Greenest City news

NOVEMBER 2020

IN THIS ISSUE

  • 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 opportunities
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 inequity, consider applying

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    VANCOUVER HAS A NEW CLIMATE EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN

    On November 17, Vancouver City Council approved the Climate Emergency Action Plan, a roadmap to put Vancouver on track to cut our carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, with urgency and a commitment to equity.
     
    The 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 your destination.
    • Travel in zero emissions vehicles.
    • Live and work in zero emissions buildings.
    • Live a carbon-free life.

    The 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.
     
    YOUR TURN
     
    To learn more about the plan head to our website, where you can read the summary or check out the full report. You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for updates.
     
    Keep 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.

    SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY


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    KING TIDES AND SEA LEVEL RISE

    November 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.
     
    As part of the False Creek Coastal Adaptation Plan, we’ve been talking and listening to people since September about what matters in False Creek as we plan for sea level rise. 

    Join 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 Creek.
     
    YOUR TURN

    Sign up for our last round of online conversations.
     
    You can also help us plan and prepare for sea level rise by doing the following:

    SUPPORTING: CLIMATE ADAPTATION


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    ADOPT A CATCH BASIN PROGRAM

    Giving 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.
     
    While 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 falling.
     
    YOUR TURN
     
    Finding a catch basin is easy. Visit the City’s webpage 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’ name!
     
    SUPPORTING: GREENEST CITY


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    MAKE YOUR FRIDGE A ZERO WASTE ZONE

    Got sour milk? It could mean your fridge is too warm. By setting your fridge at 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.
     
    YOUR TURN
     
    Here are some other cool tips for keeping your refrigerated food fresh:  

    • Keep the fridge door shut. Leaving the door open for extended periods will raise its temperature.
    • Take an inventory of what’s in your fridge before shopping so you don’t buy stuff you already have.

     
    To learn more about where to store food in the fridge, download the Love Food Hate Waste Fridge Guide. You can even put it on your fridge.
     
    SUPPORTING: ZERO WASTE


    Local green opportunities

    When attending in-person events please follow COVID-19 health & safety precautions.
     

    Vancouver Farmers’ Markets
    Various
    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).
    Various
     
    UBC Farm Farmers’ Market
    Saturdays
    Come for fresh, local produce, treats, food trucks and more – ends November 28!
    UBC Farm

    Winter Waterfowl
    November 18
    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 Goldeneye. 
    Online
     
    All About Eagles
    November 19
    Join SPES for a webinar to learn more about this charismatic apex predator and find out the answers to all your eagle questions. 
    Online

    Marvelous Marine Mammals
    November 24
    Join SPES Environmental Educator Justine Kaseman to learn about the marvelous marine mammals we have right off the coast of BC.
    Online
     
    Seed Saving for Beginners
    November 24
    Seeds are essential to growing most vegetables and are also a source of food. This workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of seeds.
    Online
     
    EcoStewards
    November 28
    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.
    Stanley Park
     
    English Bay Beach Cleanup
    December 12
    Join Surfrider Vancouver and help keep our beaches beautiful and safe by cleaning up trash along the shoreline.
    English Bay
     

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