IN THIS ISSUE
- Give input on the draft Vancouver Plan
- Explore early design ideas from the Sea2City Design Challenge
- Learn how we are working with schools to make cycling easier
- Participate in the St George Rainway Spring Bioblitz
- Check out local events and green opportunities
NOTEWORTHY: With the return of warmer and drier weather, new watering restrictions are coming into effect from May 1 to October 15. The need for stronger restrictions became apparent when last yearís heat dome led to 1.79 billion liters of water being used in one day across our region. To ensure we have enough drinking water for everyone, lawn watering times will drop to one day per week. You can use the ďCan I water today?Ē tool to find the rules for your address.
WHAT WE'RE READING: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the third and final section of their latest review of climate science on April 4. This section focuses on emissions sources and possible mitigation pathways, and reinforces the need for urgent action. You can read the IPCC press release here.
THE DRAFT VANCOUVER PLAN IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
How can we make Vancouver a more liveable and sustainable city for the nearly 700,000 people who live here now, and for future generations? This question is at the heart of the Vancouver Plan, a city-wide strategic approach to support growth and change to 2050 and beyond. After three rounds of public engagement, the City released the draft Vancouver Plan on April 5.
Climate protection and restored ecosystems are foundational elements of the Vancouver Plan. We heard from Vancouverites that they want our neighbourhoods to have green spaces for all, and to grow in ways that supports our Climate Emergency Action Plan target to ensure policies are in place to allow 90% of people live within an easy walk or roll of their daily needs. The draft Plan sets out specific policies related to climate, ecology, and watersheds, while also incorporating climate resilience throughout other policy areas.
The three main climate-focused policy objectives are:
1. Advance and accelerate actions to eliminate carbon pollution.
2. Advance zero-waste practices that support sustainable consumption.
3. Accelerate actions to build climate resilience.
We are now seeking public feedback from everyone who lives, works or plays in Vancouver. Learn more about our climate objectives and other Big Ideas in our draft Vancouver Plan and tell us what you think before April 24.
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY
PHASE TWO OF THE SEA2CITY DESIGN CHALLENGE
Vancouver is a coastal community. Living close to the ocean means we need to plan for future sea level rise and to help vulnerable neighbourhoods become more resilient to current and future coastal flooding. To create a vision for the future that accomplishes these things while also prioritizing reconciliation, recreation, safety, people and homes, and the environment, we need to explore new ideas.
The City of Vancouver is now in the second phase of the Sea2City Design Challenge. This phase explores early ideas for coastal adaptation to sea level rise across a range of approaches. Two multi-disciplinary teams are working cooperatively with the City to explore approaches that respond to our equity, economic and ecological challenges.
Outputs from the Sea2City Design Challenge will help guide urban development and ecological revitalization in Vancouverís False Creek floodplain. They will also be used to inform the Cityís ongoing coastal adaptation plans, with further refinement from project partners, Indigenous governments, stakeholders and coastal regulators.
Join us for an online Community Conversation on April 20. Together, we will explore the early idea designs and collect your feedback to shape the next phase of designs.
Learn more about the project and check out early idea designs by visiting our Sea2City webpage.
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE ADAPTATION
BICYCLE TRAINING AND RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
The City of Vancouver is expanding the delivery of our School Active Travel Education Program to 37 schools across Vancouver. Certified cycling instructors from HUB Cycling will facilitate a program that provides hands-on skills and builds confidence for grade 6 and 7 students at participating schools, as well as free bikes and helmets to students who need them. By combining safety improvements around schools with safe travel education, we hope to encourage more students to walk, bike and roll to school.
Biking to school isnít just fun, itís also a great way to cut congestion from student drop offs and reduce carbon pollution. Burning gasoline and fossil fuels in our vehicles creates nearly 40% of Vancouverís carbon pollution, so changing how we move around the city is a key climate action.
Schools interested in the Active Travel Education Program can visit the HUB Cycling Ride the Road webpage to learn more.
Ready to practice your new cycling skills? This year, Bike to School Week takes place from May 30 to June 3. Become a Bike to School Champion: Parents, teachers, and school administrators can register their school for free through HUB Cycling. All Vancouver schools that register by May 4 will be entered to win a City of Vancouver Walk Bike Roll prize pack.
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY
CITIZEN SCIENTISTS NEEDED FOR THE ST. GEORGE RAINWAY BIOBLITZ
The future St. George Rainway, a new green corridor between Broadway and East 5th Avenue, will deliver key food sources and habitat for pollinators, birds, small mammals, insects and more.
The City of Vancouver is looking to measure changes to different species along St. George Street before and after the Rainway is built to understand how this work will support local biodiversity.
This spring, the City will be hosting a citizen science campaign to measure baseline conditions. Participants will use the application iNaturalist to collect data on the existing birds, plants, trees, insets and mammals that currently use St. George Street and it will be compared to data collected after the Rainway is built.
Urban rainways not only support local biodiversity, but also have the potential to reduce localized flooding and treat pollutants like oil, fertilizer and bacteria before rainwater re-enters our waterways. The St. George Rainway supports our Rain City Strategy objective to capture and treat 90% of Vancouverís average annual rainfall.
Share your feedback on the final concept design for the St. George Rainway from April 1 to 30 here.
Whether youíre a seasoned citizen scientist or a beginner, join a Bioblitz on April 23: visit our event page to RSVP and learn more. Keep an eye out for two more citizen science events planned for this year.
SUPPORTING: RAIN CITY STRATEGY, CLIMATE ADAPTATION
When the Tide Went Out the Table Was Set: Tsleil-Waututh Nationís Work in Nearshore Environments
Attend this online webinar to learn about the Tsleil-Waututh Nationís recent work on nearshore surveys and restoration in Burrard Inlet, and their relationship with these ecosystems.
Step into nature, take a deep breath of fresh forest air and let your body relax. Awaken your senses and experience the Japanese practice of forest bathing in this urban park oasis.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Earth Day EcoStewards
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about local ecology and supporting the Stanley Park ecosystem. Volunteer with the EcoStewards to help out with hands-on invasive species removal in the Park.
Join the Everett Crowley Park Committee and Cool Hood ĎChamps organizers and community in celebrating Earth Day with tree planting, live music, refreshments, and other interactive activities.
Everett Crowley Park
Reuse and Recycling Drop off Event
Bring your unwanted electronics, computers, small appliances, power tools, light bulbs, phones, used clothing, and much more to our free Reuse and Recycling Drop Off Event.
Locarno Beach Park parking lot (1451 Discovery St)
Considering a Heat Pump Workshop
Attend this free webinar and learn what a heat pump is, their benefits, how to find a registered contractor, and what rebates, financing offers, and supports are available to help you upgrade your heating and cooling system.
Planting a Four Sisters Garden
Join Laura Cisneros to learn about regenerative ecosystems and gardens that includes food for human beings, herbal medicine, food for animals, and nutrients for the Earth.
Volunteering with the Bicycle Valet
The Bicycle Valetís volunteer team provides informative resources and valet-style parking at events in and around Vancouver. Join the team to support Vancouverís cycling community and get free entrance to events.
In person events, sign up online
Seasonal Farmerís Markets
Vancouver Farmerís Markets are starting to reopen for spring Ė Trout Lake and Riley Park (summer) open April 23. You can also still visit the Hastings Park winter market until April 24. Visit the website to learn about local farmers, food producers and creators at each market and plan your visit.
Streetwise Cycling Online
New to cycling? This free educational series from HUB helps adult beginner riders gain knowledge and skills at their own pace to start their cycling journey with confidence.
SPEC Team Meetings
Want to share your knowledge on energy and transportation, food growing, or waste, and connect with other like-minded individuals?. Check the link for Society Promoting Environmental Conservation meet-up topics and meeting dates.
Connect and learn more