How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

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    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Note: BitaVorell's idea "Reward those who walk or bike to work" has been merged with this one.

    People who walk or bike to work have a much smaller environmental footprint and are healthier. So, why not reward people who use an active mode of transportation for commuting to work? Let's find ways to encourage this behavior. Carrots can be much more effectively than sticks!

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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @Spring The City of Vancouver does have a calendar of green events through the One Day Vancouver website. Have a look:

    http://vancouver.ca/oneday/connect/calendar.htm

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    25 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The City supports Metro Vancouver’s plans to ban food scraps from the incinerator and landfills by 2015. The City will collaborate with Metro Vancouver to develop and implement a plan to ensure apartments, condos, businesses and institutions have access to food scraps collection programs before the ban comes into effect.

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    NOTE: Elizabeth Quinn's idea "Composting facilities for apartment dwellers." has been merged with this one.

    I've been using a worm bin on my balcony for two years and it just doesn't work. The two of us eat too many fruits and vegetables for our two large worm bins to keep up with.

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    11 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Note: ndrodrigues's idea "recycle waste" has been merged with this one.

    make every business (eg: restaurant, mall etc) sort their garbage right away... so much goes to the dump which can be recycled...

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    Transit (and transit fares!) are controlled by TransLink, not the city. Having said that, reducing or eliminating transit fares is an interesting idea.

    Unfortunately it’s not very feasible, at least as TransLink is currently funded. Unlike most North American cities, Vancouver’s transit problems aren’t due to a lack of demand but rather a lack of capacity. Anyone who’s ever tried to squeeze onto one of our busy buses or trains knows this all too well — there isn’t enough space even when people have to pay, let alone accommodate the additional demand that would be created if transit were free. Compare this to cities with fare-free zones, which are typically struggling for increase demand, and which typically have (a) less frequent service and/or (b) plenty of extra capacity to accommodate more riders.

    In Vancouver, we need to provide more transit capacity to meet existing demand — and a LOT more…

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    NOTE: Lisa Giroday's idea "Make public transportation FREE in the core" has been merged with this one.

    If we want to realistically look at reduction in emissions, look at methods that truly encourage change. Make public transit free in the core.

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Note: Lauren G's idea "Free Central Area Transit (CAT) Buses" was merged with this one:

    "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perth_Central_Area_Transit

    Perth, Australia has a free bus service that operates around the central business districts of Perth and Fremantle. These buses are called CATS (central area transport service) and service the free transit zone (FTZ).

    The buses have a low ground clearance which make it easy for people of all ages to hop on an off the buses.

    The buses have a set route and arrive approximately every 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the route, time of day and day of the week. They operate on compressed natural gas. There is a Red, Blue and Yellow CAT bus for Perth, with a set route that operates in one direction. There is one Orange CAT bus for Fremantle."

    These buses are always packed, with locals and tourists alike!

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Note: Barbara Hartman's idea "Create "C-pass" to allow Vancouverites to travel for transit for free (after adding capacity)" has been merged with this one.

    "Collect annual small contribution from all property tax to pay for it. It is fair, social action, good for tourism, eliminates fare collection costs, improves safety of drivers."

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Note, Melanie Knight 's idea "Free transit" was merged with this one.

    "Portland has it. Rail systems that are dependable and free for all - tourists and locals. Make visitors change their actions when they are here - so they take their new behaviours with them."

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    8 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    NOTE: Brenda M.'s idea "offer developers incentives to retrofit existing buildings rather than building new" has been merged with this one.

    Every new building we add, unless it's actually regenerative, adds to our carbon and energy footprint. Rather than building new, why don't we offer incentives to developers to invest in upgrading existing buildings?

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @Janine Brossard, do you have any photos of your house with all the salvaged materials? I'd love to see how that turned out.

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    9 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    NOTE: Laara Cerman's idea "Gardens on roofs of apartments and in apartment common areas. There's lots of space."

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    NOTE: pr's idea "greenhouse on flat roofed industrial" has been merged with this one.

    "Encourage the building of hydroponic greenhouses on the acres and acres and acres of unproductive rooftop surrounding vancouver. Currently we build hydroponic greenhouses away from the city on highly productive farmland. The land is wasted and the food travels greater distances. Industrial rooftops would bring food production closer to town and utelize vast areas of blank urban space. There would be a cost benefit to the food producers as the "land" is readily available and could be zoned similarly to rural land. We would be saving farmland for farming.Hydroponic greenhouses are not excessively heavy therefore existing industrial buildings could be easily retrofittted or new ones build for nominal additional costs. The food we eat would be produces where we live."

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Note: Clelie's idea "Encourage green roofs" has been merged with this one.

    "Mandate green roofs ( usable for food production and use by people) for new contruction. Create a program to retrofit existing buildings. Support landlords in making this space available to tenants to grow food and to decompress."

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    Note: Benjamin's idea "Sky Gardens" has been merged with this one.

    "Most buildings in Downtown Vancouver are for housing, and well people in those houses would love to have a garden, BUT they can't since they don't have a lot of room to do so. But what if we can use that huge empty space on buliding tops to create gardns ... more

    Most buildings in Downtown Vancouver are for housing, and well people in those houses would love to have a garden, BUT they can't since they don't have a lot of room to do so. But what if we can use that huge empty space on buliding tops to create gardens in the sky, it uses all that empty space to create a beautiful areial view. It will encourage people to grow their own food, maybe it could bring back animals (birds) to the city, it may reduce flooding, heat, and greenhouse gas emmisions, and IT SURE DOES LOOK GOOD"

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    3 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @Salwa, do you have an example of this?

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    5 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @Andrew, sounds like an interesting design competition idea for someone to take on.

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    The draft Greenest City plan will include directions to explore pedestrian-only and pedestrian-priority streets in the downtown core. Potential locations will be identified at a later date (e.g. as part of the transportation plan update).

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    NOTE: Darren Clifford's idea "Make robson a pedestrian only street" has been merged with this one.

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    Requires support from TransLink. The City will continue to support this idea, through measures including secured rights-of-way (e.g. the centre median on 1st Avenue near the Olympic Village). The recent Olympic Line streetcar demonstration was very successful and helps make the business case for this project.

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    NOTE: Eva Hunter's idea "streetcar service" has been merged with this one.

    "Bring in silent streetcar service all over Vancouver to help curtail greenhouse gases and pollution."

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    We have looked at the ""green lanes" pilots and reported to Council in 2008 (summary — they’re 3-4 times more expensive than our now-standard strip pavement, there is a definite "price point’ of how much residents would be willing to pay for the treatment, and they will likely have higher maintenance costs and a shorter service life). We’re currently finalizing our test site for the lower-cost lane treatment option — a permeable lane pavement design.

    Here is the full Council report, including the resident survey.

    http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20081030/documents/pe4.pdf

    Definitely an option for Council to increase the funding (reduce the property owner’s share) for these projects to promote more green lanes. More broadly speaking, the Greenest City team is supportive of the idea to make make laneways and alleys more pedestrian friendly environments, while maintaining essential functions (e.g. access for loading, parking and waste collection).

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Here's a good video explaining green lanes:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3Wo7KS_dX0

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    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    NOTE: thetransitfan's idea "Don't allow construction companies to block sidewalks" has been merged with this one.

    "Sidewalks can be blocked for months at a time by construction, particularly in the downtown core. This discourages walking. If construction must take over the sidewalk, create a pedestrian walkway alongside the sidewalk. Don't make pedestrians cross the street."

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    3 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    NOTE: Madeleine's idea "replace annual bedding plants with edible plants" has been merged with this one.

    "The amount of money and manhours that the city spends every few months to dig up and replace the flowering annuals that are in many public parks, roadsides and city buildings is a huge waste, considering that there is no tangible benefit from these plants.

    I would suggest including attractive, edible plants in these gardens instead, and making the produce available to people in the community. Not only would this encourage creative landscaping/green jobs, local food, but it would also decrease the green waste created by the city."

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    6 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    NOTE: the Vancouver Design Nerds's idea "Paperless bus tickets" has been merged with this one.

    "Instead of receiving a paper bus ticket stub, create a digital system with card readers on busses. These cards, refillable online, could also work in retailers that reside near bus stops."

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    NOTE: Jacob's idea "Oyster Card" has been merged with this one.

    A principal barrier (and a source of paper waste) to accessing any transit network is the transaction cost associated with accessing the network.

    Exact change, paper tickets available at select locations, single use bus passes, point of purchase on the bus itself, all create significant "non-tarriff" barriers to transit use. Let's get an Oyster Card (or how about a T-Card) system in place ASAP.

    Bonus idea: Create an ECO-VIP Card. Team up with BC Hydro's smart meters and give the most frequent transit users and efficient energy users 'Eco-Star' discounts at green retailers.

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    10 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    NOTE: Big Dave's idea "Allow vacant city owned land to be used for commercial food production" has been merged into this one.

    "In some cities like Baltimore, the City Council has allowed vacant land in the heart of the city to be used for commercial food production, giving local food outlets "super local" fruits and vegetables. Using low-cost, passive greenhouses it would be possible to do two or three plantings per year, thereby greatly boosting local food availability. It would be even better if the City mandated or at least encouraged private landholders to make their vacant city land available for food production as well."

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    NOTE: Paul Kilpatrick's idea "Create a network of city farmers" has been merged with this one.

    Rather than just wasting land growing grass, property owners can provide land to have city farmers come and create, maintain and harvest food gardens on their property in exchange for a percentage of food grown. That way home owners don’t have to do the farming themselves if they don’t want to, but they can provide land to feed themselves and their neighbours and provide work for city farmers.

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    6 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Improve access to nature  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Note: Michael Kraus' idea "Create Organic Fruit & Vegetable Gardens in every school" has been merged with this one.

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    [Submitted via mail by Penny Perry]

    "Many elementary schools have kid friendly gardens. Community groups could be encouraged to use these spaces for growing food during the summer. They could also help students with planting and tending crops during the school year."

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    8 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    City has already moved beyond the 2,010 (garden plots) by 2010 challenge. Three new gardens were created in the summer of 2010 and others are currently in the planning stage. This is an idea included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan.

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    NOTE: Geordie Milne's idea "More land for community gardens" has been merged with this one.

    "There are countless amounts of unused lots and spaces (unutilised parks/fields, abandoned lots, rooftops, parking strip, etc.) Absorbing the suns energy and something radiating into the surroundings. Why not designate and community gardens where they will not only produce food and help cultivate community but most importantly; make good use of the sun's energy."

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    15 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    NOTE: lizanne fisher's "Ecoart - art restoring the Earth" idea has been merged with this one.

    "Art projects that restore and heal damaged land and waterways while creating aesthetic community spaces. Look to other projects like Betsy Damon's Living Water Garden in China, Jackie Brooner's Laughing Brook in the US found in Amy Lipton's ecoartsspace.org, and Mel Chin's Revival Fields."

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    7 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Plant additional trees  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    NOTE: Elle Zed's idea "Plant shade trees to reduce the urban heat island" has been merged with this one.

    "Unshaded pavement increases the temperature in the city, creating a "heat island". When you travel by foot or bike, it's immediately apparent. Planting shade trees on every street will reduce the need for air conditioning and make walking and cycling more pleasant, not to mention create a literally green city."

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    [Submitted via mail by Penny Perry]

    "The planted areas around and on Cambie Street bretween Broadway and 2nd Ave are lovely. More plantings please."

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