IN THIS ISSUE
- We are transforming how we build, learn more
- Help us plan for sea level rise
- Celebrate Waste Reduction Week
- Apply for a Greenest City Grant
- Check out local events and green opportunities
TRANSFORMING HOW WE BUILD AND RENOVATE
Did you know that 54% (or more than half) of carbon pollution generated in Vancouver comes from burning fossil fuels for heat and hot water in our buildings? We need to think differently about how we build and renovate in Vancouver.
This past spring, we asked what people thought of the actions we are proposing to dramatically reduce carbon pollution in Vancouver through our Climate Emergency Action Plan, eight of which will transform how we build and renovate.
Here are three of the actions and what we heard from you about them:
In total, almost 17,000 comments were received and City staff are now using this feedback to finalize the plan, which will be brought to Council on November 3 for approval.
- Making zero emissions retrofits easier: residents want us to make it easier for building owners and operators to upgrade to zero emissions energy.
- Supporting low-carbon construction materials and buildings practices: residents, designers and builders support using sustainably-sourced, low-carbon materials to reduce pollution from construction.
- Setting carbon pollution limits on building operations: residents and building owners support energy efficiency improvements, as well as switching to renewable energy, as this improves building comfort and indoor air quality.
To learn more about these climate actions, head to our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
SUPPORTING: GREEN BUILDINGS, CLIMATE EMERGENCY
FALSE CREEK COASTAL ADAPTATION
If you’ve lived in Vancouver for any length of time, you likely have a connection to the False Creek shoreline. But did you know that by 2050 some of your favourite shoreline spots are at risk because of sea level rise?
Like other coastal cities, Vancouver’s shoreline is changing. About 50cm of sea level rise is projected over the next 30 years, one metre by 2100 and two metres by 2200. Vancouver’s current shoreline is not designed to withstand these challenges, but we are working on a long-term plan to build up resilience, restore local ecosystems, and support community well-being. Adapting our coastline is also an important opportunity to advance reconciliation and equity.
The False Creek Coastal Adaptation Plan builds on work that began in 2018 along Vancouver’s Fraser River Foreshore. This October and November, we are reaching out to residents, businesses, and community stakeholders to identify what matters to them, and create flood management design principles that will shape solutions for False Creek.
Here’s how you can help us plan and prepare for sea level rise:
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE ADAPTATION
CELEBRATE WASTE REDUCTION WEEK
Mark your calendar to celebrate Waste Reduction Week, from October 19 to 25.
SUPPORTING: ZERO WASTE
Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a year-round program that celebrates our environmental efforts while encouraging new innovations, and motivating learning and behaviour change when it comes to reducing what we throw away. The purpose of Waste Reduction Week in Canada is to help Canadians reduce waste in our daily lives with educational resources, events and actions.
In recognition of Waste Reduction Week in Canada, major city landmarks in Vancouver – including Vancouver City Hall, BC Place, Bloedel Conservatory, Canada Place, Harbour Centre, and Science World – will light up green and blue. Vancouver’s vision is to become a zero waste community by 2040 and Waste Reduction Week is an opportunity for residents to work together to reduce waste and conserve resources.
Here are some actions you can take to celebrate Waste Reduction Week:
GREENEST CITY GRANTS
Does your organization have a project for 2021 that supports sustainability in Vancouver? We have a grant for that!
The Greenest City Grant program offers grants for place-based, community-driven initiatives that help advance sustainability in the city. To help advance the Climate Emergency Action Plan, we are updating the grant program to focus on climate action and equity. Through these grants, we hope to foster sustainability leadership and collaboration, create opportunities for innovation, and mobilize community in taking collective action on climate throughout Vancouver, with a specific focus on addressing inequities and supporting under-represented groups.
To be eligible:
- Applicants must be a registered charity, BC society, social enterprise, or First Nations Band
- Projects must take place in and benefit Vancouver
- Applicants may apply for up to $50,000 and matching funds are encouraged
- Projects may be one to two years in length.
Since 2012, we’ve funded over $2.2 million to 124 projects. These have resulted in tangible outcomes across all 10 Greenest City goal areas and helped support our City’s diverse ecosystem of non-profit organizations.
Visit the Greenest City Grant website to view past projects. Details of the grant program and application information will be posted in early November.
SUPPORTING: GREENEST CITY, CLIMATE EMERGENCY
When attending in-person events please follow COVID-19 health & safety precautions.
Vancouver Farmers’ Markets
Support local by using one of the markets to stock up on fresh and prepared food items (whenever possible, send only one member of your household and keep interactions to a minimum to reduce the spread of COVID-19).
UBC Farm Farmers’ Market
Come for fresh, local produce, treats, food trucks and more.
This Halloween, scare away eco-anxiety by completing a Random Act of Green. Head to the website for ideas, and be sure to share your Green Act with @randomactsofgreen.
Zero Waste Reuse and Recycling Drop-off Event
Drop off unwanted items, like small appliances, at our Reuse & Recycling Event.
Kitsilano High School
Waste Reduction Week in Canada
Check out more ways to reduce waste in your lifestyle by participating in a WRWIC-registered event, including swap, share and repair – themed events.
Growing Sprouts and Microgreens Year Round
Learn how to grow your own spouts and microgreens at home year-round.
Foraging for Beginnners
Learn how to find delicious edibles in the forest, meadows, ocean and urban areas in this beginner foraging training program designed to kickstart your foraging journey.
Cooking with Wild Mushrooms
Learn Chef Robin Kort’s top recipes for wild mushrooms; each unique mushroom has recipes that are meant for them.
CONNECT AND LEARN MORE