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  • Learn how to get involved in our climate emergency response plan 
  • Share your story to help shape the Vancouver Plan
  • Get tips on celebrating the holidays sustainably
  • Make your own reusable beeswax wrap
  • Check out local events and green opportunities
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Did you know that Vancouver is developing an ambitious climate emergency response plan?

As we approach the end of the Greenest City Action Plan 2020, we will build from the foundation of the six big moves in our Climate Emergency Response, along with advancing the Cityís efforts in reconciliation, equity and inclusion.


Here are some ways you can join us in developing our next response plan: 


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In November, the City of Vancouver launched Planning Vancouver Together, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop a new, long-term and actionable Vancouver Plan!

We're reaching out to you - and everyone who lives, works, and plays in Vancouver - to share your voice in this planning process. Over the next three years, Planning Vancouver Together will be an intensely engaging process to develop the Vancouver Plan: a collective long-term vision that enables individuals, communities, and future generations to thrive.

The Vancouver Plan will be much more than a land-use plan Ė it will address vital areas such as such as reconciliation, equity, climate change, affordability, housing, the economy, jobs, transportation, cultural vibrancy and neighbourhood design. 


Together with Greenest City Climate Emergency, your input will help determine what kind of city we want in the future, and how we can proactively get there. 

Success depends on including all voices, so we're starting this process by listening to what Vancouver means to you. Complete with a new website at, we want to hear from everyone, whether you're already passionate about your community or feel like you've lacked opportunities to participate. 
This is just the beginning - these insights will help identify the biggest opportunities and issues for deeper dialogue and analysis into spring 2020. 

To share your story and take the first step in Planning Vancouver Together, visit 

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The holidays are an important time to think about our buying and gift-giving habits. We give gifts out of the desire to create lasting memories; but our most cherished moments donít involve piles of plastic and tinsel and leftover food; we tend to reflect on time spent with friends and family celebrating the spirit of the season. 
If you could do just one thing differently to create meaningful memories and reduce waste this holiday, what would it be? Refer to the Create Memories, Not Garbage campaign by Metro Vancouver is back, offering some seasonal tips to help you do just that. The website is full of ideas to keep the spirit of the season while reducing your carbon footprint, such as zero-waste gift ideas, wrapping alternatives, and decorating ideas. 
Check out these tips and more.
Here are some extra ways to enjoy a greener holiday: 


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The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation continue to support local and sustainable community initiatives through the Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants funding. 

Recently, Westside Vancouver hosted a DIY workshop to help people avoid single-use plastic and plastic wraps by making their own beeswax wraps. Beeswax wrapping is washable, reusable, and compostable. Even better, they can be made from repurposed cotton materials, like old shirts. Participants at the workshop learned how to how to turn old shirt sleeves into sustainable snack bags. 


Neighbourhood projects like these continue to take place across the city year-round. To find out what types of projects are happening near you, visit Vancouver Foundationís Neighbourhood Small Grants event page. 

Use beeswax wrapping to wrap your holiday gifts this year! To find out how to make your own reusable beeswax wrap, watch this instructional video. 


Local green opportunities

Riley Park (Nat Bailey) Farmers Market
Dec 21 & Jan 4
Head down to the farmers market for some fresh in-season produce, herbs, plants, breads and more! Fun for the whole family. Donít forget your reusable bags!
50 E 30th Ave

Celebrating Solstice: The Landscapes of our Traditions
Dec 21
The chestnuts are roasting and holly has been hung! But where do these traditions originate? Explore the history and customs of mid-winter festivals on this two-hour walk.
Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon

Grandview Woodland Neighbourhood Cleanup Party
Dec 21
Join us as we cleanup our neighbourhood! These events have a huge impact locally. Removing litter not only makes the neighbourhood cleaner, it also makes it safer.
Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre

Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
Dec 22 & Jan 5
Common down and check out some amazing local vendors. Grab all your holiday needs from local vendors and producers. Bring your bags and enjoy a great time! 
2901 E Hastings St

Film Screening: Food and Indigenous Culture
Dec 23
Join VPL for free screenings of The Gift and Okimah. These films look at the role of food in Indigenous culture. 
VPLís Carnegie Branch

Frameworq Fix-it Clothing Repair
Dec. 29
Drop in and fix your favourite clothes! Keep clothes out of the landfill by learning how to patch, darn and stitch.
VPL's Mount Pleasant Branch

Indigenous Book Club
Jan 9 
Interested in reading Indigenous stories and authors? Join on the 2nd Thursday of the month for discussion on great Indigenous literature with other like-minded readers.
VPLís Britannia Branch

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