Cameron Cope

Cameron Cope

"Knowing the effects the human species is inflicting upon the natural environment, I am compelled to do everything I can to protect it.”

Please choose the one area of climate action that you feel that your actionsRetrofitting or building energy efficient buildings.

Please describe in detail a couple of the main climate actions you are taking to reduce emissions in your own life:
On a personal level, my partner and I focus on reducing our ecological footprint by doing the following three things:

We eat a plant-based diet, and when in season, a lot of it comes from our own veggie gardens.

We consciously buy less stuff, and look for used options before purchasing new. Choosing to live with a minimal amount of things necessary to still lead an enjoyable life provides its own benefits.

On the transportation front, our family car is electric and we are lucky to have local jobs with minimal commutes. We try to go by bike or foot when possible, which always ends up being more fun anyways!

Please describe in detail something you are doing toward broader community climate action:

I run a business called ReGen Homes, which works to move beyond sustainability in the building sector. Sustainable buildings are based on only using the minimum resources needed, while regenerative buildings are designed and operated to reverse damage and have a net-positive impact on the environment throughout their lifetime.

ReGen Homes was founded on the belief that through thoughtful design, humans can achieve closer harmony with nature in the urban environment. Our mission is to provide people with homes that regenerate the planet’s ecosystems while being competitive with conventional housing; people shouldn’t have to choose between their values and their wallets. Our buildings are designed to encourage a low-impact lifestyle whereby through the simple act of inhabiting their home, residents live with a smaller ecological footprint without compromise to daily comforts.

ReGen Homes combines the latest technologies and architectural practices with community-oriented design to create high quality, desirable and regenerative homes that are our answer to creating a better future together. We hope that others will follow suit and that we will soon see a day where all new buildings are regenerative. 

What has inspired you to take climate action?
Whenever I can, I try to get out and immerse myself in nature, whether that's on the water, on the forest trails, or up in the mountains. Knowing the effects the human species is inflicting upon the natural environment, I am compelled to do everything I can to protect it.

A lot of talk around climate action is fear based and about sacrificing certain things for the health of the planet. While important, this messaging can overwhelm us and leave us feeling helpless. I see climate action as an opportunity for people to enhance their lives while lowering their ecological footprint. For example, getting to work on a gravel bike is cool, fun, and healthy, but it is also great for the planet.

What advice do you have for Squamish community members who are looking to get involved with climate action?
What are you good at? Climate solutions have to happen in every corner and at every level of our society. Whatever your expertise or passion is, ask yourself how you can bring climate action into it.