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. Drinking water fountains + bottled water ban

    Ban bottled water. Install public fountains instead! Make sure they're designed so you can fit a tall Sigg steel water bottle underneath to fill it.

    Many restaurants and cafes are nice enough to provide water taps/pitchers and glasses - encourage the rest to do so.

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      started  ·  26 comments  ·  Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Encourage urban food production

      Urban vegetable gardens and container planting can go a long way towards reducing our food miles and our dependence on imports.

      Successful projects in Mexico and Cuba show us that we can produce a lot of food in the city proper, so why don't we?

      669 votes
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        23 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Build complete, walkable neighbourhoods interconnected by great transit and cycling routes.

        Transportation and land use go hand in hand. Good land use can reduce the distance people travel and support more sustainable choices like walking and cycling by bringing people closer to their daily destinations.

        The city should provide an appropriate mix of land uses and a high quality pedestrian-oriented public realm. Most services and amenities--such as grocery stores, schools, daycare, parks, community centres, and transit--should be within a safe, enjoyable 5 or 10 minute walk from where people live. Longer trips should be easily served by high quality transit and cycling options.

        Links: http://www.vtpi.org/landtravel.pdf, http://vancouver.ca/planning/

        599 votes
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          18 comments  ·  Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          This is an evolutionary process. The City of Vancouver is already considered a North American leader in this regard. Current and future plans and projects (e.g. Cambie Corridor Planning Program) will continue to embrace this ideal.

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            0 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • rain water toilets

            rainwater can be collected from eco-roofs or rain gutters use in toilets.

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              0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide online tools to help people educate their friends, family, and networks about green actions

              The Sierra Club develop presentation tools for Ottawa's curbside organics collection program. People can use these to give 10-minute presentations in their community to educate others to "do the right thing". Similar tools could be developed for backyard composting, waste reduction, commuter cycling, energy conservation, , etc. Think Toastmasters with a mission.

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                2 comments  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Cycling for Everyone: Develop a complete cycling network that feels safe and attractive to all

                Studies show that most people are open to the idea of cycling, but are discouraged by routes that don't feel safe enough. Vancouver should build a complete network of cycling routes that feel safe and attractive to all, including children, seniors, and novice cyclists. On arterials and other busy streets, bike routes should be physically separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or other barriers (the Carrall Street Greenway and new Dunsmuir bike lanes are good examples). Quieter neighbourhood routes can be made safer through improved traffic calming including reduced motor vehicle speed limits.

                Links: http://vancouver.ca/cycling (City of Vancouver), …

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                  An ongoing process. Many of the City’s recent initiatives (e.g. downtown separated bike lane trial, additional traffic calming on existing routes) work towards this vision. The draft Greenest City action plan will support this idea, and include directions to help inform the upcoming transportation plan update and new active transportation plan.

                • Improve Neighbourhood Roundabouts to provide for safe pedestrian crossing

                  Neighbourhood roundabouts are being developed across the city. These roundabouts serve to maintain a comfortable traffic flow for cars and cyclists on residential streets. Unfortunately, due to their design, these roundabouts fail to provide security for pedestrians since there are no visual cues to suggest that pedestrians even have a right to cross the street. In a local classroom survey, grade 4’s exclaimed that they feel unsafe crossing at these roundabouts and I regularly see uncertainty in the eyes and actions of pedestrians crossing at roundabouts.

                  There are a number of ways to improve this situation. Here are two examples:

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                  • Solidify Laneway Housing Through Ownership Incentives

                    Developing a process that will facilitate homes with lanes to be able to subdivide back to front would solidify and incentivize the production of laneway houses, effectively doubling the density in parts of the city without breaking the small scale character of neighbourhoods. The current program allows for lane way houses to be produced with an incentive from rental income, but with current development costs and real estate market the process is not readily viable at a city-wide scale and many home owners do not see enough benefit to warrant financing such a project. However, with the incentive of being…

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                      1 comment  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Indoor farmer's markets and community garden spaces for winter months.

                      Create indoor farmer's markets and community garden spaces for winter months in order to support healthy eco-living and eating.

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                        5 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Green Events Guide for all city and community events

                        Many cities have green guides for all events that take place within their boundaries. Some have embedded it into policy and groups running events must abide by the city requirements. Let's follow suit and get to zero waste.

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                          1 comment  ·  Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Futureproof Green Buildings by adapting to projected climate conditions

                          Green buildings that do not consider future climate conditions are not as energy efficient or as sustainable as they could be

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                            3 comments  ·  Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Reduce peak electricity demand

                            Vancouver can be a model of a community that works together to reduce its peak electricity demand and thus the generation capacity needed to sustain it. It can do this through proper monitoring of usage in both residential and commercial buildings and financial incentives to reduce beyond savings on the bill. Make Vancouver a model, and once shown successful, this model can be expanded to other BC cities and beyond.

                            10 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Develop a directory and/or application that helps consumers choose sustainable products and services

                              Imagine just selecting the 'green directory' app and being able to find sustainable businesses in the local area? Or finding a product in store and being able to look it up immediately to find out what it's sustainable qualifications are? There are a lot of people out there actively seeking out sustainable products and services, but there are a lot more who are engaged and interested - but just not sure where to start. People are creatures of habit, to motivate them to make changes you need to make it EASY for them to do so! I'm not saying it's…

                              11 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Re-Utilizing the heat from potable water ( Dishwasher, Shower, ... )

                                We could use the potential heat from our shower, dishwasher and other source of hot water that we utilize everyday and utilize the energy to heat the hot water again ( Re-use it for a thermal recovery )

                                13 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Urban Orchards

                                  Create urban orchards in every neighbourhood ( cherry, apple, fig, berries, plums, apricots and peaches). Employ staff to maintain these and to teach people how to preserve and use the harvest. Graft producing branches to existing cherry, plum, apple root stock.

                                  48 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Install outlets for electric vehicles in parking lots

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                                    Consider a downtown parking lot with outlets so plugin electric hybrids can recharge. Could have some type of metre.

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                                    • 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

                                      • Require Timer Light Swtiches & Motion Sensors for Lights in Building Code / Existing Bldg Retrofits

                                        It boggles the mind why in North America we light up our interior corridors, parkades and other common areas in buildings 24/7. Motion sensored lights in large parkades and common areas, and light switches on times in corridors and stairwells would keep people just as safe and give them light when it was needed, stopping the energy waste of having lights on all the time. It would also reinforce the conservation mentality that people might then bring into their homes as well.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Backyard Oil Tankers

                                          Prior to late 1950's, thousands of Vancouver homes were heated with furnace oil, which was stored underground in 300 to 1000 gallon tanks.

                                          Tanks today are in various corroded states, and present risk of oil leaching into soil and groundwater. Expense of removal and threat of neighbourly litigation create disincentive for dealing with the problem.

                                          A time-limited window of opportunity should be provided by city for homeownerrs to access 0-interest loans and matching funds to mitigate all kinds of nasty contamination threats.

                                          Added bonus of creating a few 'green' jobs, and ensuring those backyard gardens won't be growing petrotatoes and…

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