Vancouver Island guide outlines ‘green’ resources

Online resource lists Greater Victoria, up-Island businesses and organizations

Going green has never been so easy, thanks to a new guide that points Islanders toward sustainable resources.

Vancouver Island Green Scene, the not-for-profit producers of the guide, is kicking off the initiative with a Sept. 9 networking lunch at the Victoria Marriott Hotel featuring guest speaker Green MLA Andrew Weaver.

Frances Litman, founder of the Creatively United For the Planet festival and Green Scene spokesperson, says the aim is to ensure Vancouver Island remains a healthy and beautiful place to live, work, eat and play.

“We’ve really wanted to see our green ‘scene’ develop and watch the area become more resilient,” she said. “And while events like the festival are great, we also wanted to keep the conversation going all year round.”

The online resource guide links viewers with values-based businesses, organizations and resources. Monthly lunch sessions and other events are planned to attract participation.

Litman encourages people to view the group’s website at vancouverislandgreenscene.org and consider becoming a member. She admits the application process is detailed (some businesses have been rejected), but says help is available.

“This really is a labour of love. We aren’t operating with any grants, but we feel we are giving a lot of value to the community, which is always growing.”

Register online for the lunch by Wedmesday (Sept. 4). Cost for non-members is $20.

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