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. More car diverters on busy bike routes

    Add more car diverters to busy bike routes: they work!

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      The City implemented several new trial diverters on various bike routes in the summer of 2010. This is part of a program to reduce non-local traffic volumes on those bikeways and to make the bikeways more comfortable for cyclists for all ages and abilities. The pending active transportation plan will explore opportunities for further traffic calming on our bikeways.

    • Bylaw that required planting flowering trees/shrubs

      In all parks and for all buildings that incorporate plants, there should be a bylaw that limits plant choices to those that flower, this is an improtant step to keeping our native bee populations heathly, without bees out entire way of life is compromised, I know that many people here have suggested planting but what we plant is also important, plant bushes and trees that add to the entire ecology, fruiting trees or nut trees and natural bushes like salmon berry will help sustain our wild bees.

      21 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Plant additional trees  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Create an "energy playground" for kids

        The City of Vancouver could create an energy playground where playground equipment such as swings, see-saws and merry-go-rounds could be modified to generate energy. The more the kids play, the more energy they create. The energy produced could be used to light the playground at night, making it a fully Carbon Neutral playground. All of this equipment exists and is being used in poor villages in Asia and Africa to generating lighting for schools.

        27 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • All Jobs Green

          Greening ALL jobs through all organizations being required to meet minimum responsible practice standards set out by a government sponsored social enterprise which supports and builds day to day organizational capacity in lighter footprint futures and positive legacy.

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            0 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Attractive Sidewalks *

            Beautify pedestrian ways to attract more walking, with:
            - rainbow / sparkly sidewalks in high traffic areas
            - sidewalk canopies: tree overhangs, resident-owned PV
            - incentives for merchants to beautify their sidewalk area
            - neighbourhood identity expressed by residents' design for sidewalks
            - textured pavement to define pedestrian areas, or neighbourhoods
            - "pedestrianscape" that allows the pedestrian to explore a delightful journey as the travel past varied points of interest along their walk
            - sidewalk cafes, laneways pubs / cafes / restaurants
            - separate lanes for pedestrian, wheeled traffic: rollerblading & skateboarding, bikes, cars
            - buffers between separate lanes of…

            23 votes
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              The quality and attractiveness of the pedestrian experience is a primary consideration in public realm planning and design. However, there is an opportunity to be more creative in the design of specific elements, such as sidewalk materials, and incentives/requirements for pedestrian-oriented building design and facade improvements.

            • Encourage people to work closer to home through tax benefits or other measures

              More people out of cars (or shorter trips), being more connected to your community, and less time on the road = less money spent and more time doing what you enjoy and a greener and happier population. Tax benefits to those who are able to work closer to home and free support to help people find comparable jobs closer to their community. With some organizations (government civil servants, teachers, etc.) this may be possible through matching / trading positions.

              12 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • bike elevator

                Bike elevators are used in Norway to assist with steep hills - used much like a T-Bar on a ski hill. Place them in a few strategic areas to increase bike traffic (and reduce cars!).
                See http://www.trampe.no/english/ for an example.

                19 votes
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                  Bike escalators are an interesting idea that may make sense elsewhere in the region (e.g. urban bike routes with a very steep, extended incline). The City of North Vancouver has expressed interest in the past in this idea for Lonsdale Avenue.

                • Plant additional trees on wide boulevards

                  Additional trees could be planted on streets with wide boulevards such as Charles between Nanaimo and Renfrew.

                  123 votes
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                    7 comments  ·  Plant additional trees  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Conserve our Urban Biodiversity: Save Vancouver’s Last Wild Salmon Stream

                    At one time there were an estimated 100,000 salmon and sea-run trout spawning in the more than 50 creeks and streams that spread across Vancouver. As the city grew they were buried beneath pavement and landfill, or were crowded out by development so that salmon could no longer spawn within them. One by one our streams were lost.

                    Amazingly Musqueam Creek survived and today is Vancouver's only remaining wild salmon stream. What does that mean? It means the Musqueam Creek Coho salmon are wild having spent their entire lifecycle in the wild, originating from parents and grandparents and great grand…

                    26 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Improve access to nature  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Create an interconnected urban ecosystem across the City

                      Imagine a continuous canopy and healthy forest ecosystem spanning across the entire City.

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                        1 comment  ·  Improve access to nature  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • B.C. Place's exterior should be green!!!

                        B.C. Place's cement area (exterior) I think should be covered in plants and flowers. I think that would look nice and gives a fresh scent, plus it is good for Vancouver!

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                          0 comments  ·  Improve access to nature  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make the free stuff Xchange on 4th and McDonald official.

                          It's a great corner run by 'Santa Claus', a white earded man who patrols the street for useful 'junk' and leaves it on the corner for anyone to take and 'reuse'. I've found some amazing things there and he keeps the stuff outta the landfill.

                          Reusing is better than recycling anyday!!

                          10 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • High Speed Rail to Seattle

                            From waterfront station tunnel underground to YVR then the line would follow parallel to highway 99 and then follow the I-5. Traveling an average speed of 250 km/hr you could reach YVR in 3 min at 4.10$, the border in 14 min, Bellingham in 23 min at 29.00$, Everett in 46 min at 58.00$ and finally Seattle in 57 min at 71.63$..... Imagine the possibilities of being able to travel to from downtown Vancouver to Downtown Seattle in just under an hour. Not only would this create green jobs, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it would also…

                            629 votes
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                              11 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Neighbourhood "de-car-missioning"

                              Neighbourhood collaboration to completely reclaim streets from cars to maximize existing space in support of community initiatives and collective resources; composting, gardens, water storage, outdoor ovens, etc. Encourages depaving and city beautification. Supports and encourages active modes of transportation.

                              28 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Permit zoning for walkable, livable, amenity rich single family and human-scale neighbourhoods

                                Six 2000 square feet single family houses can fit on two existing 33 x 120 foot lots. The alleys are narrow streets and the streets become narrow streets to maintain green space. The density supports local amenities that you can walk or cycle to. The increased amenities provide more local jobs. It means you can get what you need locally without a car. Connect these neighbourhoods with effective public transit which is started by permitting these neighbourhoods around sky train stations and bus loops. Laneway housing is part of this solution. Design the neighbourhood as if you had not cars.…

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                                • Re-Utilizing the heat from potable water ( Dishwasher, Shower, ... )

                                  We could use the potential heat from our shower, dishwasher and other source of hot water that we utilize everyday and utilize the energy to heat the hot water again ( Re-use it for a thermal recovery )

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                                    0 comments  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Create a Senior Citizen's Sustainability Advisory Panel to mobile seniors knowledge on sustainabilty

                                    Not sure that more degrees/planners is gonna make much difference...need solutions now...I say learn from the Cuban urban food production experience - they turned to the knowledge of all the seniors in Havana who knew how to grow food as most grew up in rural areas prior to revolution and then migrated to cities. WIthin 6 months, local seniors were teaching ourses at universities while the food geneticists and experts were in teh classroom learning how to do things without oil/fertilizer. There are many seniors in Vancouver who know how to grow food, fix machinery and make the most of…

                                    16 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Meltingpot

                                        New immigrants should be encouraged to learn English. Non English signs should be removed. Everyone should feel warm and fuzzy going into any ethnic store. Bringing everyone on the the same page will promote respect, friendliness and our community will grow Green and Strong!!

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                                          6 comments  ·  Off topic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • School Compost and Recycling Programs

                                          Install more Recycling and Compost areas inside Schools to decrease litter and keep school gardens healthy

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                                            1 comment  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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