How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

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    started  ·  2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @ Kyle, the City of Vancouver just implemented a food scraps recycling system for residential food waste. If you live in a single family home and the city picks up your yard trimmings, you can now add uncooked fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and filters, teabags, and eggshells into your yard trimmings cart. For more info see here:
    http://vancouver.ca/projects/foodWaste/index.htm

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

    FYI there is another idea on the forum to ban plastic bags completely. See here: http://vancouver.uservoice.com/forums/56390-gc-2020/suggestions/926155-ban-plastic-bags?ref=title

  3. 43 votes
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    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @Viviane there were two ideas that were the same, so i merged them to keep the votes and comments in one spot. A limitation about the platform is that the description for one of the ideas disappears. Don't worry, your votes are still there!

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    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @ Juvarya, what a great image!

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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is addressed by the planned green renovation strategy which will require upgrades to all buildings during the time of renovation, and also by the building labeling program which will require mandatory disclosure of energy performance and eventually mandatory performance standards.

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @ Corey, what type of infrastructure did you have in mind?

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

    @Michael James, do you know how they measure the stormwater coming off their property?

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    4 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    3 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @Trevor Murdock, can you please expand on this? Do you have examples of green buildings that are considering future climate conditions?

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

    On the topic of educational videos, metro has "The Sustainable Region TV Program" and all their videos are online: http://www.metrovancouver.org/region/tsr_tv/Pages/default.aspx

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

    @ Vandretti This is a really interesting idea! It is also one that crosses a lot of our categories - from reduce greenhouse gases to travel predominately by foot, bike or transit. I placed this idea in the the Access to Nature category as that working group has staff from the Parks Board who administer Stanley Park.

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

    @anonymous, another good online tool is Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Challenge. It includes helpful videos, resources and information on how to reduce waste.
    Have a look:
    http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solidwaste/zerowaste/pages/default.aspx

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @anonymous What kind of tools were developed? And how do you recommend rolling out a program like that for a particular issue - for example Vancouver's new food scraps program? http://vancouver.ca/projects/foodWaste/index.htm

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    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @jason.hall.music You may also want to add that idea to the comment section of this bike parking idea. http://vancouver.uservoice.com/forums/56390-gc-2020/suggestions/837455-provide-abundant-secure-bicycle-parking-at-trans?ref=title

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    The Rediscover Granville program was a big success in 2009, and the City will be looking to continue and build upon this work in future years. More broadly, 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).

    http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/currentplanning/granvilleredesign/rediscover/

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @MZan, starting this Saturday, Granville Street will be converted into a pedestrian zone for the summer. From July 3 – September 6, Granville will be closed to traffic between Smithe and Hastings. Instead of traffic, Granville will be a community space filled with public seating and extended business patios. Free weekend programming will animate the space with everything from salsa dancing to street hockey. Check it out and let us know what you think.

    Learn more about Rediscover Granville 2.010 and the schedule of events here:
    http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/currentplanning/granvilleredesign/rediscover/index.htm

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @MZan, the forum is equipped with an automatic profanity filter that converts certain words to stars. Strange that it blocked your word - whatever it was. Regardless, thanks for your idea!

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

    @Michael Lyons, we agree. Laneway homes are a great way to add additional housing units within an existing neighbourhood without changing the feel of the area. That is why on July 28, 2009 City Council approved laneway housing in RS-1 and RS-5 single family areas on lots 33’ wide or wider. The first home built under this regulation was recently completed and many more are being built.

    Read more here: http://www.vancouver-ecodensity.ca/content.php?id=47

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    started  ·  6 comments  ·  GC 2020  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @ G.Johnson, we couldn’t agree more.

    Seeking out advice and ideas from local experts, including academia, advocacy groups and service providers is a step that has been embedded within the Greenest City 2020 process. In fact, it shaped the process.

    The Greenest City Action Team was established in February 2009 and challenged to come up with a visionary plan that would see Vancouver become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Consisting of some of the best and brightest local minds – including Dr. David Suzuki – the Greenest City Action team put together the Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future Report. The ten long term goals outlined in this report have been adopted by council, and now the City is developing an implementation plan to achieve the 2020 Targets associated with each goal. The Talk Green to Us dialogue is part of that process. (http://vancouver.ca/greenestcity/PDF/Vancouver2020-ABrightGreenFuture.pdf)

    To create the plan, each long term goal has an associated interdepartmental working group who are tasked with creating an implementation plan to reach the 2020 targets. To provide guidance, each working group has an external advisory committee, made up of local experts and major players for that category. The advisory committee will be offering advice and ideas to the working group to consider.

    Was there a particular group you think should be contacted?

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    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @N.Liu can you expand on the "Kei-Car" system? Any links?

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

    @Tamara Shulman, thanks for this comment. You are right, it is important to get organics out of the waste stream from a material recovery standpoint and also from a greenhouse gas emissions perspective. To start along that pathway, the City recently launched its residential food scraps program. Residents who have a lawn trimmings collection service can now add uncooked fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and filters, teabags, and eggshells into their cart for composting. http://vancouver.ca/projects/foodWaste/index.htm

    You may also be interested in this idea, recommending the conversion of organic matter into biogas. http://vancouver.uservoice.com/forums/56390-gc-2020/suggestions/854797-separate-organic-matter-out-of-the-waste-stream-an?ref=title

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    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @Jimmy, do you have a suggestion for a similar incentive for people who rent?

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    2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @Elle Zed, this idea is pretty similar to another proposed. What are your thoughts on issuing fines to people who are watering their lawn during sprinkling restrictions?

    http://vancouver.uservoice.com/forums/56390-gc-2020/suggestions/842763-enforce-lawn-sprinkling-restrictions-during-summer?ref=title

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    This is a laudable idea, but one that is challenging for the city to undertake. It may be more appropriately handled at a provincial or federal level. The cost of bikes pales in comparison to the cost of cars, so other solutions that increase opportunities for affordable housing nearer people’s places of work will make it easier for residents to give up at least one family car and invest those significant savings in other modes of transportation.

    AdminGreenest City Planning Team (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    @anonymous, great idea. How would you envision a system like this working? i.e. who would administer and do you have suggestions for funding?

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