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

    City has already moved beyond the 2,010 (garden plots) by 2010 challenge. Three new gardens were created in the summer of 2010 and others are currently in the planning stage. This is an idea included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan.

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    Sophie Agbonkhese commented  · 

    The Strathcona BIA is trying to make this idea happen through an application for the Aviva Community Fund. Basically, we want to create small community gardens on private properties adjacent to public spaces throughout the neighbourhood. The work to develop the land in preparation for gardening would be done by Mission Possible Enterprises, a local non-profit that provides employment opportunities for individuals with job readiness barriers and assists in breaking the cycles of poverty, homelessness, and addiction. Local youth would also be employed as partners with the landscapers to learn valuable food production and community development skills.

    This would not only promote urban food production but it would also create green jobs, reduce crime and beautify the area.

    Help us make this a reality by voting at http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf5454 and we could see an entire neighbourhood of community gardens in less than a year!

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    23 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Sophie Agbonkhese commented  · 

    The Strathcona BIA is trying to make this idea happen through an application for the Aviva Community Fund. Basically, we want to create small community gardens on private properties adjacent to public spaces throughout the neighbourhood. The work to develop the land in preparation for gardening would be done by Mission Possible Enterprises, a local non-profit that provides employment opportunities for individuals with job readiness barriers and assists in breaking the cycles of poverty, homelessness, and addiction. Local youth would also be employed as partners with the landscapers to learn valuable food production and community development skills.

    This would not only promote urban food production but it would also create green jobs, reduce crime and beautify the area.

    Help us make this a reality by voting at http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf5454 and we could see an entire neighbourhood of community gardens in less than a year!

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    16 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Sophie Agbonkhese commented  · 

    traditional turnstiles are not always effective, but if you go to cities like Boston, they have electronic gates that are quite high and open only when a validated ticket or pass is scanned. Of course, you still get a few instances where two people manage to slip in on one ticket, but it's absolutely nothing compared to the number of people who ride for free in Vancouver. If TransLink wants to continue with fare inspection as their sole means of ensuring payment, they should ramp up the inspections that take place on buses. That's where people are talking their ways (or sometimes just walking right on without paying) into innumerable free rides.

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    2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Sophie Agbonkhese commented  · 

    Yes, I'm actually taking advantage of that subsidy right now, and am enrolled in the current Climate Smart training. However, the problem I see businesses facing is that beyond the quick wins of reducing electricity use, transportation, and waste, there is not much incentive to take on the longer term, investment-heavy projects that are required for Vancouver to become the greenest city. For example, most businesses can't afford to turn their parking lots or roofs into green space, install solar panels, or take advantage of a heat exchange, even if they are personally motivated to do so. At the same time, those businesses who are going the extra mile and taking on initiatives that increase their costs relative to their competitors, are actually at a disadvantage as a result of their greening efforts. The incentives are just not in place to convince the critical mass of businesses to take serious action.

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    7 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Plant additional trees  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    11 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    28 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    18 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is an evolutionary process. The City of Vancouver is already considered a North American leader in this regard. Current and future plans and projects (e.g. Cambie Corridor Planning Program) will continue to embrace this ideal.

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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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    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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    10 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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.

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    10 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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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 10-year cycling program master 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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