Greenest City news

JULY 2021

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Get updates on our Climate Emergency transportation progress
  • Participate in our Sea2City design challenge community advisory group
  • Sign up for our Climate Leaders pilot program
  • Learn about the Cityís School Streets pilot program
  • Check out local events and green opportunities

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CLIMATE EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION PROGRESS

Recently, Vancouver City staff provided Council with updates on a variety of actions related to our progress on active transportation as well as electric vehicles.
 
The following are some highlights:

  • Improved transportation infrastructure: curb ramps, pedestrian signals, and accessibility modifications
  • Pilots to reduce traffic in residential and school areas - see our fourth feature for more information on the School Streets pilot
  • Transportation Demand Management Action Plan underway to expand our non-infrastructure approach to increase active transportation
  • Improved travel times and reliability in our region in partnership with TransLink, including 22km of new bus-only lanes in Vancouver
  • Updates to our EV ecosystem strategy and a growing public charging network, now with 350 public charging points across the city
  • Increases to the amount of charging on private property, including a new program that offers City-owned chargers in rental buildings at no cost to renters

Transportation accounts for almost 40% of Vancouverís carbon pollution, which is why we will continue prioritizing walking, biking, rolling, public transit and EVs through our Climate Emergency Action Plan.
 
YOUR TURN
 
Learn about our progress specific to EVs here. Find out how to participate in the EV chargers in rental buildings program here. If you are a renter, we invite you to share this news with your property manager.  
 
Read more details about the progress on active transportation here.
 
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY


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SEA2CITY DESIGN CHALLENGE

Vancouver is a coastal community: its proximity to the ocean means that we need to plan for future sea level rise and to help vulnerable neighbourhoods become more resilient to current and future coastal flooding.
 
The City is launching the Sea2City Design Challenge to help inform a framework and vision to guide urban development and ecological revitalization in Vancouverís False Creek floodplain. This design challenge will engage two multi-disciplinary teams through a competitive process to work cooperatively with the City and project partners, exploring coastal adaptation approaches that respond to sea level rise in ways that embrace equity, and economic and ecological resilience.
 
Outputs from Sea2City will be used to inform the next phase of the Cityís ongoing coastal adaptation planning work and further refine solutions with project partners, Indigenous governments, stakeholders, and coastal regulators.
 
YOUR TURN
 
Weíre seeking members of the public to join Sea2Cityís community advisory group, which will guide the design teams, explore challenge sites from a community perspective and provide feedback on outputs.
 
Members will be selected based on interest, lived experience, and representation of a committee, group, or sector to ensure the group is diverse and representative.
 
Apply by July 19. Members will be selected by the end of August. Learn more and apply by visiting our Sea2City webpage.
 
SUPPORTING: ADAPTATION


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BECOME A CLIMATE LEADER

The City is launching a pilot program for Climate Leaders who are interested in holding conversations in their communities on climate impacts and actions.
 
The Climate Leaders pilot program connects community members to climate planning and actions that lead to a healthy and climate resilient Vancouver for all. Not everyone contributes to or is affected by climate change equally. Using the customizable tools and resources offered through the program, Climate Leaders work together to care for their neighbours and environment through equitable climate action.
 
The City will provide Leaders with training to help them facilitate dialogues on climate preparedness and action. Conversations will bring awareness to a range of local climate change issues, while also helping friends, family members, colleagues or neighbours to reduce their carbon pollution and take action to prepare for and reduce impacts from a changing climate. Feedback from participants on the pilot program will help us shape future community engagement programs.
 
YOUR TURN

If you are interested in becoming a Climate Leader, apply here now. There are only 30 spots available in our pilot program. Stipends are offered for Climate Leaders. The first training session will happen in late July/early August with other training sessions offered later in the fall.
 
If you have any questions, please contact us at climateleader@vancouver.ca

SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMEGERNCY


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SCHOOL STREETS PILOT

Reducing emissions from fossil fuel-powered vehicles is crucial to meeting Vancouverís Climate Emergency targets. We are aiming for two-thirds of trips to be made by active transportation and transit by 2030, and staff are testing strategies to help us get there.
 
In partnership with the Vancouver School Board, the City of Vancouver piloted School Streets at three local elementary schools this spring. During drop-off and pick-up times, one street adjacent to each school was closed to motor vehicle traffic and open to walking, biking and rolling.
 
School Streets are popular in many jurisdictions and have been shown to improve air quality, encourage active travel, and promote safety while reducing carbon pollution. Results from Vancouverís pilot showed that:

  • 29% of families reported driving less
  • 32% of families reported walking more
  • 76% of parents want the School Street program to continue.

Based on these results and feedback, the City is currently working with the Vancouver School Board to expand the School Streets Program during the 2021-2022 school year.
 
YOUR TURN
 
Learn more about the School Streets pilot by watching this video or visiting the School Streets webpage.
 
If youíre interested in School Streets coming to your school, please complete this short survey to let us know. We will follow up with all interested schools in September.
 
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY


Local green opportunities

When attending in-person events please follow COVID-19 health & safety precautions.

Vancouver Food Runners Volunteering
Various
Vancouver Food Runners help redirect otherwise wasted surplus food for those who need it: sign-up to become a food runner to deliver to nonprofits that serve communities in need.
Various
 
SPEC Team Meetings
Various
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.
Online
 
Farmerís Markets
Various
Many of the Vancouver Farmerís Markets are now open for the summer. Visit the website to plan your visit (and be sure to follow Covid safety protocols in place).
Various
 
UBC Farmerís Market
Tuesdays
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.
UBC Farm
 
My Sustainable Garden
July 15
Join Verde Vancouver for a workshop covering lessons and tips for first year gardening.
Online
 
Whatís That Berry?
July 15
Join Stanley Park Ecology Society for an exploration of the many plants in the park that make bountiful berries, and helpful hints on how to distinguish them.
Online
 
Birds of a Feather: The Return
July 17
Stanley Park Ecology Society is delighted to welcome the return of their in-person bird observation and appreciation walk. Join them for a stroll around Lost Lagoon to look for the parkís feathered friends.
Lost Lagoon Nature House
 
Stanley Park after Dark
July 21
Join Stanley Park Ecology Society for an evening stroll around beaver Lake to look for some of the parkís more reclusive residents, including beavers, bats, owls and frogs.
Stanley Park Bus Loop
 
Woodland Wonders
July 26
Join Stanley Park Ecology Society for a walk through the temperate rainforest of Stanley Park and learn about the many facts of the forest, including the animals and plants that call these woods home.
Stanley Park Bus Loop
 
Reuse and Recycling Drop-off Event
August 21
Drop-off events are back! Gather clothes, shoes, small appliances and electronics youíre no longer using and bring them to our reuse and recycling event.
Trout Lake Community Centre
 

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