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Welcome to GTEC



  • 215 Children

    GTEC joins with the many individuals and organizations throughout BC who are acknowledging and honouring the grief of Indigenous Peoples at the discovery of the bodies of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. We also recognize that thousands of Indigenous children died or were killed in residential schools all across Canada.

    Click Here to watch a 3 minute video made from a PowerPoint courtesy of the West Coast Climate Action Network. The PowerPoint is also available for download on this page.

    GTEC acknowledges that we are located on the unceded traditional and ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

2021 Projects:

  • North Star for Youth

    An online program that connects youth to opportunities for summer employment, internships and other learning opportunities. The goal is to facilitate positive social engagement with a particular emphasis on opportunities in the green sector.

  • 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.

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.
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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.


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

Rewilding Still Creek: youth-led habitat restoration

Rewilding Still Creek: youth-led habitat restoration

Youth from the Environmental Youth Alliance have been contributing to the ongoing restoration of native habitat along Vancouver and Burnaby’s Still Creek as part of a three year project in partnership with Still Moon Arts Society. Vancouver once boasted an immense...

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Let’s Breathe! – How Indoor Air Affects Our Health

Let’s Breathe! – How Indoor Air Affects Our Health

Written by Kim McLeod and Diana Klein We spend approximately 90% of our time indoors so let’s consider the air quality of our indoor spaces and how the air we breathe impacts our lives. The choices we make in creating our indoor spaces can make the difference between...

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Sixth IPCC Assessment Report

Sixth IPCC Assessment Report

Briefing Notes Sixth IPCC Assessment Report: Implications and Responses Objective To provide an overview of the implications of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and actions that the Green Technology Education Centre proposes in response. About GTEC The Green...

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Climate Education Reform BC – Updates and Next Steps

Climate Education Reform BC – Updates and Next Steps

Republished with permission from CERBC August, 2, 2021 Following the successful launch of our Reform to Transform (R2T) campaign, Climate Education Reform BC has been continuing to further develop and promote our campaign, with several key milestones! Table of...

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The Nada Story on World Ocean’s Day – June 8, 2021

The Nada Story on World Ocean’s Day – June 8, 2021

(Re-printed courtesy of Nada Grocery - ) As a marine biologist, Nada’s CEO & Co-Founder, Brianne Miller, has witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of plastic on the environment. It’s estimated that 9.1 billion tons of plastic have...

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The Future of Green Technology

The Future of Green Technology

By Terry Stone: As a green tech entrepreneur what opportunities do you see a) for summer internships and b) entry level employment in the sector. The future of “Green Tech” is really just a different way of saying “the future”. All industries, and jobs, need to be...

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Generation Z Goes Electric

Generation Z Goes Electric

By Todd McGowan: Gen Z learners are intelligent, aware of social issues and concerned about the climate crisis….and they can brush their teeth using a mobile phone. They are also the next generation of drivers and will be pivotal in what happens in the transportation...

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Gavin Phillips and Small Things Add Up

Gavin Phillips and Small Things Add Up

Students from Kalamalka Secondary School in Vernon, BC and Hugh Boyd Secondary School in Richmond, BC are learning more about how electrified transportation can help save the planet in GTEC’s GenZ Electric Vehicle Education Project. During February and March groups 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.

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 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