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    Good idea! In the past few years, the City has installed 8 of 16 self-cleaning toilets as part of its street furniture contract with CBS-Decaux, and is looking for additional locations. (As an aside, locating them can be challenging due to limited public sidewalk space, a lack of utility connections, and concerns from adjacent businesses.) New public restrooms have also been installed as part of recent park upgrades. There is also a huge opportunity and need at transit interchanges, but this is outside the City’s jurisdiction — Vancouver has repeatedly requested (and will continue to ask) that TransLink install restrooms in its rapid transit stations.

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    karen commented  · 

    This is indeed a huge program. The amount of public urination I've seen around Metro Van (but even in Yaletown during the Olympics) really shows a lack of forethought for the entire hydrological cycle of people. I understand the logistical challenges of keeping public washrooms clean, but it really shows this city, and its streets especially, are not made for people after the hours of 9pm.

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    4 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Eco equity is addressed through focus on generating job creation opportunities for full spectrum of workers, from high skilled to those with barriers to employment. This is an idea that is included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan

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    karen commented  · 

    CoV's Social Planning seems like a good start. Council adopted a definition of social sustainability in 2005: http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20050524/documents/p1.pdf

    Equity is included as a guiding principle in that definition:

    "Equity – when individuals have access to sufficient resources to participate fully in their
    community and have opportunities for personal development and advancement and there is a fair distribution of resources among communities to facilitate full participation and collaboration. Inequities can be minimized by recognizing that individuals and groups require differing levels of support in order to flourish, and that some individuals and groups are capable of contributing more than others to address disparities and promote fairness of distribution. Lower levels of disparity in societies result in longer life expectancies, less homicides and crime, stronger patterns of civic engagement and more robust economic vitality."

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    karen commented  · 

    OK, to elaborate a little bit: stated another way, this idea is to put things in place that ensure that both the benefits and the burdens of an initiative are not distributed in a discriminatory manner.

    What might this look like? Let's say we decide to shift to a new technology as a better and greener way of doing something, and we know that it will result in layoffs for the previous, obsolete technology. If the people working have knowledge, can be re-trained to do a similar job and can contribute their knowledge to to implementation of the new thing, let's make that happen, instead of creating new hardships to pursue an idea of a clean, green slate.

    Other ideas/resources: support the Strathcona Green Zone (http://www.strathconabia.com/sustainability.php); Green For All (http://www.greenforall.org/) describes ecoequity in the US.

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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.

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    karen commented  · 

    Website on bike parking best practices: http://bicycleparkingonline.org

    Author is based in Victoria, and the site is sponsored by our multi-modal friends at TransLink.

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