About the Series


Green from the Ground Up is the result of months of research, interviews and investigation by our team of reporters on the Carbon Shift hub. Their journey took
them to all corners of the province, where they spoke with builders, home owners, renters, policy makers and academics alike to get every angle on the past, present and future of sustainable building in Canada. The result? Nineteen stories exploring everything from pre-fab to passive house, affordability verses sustainability and what makes a green house a home.

As he compiled research for the series, reporter Monte Paulsen met Linus Lam, the Executive Director of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver. The two decided to work together on a two-day event called Quick-Homes, which attracted nearly 100 participants, including City councilors, funders, architects, planners, non-profit housing managers, designers, and students.

The entire series was awarded Gold at the 2011 Canadian Online Publishing Awards in the category of ‘Best online-only article or series of articles.’

To download a PDF of part of the series, click here.

This series was produced by Tyee Solutions Society and was made possible through the support of the Vancity/Real Estate Foundation of BC Green Building Grant Program. Support for this project does not necessarily imply endorsement of the findings or contents of these reports. Others wishing to publish this story or other Tyee Solutions Society-produced articles, please contact Chris Wood.