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. Work with rail yards to encourage them to reduce rail engine idling and other pollution

    Rail traffic can contribute to local air pollution, specifically when idling in Vancouver rail yards. Should expand the idling by-law to rail traffic and work with rail yards to explore voluntary options to reduce idling.

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    • Regulate non-road emission sources like diesel generators, lawn mowers and leaf blowers

      Diesel particulate matter (PM) is one of the biggest air quality threats to human health in the city. Its health impacts include lung cancer, heart and respiratory disease, and even premature death.

      Non-road emissions, which are a significant source of diesel PM, come from a broad range of sectors including industrial, construction, recreational, lawn and garden, agricultural and other sectors. Their emissions often occur close to ground level and close to where people live, work and play. While emission standards for new non-road engines are already in place, older equipment will continue to be used for decades.

      The city should…

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        4 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ban woodstoves through by-laws

        Wood-burning fireplaces and stoves can emit substantial amounts of air pollutants (mostly particulate matter). Health Canada reports that the health-impacts of wood smoke include: eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches, nausea and dizziness; and it can cause or worsen symptoms for people with asthma or respiratory problems. The CIty could update its building code so that woodstoves are not allowed in new home construction or limit permitted appliances to advanced combustion technologies only.

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        • Increase incentives for people to trade in old woodstoves for more efficient ones

          Metro Vancouver already offers a $250 rebate to trade in their old uncertified wood burning appliance for a new low emission appliance. This could be increased and/or more heavily advertised.

          http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/air/health/Pages/WoodStoveExchangeProgram.aspx

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            2 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Improve air quality monitoring and make it educational

            Metro Vancouver is responsible for monitoring air quality across the region. There are only two permanent air quality monitoring stations within the City and their readings aren't representative of the rest of Vancouver because of point sources nearby. Building another air quality monitoring station in a better location could help assess trends in ambient air quality across the City. Mobile monitoring studies could also be conducted along major traffic corridors or near suspected point sources to inform policy decisions.

            Educational features such as signage and real-time displays could be incorporated into existing or new monitoring stations. This would help inform…

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            • A Comprehensive Odour Management Plan

              A comprehensive odour management plan is needed for the 'greenest city'

              Our neighbourhoods smell of a rendering plant throughout the summer and very little action has occured over the decades. A truly green Vancouver would smell nice on warm days and we would then be able to open our windows and cool our houses with the breeze.

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              • Ban beach police on quad vehicles

                If the City really wants to be the greenest in the world, it should not equipped its beach police with quad vehicles that pollute the air (overall when they stay iddle in the middle of the beach) and with noise. Beach police should walk or bike and let people enjoy a vehicule free area. Ironic, that we ban smoking on the beach but our own city police is emiting greenhouse gas...

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                  2 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    52 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Ban all and any fireworks!!

                    [Idea submitted via email by Michael Csupak]

                    I encourage you to educate yourselves about pyrotechnics.

                    The “Festival of Lights” I believe it is called is a large scale pollution, initially the atmosphere, we all breathe the air, then the particles will settle in our waters we drink and the fish lives in and in the soil we grow our food in and so on. The chemicals used in the fireworks are poisonous and some cases are RADIOACTIVE. A very good scientific study was produced by the University of Vienna, sighting much of the specifics.

                    Concentrations of similar explosives used by…

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                      1 comment  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make the full transition to gasification

                      Help to entice local diposal business to conglomerate and move towards gasification. Create greater incentive for local waste managment business to move towards this sustainable technology. Incurring the short term cost of enticing companies such as Nexterra to expand gasification technology and encouraging local businesses to merge and take on this great challenge will pay for itself in terms of stability by reducing large vehicle use between competeing companies, landfill and infrastructure maintenance and the grand promotion and attraction of being the first city in the world with an entirely sustainable waste disposal system.

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                      • Tie air pollution permits to targeted pollution reduction plans

                        For those industries permitted to pollute (chicken and fish reduction plants, diesel exhaust from the port) tie specific targeted reductions as a condition of permit and monitor to assure results.

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                        • Regulate Marine Traffic Emissions

                          Emissions from marine vessel traffic are not regulated as strictly as emissions from land-based emitters. These emissions have been growing steadily in the Vancouver region. The city should push for stricter guidelines to ensure that measures implemented to reduce air pollution caused by cars and heating, for example, are not offset by emissions from marine traffic.

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                              14 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              City of Vancouver is considering the possibility of a ban for all new residential construction. This idea is considered in the draft Greenest City Action Plan. Chemical products of concern to possibly be addressed through a VoC strategy under consideration.

                            • Work with shipping & cruise line industry to reduce idling and diesel emmissions whilst in Port

                              Vancouver is the second busiest port in North America and sees a lot of shipping traffic. The City needs to work with the shipping & cruise industries to cut emissions whilst tankers/freightlines/cruise ships are docked in Port. Can we mandate a power hook-up to shore?

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                                4 comments  ·  Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Port Metro Vancouver is under Federal jurisdiction. The City of Vancouver works with Metro Vancouver, Environment Canada, Port Metro Vancouver to advocate for shore-power. This idea is included in the Draft Action Plan.

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