Greenest City



  • Apply for Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants 
  • Participate in Vancouver’s Rain City Strategy
  • GLOBE Forum returns to Vancouver
  • Spotlight on winter markets and local food
  • Local green events and volunteer opportunities
VOLUNTEER: Do you love the natural habitat of Jericho Beach Park? Help maintain its beauty by joining the Jericho Stewardship work party on March 11. Weather permitting.


Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants is a partnership between the City and the Vancouver Foundation to strengthen community connections and to help Vancouver become the greenest city in the world.

Small grants of up to $500 are available for Vancouver residents to develop and implement small neighbourhood-scale projects that contribute to the Greenest City Action Plan. This year, we are encouraging projects that train, educate, and promote green-focused everyday practices while developing skills training and community-sharing.

The grants are administered by 12 community organizations (nine neighbourhood houses and three community centres). Grant decisions are made by volunteers who serve on Resident Advisory Committees formed in each participating community.


Have a green idea for your community?

Visit the Neighbourhood Small Grants website to learn more and to subscribe to the program’s newsletter.

The 2018 applications will open on Feb. 19 and are due on April 9.

If you require assistance in developing your project idea or filling out the grant application form, get in touch with the Program Coordinator in your neighbourhood.



Want to help make Vancouver an even greener, healthier place?

The City of Vancouver is inviting interested residents and industry experts to participate in a planning process to create a Rain City Strategy. Our goal is to capture and treat 90% of the rainwater that falls in Vancouver using a combination of green infrastructure and conventional pipe systems.

What is Green Infrastructure? In the natural environment, rain is absorbed and filtered by plants and soils. In cities, this natural water cycle is disrupted and rainwater often flows across pavement and rooftops. This water picks up pollutants which end up in our waterways causing negative impacts on water quality and wildlife. Green infrastructure brings nature into the city, to capture and clean our rain water before returning it to our surrounding oceans and rivers.

The Rain City Strategy is a high-level strategic plan that, with your input, may lead to changes in policy or regulations around the management of rainwater on private and public property, with an emphasis on green infrastructure approaches.


Help guide how we will improve water quality, increase resiliency and enhance the livability of Vancouver through sustainable rainwater management.

Drop into an open house on the ground floor of the Crossroads building (511 West Broadway) on March 3 between 11am and 3pm to learn more about how the Rain City Strategy may impact you and share your feedback.

Register for the community roundtable workshop (taking place during the open house on March 3) for an in-depth look at how green infrastructure could impact Vancouver.

Visit the Rain City Strategy Website to learn more.



North America’s largest and longest-running leadership summit for sustainable business, GLOBE Forum, returns to Vancouver March 14-16. Join in for inspiration, insights and unparalleled networking.

This year, GLOBE is shining a spotlight on the plight of our oceans, and the role business, government, and civil society can play to protect them. Activities include a stunning photography exhibition by Paul Nicklen, assignment photographer for National Geographer.


If you’re a leader in the public, private or non-profit sector with an interest in sustainability, attend the GLOBE Forum conference as a delegate, and learn from some of the brightest green thought leaders.

Other opportunities include: 

  • The Innovation Expo, featuring cutting-edge products and services from over 200 suppliers from around the world. With an Expo Pass you can touch and feel the latest clean technology on the market.
  • GLOBE Week, where companies launch products and services on the sidelines of GLOBE Forum.  As part of your pass, enjoy workshops, mini-summits, receptions and parties galore!
  • Consider volunteering at GLOBE Forum. It’s a great way to build your resume and knowledge of the environmental business industry. A limited number of positions are still available


Did you know that the average meal travels 1,200 kilometres from the farm to our plates?

Food grown closer to home not only cuts greenhouse gas emissions from lengthy transportation trips, but it also reduces the need for processing and refrigeration to keep food from spoiling. By purchasing locally grown food, you are supporting the farmers in your area, making sure that we can all continue to access nourishing and great-tasting food.

These are some of the reasons why we’re aiming to increase the availability of local food in Vancouver, and thanks to you, we’re doing better than ever. In 2016, we added 3,340 community garden plots, community orchards, urban farms and farmer’s markets to the city. We’re closer than ever to our Greenest City target of increasing city-wide neighbourhood food assets by at least 50% over 2010 levels.

It might be winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your love for local and delicious food. Embrace what the region has to offer even when the temperatures drop; visit one of the Winter Farmer’s Markets near you.


Looking for local food this winter?

Vancouver's two weekly winter farmers markets at Nat Bailey Stadium (Saturdays 10am-2pm) and Hastings Park (Sundays 10am-2pm) are home to a wide selection of seasonal produce, meat, seafood, eggs, and dairy, artisanal prepared food, craft alcohol, wild harvested product, and handmade craft - all direct from BC farms and producers.

More info on market locations and vendors visit Eat Local.





CBIRD Biodiversity Showcase: Biodiversity for Resilient Communities
Feb. 15
Do you want to co-create a resilient community? Join CBIRD for an evening of dialogue and join the urban biodiversity conversation.
UBC Botanical Garden

Net Impact Presents: Sustainable Business as a Personal Calling
Feb. 15
Learn more from author Andrew J. Hoffman about the state of business sustainability research in the Anthropocene.
Segal Graduate School of Business

Film Viewing: “Flying Dinosaurs in the City”
Feb. 15
This movie, by local filmmaker and biologist Maria Morlin, features the great blue herons of Vancouver, including those in the 100-nest-strong Stanley Park heronry.
Stanley Park Nature House

Lupii Free Community Dinner
Feb. 16 & 23
Come enjoy a free meal at this zero waste, vegan café. Learn more about environmental and social sustainability with your community.
Lupii Café

Courting Coyotes
Feb. 17
Join a nature walk and learn about the courting habits of Stanley Park’s coyotes.
Stanley Park Nature House

Nature Vancouver Bird Survey
Feb. 18
Calling all birders. Participate in this monthly survey and help gather data about our local birds. All levels welcome.
UBC Farm

Frameworq Fix-it Clothing Repair
Feb. 18, March 11
Drop in and fix your favourite clothes. Keep clothes out of the landfill by learning how to patch, darn and stitch.
VPL Mount Pleasant

6th Annual VSB Sustainability Conference: IMPRINT
Feb. 19
Are you a VSB-affiliated student, parent, or community member? This sustainability-themed event will feature speakers, workshops, an NGO fair, a zero-waste lunch, and more.
Point Grey Secondary School

Mushrooms, Mycelium & Mycology
Feb. 22
Fungi, mushrooms in particular, can offer powerful solutions to environmental issues. Come listen to Paul Stamets speak about our changing biosphere and the role that fungi play.
Vancouver Convention Centre

Free Zero Waste Reuse and Recycling Drop-off
Feb. 24
Dispose of your end-of-life electronics safely by dropping them off at this depot. Accepted items include small appliances, power tools, phone and household batteries.
Trout Lake Community Centre

Birds of a Feather: February Feathers
Feb. 25
Stanley Park’s resident birds have braved the winter, and many ducks are preparing for migration. Check out this walking exploration and learn more about birds.
Stanley Park Nature House

Conversations: the Global Goals
Feb. 27
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action towards a better future. Attend this event to learn about local and global initiatives. By donation.
HiVE Vancouver

Owl Prowl
Feb. 27
A winter eve in the woods becomes an earthy soundscape with owl calls. Check out owls on this nighttime walk. Bring a flashlight.
Stanley Park Nature House

Embark: Climate of Work
March 1
How will climate change affect the future job market? Check out this event to learn from speakers and participate in group dialogue.

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