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  1. Home Energy Labeling in BC

    Home Energy Labelling at the Time of Sale can have significant economic, social and environmental benefits for the Province of BC.

    To date:
    The Climate Action Team recommended that BC implement mandatory labelling at time of sale by 2012.
    Utilities and the BC government are supporting labelling pilots in several BC communities.

    When the homeowner decides to sell their home, they request a home energy assessment to be conducted by a Natural Resources Canada Certified Energy Advisor. The energy assessment takes into account the heating and hot-water systems, insulation levels, windows, doors and includes a test to determine overall air…

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  2. Earth Day Corporate Challenge

    Why not challenge companies in Vancouver to plant boulevards, or round-a-bouts, or empty lots for Earth Day.

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  3. printing

    Green up the Citys Print Communications - we know the city needs to communicate, let's do it smarter. Ensure that any communication vendors have been pre-qualified with a number of Environmental and Social minimum standards. Ensure that any print is done with leading sustainable practices, Carbon Neutral, Recycled paper, Zero VOC inks, with companies that actively support the communities social and green needs. Print Less, Print smarter.

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  4. SMS (text) mobile phone alerts for bike route changes

    Few things deter cyclists and would-be cyclists like our too frequent unannounced changes to safe biking routes due to construction and other inconveniences.

    Using the city's database, cyclists could subscribe to a 'push' SMS message services that would alert them to any changes to their preferred route(s). The messages would also provide alternate safe routes.

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  5. Burrard Street bridge bicycle lane

    Add a designated bicycle lane going into downtown on the Burrard Street bridge. This would also encourage walking by allowing pedestrians back on both sides of the bridge.

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    The City is starting a design process for the structural upgrade of the Burrard Bridge, which will include designs to create permanent separated bike lanes on the bridge. This design process will consider configuration options for the bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

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  7. street end community gardens

    The short streets on the end of a typical block are 66 feet wide just like the streets along the front of most residential properties.
    What if we made them 33 feet wide which is wide enough for a laneway a sidewalk and some trees. The remaining 33 feet could be used for community gardens, pocket parks or leased for a standard residential lot. The lot would provide additional housing without changing the character of a neighbourhood.

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  9. Support collective housing

    Support the development of collective housing- support landlords that rent to collective houses and create supports to allow collective houses to own their buildings.
    Adult, children and pets living collectively pool their time and resources to implement practices that reduce their environmental footprint and support everyone's quality of life.

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  10. Hire a group of young motivated leaders

    Help me help you help us.

    Create green jobs.

    Make it a little easier for the change makers to flourish.

    Subsidized trainings.

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  11. Put a boom box on every corner

    Cuba - one of a handful of countries living within its ecological means - is also one of the world's top producers of arts, music and culture. Is there a relationship between creative production, sustainability and happiness? We think so. Imagine a Vancouver where one's daily experience was one of engagement, creation and production rather than consumption.

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  12. Require all coffee shops to install Japanese style toilets ( grey water) and save water

    Install a small sink on top of the toilet. When the patron flushes the toilet the water first comes through the tap. see the sinkpositive site http://sinkpositive.com/site/home/ or this you tubevideo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kulnVSG0FY&feature=related
    for an example. Installed in restaurants and coffee shops this would save space and save hundreds of litres of water a year.

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  13. Produce instead of consume

    A friend of mine told me his version of eco-tourism: "stay home and shallow breath." Being green means producing more than we consume. We need to think about this at home, in our occupations and in the community. I have a hard time imagining how Vancouver can compete with poorer cities where the people cannot afford to buy stuff and therefore have a lighter footprint. Even the most conscientious Vancouve bike rider can have their carbon footprint skyrocket when their air travel is calculated. But we can always try and there are lots of great ideas being put forth here!

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    This is an interesting take on reducing ecological footprint. Our research tells us that people respond better to positive messaging that activates and motivates them, and that is the likely tact we will take in our communications.

  14. 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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  15. 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.

  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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