Greenest City
NOVEMBER 2017

WELCOME

  • Stop leaking heat – Energy Coaching Open Houses
  • Learn about the Renewable City Action Plan
  • Adopt a catch basin and give it a “grate” name
  • Five transportation initiatives that need your feedback
  • Help the City document King Tides and track rising seas

 
HELP DOCUMENT THE KING TIDES AND RISING SEAS! The shoreline is changing and we need your help. We’re collecting photos during 2017 King Tides - the highest tides of the year - to test our flood model predictions.

Follow these three easy steps to help:

  1. Visit our Sea Level Rise StoryMap to find out the daily times of high tide and recommended locations to take photos.
  2. From December 5-9 and January 2-7, head to the water and snap photos of the shoreline with your phone or digital camera.
  3. Upload your photos on the StoryMap to provide the City with critical information to improve our understanding of sea level rise. If you have access to a data-enabled phone, you can upload photos immediately through your browser.

Visit vancouver.ca/sealevelrise to learn more about king tides and the City's response to sea level rise and flood risk.


ENERGY COACHING OPEN HOUSES

City staff and partners are popping-up in four neighbourhoods and offering information and incentives to help homeowners retrofit their home, adding comfort and saving energy and money in the process.

The open houses are part of the Thermal Imaging Pilot Program, which sprung from a Vancouver resident, who, when out for a walk after a large snowfall, noticed that it was easy to identify insulation issues by observing the roof of each home he walked past. When the insulation was sound, the snow remained on top of the home. When heat was leaking, the snow on the roof had melted due to heat escaping.
 
Thermal imaging works in a similar way; a low detail thermal image helps identify the areas of energy loss, pinpointing insulation, and air leakage or moisture issues so that homeowners can plan for upgrades wisely, saving money and reducing emissions in the process.

YOUR TURN

Learn more about thermal imaging, retrofit options, and the incentives that are available. Register below and attend an Energy Coaching Open House this week.


November 15, 6:30 - 8:30PM - Kensington Community Centre
November 16, 6:30 - 8:30PM - Dunbar Community Centre
November 18, 12:00 - 2:00PM - Hillcrest Community Centre

Book an Energuide Assessment for your home; the first 100 homes that book an Assessment will be offered a $100 discount. If you book yours at one of the open houses, you will be entered in a draw to win the Assessment for free.
 

RENEWABLE CITY ACTION PLAN

On November 1, Vancouver City Council approved the Renewable City Action Plan, which highlights interim targets, principles and specific actions the City of Vancouver will take over the next ten years to improve energy efficiency and transition to renewable energy in an effort to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.
 
In 2015, Vancouver adopted the Renewable City Strategy – a 35 year plan to transition to 100% renewable energy and reduce carbon pollution by at least 80% before 2050. The Strategy focuses first and foremost on improving energy efficiency (so we use less energy to begin with) and then transitioning to renewable energy in the two sectors that produce the most carbon pollution: buildings (55%) and transportation (41%).
 
This next step – the Renewable City Action Plan - highlights 77 actions the City will take over the next 10 years that focus on ensuring our homes and offices are built to require less energy to heat and cool them, while also improving active transportation, transit and electric vehicle charging networks throughout Vancouver.
 
If we are successful in achieving these targets, Vancouver households will save approximately $583 in home and transportation energy costs by 2030 and approximately $993 by 2050.

 
YOUR TURN
 
Learn more about the Renewable City Strategy by visiting vancouver.ca/renewablecity and watching our three videos, which help imagine a city that supports a thriving economy while improving affordability and taking action on climate change.
 
Discover what the City is doing to create flexible options for charging electric vehicles in our city or visit evcondo.ca for information on EV charging in stratified buildings.
 
Walk, bike and roll your way to better health, a better environment and less congested streets.
 
SUPPORTING: RENEWABLE CITY

ADOPT A CATCH BASIN

Adopt and name a catch basin and help keep your neighbourhood a vibrant place to live, work and play! Vancouver has over 45,000 catch basins working hard every rainfall to remove excess water from our streets. Our City catch basins sometimes need a bit of help when leaves, debris and litter block their grates and stop rainwater from draining. The City works to keep streets clean through fall leaf collection programs, street sweeping and cleaning, but crews can’t be everywhere all the time. With volunteers help, we can keep our catch basins clear and our streets safe and accessible for everyone!
 
What’s involved? Caring for a catch basin is not complicated; just check-in on it periodically — the best time is before and after a heavy rainfall and when trees lose their leaves in the fall — and make sure it is clear of leaves, debris and litter so rainwater can drain safely.
 
If you see that your catch basin is blocked, use a rake, broom or shovel to push leaves and debris away from the curb and catch basin grate. This will allow water to drain into the catch basin and prevent flooding.

YOUR TURN

Adopt a catch basin in three easy steps:

  1. Go to adoptacatchbasin.ca to adopt and name a catch basin
  2. Check your email inbox for welcome package
  3. Let the catch basin care begin!

Don’t forget to enter the “Grate” Catch Basin Naming Contest on social media for a chance to win up to $200 in rain gear. To enter, share your catch basin’s name on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #mycatchbasin before November 20, 2017. There are some fantastic names out there so far!
 
Only one prize will be awarded per person and only one catch basin name can be entered per entrant to the contest. If you’ve adopted a few catch basins, put your best name forward!


5 TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVES

The City is looking for your feedback on several proposed road and street improvements aimed at making streets safer and more welcoming, no matter how you get around. These projects support the Transportation 2040 Plan, part of our larger strategy to ensure an inclusive, healthy, prosperous, and liveable future for Vancouver.

YOUR TURN

Learn more about these proposed projects and share your thoughts:
 
1. North East False Creek Over the past 18 months, we have heard from thousands of people on the future of Northeast False Creek. Learn about the Area Plan, including the future street network and the park design process, before the plan is presented to Council for consideration early next year. Visit our pop-up storefronts from November 18 – 23 to see the refined area plan.
 
2. Cambie Bridge – Learn about the interim improvements planned for the Cambie Bridge, including a new southbound protected bike lane on the west side of the bridge to address overcrowding issues for pedestrians and cyclists. Attend the Open House on November 30 or share your thoughts on the design by email: cambiebridge@vancouver.ca .

3. Georgia Gateway West - We are beginning a transportation planning process for Georgia Street, from Chilco St to Nicola St. We want to explore how to make Georgia a Complete Street that welcomes people of all ages, abilities, and modes of travel. Register for a free workshop or drop by our open house on November 18, 2017. Can’t make it? Fill out our online survey by December 2, 2017 to tell us what you think.

4. Alexander Bikeway - Updates to Alexander Street will make it safer and more comfortable for cyclists of all ages and abilities by slowing and reducing traffic. Attend our open house on Tuesday, November 21. You can also see the preliminary design options by emailing bikeupgrades@vancouver.ca
 
5. Mobility Pricing - Congestion is one of the biggest problems affecting residents and businesses in Metro Vancouver, and it is only going to get worse as the region continues to grow. The “It’s Time” project is looking at how to improve Metro Vancouver’s road transportation network using decongestion charging. Share what you think needs to be addressed from a Vancouver perspective and help build a tailored approach for Metro Vancouver that will help relieve congestion on the roads by visiting itstimemv.ca

SUPPORTING: GREEN TRANSPORTATION, TRANSPORTATION 2040

CONNECT

    


ATTEND

Vancouver Thermal Imaging Pilot: Energy Coaching Open House
Nov 15, 16, 18
Drop in to one of the open houses to learn about how to save money on energy-focused home improvements.
Kensington, Dunbar, Hillcrest Comm Centres
 
Beyond the Blue Box Recycle Depot
Nov 18
Making it easier to recycle your soft plastics, styrofoam, electronics, and other items without heading to the depot. Recycling fees vary by item.
Britannia Centre Parking Lot
 
Frameworq Fix-it Workshops
Nov 19 & Dec 17
Drop in and fix your favourite clothes! Keep clothes out of the landfill by learning how to patch, darn and stitch.
VPL's Mount Pleasant branch
 
Northeast False Creek - refined area plan pop-up storefront
Nov 21, 22 & 23
Learn about the Area Plan, including the future street network and the park design process before it’s presented to Council.
507 W Broadway
 
Open house Alexander Street Bikeway
Nov 21
Drop into an open house to meet with project staff, learn about the recommended design options and provide your feedback.
487 Alexander St
 
Cedar Cottage Park Open House
Nov 21
Drop by the Cedar Cottage Park open house and share your thoughts on two concepts plans for park improvements and playground upgrades.
Trout Lake Comm Centre
 
Gehl’s Report on Public Space and Public Life
Nov 21
Hear the initial findings from Vancouver's first Public Space and Public Life study, spanning nearly 35 public spaces across the downtown.
SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville
 
Stanley Park EcoStewards
Nov 25
Join us in the Park to enhance Vancouver’s largest urban forest by removing invasive species such as English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and yellow flag iris.
Stanley Park Dining Pavilion
 
Planting Event! Uncover Your Creeks - Renfrew Ravine
Nov 26
Join Evergreen for citizen-science training, invasive species removal, and native plantings to support the health of the Still Creek watershed.
Renfrew Ravine Park
 
Green Open Homes: Showcasing Energy Efficiency Projects
Nov 26
Tour the facility’s low water use appliances, energy efficient auto off lights, LED technology, and electric vehicle.
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
 
VanPlay Community Dialogue: Downtown
Nov 29
Join Park Board Commissioners, staff, and fellow residents for an evening discussion on the future of parks and recreation in Vancouver.
Roundhouse Comm Arts Centre
 
Cambie Bridge Improvements Open House
Nov 30
Join us at our open house and learn more about the projects. Open house materials will be online by November 20.
511 W Broadway
 
Extreme Makeover: Ecosystem Restoration
Dec 2
Join a guided walk to visit ecological enhancement projects and explore the challenges and success stories behind environmental restoration.
Stanley Park Nature House
 
Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Dec 9
Calling all young birders! Join other youth and experts for this annual bird survey.
Stanley Park Dining Pavilion

FREE PRE-RINSE SPRAY VALVE

If you operate a commercial kitchen, you may be eligible to have your existing pre-rinse spray valve replaced with a new, efficient one. These pre-rinse spray valves clean dishes faster, use up to 80% less hot water and can save a typical restaurant up to $200 to $400 a year in water and energy costs!

Offer ends December 20, 2017! To apply for a free replacement pre-rinse spray valve, go to vancouver.ca/sprayvalve to check your eligibility.

Learn more ways you can reduce your water use at vancouver.ca/waterwise

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