The BCSLA Present “Green Tie Gala” Celebrating 50 Years of Green Building

March 19, 2014 | Blog 

The BCSLA Present “Green Tie Gala” Celebrating 50 Years of Green BuildingFor this week’s story we wanted to change direction and take a moment to reflect. This year the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) celebrates 50 years of practice within our profession.

Our President John Riley and his wife Annette are very much looking forward to celebrating this milestone occasion and we thought we would take this opportunity to look back at what has happened 50 years ago to create the BCSLA.

The BCSLA was founded in 1964 by a group of individuals with backgrounds in landscape architecture, construction, plant science, horticulture, nursery production, and architecture. The early members of the BCSLA were instrumental in shaping the way we work today, contributing to the development of the municipal approvals process, and actively participating in the founding of Advisory Design Panels in a number of municipalities. With the introduction of provincial legislation in 1968, landscape architecture became an essential component of the development process in many municipal jurisdictions.

Today, the profession continues to grow, and built works showcase the increasingly varied work of landscape architects.

Here in Vancouver we are incredibly lucky to have so many exceptional examples of urban landscapes that sometimes we take it for granted. I want to encourage you to take some time this week to appreciate the marvellous landscapes that exist in your neighbourhood, be it at home or at work. These amazing spaces do not happen by accident, and they are the result hard work and dedication of the members of the BCSLA. We are proud to be supporting the Green Tie Gala event that takes place on April 25th 2014 commencing at 5.30pm at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street.

When you attend you will be sure to see some friends and faces that you haven’t seen in a while and meet new people with whom you share a passion. There is also a fun theme this year. Everyone attending is to wear a Green Tie or item for the ladies as part of the celebrations you will be invited to party til the wee hours with a live jazz performance, special guests and much more. For more information go to the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects website here.

Green Tip of the Week: eCycle it! Take your old computer, DVD player, or other electronics to an electronics recycling center. Reusing and recycling materials like copper, gold, and others saves natural resources and reduces mining and processing. eCycling also helps avoid land, air, and water pollution by capturing and reusing hazardous substances such as lead or chromium

Weekly Update: We have just returned from a road trip out east. We will bring you more on this soon

Upcoming Events: BC Land Summit May 15 and May 16th