How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

Marie C

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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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    8 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The City has already started a food scraps collection program for neighbourhoods where yard trimmings are collected. These materials are currently composted. With more organic waste diversion, the City will explore opportunties to implement technolgies that produce biogas like gassifiers and anaerobic digesters.

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    And if we took that street and turned it into a "Green Education" opportunity with a fair (that moved every week so was a reusable fair), then we'd reduce carbon output, teach and motivate at the same time. If you set up a couple of idea stations where people dropped off ideas and learned from others, that would spread the information. If you encouraged people to bring small items that they no longer need, you could also make it a community swap, reducing waste and encouraging the reuse of products that still had some life in it. You could even have gardeners bring plants that they don't need in their gardens (food-producing especially) and increase the number of people producing some of their own food.

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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    There are some wonderful tiny houses, like the ones in the link below. http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/
    They are perfect for single people and could exist on small lots. They'd make great options for seniors, students just starting out and so on. Not everyone wants to live in an apartment or condo, so this keeps the footprint small. You could have a mini-community on the size of one lot of some of the homes here in Vancouver!

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    40 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    There is a Campus City Collaborative project in the early stages of planning, where all of the post-secondary institutions are working with the City and the VEDC to talk about movement toward the greenest city, with a focus on creation of green jobs.

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    I like this and I like the one where the seniors are consulted. I think it would be great if there could be a forum where all members and levels of our society could come together (like this one!) to find solutions. It will take all of us working together to make things happen. Each person takes steps towards the goal and puts forward their thoughts and hopes and suggestions.

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    3 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    One community garden has a box where if they have extra, the gardeners leave the produce and the community can help themselves. I think that's a great idea, even if someone had gotten to the box before me!

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    If the container that something comes in isn't recyclable, then don't buy it.

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    started  ·  3 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    In our building, we put things we no longer want or need in the laundry room and anyone who wants them is free to take them. Also, we put books and magazines downstairs for others to enjoy. They're small steps, but they add up.

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    2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Is there a way to do a mix on a roof of part solar panel and part green roof? Power generation and less power required, combined into one solution. Is it being done anywhere yet?

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    5 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Points could be given for worm composting on the balconies of apartments, food growing initiatives and safe cleaning solutions (baking soda and vinegar).

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