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. Comprehensive Food Waste Collection

    Why not collect all food waste? Seattle does it. UBC does it. Why limit it to uncooked fruits and veggies and eggshells? This makes some people not bother. More would use the service if it didn't require any discrimination and sorting.....

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      8 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Create a Green Enterprise Zone

      Vancouver could establish a green enterprise zone that would serve as a magnet for the development of green business, technology, products and services.

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        10 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        This idea will be included in the draft Greenest City Action Plan. A Green Enterprize Zone team is establishing an area and some initial projects including two business incubators, specific infrastructure and demonstration projects.

      • Partner w/ social development orgs to ensure a more holistic 'greening' + to build broader support

        While the mandate of this project is specifically to 'green' the city, even the 'Greenest City' will be a failure if the overall welfare of its people isn't considered.

        The strongest Greenest City strategy will be a holistic one, including key elements of social, community and local economic development.

        Our Greenest City approach should include dedicated outreach to individuals and communities that have traditionally had low participation in Vancouver's Green movement -- to build broad support and to recognize shared goals between organizations.

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          0 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Though this is called the Greenest City program, there has been a very strong social justice and economic lens to the work. There is a green economy working group and external advisory committee with membership from diverse community-based organisations and businesses. Staff the City’s Social Policy department are very active in the process.

        • Foster a friendly ‘greening of the cities’ competition with other major west coast cities.

          Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco all aspire to be greener cities along with Vancouver. Finding ways for the west coast cities to compete, share and inspire each other will have a positive effect in driving each other to achieve greater results more quickly and in the spirit of mutually beneficial competition. Perhaps an annual competition with progress indicators, for example.

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            1 comment  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            The “Greenest City in the World by 2020” is fostering this competition with cities globally, including those on our coast. Expanding it to a global outlook pits us against less industrialized cities, as well as cities in rapidly developing countries, and makes the contest much more interesting and challenging.

          • Encourage Community Groups

            Facilitate meetings at all community centres in the city that give neighbours an opportunity to meet and discuss topics relevant to their communities. This will support community involvement and decision making.

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              0 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              This kind of work is already underway all over the City, much of which is led by community organisations. Find one in your neighbourhood, or one that works on issues that you care about, and join in. This action plan includes building supports (e.g. tools, resources) to support community groups in talking about, and working toward, the greenest city.

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                0 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Encourage eco-offices

                It's fine to be green at home - but what about employers? Connect with the Vancouver Board of Trade and other businesses to ensure that offices are recycling, reducing engergy, encouraging healthy food choices, and green commuting options. Give tax breaks for businesses who allow 50% of their employees to telecommute.

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                  0 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Encourage clothes lines through subsidized "kits" and installation assistance

                  Dryers are huge energy sucks, and outdoor clothes lines can do a fine job drying laundry (at least for the 50 days a year it doesn't rain!). Perhaps a summer student could be hired to come install clothes lines at residences around the city.

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

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