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NOTEWORTHY: In support of the Sea2City Design Challenge, CityHive is partnering with the City to launch a Youth Advisory Lab. This is an opportunity for young people ages 18-30 from Metro Vancouver who hold a deep connection to False Creek to learn about sea level rise, explore municipal planning decisions, and co-create design solutions. Learn more at CityHive’s website and apply by August 31.
- Stay safe during heat waves and learn how we’re planning for climate adaptation
- Weigh in on climate as a priority for the City’s 2022 Budget
- Get tools and training to host conversations on climate change
- Keep track of your home energy use through BC Hydro’s free new app
- Check out local events and green opportunities
PREPARING FOR HEAT WAVES AND CLIMATE ADAPTATION
Summer 2021 has been much hotter and drier than usual. With climate change, average summers in the 2050s are anticipated to be even hotter, with the hottest days reaching closer to 37 degrees Celsius. Reduced snowfall on the North Shore mountains combined with 20% less summer rainfall will also mean continuous water restrictions. The extreme heat can be dangerous to our health and the health of our local ecosystems.
Vancouver is preparing for hotter and drier summers, while trying to reduce the impacts of climate change. Here are some ways we’re responding to rising temperatures:
You can help prepare for heat waves in the following ways:
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE ADAPTATION
- Recently, City Council passed a motion to plan for future heat waves and ensure residents are supported through an Extreme Hot Weather Preparedness and Response Plan.
- As part of our Climate Adaptation Strategy, we partnered with Health Canada, SFU and UBC to understand and map extreme heat spots.
- We partnered with BC Housing and BC Non-Profit Housing Association to work with frontline and building managers on managing heat events.
- We created an Urban Forest Strategy to guide tree planting in the City. The strategy is currently being updated with more ambitious targets for canopy cover, and more emphasis on planting in areas like the Downtown Eastside and Marpole that have low canopy cover.
- We’re working with health colleagues to better understand the impacts from heat waves now and in the future by monitoring home temperatures during this summer’s peaks.
BUDGETING FOR BOLD CLIMATE ACTION
Each year City staff prepare an annual budget for City Council’s consideration. The budget supports priorities for City spending while maintaining base programs and services.
City Council has five key priorities for 2022 spending, one of which is accelerating action on climate change. The weighting given to this priority will contribute to our spending on climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, including the Climate Emergency Action Plan and Climate Adaptation Strategy.
There are many challenges for balancing the City’s Budget: it not only needs to align with key priorities—which include climate action, affordability, equity, housing, and building a resilient local economy—but it also needs to deliver core services while contending with the financial impacts from the pandemic. City staff want to know what your priorities are for City spending and to understand your preferences for delivering a balanced budget. This is an important opportunity to tell City staff what climate action means to you.
Read up on the 2022 Budget details and complete the survey by August 22.
Here’s how else you can share your thoughts on the 2022 Budget:
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY
BECOME A CLIMATE LEADER
Are you interested in learning how to hold space for conversations in your community about the impacts of the climate crisis and what we can do about it?
We’re launching a pilot program called Climate Leaders, where you can learn how to facilitate dialogue on climate preparedness and action. As part of the program, you will receive training and knowledge on topics and actions that lead to a healthy and climate resilient Vancouver, as well as customizable resources to impart this knowledge to others in your networks and community. The resources are equity-focused, recognizing that not everyone contributes to or is affected by climate change equally.
Participant feedback on this pilot will help us shape future community engagement programs.
If you are interested in becoming a Climate Leader, apply here now. Participants commit to attending a 2-hour training session in August or September and hosting a dialogue with their community at a later date of their choosing. Modest stipends are offered for participating in the program. Applications will remain open until August 20.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY
TRACKING YOUR ENERGY USE AT HOME
We all need to do our part to use energy wisely at home. BC Hydro recently launched an app to help make that easier. The HydroHome app is a new energy management app that allows BC Hydro customers to track, monitor and remotely control how much electricity they are using at any given time from their smart phone or tablet.
With the HydroHome app you can:
- Track your daily/hourly electricity use and view your usage history
- Receive energy breakdown analytics to see how much electricity you’re using for heating, cooling or other key loads within your home
- Receive automated reports on your energy usage
- Set usage targets and consumption alerts to keep you on track
- Access live power outage information
The app helps residents stay on top of their electricity use. Knowing how and when you’re using electricity, along with the associated costs can help you take action to reduce your usage, save energy, and save money.
The app is free and available to BC Hydro residential account holders. To get started, log into your BC Hydro MyHydro account, where you can see more details and eligibility. There, you can also learn about how to purchase a HydroHome Smart Hub, which can allow you to receive live energy usage feedback and control compatible smart home devices.
If you own a home, you can save even more energy by switching to a high-efficiency home heating and cooling system: check out Better Homes BC rebates to learn how you can save money on the switch too.
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY
When attending in-person events please follow COVID-19 health & safety precautions.
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 & transportation, food growing, or waste, and connect with other like-minded individuals? The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation has ongoing meet-ups in these areas. Check the link for topics and meeting dates.
Many of the Vancouver Farmer’s Markets are now open for the summer. Visit the website to plan your visit (and be sure to follow Covid safety protocols in place).
UBC Farmer’s Market
Tuesdays & Saturdays
Come out to UBC Farm any Tuesday evening from June until November to stock up on some fresh vegetables, fruits and more produced locally from the Farm.
Bike to Shop Week
August 7 to 20
Local businesses are offering deals and freebies for people biking to their shops – register with HUB Cycling to take part.
Basic Bike Maintenance
Is your bike due for a tune-up? Sign up for this HUB workshop to learn how to keep your bike in good running order with simple maintenance and adjustments that can be done at home.
Reuse and Recycling Drop-off Event
Drop-off events are back! Gather clothes, shoes, small appliances and electronics you’re no longer using and bring them to our reuse and recycling event.
Trout Lake Community Centre
Summer Foraging (No Harvesting)
Join commercial harvester and chef Robin Kort for an easy stroll through Stanley Park’s forest and seashore to identify tasty plants.
Nature House at Lost Lagoon
Life Between the Tides
Join SPES Environmental Educator Hannah Dyck-Chan to explore the bizarre life in Stanley Park’s intertidal zone.
Stanley Park Bus Loop
Birds of a Feather: Summer Songs
Shake a tail feather and flap on over to our in-person bird observation and appreciation walk, Birds of a Feather.
Nature House at Lost Lagoon
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival Harvest Fair and Lost Streams Lantern Parade
Join the Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Park Community Association at the Harvest Fair with live performances, games, and more. At twilight, a lantern parade led by the Coastal Wolfpack will lead you along the routes of Lost Streams to Collingwood Park. Don’t forget to bring your lanterns!
Slocan Park to Collingwood Park
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