A strategy in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan is to give economic development priority to green sectors, and develop a green technology centre and network, along with other specific infrastructure and demonstration projects.
I think effort should also be made on attracting new green thinkers from across Canada. There are many new graduates coming out of Canadian universities today that have some amazing green entrepreneurship ideas. Fostering a place for these ideas to be supported and developed could not only be an ecologically sound idea, but be beneficial to the city's economy.
Yes. Bottled water is a ridiculous waste. The majority of major brands are just filtered tap water anyways. I do not know the legal ability of the city to ban them, but I think all efforts should be made to minimize them. Installing more water fountains in business and public places would be a great step. A 25 cent tax like proposed for plastic bags may also be enough to change people's minds.
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.
One centralized approach to composting would be to do what Edmonton has done. They have a very impressive waste management system, where by all garage is sorted with machines to remove all recyclable waste, and then all compostable organic waste is moved into a giant composting facility that accelerates the process. The result is that only about 20% of waste ends up in the landfill (and I believe a new biofuel plant they're building is suppose to reduce it to 10%). The city also then sells the resulting compost to local businesses and homeowners.
I would also point out your comment is somewhat ideological. If you really do not wish to believe in global warming, then you should at least consider what is going to happen when we run out of oil, or at least "cheap" oil.
Almost every source of oil (except for Alberta and Saudi Arabia) has already gone past peak oil production and is now beginning to decline. Every year we are losing an average of 6.7% from conventional sources, and new sources have been very rare to develop. The oil sands, regardless of their environmental impact, cannot support a demand that continues to grow despite the declines in conventional production. Supply is going to get harder and harder to maintain, or at least maintain for economically viable costs.
The last major oil shortage was for 8 days in the UK in 2000 and it caused the country to nearly shut down. Transportation shut down, food supplies were cut, hospitals were flooded, and the army and most heavy industry virtually closed. The effects would only be magnified if that were to happen in Canada as we are even more dependent on oil.
I think if cities like Vancouver do not move in the right direction, you'd be asking why weren't things done before when something like this happens.
Yes hydrogen has potential, but may be out of scope with what the city alone can do. It takes an entirely supply chain / much more r+d / and mass acceptance for it to real work as a replacement for fossil fuels. Currently the most cost effective way of supplying hydrogen also happens to be extracting it from crude oil.... Worth a thought though.
Awesome idea. It's small things like this that are such powerful changers. Think of the millions of receipts that must get printed for such trivial things like coffee or a few groceries. I know of some retailers who offer email receipts already. While they are big chains, I'm sure it cant be too hard to implement if properly endorsed. I'm sure if visa or mastercard or interac set this up on their end, that would automatically cut receipts in half. From a standpoint of warranties that'd be great to have too.
Yes the impact of electricity and computer equipment does have to be considered, but on the surface this seems like a great idea.