I work with people, organizations, companies and governments. Anyone who wants to make a greener, better world.
I started out and still am a journalist. As a foreign correspondent I learned critical analysis, crisis management and intercultural communication — without missing the deadline. These days my writing is geared more to books. Read here about my novels and non-fiction work that includes a #1 BC Bestseller.
To upgrade my skills beyond just writing about the environment to also reshaping it, I earned a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from UBC. I started and continue to operate my own company, EcoUrbanist. It provides ecological site design, environmental consultation and project management services. Clients range from homeowners to government agencies.
I believe environmental health and social justice go together. Both involve politics, a numbers game, so only through community will we win. I helped create and lead Tree City, a non-profit environmental group “helping people and trees grow together.” Several years ago we teamed with the Environmental Youth Alliance to create the TreeKeepers program, adding nearly 9,000 trees to a key Vancouver Greenest City goal.
I’m keen on life-long learning, which is why I also teach. Like writing, it’s a good way to figure out what I know. I design and lead courses for Simon Fraser University’s Continuing Studies program. I also joined Gaia College to help shift the way land use practitioners and managers view the earth. My course on Living Green Infrastructure offers insights into how can we can re-think and re-design cities with nature on our side.
I do public speaking and sometimes pop up on radio. Click here for some clips:
Volunteers are my favourite people; some times I’ve been lucky to be one myself. I served as an elected member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council for four years, and represented Vancouver on the Metro Vancouver Agricultural Advisory Committee for three years. I also completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors for Heifer International, a community-building non-profit working to “end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth” in more than 50 countries.