Greenest City

September, 2017


  • Global experts in Vancouver to talk about sea level rise 
  • Bumble abodes for pollinators popping up
  • Green Energy Doors Open
  • Reduce single-use items
  • Local green events and volunteer opportunities

$10 TREES Ö The Vancouver Park Boardís Tree Sale is back! Most of the trees have already been reserved online, but there will be 500 trees available on a first-come, first-served basis. Trees are crucial for filtering rain water, cleaning the air and supporting our well-being, all key goals of the Park Boardís Urban Forest Strategy. Pop by the Hillcrest Centre parking lot on Sunday September 17 Ė cash sales from 2 - 4 pm. 

Canít make it to the tree sale? Available rebates will take $20 off trees - valued $50 or more - for Vancouver residents at partnering stores.


To support Vancouverís efforts to prepare for sea level rise, local and international experts on climate change will be speaking at free lectures over the coming months to discuss a range of topics related to sea level rise, including the science behind it, what to expect globally, and what we can do about it locally.

The speaker series is organized by SFU's Adaptation to Climate Change Team, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and the Vancouver Aquarium, and is part of a larger strategy to raise awareness of the issue and engage the public in proactive planning to protect and prepare our communities.

Globally, flood-related impacts of climate change are already causing billions of dollars in damage. Many coastal cities, like Vancouver, are now taking proactive measures to enhance communities and prevent against increased flooding and damage costs down the road.

Sea level rise is considered by climate experts to be the single biggest threat of climate change. Without interventions, significant areas of Vancouver could be impacted or at risk. Adapting now provides us with an opportunity to do so in ways that make our city even more livable and enhance our public spaces, while ensuring we look out for those most vulnerable.


Check out the lecture schedule and register to attend the talks youíre most interested in. Lectures run from September 21 to November 8, including two listed in this month's events section.

The City of Vancouver is also asking residents to make a pledge to protect our shorelines and oceans, now and for future generations. We all need to take action on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible. By making a pledge to reduce our ecological footprint, residents can be part of long-term collective efforts to limit sea level rise and protect our shorelines. 

Learn more about the Cityís actions on sea level rise at



Students from UBC have been busy as bees making pollinator habitats available for Vancouverís smallest residents this summer.

Three unique pollinator homes made from recycled paper and other reused materials were installed at the pop-up park on the corner of Fifth Street and Pine Avenue. The houses, designed and built by students as part of a CityStudio Vancouver project with the Vancouver Park Board and UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) welcome mining bees, mason bees and bats to the neighbourhood, all of which play an important role in a healthy ecosystem.


You can also volunteer as a park steward at the Fifth and Pine pop-up park. Subscribe for updates on events or contact the project team at if you have any questions.

Residents can also protect pollinator populations by choosing flowering plants for their garden. Take a look at the Grow Green guide created by Metro Vancouver and UBC Botanical Garden, which provides step-by-step advice on starting and maintaining beautiful and sustainable gardens for Vancouver's climate and ecology.

Can't get enough of pollinators? Explore our community partners' initiatives; The Environmental Youth Alliance and Hives for Humanity have events and initiatives year-round, many of which are in Vancouver parks.



Green Energy Doors Open is a campaign and showcase of individual, community, and commercial sustainable energy projects taking place from September 22 to 24. Spearheaded by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, Green Energy Doors Open has mobilized people across Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia to experience and learn more about green buildings, showcasing advancements in the sector.

As part of Green Energy Doors Open, the City will be hosting a tour of the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) on September 21st.  When you wash dishes or take a shower, the energy that goes into heating water is typically wasted down the drain. The NEU recycles this waste heat back into the community, eliminating more than 60% of the global warming pollution associated with heat and hot water use in buildings. The utility is self-funded: it provides a return on investment to City taxpayers, while at the same time providing affordable rates to customers.

The NEU began operations in 2010 and since then has rapidly expanded to serve 395,000 sq. metres (4.3 million sq. feet) of residential, commercial, and institutional space. Over time, the utility will be expanded to serve new developments in the neighbourhood and Great Northern Way campus lands.


Explore Green Buildings across Vancouver including Vancityís Head Office, the UBC Point Grey Ė Campus Energy Centre, MECís Head Office Green Building Tour and the City of Vancouverís Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility. Events are free to participate, but some do require pre-registration.

Join the BCSEA for the Green Energy Doors Open Launch Party on September 21, with guest speaker Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager for the City. The event will be held at Electra Meccanica, where you can explore their unique, all-electric solo commuter cars.



Are you a business or industry representative with an interest or role to play in reducing single-use items? We want to hear from you!

Weíre inviting businesses, industry representatives, social service agencies, advocacy groups, local governments and other government agencies to provide feedback on a consultation paper that will inform the development of the Cityís Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy.

The consultation paper is intended to spark conversation on how the City and stakeholders can work together to develop a made-in-Vancouver solution that:

  • Dramatically reduces single-use items
  • Supports convenient, affordable and accessible alternatives
  • Could be adopted by other communities as we all work towards zero waste

Items to be included in the single-use item strategy include:

  • Disposable beverage cups
  • Plastic and paper shopping bags
  • Take-out containers

The City is encouraging everyone with an interest or role to play in reducing single-use items in Vancouver to take the time to review the consultation paper and provide their input.


Review and provide input on the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy consultation paper today. Comments and written feedback on the consultation paper will be accepted until December 15, 2017.

Contact the project team for more information on upcoming consultation opportunities, including roundtable meetings.





Electronics Recycling
Sept 16 and 23
Donate old computers and monitors for reuse; and recycle electronics, small appliances, power tools and more for FREE!
Killarney Comm Centre (16th)
Kitsilano Comm Centre (23rd)
Bike the Night
Sept 16
HUB Cycling will open up streets to allow thousands of riders to experience Vancouverís most iconic roadways after dark. Deck out your bike in lights and spread good cycling vibes with riders of all ages on this 10 kilometre slow roll. 
Downtown Vancouver
Family StreetWise Cycling Course
Sept 17
Learn road safety skills and build confidence to ride on the road together as a family in this fun and interactive course.
Trout Lake Comm Centre,  $19/$10 under 18.
Stanley Park Discovery Walks
Sept 19, 28
Stanley Park Ecology Society hosts evening walks to explore Stanley Park with our expert naturalists. Topics for Sept: bats (19th) and owls (28th).
Stanley Park, $10, $5/members. 
Science Literacy Week: Biome Bonanza
Sept 21
Explore biomes such as forests and deserts! Make a mini model and learn about plants and creatures with iPads. For grades K-7.
VPL's Hasting Branch
Coastal flood stories
Sept 21
Hear the stories of sea level rise and flooding in Haida and Squamish territory, as told by Haida Elder Captain Gold and Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation.
SFU Centre of Dialogue
West End Food Festival
Sept 21-26
Fun and diverse program of free workshops, events and conversations that celebrates food in the West End community.
Multiple locations, West End
World Rivers Day at Still Creek
Sept 24
Celebrate water at one of Vancouverís few remaining streams: speakers on urban ecology topics, native tree and fern plantings, snacks and live music.
29th Ave and Atlin (near SkyTrain).
Water's Edge Day
Sept 30
Celebrate Vancouverís waterfront with the Georgia Straight Alliance. Activities on the water and on land, with info on sea level rise.
Vanier Park in front of Maritime Museum
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Sept 30
Begin at the Harvest Fair and take the twilight walk to the lantern festival. Celebrate the harvest abundance through art, music, and environment while honouring diverse cultural traditions.

Sea level rise & the international response
Oct 5
Explore policy options for sea level rise with Dutch water expert Henk Ovink and other local specialists.

SFU Harbour Centre

Trout Lake Ecosystem
Oct 5-26
Learn about the biodiversity of the Trout Lake ecosystem with the guidance of local scientists, naturalists, and environmentalists
Trout Lake Comm Centre $20.
Measure What Matters 101
Oct 12
A free introductory session for businesses with tools to audit company performance on governance, employee engagement, social responsibility, and environmental footprint. RSVP online.
VEC - 401 West Georgia


Are you passionate about public spaces? Do you want to make new friends over a fun and inspiring weekend? Would you love to immerse yourself in all things Arbutus Greenway?

Apply today to become an Arbutus Champion and participate in a collaborative workshop over three days (Oct 27-29) to develop draft designs for the Arbutus Greenway. Application deadline is September 22.


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