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Greenest City 2020: A Bright Green Future

We want to live in a city that is vibrant, affordable, and sustainable.

We value the beauty of our natural setting, and rely on the prosperity that has been created from our abundant natural resources. We want an environment that is healthy, and jobs that are rewarding and secure.

But, while we live in what is widely recognized as the most liveable city in the world, our environmental footprint is currently three times larger than the earth can sustain.

The decisions we make every day about how we move around the city, what we buy, and how we deal with our waste means that we currently use far more than our share of the Earth's resources.

Greenest City 2020 is a bold initiative that will address Vancouver's environmental challenges. Through a set of measurable and attainable targets, we will put the city on the path to sustainability, and make us the greenest city in the world by 2020.


How Vancouver will become the world's greenest city

Greenest City 2020 Action Plan

Council has developed a comprehensive plan that challenges all of us - citizens, businesses, and governments - to help make Vancouver a better place.

How we are tracking our progress and measuring our results

Targets and priority actions

Review the Greenest City Action Plan targets for reductions in carbon emissions and waste, and improvements to the City's ecosystems.

Reducing your personal footprint

How we are helping you go green

Learn about City programs that will help you reduce your carbon footprint, find volunteer opportunities that will help you contribute to the well-being of your community, and more.

Creating a sustainable workplace

How you can green your business

The City is working with business partners throughout Vancouver to establish our international reputation as a mecca of green enterprise, and increase the number of green jobs in the city.

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Greenest City Action Plan

Read the complete Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, and learn how Vancouver will become the greenest city in the world by 2020.

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Get ready to ride

Public bike share system

In 2015, the City plans to launch a public bike share (PBS) system – a network of shared-use bicycles available for short-term use for a fee.

Last modified: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:28:40

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