Welcome to GTEC


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 provides community based education about sustainable technologies.


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

TWO Promote the adoption of green technologies through community education.

THREE Collaborate with like minded organizations that have similar objectives such as community agencies, universities and government departments.



(Neighbourhood Environmental Education Projects)

NEEPs respond to the critical need to:

Hasten the adoption of green technologies in the face of the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions

Make information about green technologies more widely accessible and understandable

Restore the presence of neighbourhood based community in a rapidly growing and densifying city

The current climate crisis requires a transformation of society on an unprecedented scale in order to preserve the sustainability of the planet and the integrity of its many and various societies. The window for change is rapidly closing and increasingly, governments at all levels agree that global warming has reached a crisis level. A timely response to this issue at all levels of society from individuals and their communities to government is required.

Thanks to Kitsilano Neighbourhood House staff for their help in developing the Neighbourhood Environmental Education Program and providing space free of charge.

Thanks to the Vancouver Foundation for its support of the Neighbourhood Environmental Education Project.

Enjoy becoming better informed and connect to members of your community.


Date/TimeGTEC Neighbourhood Environmental Education Project at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
Jan 20, 27 Feb 3, 10
7-9 pm
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House Support Group
After the Crisis and Hope Town Hall meeting November 18 we recognized that facing up to our challenging circumstances is no easy matter. To this end, Tom Heatherington would like to meet with those interested in a Neighbourhood Support Group at Kits House that would meeting four evenings to respond to the emotional issues we all face.
Click Here to Register for this Support Group.
Jan 22
7-9 pm
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House Community Solutions Meeting
This meeting is to take the excellent ideas that the Delphi process at the Kits House Crisis and Hope Town Hall Meeting on November 18 generated and further develop them into a community action plan.
Click Here to Register for this Community Solutions Meeting.
Feb 6
7-9 pm
Collingwood House Crisis and Hope Town Hall
The Green Technology Education Centre, in conjunction with Collingwood Neighbourhood House, is holding a NEEP (Neighbourhood Environmental Education Project) series of events each week starting January 20, 2020 with the Collingwood House Crisis and Hope Town Hall.

Residents of Collingwood are invited to express their feelings, thoughts, and emotions around the Climate Crisis, and work with other community members to form concrete action statements using the Delphi Process.
Click Here to Register for this Town Hall Meeting

The GTEC Reader is published online every two months as a free access publication providing the community with a forum for information, dialogue and reflections about environmental issues. Volume 1, Issue 2 became available on November 2, 2019.

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.

Latest Greatest GTEC Blogs

The Climate Crisis for the Ordinary Person

The Climate Crisis for the Ordinary Person

Introduction  At GTEC’s recent Town Hall I was surprised to meet several people who told me they were confused about the climate crisis. What is the situation exactly? Where do we stand? When I thought about the flood of information that we encounter everywhere we...

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Bandwidth, Urgency and Hot Networks

Bandwidth, Urgency and Hot Networks

“Not long ago, the Northwest Passage, the storied northern route from the Atlantic to the Pacific required an icebreaker to navigate it. During the summer of 2016, seventeen hundred people cruised through this passage aboard the Crystal Serenity, a diesel-powered...

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More Incentives for BC Drivers to Go Electric

More Incentives for BC Drivers to Go Electric

Written by Bill Stovin Are you thinking of buying an electric vehicle (EV)? Well, the province of British Columbia has just added a new incentive for higher-level charging stations at your house, condo/apartment building or workplace. It’s part of the BC Government’s...

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GTEC Goes Public

GTEC Goes Public

For the inaugural event in GTEC’s Neighbourhood Environmental Education program, people crowded into a room at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House on Wednesday night, October 2 to hear Sara Fralin from the Fraser Basin Council, Emotive program talk about electric vehicles....

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Climate Strike in Vancouver, BC

Climate Strike in Vancouver, BC

By Bill Stovin Former CBC Reporter It was about one o’clock on a bright, sunny afternoon. I wasn’t sure what to expect as my wife, Carola, and I set out for the Climate Strike in Vancouver. Our bus was clogged in traffic and was being redirected from its usual route...

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Autumn of Protest

Autumn of Protest

Autumn is in the air and the zeitgeist is unsettled. Greta has arrived in New York to talk to the United Nations. The Amazon rainforest is on fire. The Hong Kong young people take to the streets knowing they will face tear gas, rubber bullets and blue paint. They got...

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First Anniversary of Nada

First Anniversary of Nada

On last Thursday night, June 20 I dropped by the 1st Anniversary celebration of Nada, the package-less store at Fraser and Broadway. The founders of Nada are two young women, Brianne Miller and Alison Carr, refugees from graduate studies in marine biology, overcome by...

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Impressions of Green: The BC Green Party Convention of 2019

Impressions of Green: The BC Green Party Convention of 2019

After a harrowing few minutes lost in the industrial bowels of New Westminster along the Fraser River, former CBC reporter, Bill Stovin and I found and then stumbled into the Inn on the Quay, site of the Green’s 2019 party convention. It was the Friday afternoon of...

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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.

Brock Johnson LLB

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Brock Johnston is a commercial lawyer and partner at Clark Wilson LLP. With over 30 years of experience practicing law, Brock anticipates issues, identifies opportunities and develops effective solutions that support his clients’ objectives.  These are skills which Brock hopes to bring to bear on behalf of GTEC.

Brock has been "Expert-Ranked" in Infrastructure and Property Leasing and is "Best Lawyers Ranked" for Commercial Real Estate.

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 co-founding and serving as the founding Director of Gibsons Public Market and Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre. His many years in the Neighborhood House movement in Vancouver included 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 including the Building Community Society of Greater Vancouver, Aboriginal Mothers Centre, the Vancouver Police Dept’s Odd Squad Productions Society and Builders without Borders.

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.

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.


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.




Sapna Dayal

Board of Directors

Sapna is a CA, CPA with over 20 years of financial and business leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As Executive Director of imagine1day, Sapna devoted eight years of her career, from 2007-2015, to designing and leading the non-profit which provides access to quality education to children throughout Ethiopia.

Prior to that, she worked for 12 years with KPMG LLP across practice areas including assurance, corporate finance and international taxation, in Canada and Brazil. Currently, Sapna dedicates her time to Brass Token, a new mixed-media game developer she recently co-founded.

Green Technology Education Centre
c/o Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
2305 West 7th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y4