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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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    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.

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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.

  9. 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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  10. 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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    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.

  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Expell non-greens

    Whenever you do a, why not b?

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  17. Better Designed Street Lighting

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

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