Strathcona Green Resource Park: “Unused Vancouver parking lot now a horn of plenty”Read more
|Location:||Hastings and Clark|
|Partners:||Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA)|
Projects In Place was approached to assist the SBIA with the Strathcona Green Zone Resource Park. The BIA received funding from Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver to develop a Zero Waste Challenge and a Commercial Recycling and Composting pilot program.
1. to divert maximum waste from landfill;
2. to handle the diverted materials locally;
3. to save money for the businesses;
4. to create local green jobs.
The Resource Park transformed a vacant parking lot into an urban ecosystem of waste diversion and food production. Cedar sheds house reusable materials, a recycling holding station, and composting units. The rest of the site is a community-driven co-op style urban farm, developed and managed by residents of the Downtown Eastside.
Recyclables and re-usable materials are collected to this central location for pick-up, lessening the load on individual hauling contracts and recyclable materials being discarded as garbage. Kitchen food scraps are collected and composted using Jora Kompost systems and vermiculture.
• 8 cedar sheds to house recyclables, reusables and composting systems;
• A series of living green walls from Green Technologies donated by Environmental Youth Alliance
• Urban Farm comprised of 36 planters.;
• A public mini-park.
Projects In Place organized a volunteer build to assemble the cedar sheds. Volunteer groups included the SBIA, INGDirect, Cobalt Engineering, Sunbury Cedar, Horizon Landscape Contractors, Barrick Gold, Vanglo Design + Build and Projects in Place members and volunteers.
"Their passion for greening the inner city has helped develop new opportunities for the residents of the DTES and brought the idea of sustainability to the inner city."