Greenest City news

JANUARY 2020

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Get bold on climate action with us on Feb 3
  • Participate in #YearRoundCycling
  • Volunteer to be an EcoSteward
  • Apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant
  • Check out local events and green opportunities

We’re changing the look and frequency of our newsletter! Starting next month, to support our communications on the climate emergency response plan, we will be providing shorter and more frequent updates about engagement opportunities. Stay tuned for more – and see you on Feb 3 at our big kick-off event!


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BOLD ACTIONS FOR A CLIMATE EMERGENCY, FEB 3

Do you have your tickets to Bold Actions for a Climate Emergency yet?

On Feb 3, the City of Vancouver is bringing together experts, activists, and entertainers at the Orpheum to talk about why bold climate action is needed, how Vancouver is planning to be bold, and how you can be a part of it all.

Join us for engaging talks on the scale of the crisis and urgent need for action, true stories of social transformations and insights for climate action, and a “bold actions exhibition” where you have the chance to get involved. The evening will end with a performance from Vancouver-based musicians Hey Ocean!, inspiring people to leave the event with high energy and a commitment to working boldly together.

This event is the kick-off to a series of opportunities in early 2020 to collect public input on our next climate action plan. Join this event to plug into further opportunities, events, dialogues, host-your-own dialogue kits, workshops, and more.

YOUR TURN

Tickets are selling fast, get yours today. High school and university students get a special rate!

Can you help us reach more people? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and re-post one of our messages about this event. Tag us so we can give you a shout-out.

SUPPORTING: GREENEST CITY, CLIMATE EMERGENCY


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#YEARROUNDCYCLING

The City of Vancouver is celebrating #YearRoundCycling for the month of January. We know that cycling numbers drop in our dark and wet months, with many opting to travel differently through the winter. However, there is a growing contingency of folks who have made cycling their year round mode of choice.

Walk+Bike+Roll is the City’s program to encourage people to walking, cycle, and roll across the City. Getting around by walking, biking, and public transit helps to alleviate traffic congestion, boost exercise and health, and reduce carbon emissions. It also supports our Transportation 2040, Healthy City Strategy, and Greenest City targets. 

We are featuring people on the Walk+Bike+Roll Facebook page throughout the month to both celebrate and show off those who commit to an active commute year-round. 

YOUR TURN

Check out the features on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and share the stories with the people in your life. You may learn a helpful tip, or see someone you know! 

If you happen to cycle year round and want the opportunity to be featured on social media or HUB Cycling’s website, follow the link to this Google Form to take part. 

SUPPORTING: GREEN TRANSPORTATION


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PARK STEWARDSHIP

Vancouver is home to some of the world‘s most beautiful urban parks and each one offers a unique opportunity to access nature. Environmental stewardship in parks can provide an opportunity to create a personal connection to the natural environment while protecting and enhancing it at the same time. As a community, we can care for and about parks through community-driven activations, projects and programming. 

YOUR TURN

Join like-minded volunteers and local park stewards in Stanley Park to enhance Vancouver’s largest urban forest by removing invasive species such as English ivy, Himalayan blackberry and Yellow flag iris. Learn firsthand about the threat invasive species pose to the native ecosystems. Visit the Stanley Park Ecology Society website to learn more about the EcoStewards program and how to register. 

For more information on upcoming environmental stewardship events sign up for the Park Board Stewardship Newsletter

SUPPORTING: ACCESS TO NATURE


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NEIGHBOURHOOD SMALL GRANTS

Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants are about to open up for another round of applications. 

Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants are a partnership between the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Foundation to help Vancouver become the greenest city in the world. The grants are up to $500 and applications are going to open from February 11 to April 6. 

Grants are given to projects that meet the Greenest City 2020 targets with the exception of greening businesses. Projects that train, educate, and promote green- focused every day practices and seek to develop, exchange, and share skills will get high priority this year. Projects to initiate community gardens will need to have proof of Approval of Expression of Interest from the City of Vancouver to be eligible for funding. 

YOUR TURN

If you would like to get more information about the grants, please visit the Greenest City NSG website. If you want to discuss your project idea or need help filling out the application form, please contact the Coordinator in your community.

SUPPORTING: GREENEST CITY


Local green opportunities

Garden Crew
Jan 15, 22, 29 & Feb 5, 12 
Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and healthy snacks created from the abundance of our community garden while we chat about healthy cooking, eating, and gardening.
Hastings Community Centre

8th Vancouver Urban Farming Forum
Jan 19
Hear from farmers, advocates, and policy makers who are working on creative ways to grow our local food system.
2901 East Hastings Street
    
Film Screening: This Changes Everything
Jan 21
This film re-imagines the vast challenges of climate change in seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines. The film is inspired by Naomi Klein's bestselling book.
VPL's Firehall Branch

Sustainable Food: A Fireside Chat
Jan 23
Join this intimate gathering and learn from experts in Vancouver's local sustainable food scene. They'll be sharing stories about sustainable small business and food systems. 
675 E Broadway

Owl Prowl
Jan 24 & Feb 1
Want to spend more time in our regional parks? Look for owls and listen for the cackles, hoots and other love noises that are characteristic to owls during mating season. 
Pacific Spirit Regional Park 

Grow Your Own Microgreens
Jan 26
Microgreens are tasty and nutritious versatile greens. In this Village Vancouver workshop, you'll learn how to grow your own trays of microgreens at home year-round.
Trout Lake Community Centre & West End Community Centre

Frameworq Fix-it Clothing Repair
Jan 26
Join us for a free textile fix-it event! The goal is to divert textiles from ending up in the landfill and bring repair skills back to use with patches, darning and stitches.
VPL’s Mount Pleasant Branch

Film Screening: Images from the North
Jan 27
In Angry Inuk, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting.
VPL’s Carnegie Branch

SFU Philosophers' Café
Jan 28
SFU Philosophers' Café is your chance to discuss philosophical issues. Topic: What do we owe future generations? Economic restraint or the basis for economic abundance?
VPL’s West Point Grey Branch

Finders Keepers Zero Waste Fair
Jan 29
Learn more about how upcycling clothing can contribute to a greener planet. Sock basketball, MK folding contest, create your own sustainable fashion company and more!
John Oliver Secondary School

Grow Your Own Garden: Crop Planning for Gardeners
Feb 1
In this engaging workshop, gardener and urban organic farmer Mik Turje discusses crop rotation, succession planting, and companion planting. You'll be amazed at how productive even a small garden can be! 
VPL’s Mount Pleasant Branch


Grow Your Own Garden: Start Your Own Veggie Seedlings
Feb 8
Are you looking to start your own vegetable garden? This workshop will go over everything you need to know to start your own vegetable seedlings.
VPL’s Mount Pleasant Branch

Climate Emergency: The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success
Feb 11
In this talk, Mark Jaccard and Matt Horne will discuss how climate-concerned citizens can take action to prevent extreme climate impacts. Learn what actions you can take.
SFU Harbour Centre 

Exploring Responses to the Climate Emergency
Feb 12
Join Village Vancouver and West End Neighbourhood Food Network in discussing practical responses to the climate emergency. 
West End Community Centre

2020 Community and Collaborative Gardening Opportunities
Feb 13
Looking for a place to garden this year? Learn about opportunities at our family friendly, cross cultural collaborative community gardens in Kits, Strathcona, and West Point Grey.
West Point Grey Community Centre

8th Annual Vancouver School Board (VSB) Sustainability Conference
Feb 14
VSB invites students to explore ways we can act to create positive change. This year's theme seeks to identify the intersections of sustainability and broader social justice issues. 
Prince of Wales Secondary School

BOOK OUR OUTREACH TEAM

Are you planning a community event between Jan and March 2020? We’d like to send our outreach team to share information about the local causes and impacts of climate change, and what people can do to take meaningful climate action! For more information email us (greenest.city@vancouver.ca) or DM us (on social media @greenestcity)!

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