How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

Elle Zed

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      4 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Improve access to nature  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      Elle Zed commented  · 

      Great idea. Vancouver lacks a central square / plaza / piazza - there is no true heart to the city. People need a place to meet, gather, and watch the world go by that isn't next to a street full of cars.

      While we're at it, why not demolish Robson Square? I realize Erickson fans will be up in arms, but it just does not function as any type of civic space. A bunch of dead-end staircases and pathways: it does not flow or draw people in.

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        7 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Plant additional trees  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          8 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          Elle Zed commented  · 

          Actually, the embodied energy in a lot of older buildings is much less than the energy used to operate/heat the building. Building a new energy-efficient building might acutally use less energy over its life cycle than keeping the old gas-guzzling building. However I realize there are other impacts such as material extraction and demolition waste disposal that make renovating greener than demolition & construction.

          Conversely, newer energy-efficient buildings may contain more embodied energy in their construction than they use to operate. So, newer buildings should be (1) built to last, (2) designed for energy-efficiency, (3) renovated not torn down for as long as possible and (4) dismantled for re-use (not disposal) if that time should come.

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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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              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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                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.

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                  Point taken that adjusting costs of different travel modes to support more sustainable choices is a good idea. The City will continue to review parking fees to better reflect street value and market demand, and the Greenest City Plan adds a more explicit environmental lense to this work. Transit fares fall outside City jurisdiction, and there are multiple factors to consider. Fares are an important revenue source for TransLink; at the same time, it is important that prices are affordable and equitable.

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                    Thanks for sharing this idea!

                    The city’s new active transportation plan will soon be in development, and hopefully completed within the next year.

                    A big part of the work ahead is to identify the complete cycling network, and the type of facility that is most appropriate and/or feasible for different routes. In some cases (e.g. busy arterial routes), separated lanes might be the best approach; in other cases (e.g. lower car volume neighbourhood streets), enhanced traffic calming and/or further reducing car access might be more appropriate. Travis cited some great examples in the Netherlands where cars are ‘guests’ that are allowed in, but do not dominate.

                    In all cases, the goal should be to make routes that feel safe to all potential cyclists, including beginners, children, and seniors.

                    For more information, visit http://vancouver.ca/cycling .

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                      0 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        started  ·  26 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                5 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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