How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

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    2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Great idea, hugely important. Try to tie in a green job training components to really lead in North America. Consider paying households a nominal fee ($20?) to have energy audits.

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    6 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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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.

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    I agree people should eat more vegetarian and vegan meals, and less animal products. However, I wonder how the City of Vancouver could influence this decision? Any sorts of by-laws would be political suicide, given that the majority of the population are currently unabashed meat eaters. I would say we should encourage Council to focus on areas where they have influence - more efficient land use, bike routes, impacting transit, encouraging urban agriculture, etc. Food policy would probably be much more effectively influenced at the national level, so if this is your interest you should focus your energy at that level of government.

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    The City has supported projects that have voluntarily unbundled parking (e.g. Spectrum), and is actively working to gain authority to require unbundling in new development — this requires changes to Provincial legislation. In 2008, the City proposed the Unbundled Parking Resolution to give BC municipalities the authority to require unbundling in new development. This was passed by the Union of BC Municipalities. Provincial response to date: The Ministry of Community Development will review the proposal and refer the issue to the Development Finance Review Committee for discussion.

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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.

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