How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

GC 2020

How can we reach our 2020 Greenest City targets?

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  1. Create a Separated Bike Lane on Commercial Drive

    Commercial Drive is a destination shopping street in Vancouver's east side. It is already a popular route for cyclists, but there is currently no cycling facility provided.

    The current route network lacks sufficient safe links to shopping destinations. A new separated bike route on Commercial Drive would address this issue and encourage new cyclists. As cyclist traffic increases, local businesses could also benefit from new the new street traffic.

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      The city’s new 10-year cycling program master plan will soon be in development, and hopefully completed within the next year. A big part of the work ahead is to identify where separated bike lanes might be appropriate.

      Lessons learned from the downtown trial will be an important input into the plan. The results so far support evidence elsewhere that separated bike lanes are a great way to make cycling more attractive on busy streets.

      For more information, visit http://vancouver.ca/cycling .

    • Create a separated bike lane along Kingsway

      It is an incredibly direct route leading from Broadway corridor to Burnaby, but currently has far too many lanes of car traffic to feel good cycling along it.

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        The city’s new 10-year cycling program master plan will soon be in development, and hopefully completed within the next year. A big part of the work ahead is to identify where separated bike lanes might be appropriate.

        Lessons learned from the downtown trial will be an important input into the plan. The results so far support evidence elsewhere that separated bike lanes are a great way to make cycling more attractive on busy streets.

        For more information, visit http://vancouver.ca/cycling .

      • Encourage clothes lines through subsidized "kits" and installation assistance

        Dryers are huge energy sucks, and outdoor clothes lines can do a fine job drying laundry (at least for the 50 days a year it doesn't rain!). Perhaps a summer student could be hired to come install clothes lines at residences around the city.

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          3 comments  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Waterless Urinals

          Save millions of gallons of water!
          Plumbers don't like them but i think there is a huge potential for this!

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            0 comments  ·  Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Work with shipping & cruise line industry to reduce idling and diesel emmissions whilst in Port

            Vancouver is the second busiest port in North America and sees a lot of shipping traffic. The City needs to work with the shipping & cruise industries to cut emissions whilst tankers/freightlines/cruise ships are docked in Port. Can we mandate a power hook-up to shore?

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              4 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Port Metro Vancouver is under Federal jurisdiction. The City of Vancouver works with Metro Vancouver, Environment Canada, Port Metro Vancouver to advocate for shore-power. This idea is included in the Draft Action Plan.

            • Create a public bike sharing program (e.g. Montreal's Bixi, Paris' Velib)

              Montreal has installed the Bixi bike system, similar to many European systems, of having publicly available bikes for a small cost downtown on major street corners. The bikes are incredibly robust, widely available, and highly convenient with bike stands every 2-3 blocks.

              It encourages locals to bike (rather than take the bus or metro) and is great for short trips around town. It is very convenient as there is always a drop off location nearby, and there is no worry of getting your bike stolen. It is also a huge tourist attraction, making transport easier, cheaper and greener!

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              • 62 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    3 comments  ·  Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    The City supports the idea of road / congestion pricing, and bridge tolls are one possible implementation. A regional (as opposed to a city) approach might work best, given travel behaviour, patterns of movement, and jurisdictional issues. This lies outside City jurisdiction, so our role is limited to advocacy; changes to Provincial legislation are required.

                  • Futureproof Green Buildings by adapting to projected climate conditions

                    Green buildings that do not consider future climate conditions are not as energy efficient or as sustainable as they could be

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                      3 comments  ·  Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Develop a city-supported urban farming program

                      Community gardens and farmers markets are on the rise in Vancouver, but there remains a need for more productive farms (market gardens) to produce significant amounts of local food.

                      There are more and more people interested in getting into farming as a livelihood, but barriers such as high land values and low profit margins in traditional farming make entry difficult.

                      The City could develop a municipally-supported urban farming program where city-owned land would be affodably leased to prospective farmers for a season to gain experience, earn an income, and produce food for local residents. This could be coupled with a…

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                        10 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Stormwater/Rainwater capture

                        Kitchener/Waterloo has just introduced a innovative system to reduce the volume and increase the quality of stormwater runoff.
                        In 2011 they will reduce the property tax and then charge every land owner a "Stormwater Levy" based on the quality and quantity of stormwater coming off of their property. In 2011 this will be a revenue neutral program.
                        However, there will be a CREDIT program to reduce your stormwater levy by reducing the volume or increasing the quality of the stormwater leaving your site. This creates an economic incentive for the landowner to implement some of the water recycling programs that…

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                          1 comment  ·  Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Solidify Laneway Housing Through Ownership Incentives

                          Developing a process that will facilitate homes with lanes to be able to subdivide back to front would solidify and incentivize the production of laneway houses, effectively doubling the density in parts of the city without breaking the small scale character of neighbourhoods. The current program allows for lane way houses to be produced with an incentive from rental income, but with current development costs and real estate market the process is not readily viable at a city-wide scale and many home owners do not see enough benefit to warrant financing such a project. However, with the incentive of being…

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                            1 comment  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Bring community gardeners together with those who have extra yard space

                            Create a program for homeowners & community gardeners to work together. For example, elderly people who want to stay in their homes but can no longer maintain their yards, would have their yards maintained by gardeners, in exchange for garden space in the home owner's yard to grow food.

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                              3 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Green Events Guide for all city and community events

                              Many cities have green guides for all events that take place within their boundaries. Some have embedded it into policy and groups running events must abide by the city requirements. Let's follow suit and get to zero waste.

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                                1 comment  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Reduce residential encroachment on agricultural land

                                In order for us to have more local food in our supply chain we need to protect the agricultural land we have in the Lower Mainland including the Fraser Valley. Right now residential and commercial land zoning is encroaching too much on our prime agricultural land. Soil is a resource that must be protected!

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                                  0 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    1 comment  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • mobile community gardens in empty lots

                                    Community gardens could be setup in the gated empty lots around the city. The lot owner could put up a sponsorship sign so they get the free advertising of supporting something helpful to the community. The garden could be setup in a way that it could be moved to another lot when the original lot was eventually put to another use.

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                                      5 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Have all of the city's fleet of vehicles be electric and plug-in hybrid (when possible).

                                      Have electric vehicles for short distance trips and plug-in hybrids for longer trips. Also, have all new heavy trucks (like garbage trucks) be diesel hybrid.

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                                      • Improve Neighbourhood Roundabouts to provide for safe pedestrian crossing

                                        Neighbourhood roundabouts are being developed across the city. These roundabouts serve to maintain a comfortable traffic flow for cars and cyclists on residential streets. Unfortunately, due to their design, these roundabouts fail to provide security for pedestrians since there are no visual cues to suggest that pedestrians even have a right to cross the street. In a local classroom survey, grade 4’s exclaimed that they feel unsafe crossing at these roundabouts and I regularly see uncertainty in the eyes and actions of pedestrians crossing at roundabouts.

                                        There are a number of ways to improve this situation. Here are two examples:

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                                        • Green school/Demonstration Centre

                                          The two biggest barriers I see for people choosing to ignore green principles and continue in a throw away mentality is 1) Education 2) Ease of change. People need to understand and it has to be cheep and easy to do---guess what, It is!!!!!! Lectures, pamphlets, workshops--these are all good things--but seriously lets stop yapping and just start doing and showing. There is no better way of understanding what and how things can be done then by actually doing it. By sight, by touch and by participating.
                                          Lets build a demonstration centre on a vacant lot which aims to discover…

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                                            0 comments  ·  Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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