Greenest City news

July 2022


  •  Help us understand how heat waves are impacting your home this summer 
  •  Apply for the C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Program
  •  Attend a choral performance about coastal sea level rise
  •  Put waste in its place in Vancouver’s outdoor spaces
  •  Check out local events and green opportunities

NOTEWORTHY: The provincial government recently released their 2022-2025 Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy, which includes four pathways to strengthen BC’s capacity to anticipate, prepare for and respond to our changing climate and its impacts, such as last year’s deadly heat dome and atmospheric rivers. You can also learn more about how Vancouver is adapting to these changes in our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. Plus, two of the articles in this newsletter showcase the ways the City is working to learn more about how climate change is affecting Vancouver, and how we can prepare.

WHAT WE’RE READING: Rebecca Solnit shares ten tips on how to confront the climate crisis without losing hope. Our favourite suggestion is to, “pay attention to what’s already happening” and discover how individuals, organizations and governments are taking climate action. 


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Summer 2021 was an unexpectedly hot and dry summer prompting three health alerts in BC, setting a new daily record of 39.5°C on June 29. With climate change we can expect this to become the “new normal”. 

Heat has dangerous consequences, particularly for older adults, children under 5-years old, people who are isolated or experiencing homelessness, people with pre-existing illnesses and pets.

This summer, the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health are collecting information about indoor temperatures and buildings characteristics when very hot weather is forecasted, including during heat warnings and extreme heat alerts. This information will help us better understand the relationship between indoor and outdoor temperatures across the region. 


We are seeking citizen scientists to help us collect temperature data through a brief survey. By signing up to the listserv, you will receive an email notification prompting you to complete a 3-minute survey when outdoor temperatures exceed 26 degrees for two or more consecutive days. 

If you would like to participate in this survey this summer, please sign up here. You can also expect to receive a summary of the preliminary results later this fall. 


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Vancouver is one of 20 cities around the world that hosts a local C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Program. The program matches leaders from businesses and community organizations with self-identifying women working on climate initiatives, empowering these women to become the next generation of climate leaders.

Participants in the Women4Climate Mentorship Program receive the support and training they need to accelerate impactful initiatives aligned with Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. Over a 10-month mentorship period, mentors share their knowledge and experiences, and champion the mentees in developing their leadership skills while advancing their projects. Mentees are also able to access leadership training and participate in international networking events with other women working in climate. 


Are you working on a climate initiative that supports a healthier, more sustainable and resilient urban future in Vancouver? To apply for the 2022 cohort and join an international community of women working in climate, submit your application before August 14.

You can learn about past program participants here.

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What would it be like to hear your anxieties and questions about sea level rise transformed into music? Climate adaptation and art unite in Town Choir, a live choral performance about living on the coast.

In four different coastal cities facing the shared challenge of climate change and rising sea levels— Vancouver, New York, Mumbai and Tokyo—writers who call these places home will type out observations of the changing world unfolding around them. The Vancouver Youth Choir will then receive these observations via a large screen and sing them out to the public.

Before and after the performance, the City will showcase design ideas that respond to the challenge of sea-level rise in False Creek, developed by two international teams through the Sea2City Design Challenge.

Join Theatre Replacement and the Sea2City Design Challenge at Milton Wong Plaza in Olympic Village on July 17 to experience Town Choir. The Sea2City Intergenerational Photo Project will also be on display - participants worked together to compose photographs about sea level rise and how it will impact the people, locations and activities they care about. Find more details about the event here

You can also check out the draft Sea2City Design Challenge concepts at upcoming Community Conversations on July 20 and 26 for an in-depth presentation, and to share your thoughts on the draft design ideas. 


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As we head outside to enjoy our beautiful city during the summer months, our litter bins fill up more than usual. Garbage collection from public waste bins typically doubles during the summer compared to the rest of the year.

In response, our crews are increasing waste collection and street cleaning across the city, through actions like:
  • Setting out additional waste bins in parks and public plazas and increasing the frequency of collection. 
  • Increasing street cleaning services in high priority areas, with increased flushing, sweeping, and abandoned garbage collection. 
  • Increasing micro-cleaning services in public plazas, through our Street Cleaning Grant Program.


We’re asking everyone to put waste in its place and help the City keep our parks, beaches and other cherished public spaces litter free. 

Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Use reusable water bottles, travel mugs, cutlery and containers.
  • Try out the “Pack-In, Pack-Out” method, especially for large gatherings. Group gatherings often result in excess waste and can quickly overfill waste bins. Bring waste home with you to properly sort and dispose of. 
  • Use a pocket ashtray for your cigarette butts until you are close to a waste bin.
  • Use our Zero Waste Stations to sort your waste.
  • Call 3-1-1 or report on VanConnect when you see an overflowing waste bin. It helps us know where adjustments are needed.

You can find more zero waste tips that can help us work together for a litter-free Vancouver here.


Local green opportunities

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

St. George Rainway Summer Bioblitz
The City is looking for citizen scientists to help collect data along St. George Street before the Rainway is built to understand how this work will support local biodiversity. This bioblitz focuses on insects like bees and butterflies.
Guelph Park

Reuse and Recycle Drop Off 
July 16
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.
King George Secondary School parking lot

Shedding Light Talk Series: Weaving Traditions for Our Ecological Future
July 16
Join Still Moon Arts Society for a presentation on Coast Salish weaving, decolonial ethnobotanical research, and Indigenous intercultural artistic processes. This event will bring together Indigenous artists, leaders and researchers to share their work and perspectives.
Falaise Park

Stanley Park EcoStewards
July 16 and August 6
Volunteer with the EcoStewards to help manage and remove invasive plant species from the park’s ecosystem. In addition to participating in hands-on invasive species removal, you will also learn about local ecology and conservation issues.
Stanley Park

Everett Crowley Park Stewardship
July 16 & August 13
Volunteer at this monthly stewardship event to help remove invasive plants and learn more about the unique history and ecology of Everett Crowley Park.
Champlain Heights Community Centre

Digging into Climate Change: Earth Science on a Changing Earth
July 20
As the planet’s climate continues to change, how do these evolving temperature and weather trends impact applied earth sciences? Attend this webinar to learn how climate science can be used to improve understandings of different hazards.

Ride along with the Bibliobike: Bike Maintenance 101
July 20
Join the Vancouver Public Library’s new ride, the Bibliobike, for an outing to Woodland Park. Bring your bike for a maintenance workshop, or just come along to read in the park.
Britannia Branch

Community Garden Work Party
July 23
Meet other people in your community by working on an outdoor project at the Hastings Learning Garden. No gardening experience necessary.
Hastings Community Centre

Youth Climate Ambassadors Workshop
Aug 3
Join UBC’s Climate Hub for a hands-on workshop for 13-18 year olds and explore creative ways to become a climate ambassador in your community.
Central Library

Still Moon Summer Stewardship Series: Renfrew Ravine
July 30 & Aug 20
Volunteer for these hands-on restoration events to learn about native and introduced plant identification, invasive plant management techniques and some of the tasks involved in maintaining an active restoration sites.
Colour Me Local Dye Garden (3958 Renfrew St)

Volunteering with the Bicycle Valet
The Bicycle Valet’s volunteer team provides informative resources and valet-style parking at events in and around Vancouver. Join the team to support Vancouver’s cycling community and get free entrance to events.
In person events, sign up online

Seasonal Farmer’s Markets
All of Vancouver Farmer’s Markets are now open. Visit the website to learn about local farmers, food producers and creators at each market and plan your visit. 

Streetwise Cycling Online
Any time
New to cycling? This free educational series from HUB helps adult beginner riders gain knowledge and skills to start their cycling journey at their own pace 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. 

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