Greenest City news

JULY 2019


  • Learn about new dedicated parking for zero emissions vehicles
  • Find out how to help protect urban bees
  • Reduce your food waste over the summer
  • Donate your unwanted items to low income vendors
  • Check out local events and green opportunities

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How we get around the city plays an important role in how we tackle climate change. That’s why the City of Vancouver is reserving 10 per cent of stalls in 18 EasyPark lots around the city for zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) such as battery electric vehicles (EVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

These 174 dedicated parking stalls will be available for ZEVs that display the province’s ZEV decal, in addition to over 250 electric charging stations in parking lots and on curbsides already available in Vancouver. These dedicated parking places contribute to the long list of benefits of having a ZEV, which include Provincial incentives to purchase ZEVs and decals to use the HOV lane on BC’s motorways. 

Increasing active transportation, improving transit, and shifting to ZEVs will help tackle transportation-related emissions, which make up 40 per cent of Vancouver’s total carbon pollution. As part of the City’s Climate Emergency Response, 50 per cent of the kilometers driven on Vancouver’s roads will be by ZEVs by 2030. Expanding public EV charging and infrastructure takes us one step closer to that goal. 


Visit the City’s EV webpage to learn where the dedicated parking stalls and EV charging stations are located, and find out more about the City’s EV Ecosystem Strategy.

Learn more about how the City is accelerating climate action through the Climate Emergency Response.



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Summer weather produces a variety of blooms and blossoms – and along with them, we tend to see more of our great pollinator friend, the honey bee.

A honey bee swarm – a group of several hundred to several thousand bees that cluster temporarily around tree limbs or shrubs – is part of the natural growth of a honey bee colony. Some are uncomfortable with a swarm near their home, but in most cases, swarms are not dangerous.

Bees play a significant role in our ecosystem: they support the growth of trees, flowers, food crops, and other wild plants, as well as the animals that depend on them – including us! As part of Vancouver’s Food Strategy, beekeeping is encouraged in urban areas. Read on to find out more about how you can help. 


Here are some ways you can help protect our urban bees:


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Did you know that the average Canadian household wastes 140 kilograms of food annually? That’s a cost of more than $1,100 per year!

Eliminating the food we throw in the trash will help save money, avoid waste, and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with growing, processing, packaging, and transporting our foods. Through the City of Vancouver’s Food Strategy, we’re working to help reduce food waste as part of a wider plan to create a just and sustainable food system for the city.

The majority of food waste is avoidable, but with warmer weather in the summer months it can be harder to keep food fresh. Read on to learn how to reduce your food waste this season.


Here are a few easy tips to reduce your food footprint over the summer:


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Through our Zero Waste 2040 Strategy, the City is pursuing a zero waste future. There are actions we can all take to support this, including using reusable items instead of disposable ones, repairing and maintaining products, donating items for reuse, recycling, and composting. But did you know we can reduce waste while also creating meaningful jobs for people with barriers to traditional employment? 

The City-supported Downtown Eastside Market is an innovative public market where vendors can sell goods that have been donated or rescued from the waste stream by binning. The Market is an economic and community hub for the many vendors, customers and workers in the Downtown Eastside. By re-using and fixing up discarded goods found in the waste stream, vending plays an important role in diverting items away from landfill or incinerator.  


Donate your used goods to help vendors at the Downtown Eastside Market. Accepted donations include clothing, jewelry, kitchenware, shoes, books, ornaments, children’s goods, or towels. Donations can be dropped off from 9am to 4pm at 62 East Hastings, Monday to Friday, or 58 West Hastings on weekends.

Your donations help support micro-entrepreneurs who may have barriers to traditional employment. 


Local green opportunities

3rd Annual Westside Food Festival
Now – August 5
This annual event has over 100 free and low-cost activities & workshops around Vancouver's Westside! Learn about gardening, local food and more!
Various locations, Westside Vancouver

SFU Philosophers’ Café – How do you downsize without adding to the landfill?
July 18
Join the discussion: Consumerism, minimalism and Swedish death cleaning: When do you have enough stuff? How do you downsize without adding to the landfill?
VPL’s South Hill Branch

Pests! Who’s Eating your Lettuce and What to do? 
July 18
Pests can sometimes be a real problem in the garden, learn various ecologically sound techniques for minimizing damage and disappointment caused by pests in your garden.
Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre

Seedy Saturday: Preserving the Harvest
July 20
With some planning and work, we can enjoy our harvest throughout the winter months. Learn about canning, dehydrating and freezing.
VPL’s Kensington Branch

Grow your own Microgreens
July 28
Microgreens are tasty and nutritious greens - Learn how to grow your own trays of microgreens at home year-round. Supplies included. Registration required. 
West Point Grey Community Centre

Frameworq Fix-it Clothing Repair
July 28
Bring your textiles and items that need repairs and learn how to repair them while diverting textiles from the landfill. Join this free textile fix-it event!
VPL’s Mount Pleasant Branch

Plant Families: Understanding Garden Connections
July 31
Learn about the plant families of garden vegetables, garden planning and plant identification, as well as pest, disease and soil health management. 
West Point Grey Community Centre

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
August 1
Interested in learning how to grow your own food, but don't know where to start? Learn everything you need to start your own garden with free seeds.  
Sunset Community Centre

Learn to Camp: Animal Aware
August 3 & 7
An amazing part of spending time in nature is seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. Join the Parks Canada team and learn tips on how to safely view animals while keeping a respectful distance.
VPL’s Kitsilano Branch & Hastings Branch 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
August 1
Interested in learning how to grow your own food, but don't know where to start? Learn everything you need to start your own garden with free seeds. 
Sunset Community Centre

Sustainable Living – Clothing Swap
August 4
Do you have a closet full of fantastic clothes that you never wear? Bring them to a clothing swap. Learn about sustainable fashion with a panel discussion. 
Coal Harbour Community Centre


Eastside EcoStewards 
August 10
Eastside EcoStewards brings together members of the Hastings-Sunrise community to care for our parks and wild spaces in a sustainable, community-oriented way.
New Brighton Park



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