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. Kitchen Compost Containers for the counter to store household compost easily before collection day.

    Distribute conveniently-sized Kitchen Compost Containers made of recycled materials to Vancouver households to allow for easy and odourless storage of egg shells, uncooked fruit, veggies scraps, coffee grounds, filters and tea bags. A convenient storage place until collection day when compost materials can be dumped in the green bin!

    98 votes
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      6 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • More green space in East Van

      With the city's push to densify East Van, plans should also be made to add green space like parks. The Kensington are is already under serviced as far as recreation facilites and parks. Before you shove more people in, put more green space in!

      60 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Improve access to nature  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Stop UBC sprawl

        We need to curb UBC's master plan for unsustainable urban sprawl! We don't need another city centre at the farthest reaches of Point Grey and at the cost of clear cutting precious local forest. UBC should refocus its undergraduate teaching facilities at downtown and other central sites (and on-line) rather than encourage further commuter traffic (and need for mass rapid transit) across the city. UBC is greenwashing its unsustainable and evergrowing preoccupation with real estate development!

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          1 comment  ·  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…

          57 votes
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            started  ·  3 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Educate young: Add agriculture, renewable energy, sustainable development to highschool ciriculum

            Inspire the youth to take action and educate on the importance of sustainable living practices.

            39 votes
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              6 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make Transit Easy and Driving Hard

              Start to make driving difficult and transit easier and accessible.

              Key Points in this would be: Eliminating Curbside Parking to make room for additional transit. No more road upgrades unless it is necessary for the purpose of trucking and goods transport. Increase transit density so that the majority of citizens are within a 10 minute walk of transit that will arrive on average every 10 minutes. This can be done through buses and trams. Extend rapid transit to unreached areas such as the broadway corridor, coquitlam and the tri-cities, Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford. This could be done through current projects…

              47 votes
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              • Ban all disposable bags

                It won't take long for people to learn to how easy it is to bring their own bags. Somehow, I've gone two years without taking any paper or plastic bag for my groceries or purchased items.

                177 votes
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                  7 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Car Free Sundays

                  Designate one major boulevard (Main, Commercial, Granville, etc.) throughout the city as car free every Sunday. Build on the success of Vancouver Car Free Days in the summer.

                  35 votes
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                  • 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.

                    39 votes
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                    • Start window farms in Vancouver

                      http://www.windowfarms.org/
                      This could be great for Vancouver with all of our donwtown condos. Unfortunately this is only available in the US. City could start this in Vancouver and make it available like the water saver kit.

                      38 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • One city block: integrated waste pickup, resource sharing, back-alley commons, community building.

                        Turn the back alley into a place for community building and sharing.
                        -Consolidated garbage collection at each alley's intersection with main street, in order to reinhabit the space for different uses and minimize footprint of garbage pickup.
                        -Share a lawnmower, garden implements, internet, cup of sugar, spare bikes, dishes, pots, BBQs, spare cot or car with your neighbours!
                        -Provide a space for free exchange of goods.
                        -Comunity garden, common building (arts, cooking, celebrations, gatherings, etc.), energy resources (ie. geothermal or solar power), strom water collection, grey water filtration (ie. "ecocells" on the property)

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                          1 comment  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Transport freight using trains instead of trucks

                          The transport of freight using heavy duty trucks is not sustainable and causes air and noise pollution. It is far more efficient and less costly to move freight on rails rather than building new roads to accomodate increasing truck traffic.

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                            The draft Greenest City Action Plan will include directions that support less polluting, appropriately sized goods movement vehicles, including rail where appropriate. Trucks will still have a role to play for the forseeable future. Success requires support and leadership from regional, provincial, and federal partners.

                          • Create a Fare-Free Transit system for GVRD

                            Translink funding currently comes from a combination of local taxes and user fairs. The reason for this combination of funding sources is in part because Translink also manages bridges and other transportation services over and above public transit.

                            My suggestion is to make Translink completely funded by public taxes and abolish fares entirely.

                            There are a number of benefits that this would cause:

                            Firstly this would increase ridership in transit and therefore reduce traffic congestion.

                            Second, the Free-Fare system will be attractive to tourists and boost Vancouver's image as a friendly and sustainable city.

                            Thirdly, this will provide a more…

                            264 votes
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                              Transit (and transit fares!) are controlled by TransLink, not the city. Having said that, reducing or eliminating transit fares is an interesting idea.

                              Unfortunately it’s not very feasible, at least as TransLink is currently funded. Unlike most North American cities, Vancouver’s transit problems aren’t due to a lack of demand but rather a lack of capacity. Anyone who’s ever tried to squeeze onto one of our busy buses or trains knows this all too well — there isn’t enough space even when people have to pay, let alone accommodate the additional demand that would be created if transit were free. Compare this to cities with fare-free zones, which are typically struggling for increase demand, and which typically have (a) less frequent service and/or (b) plenty of extra capacity to accommodate more riders.

                              In Vancouver, we need to provide more transit capacity to meet existing demand — and a LOT more…

                            • Subsidies for Veggie Dining

                              How about offering economic incentives for new vegetarian or vegan restaurants? Such as giving tax breaks, or subsidizing start up costs to encourage investment.

                              86 votes
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                                8 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Create a "Greenest Block in the City" award - winner gets a kickass prize!

                                Modelled after Greenest Block in Brooklyn, where every block in Brooklyn competes to have the best gardens and grow the most food - friends in Brooklyn go nuts for this - lots of fun - winning block gets a great prize like street improvements from city - see"http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/08/presenting_the.php

                                31 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  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.

                                  32 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Green roofs and Living walls

                                    Make green roofs and living walls mandatory or at least implementing a city bylaw forcing people (at least commercial and industrial buildings) to have a minimum of their walls and roofs covered with plants.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • promote native plant species

                                      Promote greenspace around infrastructure from native plant species.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Improve access to nature  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Community sharing

                                        Provide infrastructure for equipment sharing amongst neighbours, such as tools, lawnmowers, and other device where we don't need one more per block.

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                                          9 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                            14 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            City of Vancouver is considering the possibility of a ban for all new residential construction. This idea is considered in the draft Greenest City Action Plan. Chemical products of concern to possibly be addressed through a VoC strategy under consideration.

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