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. Composting Program for Buildinga west of Denman

    Use part of Stanley Park to start a small composting program for apartments west of denman St. Low transport costs with high density...reduces garbage in dumpster and offers free compost for park and or residents. if it works duplicate using other parks in vancouver with nearby apartment complexes.

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      1 comment  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 2000W society

      To be the best, look around at the competition (friendly competition -- the other green cities of the world), and make sure you're at least matching the best policies out there.
      For instance a number of cities in Switzerland have put 2000 W mandates in their *charter*. A "2000 W society" is a nice framing of the common objective of averaging less than 2kW per person. A 1 t (ie per year, per person, of CO2e GHGs in this case) society might be more climate relevant.

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        1 comment  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Solidify Laneway Housing Through Ownership Incentives

        Developing a process that will facilitate homes with lanes to be able to subdivide back to front would solidify and incentivize the production of laneway houses, effectively doubling the density in parts of the city without breaking the small scale character of neighbourhoods. The current program allows for lane way houses to be produced with an incentive from rental income, but with current development costs and real estate market the process is not readily viable at a city-wide scale and many home owners do not see enough benefit to warrant financing such a project. However, with the incentive of being…

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          1 comment  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Celebrate water! Rain water, river water, ocean water -- let's treat it like we love it!

          Some ideas for celebrating water might include...

          - Making beautiful rain-powered water sculptures as public art
          - "Daylighting" our lost creeks
          - Creating new "creeks" (swales) and ponds to manage our stormwater
          - Making sure our rivers and ponds and coastlines stay/get clean enough to swim in and fish in and play in again

          What are your ideas?

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            1 comment  ·  Improve water quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Improve sewage treatment

            Currently, the treatment plants of Iona and Lions Gate are only primary and yet to be upgraded. Secondary treatment is the Canadian standard for cities, and when Vancouver reaches that we'll just be average. A Greenest City would have tertiary treatment of its sewage, and should be a primary goal. Innovative technologies should be explored and developed in Vancouver on a larger scale to set an example, and to market to other cities globally. One example is a Solar Aquatics system (http://www.ecological-engineering.com/solaraquatics.html), as demonstrated in Bear River, Nova Scotia.

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              0 comments  ·  Improve water quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • farmBay

              It is difficult for local farmers to actively and regularly connect with consumers (i.e., eaters) around specific food items.

              Let's say a local farmer has a few dozen extra eggs or a few pounds of extra tomatoes. What does the farmer do? He usual composts the extra.

              Across town a restaurant or person at home would like to get some fresh eggs or tomatoes for tonight. But, the farmers market isn't for several days.

              How do they connect up? farmBay - eBay for farmers and eaters. Farmers post food for sale and eaters buy it in an eBay like format.

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                0 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Increase overnight rates for energy consumption in offices

                Every night thousands of lights, computers, printers and other office equipment are left on needlessly in empty office buildings across the city.

                By imposing a tariff on this sort of waste, business might be forced to evaluate their policies and work to reduce energy waste.

                Of course, some equipment must be left on – servers, refrigerators etc. – so the tariff would need to scale and offer exemptions for critical equipment.

                BC Hydro estimate that 40% of employees in B.C. leave their computers on after working hours and this wastes 500 gigawatt-hours of electricity (http://www.bchydro.com/powersmart/technology_tips/managing_energy_costs/computer_power_management.html?WT.mc_id=b-10-08_computers)

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                  3 comments  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Switch all municipal buildings off fossil fuels

                  Half of all greenhouse gases dumped in the city of Vancouver come from burning natural gas in buildings. The amount is unchanged in 20 years. City government should lead the way by fuel switching all buildings it controls to use much cleaner BC electricity. Almost 60% of energy used in buildings is climate damaging fossil fuels. We need leadership from the top to highlight the need to change this.

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                    0 comments  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • mindfullness in schools

                    Whereas Climate change requires individual behaviour change and
                    Wherease individual behaviour change is significantly enhanced by cultivating the ability for critical thought and the abilility to step back and question and
                    Wherease these abilities are proven to be enhanced by practicing mindfulness (aka meditation, centering prayer, and many other labels), and
                    Whereas some success has already been achieved by introducing mindfulness programs in Vancouver schools,
                    Collaborate with the vancouver school board to introduce mindfuflness training in all grade levels across the city. This may include providing a financial incentive for the VSB to fully roll out the program.

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                      1 comment  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Encourage Community Groups

                      Facilitate meetings at all community centres in the city that give neighbours an opportunity to meet and discuss topics relevant to their communities. This will support community involvement and decision making.

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

                        This kind of work is already underway all over the City, much of which is led by community organisations. Find one in your neighbourhood, or one that works on issues that you care about, and join in. This action plan includes building supports (e.g. tools, resources) to support community groups in talking about, and working toward, the greenest city.

                      • Laneway Mini-Lots

                        Laneway houses are a great trend, but being able to subdivide lots from typical 122 x 33 to, for example, 90 x 33 and 32 x 33 would create much more affordable housing stock to purchase by enabling actual sale of laneway houses, and spur more compact, dense residential dev't.

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                          0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Expand the Current Blue Box Recycling Program and Offer it to Local Businesses

                          In many of my former workplaces, there has been little to no recycling of plastics, metals, glass and other recyclable materials for there was no collection program in place. Businesses should be required to pay to sign up for a blue box program that is connected to the residential one, and they could receive greater fee rebates the more recyclable materials they divert from the landfills.

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                            1 comment  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Require all properties to capture rainwater/manage rainwater runoff on-site

                            In a city like ours, we should not be letting valuable rainwater sheet off the sidewalks and streets all winter, while we use drinking water to flush our toilets!

                            While this ventures into the territory of the provincial building code, the City of Vancouver can show leadership in requiring all buildings to capture and manage rainwater run-off on-site (e.g. through rainwater cisterns, stormwater planters, rain gardens, bioswales, etc.). There are many policy precedents for this in Germany, and excellent examples of beautiful rainwater management in Portland.

                            Reducing stormwater runoff will reduce incidents of sewage overflow (combined sewer overflow events) into…

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                              1 comment  ·  Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Community-led, City-funded Neighbourhood Beautification!

                              Dedicate a City fund to neighbourhood beautification led by citizens. The city becomes more beautiful and residents have ownership over spaces in their neighbourhoods. A win-win approach with resilient outcomes.

                              Projects could include: developing park spaces, recreation spaces, depaving, constructing community gardens, building simple community space infrastructure, creating public art, etc.

                              Citizens would approach the City department with requests for beautification projects in their neighbourhoods providing project details and numbers of volunteers available. The City would assess the project for cost and effectiveness. If approved, the City would provide skilled supervisors, tools, a project schedule and infrastructure funding. The citizens…

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                                1 comment  ·  Improve access to nature  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • No Concrete Medians

                                Instead, use flowering or green plants... it is beautiful and can contribute to cleaner air that we breathe

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                                • Solar/Electric Powered Buses

                                  Get more solar or electric powered buses to lower vehicle exhaust and decrease Greenhouse gases

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                                  • Promote car pooling and/or ride sharing programs

                                    There are a number of car pooling and/or ride sharing programs in Vancouver but they are not being used by very many people. If the City of Vancouver promoted them, they could reduce a very significant number of car trips.

                                    Some examples include: carpool.ca; ride-share.com; ride-club.ca; car-pool.ca; erideshare.com; carpoolingnetwork.com; and shareyourride.net.

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                                    • Ban any EPR material from being commingled in single stream totes. Specificaly packaging materials!

                                      Ban any EPR material from being commingled in single stream totes. Specificaly packaging materials!

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                                        3 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide a 5 year property break for buildings that go off grid.

                                        The concept is that if a building goes off grid, they will be given a property tax holiday for 5 years to fund it. They must use BC based technology whenever possible. This will green our existing buildings, create jobs and reduce out carbon footprint. An investment in our future that reflect all three legs of sustainability.

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                                          2 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          The plan addresses incentives for low- or no- emission buildings. Off-grid is not emphasized as one way of achieving our energy reduction and carbon neutral goals is through sharing excess renewable energy between buildings – which requires grid connection.

                                        • Car Free granville island

                                          Hardly a new Idea, this would enhance the experience of the island. It is treacherous walking around there on a weekend....that is if the cars are moving at all, as often they are just sitting in a giant line idleing.

                                          There may need to be a nearby structure with limited parking, but increased shuttle and transit service (olympic line) would go a long way to make it feasible.

                                          Think about all that extra real estate available without parking lots and wide roads down there! Even the Growth mongers must smile at that prospect

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