Greenest City news

AUGUST 2019

 

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Be sure you are prepared for the summer heat
  • Get involved in Vancouver’s Food Policy Council
  • Learn about green neighbourhood stewardship 
  • An update on greening projects across the City
  • Check out local events and green opportunities
BEYOND 2020: We will soon be inviting you to share your thoughts about Vancouver’s next environmental plan. There will be many opportunities to inform the plan we need to bring back to City Council in fall of 2020. Watch our next issue for details about an exciting event we are planning on October 7, in the meantime please save the date! 
 

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PREPARING FOR HOT AND DRY SUMMERS

Vancouver will continue to see hotter and drier summers as a result of climate change – local climate science projections predict that by 2050 there be will twice as many days when the temperature is above 25°C, the hottest days will be around 37°C (up from 33°C), and there will be 20% less summer rainfall. Learn about local changes to climate via the Climate Adaptation Strategy page. The dry heat is anticipated to mean more wildfire events that increase the number of air quality advisory notices due to fine particulate matter in the air from the smoke. That’s why the City is preparing for days when the air quality and increased heat has an impact on people. 

This year, the City has installed 12 temporary water fountains in areas of high need across Vancouver, as well as misting stations in parks and high foot-traffic locations. We are working to protect residents that are susceptible to the adverse effects of heat with cooling centres in 10 air-conditioned community centres and library branches. In addition to these facilities, members of the public are welcome to seek shade at any of the City’s other community centres. Cleaner air centres are also being piloted in several community facilities in the Downtown Eastside, which will be open during Metro Vancouver issued air quality alerts with the aim of providing cleaner indoor air during smoke events. 

The increased number of wildfire and air quality advisory events highlights the need to cut pollutants we put into the air ourselves by shifting to clean and active transportation, and reducing the emissions from buildings. We’re working on these things through our environmental plans

YOUR TURN
 
Prepare for the hottest days of the summer by reading up on the following:

SUPPORTING: GREENEST CITY, CLIMATE ADAPTATIONCLIMATE EMERGENCY


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VANCOUVER'S FOOD POLICY COUNCIL

After a brief hiatus following the most recent municipal election, the Vancouver Food Policy Council (VFPC) is now back up and running! 

The VFPC is one of the City of Vancouver’s civic advisory bodies – volunteer groups that advise City Council and staff on topics that have an impact on the City and its people. The VFPC provides advice related to the food system, including program and policy changes to help Vancouver achieve its goal of developing a just and sustainable food system. 

In the past, the VFPC has supported the development of our city’s Food Strategy and Local Food Action Plan, and has advocated for sound food policy in areas including food justice, poverty reduction, school food, development, urban farming, food waste management, and more.  

YOUR TURN

VFPC’s monthly meetings at City Hall are open to the public – find out when the next meeting is happening. Keep up to speed on the VFPC’s work by visiting their blog.

SUPPORTING: LOCAL FOOD


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GREEN NEIGHBOURHOOD STEWARDSHIP EVENTS

This summer, the Park Board is happy to announce several environmental stewardship events in partnership with organizations in the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona. 

During the month of August, events will be hosted by the Environmental Youth Alliance, Hives for Humanity, EartHand Gleaners Society, and DTES Community’s Bach Yard. These groups also organize year-round programming to activate the community in caring for their green spaces, and they have the expertise, knowledge and relationships with the land and people. The Park Board supports these and other initiatives as part of its Environmental Education & Stewardship Action Plan

Local stewardship events are a great opportunity to connect with neighbours and transform our outdoors into a community. From community garden tending, to medicinal planting, to coil basketry, to bee communication – there’s something for everyone!

YOUR TURN

Support local community groups by taking part in an upcoming event this August. To find out more about these events, check out the event listing

SUPPORTING: ACCESS TO NATURE


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SUMMER & FALL GREENING PROJECTS

Greening projects have been happening across the city this summer and into the fall, thanks to the neighbourhood groups and residents who have applied for the Neighbourhood Matching Fund. 

The Neighbourhood Matching Fund supports neighbourhood-based groups that want to make creative improvements to local public lands. In the spring, funding was awarded to several projects that will enhance and improve existing pollinator habitats, community gardens and neighbourhoods, including: 

  • Cathedral Square Park Pollinator Meadow with Hives for Humanity will enhance the existing Pollinator Meadow through open, supportive and experiential workshops to build community engagement.
  • Riley Park Community Garden with Little Mountain Neighbourhood House will enhance the shed with a renewable energy powered automatic irrigation system for the Espalier Orchard. 
  • Working Group for Indigenous Food Sovereignty will design an Indigenous foods garden and create educational materials to support it. This new garden will enhance the existing native plantings at Strathcona Park with plants used as Indigenous foods or medicines and those associated with wild salmon habitat conservation. 

YOUR TURN

The next deadline for Neighbourhood Matching Fund pre-applications will be in September 2019. Visit the webpage for more information and to apply. 

SUPPORTING: GREENEST CITY


Local green opportunities

Downtown Farmers Market
Aug 15, 22, 29 & Sept 5,12
Visit the market for food trucks, hot refreshments, entertainment, and vendors selling locally-grown fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, and handmade artisan crafts. 
Hamilton & Georgia St

Trout Lake Junior Biologists
Aug 17
Discover the plants and animals of Trout Lake. Learn about the secret world within the lake and how you can help protect this special habitat! 
Trout Lake Community Centre

Seedy Saturday: Seed Saving
Aug 17
Seeds are an important resource for our gardens. Learn how to save seeds and contribute to the community seed library.
VPL’s Kensington Branch

The Rising Tides: Seawall Walking Tour
Aug 18
With our changing climate Stanley Park’s ecosystems will have to adapt. Join The City’s Angela Danyluk for an engaging tour and learn how to help the shorelines survive.
Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon

Summer Birding at Iona Regional Park
Aug 19
Join Naturalist Graham Sunderland for fun and educational bird walks to learn about our seasonal residents. Get tips for identification and more! 
Kerrisdale Community Centre

Main Street Station Farmers Market
Aug 21, 28 & Sept 4, 11
Visit the market for food trucks, hot refreshments, entertainment, and vendors selling locally-grown fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, and handmade artisan crafts.
1100 Station Street

Hastings Community Centre Garden Crew
Aug 21
Interested in eating locally? Join a Wednesday morning garden crew at the Hastings Learning Garden to care for the urban community garden, harvest veggies and cook nutritious snacks! 
Hastings Community Centre

Jericho Beach Cleanup
Aug 24
Our local wildlife needs your help! Join the Vancouver Surfrider Foundation for a beach cleanup party at Jericho Beach and help keep our species safe and our waters clean.
Jericho Beach

Birds of a Feather: Summer Vacationers
Aug 25
Feathered visitors fly into Vancouver from all corners of the world, and Stanley Park is a stop for many of them. Join this walking tour and learn all about these vacationer’s.
Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon

Bike the Night!
Sept 7
Join in BC's largest open streets night ride ever and explore Vancouver’s streets safely with other riders after dark! All ages welcome and costumes are encouraged.
Sunset Beach

Community Garage Sale
Sept 7
Join in this community garage sale and grab a bargain! Clean out your home while keeping these items out of the landfill and contributing to a circular economy!
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

Britannia School Gardens Work Party and BBQ
Sept 15
Meet new people, connect to nature, and eat great food while supporting the unique outdoor learning opportunities for children in the community. Dress to get dirty! 
Britannia School Garden

VOLUNTEER

MetroVan Repair Café (MVRC)
On-going
Do you have repair skills? MVRC is looking for volunteers to help repair electronics, jewelry, shoes, bikes, textiles or help with event organization.  
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