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May 21, 2007

Pender Islands SASS!

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 7:54 pm

Carolyn May submits:

P.I. Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency (P.I. SASS)
Giving the world Pender Islands SASS!

As part of a province-wide initiative, “BC: The
Greenest Place on Earth”, P.I. SASS proposes the
Pender Islands become a world demonstration site for
sustainability and self-sufficiency. An island near
Scandinavia has become the first to become energy
independent. We need a model on this side of the
world, and the Pender Islands are a prime location.
Using the Full Circle Sustainability(w) model with
Waste-to-Fuel(w) technologies, the project includes water
sourcing, waste water (grey water and sewage), solid
waste, energy, fuel, food, and housing. Full-scale
demonstration sites, a Sustainability Store, and a
skill development seminar site for professionals and
the public lead the development of Pender Islands’
independent infrastructure. Let’s show the world
how possible it is to live sustainably on this
planet, and be the focal point of BC becoming the
greenest place on Earth…

We want to hear from Pender Islanders – are you
game enough to hear more?

As we gather the players necessary to a project of
this scope:

a.. consultants
b.. partner organizations
c.. volunteers
d.. investors

and other interested parties, we ask for your input.
Please contact us with any names of individuals in
your circle of friends, associates, and family, and
let’s grow the network!

Submitted by Carolyn May
for a WHOLE Society

(w) = term credit to WHOLE Society


  1. It would be wonderful to see Pender become more green. Environmental education is always worthwhile. One thing Penderites seem to be really good at is recycling and trash management. Some aspects of conservation, such as reuse of gray water, is restricted by the CRD and should be changed. Most islanders are typically pretty receptive to environmentally friendly alternatives. However, Pender Island is pretty much a subburb of Victoria, with a majority of older retired people living here with a wide range of ideologies. Implementing SASS can potentially be accomplished with a segment of the Islands’ population, but would definitely not work for the entire island. Taking a more remote island, one not serviced by BC Ferries, would be a more appropriate locale for the full implementation of SASS.

    Comment by vortexman — May 22, 2007 @ 12:18 am

  2. Have you heard of the Canadian Earth Institute (, a federally registered not-for-profit organization offering earth-centered programs across Canada. According to their brochure, CEI serves as the hub for a network of local organizers, chapters, affiliates and sister Earth Institutes across North America.
    The Canadian Earth Institute empowers individuals, communities and organizations to live sustainably and protect the Earth through a program of engaging Discussion Circles on such topics as:
    Global Warming, Voluntary Simplicity, Choices for Sustainable Living, Deep Ecology: Reconnecting with Nature, Discovering a Sense of Place, Globalization and Its Critics, Healthy Children, Healthy Planet.

    The brochure invites you to join other Canadians as they take personal action on climate change by starting your CEI Discussion Circle. Visit their website (see above) to learn how to start your own discussion group.

    Comment by Jocko — June 10, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

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