so that everyone can enjoy them.

With this in mind, I began my undergraduate studies at SFU as a major in Communication with minors in Resource & Environmental Management and Publishing. Over the years I have focused on topics such as urban space reactivation, social sustainability, and environmental communication. While my background is in graphic design and multimedia, my passion is in sustainability.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for you, our members, in creating a creative, fun, and inclusive environment to grow as sustainability leaders. I look forward to helping our community grow and adopt sustainable lifestyles.

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Volunteer of the Semester: Getting to know Queenie!

hi.jpgQueenie Lei is the first recipient of Volunteer of the Semester for Summer 2017. This award ‘Volunteer of the Semester’ is given to an Embark volunteer that has been involved with Embark for at least 2 consecutive semesters and recognizes that the individual has gone above and beyond in their role as a volunteer. Since 2013, Queenie has been involved with the Communications Media team and below is an interview where she will share what she has learned in her roles as a blog writer and a communication assistant.  

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Welcoming Rachel, the Sustainability Peer Program Coordinator!

Rachel_Chimuka_-_fav_-_80.pngI am excited to be working at Embark as the Sustainability Peer Program Coordinator (SPPC) for the 2017 – 2018 year. I am in my 4th year in Environmental Science, concentrating in Environmental Earth Systems, and I am an aspiring climate scientist.

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Make a Difference Before You’ve Even Finished Your Morning Coffee

Screen_Shot_2017-08-17_at_9.27.57_PM.pngRoll up the rim just ended last month, and I didn't win any free donuts or coffees. A fact which I’m ok with if it means millions of coffee cups can be diverted from being put into landfills this year. The average coffee cup is used for 10 to 15 minutes, after which it spends ~500 years in a landfill. Considering an astounding 1.6 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown out each year in Canada alone, this is tremendous.

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Groundwater Contamination


paul-morris-224493.jpgGroundwater accounts for 30% of the world’s source of freshwater and around 2 billion people rely on it. Did you know that about 30% of Canadians rely on groundwater for domestic use? That number includes around 29% of British Columbia, 67% of New Brunswick and all of Prince Edward Island. What these numbers show us is that clean groundwater is of vital importance even to a country like Canada where there is an abundance of clean surface water in most parts of it. 

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Remembering Canada's Orcas

killer-whales-591130_960_720.jpgJuly 1st, 2017 marked the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and brought with it the objections and celebrations of many Canadians. With all the protests and hype leading up to it, however, those of us in B.C. might have missed another important celebration; for 11 years, June has been a month for Washington to raise awareness and celebrate the orcas of the Salish Sea.

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Think Sustainable: Think Seafood

foodiesfeed.com_salmon-fillets_(1).jpgWith World Ocean Day just having passed, it’s well time we start thinking about how we can eat more sustainably when it comes to our seafood. With the massive problems the oceans already face, beginning with the massive garbage patches found in the world’s gyres, and ending with ocean acidification, the least we can do is begin to think sustainably in terms of what kind of seafood we are choosing to consume.

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Welcoming Tessa, Embark's New Programs Manager!

Tessa.jpgA few days ago, I started the preparation and training to become Embark’s new Programs Manager. I’d like to share with you the journey that led me to this role.

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Redirecting Grocery Store Food Waste

Screen_Shot_2017-06-04_at_8.08.53_PM.pngIt’s a situation that all of us have found ourselves in - discovering food buried in the back of the fridge or pantry, looking at the expiration date, and guiltily tossing it away. One household alone can accumulate a fair amount of disposed of food over the course of a year, so just how much food winds up in landfills across the province? The simple answer - far too much. In BC, 28% of waste in landfills is comprised of organic product, despite an organics ban in Metro Vancouver.

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Food Recovery

tumblr_onl5e6RhQ51v05htgo1_1280.jpgWhen my friend Anna invited me to a film screening event hosted by Embark of the movie Just Eat It last year, I didn't realize the path it would put me on. Flash forward to today and I am seven months into a food recovery non-profit organization named Food Stash Foundation that has grown to have collected over 80,000 lbs of leftover food from thirty-six different stores and delivered it to twenty-six different charities throughout Vancouver with the help of 12 weekly volunteers. 

 

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