How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

Matthew Pattinson

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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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    Transit rates have to come down. For the most part people who live outside of Vancouver have vehicles so the only costs that they will consider when using a vehicle to come to Vancouver is gas and parking. Right now that is cheaper than using transit for the day to get around Vancouver.

    Transit fares must be brought down aw well as just increasing parking will discourage people from going to Vancouver at all, thereby hurting businesses.

    Make taking transit the obvious thing to do by making it a cheaper and more efficient service than driving all the way downtown.

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    TransLink is currently leading a study to determine the best approach to deliver high-capacity, fast, frequent, and reliable rapid transit for the Broadway Corridor from Commercial Drive to UBC. A number of technologies and alignment options are being considered, including rail rapid transit (e.g. SkyTrain), surface light rail transit, and bus rapid transit.

    The City of Vancouver is directly involved as a partner agency in the study. In April 2010, City Council endorsed ten principles to guide City input into this process (http://vancouver/ubcline/principles).

    Visit http://vancouver.ca/ubcline to learn more about this work, including upcoming public engagement events.

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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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    16 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    It is my understanding that when plastic is recycled it gets recycled into a lower grade plastic. This lower grade plastic is probably what is not included in the recycling program; downcycling. Therefore, what are some solutions?

    I doubt that Vancouver has the ability to ban packaging with certain plastics. This would also probably diminish the market for recycled plastics.

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    12 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    I think LB makes an excellent point. High consumers of water can charged some type of overconsumption premium. Also as with HST, there can be rebates for low income families. There are several ways to design a fair metering system.

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    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.

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    28 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Matthew Pattinson commented  · 

    Plastic shopping bags use less plastic than plastic garbage bags. So if people still use plastic bags for garbage it would be better to ask for a plastic shopping bag at the supermarket, use that for garbage and never buy plastic garbage bags.

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