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Dummies Guide to SEO | Top 10 SEO Questions Answered

SEO Wiki | Dummies Guide to SEO | Top 10 SEO Questions Answeredany type of online business will strongly benefit from a few SEO techniques. However, everyone and their brother has advice on how to do it. All this ‘expert’ advice can make the simple task of optimizing your site incredibly confusing. Here are some straightforward answers to the most common SEO questions.

1. What is SEO? SEO stands for search engine optimization. A search engine is a tool many internet users use to find sites that are relevant to their needs. The three biggies when it comes to search engines are Google, Yahoo and MSN(Bing). There are however, hundreds of search engines available to internet users. Search engines work by sending out spiders to crawl through the World Wide Web and gather information. If you have the information they’re looking for, in the places they are looking, they’ll find you and place you in their results when a person is looking for your information. The task of understanding what search engines are looking for and putting it in the right places on your website and in your content, is the essence of search engine optimization. So now you might be asking…what do search engines look for and where do they look for it? The answer is keywords and links. Keywords in your html coding, keywords on your webpage content, keywords in your content, and the number of incoming links you have to your website.

2. How important is SEO? Let’s just put it this way. What’s better a few visitors who stumble upon your website or hundreds of visitors that go to your website with the direct intention of learning more or making a purchase? With more and more people searching and shopping online, getting on the first page or two of the search engine results can mean the difference between keeping your day job and becoming an internet millionaire.

3. What are text links? Links are just one of the tools you can use to increase your search engine optimization. The more quality links you have, the better your search engine ranking will be. Text links are links that contain only text. Wikipedia is a great place to examine internal text links. The links are contained within a sentence and when a reader clicks on them they are taken to a different page on the same website. The kind of text links you’re looking for will be text links that will take readers from your article, ebook, or web copy to your website. An excellent tool to generate incoming links is to write copy for online audiences like article directories, blogs, and ezines and insert text links in the copy. Webmasters will link to the content and thus to your site. Additionally, when you allow free reprints of your copy provided the links are maintained, you’re encouraging links to your website.

4. What are link farms and link exchanges? Search engines don’t accept just any old link. The link has to be from a relevant and quality company. This means you don’t want to participate in link farming. If a search engine suspects your links to be lacking, they’ll actually penalize you. Link farming or link exchanging is essentially the process of exchanging reciprocal links with Web sites in order to increase your search engine ranking. A link farm is a Web page that is nothing more than a page of links to other sites. Stay away from link farms. When you generate a link from another site, it had better be relevant and coming from a real web site.SEO Wiki | Dummies Guide to SEO | Top 10 SEO Questions Answered

5. What is duplicate content? The definition of duplicate content is web pages that contain substantially the same content. Search engines will penalize you for this. How do you avoid duplicate content? Don’t publish the same article in several locations. There are many tools available online to help you re-write your content so that it is 30%, 40%, and even 50% different. However, the best way to avoid duplicate content is to simply write new content.

6. How do I find the right keywords? There are several steps to finding the most profitable keywords. The first step is to generally do a bit of brainstorming and come up with a list of keywords you think people will use to find your products. The next step is to research supply and demand for those particular keywords. Supply means how many other websites are using those same keywords and demand is how many people are looking for those particular keywords. The key is to find keywords with high demand and relatively low supply. There are many effective and useful keyword tools to help you find this information and to generate keyword ideas. Once you decide on a few keywords, it may be useful to do a bit of testing before you commit to them.

7. How do I optimize my web pages? Placing your keywords in the right location is a good start to optimizing your web pages. Search engines look to the headings, subheadings, domain name , and title of your website. They also look in the content on your page and primarily focus on the first paragraph. Try to get a domain name with your primary keyword included. When you include your keyword in your URL it tells the search engine spiders immediately what your site is about. Title Tag. Your title tag is the line of text that appears on search engine results pages that acts as a link to your site. This is a crucial element of your webpage as it describes to your visitors what your page is about. If you view your source code, your title tag will look something like this: Keep your title tags brief, descriptive, up to date, and keyword rich will help to increase the relevance of your site in the eyes of the search engines, as well as giving your potential visitors a good idea of what they can expect from your site. Meta Tags have lost their importance to the search engines however it is still helpful to place your keywords in your meta tags. In your source code they look something like this:

8. Do I need to submit my site to the search engines? The simple answer is – no. Search engine spiders are always out there doing their job and collecting information. Every time you update your website, add content, or change your keywords, the search engines capture the information and record it. However, if you want to be listed on a directory, like the DMOZ Open directory project, then you will need to submit to those.

9. What are spiders? Search engine spiders are also called web crawlers or bots. They’re basically automated programs which scan websites to provide information to search engines often for the purpose of indexing or ranking them.

10. How does content help my SEO? Content is one of the best tools to improve your search engine ranking. It is a great place to emphasize keywords, encourage linking to your site, and increase traffic. The key to content is to make sure you’re offering quality content and you’re updating your website and your content frequently. Content can be provided in many forms including: * Blogs * Forums and chat rooms * Articles * Reviews * Case studies * Reports * How to guides * Tutorials

Article By : Jeremy Gislason

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Search Engine Optimization (SEO) | , | Leave a comment

Quote of writing well

“When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.”
— Enrique Jardiel Poncela

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Quotes | , , , | Leave a comment

Essays, Proposals & Research Writing

Since starting this blog my writing has come a long way and I realize I have lots more to learn.

Here are some resources to help you along the way;

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Business, Education | , , , | Leave a comment

How BioGas Works

Biogas refers to a gas made from anaerobic digestion of agricultural and animal waste. The gas, a mixture of methane and CO2, is used for direct combustion in cooking lighting applications, to power combustion engines or for electricity generation.

The following video will give you a great idea of what how Bio  Gas works.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Construction, Sustainable Community Development, Waste | , | Leave a comment

African Proverb

I hope you enjoy some of these classic African proverbs.  (Click each one to find it’s translation and full meaning)

Enjoy, yours truely Son of Five Rivers

Sep 2009: “The one who milks the cow is not the same person as the one who removes (plucks out) ticks from a cow.” – Gikuyu (Kenya) Proverb
Aug. 2009: “Nobody kills an ignorant person who begs for wisdom.” – Mafa (Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger) Proverb
Jul. 2009: “There is no hyena without a friend.” – Meru (Kenya) Proverb
Jun. 2009: “Go in that direction” does not mean that you go. To go means, “let’s go together!” – Sena (Mozambique) Proverb
May 2009: “A thieving dog knows itself.” – Luyia (Kenya) Proverb
Apr. 2009: “Alive, we live in the same house or under the same roof. Dead, we rest in the same tomb.” – Malagasy (Madagascar) Proverb
Mar. 2009: “If you get a fine harvest of maize don’t break your local brotherhood and sisterhood.” – Bembe (Democratic Republic of the Congo – DRC, Tanzania) Proverb
Feb. 2009: “An elder’s handbag is never completely empty.” – Acholi (Uganda, Sudan) Proverb
Jan. 2009: “The hunger that has hope for its satisfaction does not kill.” – Igbo (Nigeria) Proverb
Dec. 2008: “When a leaf falls to the ground, the tree gets the blame/the shame goes to the tree.” – Nyanja (Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe), Chewa (Malawi) Proverb
Nov. 2008: “It is only a male elephant that can save another one from a pit.” – Lega (Democratic Republic of the Congo – DRC) Proverb
Oct. 2008: “A deaf ear is followed by death and an ear that listens is followed by blessings.” – Samburu (Kenya) Proverb
Sep. 2008: “A stubborn person sails in a clay boat.” – Haya (Tanzania) Proverb
Aug. 2008: “A chicken that keeps scratching the dung-hill will soon find the mother’s thigh bones.” Ewe (Ghana, Benin, Nigeria and Togo) Proverb
Jul. 2008: “A child of the kwale bird learns how to fly.” – Tonga (Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe) Proverb
Jun. 2008: “Great fires erupt from tiny sparks.” – Arabic (Libya) Proverb
May 2008: “A tree is known by its fruit. ” – Zulu (South Africa, Swaziland) Proverb
Apr. 2008: “The water pot presses upon the small circular pad.” – Acholi (Uganda) Proverb
Mar. 2008: “Leave bad things, talk peace.” – Sheng (Kenya) Sayings
Feb. 2008: “When God cooks, you don’t see smoke.” – Kaonde (Zambia) Proverb
Jan. 2008: “I have been bitten by a tsetse fly.” – Sukuma (Tanzania) Proverb

Jan. 2007: “Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper.” – Haya (Tanzania) Proverb
Feb. 2007: “Love is blind.” – Mende (Sierra Leone) Proverb
Mar. 2007: “The one who fetches the water is the one who is likely to break the pot.” – Ga (Ghana) Proverb
Apr. 2007: “If you provoke a rattlesnake, you must be prepared to be bitten by it .” – Gikuyu (Kenya) Proverb
May 2007: “Beer that will spoil ferments unequally.” – Luyia (Kenya) Proverb
Jun. 2007: “The thing that will hurt you will always keep on coming back even if you try to avoid it.” – Shubi (Tanzania) Proverb
Jul. 2007: “The camel does not see the bend in its neck.” – Arabic (Libya) Proverb
Aug. 2007: “A child or youth who does not listen to an elder’s advice gets his or her leg broken.” – Nyanja (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia) Proverb
Sep. 2007: “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” – Swahili (Eastern and Central Africa) Proverb
Oct. 2007: “Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem.” – Akan (Ghana) Proverb
Nov. 2007: “The lead cow (the one in front) gets whipped the most.” – Zulu (South Africa, Swaziland) Proverb
Dec. 2007: “It is not the cook’s fault when the cassava turns out to be hard and tasteless.” – Ewe-mina (Benin, Ghana, and Togo) Proverb
Jan. 2006: “The (word) of a friend makes you cry; the (word) of an enemy makes you laugh.” – Tuareg (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger) Proverb
Feb. 2006: “Une pierre de chez soi vaut dix de l’oued” – Southern Tashelhayt Berber (Algeria, Morocco) Proverb
Mar. 2006: “A warthog eating its fill does not delight a pig.” – Sena (Mozambique) Proverb
Apr. 2006: “Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.” – Ewe-mina (Benin, Ghana, and Togo) Proverb
May 2006: “A debt is not a loss once one knows the debtor.” – Tembo (Democratic Republic of Congo) Proverb
Jun. 2006: “Suffering is prior to attaining success or perfection.” – Chagga (Tanzania) Proverb
Jul. 2006: “The chief’s son has to collect firewood when destiny destroys him.” – Moru (Sudan) Proverb
Aug. 2006: “Don’t ask for Glasgow when you have already reached London.” – Subi (Tanzania) Proverb
Sep. 2006: “When you sort out the grains, it becomes pure.” – Tigrinya (Eritrea, Ethiopia) Proverb
Oct. 2006: “A rich person does not have to struggle, that is, share the problems of ordinary people.” – Shubi (Tanzania) Proverb
Nov. 2006: “The dog does not worry when the chicken runs over to the bones” – Ewe-mina (Benin, Ghana and Togo) Proverb
Dec. 2006: “Unity is strength.” – Ganda (Uganda) Proverb
Jan. 2005: “The cure of the Ma’di is Ma’di.” – Ma’di (Sudan, Uganda) Proverb
Feb. 2005: “Termites cause death, damage, and great harm to white ants.” – Luo (Kenya, Tanzania) Proverb
Mar. 2005: “How are things? Cool! ” – Swahili (Eastern and Central Africa) Proverb
Apr. 2005: “The one who eats has tasted the hardship of labor.” – Tembo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) Proverb
May 2005: “The pants of today are better than the breeches of tomorrow.” – Moore (Burkina Faso) Proverb
Jun. 2005: “If you do not listen to good advice, you will be embarrassed in public.” – Oshiwambo (Namibia) Proverb
Jul. 2005: “To punch with a strong fist, you need to turn over your hand.” – Kongo (Angola and DRC) Proverb
Aug. 2005: “Swallow saliva before you cross a one-log bridge.” – Ngoni (Tanzania, Mozambique) Proverb
Sep. 2005: “Provided no person stunts or destroys a sprouting palm kernel seedling, it will definitely grow into a palm tree.” – Esan (Nigeria) Proverb
Oct. 2005: “Kutokana na woga, kobe alikufa mashuani.” – Lugbara (Uganda and DRC) Proverb
Nov. 2005: “The person who has eaten and satisfied himself or herself does not care for the one who is hungry.” – Matengo (Tanzania) Proverb
Dec. 2005: “Patience can cook a stone.” – Fulfulde (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, and Togo) Proverb
Jan. 2004 Proverb: “The thorn in your foot is temporarily appeased, but it is still in.” – Longo (Tanzania)
Feb. 2004 Proverb: “An empty stomach can make a person lose his or her cattle; that is, when the stomach is empty the legs become weak and you can’t run after your animals.” – Toposa (Sudan)
Mar. 2004 Proverb: “Cannot Ngorulahi be satisfied and Ngarambangandu miss the chance?” – Mpoto (Malawi, Tanzania)
Apr. 2004 Proverb: “If you refuse the advice of an elder you will walk until sunset.” – Kuria (Kenya, Tanzania)
May, 2004 Proverb: “After hardship comes relief.” – Arabic (Egypt and other North African countries)
Jun. 2004 Proverb: “Hot water does not burn down the house.” – Swahili (Eastern and Central Africa)
Jul. 2004 Proverb: “The person who tends to ingratiate himself to his father without involving others never inherits the father’s property.” – Gusii (Kenya)
Aug. 2004 Proverb: “The eyes of the wise person see through you.” – Haya (Tanzania)
Sep. 2004 Proverb: “If God breaks your leg, He will teach you how to limp.” – Dagbani (Ghana)
Oct. 2004 Proverb: “One who relates with a corrupt person likewise gets corrupted.” – Gikuyu (Kenya)
Nov. 2004 Proverb: “It’s better to give than to receive.” – Malagasy (Madagascar)
Dec. 2004 Proverb: “A boisterous horse needs a boisterous bridle.” – Hausa (Nigeria)
January, 2003 Proverb: “A chicken eats corn, drinks water and swallows little pebbles, but still complains of having no teeth. If she had teeth would she eat steel?” – Yoruba and Idanre (Nigeria)
February, 2003 Proverb: “An eye that you treat is the one that turns against you.” – Luo (Kenya, Tanazania)
March, 2003 Proverb: “Cows are born with ears; later they grow horns.” – Nuba-Tira (Sudan)
April, 2003 Proverb: “Use of brains begets wealth.” – Sheng (Kenya)
May, 2003 Proverb: “The tears of the orphan run inside.” – Mafa (Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger)
June, 2003 Proverb: “Like vomit and shit under your feet (the rumormonger spreads scandal).” – Sumbwa (Tanzania)
July, 2003 Proverb: “When a tree falls on a yam farm and kills the farm’s owner, you don’t waste time counting the numbers of yam hips ruined.” – Igala (Nigeria)
August, 2003 Proverb: “Walk on a fresh tree, the dry one will break.” – Bena (Tanzania)
September, 2003 Proverb: “Where there is peace, a billhook (sickle) can be used to shave your beard or cut your hair.” – Rundi (Burundi)
October, 2003 Proverb: “The hen with baby chicks doesn’t swallow the worm.” – Sukuma (Tanzania)
November, 2003 Proverb: “The old woman looks after the child to grow its teeth and the young one in turn looks after the old woman when she loses her teeth.” – Akan (Ghana, Ivory Coast)
December, 2003 Proverb: “The beer is difficult to strain.” – Anyuak (Ethiopia)
Jan. 2002 Proverb: ” Where there is a will there is a way.” – Shona (Zimbabwe)
Feb. 2002 Proverb: ” A Tutsi liked to warm himself by the fire; someone else took the bull.” – Zinza ( Tanzania)
Mar. 2002 Proverb: ” A fool has many days.” – Tharaka, Gikuyu (Kenya)
Apr. 2002 Proverb: ” Slowly, slowly, porridge goes into the gourd.” – Kuria ( Kenya, Tanzania)
May/Jun. 2002 Proverb: ” What is in the stomach carries what is in the head.” – Bukusu (Kenya)
Jul. 2002 Proverb: “The person who has a light knee can survive longer.” – Toposa (Sudan)
Aug. 2002 Proverb: ” Smoke does not affect honeybees alone; honey-gatherers are also affected.” – Bassa (liberia)
Sep. 2002 Proverb: ” Young growing cuttings determine a good harvest of cassava.” – Tonga (Malawi)
Oct. 2002 Proverb: ” You cannot use a wild banana leaf to shield yourself from the rains and then tear it to pieces later when the rains come to an end.” – Nandi (Kenya)
Nov. 2002 Proverb: ” Words are like bullets; if they escape, you can’t catch them again.” – Wolof (Senegal , Gambia)
Dec. 2002 Proverb: ” From the word of an elder is derived a bone.” – Rwanda (Rwanda) and Rundi (Burundi)
Jan. 2001 Proverb: “The brother or sister who does not respect the traditions of the elders will not be allowed to eat with the elders.” – Ga (Ghana)
Feb. 2001 Proverb: ” God is a great eye. He sees everything in the world.” – Balanda/Belanda Viri, Sudanese Colloquial Spoken Arabic (Sudan), Modern Standard Written Arabic (Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea and Sudan)
Mar. 2001 Proverb: ” An okra tree does not grow taller than its master.” – Krio (Sierra Leone)
Apr. 2001 Proverb: ” ‘Kachenche’ (very small bird) is insignificant among strangers, but very important at home.” – Songe (Democratic Republic of the Congo – DRC)
May 2001 Proverb: ” A cockroach knows how to sing and dance, but it is the hen who prevents it from performing its art during the day.” – Edo (Nigeria)
Jun. 2001 Proverb: ” No matter how long a log stays in the water, it doesn’t become a crocodile.” – Bambara (Mali)
Jul. 2001 Proverb: ” War is not porridge.” – Gikuyu (Kenya)
Aug. 2001 Proverb: ” Water that has been begged for does not quench the thirst.” – Soga (Uganda)
Sep. 2001 Proverb: ” A person who does not cultivate well his or her farm always says that it has been bewitched.” – Kwaya (Tanzania)
Oct. 2001 Proverb: ” Many hands make light work.” – Haya (Tanzania)
Nov. 2001 Proverb: ” When elephants fight the grass (reeds) gets hurt.” -Swahili ( Eastern and Central Africa ), Also Kikuyu ( Kenya), Kuria ( Kenya/Tanzania), Ngoreme (Tanzania)
Dec. 2001 Proverb: “A child (young pers on) does not fear treading on dangerous ground until he or she gets hurt (stumbles).” – Bukusu ( Kenya)
Jan. 2000 Proverb: “Two bulls can’t stay in the same kraal. ” – Tswana (Botswana)
Feb. 2000 Proverb: “A tender bamboo cannot be eagerly desired (for building).” – Chewa (Malawi) and Nyanja (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia)
Mar. 2000 Proverb: “If you refuse the elder’s advice you will walk the whole day.” – Ngoreme (Tanzania)
Apr. 2000 Proverb: ” The groin pains in sympathy with the sore.” – Zulu (South Africa, Swaziland)
May 2000 Proverb: ” How easy it is to defeat people who do not kindle fire for themselves.” – Tugen (Kenya)
Jun. 2000 Proverb: ” Even haplochromis (name of a small fish) employs tilapia (name of a large fish). ” – Luo (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda )
Jul. 2000 Proverb: ” Do not insult the hunting guide before the sun has set.” – Sukuma (Tanzania)
Aug. 2000 Proverb: ” If an arrow has not entered deeply, then its removal is not hard.” – Buli (Ghana )
Sep. 2000 Proverb: ” I have come a long way; the journey has exhausted me.” – Ngoni (Tanzania)
Oct. 2000 Proverb: ” The hyena with a cub does not eat up (consume) all the available food.” – Akamba (Kenya)
Nov. 2000 Proverb: ” The eyes of the trapper are as subject to reddening as those of the small animal (that he pursues).” – Ganda (Uganda)
Dec. 2000 Proverb: ” A person who is not disciplined cannot be cautioned.” – Haya (Tanzania)
Jan. 1999: “By persevering the egg walks on legs. ” – Oromo (Ethiopia)Proverb
Feb. 1999: “One who enters the forest does not listen to the breaking of the twigs in the brush. ” – Bemba (Zambia) Proverb
Mar. 1999: “Let the guest come so that the host or hostess may benefit (get well).” – Swahili (Eastern and Central Africa) Proverb
Apr. 1999: “One person is thin porridge or gruel; two or three people are a lump (handful) of ugali (stiff cooked meal/flour from sorghum or millet). – Kuria (Tanzania and Kenya) Proverb
May 1999: “The “hurry-hurry” person eats goat; the one who takes his or her time (or hesitates) eats beef. ” – Sesotho (Lesotho and South Africa) Proverb
Jun. 1999: “When an enemy digs a grave for you, God gives you an emergency exit ” – Kirundi (Burundi) Proverb
Jul. 1999: “Better a curtain hanging motionless than a flag blowing in the wind.” – Swahili (Eastern and Central Africa) Proverb
Aug. 1999: “When the bag tears, the shoulders get a rest.” Twi (Ghana) Proverb
Sep. 1999: “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation).” – Fanti (Ghana) Proverb
Oct. 1999: “The bush in which you hide has eyes.” – Gusii (Kenya) Proverb
Nov. 1999: “One who bathes willingly with cold water doesn’t feel the cold.” – Fipa (Tanzania) Proverb
Dec. 1999: ” The wasp says that several regular trips to a mud pit enables it to build a house.” – Ewe (Benin, Ghana and Togo) Proverb
Jun. 1998: “I pointed out to you the stars (the moon) and all you saw was the tip of my finger.” – Sukuma (Tanzania) Proverb
Jul. 1998: “Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.” – Akan and Ewe (Benin, Ghana and Togo) Proverb
Aug. 1998: “The person who has not traveled widely thinks his or her mother is the only cook (the best cook).” – Ganda (Uganda) Proverb
Sep. 1988: “It [a bug] grows up in dry wood, and yet comes to maturity.” – Gikuyu (Kenya) Proverb
Oct. 1998: “If you have no teeth, do not break the clay cooking pot.” – Chewa (Malawi) Proverb
Nov. 1998: “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” – Igbo and Yoruba (Nigeria) Proverb

September 16, 2009 Posted by | Quotes | , , | Leave a comment

Open Source CD Burning software: InfraRecorder

InfraRecorder (download link): InfraRecorder is an open source CD burning application. Both Nero and Roxio are great if you have them installed.  InfaRecorder is great when you want to burn an ISO disk image and you only have the Windows Burner which doesn’t do it properly.

September 15, 2009 Posted by | Information Technology (I.T.) | , | Leave a comment

The Bee Buzz at the Convention Centre in Vancouver

Dana Gee speaks to Allen Garr, who keeps the bees buzzing on top of the new Vancouver Convention Centre. Video by By Dana Gee and Jon Murray, The Province Newspaper.

September 12, 2009 Posted by | Business, Business Model, Great Ideas, Sustainable Community Development | | 1 Comment

Keeping Bees at Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver


Graeme Evans, director of housekeeping at Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront hotel, opens a hive last week to show off the bees and their honey to guests. A beekeeper, Evans keeps beehives on a deck at the hotel. And no, he doesn’t wear protective gear. Photograph by Gerry Kahrmann, The Province

Bees cause buzz at Fairmont hotel

Three hives on third-floor deck provide kitchen with honey, guests with stories

Graeme Evans is undoubtedly Vancouver’s nattiest – and most hospitable – beekeeper.

You won’t catch Evans in one of those bulky, netted helmets and spacesuits that most of his colleagues don when tending their hives. He looks after his trio of nests while wearing a dapper, crisply pressed suit. And tie.

Then again, Evans is director of housekeeping for the posh downtown Fairmont Waterfront hotel.

And beekeeping is just part of his busy day ensuring that guest facilities pass muster.

Those facilities grew to include the hives, and a lush, bee-friendly garden surrounding them, several years ago when the international hotel chain decided to adopt a signature environmental program for each of its facilities.

Evans thought immediately of beekeeping, given what he knew of the massive threats faced by the world’s bee populations and their key role in agriculture everywhere.

The hotel liked the idea and set up the hives in what was once a pretty but nectar-free stretch of ivy bed on the north side of the hotel’s third floor above the busy downtown streets.

The hives, just metres from the spa’s outdoor pool and just across the roof from the hotel’s kitchen garden, are thriving.

And Evans’ idea has caught fire with the hotel chain. Toronto’s Royal York and New York’s Algonquin hotels both host bees now, too. So do the chain’s hotels in Dallas and Singapore, he says.

Locally, it’s meant heavier pollination of plants within a six-kilometre radius, including Stanley Park. Ultra-locally, it’s meant the hotel kitchen gardens bear massive loads of everything from apples to pumpkins.

By Christina Montgomery,
The Province Newspaper
June 7, 2009

September 12, 2009 Posted by | Business Model, Creativity, Great Ideas, Marketing, Sustainable Community Development | | Leave a comment

Simple Climate Protection Action Tips

Small steps to help make Vancouver the cleanest, greenest, healthiest city in the world.
Leave your car at home
If you drive to work fi ve days a week, leaving
your vehicle at home for one of those
days means you cut your driving by 20%.
Infl ate your tires
An improperly infl ated tire can reduce fuel
economy, increase tire wear and could be a
safety hazard. Your vehicle’s recommended
tire pressures can normally be found inside
the driver’s door frame or on the fuel cap.
The pressure shown on the tire itself is
a maximum safe pressure, not the
recommended pressure.
Stop idling
Idling will waste more fuel than turning
off your engine and restarting it. Idling
can lead to maintenance problems, engine
deposits and a fi ne from the City.
Buy a fuel effi cient car
You can save thousands of dollars on your
vehicle’s purchase price as well as annual
fuel bills by buying a smaller, more effi cient
daily-use vehicle.
Make One Day part of your life.
You will get a monthly email containing
easy action tips and the latest updates.
For more tips visit
Install a programmable thermostat
or lower it by 3°C
For every 1°C you lower your thermostat,
you save 2–3% on your heating bill.
Programmable thermostats are easy to install.
Install low-fl ow shower heads
Hot water accounts for a quarter of home
energy use and hot showers are a main
culprit. A low-fl ow shower head uses 60%
less hot water and could save you $200/
year.* Vancouverites can get a complete
water saver kit from City Hall for only $12.
Switch to cold water washing
Between 80 and 90% of the energy used
to wash clothes goes into heating water.
New detergents have been developed to
work in colder water.
Get an home energy evaluation
A home energy evaluation will give you
unbiased and professional advice on what
you can do to reduce your monthly utility
bills while making your home more comfortable
and healthier at the same time.

Small steps to help make Vancouver and it’s suburbs the cleanest, greenest, healthiest city in the world.


  • Leave your car at home If you drive to work fi ve days a week, leaving your vehicle at home for one of those days means you cut your driving by 20%.
  • Infl ate your tires An improperly infl ated tire can reduce fuel economy, increase tire wear and could be a safety hazard. Your vehicle’s recommended tire pressures can normally be found inside the driver’s door frame or on the fuel cap. The pressure shown on the tire itself is a maximum safe pressure, not the recommended pressure.
  • Stop idling Idling will waste more fuel than turning off your engine and restarting it. Idling can lead to maintenance problems, engine deposits and a fi ne from the City. Buy a fuel effi cient car You can save thousands of dollars on your vehicle’s purchase price as well as annual fuel bills by buying a smaller, more effi cient daily-use vehicle.


  • Install a programmable thermostat or lower it by 3°C  For every 1°C you lower your thermostat, you save 2–3% on your heating bill.  Programmable thermostats are easy to install.
  • Install low-fl ow shower heads Hot water accounts for a quarter of home energy use and hot showers are a main culprit. A low-fl ow shower head uses 60% less hot water and could save you $200/year. In Vancouver you can get a complete water saver kit from City Hall for only $12.
  • Switch to cold water washing Between 80 and 90% of the energy used to wash clothes goes into heating water. New detergents have been developed to work in colder water.
  • Get an home energy evaluation A home energy evaluation will give you unbiased and professional advice on what you can do to reduce your monthly utility bills while making your home more comfortable and healthier at the same time.

September 11, 2009 Posted by | LEED, Sustainable Community Development | Leave a comment

Mandatory Electric Vehicle Charging

PluginElectric Vehicle Charging:
Vancouver City Council has approved a by-law amendment to requires electric charging infrastructure for 20% of the parking stalls in new condo buildings, as well as a public charging pilot.

Read the Full Report from the City of Vancouver Website:

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Construction, LEED, Sustainable Community Development | , , , , | Leave a comment