Greenest City news

JULY 2023



  • Track your home’s temperature for the 2023 Indoor Heat Survey
  • Learn how the School Streets program is transforming one school’s commuting patterns
  • Read about grant funds to retrofit market rental buildings
  • Youth: volunteer at a special United Nations event
NOTEWORTHY: On June 14, Council unanimously approved eight additional and accelerated climate measures to help us reach our Climate Emergency Action Plan goals. Review the report and learn more about our climate actions.

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In the summers of 2021 and 2022, the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health conducted a self-reported survey of indoor temperatures. With support from the BC Centre for Disease Control, we received nearly 6,000 survey responses over two years! Here are some of the key findings:  

  • Residents use a wide range of cooling techniques but still experience heat impacts in their daily lives and find it important to access cooling outside of the home. 
  • There are many barriers to staying safe and cool during periods of hot weather, both inside and outside of the home. 
  • There is growing concern about the impact of climate change and these feelings are elevated during periods of extreme heat. 
This summer, we are re-launching the survey to further our understanding of the relationship between indoor and outdoor temperatures and how building characteristics, such as a building’s age, size and composition, impact residents. This data will help inform recommendations to achieve cooler temperatures inside existing buildings and help prevent heat illness, in support of our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.

You can help by sharing the temperature inside your home during periods of hot weather:


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The City of Vancouver just wrapped up its third year of the School Streets Program. A School Street is a car-free block outside a school during drop-off and pick-up with the intention of helping students reimagine different uses for public space, improving safety and encouraging active travel. This year, seven schools participated.
We recently released a video showing how School Street transformed drop-off and pick-up at Churchill Secondary, one of the participating schools. 
Almost 40% of carbon pollution in Vancouver comes from burning fossil fuels like gas and diesel in our vehicles. Encouraging active travel to school supports our Climate Emergency Action Plan objective of ensuring two thirds of trips in Vancouver are by active transportation and transit, and it helps towards our goal of cutting carbon pollution in half by 2030.


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The City of Vancouver has launched a pilot program to future-proof market rental buildings, making them more resilient to the impacts of climate change, while improving energy efficiency, increasing indoor comfort and decreasing carbon pollution with minimal impacts to tenants. 
Funded in partnership with CleanBC and BC Hydro, and administered by LandlordBC, the Rental Apartment Retrofit Accelerator program has $3.5 million in grant funds available for market rental buildings to undertake critical energy retrofit upgrades, such as building electrification and fuel-switching using new heat pump technology.
Findings from the pilot project will inform future investment in Vancouver’s existing rental stock while maintaining stable tenancies - great news for both renters and landlords. This work also supports our Climate Emergency Action Plan target of reducing carbon pollution in buildings, which accounts for over half of the carbon pollution generated in Vancouver. It also supports our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy by improving building resilience to extreme weather.

  • Building owners with market rental apartments are eligible to apply by July 30.
  • Learn more about energy resources and programs for existing multi-family buildings.


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From August 22-24, the Seventh Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly will gather in Vancouver.
The Assembly will include roundtable discussions, plenary sessions, events, field visits and learning opportunities over the course of three days. Ministers, government officials, business leaders, prominent environmentalists, leaders of GEF agencies and environmental conventions, as well as youth, civil society representatives and Indigenous Peoples will have an opportunity to discuss solutions under the overarching theme of "Healthy Planet, Healthy People."
The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is excited to announce the launch of the Youth Volunteer Program at this year’s Assembly, where youth will have the opportunity to support delegates and learn about the global multilateral decision-making processes at GEF.

  • UNA-Canada is looking for 70 to 90 youth volunteers to participate in the program. Youth 15 years of age or older may apply to volunteer for this incredible opportunity until August 14.
  • Curious about the Assembly? Livestream the events on August 22-24.


Local green opportunities

Forest Harmonies
July 22
Stroll through the rainforest at dusk while listening to local musicians and exploring interpretation stations to learn how nature and music have been connected since the beginning of time.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Explore Water Monitoring with Swim Drink Fish
July 26
Join Swim Drink Fish for a hands-on learning opportunity to monitor water quality, learn about water quality issues, make informed decisions and get involved in protecting your water.
1806 Maritime Mews
FACTS Public Panel: Tackling Climate Change and the Just Transition to Renewable Energy
July 27
Join PIMS and the French Embassy of Canada for a climate change-focused workshop and panel of diverse eminent Canadian and French leaders representing climate science, renewable energy, economics, public policy and Indigenous affairs.
UBC Robson Square
Reeve and Fairware Shoreline Cleanup
July 27
Join Reeve Consulting, in partnership with Fairware Promotional Products, for an annual shoreline cleanup.
Jericho Beach
The Bike Kitchen Presents: The Right to Repair
July 29
UBC’s Bike Kitchen presents “The Right to Repair”, a sustainability forum targeting industry issues surrounding the sale of “built-to-fail” products and consumers’ right to repair their own products across multiple industries, including the bicycles and electronics industries.
UBC Robson Square
Volunteer for the Moon Festival
July 31 (registration deadline)
Still Moon Arts Society is seeking passionate, skilled and caring volunteers to help bring the 21st Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival to life this September 23- 29.
Volunteer as a Zero Waste Fixer
Do you have a knack for fixing electronics or repairing worn out clothes? Become a volunteer fixer at the City sponsored Repair Café events to help participants fix their belongings.
Women’s Summer Cycling Program
July & August (Tuesday evenings)
HUB Cycling’s Women's Summer Cycling Program is non-binary and trans-inclusive and offers six, 2-hour sessions, starting with the basics of cycling and maintenance and culminating with group rides around the neighbourhood.
Trout Lake Community Centre
Farmer’s Markets
Saturdays and Sundays
Kitsilano, Trout Lake, West End, Downtown, Mount Pleasant, and False Creek Farmers Markets are now open! Visit their website to plan your visit and learn about the market’s farmers, food producers and creators. 

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