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. solar trash compactor

    City of Vancouver has 2,400 public space litter bins on streets, transit stops and parks. By introducing a wireless capable solar trash compactor system to replace this system significant financial and environmental benefits can be realized. Operating costs will be reduced by 70% as well as Green House Gas emissions from the Diesel powered waste collection vehicle that go out at least once per day to pick up each of these 2,400 bins. Imagine having the collection take place once per week instead of seven times per week and have the reduced trip frequency pay for all this equipment in…

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      0 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      The City is piloting over 20 solar-powered trash compacting bins in South East False Creek and Cambie Street.

      However, this idea isn’t included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan. Compacting waste reduces volume and makes collection more efficient, but it doesn’t reduce the tonnes of waste sent to landfill or incinerator. The proposed Zero Waste target is to reduce 50% (by weight) of garbage sent to landfill or incinerator by 2020.

    • Encourage deconstruction to recover used building materials & reduce construction waste

      Construction waste accounts for a huge proportion of waste in our landfills. The majority of materials can be reused, recycled or repurposed. Deconstruction offers job creation opportunities and supports a new market for used building materials

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        10 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        The Draft Greenest City Action Plan includes an action to develop a building deconstruction policy. The City is piloting a building deconstruction project and is exploring options for an incentive program to encourage deconstruction.

      • Reuse centres in every neighbourhood and at Waste Disposal Sites and Transfer Stations

        Hornby Island does it, so can we! The idea is simple - create a designated place for people to drop off useful items for other people to take home, for free. Yes, it requires a little bit of management to make sure our community spaces don't get over run with old computers, but this can be a great way for people to get stuff they need, and to reduce waste going to landfill.

        Fernwood, in Victoria, has a little gazebo in their neighbourhood square to drop stuff off. Montreal has the legendary ongoing, city wide, garage sale. And Hornby Island…

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          8 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Materials Reuse/ Exchange Program

          Similar to the Industrial Materials Exchange Program, small businesses and the public will be able to log into a database to list materials (such as packing paper, bubble wrap, shelving units, etc.) that they would like to give away for free before they are forced to throw it away. Using this principle of community-resource-exchange, our company was able to reduce their waste dramatically. The success of such a program will dependent on the promotion of it to the public and small businesses. Maybe a database and already popular site such as craigslist would be interested in a collaborative effort in…

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          • Zero waste

            Create a Zero Waste Plan as has been done in other cities to reduce waste on a timeline of progress

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              12 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Extend food waste collection program to include apartments and condos

              While the curbside food waste program is terrific, detached homeowners already have the option of composting in their yards. Extending the program to include apartments dramatically reduce municipal waste and will finally make composting available to the growing number of Vancouverites living in high-density buildings (which is also great for the environment).

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                25 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                The City supports Metro Vancouver’s plans to ban food scraps from the incinerator and landfills by 2015. The City will collaborate with Metro Vancouver to develop and implement a plan to ensure apartments, condos, businesses and institutions have access to food scraps collection programs before the ban comes into effect.

              • Youth Pensions/Green Unjobs

                An expensive city, living in vancity is particularly prohibitive for young people trying to get off to a good start. But we want them, and we need them. Finding ways and places to help them stay will also make a more compact, dense and green city.

                So offer them an early pension loan for up to 12 years, provided that they’ve graduated from high school. Tax-free and the equivalent of current monthly cpp payouts, accessing the option means assigning post-age 65 cpp earnings for equivalent period of time. If they really want to, they can work too, but no pressure.…

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                  0 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    1 comment  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Develop a preprocurement strategy for the City's procurement managers to engage with local industry

                    Several jurisdictions have developed formal pre- and post-procurement engagement strategies in order to create a dialogue between public procurers and local firms. A pre-procurement consultation process at which procurers broadly outline expected future growth areas gives local firms a focus for research as well as a time horizon for development. The procurer in turn benefits from the most up-to-date information on emerging technologies and best practices. This type of engagement and information exchange can also help with early identification and resolution of issues around permitting or licensing, and can actively engage technology developers and suppliers in meeting the City’s climate…

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                        0 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Hire a group of young motivated leaders

                        Help me help you help us.

                        Create green jobs.

                        Make it a little easier for the change makers to flourish.

                        Subsidized trainings.

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                          0 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Local Green Grads Employment Site

                          One of our challenges is finding good people with green backgrounds to employ. Once people get certified (i.e. to a B-Corp standard) they could post open jobs and internships to a green jobs site run by the city. UBC SFU BCIT and other universities could encourage their graduates to create profiles on this one-stop-shop for green grads.

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                            0 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • eco zoning

                            Vancouver like London attracts people from around the world Where London has produced zoning that helps preserve its historic "buzz" we need to produce zoning that preserves our "rain forest" appeal . An eco zone is a modified existing zone (eg. RS1eco, RM1eco ,etc) that is given preferential treatment because of exceptional green practices, these could entail, urban farms, passive solar or passive certified homes. Eco zoning is incentive based, -additional sq footage, or minimum lot size reduction, green house gardens for commercial or personal), green innovation relaxation (eg, allowing wind turbines or large scale water collection (+500gallon) under ground…

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                              1 comment  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Link all contractors and service providers to the Green City project.

                              To use the power of the City needs with its contractors and service providers will spread the green idea not only inside the City but all around. Request that all of them start giving information about how green are they about their services and products offered to the City and little by little ask for a minimum standard to offer any service or product.

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                              • Build a cooperative economy.

                                Co-op's are a great tool in building a green economy. They are member driven, and are grounded in local community needs and values. Let's see how many financial, housing, food, transportation, employment, and product needs can be met in our community by cooperatives.

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                                • Promote a micro-economy

                                  Promote a micro-economy:
                                  Not everyone fits into the monoculture of work and life options available in Vancouver. A healthy city is a diverse city that allows individuals access to the economy on a range on increments. De-regulate work in homes. Integrate services and restaurants into neighbourhood streets and lanes. Turn on-street parking stalls into rent-by-the-hour food and retail vendors.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Provide financial advantages to small businesses to become more sustainable

                                    I've had the opportunity this week to interview several businesses in the Strathcona area who are already taking moderate to extreme action toward decreasing their own footprints. They buy and manufacture their products locally, they build green roofs, they go to Climate Smart to learn how to track and reduce their footprint, they participate in by-product synergy exchanges, they provide incentives to their employees to ride bikes to work, etc. These businesses are making these changes because it is the "right thing to do", and because they are preparing for what they anticipate the realities of business to be in…

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                                    • Develop a directory and/or application that helps consumers choose sustainable products and services

                                      Imagine just selecting the 'green directory' app and being able to find sustainable businesses in the local area? Or finding a product in store and being able to look it up immediately to find out what it's sustainable qualifications are? There are a lot of people out there actively seeking out sustainable products and services, but there are a lot more who are engaged and interested - but just not sure where to start. People are creatures of habit, to motivate them to make changes you need to make it EASY for them to do so! I'm not saying it's…

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                                        4 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Encourage Eco-Industrial Parks & Eco-Business Zones

                                        The city can develop an eco-business strategy to help build networks of businesses who work together to : reduce their impacts, resource consumption rates, strain on public infrastructure, and, of course, *costs*.

                                        Eco-Industrial Parks and eco-business zones are effective models for greening new and existing industry/business activity: By acting collectively, and taking lessons from natural systems, we can create new green business opportunities and transform existing employment areas to use less resources like water & energy, and to attract progressive new green businesses to town.

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                                          3 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Assess all green business/economy ideas by eco-equity indicators

                                          At the Pecha Kucha night sponsored by the City of Vancouver to launch this website, Kevin Millsip described the importance of striving for an eco-equitable future: one in which our cities are not only green but just in its ways of providing for people of all incomes, races, and education levels. Let's build a dimension of equity into the green economy we want — healthy, sustainable *and* inclusive.

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                                            4 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Eco equity is addressed through focus on generating job creation opportunities for full spectrum of workers, from high skilled to those with barriers to employment. This is an idea that is included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan

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