NOTEWORTHY: Applications are now
being accepted for the 2021 Greenest City Grant! If you work for a
non-profit and have a project idea with a focus on addressing climate and
- Learn about the City’s
Council-approved Climate Emergency Action Plan
- Help us plan for sea level rise
- Adopt a catch basin
- Find out how to make your fridge
a zero waste zone
- Check out local events and green
VANCOUVER HAS A NEW CLIMATE
EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN
November 17, Vancouver City Council approved the Climate Emergency
a roadmap to put Vancouver on track to cut our carbon emissions by 50% by
2030, with urgency and a commitment to equity.
plan means bold change. It means residents, businesses and the City doing
our part to transition off of fossil fuels. It is designed to make it
easier for Vancouver residents to:
- Walk, bike, and take transit to
- Travel in zero emissions
- Live and work in zero emissions
- Live a carbon-free
Climate Emergency Action Plan will help Vancouver to respond to the
biggest threat of our time and make our city an even better place to live.
Our sincerest thanks to those who gave input on the plan – we could not do
this without you, and we look forward to continuing this work together.
To learn more about the plan head
website, where you can read the summary or
check out the full report. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter,
an eye on the newsletter for opportunities to get involved. Join us as we
roll out new climate programs and ask for your input on the details of
specific actions in 2021 and beyond.
TIDES AND SEA LEVEL RISE
brings the first round of king tides this winter season. If you’ve
observed a king tide before, you will know that parts of False Creek’s
shoreline become waterlogged during these exceptional high tides.
These king tides provide a visual of what the regular high tide of 2050
will be: about 50cm of sea level rise is projected over the next 30 years,
one metre by 2100 and two metres by 2200.
part of the False Creek Coastal
been talking and listening to people since September about what matters in
False Creek as we plan for sea level rise.
us this November for an online community conversation where we will share
what we heard and showcase community values and design principles, and
where we will dig into ideas about adaptation approaches! The feedback we receive from you
will help shape our next phase of coastal flood management work in False
up for our last round of online
can also help us plan and prepare for sea level rise by doing the
ADOPT A CATCH BASIN
back to your community in a practical way contributes to making Vancouver
a safer and more vibrant city, and that is what the Adopt a Catch Basin
program is all about.
Catch basins divert rain water off
the roads and lanes. However, they can become blocked due to fallen
leaves, silt and litter, which can lead to flooding. To help water go with
the flow, adopters rake leaves and debris away from their adopted catch
basins. To make it easier for everyone to pitch in to prevent flooding
City staff have rakes available upon request.
our city’s catch basins need care and attention all year round, they are
most in need right now during the rainy months and as leaves are
a catch basin is easy. Visit the City’s
and choose from a live map of more than 45,000 catch basins across the
city. If you see one marked with a heart, it means that particular catch
basin is in need of a little extra love to remain clear of obstructions.
Show Vancouver your love by adopting a catch basin and giving it a ‘grate’
MAKE YOUR FRIDGE A ZERO WASTE
sour milk? It could mean your fridge is too warm. By setting your fridge
4° C or lower
and storing food in the right place, food will stay fresh longer. Raw
meats, poultry and fish should be kept on the bottom shelf in sealed,
drip-proof containers to prevent contaminating the food below. Designate
the top shelf of your
fridge for “Eat Me First” leftovers so they’re not forgotten. On all
shelves make sure you have room so nothing’s
hidden and air can freely circulate.
Keeping food fresh for
longer means more food gets eaten and less is wasted. Small decisions in
your kitchen combined with small decisions made by friends and neighbours
across the city, can help Vancouver reach Zero
Waste by 2040.
are some other cool tips for keeping your refrigerated food
the fridge door shut. Leaving the door open for extended periods will
raise its temperature.
an inventory of what’s in your fridge before shopping so you don’t buy
stuff you already have.
learn more about where to store food in the fridge, download the Love Food
You can even put it on your fridge.
When attending in-person events please follow COVID-19 health
& safety precautions.
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).
UBC Farm Farmers’
for fresh, local produce, treats, food trucks and more – ends November
Join photographer and
SPES volunteer Frank Lin to learn about the many waterfowl that find their
way to Stanley Park and the Seawall, including year-round residents like
the wood duck and winter wanderers like the Barrow’s
SPES for a webinar to learn more about this charismatic apex predator
and find out the answers to all your eagle
Environmental Educator Justine Kaseman to
learn about the marvelous marine mammals we have right off the coast of
Seed Saving for
are essential to growing most vegetables and are also a source of
food. This workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of
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.
English Bay Beach
Surfrider Vancouver and help keep our beaches beautiful and safe by
cleaning up trash along the shoreline.
CONNECT AND LEARN