Green businesses are more competitive, efficient, and prepared for the future.
Green jobs are growing in Vancouver. Developing our green economy is essential to a healthy and sustainable future.
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The Vancouver Economic Commission will soon launch a major program designed to lighten the business community’s footprint. Our city will soon have twice as many green jobs with a reasonably strong economy, a supportive policy environment, and implementation of the Green Jobs Roadmap.
Vancouver businesses shined on the world stage in 2015 and 2016 at the following events.
Vancouver’s long-standing GLOBE green-business conference brought the world to Vancouver in February 2016. The conference attracted more than 12,000 attendees, building on the huge interest at COP21 to learn more about Vancouver’s green economy opportunities.
The Vancouver Economic Commission created the Climate Pledge , and rallied over 200 businesses—representing over 60,000 employees—to pledge support for strong climate action and a renewable energy future.
Notable companies like TELUS, MEC, the Vancouver Aquarium, and Hootsuite were among the signatories.
In 2015, we announced with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) a collaborative program called the Green and Digital Demonstration Program (GDDP) for local entrepreneurs and startups. Eighty companies have applied to the program.
The Green and Digital Demonstration Program:
Early successes include:
Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2015-2016 (8 MB)
Initiatives that brought us closer to reaching the Green Economy goal from 2014 to 2015.
The program, created in partnership with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), provides opportunities for entrepreneurs and start-ups to test their innovations in the real world. Through the GDDP, participants are granted temporary access to City-owned assets—like buildings, streets, or vehicles—for demonstrations and proof-of-concept trials of their technology.
Eight businesses are involved in the first intake of the program. One of them, Nanozen, won VEC’s City Innovation Award for their work in developing a wearable particle sensor for real-time air-quality monitoring that would be especially useful in disaster response.
The False Creek Flats (located between Main Street, Prior/Venables, Clark Drive, and Great Northern Way) makes up approximately 15% of our remaining industrial land base.
This area is home to more than 500 businesses and is transitioning from a traditional industrial zone into an area that:
In 2014 and early 2015, approximately 120 businesses participated in VEC-led workshops in and around the False Creek Flats, looking at ways to:
To further smart logistics, reduce barriers, and promote a shift to a circular economy:
Car sharing continues to grow as part of the green economy throughout Vancouver, providing increased access for people to live car-light lifestyles.
Two-way car shares like Modo and Zipcar are growing at a considerable rate:
One-way car share operators like Car2Go and the newly launched Evo, where you can pick up a car in one location and drop it off in a different location, have exploded in growth and popularity. By the start of 2015 there were 750 one-way car share vehicles, a remarkable growth of 240% in three years.
Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2014-2015 (2 MB)
The metrics for Green Economy rely on periodic studies looking at green jobs and green businesses within Vancouver.
The 2013 Green Jobs Study refined the definition and measurement of "green" jobs due to changes in data available from Statistics Canada. This resulted in a change in the 2010 baseline count. The methods used to get the metrics been reviewed by Ernst & Young, and targets going forward will be based on this recalculated total.
These metrics are maintained by the Vancouver Economic Commission.
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