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. nTio2

    Replace power washers by employing the green techology of the self cleaning coating "nano Titanium Dioxide (nTiO2).
    It's a better way to keep buildings clean while protecting the environment and it's available here in the lower mainland.

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      0 comments  ·  Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        0 comments  ·  Plant additional trees  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        • 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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            0 comments  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Place Making - City Repair see link

            Place making initiatives like those in Portland, Oregon and Fernwood, Victoria, B.C. http://cityrepair.org/ See the book Place Making (small) and Mark Lakeman. Wonderful inspiration for taking back neighbourhoods and becoming more involved in one's community. Fernwood now has a Neighbourhood Resource Group, which to date has bought and revitalized several heritage buildings, runs a comminity cafe called Cornerstone Cafe, which hires local youths and uses profits to put back in the community and is in the process of upgrading several more. Most of the work was done by the community. Also seeing the need in their neighbourhood for more affordable…

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            • Youth Pensions/Green Unjobs

              An expensive city, living in vancity is particularly prohibitive for young people trying to get off to a good start. But we want them, and we need them. Finding ways and places to help them stay will also make a more compact, dense and green city.

              So offer them an early pension loan for up to 12 years, provided that they’ve graduated from high school. Tax-free and the equivalent of current monthly cpp payouts, accessing the option means assigning post-age 65 cpp earnings for equivalent period of time. If they really want to, they can work too, but no pressure.…

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                0 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Poonergy

                Have city staff invent a machine to capture/burn the heat from your poo and transfer to hot water tank, or sell it into the city grid I mentioned earlier, exploiting a very domestic source of energy.

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                  2 comments  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  The Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) in Southeast False Creek provides space heating and domestic hot water to new buildings in the area. The system uses sewage heat recovery to supply most of the annual energy demand (70%). This approach is being considered in other areas. Read more here: http://vancouver.ca/sustainability/building_neu.htm

                  Metro Vancouver is also exploring opportunities to generate energy from liquid waste. See also: http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/publications/Publications/ILWRMP.pdf

                • To stimulate food waste recycling, offer a monthly bin cleaning service.

                  Since food waste will be in a bin for 2 weeks before collection, it tends to become smelly and full with bugs. This could be a major drawback for a lot of people, especially during the summer months. Therefore, offer a monthly or bi-monthly cleaning service on the day the waste is collected. In this way, recycling will become a lot less smelly! This service is in use in the Netherlands where food waste recycling has been around for a long time, and works perfectly!

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                    2 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Bike Blading

                    Make the Bike / Blading Paths smoother - on driveways / cut outs etc for Rolling over. Cut down the bricks (on wheel path) @ Olympic Village, Yaletown, and Coal Harbour as they are to rough and to dangerous.

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                      The City will continue to design (and work to improve) greenways and recreational paths so they are safe and attractive not just for cyclists, but for in-line skaters, wheelchair users, and others.

                    • City Of Vancouver internal operation need to be leaders

                      I can't believe how far behind city operation are with regards to recycling it's embarassing. We need easy accessible recycling facilities on each floor and or lunch room. Examples of companies that do this well Microsoft, Whole Foods even Metro Vancouver Head Office.

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

                        Power Monitoring - Commercial Buildings

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                          2 comments  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Illustrate how individuals can make the City a 'self-cleaning oven' via creative waste diversion.

                          We need a showcase of repurposed goods and ideas that can either travel to schools or be visited by the public. Environmental issues align with savings indices issues in a bold, creative way.

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                            0 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Tax break for Community Lead Clean up

                            A tax break for communities who maintain and clean up their neighbourhood block.

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                              1 comment  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Express Bus Lane to Seattle

                              Express Bus (way cheaper and easier to do than high-speed rail) to Seattle. Set aside a dedicated lane for bus service between the two hubs and watch transit (and business connections) take off. Bonus idea: Specific buses that require all passengers to be nexus approved, meaning swifter border crossings.

                              Already in place on the East Coast: http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/07/25/travel/25Prac.html?adxnnl=1&hpw=&adxnnlx=1279735270-6prOYEpRjwtJ5CN5jXa6mA

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                              • Recycled Plastic Lumber

                                Use recycled plastic lumber rather than IPE hardwoods on park benches and picnic tables. The plastic can be sourced locally reducing waste going into the landfills and creating local jobs. The Plastic is easier to maintain reducing maintenance costs

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                                • Recycling Education and Expanding the Recycling Program

                                  Updated education on what is recyclable and what isn't would be great. Our recycling bin has been rejected because people aren't following the guidelines, but if they're coming from other provinces or countries, they might have been able to recycle more. Let's upgrade what we can recycle and educate everyone on what we can do. Am I the only one who still takes the plastic windows out of the envelopes and do we still need to do it?

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                                  • Create a surface network for transit

                                    [Submitted via email by Ann Foster]

                                    Improve transit by creating a surface network which covers all the main streets of Vancouver, instead of focusing on one or two very expensive "corridors". This has been done in Zurich, Switzerland where 70% of all trips are made by transit. Cycling in Vancouver is limited by hills, rain, bike theft, and the perception that showers and special clothing is required.

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                                      Most arterial streets in Vancouver already have local service which is “frequent” by TransLink standards. The City is supportive of increased frequency and reliability, especially in high-demand corridors.

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                                        The Greenest City work will direct the next transportation plan update to explore more sustainable goods movement approaches, including the use of rail, waterways, and new technologies.

                                      • Implement Vancouver Zoom Your Roof Project

                                        Since building heating is one of the biggest uses of natural gas in BC it should be a priority to reduce this footprint. In Belgium communities are implementing a project where residents can easily see how effective their insulation is. This lets people actually see for themselves whether investing in insulation would be worth it for them.

                                        More info on Belgian project:
                                        http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/011446.html
                                        http://infosthetics.com/archives/2010/07/zoom_into_your_roof.html

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

                                          Building labeling and energy audits will help building owners and occupants understand how their buildings are performing and where they are losing heat. While we may not implement the “zoom in” program per se, these other tools included in the draft Greenest City Action Plan address same issue.

                                        • You Do Not Seem To Understand We Do Not Care About Your Targets

                                          You would think you would have figured this out by now!

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