Living Building Challenge

CBT has committed to achieving the Living Building Challenge! LBC provides a sustainable framework for the design and construction of buildings and cultivates a symbiotic relationship between people, communities, and nature. Living Buildings are innovative, regenerative, and an inspiring movement in sustainable development.

The Living Building Challenge is a sustainable building framework that aligns with CBT's values and vision: living sustainably in a healthy ecosystem with a diversified economy and strong, vibrant, and united cultures. 

CBT was drawn to LBC because of its holistic integration of people and place. LBC will challenge the CBT to consider all aspects of sustainability in the new centre -- cultural, social, environmental, and economic.

The soon-to-be-built Biosphere Centre will be guided by the Living Building criteria and has the potential to reframe what's possible in this region for sustainable buildings. Building the Biosphere Centre as a Living Building will drive higher performance levels in green buildings and inspire innovation globally among the UNESCO-designated Biosphere Regions.

Living Buildings engage users with the building and connect people to culture and art with maximum beauty. They generate their energy with renewable resources and capture and treat all their water, creating net positive benefits for the climate and communities.

Living Buildings are:

•Regenerative buildings that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature, and community.
•Self-sufficient and holistic.
•Create positive impacts on human and natural systems.
•Based on 7 core performance areas called 'Petals'; Place, Water, Energy, Materials, Health and Happiness, Equity, and Beauty. 
 
The Living Building Challenge defines today's most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment and pulls together the most progressive thinking from architecture, engineering, planning, interiors, landscape design, and policy. 
 

Check out how Etsy in Brooklyn achieved the Living Building Challenge!

Join us for our Annual Biosphere Region BioBlitz!

April 2, 2024
On Saturday, April 20th, participate from anywhere within the biosphere region to celebrate the upcoming Earth Day! It’s an excellent opportunity to step outdoors and learn about the amazing biodiversity in the area.

Grant Writing Workshop

January 26, 2024
Join this half-day workshop hosted in partnership with the West Coast N.E.S.T. (CBT's regional education tourism initiative) to learn effective grant writing and fundraising strategies.

Good News for the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Centre Project!

January 17, 2024
In a remarkable display of commitment to community and environmental stewardship, the Wickaninnish Inn has pledged an astounding $150,000 over the course of five years to support the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Centre. In a generous gesture, they have already contributed $40,000 as their inaugural installment.

Announcing the fall 2023 Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants!

December 6, 2023
We are excited to share this list of grass-roots community projects that received Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) this past fall cycle. This has been our most successful cycle to date, with a total of 33 projects in the region, 15 projects for Clayoquot Sound NGS and 18 for Ahousaht NSG!

Holiday Giving Unites Communities

December 4, 2023
As the holiday season draws near, the timeless tradition of holiday giving beckons, transcending cultures and religions, and embodying the spirit of generosity and compassion. In the heart of this global tradition lies an opportunity to make a positive impact on local organizations that sustain our region to help advance their mission far beyond the holiday season.

Truth, Honour & the Way Forward

November 20, 2023
In partnership with Ucluelet Secondary School (USS), the Legacy of Hope Foundation, and Canadian Heritage, the CBT hosted an exhibit to honor the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Take a look at the video to learn more about the event.

CBT's Youth Intern, Reflects on her Beach Cleanup Experience

August 28, 2023
This summer, CBT's Youth Intern, Janessa, has been supporting us in a wide range of projects across the organization and also participated in initiatives hosted by other local non-profits. One of our goals was to offer her the opportunity to experience diverse types of work as well as acquire skills and knowledge in many different fields. Learn about her time with Surfrider Pacific Rim where she helped remove debris from a local beach.

Join our team as Administrative Assistant

August 18, 2023
PLEASE NOTE: Applications are now closed for this position.  The Administrative Assistant will support the CBT across all program areas. The successful candidate will coordinate the day-to-day administration and operations of the CBT office, creating a welcoming space, updating administrative practices, and maintaining records. They will work closely with the Executive Director to support the Board of Directors, as well as work closely with the Finance Coordinator to assist with bookkeeping processes. The Administrative Assistant will work across the CBT to support our programs and events.

Announcing the Spring 2023 Neighbourhood Small Grants!

June 27, 2023
We are excited to share this list of grass-roots community projects that received Neighbourhood Small Grants this past spring cycle. NSG makes empowering, accessible opportunities for residents from all demographics to make their communities more inclusive, and vibrant places to live. Check out the projects below and reach out to marianne@clayoquotbiosphere.org if you want to connect to a project leader and participate.