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NEWS RELEASE · 13th February 2010
Ministry of Environment
The Ministry of Environment has unveiled two "outreach" cabins in celebration of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, encouraging locals and tourists to learn more about British Columbia's great outdoors and environmental initiatives, Environment Minister Barry Penner announced today.

"This is another way to celebrate the 2010 Winter Games," said Environment Minister Barry Penner. "We welcome everyone to drop by SFU or BCIT to check out the cabins."

One outreach cabin is set up at SFU (Burnaby campus), running from Feb. 13-27. The other cabin is set up at BCIT (Burnaby campus), running from Feb. 13-28. The cabins will highlight BC Parks, and also have information about Climate Action policies, Water Stewardship, and Environmental Protection initiatives with brochures, posters, children's games, and videos. Ministry staff will be on hand to talk to the public and answer questions.

In line with government's Carbon Neutral 2010 commitment, all carbon pollution from the operation of the cabins will be offset to zero by investing in quality, B.C.-based carbon reduction projects. Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia Ltd. built the two log cabins. Pioneer's team of Master Designers have incorporated Pioneer's traditional building methods of character Western Red Cedar logs, Pioneer's one-of-a-kind joinery and its featured flared log ends.

At the end of February, the cabins will be relocated to Porteau Cove Provincial Park on the Sea-to-Sky Highway to be used as recreational cabins for travellers to enjoy. To build and install the cabins, as well as relocate them following the Games, the government invested $120,000.

The Ministry of Environment is playing a key role supporting and promoting the sustainability initiatives of the province and the 2010 Winter Games. The ministry is also working in partnership with VANOC, Environment Canada, the City of Vancouver, the resort municipality of Whistler and other ministries to support the goal of making the 2010 Games the greenest ever.