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FEBRUARY 2021

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Help us tackle carbon pollution by providing input on neighbourhood parking
  • Apply for the Women4Climate mentorship program
  • Learn how we’re supporting local corner and grocery stores
  • Get tips for your own zero waste pizza night
  • Check out local events and green opportunities
NOTEWORTHY: Translated materials on the Climate Emergency Action Plan are now available, in Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, and Vietnamese. Please visit our website to access these materials, and share widely!
 

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MANAGING OUR STREET SPACE

Did you know almost 30% of our street space in Vancouver is used to park cars? Better managing the space taken up by parking in our city can influence how people move around and reduce carbon pollution. In November 2020, Vancouver City Council directed staff to explore a citywide residential parking program with a carbon surcharge as part of the Climate Emergency Action Plan.
 
The program would help us reduce pollution while addressing current and future parking issues in a growing, changing city. It would:

  • Make it easier for residents, visitors, and service providers to find parking
  • Encourage people buying new vehicles to choose electric ones
  • Enable space to be converted to other uses like wider sidewalks, green infrastructure and public space.
YOUR TURN

You can help us build a cleaner, healthier city while better managing street space. Take the survey on the Shape Your City page by February 28 and let us know what parking is like in your neighbourhood. Your input will help us develop a program that works for everyone.
 
Stay tuned later this year, when we will invite feedback on a more detailed program.
 
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY

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WOMEN4CLIMATE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

In 2019, Vancouver became the eighth city to launch a local C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Program. Now in 16 cities worldwide, the W4C Mentorship Program aims to empower the next generation of climate leaders to create a healthier, greener, more resilient, economically prosperous and just urban future.

Each year, mentees are matched with political and business sector leaders, as well as leaders from international and community organizations. Over the 10-month mentorship period, mentees:

  • Receive knowledge, experience, and support from their mentors
  • Participate in monthly leadership training and networking opportunities
  • Network with local and international women working on their own climate initiatives.

YOUR TURN
 
Are you working on a climate initiative that is advancing low carbon buildings and materials, active transit and transportation, complete communities, EV infrastructure, or carbon sequestration? Does your climate initiative actively work to reduce the systemic inequities experienced by residents throughout the city while meeting the needs of communities most impacted by climate change? If you live or work in Vancouver, this program may be for you.
 
To join this international community of emerging women climate leaders, apply before Mar 7.
 
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY


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SUPPORTING NEIGHBOURHOOD GROCERY STORES

Tucked away in the middle of residential areas, small-scale neighbourhood-serving businesses help keep our communities vibrant and thriving. They also reduce the amount of travelling we have to do to access our daily needs and help to lower carbon pollution. In Vancouver, there are 88 such local businesses – down from an estimated 230 a hundred years ago. Of these, 34 are neighbourhood grocery stores.
 
City regulations have created challenges for these types of corner stores and prevented new ones from opening. However, on January 21, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved zoning updates that aim to improve this – peeling back some of the constraints and creating opportunities for new stores. This means our neighbourhoods will be more complete and food-friendly. It also supports our Climate Emergency Action Plan, which aims to ensure that 90% of people live within an easy walk or roll of their daily needs.
 
YOUR TURN

Learn more about these changes by reading the Council report.
 
This initiative was informed in part by the research of a former Greenest City Scholar, Jacqueline Hunter. Visit the Scholar Project Library to explore her research.
 
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY


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ZERO WASTE PIZZA NIGHT

Who doesn’t love pizza night? Pizza is not only delicious, it’s a perfect way to use up all those miscellaneous items in your fridge. Get the kids (and kids at heart) involved by choosing the toppings for their own personalized pizza. No need to stop at quattro formaggi, make it three or even sixBe adventurous, there are no rules when it comes to pizza!
 
Don’t forget to invite friends and make it a virtual zero waste pizza party and spread the love, and the hot sauce.
 
In Vancouver, nearly 50% of food waste at home is avoidable. Using up your fridge leftovers is one of the ways you can prevent wasting edible food and help us achieve the goal of zero waste by 2040.
 
YOUR TURN:

  • Use wilted veggies for toppings or those last few bites of leftovers
  • Use up your bread ends (fresh or frozen) for easy kid-friendly pizza crust
  • Freeze any unused pizza sauce (or pasta sauce) in cubes for your next zero waste pizza night.
For more ideas on rediscovering the value of food, go to Love Food Hate Waste

SUPPORTING: ZERO WASTE

Local green opportunities

When attending in-person events please follow COVID-19 health & safety precautions.
 
Winter 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
 
Climate Action in Metro Vancouver: A Six-Part Webinar Series
January 26 – March 9
This 6-part series explores climate action initiatives across the region with upcoming webinars focusing on nature & ecosystems, clean energy, water & wastewater infrastructure, and clean air plan.
Online
 
Closer to Home: The Case for Complete Neighbourhoods
February 17
Join the discussion on what is needed to make Vancouver’s communities complete. We will be collecting your thoughts for Planning Vancouver Together on how we can feel closer to home in all of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods.
Online
 
False Creek South Lands: Opportunities for the Future
February 17 and 25
Ask questions and share your thoughts on the future of City-owned land in False Creek South at these information sessions. How can this area help address the housing crisis, climate crisis, and social issues while building the local economy?
Online
 
Spoken Treasures with Talaysay Tours
February 21
Virtually explore iconic Stanley Park and walk the seawall with Indigenous Cultural Ambassadors, Talaysay Tours. This Spoken Treasures Tour will guide you along the seawall, while sharing the stories, history and lore through Indigenous Eyes.
Online
 
Pandemonium | Urban Resilience: New Realities
February 24
Join SFU for this webinar that considers urban resilience in the context of the pandemic, while other emergencies are still unfolding around us in climate, energy and other domains.
Online
 
Tiny Creature Feature: Hummingbirds
February 24
Join this webinar with Stanley Park Ecology Society to learn all about a truly tiny, yet tenacious bird – the hummingbird!
Online
 
Climate Connection: An Intergenerational Event
February 26
Join this online intergenerational climate event for people to come together and discuss important climate issues and brainstorm actions. Participating NGOs include Oceanwise, Ecojustice, Suzuki Elders, Dogwood, and For Our Kids.
Online
 
Glass Sponge Reefs: Citizen Science and Conservation Achievements
February 27
Join Sheila Byers to learn why sponge reef ecosystems  in Howe Sound are important and how citizen scientists have supported the protection of these sensitive habitats.
Online
 
Starting an Urban Permaculture Garden
March 6
Permaculture Designer, Laura Marie Neubert will help you explore permaculture in urban gardens of all shapes and sizes—from your balcony to you front yard and boulevard.
Online
 
Local Food Action Plan Public Engagement
March 11
Please join us for an interactive session to review and provide feedback on the in-progress update of the Vancouver Park Board Local Food Action Plan. 
Online

 

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