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2016 Economic Forum: Economic Growth in a Low-Carbon Future

Imagine a world where businesses could thrive while making environmentally sound choices every day. It’s a vision that’s within our reach, according to speakers at the 2016 Langley Economic Forum.

More than 175 people attended the forum held at the Langley Events Centre in November and heard from today's thought leaders on how to achieve "Economic Growth in a Low-Carbon Future."

Moderator and sustainability expert Chris Turner told the audience that while many people use the word "sustainability," there's confusion as to what it means. At its core, he said, sustainability is about environmental stewardship and the need to address climate change. Turner encouraged everyone to build sustainability into everything we do.

BC's Environment Minister and Langley MLA Mary Polak stressed climate change is real and that everyone has a part to play in the protecting the planet for future generations: "The task today is not to just think about your business, your community, your growth decisions, but personally - what can I do?"

Ken Peacock, Chief Economist of the Business Council of BC, praised the Township for embracing densified housing, which contributes to sustainable, livable, and walkable communities.

Two discussion panels, one on green sustainable business and the other on green sustainable growth, expressed the need for engaging and educating the public when promoting environmental stewardship.

Event gold sponsor FortisBC highlighted climate reduction programs available for residential and businesses customers.

The no-charge event, which included lunch and was organized by the Township’s Economic Development and Investment Department, would not have been possible without the support of generous sponsors: FortisBC, Business in Vancouver, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vesta, and Wesgroup Properties.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Invest site for updates on our 2017 event.