- 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.
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
By Ross Thrasher The latest COVID19 mortality projections from the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation cover the next 100 days, to April 1, 2021. This will likely be the deadliest period in the history of the pandemic. IHME forecasts a worldwide average of...
This is the text of GTEC Board member, Dr. Linda Thyer’s talk to Vancouver City Council about the Vancouver Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP). Good evening Mr. Mayor and Councillors, and thank you for the opportunity to speak from the unceded territories of the...
Over the past several months GTEC, represented by my capable Executive Assistant, participated in a community consultation process about the City of Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP). The plan originated in the City’s formal recognition of the climate...
by Ross Thrasher OMG, global pandemic cases have topped 500,000 in three of the past four days. This is unprecedented territory. For the month of October the worldwide totals are 13M new cases and 200K deaths (both one-month records). This brings the overall COVID...
The GTEC Board of Directors
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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