Greenest City news

NOVEMBER 2021

IN THIS ISSUE

  •  Read our first CEAP Annual Report and GCAP Final Report
  •  Learn about our Green Home Retrofit Program
  •  Provide your feedback on the St. George Rainway design concepts
  •  Help us reimagine the West End waterfront
  •  Check out local events and green opportunities

NOTEWORTHY: Stay connected with food policy-related work happening at the City. The Vancouver Food Policy Council, a civic advisory committee appointed by Council to advise on the implementation of the Vancouver Food Strategy, holds monthly meetings that are open to the public.  


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CLIMATE EMERGENCY ANNUAL UPDATE AND GREENEST CITY FINAL REPORT

On November 3, Council received an update on two of the City’s key environmental policies: the final update on our Greenest City Action Plan, our decade-long effort to make Vancouver a more resilient, vibrant and sustainable city, laying the foundation for today’s climate initiatives; and the first annual report on our current climate plan, the Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP).

Highlights from our 2021 progress on CEAP include:
  • Zoning changes that will create more secure market and below-market rental housing, allowing more people to live close to shopping, transit and daily needs.
  • Expanded transit priority routes to help buses move faster and more reliably.
  • Updated EV-readiness standards in new non-residential buildings, which will bring more EV chargers to businesses.
  • A heat pump rebate program to cut the cost of climate-friendly heating systems.
  • Zoning allowances to make it easier to build with mass timber.
The CEAP annual report also rated the current likelihood of meeting our carbon reduction targets. Despite making progress in 2021, Vancouver is not currently on track to reach our goal of reducing carbon pollution by 50% by 2030.

YOUR TURN

Find out more by reading the latest reports for our Greenest City Action Plan and our Climate Emergency Action Plan


Staff are working hard to implement CEAP. Follow our progress and watch for opportunities to participate in CEAP engagement and climate-related programs by subscribing to the newsletter, following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share your views with Council by signing up to speak

SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY, GREENEST CITY ACTION PLAN

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GREEN HOME RETROFIT PROGRAM

Nearly 60% of Vancouver’s carbon pollution comes from burning natural gas, a fossil fuel, for space and water heating in our buildings. Reducing the amount of energy used and changing to renewable energy is one of the biggest and most important climate actions we can take. Through our Climate Emergency Action Plan, we’re developing a plan to cut carbon pollution from existing buildings in a fair and equitable manner.  

Switching to renewable energy with technology like an electric heat pump makes a big difference.
Electric heat pumps are a quick way to move off of a fossil fuel system and reduce your carbon footprint. Heat pumps are highly energy efficient, provide both heating and cooling and improve indoor air quality; especially important during smoke events and our recent heat dome. 

YOUR TURN

Read about how making changes to How We Build and Renovate can reduce carbon pollution from buildings. Learn more about heat pumps and available rebates on our website and below.
  • Get a free, customized Home Energy Check-Up - Bring It Home 4 the Climate has free resources to help you determine effective options to reduce your carbon pollution and save energy.
  • Check out the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant program for homes built before 1940.
In January 2022, we’ll be engaging residents about the plan we’re developing to reduce carbon pollution from detached houses. Stay tuned for more.

SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY 

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ST. GEORGE RAINWAY CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FEEDBACK

Did you know that on average 24.6 million litres of rainwater falls on St. George Street each year? This urban rainwater runoff carries pollutants including oil, micro-plastics, bacteria and fertilizer from our sewer system into False Creek. During extreme rainfall events, the runoff can also cause localized flooding. 

The St. George Rainway is a project with the potential to reduce flooding, treat pollutants from roadways, enhance climate resiliency and increase greenery and biodiversity. It supports the Rain City Strategy objective to capture and treat 90% of Vancouver’s average annual rainfall by using green rainwater infrastructure tools and design guidelines.

The St. George Rainway began as a community-led initiative, and together with community partners and stakeholders, the City has been working to further the vision through consultation since fall 2020. 

YOUR TURN 

The City is now looking for feedback on conceptual design elements for the St. George Rainway including trees that provide habitat and shade, a link to the city’s cycling network, natural features to encourage community and play, and education about the local ecosystem and Indigenous history and culture. These designs are based on the feedback we’ve heard so far: they balance active transportation (walking, biking and rolling) with road space, urban nature, community and educational opportunities. 

Provide your feedback on Shape Your City today. The survey closes November 28. Tell us what matters to you and be entered to win a gardening prize pack.

Want to experience the Rainway? Take the self-guided sensorial walk along the Rainway, designed by our Artist-in-Residence Holly Schmidt.  

SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY, RAIN CITY STRATEGY


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IMAGINE WEST END WATERFRONT

The waterfront parks along English Bay and Sunset Beach from the Burrard Bridge to Stanley Park will see an increase in use from population growth and tourism coupled with pressures brought on by climate change and aging infrastructure.

The City and the Vancouver Park Board are collaborating with the public, stakeholders, and Indigenous partners to address impacts from climate change and sea level rise, to support ecological revitalization, sustainable transportation and improved accessibility, and to create a vibrant and welcoming waterfront. 

The project area is located on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation and represents a place of great cultural, spiritual and ecological significance.

YOUR TURN

Help us imagine the future of the parks, beaches, facilities and streets that make up the West End waterfront. Visit Shape Your City to stay informed, get involved and share your ideas and experiences of the West End Waterfront throughout the project process. We are currently collecting input to help guide a 30-year vision for the West End Waterfront. 

Sign up for the mailing list to receive project updates and visit the project page to learn more.

SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY 


Local green opportunities

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

Streetwise Cycling Online
Any time
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. 
Online


SPEC Team Meetings
Various
Want to share your knowledge on energy and transportation, food growing, or waste and connect with other like-minded individuals? The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation has ongoing meet-ups in these topics. 
Online

Farmer’s Markets
Saturdays and Sundays
Plan your visit to a Vancouver Farmer’s Market and enjoy products from over 70 farms and producers.
Riley Park & Hastings Park

Stanley Park EcoStewards
November 20 & December 4
Contribute to habitat conservation and restoration as an invasive plant species removal volunteer with EcoStewards during their bi-monthly events. 
Stanley Park

Considering a Heat Pump
November 25
Thinking about a heat pump but don't know where to start? Sign up for this free CleanBC webinar and the benefits of heat pumps, rebates and financing options, how to find a registered contractor and more! 
Online

Steps for Sustainability: Heat Pumps for pre-1945 homes
November 25
Join Vancouver Heritage Foundation to learn how heat pumps can be used to improve the energy performance of character and heritage homes and about current incentives and grants to retrofit your pre-1940 home.
Online


World Changing Careers for Climate Action
December 1
Join Youth4Action to explore how leadership for climate action can be incorporated into your career. Meet and be inspired by professionals who are influencing climate action through their leadership at work.
Online


Jericho Park Stewards
December 12
Join the Jericho Park Stewards team in removing invasive plants, planting native species and maintenance of newly planted areas. 
Jericho Beach Park

VOLUNTEER

Become an Environmental Steward
Join an environmental stewardship team, adopt a space, or sign up for the Park Board stewardship newsletter. Get your hands dirty while helping keep Vancouver's greenspaces spectacular. 
Various  

Adopt a catch Basin
Ongoing
Become a neighbourhood hero today: find and name a local catch basin that needs adopting and help protect your neighbourhoods and local ecosystems by keeping catch basins clear. 
Various

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