This Sunday, December 5 there is a new event happening at Holland Park. Lighted Big Rigs from around BC will be arriving in Downtown Surrey at 6:30 and will be staying until just after 8 pm.
In addition to special guests, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, there will be music, facepainting and other surprises.
Bring an unwrapped toy or some non-perishable food or even cash donations. The Surrey Christmas Bureau and the Surrey Food Bank will be on hand to collect your contributions.
The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) recognizes that, as sustainability has grown in importance within the City of Surrey and the Lower Mainland as a whole, there are many opportunities for business to get involved in initiatives and work towards greater sustainability.
It’s not about being perfectly sustainable tomorrow – it’s about making more sustainable choices more often. Putting sustainability on your to do list can help you save money on your energy, water and waste bills as well as help you attract the growing number of consumers that would rather buy sustainable products and services.
How can you get started? Assess where you are at and set goals for the future. For example, if you want to tackle energy use, first you should measure your current energy usage and set a goal for reduction (ex: 10% reduction over the following year).
See the list below for a sample of the many tips and resources available to businesses. Pick one…get started today!
- Upgrade to energy efficient technology and save money on your energy bill! (lights, refrigerators, stoves etc.
- Get a rebate from BC Hydro’s Product Incentive Program www.bchydro.com/incentives or 1 866 522 4731 Example: BC Hydro offers a $55 incentive for businesses to upgrade from a Incandescent Exit Sign to a LED Exit Sign
- Turn off appliances when not in use
- Plug everything into a switchable power bar and switch off at night
- Improve the insulation of your building – ex caulk / weather strip windows and doors
- Check out more tips: Power Smart Tips for saving energy in your business
- Restaurants, check out Restaurant Energy Saving Tips (Washington State University Extension Energy Program) http://www.energyideas.org/documents/factsheets/03_022_Rest_Tips_fct.pdf
- Default your printer to double sided printing
- Buy products with less packaging
- Buy recycled materials – ex paper products: recycled printing paper, napkins, toilet paper
- Consider recycling non refundable plastics and metal
- Restaurants: be sure to recycle your oil
- Free oil pick up – Earthworks Canada http://earthworkscanada.com/bc/
- Restaurants: offer optional smaller portions on your menu, provide incentives for people to bring their own take out containers
- Check out other waste reduction tips at: Quick Tips: Waste Prevention Ideas That Save You $$$ http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/ReduceWaste/Business/QuickTip.htm
- Restaurants also check out: Food for thought – Waste reduction in the Restaurant Industry (Greater Vancouver Regional District) http://www.p2pays.org/ref/03/02905.pdf
- Upgrade to water efficient appliances
- Use water efficient taps and replace aerators
- Check for and repair leaks. For toilets put blue food colouring in toilet tank and if the bowl turns blue you have a water leak.
- Put a toilet bladder into toilet tank. You can buy toilet bladders that displace water in your toilet tank so that less water is used per flush. A jar of water, or a brick work as well
- Soak dishes and utensils rather than using running water
- Only run dishwasher when it is full
- Restaurants, check out more tips at:
Water Efficiency Checklist for Restaurants (City of Tampa, Florida website) http://www.tampagov.net/dept_Water/information_resources/Efficiency_checklists/restaurant_water_efficiency_checklist.asp
- Check out more tips at Business.Gov (US website) http://www.business.gov/manage/green-business/energy-efficiency/energy-saving/water-conservation.html
- Get Local BC
- For restaurants try buying from: Two Ee’s Farm http://foodpages.ca/TwoEesFarm , or Heppell’s Potato Corp http://www.heppells.ca/
- Metro Vancouver’s Business Guide to Eco-efficiency: 10 Strategies to Maximizing Efficiency, Improving Profits and Competitiveness http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/publications/Publications/TenStrategies1.pdf
- Metro Vancouver’s Sustainable Purchasing Guide http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/publications/Publications/SustainablePurchasing1.pdf
Feel free to leave your comments, questions, or suggestions below!
For those of you who were looking forward to seeing Wizard of Oz on August 7th, be prepared to dust off your ruby slippers & follow the Yellow Brick Road!
Wizard of Oz has been rescheduled to Friday August 20 at Holland Park!
See below for the updated schedule on our poster:
Come join us next week (August 14) for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!
There will be library story telling, spaghetti eating contest, and more!
Due to the rainy weather we are experiencing, today’s (August 7th) Movies Under the Stars featuring Wizard of Oz will be POSTPONED until further notice. We will announce the new date for Wizard of Oz when we can!
We still have THREE more movies nights every Saturday in August!
Please join us for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball next week (August 14) in Holland Park! 🙂
For the City of Surrey, this has been a long time coming: a spankin’ new City Hall building is set to change the way City officials interact and engage with their citizens. Plans for City Hall were unveiled June 29, 2010 at a press conference held in SFU Surrey.
Designed by Kasian, the new City Hall will incorporate the new Surrey Public Library building and a potential building for mixed use purposes. A public plaza with a large outdoor screen complete the finishing touches to the new Civic Centre design. And with SFU Surrey within mere walking distance, the new City Centre will be lively, thriving and communal.
Slip on your ruby shoes and follow the yellow brick road to Holland Park as the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association welcomes all brainless scarecrows, heartless tin men, cowardly lions, Munchkins and witches to the Sixth Annual Movies Under the Stars on Saturday, August 7th .
Presented by Prospera Credit Union, Movies Under the Stars’ first movie feature this summer is The Wizard of Oz. The fun starts at 4:30pm, including entertainment, activities and crafts, oh my! The movie begins at dusk.
The BIA is also hosting a costume contest for the dedicated fans, so be sure to dress up as your favourite Wizard of Oz character. Come green, or as an animal or maybe as the Wonderful Wizard himself.
This free community event attracts a variety of people – from families, to seniors, to teenagers, to university students – Movies Under the Stars is guaranteed to bring you a different movie watching experience. On a warm August night what could be more fun than watching a movie on a big, inflatable screen outdoors?
Make yourself at home by bringing your own blankets, lawn chairs and umbrellas. Refreshments will be available at the North Surrey Lions Club barbecue but feel free to bring your own basket full of goodies.
The Downtown Surrey BIA will be hosting movies every Saturday in August at Holland Park in Surrey. Holland Park is located at the corner of King George Boulevard and Old Yale Road across the street from the King George Skytrain Station.
Schedule of Movies:
- August 7, 2010: The Wizard of Oz
- August 14, 2010: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
- August 21, 2010: The Last Song (with Miley Cyrus)
- August 28, 2010: How to Train Your Dragon
Never did we expect the incredible response we had this Canada Day! As we were setting up our arts and crafts tent, aspiring artists and crafters arrived early and stayed late. We could barely keep up with the supply and demand throughout the day! We were making visors to shield the sun (or the rain) and bookmarks to decorate your books. But, our best selling craft that were our maple leaf wands. The day was spent scotch taping, glitter glueing, ribbon tying and all kinds of tomfoolery.
Intern Marie managed to venture the Cloverdale grounds and took some pictures. They should be on the website in a couple of days. Intern Sarah was most excited about the proximity of the face painting station and sported a nice looking design all day. Intern Melanie experienced nostalgia as Charlotte Diamond charmed the children (and herself) on the main stage.
We would also like to send a special, special thanks to all of our volunteers that day. Without their help and enthusiasm, we would have had a lot of upset kids with no crafts in their hands and sadness in their hearts. Thanks to all who made Canada’s 143rd birthday bash the biggest and best one yet!
No rest for the wicked it seems! The Downtown Surrey BIA office is a buzz for this upcoming weekend.
SATURDAY JULY 10 marks the very first Q Fest in downtown Surrey! Organized by Quattro and the Downtown Surrey BIA, this guaranteed block party will surely be fun in the sun, as residents of downtown Surrey welcome their new neighbours into the area. It’s about neighbours meeting neighbours, new residents getting together with old residents in the area and having a grand old time.
There will be plenty of information about the area, as many organizations and groups will be present. Look for the RCMP, BC Hydro, Surrey Parks & Rec, The Surrey Now, Surrey Food Bank Society and Cinemazoo among many others. Activities will include face painting and live entertainment in the forms of singing, dancing and martial art-ing (courtesy of Sun Hang Do) . We hope to see on Saturday! Be sure to say hi to us DS BIA gals (Interns Melanie and Sandra, Tracey, Bonnie).
Starting around noon, the shindig is located on WHALLEY BOULEVARD (E Whalley Ring Road) between 107A and 108 Avenue.
SUNDAY JULY 11 marks the Annual Surrey Pride Festival featuring live bands entertainment, community/business booths, food vendors and much more! The Downtown Surrey BIA will be there with an inflatable, bouncy castle and crafts for everyone. Finish the weekend off right by celebrating diversity and equality at the Pride Festival. We hope to see you on Sunday as well! Say hi to us at our DS BIA tent (Interns Sarah and Marie, Tracey, Bonnie).
Located at HOLLAND PARK, the fun stars at 11:30am until 5:00pm.
We look forward to seeing you in Downtown Surrey this weekend!
ETA: Sorry, wrong dates were previously posted. This has been corrected.
The Surrey Urban Farmer’s Market is in full swing and all the vendors await your visit. The lure of fresh produce should entice any taste buds, while the baked goods, unique gifts and book exchange should tempt any passerby to stop and look.
The Downtown Surrey BIA office is already addicted to the large boxes of inexpensively purchased and locally grown strawberries. The baked goods have already racked up great reviews and Intern Marie has bought some basil for her much anticipated pesto pasta.
The Market is located at the NORTH SURREY REC CENTRE COURTYARD (below the Surrey Central Skytrain Station) every WEDNESDAY from 1 pm – 6 pm.
Watch the video below for more information!