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Greenest City 2020 goals and targets

The Greenest City 2020 Action Plan is divided into ten goal areas, each with specific 2020 targets.

Together, these address three overarching areas of focus:

  • Carbon
  • Waste
  • Ecosystems

These goals and targets are ambitious and we’re on track to achieve them with 120 related projects currently underway.

Review our second annual progress report in the table below, or download the complete GCAP 2012-2013 Implementation Update, to learn more about metrics, priority actions, and progress. 

Goals, targets, and progress for 2012-2013

Goal 1: Green economy

Targets Indicator Percent change Improved over baseline?
Double the number of green jobs over 2010 levels by 2020 Total number of green jobs New survey in fall 2013
Double the number of companies that are actively engaged in greening their operations over 2011 levels, by 2020 Percentage of businesses engaged in greening their operations New survey in fall 2013

Goal 2: Climate leadership

Target Indicator Percent change Improved over baseline?
Reduce community-based greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from 2007 levels Total tonnes of community CO2e emissions from Vancouver -4% Yes

Goal 3: Green buildings

Target Indicator Percent change Improved over baseline?
Require all buildings constructed from 2020 onward to be carbon neutral in operations  Updated and implemented new building code    Yes 
Reduce energy use and GHG emissions in existing buildings by 20% over 2007 levels Total tonnes of CO2e from residential and commercial buildings -3% Yes

Goal 4: Green transportation

Target Indicator Percent change Improved over baseline?
Make the majority of trips (over 50%) by foot, bicycle, and public transit Percent of trips by foot, bicycle, and transit +10%1 Yes
Reduce the average distance driven per resident by 20% from 2007 levels Total vehicle km driven per person New survey in fall 2013

Goal 5: Zero waste

Target Indicator Percent change Improved over baseline?
Reduce total solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 50% from 2008 levels Annual solid waste disposed to landfill or incinerator from Vancouver -11% Yes

Goal 6: Access to nature

Targets Indicator Percent change Improved over baseline?
Ensure that every person lives within a five-minute walk of a park, greenway, or other green space by 2020 Percent of city's land base within a five-minute walk to a green space +0.1% Yes
Plant 150,000 additional trees in the city between 2010 and 2020 Total number of additional trees planted 12,513 trees Yes

Goal 7: Lighter footprint

Target Indicator Percent change Improved over baseline?
Reduce Vancouver's ecological footprint by 33% over 2006 levels Number of people empowered2 by City-led or -supported projects to:
  • Take personal action in support of a Greenest City goal
  • Reduce levels of consumption

(cumulative)

+190% Yes

Goal 8: Clean water

Targets Indicator Percent change Improved over baseline?
Meet or beat the most stringent of BC, Canadian, and appropriate international drinking water quality standards and guidelines Total number of instances of not meeting drinking water quality standards 0 Yes
Reduce per capita water consumption by 33% from 2006 levels Total water consumption per capita -16% Yes

Goal 9: Clean air

Target Indicator Percent change Improved over baseline?
Meet or beat the most stringent air quality guidelines from Metro Vancouver, BC, Canada, and the World Health Organization Number of instances where air quality standards3 were not met -41% Yes

Goal 10: Local food

Target Indicator Percent change Improved over baseline?
Increase city-wide and neighbourhood food assets4 by a minimum of 50% over 2010 levels Number of neighbourhood food assets in Vancouver +24% Yes

Notes

1 There has been a 10% change from the baseline of 40% mode share by foot, bike and transit, which is a 4% increase in mode share.

2 For the purposes of this proxy, “people empowered to take action” is defined here to include those:

  • Implementing a community project (through the Greenest City fund)
  • Taking action through active participation in a City-led or City-supported project (such as a carrot mob where the action is spending money to support a business’s greening effort)
  • Undertaking training to enable a personal lifestyle change (learning to preserve food or ride a bike).

The definition excludes the number of people:

  • Participating in a dialogue or consultation
  • Attending an event
  • Using infrastructure (such as bike lanes or food scraps collection)
  • Receiving a personal incentive (such as for home retrofit)

3 Air quality metrics combine data from two Vancouver monitoring stations at Kitsilano and Robson Square, as measured by Metro Vancouver for comparison to world standards. The four metrics are the number of instances where the:

  • 24-hour average of particulate matter (PM2.5) concentration exceeds 25 ųg/m3
  • 1-hour average of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentration exceeds 200 ųg/m3
  • Daily average of sulfur dioxide (SO2) concentration exceeds 20 ųg/m3
  • 8-hour average of ground-level ozone (O3) concentration exceeds 52 ppb

4 Food assets include the number of:

  • Community garden plots
  • Farmers markets
  • Community orchards
  • Community composting facilities
  • Community kitchens
  • Community produce stands
  • Urban farms

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