The draft Greenest City Action Plan will discuss this in a variety of ways.
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.
Let us not get too carried away with the word VEGAN either. What is more critical is LOW CARBON as in Atkins Diet. You can learn more about it by seraching for Patkins Diet which is the blueprint of a low carbon diet. If highly processed some of the vegan food items like Tofu and some animal products that "vegan" might consume e.g. cheese in place of chicken have a larger carbon or ecological footprint. The idea is to be smarter and knowledgeable about these things. Website of Vancouver Sustainability Run has it all. Goolge it please.
There is no sense in this jurisdiction fetter fraud. Whenever there is a need to do the right thing there is no jurisdiction while there is always jurisdiction to do the wrong stupid or the ecotoxic thing. That is a manifestation of corrupt governing. Until we get some honesty we are doomed to suffer in every way.
Australian town Bundanoon has banned bottled water since July 2009 http://bit.ly/Bundanoon Why can't Vancouver?
What is City of Vancouver doing about banning sales of single use plastic water bottles still remains clear. Why is Vancouver bent upon being the last to bring these changes?
Given the fraudulent and polluting nature of the business it is amazing that legislators have taken no steps to ban this frivolous and toxic industry. But part of the problem is the paucity of fountains. City needs to be aggressive about installing them. In many malls there are no water fountains adjacent to the washrooms near food courts which is done on design in order to promote sales of the beverages from the vendors. That is an example of biased (favourable to vendors) building codes of food courts in the shopping malls. That omission on the part of the city needs to be corrected. Vancouver is very lethargic about not taking action against plastic bottles, plastic grocery bags, Styrofoam and such other packagings that are sold with impunity. What we trualy have over there is a Greenest City INACTION team that habitualy fetters discretion and does NOTHING to solve any issue that deserves to be attended. Part of the problem is the focus being only on climate change and not on biodiversity preservation. Even UN did set up IPCC but only recently setting up the biodiversity equivalent of that.
This is planned for Phase 2 of the food scraps recycling program.
Although banning is for now the only viable option, but in the end if the war against the climate devastation is to be won it would require public to develop insight or what is called eco-conscientiousness and Corporate Eco-Conscientiousness (CECX), Please google this word to grasp what these terms entail.
How about matching the price of the bag with the price of the object purchased? And dont forget to charge HST on it as well. Or just demand an arm and a leg of the customer.!!
Out right ban is the answer, people would still pay even a quarter for thier stupidity and keep harming the marinelife through plastic pollution of the oceans. We need firm action. City has thus far been too chicken about this ban although therre are provinces in the East who have done so.
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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.
A major problem about this process of going green is that public is simply not ready for it. It is going to take lot of work, cost and even pain. We Canadians are simply not that sturdy a bunch. There should be no real basis for this surprised expressed by you about my outlook which should not be characterized as negative. Being a clinician gives me the objectivity that is needed here to come as close to truth as possible. I am capable of extreme objectivity which is the real trouble and being misread as negativity. It makes no sense to simply keep dreaming of going green when at the end of the day we are not going to be able to make any real change at all. After it is conceded that we do not expect that everyone will switch to biking for their mode of transportation, the next question is how would Vancouverites really commute. Recreational biking is not of much significance anyway given its small mileage (or Km-age) that would switch from car to bike, but with population increase and greater transportation needs we would more than make up for any greening we do. If as a bike advocate you take the stance that you do need vast improvements in other areas such as transit as well, that is generous of you. But there are serious pragmatic hurdles to face which all boil down to money. We are effectively broke, and cutting back on every service. How we to solve our financial crisis is where the answer to all our woes lies, and given that we are not even starting to talk of our financial woes, should tell everyone that we are all taking for the sake of talking. Nothing really is about to come out of all this debate. Every group is going to keep advancing its own narrow agenda which is going to clash with the agenda or others. In the end, it is even possible to conclude that all this debate is merely to keep us busy with something or what is called as attention deflection tactic in the political circles.
We sure are fixated on the bikes as the sole means of making us go green. There are serious limits to what bikes can accomplish for Vancouvrites. Those who commute from Surrey and Coquitlam or farther can never use bikes all the way to work. Too many logistic problems impose serious limits on bikes as our key remedy. Geography alone is a serious hurdle in our tightly packed city.
Vancouver with its fairly steep hills in several areas is not particularly suited for bike commute except for leisure biking around the seawalls etc. So getting people to commute by bike from suburbs is an unrealistic expectation. Transit has myriad of problems of its own. Transportation nightmare is not easy to solve. Plus we just don’t have the funds to invest. Aren't we in a great shape folks? Anyway lets join hands , please attend VSR events http://vsrbc.web.officelive.com
Greenest City Planning Team seems to be doing a bit fishy job here by becoming a propagandist-lobbyists for bicycles, which have at least two dozen hurdles in its way. It can be seen as an attempt to take more credit that is deserved for having done some work about bike lanes in Vancouver. Even the fittest amongst us would not be able to use bicycle to commute the distances of 30-40Km and still have energy and time left to do the job that needs to be done. While for short distance travel bikes would work out there would remain the need for trains, buses and cars for long distances. And please bear in mind the carbon emissions related to manufacture of bikes, and the infrastructure. We are not yet purely green electricity reliant. I have previously mentioned the fitness catch-22 that precludes a sizable fraction of pubic to use bikes, and there is this issue of parking and thefts. By adding bike lanes and using bikes for moving around we can only do so much greening, in the end we have to cut back on our travel habits seriously. Walking is the way to go. For more going green wisdom visit http://vsrbc.web.officelive.com/
A serious huddle to bikes, walks and even transit is the pathetically lousy fitness level of Canadians. That is a catch 22 situation because a third of Canadians are now too unfit to even begin a fitness program. That is why it seems that we are not goign to win this battle as we are without fighters now. Its too late already may be??
Included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan.
Once again, it might still be hard to justify the cost of the installation of meters and the administrative costs in order to attain most modest water conservation in an area where water is not a scarce resource. Wisdom would dictate that the resources be allocated to more impactful aspect of cutting GHGs, and presevation of biodiversity the twin of climate change which is actually seriusly ignored by the City of Vancovuer in its planning.
Installing water meters is an unwise infrastructure expense and the cost would not be recovered in a meaningful fashion and water waste would still continue given the low cost of water. The sole of altering behaviour is through education and compassion education. People need to start thinking that they share this water with those in Australia and Sahara. Water conservation is not a high priority in Canada on a regional basis. We need to focus more on the consumption reduction and not import water from drought ridden nations through fruits and flowers.
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This is acknowledged as a key strategy to better integrate cycling and transit. In 07/2009 the City committed some funding for secure parking facilities at Broadway-City Hall and Olympic Village Canada Line stations. The City has also conducted a feasibility study for a downtown bike centre.
How can be make VPD issue a replacement bike to the one who is a victim of theft, from the hundreds they auction from time to time? That would be one way to do some justice in this situation.
Link for the post about Police taskforce to tackle cycle theft in London http://bit.ly/BikeSqd
Taking steps to stop bike thefts are clearly urgently needed. UK has retained special anti-bike theft squads of police. Vancouver could do the too unless we were not facing a cash crunch. Another no win situation that we are stuck with. Innovation is the sole hope here!
Sure, also punish criminals harshly, How would cutting noise pollution control make Vancouver green?
City has supported SOLE food project (in the DTES) and is investigating other urban farming opportunities as part of the draft Greenest City Action Plan.
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.
If there are not going to be enough users for all this infrastructure, would the cost be justified and borne happily by the citizens of Vancouver? 98% of people are still going to keep using the cars so would the investment made into the walkwasys a smart move?
Let us give a serious thought to free transit for all as well folks! It is feasible and would alter our psyche in a meaningful way.
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An exciting idea!
Using constructed spaces to create plazas and parklets for social gathering surely is a powerful tool to foster socio- Socio-recreational pursuits that are desperately needed to start the identity building concept to make Vancouver the city where you get most hugs and help HUGS HALT (CLIAMTE) CHANGE movement to take off see how here http://vsrbc.web.officelive.com/HHC.aspx Identity of Vancouver has not yet been fully established, which is both a negative and a positive. Going a step further than the licence plate quote “Friendly Manitoba” Vancouver can announce itself to be the global hub for hugs where everyone is embraced and not alienated which is the most urgent need of time if sufficient collaboration amongst humans to attack our challenges is to be designed. That would be most consistent with the spirit of the notion HUGS HALT (CLIMATE) CHANGE that has been proposed and attempted but not yet embraced by the public. It would be a great boost to the culture, image and identity of Vancouver and most contemporary notion to adopt.
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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).
Exploring ways to facilitate and remove barriers to achieving our green & density goals
Let us understand the role of municipal governments or Mayors in the ancient Greek /Roman cities when climate chaos was not a threat and Metropolitan cities of 2010 when we have to live to placate the climate gods or we might not get to live.
The lesser the dependence on the municipal governments the cheaper and more effective things would be. Recommendations in the nature that city of Vancouver should seriously educating people about the harms of suburbanism, are self-defeating suggestions; they have a flavour of admission that citizens are either too stupid or too irresponsible that the Mayor and VPD bust babysit and monitor them. City has to pay for every service and tax the citizens to break even. We can fully accomplish ecodensity on our own as well and that would be a lot cheaper and lot more effective. Let us all collaborate on growing up and stop being babies and burden on the Mayor the council. It would be nice if the participants limit themselves to somewhat creative, original and possibly innovative recommendations within the administrative or executive and legislative authority of the City of Vancouver and possibly the province of B. C., hoping that mayor would bug the premier to get those things done because for all practical purposes Vancouver or Lower Mainland is all that B. C., is made up of. Bravo to the city for addressing this issue intelligently and compassionately. Cheers to everyone.
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.
Outreach is the key to success and city of Vancouver has no money to do that stuff, We need to do it ourselves. That is why we are starrting monthly meetings or runs to take matters into our own hands. They are the Vancouver Sustainabitiy Run http://vsrbc.web.officelive.com/
Given that green grocers do have to find ways to compost their discards, it might work out better if the leftovers can be dropped off at the stores where the produce was purchased in the first place for it to be composted. It could operate in a manner analogous to the bottles that are returned to the grocery stores. City can facilitate by enacting bylaw that requires the stores to accept the leftover produce from their customers. And those stores can set up compost bins. For more going green wisdom visit http://vsrbc.web.officelive.com/
Food waste composting while a superb idea requires lot of public mobilization, Other areas to work with are hospitality and faith buildings who discard food remnants into garbage. But as food prices soon go up to nearly twice as much this amount is gong to come down. There are many such examples where climate change is going to mandate reduction of stupidity and lousy habits of humans.
This is one of the key actions in the draft Greenest City Action Plan
While it is very easy to make recommendations and city has even spent a lot on advertisement but there is still serious resistance to changing habits. That is where the gridlock is that needs addressing ASAP. We have to appreciate the urgency here folks.
At present rate of consumption it is a logical and logistical impossibility to develop a GE free organic food production for all of us. Therefore unless we cut back our food needs to a third by eliminating the wasted food that never enters human body and goes from farm to landfill, and reduce overeating we are not going to ever develop a food program that would be eco-friendly and somewhere near carbon neutrality.
It would be possible to shrink the Vancouver food plan to 30% of its intended size if we focus first on eliminating wasted food which is about 40% of produced food and eliminate overeating which constitutes another 30% of the food wastefully consumed plus exposing Canadians to obesity and the impending bankruptcy of the healthcare system. The real issue is whether we are going to let stupidity eliminate our species or we have some ability left to halt our own stupidity to make us extinct.
The Draft Greenest City Action Plan includes an action to develop a building deconstruction policy. The City is piloting a building deconstruction project and is exploring options for an incentive program to encourage deconstruction.
should be mandated is double mandated by the way. There is a fundamental problem with mandating people. It makes them unhappy and unhappy people cant go green. So we need to find ways that people would abandon stupidity and embrace green lifestyle willingly because it is good for them and the generations to come. Let us focus on that. Cheers. See how here http://www.go.to/VSR
Everything is in the original planning. If the virgin material used for new houses is designed with the vision of future recyclability, as is a consideration for example in the resale value of cars we can hugely minimize the ecological footprint of our mansions which are unnatural habitats for humans that nature intended to be cave dwellers like apes and chimps. We broke the natures commandments and are paying the price. It is only through intelligent compromises and innovation that we can save ourselves from extinction but we do not seem to be that smart at this time.
This idea is truly huge but will take few billions to get this plant going where building material can be recycled. This and some 20 other great ideas are listed at this link http://vsrbc.web.officelive.com/PM.aspx It should be of interest to readers to learn that Building Waste Recycling Plant has now opened in Abu Dhabi see details at http://bit.ly/9R37O0
The plant is one of the largest and most sophisticated of its kind in the region. It has the capacity to handle more than 5,000 tons and to reach 15000 tons in the future. The plant will separate plastics, steel, wood, and paper for recycling. The remaining waste will be processed to produce aggregates which will be reused in the construction industry. The plant will help tackle the problem of illegal dumping of building waste in the Emirate. Using these recycled materials will also help minimize the Emirate’s dependency on natural materials and therefore reduce the depletion of natural recourses.
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Putting more emphasis on free exchange of services,i.e. bartering is lot better than chasing aftert Almighty Dollar!!
Several years ago the City devleoped water saver kits to help people conserve water. Look for clothes line kits to be ready for distribution in 2011.
Other related smart steps that can be taken to reduce the laundry include owning a smaller wardrobe, using fewer clothes, using tinier versions of clothes than gigantic ones etc. Getting in the habit of sleeping naked etc., too are good ideas.