on Friday, January 20, 2017
As 2016 came to an end and with the New Year now well underway, we reflected on the customers and communities we serve, within our rental buildings, among our valued residents and staff, and amidst the community at-large. The Hollyburn Properties team believes in strong family and community values, and each year we work to embody those values by providing quality homes, contributing to vibrant neighbourhoods and offering rewarding careers that empower our staff to give back.
We’ve put together an annual newsletter, which highlights some positive projects, milestones, events, and initiatives that were achieved in 2016. For example, did you know that Hollyburn Properties completed Bridgewater, our first new construction purpose-built rental building in August, bringing 130 new rental suites to the City of North Vancouver? (And that two additional rental projects were approved for North and West Vancouver.) Or that we conducted a full LED lighting retrofit for all Vancouver building hallways, including motion-censors in parkades, reducing Hollyburn’s energy consumption for lighting by a whopping 61%?
These achievements and many more to discover in the 2016 Hollyburn Herald, available here for download:
Hollyburn Herald - 2016 (6650 KB)
on Sunday, December 25, 2016
on Friday, December 23, 2016
The busy holiday season is now in full swing as we move into the fourth month of the City of Toronto and Hollyburn Properties’ Waste Reduction Challenge. Officially named the ‘Mayor’s Towering Challenge’, the initiative was launched to motivate Torontonians living in multi-family apartment buildings to do their part in diverting waste and to help reach a collective goal of diverting 70% of the City’s waste from landfill.
The holidays are a time of family, friends, festivities and food, and can also be a time of increased consumption, consumerism, waste and garbage. Here are a few tips for keeping your holidays as environmentally friendly as possible:
- Everyone loves receiving homemade baking from neighbours and friends. Did you know that cookie tins, pie plates and aluminum pans can all be washed and thrown in the recycling bin?
- All food waste, including meat, bones, fat, eggshells, crusts, and leftovers can all be placed in the green organics bin.
- If you do opt to use plastic disposable cups, utensils and plates, they can be rinsed off and thrown in the blue recycling bin.
- Used paper plates, napkins and even compostable take-out containers can be thrown right into the green organics bin.
- When the gifts are all open, throw the wrapping paper and plastic bags into a large recycling bag and put it out with your blue bin.
With these small habits in place, we can easily do our part to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Hollyburn is running a Waste Reduction Quiz until Dec. 31st. Fill out this 5-question quiz for a chance to win a $100 gift basket from Fresh City Farms!
on Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Gordon Neighbourhood House (GNH) is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End that has served as a community hub since 1942. GNH offers a wide range of services and programs to people in the surrounding community, including the UBC Legal Advice Program, Family Workshops and Events, English Conversation Circle, Free Counselling, a Community Income Tax Program, Seniors Programming, and much more.
Hollyburn Properties began a community partnerships with Gordon Neighbourhood House three years ago. Each year in December, the two partners have hosted a holiday lunch for seniors in the West End. 150 guests are invited in three seatings for a turkey meal with all of the fixings. Hollyburn Properties head office staff volunteer their time to set up the event, serve the meals, and interact with guests to celebrate the holiday spirit of charity and community. This year, Hollyburn hired Pixta, a roaming photobooth company, to take photos of all attendees and print out unlimited copies of images as take-aways. Many lasting friendships are formed each year!
The holiday lunch is a very special event, as many of the seniors are isolated and live alone. This annual community gathering provides an opportunity to relax, socialize and be treated to a delicious hot meal. But that’s not all! Sunshine for Seniors, an initiative by West End Families, sources gifts and donations from local businesses to package up in stockings that are distributed to every guest who attends. Three groups of children from Lord Roberts Elementary School come to surprise the guests by singing Christmas carols, and then distribute the homemade stockings filled with love. Watch the video to see it all in action:
Sunshine for seniors 2016 from Dennis Wilkinson on Vimeo.
Hollyburn also provides community garden space at several apartment buildings across Vancouver, and our landscaping team helps out by building custom 3.5 ft by 12 ft raised wooden garden containers. The food grown is used in GNH's in-house kitchen for community meals.
Thank you, Gordon Neighbourhood House, for allowing us to participate in the good-will that takes place here year-round! We’ll be back next year!
on Wednesday, December 14, 2016
What we do in our limited time on this earth matters. Especially when it comes to waste and waste reduction. Did you know that almost half of the City of Toronto’s residents live in condos, co-ops and apartment buildings, yet they recycle and compost only 27% of their waste? This is especially startling when compared to single-family homes, which divert 65% of their waste from landfills by recycling and composting.
The City of Toronto hopes to improve those figures and have multi-residential apartment and condo buildings reach a waste diversion goal of 70% via initiatives such as The Mayor’s Waste Challenge – a challenge that targets landlords and residents to get informed, involved and to become part of the solution to our growing landfill problem. As consumers, we all have an important part to play in this goal, and it begins with conscious purchasing decisions that support waste reduction principles.
Diverting garbage doesn’t have to be complicated or take up a lot of time. Some simple changes can get us well on our way to reaching the 70% goal. For example, did you know all food waste and kitty litter waste can be put in the green organics bin? This includes meat, fish, compostable containers (yay Whole Foods!) and so much more. However, beware of mixing the wrong items in the wrong bins. Last year, an estimated 45,000 tonnes of garbage was mistakenly put into recycling. How bad is it? Bad enough that mistakenly placing items in the wrong bins, or not cleaning containers property, can damage equipment, cause workplace injuries at the recycling facility and ruin otherwise perfectly good recyclables. Click here for a list of what is accepted in green, blue and garbage bins.
The City of Toronto also has a hazardous waste pick up program called the Toxic Taxi. Batteries, light bulbs, paint and cooking oil can all be dropped off to your Hollyburn Resident Manager’s office in designated bins for Toxic Taxi pick up. Items must be separated and liquids must have a lid.
Electronic waste (or e-waste) must be donated, separated in your recycle bin for City pick up, or disposed of at your local electronics store. E-waste is anything electronic, ranging from old VCR’s, microwaves, computers, televisions and cell phones.
With these small changes in mind, there is no reason we can’t collectively lower the amount of garbage we send to landfill. For more tips and tricks, visit the City of Toronto Mayor’s Towering Challenge website.
Are you a waste reduction pro in the City of Toronto? Take this quick 5-question quiz for the chance to win a local, organic gift basket from our Value-Added Partner Fresh City Farms, valued at over $100! The quiz will run from Dec. 15th – Dec. 31st 2016, with the prize being drawn in the first week of January.
Prize Winner: Congratulations to Nancy Carnide! Thank you to everyone who took part in the quiz. Follow us on social to stay informed about upcoming contests!