New Society Builds Bus Shelter in Honour of Chris Plant

by: EJ on 01/22/2019

The New Society staff has been working on a bus shelter in memory of our co-founder Christopher Plant.  The new shelter serves passengers travelling on the community bus service, GERTIE and certainly would have won Chris' heart. Staff came up with the idea a few years ago when brainstorming something that would be a suitable memorial to our friend and leader. 

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The bus shelter was designed by Greg Green and the pieces were pre-cut.  We all met at the bus stop site and proceeded to put together our bus stop puzzle. 

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Local baker Paul McEwan was passing on his daily delivery drive and stopped with baskets of fresh scones.  He said, "I knew when I saw the New Society mob working here it had to be a community service." Chris and Judith Plant supported Paul's Slow Rise Bakery right at the start by providing a micro loan which was repaid in bread and scones.

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All of the cedar used for the siding is locally milled from a sustainably managed woodlot on Gabriola Island.  The fir used in posts, beams and bench is locally milled on Vancouver Island.  The metal roofing has a fairly large initial environmental footprint but this is somewhat offset by it's very long lifespan.The cement foundation has a high carbon footprint and is one of the worst materials for contribution to carbon.  In this case, it was chosen for its durability.  For a more in depth discussion about when you might chose cement over other options, you can read Gord Baird, author of Essential Composting Toilets article here.

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