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. green teams at work

    All companies have green teams - staff run program that engage staff in being greener at work and at home.

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      1 comment  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • change building code to allow ventilated service areas

      Apartments and condos would have ventilated service areas, where people would be able to hang clothes on clotheslines, instead of using electrical driers all year long for drying any amount of clothing. Also, a tank with tap for manual washing of small loads of clothing will save water and will add up to hygiene.

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        0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 2 stroke scooters

        The 2 stroke engine requires both gas and oil to burn, the emissions of a 2 stroke lawnmower are worse than even large trucks, a 2 stroke scooter is even worse than a lawnmower as the engine is bigger. It's great that a 2 stroke scooter is not so bad on fuel consumption and is smaller in need of materials to build. But 4 strokes and electrics are readily available. I think that we'd all breathe easier if 2 stroke scooters weren't allowed to belch out noise and pollution in Vancouver.

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          0 comments  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Comprehensive Carbon Emission Reduction Program Using Carbon Calculator to Track Our Efforts

          In order to reach dramatic CO2 emission reduction targets, we need a comprehensive program that provides a framework and incentive for us to work together to implement the great ideas described on this site.

          The city has set broad reduction targets and in order to meet our current and future targets (I and I think many others are willing to take even bigger steps), we need to be able to see, at a concrete level, the impact of our actions (ie - the amount of CO2 in the air going up or down) - as individuals and families, as businesses…

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            2 comments  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            • All universities to use alternative energy to become self-sufficient

              See the German/USA film The 4th Revolution - Energy Autonomy - it's entirely possible to use only alternatives to power our institutions and cities. The fact that it's more expensive right now is not an excuse - there's too much at stake - universities should be supported to take this step and become our 'labs' for alternative energy.
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              • 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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                  0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Recycling of all sorts of metals.

                  I don't think there's any metal that can't be melted and reused. It makes sense that we recycle all types of metals.

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                    0 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Cool Points: Resident Carbon Cap-and-Trade Scheme

                    Pilot the first municipal carbon trading scheme for residents.

                    Create citywide, scaleable carbon market where residents (and businesses, tourists) are assigned a personal/household ghg cap based on current avg ghg consumption. These cool points would need to be spent initially on ghg main offenders like gas, home heat, electricity. Over the cap? You'll have to buy cool points from wee emitters on our local carbon market. Buy, sell and save your cool points with a cool points visa-like card/number. The annual cap would gradually be reduced, and the price of carbon would increase.

                    Perhaps politically and logistically unfeasible, at least…

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                    • More glass recycling

                      There used to be a lot of glass bottle recycling back 20-30 years ago. It seemse less so now. I think it should be increased again since there's still a lot of glass usage. And not just bottles but jars and containers. I think al glass can be broken up, melted and reused again.

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                        2 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • solar trash compactor

                        City of Vancouver has 2,400 public space litter bins on streets, transit stops and parks. By introducing a wireless capable solar trash compactor system to replace this system significant financial and environmental benefits can be realized. Operating costs will be reduced by 70% as well as Green House Gas emissions from the Diesel powered waste collection vehicle that go out at least once per day to pick up each of these 2,400 bins. Imagine having the collection take place once per week instead of seven times per week and have the reduced trip frequency pay for all this equipment in…

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                          0 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          The City is piloting over 20 solar-powered trash compacting bins in South East False Creek and Cambie Street.

                          However, this idea isn’t included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan. Compacting waste reduces volume and makes collection more efficient, but it doesn’t reduce the tonnes of waste sent to landfill or incinerator. The proposed Zero Waste target is to reduce 50% (by weight) of garbage sent to landfill or incinerator by 2020.

                        • Expell non-greens

                          Whenever you do a, why not b?

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                          • 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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                            • 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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                              • 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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                                • Better Designed Street Lighting

                                  NOTE: This idea merges several ideas submitted calling for energy efficient street light design.

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                                  • Ban power washers for residential use

                                    [Submitted via email by Patrice Allen]

                                    "Ban power washers for residential use, and monitor their use or find alternatives for commercial use. At present they are noisy, gas-sucking or power sucking annoyances that waste tons of water while owners wash their trucks, their driveways and their dogs. It stuns me. I have sat outside of a Safeway store at the tables provided and watched while two men have power washed a concrete planter and a small portion of sidewalk, for HOURS, using TONS of water and power. Why, in Rain City, do we have to powerwash everything that is exposed…

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