How can we reach our 2020
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How can we reach our 2020 Greenest City targets?

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  1. 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 →
    • Require Timer Light Swtiches & Motion Sensors for Lights in Building Code / Existing Bldg Retrofits

      It boggles the mind why in North America we light up our interior corridors, parkades and other common areas in buildings 24/7. Motion sensored lights in large parkades and common areas, and light switches on times in corridors and stairwells would keep people just as safe and give them light when it was needed, stopping the energy waste of having lights on all the time. It would also reinforce the conservation mentality that people might then bring into their homes as well.

      39 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        22 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 12 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable home and building owners to retrofit existing buildings for energy efficiency

            Instead of building it all from scratch, let's fix what we already have... Low hanging fruit here. Maybe we need to tie retrofits to property tax bills to create the right incentives.

            18 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  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…

              9 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 9 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  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.

                  8 votes
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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.

                  • 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.

                    25 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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…

                      148 votes
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                        9 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Free Door to Door Efficiency Upgrades!

                        Let's have teams of semi-skilled energy and water efficiency technicians provide at-your-door, free upgrade services. It's easy to be lazy when it comes to making our homes more energy and water efficient. Sometime we just need a kick in the pants!

                        The City could partner with BC Hydro, Terasen Gas, the water utility, and other utilities and energy providers to establish teams of people that take energy/water efficiency information and products door-to-door. The neighbourhood visit schedules would be advertized and specific visits could be requested by citizens.

                        Citizens would have a choice between products or could choose not to upgrade.…

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                          1 comment  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • planted buildings

                          Use hedges or vines that cover buildings completely, roof top gardens, to help regulate thermal radiation. AC unit areas should be covered by plants or shaded so the energy wasted to cool the air is less.

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                            0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Backyard Oil Tankers

                            Prior to late 1950's, thousands of Vancouver homes were heated with furnace oil, which was stored underground in 300 to 1000 gallon tanks.

                            Tanks today are in various corroded states, and present risk of oil leaching into soil and groundwater. Expense of removal and threat of neighbourly litigation create disincentive for dealing with the problem.

                            A time-limited window of opportunity should be provided by city for homeownerrs to access 0-interest loans and matching funds to mitigate all kinds of nasty contamination threats.

                            Added bonus of creating a few 'green' jobs, and ensuring those backyard gardens won't be growing petrotatoes and…

                            7 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Develop a restoration economy

                              Promote preservation and redevelopment rather than new development whenever possible in order to minimize destruction of natural and cultural heritage. Capitalize on underutilized and abandoned infrastructure. Revitalize places that have already been developed. Create incentives for the preservation and restoration of buildings rather than tearing them down. This could include incentives for improvements in energy efficiency; community access to services; and improvement or creation of habitat around buildings, for instance.

                              27 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Super Insulate All Buildings

                                Super Insulate All Buildings rather than spend on finding ways to heat inefficient existing building

                                10 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Reduce light pollution

                                  Relatively easy to correct and largely the result of bad design, light pollution is a common problem throughout the city. Make sure that lights are designed to focus light downwards and not allowed up into the night sky where it disrupts the diurnal patterns of many species (including people).

                                  14 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Design healing communities

                                    Build communities to address the functional services required, but that also consider the well being of humans and nature, and the connectivity to the community.

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                                    • Empower apartment residents to hang their laundry to dry

                                      Many strata and co-op buildings prohibit drying laundry on balconies or outside. Hanging to dry uses far less energy than using a dryer. Pass a by-law: prohibit the prohibition!

                                      43 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Energy Retrofit Financing

                                        Provide low-cost financing for building and home owners to retrofit our built environment with energy efficient measures and technologies. Look towards PACE & On-bill structures and incorporate energy management software to database and report the savings to all invovled parties.

                                        44 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Cash and tax incentives for the sale of excess power generated from the installation of solar power.

                                          If you want people to follow more than dancing with the stars....wave the green in their face and the city will change. Tie into the grid and allow people the choice of where their excess power goes. If you are paid for the power but it's capped at a monthly amount the rest can be credited to shelters for the homeless and lower income housing. All as a taxable write off of course. The ideas are endless and so is the power!

                                          15 votes
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