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Holli Redekop enjoys living in her new home at UniverCity.

From city slicker to nature lover

April 2, 2009

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Holli Redekop, SFU’s director of ceremonies and events, hesitated to move from the culture and activity of a busy East Vancouver street to a quieter neighbourhood. But last year she made the move, trading in city lights for starlight and a six-minute walk to work from the UniverCity neighbourhood she now calls home.

This winter, life on the mountain included many firsts:
Strapping on snowshoes at her front door to go for a neighbourhood stroll and learning how to (properly) shovel snow from her townhouse walkway.

"Having moved from the city, I like to consider it a mountain experience rather than a suburban experience," says Redekop. She was attracted to live at UniverCity because of its proximity to work and beautiful conservation park land. "People are drawn to live here because of the natural environment and because they like the idea that the community is designed to support sustainable living—and the homes are gorgeous too."

Though admitting she can do more, Redekop makes efforts to live an eco-friendly lifestyle by recycling, minimizing water use, avoiding lawn chemicals, using environmentally friendly reusable grocery bags and buying local products. She also limits driving and makes the car trips worthwhile.

"We all need to become more responsible for our actions," says Redekop. Last year she presented a seminar on sustainability initiatives for university event management with "we can make a difference" messaging to colleagues from the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors, an international association for event planners in academia. "From moving to electronic delivery of invitations and event material, to serving ocean-friendly fish and local products, our profession can make a real difference and I believe university event professionals should be leading the way.

"At work and at home, making a conscious effort to make a positive change will make a difference globally. In the current economic climate, it is even more important to see how we can do with less."

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