IN THIS ISSUE
- Give input on Vancouver Park Board’s Local Food Action Plan
- Improve your home’s energy efficiency this winter
- Get tips on sustainable gift-giving
- Learn how to reduce food waste over the holidays
- Check out local events and green opportunities
UPDATING PARK BOARD'S LOCAL FOOD ACTION PLAN
Local food systems strengthen communities and build connections between people, healthy food, and the land. Vancouver Park Board food assets and services are part of a broader local food system and they include community or learning gardens, urban orchards, native berry shrubs, food and gardening programs, community kitchens, food access programs, markets, concessions, partnerships, funding, and food-related events.
Vancouver Park Board is updating its Local Food Action Plan in order to guide how it contributes to equitable, welcoming, and interconnected food rich-parks, community spaces, programs, and more. Emphasis will be given to:
- Assessing current food assets and services
- Allocating resources and reducing barriers to currently underserved communities
- Addressing what was learned during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Building community resilience and mitigating the effects of climate change
- Decolonizing food assets and service provision and supporting Indigenous food systems
Do you have ideas for Vancouver Park Board's Local Food Action Plan? We want your input on how Vancouver Park Board parks, facilities, programs, and community connections can contribute to a just and sustainable local food system. Visit the Shape Your City page to give your feedback.
SUPPORTING: LOCAL FOOD
WINTER HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Our homes use lots of energy during the colder months and especially during the holiday festivities, which also typically means higher carbon pollution. Over half of Vancouver’s carbon pollution comes from burning natural gas to heat space and water in our buildings.
On November 17, Vancouver City Council approved the Climate Emergency Action Plan. As part of this plan, we’re working to make sure Vancouver’s buildings are constructed and operated in a climate-friendly, healthy, and resilient way. Learn more about this and other actions by visiting the City’s newly updated Climate Emergency Action Plan webpage.
Here are some actions you can take, both large and small, to do your part in reducing carbon pollution that comes from our buildings this winter:
- If you own a home, access Better Homes BC rebates. Consider adding a thick layer of insulation, better windows, or a high-efficiency home heating system (up to $12,000 total in rebates for a zero-emissions heat pump!).
- Don’t own your home? Consider smaller inexpensive options to reduce carbon pollution, like adjusting the thermostat down a couple of degrees and weather stripping your windows.
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY
The holidays are an important time to think about our buying and gift-giving habits. We give gifts to create lasting memories, but our most cherished moments don’t involve piles of stuff. What we remember most is usually the time we spend with friends and family celebrating the spirit of the season.
How we celebrate with our loved ones might look a little different this year, but there are still lots of ways to share the holiday cheer sustainably. Metro Vancouver’s Create Memories, Not Garbage offers hundreds of ideas to make having a low-waste Christmas simple and stress free.
Here are some great tips to enjoy a greener holiday while celebrating safely:
- Celebrating with your family remotely? Look up virtual holiday party games to make the most of your time online together.
- Give experience gifts that your loved ones can redeem remotely too – like online yoga sessions and cooking classes. Make your own gift card to share what you got them.
- Need to wrap your gift? If it’s small, consider wrapping it in a reusable face mask. Or have a look at more eco-alternative wrapping ideas.
Check out these tips and more.
SUPPORTING: ZERO WASTE
ZERO WASTE ON THE HOLIDAY MENU
A big part of celebrating the holidays involves baking, cooking – and of course eating! – which can also mean leftovers, and, if we’re not careful, wasted food.
The City, together with our partner, Love Food Hate Waste Canada, are here to help Vancouver residents make this season a sustainable one. Check out Love Food Hate Waste's holiday tips for putting zero waste on your menu this December.
- Plan your meal portions. Be realistic about how much food you’ll need, and try to prepare only what you and your guests will eat.
- If you are hosting fewer people this year, consider cooking a smaller turkey. Or try serving just the thighs or breasts for a tasty twist on the traditional, and no carving required.
- Resist the urge to toss out leftover turkey. If you can’t face another bite of turkey sandwich or another spoonful of turkey soup, freeze it for a couple months, then defrost and serve it up for Turkey 2.0 in February.
SUPPORTING: ZERO WASTE
When attending in-person events please follow COVID-19 health & safety precautions.
Winter Farmers’ Markets
Support local by using one of the markets to stock up on fresh and prepared food items (whenever possible, send only one member of your household and keep interactions to a minimum to reduce the spread of COVID-19).
Join ecology enthusiast Jayden Gross for this online workshop on how to make environmentally friendly ornaments.
Stanley Park Owls
Silently fly into this online owl program with Public Environmental Educator Megan Manes – Megan has first-hand experience working with owls and other birds of prey, and loves to share her knowledge and passion for owls with others who “give a hoot” about them.
Planning Vancouver Together: The Future We Want – Westside, Vol 3
Join this virtual discussion and give your thoughts on what you want the future to look like for Vancouver. Planning Vancouver Together is a long-term planning initiative to create the Vancouver Plan, a city-wide strategic plan to guide the City’s priorities into 2050 and beyond.
Natural habitats in Stanley Park are being impacted by invasive species. Join Stanley Park Ecology Society to enhance Vancouver’s largest urban forest by removing invasive species.
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