The stop is part of a tour of northern B.C., which included a presentation to the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality in Fort Nelson on Tuesday. In his blog on the tour, van Adrichem writes that Mayor Bill Streeper thinks UNBC's efforts to integrate energy production with other sustainability measures could create even more opportunities.
"Streeper thinks the opportunities are deeper, and involve positioning UNBC as a site for energy-related research and education of the professionals needed by industry and the communities growing beside of it," he writes. "There’s clearly a sense of promise here, and it isn’t being buried by the snow."
On his way to Dawson Creek, van Adrichem also stopped by Fort St. John, visiting the local NEAT office yesterday. There, he met Tammy Hrab and Sarah Mackenzie who explained NEAT's Green Freight initiative, which would see vegetables grown in shipping containers year-round in the Energetic City. He easily saw the connection between that and UNBC's food production plans.
"Green Freight," he writes, "illustrates what appears to be a growing interest around the region for locally grown food and supports UNBC’s ambitions related to integrating local energy production with housing and food. It’s a “neat” idea."
Van Adrichem will next present in Burns Lake, and finish his tour in Prince George and Prince Rupert.
To read his blog, click here.