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JUNE 2021


  • Have your say on the citywide Climate Emergency Parking Program
  • Sign up to participate in our Green Home Retrofit Plan engagement
  • Apply for a mini grant to walk/bike/roll to school
  • Learn about climate solutions in your neighbourhood
  • Check out local events and green opportunities
NOTEWORTHY: Do you have a green idea for a project that can better your neighbourhood? Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants of up to $500 are available to help residents of any age, experience, or background take part in building community. Applications are currently open in Britannia, Carnegie, Ray-cam, Strathcona, Downtown Peninsula, South and Westside Vancouver. Check the NSG website for eligibility and for your community’s application deadlines.

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We’ve launched our second and final phase of the public engagement for the citywide Climate Emergency Parking Program.
The proposed Climate Emergency Parking Program includes two initiatives that work together: a new overnight residential parking permit of less than $4 per month (or $45 per year) that would apply to residential streets in the city that don’t already require permits; and an annual pollution charge for carbon polluting vehicles (with a model year 2023 or newer) that would be added to the cost of the permit.
This program builds on directions in the Climate Emergency Action Plan, and is a crucial opportunity to contribute to a greener, healthier city. The program is designed to:

  • Encourage people to purchase cleaner vehicles
  • Reduce air and carbon pollution
  • Fund vital climate emergency actions – including building more EV charging stations and safer bike routes, creating new priority bus routes, accelerating our curb ramp and sidewalk improvement programs, installing more pedestrian signals and expanding our tree canopy and green space.

The program has been shaped by a combination of public and stakeholder input received earlier this year, along with technical analysis and best practices from other cities around the world.

Even if you don’t own a car, we want to hear from you. This program is a key part of helping put Vancouver on track to reduce our carbon pollution by 50% by 2030 and we want to ensure it supports climate action for all residents. Please take the survey and share your thoughts – the survey closes in early July.

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Burning natural gas, a fossil fuel, for heating and hot water in buildings accounts for nearly 60% of carbon pollution generated in Vancouver. Of that pollution, about 1/3 comes from our 98,000 existing detached houses. Reducing emissions from buildings is key to the success of our Climate Emergency Action Plan target to ensure that by 2030, carbon pollution is half what it was in 2007.

To help us develop a fair Green Home Retrofit Plan that transitions homes away from fossil fuel reliance, we want to hear from people living in detached houses and duplexes to learn more about the various heating systems, and better understand what barriers and opportunities exist to reduce their energy use and emissions. 

We have seen positive results from our Zero Emissions Building (ZEB) Plan with new buildings now producing 70% less carbon pollution than they did in 2007. Now, we’re focusing on existing buildings by developing a plan that emphasizes switching heating and hot water equipment to clean electric alternatives like heat pumps, or to renewable gas. Equipment changes would only need to happen at the time they must be replaced or upgraded. There would also be opportunities to reduce energy waste and improve home comfort through home tune-ups, such as installing insulation and better windows, eliminating drafts or turning down the thermostat.

If you live in a detached home or duplex, give your input in the following ways: 

Participants in the interviews and solutions storming sessions will be entered to win a $150 Support Local BC gift card. 


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Mini grants of up to $500 are available to Vancouver public schools through the City of Vancouver School Active Travel Planning Program.
Grants support projects and activities that encourage and promote students walking, cycling, or rolling (wheelchair, skateboard or scooter) to school. Schools can choose to link their activities to existing events or implement their own project.
How we move around the city can influence health and well-being and our environment. Through the Climate Emergency Action Plan, we are working to reduce carbon pollution created from burning gasoline and diesel in vehicles and support a transition to active transportation and transit. This program supports our climate goals.
For more information and the eligibility criteria visit our website. Schools are encouraged to reach out to us to discuss their project before submitting a grant at
Apply for the grant until the deadline of June 30.

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Community-based climate solutions are available to you through the Cool ‘Hood Champs program.
Led by a team of climate change and urban forestry experts from UBC’s Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, Cool ‘Hood Champs is a series of interactive workshops that help participants:

  • Identify climate impacts and solutions within their neighbourhood
  • Envision their ideal climate-friendly neighbourhood
  • Champion climate action within their community
  • Connect their climate action with Vancouver and B.C.’s climate policies

Cool ‘Hood Champs is funded by the Greenest City Grant.
Workshop series are three sessions long and participation and training materials, including the Citizen’s Coolkit for engagement your community on climate issues, are free of cost.
Sign up for a series and join a community of earth-minded people.

Local green opportunities

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

Vancouver Food Runners Volunteering
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.
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.
Farmer’s Markets
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).
Talking Trees – Start of Berry Season
June 16
Join SPES and Talaysay Tours for their live Talking Trees Tours exploring the first spring berries to ripen in Stanley Park, including salmonberries and salal.
Reuse and Recycling Drop-off Event
June 19
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.
West End Community Centre
Working with Medicinal and Edible Plants
June 23
Join SPES and Indigenous herbalist and educator Lori Snyder as she shares her deep knowledge of wild medicinal and edible plants.
Swift Swallows
June 24
SPES invites you to explore how swallows capture peoples' imaginations, including the Barn and Tree Swallow species found in Stanley Park.
Online Repair Workshop
June 26
The Vancouver Repair Collective is hosting an online repair workshop. Bring your electronics, textiles and small household appliances to your scheduled appointment to receive assistance from a repair expert.
The Garden as Museum
June 29
Join VanDusen and guest speaker Victor Ballesteros for a brief history of the likeness between botanical gardens and cultural institutions such as museums and art galleries.
Reuse and Recycling Drop-off Event
July 10
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


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