How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

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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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    There are automatic indoor composters that don't emit much smell or use worms. They also create ready to use compost in approx. 14 days. Unfortunately, due to costs not every household is able to acquire one, and we need to make living sustainably accessible to all; which is why it really is pertinent for the government to actually step up to the plate! I agree that composting should really be targeted at high density dwellings; but I do think the most sustainable option is for these types of dwellings is to provide both composting and gardening amenities for the tenants/home owners. If we honestly want to improve our societies way of life we should be taking our cues and wisdom from nature (ie: ECOSYSTEMS).

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    jen.aalders commented  · 

    All efforts to encourage and enable our community and modern society to live more sustainably are great! While having grocers compost and accept compost from their customers is a great addition to a municipal composting system, it does not provide a feasible and accessible option for everyone. I have been wanting my building to have some kind of composting facility or service, as it would dramatically reduce my house holds waste by approx. 80-90% (most of my waste is vegetable scraps). However, to save on the emissions from transporting the compost it would be better to create a by-law for multi-tenant buildings to have on-site composting. This would also allow tenants access to fertilizer for their plants or gardens; and of course I would like to see buildings with green roofs and facilities for tenant gardens (eg. community gardens).

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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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    jen.aalders commented  · 

    Wow! I am surprised by Mr.Verma's negetive outlook ; its not like we need to expect that everyone will switch to biking for their mode of transportation. We do need vast improvements in other areas such as transit as well, but improving the infrastructure for possible bikers of all skill levels will be great improvement for this city and will help with the rush hour congestion on public transit. There really is a lot of people striving to live greener lives and anything the city does to help will makes it that much easier for these people to realize their their goals. Ottawa has a great continuous green-way/bike/walk path that can take you directly from the suburbs to the city; and it is beautiful, safe and away from vehicles. As for my request for the biking infrastructure I would like to see green-ways with designated paths that avoid roads as much as possible. I have biked to work in the past and sharing the road with buses ect. is very dangerous, particularly for intermediate and novice cyclists.

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