How can we reach our 2020
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GC 2020

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  1. 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.

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  2. Plant additional trees on wide boulevards

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

    48 votes
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  3. Adopt a fruit/nut tree program

    Stop wasting growing space! Municipalities should encourage the planting of food producing trees on city property. The maintenance of these trees and harvesting of food could be managed through an Adopt-a-Tree program that individuals or community groups such as the Scouts or Food Sharing initiatives could participate in.

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  4. Plant edibles

    My neighbourhood is full of boulevard trees and planted round-abouts, however, none of this vegetation is edible!

    Instead of horse chestnut trees, plant real chestnut trees. Instead of oaks and maples, plant apple trees, crab apples, cherry, even peach.

    Instead of hedges, try blueberry/huckleberry bushes or rhubarb.

    We can increase our food security by putting our available green space to good use!

    60 votes
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  5. Plant trees lots and lots of trees!

    Plant trees lots and lots of trees. There are so many streets and areas in Vancouver where trees have died and not been replaced and areas were trees simply have never been planted. One just needs to have a walk on the seawall to notice that there are so many lots already allocated for trees that are instead filled with grass. Trees equals shade, less CO2, and a greener and more beautiful city. Come on Vancouver its time to green up one tree at a time!

    42 votes
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  6. Threes in coffee cup

    In Vancouver, a huge amount of coffee cups are use each day. If each person keep his own cups and put a seed in it with some soil or cotton, a lot of threes, plants or vegetables are going to grow in town, on balconies, in appartments. When they will become a little plant people will plant it in collective vegetable garden or just in their grass ! Everybody will have green fingers, even children who will be fascinate to look at the plants growing up each day !

    3 votes
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  7. Provide apple trees to residential property owners

    Supply interested property owners with suitable types of apple trees. For instance, farmer and City of Richmond Councilor Harold Steves (whose family Steveston was named after) has developed four apple cultivars for Vancouver that could be grown year round and provide abundant local fruit.

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  8. Plant trees to reduce your property tax.

    Driving through Vancouver (especially eastern parts) you can notice many front yards that just consist of lawn. No bush, no tree just an empty front. The city should allow home / property owners to get deductions from their property tax (or any other incentive) by proving certain amount (and types) of trees per square-meter open undeveloped property. Vancouver could soon be literally much greener and enjoy all the benefits that come with the trees.

    89 votes
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  9. Set up a Vancouver city treeplanting carbon offset program, adminstered by the city and implemented

    A home owner can request a tree-planting in their yard; a qualified assessment is carried out to select the right species the right placement in the yard with guidelines to ensure the permanence of the tree. These guidelines would ensure any views for your neighbours, power-lines sewer lines etc.. everything to ensure the tree need not be removed in the near future.

    The City then delivers and plants the tree with maintenance guidelines for the homeowner. The home owner gets a few dollars off their taxes every year that the tree remains growing(Audits required as in any tree-planting carbon scheme)…

    27 votes
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  10. Chrismas Tree Legacy Forest/Land

    Allocating plots of land such as areas of park space, city sidewalks or other areas so that people can plant potted Christmas trees after use for the holidays would provide trees for people to enjoy in their homes and, once finished for the holidays, a place for the trees to grow and be appreciated by families for years to come.

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  11. Mandatory soil volume requirements for street trees

    Large mature trees provide 70% more economic and environmental services than small trees.

    It takes 25m3 of uncompacted soil to grow a large 40cm diameter tree.
    The city needs to mandate soil volume requirements to get the trees that will provide all of the environmental values that we look for from trees - shade, stormwater reduction, air pollution reduction, energy savings...
    "Nearly all of the associated problems result from one underlying cause: loss of the water-retaining and evapotranspirating functions of the soil and vegetation in the urban landscape" EPA commissioned report - Urban Management in the US.2008

    64 votes
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  12. Save dying trees, double fruit tree production with Gadgeteers' technology

    Almost all dying trees can be saved -- there is no need to spend $$$$ chopping down dying trees. Also, fruit trees can double their output with the technology from Vancouver Gadgeteers.

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  13. Put Some Teeth into Tree Policy:Trees really are an essential cornerstone to our green future.

    Trees really are an essential cornerstone to our green future. Very few strategies have as direct a relationship to carbon offset as does the planting of a tree. However to effectively achieve the planting of more trees (and protection of existing stock) will require a paradigm shift from the current passive City policy.

    For example:
    (1) The tree removal bylaw must be actively enforced in the manner that parking bylaws are with routine patrols and ticketing. Why not use the same active enforcement team? They are already out, patrolling resident neighborhoods. And the bylaw needs to be rewritten to put…

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