Vancouver’s Women4Climate at the City’s Largest Earth Day Celebration

On April 25, 2019, two of Vancouver’s Women4Climate (W4C) mentees attended the city’s largest Earth Day celebration as the event’s official sustainable art exhibitors. Hosted by the Living Future Vancouver (LFV) Collaborative and the Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx), this highly anticipated event brought together over 200 key decision-makers from the building and green energy sector to inspire the transition towards regenerative design.

To look at the many ways in which buildings can incorporate more sustainable, low-carbon solutions, a call for artists was made by the event planning committee. W4C mentees Anitra Paris and Sylvia Grace Borda were both selected for their creative use of sustainable materials and its applicability in future developments.

Anitra showcased her Cradle-to-Grave” art piece, which represents how industry can begin to build a more sustainable future that honours nature.

“Something that really stands out as a ‘disruptor’ of the status quo is bioplastics made from a renewable resource, wood waste, and 3D printing,” explained Anitra. “The tender outreach of the hands shows humans’ interplay between technology and nature. The hands reach out cradling a biolific orb, while the human gesture offers hope and possibilities of 3D printing, bio-plastics and innovation returning to nature.”

Sylvia presented the prototype “eco-art wall mural” on behalf of her W4C initiative, Climate Arts For Resilient Environments (C.A.R.E). Through an interactive plant box, event guests had the chance to handle and make a design using a variety of sedum plants, while learning about the significant amount of carbon sequestration plant walls produce in a year, and the health benefits of art and ecology.

“Attending LFV Earth Day was a real opportunity to directly engage with members involved in buildings systems and infrastructure,” said Sylvia. “Throughout the night, I was able to bridge discussions across different communities about urban greening and visual arts and create an awareness of how a ‘living’ artwork, using native flora, can lead to new ways to create and engineer carbon sequestration, which fits with the City’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.”

Both art exhibits attracted a great deal of attention from the event guests, and provided the opportunity to share with industry leaders the many ways in which sustainable design can be adopted and integrated into building developments.

By Jessica Williams, Communications and Partnerships Manager, ZEBx