Green Technology Education Centre - Sustainability Education Community

Welcome to GTEC

EDUCATION   SUSTAINABILITY   COMMUNITY

2020 Projects:

  • Kits House Winter 2020 NEEP Events (January – March)
    Neighbourhood Environmental Education Project

    Community based education about environmental issues. Included town halls and community support groups.

  • Rebuilding BC (March – September)

    A well-received report developed by the GTEC Council for the Green New Economy. Rebuilding BC provides a practical roadmap to a green, post-Covid economic recovery.

  • Gen Z Goes Electric (ongoing)

    Funded by the Fraser Basin Council, Emotive BC program this project delivers education about electric vehicles to BC’s next generation of drivers via GTEC’s unique AI based application.

The GTEC Reader is published on this website and emailed to subscribers every two months as a free access publication providing the community with a forum for information, dialogue and reflections about environmental issues. Past issues are accessible through the Main Navigation Menu of this website at the top of every page.
Subscribe to the GTEC Reader here.

Environmental Assessment Software:

A collaborative project of GTEC and Lunge Inc. Environmental Assessment Software (EAS) provides individuals and communities with a means of assessing and improving their ecological footprint.

GTEC is…

A Model for Sustainable Urban Living and Healthy Community
in the Rapidly Changing World of the 21st Century

VISION: The Green Technology Education Centre is at the forefront of solutions to the social and environmental challenges of our time.

MISSION: GTEC informs, supports and activates communities in responding to the climate crisis.

GTEC’S OBJECTIVES ARE:

ONE Design, develop and present public education materials about green technology.

TWO Promote the adoption of green technologies through community education.

THREECollaborate with organizations that have similar objectives such as community agencies, universities and government departments.

Latest Greatest GTEC Blogs

Pandemic Update

Pandemic Update

By Ross Thrasher After five months of steady increases in new coronavirus cases and deaths across the planet, both curves have begun to bend downward in February. The world's increment during the shortest month has been 12.5 million infections and 300,000 fatalities....

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Employment in the Green New Economy

Employment in the Green New Economy

by Arden Henley There is now wide agreement that the world’s economy is in transition to a much lower carbon emission future. This will increasingly mean changes in employment opportunities. Some jobs, such as those in the fossil fuel sector, will become less...

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Cleantech Manufacturing in BC

Cleantech Manufacturing in BC

By Ken McFarlane This is a response to Andrea Reimer’s recent National Observer article - https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/02/18/opinion/cleantech-bcs-100-billion-dollar-opportunity The article itself refers to KPMG’s third BC Cleantech Report Card. As with most...

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Herd Immunity

Herd Immunity

By Ross Thrasher The goal of "herd immunity" against COVID-19, whereby enough people are protected (by vaccines or recovery from infection) that the disease no longer circulates. may not be truly achievable in 2021. It is believed that at least two-thirds of the...

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Virus Evolution

Virus Evolution

By Ross Thrasher There are growing global worries about the development of new strains of the COVID-19 virus. The variant originally detected in the United Kingdom, labelled B117, has now spread around the world. This variant seems to be 50% more contagious than the...

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Pandemic Fatigue

Pandemic Fatigue

by Ross Thrasher Pandemic fatigue is popping up all over the planet, with widespread street protests, violations of closure restrictions, even torching a testing facility in the Netherlands. The economic and psychological costs of lockdowns are driving people to...

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Age and Infection Fatality Rates (IFR)

Age and Infection Fatality Rates (IFR)

By Ross Thrasher The world is now approaching 100 million COVID-19 cases, and 2.1 million have died from the pandemic. So the global Infection Fatality Rate is just over 2%. But the age distribution of this IFR is heavily skewed. A recent analysis of 27 studies across...

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COVID at the Outset of 2021

COVID at the Outset of 2021

By Ross Thrasher 2020 has truly been a year of living dangerously, as the coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a halt and killed millions.  We have seen the limitations of voluntary compliance with public-health guidelines, and the perilous consequences of...

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CleanBC Go Electric EV Infrastructure Rebates

CleanBC Go Electric EV Infrastructure Rebates

World-Leading Assistance for Garage Orphans Vancouver, BC December 22, 2020 – for immediate release Time is running out for residential building owners to benefit from world-leading funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.  At risk: millions of dollars in...

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The GTEC Board of Directors

Arden Henley

Chairman, Board of Directors

Arden Henley is former a Vice President of City University of Seattle and Principal of Canadian Programs. Arden has a BA from McMaster, an MA from Duquesne in Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from SFU.

Well known for his innovative leadership style and thought-provoking presentations, Arden has practiced Organizational Development and Family Therapy for over 35 years and consulted broadly with community and government agencies. His recently published book entitled "Social Architecture: Notes & Essays" summarizes his experience as both a Therapist and Organization Development Consultant.

Terry Stone

VP, Board of Directors

An enthusiastic professional with 20 years experience in Business Management and Marketing, Terry is passionate about leaving the planet in better shape than when he got here. As an avid hiker, he loves the saying “leave only footprints and take only pictures”.

He has enjoyed working in life safety, green-building, alternative energy, and sustainability. Still searching for the way he can make the largest impact, he offers GTEC — critical thinking, problem-solving and strategic planning.

Stephanie Yu

Board of Directors

Stephanie Yu is an author, podcaster, and social media wellness blogger who is passionate about authenticity and self-love.

But her love for Mother Earth and this universe which has been her greatest teacher is what drew her towards GTEC, and she is so excited to be a part of this revolutionary project.

Norman Sam

Secretary, Board of Directors

Formally educated at BCIT and UBC in Management and Finance, Norman’s careers and businesses continue to span the spectrum from fitness and corporate wellness, to real estate development and technology start-up. Complementing these activities, Norman has also volunteered extensively with various non-profit and community service organizations. The common narrative among this diverse range of activities is a passion and desire to make his community and the world a better place. Norman currently lives in Vancouver with his wife Kristal.

Mary Charleson

Board of Directors

Mary Charleson is a Marketing Speaker, Educator, and Strategist. She is the author of fiveminutemarketing.com Blog and weekly newsletter, featuring marketing tips for the time starved entrepreneur. Mary has two books: "Word of Mouth Mouse & Mobile" (2013) and "Five-Minute Marketing" (2010). She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the Global Speakers Federation. Mary delivers keynotes and presentations for private companies, associations, and conferences.

Gerry Zipursky

Board of Directors

Gerry’s extensive career in Community Development and Community Leadership includes many years in the Neighborhood House movement in Vancouver working at Gordon Neighborhood House, Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House, as well as being the founding Executive Director of South Vancouver Neighborhood House. He was the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver for 22 years. Gerry has also been a consultant to a wide range of community organizations and Boards.

Tom Heatherington MSW

Board of Directors

Tom recently retired from a forty-year career as a counsellor and Director in community and social services.

He was a sessional instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley and The Justice Institute of BC.

Tom is an e-bike enthusiast and has a keen interest in urban agriculture. He conducted self-directed study on Cuban urban horticulture and helped to establish community gardens in the Tri-cities.

Mary Kean

Board of Directors

Mary Kean recently retired from practicing couple and family counseling in Vancouver. Mary was also on the faculty of City U Canada since the beginning of the Masters of Counseling Program which she assisted in founding. She has taught in public schools, universities and colleges and other venues.

A Committee Chairman and member of the AMSSA Board of Directors, Mary also served on the Boards of Peak House and the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association (VEVA) as Vice President.

Todd McGowan

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Todd McGowan is an education leader, outdoor adventurer and sustainability specialist. He lived and worked in Ethiopia helping design and implement English language teacher trainings in the Southern Region of the country. He was the Education Director and part of the design team for a 430-acre sustainable community development in Sechelt, BC that combined lifelong learning (including an international high school), senior living, agriculture, affordable housing, an eco-adventure park, an artisan community and a waterfront village along with vast greenspace and trail networks. The development aspired to be the most sustainable community in North America and support the 7 dimensions of wellness: Social, Emotional, Environmental, Spiritual, Physical, Occupational and Intellectual.

Neal Mutadi

Board of Directors

Dr. Neal Mutadi is the president of NCEA, an organization dedicated to quality education. He served as director of Canadian programs with City University and as a sessional instructor at UBC. He also served as principal, director of education & deputy superintendent of schools in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Neal has a doctorate from Brigham Young University (Utah), and has published articles in leading educational magazines in the United States & Canada. He worked his whole life with community groups including the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Green Technology Education Centre
c/o Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
2305 West 7th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y4
Canada
604-317-4128
info@gteccanada.ca