This idea will be included in the draft Greenest City Action Plan. A Green Enterprize Zone team is establishing an area and some initial projects including two business incubators, specific infrastructure and demonstration projects.
The City has an internal staff team right now working through the local priorities for green zones. Some of targeted goals being discussed for the green zone include things like creating 'green collar' (or low-threshold) job opportunities, fostering the growth of small-to-medium sized green businesses (including manufacturing), and incubating new technologies in key green industry sectors (like clean tech, green bldgs/urban design, waste mgmt and recycling, sustainability services like carbon trading, etc., or the local food economy).
But, the point of this site is to get ideas from the public...what do you think would be the local priorities for a green zone? What aspects of the green economy should be regulated differently, incentivised, incubated, subsidised, retrofit, piloted, demonstrated, or supported with green infrastructure?
What are some of the neighbourhood characteristics for a Green Enterprise Zone? A ready and able green collar workforce (with a diversity of human resources, from high skilled through to low threshold employees with supports and training in place), a diverse, affordable, durable, and adaptable building stock (old buildings ripe for green retrofits), a range of land uses so green enterprise can include commercial, industrial, and residential endeavours, community buy-in for the GEZ concept (especially if it means accessible job opportunities for local residents. What else would a neighbourhood need to successfully host a GEZ? What nighbourhoods in Vancouver fit this bill?Kira Gerwing supported this idea ·
Recommendations for greening existing businesses include recommendations to support building of local supply chains. This idea is included in the draft Greenest City Action Plan
This suggestion ties in to the some of the ideas related to procurement. If the big buyers commit to buying local, local economies benefit directly.
City has supported SOLE food project (in the DTES) and is investigating other urban farming opportunities as part of the draft Greenest City Action Plan.
The number of green jobs that could be created through expanding the urban agriculture network in Vancouver is high, especially when considering related jobs in value-added food production, distribution, and waste management.
Financing tools (currently under development) may encourage building owners to improve the performance of their buildings rather than rebuild.
There are many green jobs for people with barriers to employment that relate to buidling demolition, renovations, and retrofit projects.
Vancouver’s Solar Homes Pilot is offering $4300 towards the cost of solar hot water systems in Vancouver – this is roughly 50 per cent of the cost of a system. The funding is available to 30 homes on a first come, first served basis. In order to qualify for the rebate, your system must be installed by December 31, 2010.
Beginning January 1, 2011, we will be offering $3,000 towards the cost of a qualifying system. Systems must be installed by February 15, 2011.
Will consider extension of program to other areas/technologies.
Details here: http://vancouver.ca/sustainability/SolarHomes.htm
The potential to create low-threshold green jobs through the installation and maintenance of these systems seems high.
The Vancouver Social Purchasing Directory is a partnership of local businesses, agencies and non-proft organizations with a common goal of fostering economic growth and employment in Vancouver’s historic Inner-City. It is a convenient and comprehensive list of goods and service providers who actively contribute to the social, environmental and economic welfare of the community.
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