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. Grow local supply chains

    For Vancouver to be a sustainable city locally-owned businesses mustbe able to source locally. This is especially true of light manufacturing (clothing, utensiles ...), food, local stories. We should be moving information around the world (bits) but physical supply chains should be grounded in the local economy. Let's look for the subsidies and tax incentives that act against local supply chains (most of these are federal and provincial, but let's look at the city as well). A great service would be an open social directory of local suppliers!

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      7 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        0 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Drinking water fountains + bottled water ban

        Ban bottled water. Install public fountains instead! Make sure they're designed so you can fit a tall Sigg steel water bottle underneath to fill it.

        Many restaurants and cafes are nice enough to provide water taps/pitchers and glasses - encourage the rest to do so.

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          started  ·  26 comments  ·  Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • No more floor-to-ceiling windows

          Change the building code to reduce floor-to-ceiling windows. This type of condo design requires an unecessarily large amount of energy for heating and cooling. These windows usually have a couch or TV unit or shelf shoved up against them and blocking the view anyway! Even putting a solid wall on the bottom 25% of each storey would reduce energy use. (And hopefully liven up the architecture compared to the currently ubiquitous - and boring - walls of glass condos.)

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            2 comments  ·  Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Ban garburetors - they waste water and put waste in water

            Change the building code to ban garburetors. Organic material shouldn't use drinking water to be conveyed to the sewage plant for treatment, it should go in a composter

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              5 comments  ·  Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Stop automated sprinklers

              I've seen automated sprinklers spraying while it's raining! Encourage people to choose plants that will thrive knowing that summers are dry periods. Or at least accept less-than-perfect lawns for a couple months of the year. I notice this mostly around condos that just have small strips of grass. They should replace the lawn completely with alternate groundcover - nobody uses it as a lawn anyway.

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                2 comments  ·  Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Comprehensive Food Waste Collection

                Why not collect all food waste? Seattle does it. UBC does it. Why limit it to uncooked fruits and veggies and eggshells? This makes some people not bother. More would use the service if it didn't require any discrimination and sorting.....

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                  8 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Produce instead of consume

                  A friend of mine told me his version of eco-tourism: "stay home and shallow breath." Being green means producing more than we consume. We need to think about this at home, in our occupations and in the community. I have a hard time imagining how Vancouver can compete with poorer cities where the people cannot afford to buy stuff and therefore have a lighter footprint. Even the most conscientious Vancouve bike rider can have their carbon footprint skyrocket when their air travel is calculated. But we can always try and there are lots of great ideas being put forth here!

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                    0 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    This is an interesting take on reducing ecological footprint. Our research tells us that people respond better to positive messaging that activates and motivates them, and that is the likely tact we will take in our communications.

                  • Bring Life to our Rooftops

                    The roofs of Vancouver are an un-tapped resource from both a social and biodiversity perspective. The City could initiate a program to encourage the conversion of existing flat, inaccessible roofs to useable, productive greenspace. This could include omitting rooftop access points (stairs & elevators) from height restrictions, providing tax breaks to buildings that eliminate rainwater runoff to the sewer system, or establishing financing mechanisms and consultation to support stratas and individuals undertaking renovations.

                    The scale of conversion could range from installing standard green-roof systems to rooftop decks with planter boxes to full scale rooftop agriculture. This would help bring back…

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                      9 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  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

                      • 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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                        • Covered bicycle parking

                          Cycling in the rain's not so bad, but getting on a wet bicycle is not so great. We need to get more bicycle parking in sheltered areas where the bike is dry when you need it.

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                          • Encourage urban food production

                            Urban vegetable gardens and container planting can go a long way towards reducing our food miles and our dependence on imports.

                            Successful projects in Mexico and Cuba show us that we can produce a lot of food in the city proper, so why don't we?

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                              23 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Work with rail yards to encourage them to reduce rail engine idling and other pollution

                              Rail traffic can contribute to local air pollution, specifically when idling in Vancouver rail yards. Should expand the idling by-law to rail traffic and work with rail yards to explore voluntary options to reduce idling.

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                                0 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Ban woodstoves through by-laws

                                Wood-burning fireplaces and stoves can emit substantial amounts of air pollutants (mostly particulate matter). Health Canada reports that the health-impacts of wood smoke include: eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches, nausea and dizziness; and it can cause or worsen symptoms for people with asthma or respiratory problems. The CIty could update its building code so that woodstoves are not allowed in new home construction or limit permitted appliances to advanced combustion technologies only.

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                                  11 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Regulate non-road emission sources like diesel generators, lawn mowers and leaf blowers

                                  Diesel particulate matter (PM) is one of the biggest air quality threats to human health in the city. Its health impacts include lung cancer, heart and respiratory disease, and even premature death.

                                  Non-road emissions, which are a significant source of diesel PM, come from a broad range of sectors including industrial, construction, recreational, lawn and garden, agricultural and other sectors. Their emissions often occur close to ground level and close to where people live, work and play. While emission standards for new non-road engines are already in place, older equipment will continue to be used for decades.

                                  The city should…

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                                    4 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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 →
                                    • Improve air quality monitoring and make it educational

                                      Metro Vancouver is responsible for monitoring air quality across the region. There are only two permanent air quality monitoring stations within the City and their readings aren't representative of the rest of Vancouver because of point sources nearby. Building another air quality monitoring station in a better location could help assess trends in ambient air quality across the City. Mobile monitoring studies could also be conducted along major traffic corridors or near suspected point sources to inform policy decisions.

                                      Educational features such as signage and real-time displays could be incorporated into existing or new monitoring stations. This would help inform…

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                                        1 comment  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Increase incentives for people to trade in old woodstoves for more efficient ones

                                        Metro Vancouver already offers a $250 rebate to trade in their old uncertified wood burning appliance for a new low emission appliance. This could be increased and/or more heavily advertised.

                                        http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/air/health/Pages/WoodStoveExchangeProgram.aspx

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                                          2 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Reclaim road and/or parking space to create plazas and parklets.

                                          Over 30% of the city's land is street space, and about half of that area is paved for roads. Vancouver should follow in the steps of cities like New York, San Francisco, and Paris, redefining public space to put people first.

                                          Public plazas and parklets could be created by temporarily and inexpensively reclaiming paved areas using things like simple barriers, paint, potted plants, and movable furniture. If the new public spaces are successful, permanent reclaimation could be considered. San Francisco's Pavement to Parks program provides a great example for how this could be pursued.

                                          Links: http://sfpavementtoparks.sfplanning.org/ (San Francisco Pavement to…

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