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  1. Energuide 90! Train a work force to implement it. Jobs for everyone!

    Design, Construction, Testing, Monitoring, and Enforcement. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

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  2. Start a chain of coffee shops that sells exclusively day old baked goods and expired dairy products.

    I hate walking into all these wasteful cafes and having my nose fill up with the smell of freshly baked goods when I know they are just going to get thrown out at the end of the day. I mean $2.25 for a croissant who has that kind of money. I suggest day old baked goods for sale for a quarter only, and then if you want a latte it is 50 cents but the milk might be a little sour. Remember that you are doing it for the environment, it for your childrens children so come on down and…

    7 votes
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  3. Change the Building Code to require water efficient fixtures in a wider range of house renovations

    The building code specifies the kinds of efficiencies required by water fixtures in all buildings. Currently a home owner has to be undertaking a significant renovation ($95 000 value) before permits are required. The code could be changed to lower that threshold (to $50,000), thereby increasing the number of homes that would be required by law to install fixtures with a high degree of water efficiency.

    12 votes
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  4. Use safety to attract transit riders.

    Focus on the safety of public transportation. If the public sees that transit is becoming safer there is more likelihood that people will use it. This can be complemented by educating the public that driving private vehicles is statistically more dangerous than taking transit.

    3 votes
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  5. Promote & encourage the use of publically-owned properties with green space for recreation & leisure

    Promote and encourage the use of publically-owned green space for recreation and leisure. For example, the RCMP Fairmont Academy at 4949 Heather. Encourage tree planting, landscaping and installation of benches, etc. to improve the aesthetics and experience of these sites.

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  6. Composting public toilets for Wreck Beach (refer to West Coast Trail)

    Wreck Beach is one of the most popular destinations in our city - it is served by FAR too few porta-potties, and they are often too few as well as rather nasty. Take the idea even bigger and make it a city wide/beach wide initiative to replace aging or non-existant toilet facilities in parks/beaches from Stanley Park to Lighthouse Park....

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  7. Make green amenities available to all socioeconomic groups

    Ensure that planning involves a strong environmental justice component and that underrepresented voices have equal access to the benefits of green city.

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  8. 3 votes
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  9. Make it more difficult to get around the city in a car (ex. tolls, road blocks, etc.)

    Sometimes people need to be pushed in the right direction, and by making cars less convenient people will be forced to find other transportation methods! If cars became increasingly annoying to use, because of cycling road blocks, tolls for driving downtown, less road space, etc. then who would want to use cars? People will have to look elsewhere for easy, fast transportation.

    8 votes
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  10. Increase incentives for people to trade in old woodstoves for more efficient ones

    Metro Vancouver already offers a $250 rebate to trade in their old uncertified wood burning appliance for a new low emission appliance. This could be increased and/or more heavily advertised.

    http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/air/health/Pages/WoodStoveExchangeProgram.aspx

    5 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Eco-Street Teams

    A partially voluntary and hired position to patrol the city cores for idlers and curb cutters and litterers.Another great one is water wasters, sewer polluters, single use paper cup users. The bike and roller blade and skaters are licensed by the city to award penalties for various eco-unfriendly acts. These are not entirely all auto related of course. The other component being the urban eco award for positive contribution. Citizens which contribute to the increasing effort to green Vancouver ASAP . The Vancouver City Eco Team could generate a considerable revenue and would quickly build street credit for youths and…

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  12. Work with rail yards to encourage them to reduce rail engine idling and other pollution

    Rail traffic can contribute to local air pollution, specifically when idling in Vancouver rail yards. Should expand the idling by-law to rail traffic and work with rail yards to explore voluntary options to reduce idling.

    10 votes
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  13. Granville bike/walking corridor

    Granville street was happily car free for years. Cars fluidly use Seymore and Howe for accessing the Granville St. bridge. Let's eliminate the road and parking on Granville St. and replace it with a two way bike path, gardens/parks, public gathering areas and outdoor eating. Having an alternative transportation area in the core of our city will be a strong symbol of our goals.

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    The Rediscover Granville program was a big success in 2009, and the City will be looking to continue and build upon this work in future years. More broadly, the draft Greenest City plan will include directions to explore pedestrian-only and pedestrian-priority streets in the downtown core. Potential locations will be identified at a later date (e.g. as part of the transportation plan update).

  14. Reduce reliance on natural gas by large industrial users

    The City could work directly with large industrial users of natural gas to identify cost effective energy efficiency improvements.

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  15. Require businesses and office to provide outdoor ashtrays

    [Submitted via mail by Penny Perry]

    "All offices and businesses should be required to provide outdoor ashtrays. The volume of cigarette garbage on the streets, in the gutters and around the boulevard trees is pretty disgusting. I think i heard a tree on Broadway cough the other day."

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  16. Retain all transit on Seymour and Howe

    [Submitted via mail by Penny Perry]

    Transit on Seymour and Howe is very convenient because if you miss one bus another one that might be going in the same direction will come along in a reasonable time.

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  17. Change the City's tendering procedure to allow for electronic notification

    [Submitted by email]

    We are a General Contractor that bids on City projects. The City requires that we submit our bid the day prior to opening of the bids. They also require, that if we want the information about the bid opening (bid results) to see if we are successful we must attend at the opening. This requires that we drive from Langley back and forth to deliver the bid one day, and again back and forth on the day of the opening. I thought as I drove over the old Port Mann bridge and watched them constructing a new…

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