How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

Juvarya Warsi

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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.

    Juvarya Warsi commented  · 

    How about innovative ways to make cycling more attractive in our RAINY city?

    Can we build bike ways under tree cover, or other kinds of natural canopies?

    I walk and bus everywhere and haven't ever owned a car, but the main deterrent to me biking regularly is getting wet. I know Lulu Lemon is a local company and I want to support them, but I like to wear slightly fancier clothes once in a while.

    I'm never going to be a full time biker as long as it means getting soaked.

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    4 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    High Tech Recycling Bins Prod Clevelanders to Recycle or Risk Fines

    Cleveland is installing chips on recycling bins to make sure they are being used regularly. If not, residents could face a fine. Read more here:

    http://www.triplepundit.com/2010/08/rfid-recycling-bins-prod-cleveland-residents-to-recycle-or-100-dollar-fines/

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    2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Juvarya Warsi commented  · 

    City of Vancouver is currently subsidizing rates for the Climate Smart program and covering one third of the fees (Metro Vancouver is paying the other third, so small businesses only have to pay $500 for the program). This is one way the City is helping small businesses learn how to green their operations and improve resource efficiency.

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    TransLink is currently leading a study to determine the best approach to deliver high-capacity, fast, frequent, and reliable rapid transit for the Broadway Corridor from Commercial Drive to UBC. A number of technologies and alignment options are being considered, including rail rapid transit (e.g. SkyTrain), surface light rail transit, and bus rapid transit.

    The City of Vancouver is directly involved as a partner agency in the study. In April 2010, City Council endorsed ten principles to guide City input into this process (http://vancouver/ubcline/principles).

    Visit http://vancouver.ca/ubcline to learn more about this work, including upcoming public engagement events.

    Juvarya Warsi commented  · 

    I wholeheartedly agree, one of the most underserved and frustrating routes in the City. In the UK, many universities choose to locate downtown, to be close to business and to avoid transportation issues. UBC's Robson Campus is a very small offshoot and I'm surprised more schools like business, architecture, and engineering aren't located downtown.

    I also know a lot of students that live in the West End. Using the waterways and adding a ferry service to UBC would offer another alternative means of transportation.

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    3 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Eco industrial networking is also a great way to maximize the potential of our industrial lands.

    Through networking and collaborating, we can locate more businesses in our limited industrial land base and eliminate wasted resources to make these businesses super efficient and highly productive.

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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Co-ops also are ideally structured to deal with changing paradigms in our society.

    We are no longer passive consumers of energy - we can put energy back into the grid and have a different relationship with utilities now.

    In the same way, public and private are related in different ways. We don't sit back passively and expect the government to singlehandedly provide the services and goods we need.

    Marketing's toolbox is moving away from essentially shouting through advertising, towards advocay through community engagement - just ask Lululemon!

    We work with the private sector and think of innovative ways to deliver municipal projects through Public Private Partnerships, like the Sea-to-Sky highway.

    We will need new business models that are more adept at working with these new flows of information and resources. Coops are one approach, and there are other forms of social enterprise also.

    Further research and innovations in this arena are essential to help shape the successful businesses of the future and to understand how to work with these shifting norms.

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    Juvarya Warsi commented  · 

    One of the most special moments of my life was walking around a corner in Barrio Gothica in Barcelona and stumbling upon a couple singing opera al fresco in a tiny plaza, accompanied by some music on a cassette recorder.

    Public plazas and parks create a space for art, nature and community, and add much needed grace to city life.

    We can supplement them with bistros, cafes, newsstands and tea shops. These steps and others are needed to make sure that these spaces are also safe, welcoming and well lit, and we avoid some of the seedier things in life going on there :)

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    12 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    In addition, we need 'distributed' food hubs, much like we're moving from large scale energy to 'distributed' energy.

    The idea is that you don't go to a hyper or supermarket centrally located, but you can get what you need at the corner store or at the bottom of your street.

    For this reason we need pocket market licensing. We need to work with owners and operators of buildings with large atriums or galleries to utilize these as public spaces.

    Imagine being able to pick up local produce in the hallway of your office building at lunch time! We'd all feel like we had a little bit of Granville Island at our doorstep.

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    7 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Juvarya Warsi commented  · 

    Not sure I agree with the hyperbole about capitalists but I certainly support a local food economy.

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    Juvarya Warsi commented  · 

    This is a great idea! The UK still has an intricate system of canals and Sydney Australia uses their harbours and waterways wherever possible.

    We need to use our waterways, but also make sure we link them to our public transit system.

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    18 comments  ·  GC 2020 » 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.

    Juvarya Warsi commented  · 

    Where is Transit? I've lived in London, San Francisco, Sydney and never had as much frustration with the downtown transit system as I have had here.

    I regularly wait more than 45 mintues for buses in Vancouver, even in what you would think would be well connected neighbourhoods like downtown or Kitsilano.

    During rush hour buses are full, uncomfortable and even dangerous if there are sudden stops or pick pockets on board.

    We will never get people out of their cars if this is the best we can offer.

    I hear a lot about biking but not a lot about how to improve our public transit system, which is not a working system at all.

    How about using our waterways?
    How about BUS lanes, not just bike lanes?
    How about street cars?

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    130 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Low footprint food choices are not the same as vegan food choices in all cases, the analysis is more complex than this. Generally a low footprint diet is local, seasonal food, and limits consumption of red meat, dairy, and some grains. Low footprint food choices are included in the draft Greenest City Action Plan and will be discussed through community engagement activities.

    Juvarya Warsi commented  · 

    Food is a culturally sensitive and personal issue. I think the right way to approach this is through health - limiting red meat and eating more fruit and vegetables is simply a healthier way to longer life.

    I personally grew up eating lots of cultural delights that did not endanger any species, and wouldn't want to start to homogenize our eating habits to suit particular tastes.

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    0 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    10 comments  ·  GC 2020 » 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.

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    11 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    23 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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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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    4 comments  ·  GC 2020 » 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.

    Juvarya Warsi commented  · 

    Port Metro Vancouver and BC Hydro enabled shore power for cruise ships this year in April: http://www.portmetrovancouver.com/about/news/10-04-21/Port_Metro_Vancouver_2010_cruise_season_to_be_eco-friendly.aspx

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    9 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Juvarya Warsi commented  · 

    It's a shame this doesn't have more votes, this is one of the best ideas here!

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