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NOTEWORTHY: Calling all Young Planners: We’re making a new plan for the future of Vancouver and we need your help. Visit the Vancouver Plan website to fill out a youth survey, find activities about the plan and Vancouver and learn more about why it’s so important for youth to get involved in the process.
- Read insights from our Climate Emergency public engagement
- Help us plan and prepare for sea level rise
- Get your business tools to help employees work from home
- Get tips to beat the heat this summer
INSIGHTS FROM OUR CLIMATE EMERGENCY ENGAGEMENT
This past spring, we engaged with the public on the 19 actions we are proposing to dramatically reduce carbon pollution in Vancouver through our Climate Emergency Action Plan. Almost 17,000 comments were received and City Staff are now using this feedback to develop the plan, which will be brought to Council this November.
In the meantime, we’d like to share some highlights from the engagement, key themes we heard, as well as how we’re responding:
- Support: On average, 73% of respondents indicated comfort with the proposed actions with some urging us to go faster.
- Affordability: Respondents urged us to consider the cost of living in Vancouver. We’re making investment adjustments to include cost efficiencies wherever possible.
- Equity: Respondents wanted to see actions rolled out in a way that ensures no one is left behind. We’re placing a stronger focus on equity and training, and considering phased implementation for certain actions to ensure they benefit those who need support.
- Thinking of the system: COVID-19 has shown how we are all connected, and that working together can make a difference. We’re leveraging the lessons from this pandemic to create a coordinated response to the climate crisis.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where you can find out more about what we heard through the engagement and how we are responding through our Climate Emergency Action Plan. We’ll be sharing more in the coming months.
SUPPORTING: GREENEST CITY, CLIMATE EMERGENCY
FALSE CREEK COASTAL ADAPTATION
Vancouver’s shoreline is changing. About 50 cm of sea level rise is projected over the next 30 years, one metre by 2100 and two metres by 2200. Climate change and sea level rise pose many challenges for our coastal zones, including more frequent and intense flooding along our shoreline and the Fraser River, eroding beaches, and causing potential damage to infrastructure.
Vancouver’s current shoreline is not designed to withstand these challenges, but we are working on a long-term planning effort to build climate resilience. The False Creek Coastal Adaptation Plan builds on work that began in 2018 along Vancouver’s Fraser River Foreshore. In the coming months, we will be reaching out to residents, businesses, and community stakeholders to identify what matters to them, and create flood management design principles that will shape solutions for False Creek.
Here’s how you can help us plan and prepare for sea level rise:
- Take our survey and tell us your thoughts and concerns related to coastal flooding in False Creek.
- Check out the Shape Your City page to find out when sea level rise activities are taking place on the seawall this summer! We will be hosting DIY scavenger hunts, community conversations, and dialogues.
- Are you a part of a community organization in False Creek? Request a one-hour Community Conversation webinar for your group of 5 or more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE ADAPTATION
REMOTE AND FLEXIBLE WORK TOOLKIT FOR EMPLOYERS
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing more people working from home. Through our Climate Emergency Action Plan, we have created a toolkit for organizations that want to learn more about long-term remote and flexible working, or improve their current programs and policies. This toolkit is for employers with office-based staff who are able to work effectively away from your main worksite.
As well as providing long-term benefits to an organization, its employees, and the wider community, remote and flexible working offers numerous environmental benefits. This includes eliminating vehicle trips, congestion, and carbon pollution, which help us work towards our climate targets.
Find out more and download the toolkit from our website.
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY, GREEN TRANSPORTATION
STAYING SAFE IN THE SUMMER HEAT
By 2050, Vancouver will see twice as many days when the temperature is above 25 degrees Celsius and 20% less rainfall. These climate change impacts lead to hotter and drier summers, and the City is taking steps to be ready.
This year, 7 temporary water fountains have been added to the existing 200+ permanent fountains across the city, as well as 12 misting stations around high-foot traffic areas and parks. To help residents keep cool while physical distancing, a number of shaded parklets have also been installed at the VCH Clinic, DTES Women’s Centre, Evelyne Saller Centre, and Gathering Place.
Vancouver is also preparing for hotter and drier summers through our Climate Adaptation Strategy.
Here are some ways you can stay safe and cool this summer:
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE ADAPTATION
When attending in-person events please follow COVID-19 health & safety precautions.
Vancouver Farmers’ Markets
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).
UBC Farm Farmers’ Market
Come for fresh, local produce, treats, food trucks and more.
Farmers: Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic
How are farmers responding to the day-to-day disruptions caused by the pandemic? Join the UBC Farm – Centre for Sustainable Food Systems as they explore the lessons.
Join Stanley Park Ecology Society to enhance our largest urban forest by removing invasive species such as English Ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and yellow flag iris.
Green Drinks Vancouver
Join this social to meet other environmentally-minded folks in Vancouver – everyone is welcome!
Open Outcry, Gastown
HUB Cycling’s Bike to Shop Days
August 17 to 29
Bike to Shop Days is back, encouraging people to cycle to businesses in their communities and to shop local Register before August 10 for access to tips and tricks to make shopping by bike easy, and to win prizes.
Hastings Sunrise Neighbourhood Cleanup Party
Volunteer to remove litter and make your neighbourhood cleaner and safer! Tongs, gloves, and bags are provided.
Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre
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