City of Vancouver, BC

Canada Mayor: Kennedy Stewart
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    Population 631486
  • km 2
    Area 115.0
  • CAD
    GDP 51 Billion
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Targets

Targets by City of Vancouver, BC

Renewable energy target

 

  • The City of Vancouver, BC committed to increase its share of renewable energy in final energy mix in Community by 100% by 2050
  • The target is going to be reached by activities in Electricity, Transport, Heating & cooling and Industry sectors.
  • The City of Vancouver, BC committed to increase its consumption of energy from renewable energy sources in Community by 100 MWh by 2050
  • Current consumption of energy from renewable energy source: MWh
  • The target is going to be reached by activities in sectors.
  • The City of Vancouver, BC committed to increase its share of renewable energy in final energy mix in Community by 100% by 2050
  • The target is going to be reached by activities in Electricity, Heating & cooling, Transport and Industry sectors.
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  • The City of Vancouver, BC committed to increase its share of renewable energy in final energy mix in Local Government by 100% by 2040
  • Current share of renewable energy in final energy mix: 52.0% 2020
  • The target is going to be reached by activities in Electricity and Heating & cooling sector.
Energy efficiency target

 

20% Energy efficiency improvement by 2020

  • The City of Vancouver, BC committed to increase its energy efficiency in Final energy and Community energy consumption by 20% by 2020 compared to 2007 levels.

20% Energy efficiency improvement by 2020

  • The City of Vancouver, BC committed to increase its energy efficiency in Final energy and Community energy consumption by 20% by 2020 compared to 2007 levels.
  • Final energy energy consumption: 13276000.0 Mwh
  • This target will be achieved in Electricity and Heating & cooling sectors

 

Other mitigation targets

Community


The Greenest City Action Plan encompasses 17 targets across 10 goal areas, which include buildings, transportation, waste, access to nature, water, local food, clean air, green economy and lighter footprint. See the attachment for full details.


The City adopted aggressive GHG and waste reduction targets to demonstrate the importance of leading by example.

Adaptation and resilience target

 

The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy commits Vancouver to a set of actions and contains a list of potential adaptation indicators.

Actions
City of vancouver -Greenest City Action Plan-
City of Vancouver "Climate Change Adaptation Strategy"
Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
Renewable City Strategy
Greenest City Action Plan
Public Bike Share - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

In mid-2016, the City launched a network of shared bicycles available for short-term use for a fee. The public bike share system (named Mobi) will add a convenient, comfortable, flexible, and affordable way to cycle in Vancouver. Bikes will be located at secure, easy-to-use, automated docking stations. The PBS system will be privately owned and operated. Some 1,500 bikes and 150 docking stations will eventually be available, along with helmets in order to comply with B.C. laws. Riders will be able to buy daily, weekly, or annual memberships to the system, allowing unlimited trips of up to 30 minutes. Trips longer than 30 minutes will incur additional fees.

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  • Transport
Residential Air Sealing Pilot - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

Developed (with BC Hydro, Terasen Gas and a non-profit organization called Embers) a residential air sealing pilot program which tested the energy efficiency benefits of air-sealing on 60 homes. Also trained unemployed people in home energy efficiency, and will seed a new social enterprise offering air-sealing services at an affordable rate

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
Pilot program to recycle paper and beverage containers on streets - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

A pilot program to provide newspaper and beverage recycling receptacles on city streets is currently in place.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
Electric vehicle demos - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

The City added an all-electric Mitsubishi iMiEV to its fleet in November 2009, as part of a larger vehicle-testing agreement with Mitsubishi, the Province of BC, and BC Hydro. The fleet includes a Toyota Prius modified to operate as a plug-in electric hybrid with several times the normal Prius’ electric capacity and even lower fuel use and CO2 emissions. Vancouver is also part of a Renault-Nissan Zero-Emission partnership, and is scheduled to receive the first Nissan LEAF allelectric car in 2011. The City pilot-tested all-electric Ford Think and Electric Ranger pickup trucks in the 1990s, took part in the Ford-Ballard-UBC hydrogen vehicle program from 2003–08, and continues to work with other vehicle manufacturers to test more prototype alternate-fuel vehicles. The City is even investigating the use of landfill methane to power equipment used at the site, thereby reducing climate impact.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Residential Solar Hot Water Pilot - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Initiated Vancouver’s residential solar hot water pilot program - partnership between City of Vancouver, BC Hydro, Solar BC, and Offsetters to offer grants to cover half the cost of an installed solar hot water system in new construction for up to 50 buildings

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
local action
City use of recycled plastic pellets in asphalt - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

In 2012, the City became the first in the world to start using recycled plastic pellets in its asphalt, saving energy in the production of asphalt. This allows the City to use about 20 per cent less fuel at the asphalt plant than we would otherwise be using so an enormous saving in fuel costs and enormous saving in the green house gases that are associated with that

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Sectors:
  • Waste
  • Other Emissions
Laneway housing policy - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Laneway homes bylaw allows homeowners to build a small home where a garage is usually located. Laneway housing can be a way to keep families together by providing a nearby home for aging relatives, adult children, multi-generation families, or caregivers.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
Reducing package waste from office supplies - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Late in 2011, Grand & Toy introduced the Boomerang Box program to the Vancouver area and the City joined the program. The Boomerang Box is a reusable reinforced corrugated cardboard box made from 57% post-consumer material. They are 100% recyclable, so Grand & Toy’s delivery drivers pick them up and reuse them whenever they make deliveries. The City registered a 63.7% return rate by June 2012, well above the 54% average for the entire province.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
Green Building Training - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

The City is working on developing a training program for contractors to learn about green building concepts and the technologies required to meet the upcoming building code updates which require increased energy efficiency, over and above the Provincial code. This work is ongoing: industry engagement and education will continue to be a necessity as the City continues to update its green building policies to further the City's climate priorities.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
Corporate Fleet "Jumpstart" program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: In operation

The target is a 5% reduction in fuel use by 2012. 10% by 2016 and 15% by 2020. Jumpstart is the corporate fleet initiative aimed at behavior changes and departmental actions to reduce fuel use including anti-idling and route-optimization.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Multi-family residential food scraps pilot - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

Engagement of City-serviced and privately-serviced multi-unit residential buildings has begun, with a recent Council resolution to ban all organic matter from landfill waste streams by 2015.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
Vancouver Landfill Methane Gas Recovery - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

Beginning in 2003, methane gas from the City-operated landfill (in Delta) has been collected and piped to a sophisticated cogeneration facility nearby. There it is burned to provide both electricity and heat. Prior, the gas was collected and flared. The project reduces Vancouver’s greenhouse gas emissions in two ways: by avoiding the landfill’s direct emissions, and by displacing emissions that would arise from conventional power and heat generation. A Phase 2 expansion was completed in 2006. The electricity is sold to BC Hydro, and the heat is used to warm nearby Village Farms Greenhouses. This is the biggest initiative in the Lower Mainland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Continual upgrades to the system have been increasing capture efficiency each year. In 2015, 71% of the methane emitted by the Landfill was captured.

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  • Waste
Green Landlords program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

Partnership with Landlords BC to provide energy and water audits of tenanted properties. Successful pilot in 2013 has led to an expanded program in 2014 and 2015, and follow-up programs by utilities modelled on the pilot. Nearly all 23 participating buildings in the City’s Green Landlord pilot program identified cost saving opportunities to reduce water use by 20 per cent.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
local action
Powell Street Overpass - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Completed in summer 2014, the new Powell Street Overpass will support active transportation by developing a core section of the Portside Greenway, a walking and cycling route connecting downtown to Boundary Road. It will also support a thriving economy and sustainable goods movement by increasing rail reliability and capacity to and from Port Metro Vancouver.

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  • Transport
local action
Mattress Recycling - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2008
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Collecting mattresses for recycling at the Vancouver transfer station and municipally operated Landfill. Accepting mattresses at the Landfill has regional benefits, as the Landfill accepts waste from other neighbouring municipalities as well.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
local action
Green Building Audio Tours - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

The City has developed a series of audio tours for various green buildings to help educate and promote awareness. Signage on various buildings indicates that building is part of the tour. Users can access the tours on location by calling a number; on the web; or via podcast. Participation in Green Building Audio Tours also meets the requirements of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Innovation & Design Process credit for Green Building Education. Providing an Audio Tour can help to achieve a higher LEED rating for a building.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
Greenest City Action Plan Public Engagement - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Building on work by the Greenest City Action Team, almost 10 months of public engagement was completed using a campaign called Talk Green to Us. In addition, over 80 staff worked together to create the action plans. Staff from Sustainability, Planning, Social Planning, Engineering, Communications, the Park Board, and the Vancouver Economic Development Commission contributed, creating ownership across the organization. In the end, more than 35,000 people from around the world particpated through social media, online, and in face-to-face workshops or events.

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Sectors:
  • Other Emissions
Safe transportation planning for schools - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

Improving the safety of all road users is critical as an increasing number of trips are made by foot and bicycle on limited road space. The City, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) and other partners are working together to improve safety through engineering, enforcement and education efforts. An example is the School Active and Safe Travel Planning Program which identifies safety measures such as raised crosswalks near schools and route designs that enhance bike safety and comfort. Other considerations include, revisiting parking regulations and enforcement on nearby streets as well as supporting the VPD's School Safety Patrol education program.

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  • Transport
local action
Use of trenchless construction for water main installation - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

The City's Engineering department is expanding their pilot on trenchless construction for water mains. This means there will be less trucking transport of construction rubble because there will be less rubble since instead of an open trench, only two small pits on either end of the section will be dug.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
  • Waste
Higher Buildings Policy - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

In 2011, Council adopted the Higher Buildings Policy which requires architecture excellence and innovative green building design with a 40% to-50% reduction in energy use, in exchange for additional building height. Current development applicants are leading the way and including features such as renewable energy systems, living walls, onsite water and wastewater treatment, rainwater collection and solar energy collectors.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
  • Commercial
Piloted local food in City facilities - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

In an effort to promote local food and increase access and distribution, as well as grow the local food economy, the City piloted a menu of local food items at park concession stands this summer. The City worked with its distributor and is working with the broader community, including partnerships with the Vancouver School Board, hospitals and other organizations to work on expanding local food in the city.

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  • Transport
Residential Organic Waste Collection - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

Residential Food Waste Collection & Composting – implementation of Phase 1 (inclusion of fruit and vegetable scraps in current yard trimming collection program) has been completed. Now Phase II has also been rolled out, which means full composting (including meat) is now part of the green bin collection program for all City-serviced residences, including single-family and multi-family homes. http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/prepare-food-scraps-expanded-collection-pilot.aspx

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  • Waste
Construction & Demolition Waste Diversion Strategy for Pre-1940s Homes - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

In 2014 City Council adopted in principle a Construction & Demolition Waste Diversion Strategy ahead of a 2015 regional landfill ban on clean wood waste. This strategy includes requirements for the deconstruction of pre-1940s (deemed heritage) single-family houses and reuse/recycling of the waste materials.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
Talk Green To Us Campaign - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

A massive engagement campaign developed to let residents contribute their ideas to the Greenest City Action Plan. Delivered through workshops, one-on-one sessions, online and social media, the campaign resulted in over 35,000 people engaged locally and around the world, contributing to the creation of the Plan. Involvement by participants built their enthusiasm for taking the ideas that were generated and realizing them in their own neighbourhoods and businesses. This has become best pracdtice in citizen collaboration and built the kinds of partnerships required to achieve GCAP goals and targets.

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Sectors:
  • Other Emissions
Supporting Local Food and Jobs: Alterrus Local Garden - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status: Completed

In 2011, the City helped Alterrus Local Garden find unused parkade space to house their tall greenhouses that grow vegetables for local grocers and restaurants.

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  • Transport
Separated Bike Lanes - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2008
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

The City expanded and upgraded Vancouver’s walking and cycling network in 2013. Cyclists can now travel from Stanley Park to Hornby Street through the West End on the Comox-Helmcken Greenway, and enjoy the final leg of the 28-kilometre Seaside Greenway connecting the Burrard Bridge to Jericho Beach Park. Union Street bikeway also received a facelift, which improved connections between the Adanac Bikeway, Dunsmuir Viaduct, Carrall Street and the Seawall. 19% of Vancouver's 265 kilometre bike network is designated “All Ages and Abilities” or AAA. These are high-quality low-stress routes that are comfortable for novice riders, families with children, and the elderly.

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  • Transport
800 Robson Closure to Vehicular Traffic - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year:
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

In 2016, 800 Robson Street (aka Robson Square) was closed to all motor vehicle traffic to create a permanent public square. Now, a major transformation is coming to the biggest public space in downtown (after Stanley Park and the Seawall). Public and stakeholder feedback helped us create a high-level design for Robson Square, and staff will continue to gather more input on the plaza’s permanent design.

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  • Transport
local action
Pedestrian Safety study - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

As part of green transportation, walking is being made a priority mode. To encourage this, a pedestrian safety study and action plan was completed to identify opportunities to improve safety through engineering, education, and enforcement measures.

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  • Transport
local action
SoleFood - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status: Completed

The City of Vancouver approved a lease for three sites to SoleFood, a socail enterprise that provides urban agriculture employment and training opportunities for Vancouver's inner-city residents. Ten new jobs will be created as a result, in addition to the ten created in the past year. SoleFood's urban gardens supply local restaurants and groceries. SoleFood employs people with barriers to traditional employment.

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  • Transport
Passive Design Toolkit - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2008
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

Published a passive design toolkit and green home renovations how-to guides (2008-2009), intended to inform City staff, and designers and developers about passive design principles.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
Improving Access for All Modes Across False Creek Crossings - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Under construction / set up

More than 80,000 trips are made on the Burrard Street Bridge by foot, bike, transit, or vehicle every day. They all pass through the intersection of Burrard and Cornwall at the south end. Improvements in 2014 greatly simplify this intersection, improving safety and connectivity for all users. A major collision hotspot was addressed, and crossing the street on foot or bike is much easier, requiring only two crosswalks instead of five. Work was completed as part of a larger False Creek Bridge strategy that takes advantage of necessary maintenance projects to improve safety for cycling and walking on all three False Creek crossings.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
local action
Reuse of Old Toilets in Asphalt Aggregate - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

The City has been crushing old toilets that are brought to the landfill and are bringing it back to the City's asphalt plant to be crushed and added to the asphalt mix as part of the aggregate. This is reducing waste at the landfill and also helping the City get to its target of increasing recycled content in the asphalt.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
Expanding extended producer responsibility programs - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) holds businesses responsible for the end of life management of the products and packaging that they manufacture and sell. The goal of EPR is to shift from taxpayers paying for disposal costs to user-pay systems where the cost of disposal is included in the price of products. This gives businesses an incentive to design their products with the environment in mind. B.C.’s EPR programs offer significant recycling opportunities that municipalities can’t afford to provide on their own. While the City does not have the authority to ban materials, the City is working closely with the Province to expand and enhance EPR programs. For instance, the City was involved in the development of a regulation that requires industry to develop an EPR program for all packaging and printed paper by May 2014.
British Columbia’s Industry-led product stewardship programs require producers to take extended producer responsibility for the life cycle management of their products including collection and recycling. The two key features of EPR policy include:
1. Shifting the cost of collection and recycling upstream from municipalities to the producer
2. Provide incentives to producers to consider the product’s end of life impact on the environment when they are designing a product
In addition, there will soon be new recycling opportunities for items such as plastic bags, coffee cups, takeout and fast food packaging, Styrofoam, and other materials.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
Corporate Facilities Energy Management Plan - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: In operation

The City is developing a Corporate Facilities Energy Management Plan which prioritizes retrofits and behavior change to reduce GHG emissions to 2007 levels from facilities. It outlines strategies and actions for reducing building energy use.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
Olympic Village LEED Platinum - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2006
  • Type: Regulatory
  • Status: Completed

Built the Olympic Village neighbourhood to LEED Platinum demonstrating leadership and showcasing design.

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  • Buildings
Binner-friendly public recycling receptacles - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

The binning community plays an important role in decreasing the amount of garbage to landfill that could otherwise have been recycled. Public recycling receptacles were designed to allow easier access to refundable drinks containers for binners, thanks to a partnership with Encorp Pacific and with input from United We Can. Results show that where new receptacles were installed, 94 per cent fewer recyclable drinks containers wind up in the garbage. The program began in 2013 with 60 receptacles, with another 100 installed later in the year and more on the way.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
local action
Expand Car Sharing Program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: In operation

Expand car sharing by: working with car-sharing organizations to address parking access challenges; encouraging car-sharing in new developments; and seeking other opportunities to support expansion. In addition to outsourcing City fleet services to a car sharing provider, the City has also created policy to enable carshare companies to obtain dedicated on street parking stalls and has also incorporated requirements for the provision of carsharing vehicles for large development rezonings. Car2Go's success in Vancouver has also led to additional fleet and service area expansions in 2012. http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/940701/car2go-poised-for-growth-in-vancouver-this-spring

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  • Transport
Automatic Water Meter Reading - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2002
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

8 years ago, the City’s 14,000 water meters had to be read manually, requiring four meter readers to drive around all day all year reading meters. With the installation of 14,000 radio-read devices, water meters can now be read and recorded on a laptop using radio technology as the vehicle drives by. Meters are now read by a single vehicle in 3 days per month.

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  • Transport
Street Lighting Conversion Program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Conversion of almost 30,000 street lighting fixtures from incandescent and mercury vapour bulbs to high pressure sodium bulbs under the BC Hydro PowerSmart Program. Street lights have also been replaced on a case-by-case basis with LEDS, which are expected to be 40% more energy efficient. A city-wide Urban Lighting Strategy is currently in development that will encompass a business case for LED streetlight replacements; shielding and ecological guidelines around outdoor lighting; and the potential creation of Dark Sky preserves within the city.

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Sectors:
  • Other Emissions
Biodiversity Strategy - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2014
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Staff are currently working to develop a biodiversity strategy aimed at increasing not only the quantity of greenspace and access to residents, but also the quality of greenspace with respect to biodiversity. This will include a target to increase the area of natural wetland, stream, shoreline or natural forest. Natural forests, wetlands, streams, and shorelines must be better integrated into our park system, as well as made part of our schools, streets, and backyards. This will be accomplished by creating new habitats, and restoring or naturalizing existing parks or private lands where habitat has been degraded. Examples of projects included in the biodiversity target are small-scale projects such as planting a shrub understorey in a group of trees in a neighbourhood park to benefit songbirds or large-scale projects like re-introducing saltwater to Lost Lagoon or daylighting portions of China Creek.

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Sectors:
  • Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Greening Vancouver Business Strategy - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

A greening business strategy is currently being developed to help engage businesses in reducing their energy, waste and water consumption. It is being led by the Vancouver Economic Commission. The scope has been refined to include business outreach in the False Creek Flats area of Vancouver, a major job centre in Vancouver and home to over 600 businesses that span a wide variety of sectors from logistics to arts and culture; food to software; and construction to clean technology.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Trial - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Between February 2013 to January 2015, Vancouver launched an $800,000 electric vehicle charging infrastructure trial. In all, over 100 electric vehicle charging stations were installed across Vancouver as part of this pilot. There are currently over 250 public and private Level 2 stations in Vancouver. The pilot is a partnership between the City, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia, and BC Hydro. The pilot assessed the opportunities and barriers, processes, costs and ideal locations for the installation of EV charging infrastructure.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Green Homes Program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

The program addresses energy and water efficiency issues by requiring that all new building permit applications for one- and two-family homes meet a specific set of requirements. Under the Green Homes Program, new one- and two-family homes are required to include a number of sustainable features that will help you save energy, water, and money, while providing an improved indoor environment.
Houses are also required to be adaptable to future energy generation technologies as they become available, as well as power the next generation of cars.
By 2020, all new homes will consume up to 33% less energy. By 2030, all new homes will be carbon neutral.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
LED traffic signal conversion - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

LED technology was introduced to the City’s 670 traffic signals through BC Hydro's PowerSmart Program resulting in 80 to 90% less energy consumption than conventional bulbs and an increased life expectancy of seven to ten times.

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Sectors:
  • Other Emissions
Large Site Rezoning Policy - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

All large site rezoning applications will require LEED™ Gold registration for all rezoning applications as of July 30, 2010. Approved February 4, 2010

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Sectors:
  • Residential
  • Commercial
Greenest City Fund - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Fiscal / Financial mechanism
  • Status: Completed

The Greenest City Action Fund was created in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation, one of Canada's largest community foundations. Both partners contributed $1M for a total of $2M. Over the program duration of four years, the Fund awarded grants to 573 community initiatives. The City is currently developing the next iteration of the Greenest City Fund, looking at funding opportunities and structuring an ongoing fund to catalyze continued action in the community around Greenest City goals.

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Sectors:
  • Other Emissions
Green Building Policy for Rezonings - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year:
  • Type:
  • Status: Completed

Every year 30 to 60 large new building projects in Vancouver go through a rezoning process, meaning they apply to the City to change the land use allowed on that land (often this means increased density and more revenue). As part of negotiating a rezoning, the project must be built to a higher energy standard. In late 2016, Council approved an update to the Green Building Policy for Rezonings, the first step towards zero emission buildings by 2030. Building projects that fall under the updated Policy must cut carbon pollution by 50% or more, and meet new limits for heat loss and energy use. Builders and developers choose which type of heating system to stay under those limits, often using simple, locally developed approaches and technologies. The Policy doesn’t ban anything. Even with natural gas water heaters and gas stoves, building projects can meet the new requirements. Most importantly, it won’t cost any more to construct, maintain, or power such a building.

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  • Residential
  • Commercial
local action
Modo car share for City fleet - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

The City of Vancouver developed a fleet share program (using Modo) for City fleet car sharing in the City Hall precinct. The availability of car sharing will reduce City expenditures on fleet vehicles and expand the availability of car share vehicles in the community, all while reducing employee dependence on their personal vehicles for conducting City business and getting to work.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Lawn Sprinkling Violations - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Regulatory
  • Status: Completed

In the drier summer months, water demand in Vancouver can double, with people watering lawns, filling swimming pools, or washing cars. From June through September there are lawn sprinkling regulations in effect to help reduce the peak demand. This year, the City has made lawn sprinkling violations a ticketable offence which will help the City to enforce the regulation.

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  • Other Emissions
Green Streets Program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: In operation

Green Streets is a program run by the City of Vancouver where residents can volunteer to take care of gardens that have been installed by the City in traffic calming spaces, such as traffic circles and corner bulges. Boulevard gardening allows for residents to garden on the boulevard within set guidelines. Street gardening leads to more than beautiful streets. Volunteer gardeners find relationships within the community as neighbours share the work. The City has recently passed a bylaw allowing food assets to be planted on traffic calmed streets.

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  • Other Emissions
Corporate Green IT desktop program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

An IT Department solution to help us green City operations What is Green Desktop? With the Green Desktop program your computer will be put to sleep after 20 minutes of inactivity. This simple step saves energy, reduces costs and helps lower the City's climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Buildings
local action
Energy and GHG Reductions in Buildings - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Regulatory
  • Status: In operation

Continual drive towards energy efficiency via the Vancouver Building By-law, Vancouver's main policy lever around greening buildings. Replacement of existing building stock with new more energy-efficient buildings, subject to more stringent policies via building-code and rezoning policy updates. In 2014, Council passed a comprehensive Building Retrofit Strategy to address existing buildings. The 2014 Vancouver Building By-law requires all commercial, institutional, mixed-use and high-density residential buildings to meet ASHRAE 90.1 (2010) and National Energy Code for Buildings 2011. Vancouver is also the first jurisdiction in North America to require energy efficiency upgrades to existing buildings at the time of renovation. An example of a community program to drive retrofits is the Green Landlords program, a partnership with Landlords BC to provide energy and water audits of tenanted properties. Successful pilot in 2013 has led to an expanded program in 2014 and 2015, and follow-up programs by utilities modelled on the pilot. Nearly all 23 participating buildings in the City’s Green Landlord pilot program identified cost saving opportunities to reduce water use by 20 per cent. See http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/green-buildings.aspx for more details.

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  • Residential
  • Commercial
Electric Vehicle Charging Co-Location with Cellular Infrastructure - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

In July 2012, the Vancouver park board approved a pilot project that allows Telus to build three cellphone tower/electric vehicle charging station combos, or “monopoles,” along Beach Avenue. The 20-year contract will cost Telus $11,500 per site, per year for the first five years. A 10 per cent rate hike will be applied in each of the three subsequent five-year terms. The monopoles will allow people to charge their electric cars while improving wireless service in the area. The V-Poles would do both of those things while providing Wi-Fi access and LED street lighting. They would also serve as electronic bulletin boards and parking meters. The Without strengthening the wireless network in the area, parts of the west end could experience more dropped calls and signal "dead zones" as data-hungry smartphones and tablets increase demands on the system, Telus Spokesman Shawn Hall.

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  • Transport
Collaboration with CityStudio - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

CityStudio is a collaboration with the City and six post-secondary institutions in Vancouver. The idea is to create real project work opportunities related to the Greenest City Action Plan through the student's course work. To date, 60 City staff, 113 faculty, 96 community advisors, and 3,000 students have contributed 75,000 hours towards Greenest City and other strategy initiatives since 2011. This work is ongoing now, with new students every year.

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  • Other Emissions
Greenest City Action Team - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

The Greenest City Action Team was convened by the Mayor and included independent experts who were tasked with identifying some 75 quick start actions the City could take, as well as some long term strategies and actions to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020. Their report, Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future was released in 2009 and would form the basis of the current sustainability plan, the Greenest City Action Plan, adopted in 2011.

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  • Other Emissions
Sale of Rain barrels - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: In operation

The City has been selling rain barrels for residents to help promote water conservation.

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  • Other Emissions
Low-flow toilet installations - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Partnership with developer, Concert Properties, to have 500 low-flow toilets installed and document the paypack, barriers encountered, resident feedback, etc. City pays 25% of cost.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
  • Other Emissions
local action
Greenest City Scholars - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

The Greenest City Scholars program is a partnership with the University of British Columbia, providing summer internships for graduate-level students in a variety of subject areas in support of the Greenest City Action Plan Goals. The program pairs a Scholar up with a City staff mentor. The Scholar commits to 250 hours of work on a chosen project that furthers Greenest City goals.

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  • Other Emissions
Greenest City Action Plan - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

This is the culmination of 2 years of work by the Greenest City Action Team and extensive public engagement. There are 10 goals focused on making Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020. Goals range from Green economy, climate leadership, zero waste, green transportation, local food, clean air, clean water, access to nature and more. This is the CIty's overarching sustainability plan.

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  • Other Emissions
Transportation 2040 Plan - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Following extensive stakeholder engagement, the City released its Transportation 2040 plan, which seeks to prioritize walking, biking, transit and finally single occupancy vehicle modes of transportation in planning for the future. The Plan is a long-term strategic vision that will help guide transportation and land use decisions and public investmetns for the years ahead. Many of the goals targets and policies are shared by the Greenest City Action Plan; this plan supports not only Greenest City, but other City, regional and provincial policies as well.

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  • Transport
Fuel Change - EQS biodiesel demonstration project - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

The City's Equipment Services Department took part in a biodiesel demonstration project to confirm the suitability of this fuel for use in the City's fleet. Recommendations were made that have led to the ongoing use of V5 and B20 biodiesel blends in the entire diesel fleet; since 2013, 100% of the diesel purchased by the City contains either 5% or 20% biodiesel.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Reforestation in City Parks - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

Increase reforestation efforts in City parkland, as guided by the city's Biodiversity Strategy and Urban Forest Strategy Framework. The Greenest City Action Plan goal is to plant 150,000 new trees by 2020.

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  • Other Emissions
local action
Hospitals Energy Systems Project - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Planning phase

Two of the local hospitals use an existing central steam plant to provide heating and humidification. The City has been working with existing energy system operators to facilitate at least one major industrial or institutional energy system conversion to a local renewable energy source.

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Sectors:
  • Commercial
Better Environmental Sound Transportation - Capacity Building and Education - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2006
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

The City and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) worked with the province to reduce idling at ferry terminals, workplaces and schools. They also introduced a by-law that set an idling limit of 3 minutes in a 60 minute period. Better Environmental Sound Transportation - Going Active Campaign. Provide free valet bike parking, cycling maps and local route information and bike safety instruction at community sporting events in 2006 and 2007. 50 events (some multi-day) Provided one day cycle skills training for commuters to build confidence and improve safety through donations. 2006- 9 classes in Vancouver. 2007 - 17 classes planned for Vancouver

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  • Transport
local action
Enabling Electric Vehicles - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: In operation

Partner with BC Hydro and BC government to implement an electric vehicle charging pilot program for home, work and on the go, to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles. In addition, the new building code (updated 2014) increased readiness of residential and commercial buildings to accommodate electric vehicles (http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/electric-vehicle-charging-requirements.aspx). Part of our ongoing efforts includes the development of an EV Infrastructure Strategy to foster ongoing development and use of the system.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Condo Retrofit Program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Launched a Condo Retrofit Loan Program with $2M in low interest financing collected via strata payments made out of the energy savings http://former.vancouver.ca/greencapital/MURB-pilot-home.htm

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Sectors:
  • Residential
  • Commercial
EV Ecosystem Strategy - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year:
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Adopted in 2016, the Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Strategy looks at users, vehicles, and the entire system as a whole. How many people live in a particular neighbourhood? What types of housing and public services are located there? How much time do residents spend in those locations? These are the sorts of questions that go into making an EV “ecosystem”, a network with charging stations in the places people need them. The Strategy will expand access to home and workplace charging and improve the public charging network. Over the next five years (the lifetime of the Strategy), we could start seeing the beginning of the end of exhaust fumes in the city!

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  • Transport
local action
Greening Events - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

There are nearly 1,000 permitted events in Vancouver parks and streets each year. A Green Event Planning Guide was developed in 2013 to help event organizers support more sustainable choices by attendees. Event planners can facilitate access to portable water fountains, provide bike racks and resources to support recycling, and use better signage to make it easy to find these things in the excitement and bustle of a successful event. Progress made towards greener events is measured through a Green Event Form, which collected baseline information in 2013. The City has a coordinator who helps ensure a waste management plan is put in place, and helps coordinate the bins required and the sanitation crew for pick-up.

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  • Waste
LiveSmart Business Energy Advisor - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

Targets small businesses that spend up to $50,000 per year on electricity. Business Energy Advisors are available to visit eligible businesses and work directly with them to identify potential energy and money saving opportunities, including lighting, hot water, heating and ventilation improvements. Advisors can help businesses access other available incentives and LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program components, including coordinating the installation of the equipment on behalf of the owner.Business Energy Advisors are available across the Province in the following seven regions and four sectors: Mainland/Southwest, Vancouver Island/Coast, Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenays, Cariboo, Northcoast/Nechako and the Northeast; Accommodation, business office, retail, agriculture and the food services sector.

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  • Commercial
Reducing paper through moving permits online - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Between Development Services, Licences and Inspections, Engineering Services, Parks and Recreation, Fire and Rescue Services and the Police Department we issue an estimated 200,000 permits a year. Over the past few years the City has also been working to move many City transactions online, including business and dog licences, security alarm permit renewals, and parking permits among many others. One major initiative coming in 2015 is the Managed Print Services which will bring changes to office printing infrastructure as well as new tracking systems for paper use. Reducing the City’s paper consumption continues to be part of the important work in green our operations.

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  • Waste
Home Energy Loan Program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Fiscal / Financial mechanism
  • Status: Completed

Created in co-operation with Vancity and with the support of FortisBC, BC Hydro and Natural Resources Canada, the pilot Home Energy Loan Program offers you access to affordable financing and end-to-end support to make select energy efficiency upgrades to your home. In return, you can expect to save money on your energy bills and enjoy improved home comfort while reducing your home's environmental footprint.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
Recycling Hub - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status: Completed

A recently opened recycling hub contains two related businesses who can now leverage each others' resources, creating more jobs and diversifying services. United We Can (a recycling business which employs people with barriers to other employment and allows 'binners' to be employed) will be co-located with a private recycling firm, Recycling Alternative. United we Can currently employs 120 people with barriers to traditional employment, processes 60,000 drink containers a day and provides an income to about 700 recyclers.

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  • Commercial
Rapid transit study - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

A rapid transit study was completed to investigate options for delivering high capacity, fast, frequent, and reliable rapid transit for the Broadway Corridor from Commercial Drive to UBC. This work is done in conjunction with several partners including Translink and other regional municipalities.

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  • Transport
Thermal Imaging Pilot - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year:
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status: Completed

A thermal image is a picture of the heat that comes off of an object: hot shows up bright yellow or white, while cold shows up as blue. Thermal imaging is a great way to easily find all the hidden ways your home is leaking heat (and money) out into the cold outdoors. The City launched a program to help homeowners in single-family homes pinpoint their energy losses. We took images in five neighbourhoods throughout the month of January 2017. City staff will follow-up with homeowners later in the year. People who participate get their thermal image, plus information on available incentives to save energy.

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  • Residential
local action
Real-time energy monitoring of Olympic venues - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

Partnership with Pulse Energy, VANOC and City of Vancouver to have the Olympic venues monitored.

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Seasonal water rates - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Fiscal / Financial mechanism
  • Status: Completed

The City has also adopted seasonal water rates , which reflect the increased cost of purchasing water from Metro Vancouver in the hotter, drier months. Seasonal water rates are designed to reflect the cost of water purchases, which fluctuates with the seasons. It is expected to reduce peak water demand during the dry summer months.

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  • Other Emissions
Deconstruction Permit - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Regulatory
  • Status: Completed

Undertook a deconstruction pilot that diverted 90% of construction waste from the landfill, and introduced code to encourage deconstruction versus demolition. In 2011, the City partnered with industry on a deconstruction and green jobs pilot project to deconstruct two homes in Vancouver and show the social, environmental and economic benefits of this approach. The project provided green jobs training for at-risk youth and diverted 93% of all building materials from the landfill (about 80 tonnes from each house). The pilot helped inform the development of a voluntary deconstruction permit program for houses and duplexes, which was introduced in February 2012 to encourage deconstruction as an alternative to demolition. The benefit to industry of the deconstruction permit is that it is issued much faster than a demolition permit and allows enough time for deconstruction and site preparation before building begins. Permit applicants must commit to diverting at least 75% of materials from disposal. The City also offers a discount at the Vancouver Landfill to deconstruction permit holders.

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  • Waste
Green and Digital Demonstration Program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2014
  • Type: Fiscal / Financial mechanism
  • Status: In operation

The Green and Digital Demonstration Program (GDDP) provides support to entrepreneurs and start-ups in Vancouver’s clean technology and digital sectors. Participants in the program are given the opportunity to gain temporary access to City-owned assets (e.g. buildings, streets or vehicles) for pre-commercial technology demonstrations and proof-of-concept trials.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
  • Facilities
Corporate Fleet Initiative - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Driver Training Program teaches City drivers to use the best vehicle operating practices such as being idle free, keeping tires inflated, and driving steady and slow to use less fuel.Allow heat generated inside a work vehicle without the engine running. Re-program engines to operate more efficiently, to shut off automatically to eliminate unnecessary idling and to limit maximum speed in order to ultimately reduce emissions by changing driver behaviour. Right sizing involves EQS working closely with fleet partners to determine the most cost effective and fuel efficient equipment to meet those needs. Reduce the size of the City\'s light-duty vehicle fleet and out-source vehicle provision and management to car-sharing company with highly efficient vehicles. City equipment running on maximum biodiesel blends allowed by engine manufacturers. Electronic Control Module Data Capture devices enhance other fuel savings programs.

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  • Transport
local action
Cycling infrastructure improvements - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

Various cycling infrastructure improvements are going on around the City, from new bike-lanes as part of Complete Streets projects, to spot improvements of existing bike infrastructure to improve safety and usability. Nearly 20% of Vancouver's bike infrastructure has been rated All Ages and Abilities. An example is the Comox-Helmcken Greenway, an important east-west connection through Downtown from False Creek to Stanley Park for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages and abilities. The Greenway is being developed in two sections with Section 1 of the Greenway now complete. These improvements focus on not only improving cycling infrastructure, but making it safer for pedestrians.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
  • Industrial processes and product use (IPPU)
Retrofit of City-owned buildings - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

Pursuing efficiency strategies via retrofit projects, energy audits, continuous optimization and staff engagement, guided by Facilities Energy Management Plan.Energy retrofits of City owned buildings including: Parks facilities (e.g.,, community center, ice rinks, swimming pools), Vancouver Museum, Manitoba and National City Public Works Yards, Downtown Library Square. Complete new energy studies (QE theatre, police buildings, non-market housing)

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  • Buildings
  • Facilities
Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2008
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Neighbourhood Energy Utility is an environmentally-friendly community energy system that provides space heating and domestic hot water to all new buildings in Southeast False Creek. Through high system efficiencies and by using sewage heat recovery to supply, the system eliminates over 60% of the emissions associated with the heating of buildings. As of 2015, the facility currently achieves an estimated annual reduction of 3,100 tonnes of CO2. Over time the NEU will continue to be extended to serve new developments in surrounding neighbourhoods. Further to this, the NEU and other DE projects are designed in such a way that it may eventually achieve zero emissions.

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  • Residential
Cigarette butt recycling program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

The City partnered in a pilot project to collect and recycle cigarette butts in 2013. The first of its kind in the world, this program cuts down on toxic litter on city streets, while creating green jobs for people with barriers to employment. The City has now taken over the program and is evaluating the results: approximately 100 receptacles were installed throughout downtown Vancouver, with more than 200,000 butts collected in the first six months alone.

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  • Waste
local action
Corporate Climate Leaders program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Launched Corporate Climate Leaders program in Vancouver with Climate Smart, a local social enterprise that engages businesses to undertake GHG measurement and action planning work. Program resulted in a number of businesses signing up to the program and enrolling in Climate Smart training. Program ended. Responsibility for engaging businesses around climate action lies with the Vancouver Economic Commission, who have continued working in this area.

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  • Commercial
Energy-Saving Windbreaks at Outdoor Public Pools - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2014
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

An initiative to improve heating energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions was a pilot in two Parks Department pools. Windbreaks were installed over the summer at Kitsilano Pool and Second Beach Pool in Stanley Park. This helped save approximately 170 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases, the equivalent of removing 36 cars from city streets. The initiative saved approximately $33,000 in natural gas consumption, a savings of about 25% over the previous year while keeping swimmers warmer.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
  • Commercial
local action
Carrotmob to support local business - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status: Completed

City of Vancouver helped lead a carrotmob event that focused on one business, with 100% of the proceeds of the day going to the re-investment of the business to retrofit lights and heating systems to low-energy consumption alternatives.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
Wood Waste Diversion - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2008
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Clean wood waste diversion program at Vancouver Landfill and Transfer Station (January 2011); action has transboundary impacts as Vancouver Landfill accepts waste from neighbouring municipalities in the region.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
Installation of cab heaters in City fleet - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2005
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Cab heaters were installed in work trucks so outside operations staff can keep warm and dry off during breaks without having to run their engines. Many vehicles need to idle to run rooftop emergency/warning lights. In addition, Engineering Services has been replacing older lights with LED and strobe lights that don't draw as much power and don't require the vehicle to idle.

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  • Transport
Supporting the sharing economy - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

The City is supporting the Sharing Economy Project: a research project aimed at finding out what Vancouverites want to share, and how they want to share it, in different regions and neighbourhoods across the city. The City is working on finding out how it can better quantify the benefits of sharing economy as well as support the growth of it in the area since there may be reduced waste and reduced transportation benefits from peer to peer sharing, community organization sharing or company run sharing.

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  • Transport
  • Waste
Installation of Stop-Idle technology - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

Currently stop-Idle technology has been installed on all heavy-duty machinery and is being piloted in the police fleet. Further evaluations on a shorter timer (3 min vs 5 min) for cut-off are being piloted. Roll-out is planned to all police fleet vehicles as they come up for replacement.

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  • Transport
local action
Backyard composting program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2007
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

The City has been providing backyard worm-composting bins in partnership with CityFarmer who provides the bins following a workshop. The City has been providing bins for several years, several hundred are sold every year.

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  • Waste
Corporate waste diversion program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

The City launched a waste diversion program for City facilities. Staff now have 6 streams by which they can divert their waste or send to landfill:
Refundable containers
Paper
Mixed plastic containers (coffee cup lids)
Soft plastics (plastic film wrap)
Organics (fruit, bread, meat, pizza crusts, noodles)
Landfill
There are now 41 civic facilities participating and another 30 planned for 2014. In 2013, we achieved 70 per cent waste diverted from landfill in City buildings. City staff have set a target of 90 per cent by 2020.

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  • Waste
Wood burning appliance regulation - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Regulatory
  • Status: Completed

Air quality is the jurisdiction of the regional district, Metro Vancouver, however the City is actively working in supporting Metro Vancouver on regulations including those for wood burning appliance and quality standard for those appliances. The 2013 Vancouver BUilding By-Law requires the tightest standard for new wood-burning heating devices in North America, setting a limit 15 times lower than the emissions of a typical fireplace.

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  • Other Emissions
Reuseable item diversion at landfill - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Diverting reusable items at the Vancouver transfer station and Landfill. Action has transboundary impact as Landfill accepts waste from neighbouring municipalities in the region.

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Sectors:
  • Waste
local action
Neighbourhood Renewable Energy Strategy - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Council approved the Vancouver Neighbourhood Strategy in 2012. Implementation activities began that year, and key focus areas are (1) to convert existing steam heat systems away from fossil fuels to low carbon sources and (2) establish new low carbon thermal neighbourhood energy systems (NES). 3 new NES are now either operational or are under construction. Implementation planning is underway for the conversion of 2 steam systems and establishment of 2 additional NES; to be completed by 2020. The context for the project is the City's Greenest City Action Plan, which includes the objective to reduce CO2 emissions by 33% over 2007 levels by 2020. Energy used for the heating of buildings generates more than 50% of the CO2 emissions in the City, and NES provides a cost-effective platform to significantly reduce CO2 emissions of buildings.

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  • Residential
  • Commercial
Water Conservation Program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2010
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: In operation

Working to reduce Vancouver's per-capita water consumption. Targeting residential, commercial, and civic use. Significant community water efficiency and access to water campaigns:

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  • Human health
local action
Farmers Markets - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2006
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

The Greenest City Action Plan has a priority action to incresae the number of farmers markets from 11 to 22, and community food markets from 14 to 20, by 2020.

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TreeKeepers Program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status: In operation

In 2013, the Park Board partnered with TreeKeepers to encourage tree planting within the community. Programs like the Citizen Forester training program, the first-ever TreeKeepers Day, and tree distribution events were designed to enable residents and businesses to support this Greenest City goal. As a result, 900 trees — including more than 200 fruit trees — were planted on private land in 2013, with a target of 4,000 more for 2014. As of 2016, this successful program continues to distribute trees to residents.

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Van Dusen Gardens Living Building - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

A Living Building is defined as having no impact on its environment, using materials that are safe and healthy, being water independent and energy self-sufficient and inspiring beauty. The living building at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Center is all of those things and is Canada’s first certified living building. The building was designed by Busby Perkins + Will and features a green roof, a rainwater capture system, solar panels for energy generation and stormwater and blackwater recycling. The building is inspired by the petals of a flower with a bright solar chimney that also serves to exhaust hot air. It’s a project that also meets LEED Platinum standards and serves as an example of what is possible for the Park Board and the City of Vancouver, changing what it means to be living with nature.

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Community Gardens - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2003
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status: In operation

The Greenest City Action Plan has a priority action to increase the number of community garden plots from 4,423 to 5,500 and community kitchens from 69 to 80 with particular emphasis on encouraging broader participation by ethno-cultural groups.

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Climate Change Adaptation Plan - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Vancouver City Council has adopted a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy to ensure that Vancouver remains a liveable and resilient city in the face of climate change.
The landmark strategy recommends nine primary actions and over 50 supporting actions that the City of Vancouver can take to incorporate climate change adaptation measures into new projects and daily operations for all City business.
These actions will guide the way we build and maintain City streets, sewers, building infrastructure, parks and greenspaces to ensure they are resilient to climate change.
 Complete a Coastal Flood Risk Assessment;
 Amend Flood-proofing policies;
 Develop and implement a Citywide Integrated Storm-water Management Plan;
 Continue with sewer separation;
 Develop a back-up power policy;
 Continue to implement water conservation actions;
 Support and expand extreme heat planning;
 Include climate change adaptation measures in the next Vancouver Building Bylaw update; and
 Develop and implement a comprehensive Urban Forest Management Plan.

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Community Food Markets - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Community food markets provide a way to bring fresh, nutritious food closer to residents who need it, but may have physical or economic difficulty accessing a grocery store or farmers’ market. The Westside Mobile Food Market is a non-profit "market on wheels" supported through the Greenest City Fund. From July to September 2013, the market delivered fresh, affordable produce to residents at community gathering places throughout the Westside.

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Integrated Rainwater Management Plan - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2006
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

Approximately one third of the Still Creek watershed is in Vancouver with the remainder in Burnaby. Development in this watershed over the past several decades has resulted in flooding issues, poor creek water quality, loss of habitat and reduced recreational opportunities. To address the environmental, recreational and flooding concerns, an Integrated Stormwater Management Plan was developed jointly by Vancouver, Burnaby and Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) staff. This Plan provides eight key goals and over 100 possible actions which will give City and Regional staff a useful tool box when dealing with land use and infrastructure planning projects in the Still Creek watershed. The goals and strategies of the Plan are designed to improve the environment, develop recreational opportunities and help manage flooding risks.

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  • Terrestrial ecosystems and ecological infrastructure
Vancouver Incubator Kitchen - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

Vancouver Incubator Kitchen (VIK) is a kitchen space created to support culinary education, food-related job creation, and the local food economy. Located in the Save-On-Meats building, VIK supports skills training for students and local residents, and acts as a commissary for independent food service businesses and community organizations. VIK is a partnership between Vancouver Community College, Mark Brand Inc., Vancity Credit Union, and the City.

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Sewer separation - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 1990
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

In 1978, Council established the Sewer Separation Program with the intent of reducing CSOs and pollution discharge to local waterways and improve their overall water quality level. It has since become a provincial requirement that all CSOs be eliminated by the year 2050. Since the program's beginning, it has focused primarily on the downtown corridor, False Creek area and the West End of the city. The Downtown Granville and Yaletown areas are now fully separated with a continued focus on further separation of the downtown corridor: the False Creek area, the West end of the city and to some extent, the Downtown Eastside/Strathcona, Still Creek and Fraser River areas.

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Amend flood-proofing policies - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

As part of the recommendations from the Climate Adaptation Plan that was adopted in July 2012, the flood proofing policy (flood construction levels) was amended in 2014 in anticipation of sea level rises.

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Clouds of Change Task Force - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 1990
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

Clouds of Change was a task force created by Vancouver City Council to take a look at the issues related to changes in atmospheric conditions. The task force was comprised of independent experts who developed a series of recommendations for City Council. Their report, completed in 1991, formed the basis for sustained climate action in the City, culminating in the Greenest City Action Plan adopted in 2011 that set out concrete sustainability goals and targets.

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Water Conservation website - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

The City has created a water conservation education website to raise awareness and provide people with learning resources to help reduce water use.

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West House Demonstration Project - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2009
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: Completed

West House presents a flexible solution to Vancouver’s housing needs: affordability, environmental performance, and small in area. Its value reaches beyond Vancouver. The result of a partnership between government, academia and industry, West House was showcased during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games at the Vancouver Yaletown LiveCity Site and is now in its legacy installation on a City of Vancouver owned site where it serves as a technology showcase, research and development test bed, and a "living lab".

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Plant 150,000 more trees - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

One of the targets in the Greenest City Action Plan is to plant 150,000 more trees in the City. This will require both changes to development requirements, efforts by the public on private property as well as increasing the number of trees on City owned-land. Nearly 11,000 new trees were planted in 2013, almost doubling the number of new trees planted since 2010. An example of a public-private partnership to drive community action on tree-planting is the TreeKeepers program. In 2013, the Park Board partnered with TreeKeepers to encourage tree planting within the community. Programs like the Citizen Forester training program, the first-ever TreeKeepers Day, and tree distribution events were designed to enable residents and businesses to support this Greenest City goal. As a result, 900 trees — including more than 200 fruit trees — were planted on private land in 2013, with a target of 4,000 more for 2014.

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  • Terrestrial ecosystems and ecological infrastructure
  • Human health
Support and expand extreme heat planning - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year:
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status:

Support and expand extreme heat planning is an action that was adopted in the Vancouver Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and is currently in the planning stages.

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Water efficiency audits in restaurants and offices - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

Industrial and business activity account for a quarter of Vancouver’s annual water usage. In a pilot program to tackle water consumption, seven restaurants and offices agreed to have audits done, to identify opportunities to reduce water usage in their operations. The group also committed to inexpensive water-saving upgrades—such as faucet aerators, pre-rinse spray valves, and high-efficiency toilets—that will reduce their water use by up to 22 per cent and pay for themselves in less than two years.

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local action
Urban Forest Strategy Framework - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

An Urban Forest Strategy was developed that synthesizes existing City tree-related policies, the latest urban forest research, arboricultural best management practices, professional tree care expert opinions, and input from the public into a vision for the future of Vancouver's urban forest. Since 1995, nearly all tree removals in the City occurred on private property. The Strategy includes a by-law update that ends the ability of private property owners to remove healthy, mature trees without cause.

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Creation of mini-parks - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: In operation

A key Greenest City Action Plan target is to have 95% of the land area in Vancouver be within a 5 min walk of green space. The creation of mini-parks or pocket parks is one of those actions that will help the City achieve this target. This is an ongoing action as opportunity arises. It involves significant public participation and a community planning process to ensure successful implementation.

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Park Board Local Food Action Plan - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

With support from a task force of community stakeholders, Park Board Commissioners passed the Local Food Action Plan in July 2013. The plan includes actions that are already underway, such as working with food suppliers to offer local, healthy food options at beach concessions and creating local food assets and infrastructure on Park land.

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Coastal Flood Risk Assessment - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Assessment/Research
  • Status: In operation

Complete a Coastal Flood Risk Assessment to determine vulnerable areas of the City. Phase 1 was completed in 2013: the first of its kind in Canada to be done at a city level. Phase 2 is now underway, slated to be complete by 2015/2016. Some key milestones:

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  • Terrestrial ecosystems and ecological infrastructure
  • Coastal zone systems
  • Human security and emergency response
  • Human health
Fire hydrant leakage detection program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

More than 100 of the City's 6,000+ fire hydrants are leaking at any given time. In 2013, ongoing funding was established for a twice-yearly hydrant leak survey program. This program will save 200 million litres of water and up to $200,000 a year. Moving forward, new equipment will provide greater sensitivity when "listening" for leaks and allow pressures to be dialed down to reduce leakage in the City's pipe network.

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local action
Biodiversity and daylighting at Creekway Park - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status: Completed

The 3.2-acre Creekway Park project restored a section of Hastings Creek, a stream that had been buried for nearly a century. As part of the Hastings Park renewal, an abandoned parking lot was transformed into a new, ecologically rich and diverse habitat, with a bird habitat alongside pedestrian and cycling paths. Creekway Park is surrounded by a range of human-made infrastructure such as roads, rail lines, storm drains, and power lines. The parks both blend native habitats with the urban landscape and demonstrate how biodiversity can be reintegrated into the heart of Vancouver neighbourhoods.

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Waterwise Garden Education program - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Education/Awareness Raising
  • Status: Completed

Program to promote water conservation education. Residents volunteer to host a garden party and invite several friends. The City provides staff to attend and educate the party on water conservation measures for the garden

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Vancouver Local Food Policy - City of Vancouver, BC
  • Start year: 2011
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
  • Status: Completed

The Vancouver Food Strategy was adopted by Council in 2013. It is a plan to create a just and sustainable food system for the city. It builds on years of food systems initiatives and grassroots community development, considering all aspects of the food system, from seed to table to compost heap and back again. Project examples:
Vancouver Incubator Kitchen
Vancouver Incubator Kitchen (VIK) is a kitchen space created to support culinary education, food-related job creation, and the local food economy. Located in the Save-On-Meats building, VIK supports skills training for students and local residents, and acts as a commissary for independent food service businesses and community organizations. VIK is a partnership between Vancouver Community College, Mark Brand Inc., Vancity Credit Union, and the City.
Community Food Markets
Community food markets provide a way to bring fresh, nutritious food closer to residents who need it, but may have physical or economic difficulty accessing a grocery store or farmers’ market. The Westside Mobile Food Market is a non-profit "market on wheels" supported through the Greenest City Fund. From July to September 2013, the market delivered fresh, affordable produce to residents at community gathering places throughout the Westside.
http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/community-food-markets.aspx
Park Board Local Food Action Plan
With support from a task force of community stakeholders, Park Board Commissioners passed the Local Food Action Plan in July 2013. The plan includes actions that are already underway, such as working with food suppliers to offer local, healthy food options at beach concessions again in 2014. http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/park-board-local-food-action-plan-integrates-local-food-into-vancouver-s-parks-and-recreation-system.aspx

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  • Human health
Inventories
Community inventories

The City of Vancouver, BC has reported 5 Community emission inventories, since 2008. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2015, the Stationary energy, Transport and Waste management are identified as key emission sources.

GHG emission from City of Vancouver, BC
GHG inventory in 2015
Government operations inventory

The City of Vancouver, BC has reported 5 government operational inventories, since 2008. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2015, the Waste management and Other are identified as key emission sources.

GHG emission from City of Vancouver, BC
GHG inventory in 2015

Mayor Kennedy Stewart
City of Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Initiative

Earth Hour City Challenge 2012-2013
Compact of Mayors - ICLEI
MXCP Signatories
Earth Hour City Challenge 2015-2016
Earth Hour City Challenge 2013-2014
Earth Hour City Challenge 2014-2015
Durban Adaptation Charter
Earth Hour City Challenge

Status of compliance

Compact of Mayors
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