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. Cultural Sustainability Ambassadors

    Vancouver has one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in Canada. Each cultural population responds to municipally-led sustainability challenges or requirements differently. In some ways, different immigrant populations have more sustainable living knowledge and experience than the mainstream Vancouver culture, in some ways they have less.

    The City needs to engage different cultural communities uniquely, determining which approaches work best for which cultures to ensure the uptake of sustainability initiatives -which approaches will be meaningful to which communities.

    Examples of this include identify existing social leaders in cultural communities (ethnic, income, age, ability, gender, etc.) and support them in order…

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      4 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • solar water taxis

      London has a solar water taxi, why can't we? All those little boats beetling around--not to mention the seabuses--could be solar. Each station would give them a quick charge or battery change.

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      • Encourage smaller, denser housing

        Many people around the world live in smaller housing units in denser neighbourhoods. In Toronto, many freehold lots are between 15-20 feet wide. The typical Vancouver lot is 33 feet wide. We could double the density in the City by encouraging the development of smaller, attached homes on freehold lots that are 15-16 feet wide. Density alone is not enough to create a livable city, but density will help to reduce emissions as well as helping to improve the affordability of housing in Vancouver.

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          1 comment  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make waste a waste of money

          Metro Vancouver is on the right track by increasing the cost of garbage disposal. Businesses listen when they are affected in areas that they understand, rising costs and decreasing profits. If recycling is cheaper than waste disposal there will be real incentive to recycle.

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            0 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • No Car City: Measure and reduce car passenger miles: If we drive less, a green city can emerge.

            What kind a lever can we pull that automatically creates a cascade of green behaviours?
            It would seem that very few us would choose to trade our lives for a daily commute, but we do because we don't have much of a choice.
            If we aimed to reduce per capita passenger car miles traveled in our cities, we'd be able to begin to free up some of the 30% of city surface area used for cars; it would mean we'd be doing everything closer to where we live, including work. We'd burn less oil, and we'd walk and ride more.…

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              1 comment  ·  Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              One of the 2020 targets for Green Transportation is to reduce distance driven per resident 20% from 2007 levels. One of the major challenges is data — better data sources are needed to monitor progress and set more detailed targets. Odometer readings would be one way to get better VKT numbers, and would be possible with support from the Province and ICBC. Improved regional travel surveys are another possible approach.

            • BAN JUNK MAIL!

              Almost all of the mail received in my actual mail box is "Junk Mail"

              Unrequested and unnecessary flyers and advertisements that just get tossed straight into the recycling bin.

              A waste of trees and additional pollution added by the ink and coloring printed on them.

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              • Grants for passive houses and buildings

                The term Passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to the rigorous, voluntary, Passivhaus standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint.[1] It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.[2][3] A similar standard, MINERGIE-P, is used in Switzerland.[4] The standard is not confined only to residential properties; several office buildings, schools, kindergartens and a supermarket have also been constructed to the standard.

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                  0 comments  ·  Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • refillable containers at supermarkets

                  Refillable milk, butter, juice, etc. stations at supermarkets would eliminate such an enormous amount of wasted packaging. Think about bringing your refillable bottles every week to get what you need. This goes beyond the local level though - we'd need to get producers onboard. Taking it a step further would be to fill all the stations with locally produced food/drinks.

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                    1 comment  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Bike alternative (bridge?) to Massey Tunnel

                    You can't bike through Massey Tunnel. At ALL. That means you have to take a bus to the ferry, or the free shuttle service which works only in summertime and at very particular times. If you miss it, you have to wait for hours. There should be a bike bridge instead -- more flexibility for the bikers and eliminate the shuttle too.

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                    • Reduce the use of faresaver and replace it with a resuable and reloadable card.

                      Instead of wasting paper on faresaver cards, why not use a plastic card that resembles like a credit card that you never have to throw out. Then you can reload it with as much money as you want on the card, either online or at a store. Also, you can put an option of reloading the card with a "virtual" bus pass, so you can get on the bus as many times as you want during that whole month that you chose to pay for.
                      Then on the bus, you'll just have to scan it and the machine will recognize…

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                        6 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Work with school districts to make commuter cycling/bike confidence skills part of Phys-Ed

                        Like most cities, there are different sorts of routes for biking - from trails, to physically separate lanes, to painted lanes, or signed shared bike routes. In order to take full advantage of these the City should work with School Districts to help support cycling as a Phys-Ed requirement - working up to kids going on field trips on bikes. There could also be hardscape bike-training space with miniature lanes in neighbourhood parks for families to take their kids to practice riding.

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                        • Dumpster free alleys

                          Neighbourhood business improvement associations are behind this idea. So is Zero Waste Vancouver. The era of Dinosaur Dumpsters is coming to a close. By taking back our public right-of-ways from the garbage industry, we will motivate the industry to evolve into a recycling industry. Let's get together, Vancouver, and show the world how it can be done right. Small is beautiful.

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                            1 comment  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Buying of Local Foods

                            Encourage the buying of local foods so products can be bought and sold without harmful chemicals, and are sold and grown with natural products

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                              0 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              • Add a rapid transit line to the valley

                                Driving along the #1, it seems ridiculous to me that we're widening the highway and adding more bridges, which will just INCREASE commuter traffic.

                                What we should really be doing is providing an alternative to jumping into single occupancy vehicles to commute into the city, in order to DECREASE commuter traffic.

                                It's inconceivable to me that there is no rail line out to Abbotsford, Chilliwack, etc.

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                                • Create program for low-income individuals to weatherize existing buildings

                                  Create incentives as well as training program for low income / marginalized individuals to weatherize existing buildings.

                                  Weatherizing (caulking and weather stripping gaps in walls, win­dows, doors, roof, and floors) is a simple and affordable energy conservation solution that makes a HUGE difference, often with a payback of less than year. There are many existing buildings in Vancouver that are poorly performing due to a lack of weather-proofing.

                                  Think of all the green jobs we could create if people were trained in how to do this, and there were incentives make it easier to implement.

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                                    4 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Smaller Transit options (mini-bus or micro-bus) for Off-Peak times

                                    The use of smaller size buses during off peak hours will help reducing carbon emissions. Having a smaller full bus is more efficient than having large half empty buses during off peak times.

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                                    • Include rentable, inspected kitchens in the mandate of Parks Board's community/rec centres

                                      Growing food is just part of the local food solution. We also need affordable, inspected kitchen spaces for canning workshops, hands-on cooking classes, community kitchens and small scale food processing.

                                      As part of the move towards food precincts or neighbourhood food centres Vancouver needs kitchens.

                                      The Kits and Mount Pleasant Community Centres do have kitchens, but they are not available for the public to rent. Trout Lake's new facility will have a rent-able kitchen but it is a rare case.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Offer a more extensive and tailored range of transit passes, Berlin-style

                                        We spent a month in Berlin, Germany and purchased a month-long transit pass that allowed us to travel only AFTER 10 am.

                                        The pass cost significantly less than a normal transit pass (good for 24 hours) and because we were not commuting, we were not inconvenienced in the slightest.

                                        Also, in New York, we bought week-long passes.

                                        These sorts of discounted pass options make sense for locals and visitors alike and make it easier to convince people to get out of cars or cabs. I would like to see a greater range of transit passes available at several different price…

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                                          This is a great idea, but outside the city’s jurisdiction. This is something TransLink could consider, perhaps in conjunction with the SmartCard rollout expected in 2013, which will enable new and more equitable pricing schemes.

                                        • five services in five minutes

                                          Every home should be within five minutes walk of five service--a litre of milk, a library kiosk, a post office, drugstore.... We need a micro-commercial zone to allow these small businesses into every neighbourhood.

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