2009 Conference Update

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Following on the heels of Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon's one-year 100 Mile Diet experiment, Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin are in the thick of their own challenge. After a bike tour down the Pacific Coast last year, the couple realized they hadn't missed all the "things" they had left at home while they were away. With that in mind, they pledged to try to buy no more "stuff" and produce zero landfill waste for one year.

Jen is a GIS analyst and marketing coordinator in the environmental sector and Grant is a music producer and film-maker. Their year-long endeavour to live a consumer-free, waste-free lifestyle was launched last July. They are tracking their challenge through a blog and a documentary film, entitled Taking out the Trash: the Clean Bin Project.

The couple will be at the Zero Waste Conference in Whistler to talk about their experiences over the past year and show clips from their film, which is due for release later this year. This is the perfect opportunity to get a sneak peek of the film and find out first-hand what it's been like to live zero waste and forego everyday items we consider ‘necessities'.

The end of their zero waste year is coming up quickly, on Canada Day in fact. Come learn whether Jen and Grant will breathe a sigh of relief to have finally reached the end, or if their new lifestyle has taken hold and they'll continue to maintain their firm rules about needless purchasing.


RCBC is proud to announce the winners for this year's MOBI Awards, recognizing excellence in environmental stewardship. Join us at the Annual Gala on Thursday evening as we honour these recipients:  

Debbie Smith and Jane Amstutz - Bench Elementary School's Make a Difference Club

Individual Citizen
Beth Ringdahl - Red Dot Campaign

Private Sector
Staples Advantage

Public Sector
BC Liquor Distribution Branch

Non-Profit Organization
Developmental Disabilities Association

Make a Difference students - Bench Elementary School, Cowichan Bay

Journalists and Media
Rafe Mair



RCBC's 35th annual conference is coming up fast, and this year we have two tours on offer for the Wednesday morning...

Whistler's Callaghan Valley composting facility was previously located near Squamish. Due to the growth of the town the operation was moved last year to a new site. This large operation, run by RCBC member Carney Waste Systems, efficiently and effectively handles the commercial and residential waste organics from the Sea to Sky corridor and the resort municipality of Whistler. Join us for a guided tour of the facility.

The Whistler Sliding Centre, located in the Fitzsimmons Valley on the southeast slope of Blackcomb Mountain, will witness the breakneck speed and thrills of the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton races during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Join us for a guided sneak preview tour and tell your friends you saw it first!

Sign up for tours at [email protected].


Here are the various ways you can get to Whistler (many of which are eco-friendly!):

Bus Options
Pacific Coach Lines
Perimeter Whistler Express
Greyhound Coach Lines
1-800-661-TRIP (8747)
Local Whistler Transit
Whistler Mountaineer 1-888-687-RAIL (7245)
HWY 99 Road Updates 1-604-775-1100

Interested in carpooling to the conference? Contact us at [email protected], and we will make every effort to set something up. Tell us whether you are a driver or wish to be a passenger.


For more information

For general conference inquiries, contact Ben Ramos at 604.683.6009 ext. 314 or email [email protected] or visit our conference page.

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