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  • Find out how we’re making it easier to build secure rental housing across the the City
  • Help shape the next phase of the Vancouver Plan
  • Apply for a Greenest City Grant
  • Learn about the latest Greenest City Scholar projects
  • Check out local events and green opportunities
NOTEWORTHY: On October 6, staff presented the Climate Emergency Parking Program to Vancouver City Council for consideration. This piece of policy sparked significant debate amongst residents, and more than 50 speakers weighed in at Council with both support and concern for what was being proposed: an annual overnight residential parking permit charge of $45 or $5 for low-income households along with an annual pollution charge on high-polluting vehicles (model year 2023 or newer) added to the cost of the permit. The funds aimed to support climate emergency actions. Council voted 6-5 against the program. 

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As Vancouver grows, we need to plan for complete neighbourhoods – including creating more housing options that better meet residents’ needs and support a climate-friendly future.

On October 5, City staff brought forward a Streamlining Rental Report to Council that aims to make it easier to build new rental housing in and near neighbourhood shopping areas. The proposed changes would streamline the approval process for a range of rental housing – including low-rise apartment buildings, townhouses, and multiplexes – in neighbourhoods across Vancouver. Over the next 10 years, this could help deliver over 4,000 new rental housing units.

The Streamlining Rental initiative supports several Climate Emergency Action Plan Big Moves by:

  • Creating more complete, connected neighbourhoods allowing more residents to live within a short walk or roll of their daily needs and to rely on vehicles less (BM1+2)
  • Requiring new rental buildings under this initiative to have zero-emissions heating and hot water systems (BM4)
  • Accommodating building designs that facilitate the use of low-carbon materials for construction, such as wood frames (BM5)
Council will be considering the proposed changes at an upcoming Public Hearing on November 2.

If you’d like to learn more, read the Streamlining Rental Council report or visit the Shape Your City webpage.

To share your thoughts with Council on this initiative visit the Shape Your City webpage or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Registration to speak at the Public Hearing will begin at 8:30 am on October 22, 2021. For registration information and to find out how to share your thoughts with Council on this initiative, please visit



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The City is launching the next phase of public engagement to create the Vancouver Plan, a bold new plan for our city’s future to 2050. 

Vancouver Plan is our opportunity to create a city with equitable housing, complete neighbourhoods, and a thriving economy and healthy climate. Directions from the Vancouver Plan will also support the Climate Emergency Action Plan’s target of ensuring that 90% of people live within an easy walk or roll of their daily needs by 2030. 

So far, staff have collected feedback on what matters most to you and our communities, as well as ideas and directions on ways we could explore and grow. Starting October 25, the City will share choices and priorities for how Vancouver could grow into the future.


This is your opportunity to shape bold solutions and create a city where climate action is prioritized to reduce carbon pollution, biodiversity is protected and restored, and equity is a central consideration so current and future generations can thrive. Everyone who lives, works, or plays in Vancouver is invited to participate and encouraged to pre-register for upcoming public engagements.


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Are you planning a project for 2022 that supports climate action in Vancouver? We have a grant for that!
The Greenest City Grant program offers two grant streams: Greenest City Grants for place-based, community-driven initiatives that help advance sustainability in the city and Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants for residents working on grassroots actions.  Through these grants, we hope to foster sustainability leadership and collaboration, create opportunities for innovation, and mobilize the community in taking collective action on climate throughout Vancouver, with a specific focus on addressing inequities and supporting under-represented groups.

To be eligible for the Greenest City Grant stream: 

  • 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 1 to 2 years in length

Since 2012, we’ve provided over $2.4 million in funding to 131 projects, resulting in tangible outcomes for our Greenest City Action Plan. The grant now presents a key opportunity to contribute to our Climate Emergency Action Plan, while actively working to reduce the systemic inequities experienced by residents throughout the city.

Visit the Greenest City Grant website to view past projects. We are accepting applications now until November 8.

If you’d like to learn more about the Neighbourhood grant stream visit Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant for all the information, applications are open until November 9.


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Since 2010, UBC’s Sustainability Initiative and the City of Vancouver have worked together to provide UBC graduate students with an opportunity to work on projects that advance social and environmental sustainability across Vancouver. 

Last month, we featured four projects from this year’s Greenest City Scholars program that will inform the implementation of Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. This month we’re featuring three more projects that will advance the goals and targets in other key strategies, including the Vancouver Plan, Healthy City Strategy, and Zero Waste 2040.
A few examples of the projects completed this year include:

  • Research exploring the intersection of land use planning and human rights
  • Research and recommendations for reducing food waste in the business sector
  • A study recommending how Refuse Derived Fuel (fuel manufactured from residual waste) can be used as a replacement for fossil fuel


Want to learn more about the projects in 2021? Check out all the Scholar reports, documenting the Scholar’s work, research and outcomes, in UBC’s project library and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, where we featured key findings from seven projects last month!

Local green opportunities

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

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. 

Farmer’s Markets
Many of the Vancouver Farmer’s Markets are now open for the summer. Visit the website to 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 at their own pace to start their cycling journey with confidence.

Reuse and Recycling Drop-off Event
October 16
Got stuff you don’t need or use? Gather up your unwanted electronics, computers, small appliances, power tools, light bulbs, phones, used clothing, and much more, and drop them off for free at our Reuse and Recycling Event.
Kitsilano Secondary School Parking Lot

Neighbourhood Cleanup Party
October 16
Help keep your neighbourhood spectacular by joining a Neighbourhood cleanup party. The City provides all the equipment you need, simply come dressed for the weather.  
Trout Lake Community Centre

How the land feeds us
October 16
Join SPES collaboration with Talaysay Tours for ‘How the Land Feeds Us’ and discusses the ecological and harvest practices of this land through storytelling, marine and land ecology, Indigenous knowledge and technology, and more.
Stanley Park

Cool ‘Hood Champs Climate Action Workshops
October 17 to November 3
Register for this workshop series designed to give you the skills to become a climate champion in your neighbourhood. Identify climate impacts and solutions, envision your ideal climate-friendly neighbourhood, connect your action to policy, and more. 
Kitsilano Community Centre

Waste Reduction Week 
October 18 to 24
Waste Reduction Week is focused on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. Sign up for workshops, webinars and more! 

TRASHformation: upcycled art challenge
October 18 to November 5
TRASHformation is an art challenge open to Vancouver students from kindergarten to grade 12. It aims to raise awareness of current environmental issues like climate change and pollution of our waterways.

Imagine the West End Waterfront
October 19 to December
Help us imagine the future of the parks, beaches, facilities, and streets that make up the West End Waterfront. Visit our Shape your City webpage and let us know your thoughts.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Planet Workshop
November 8
Join Verde Vancouver, Latincouver, and UBC for a workshop to explore how individuals and communities can take action against climate change and explore community and personal connections to climate justice.


Become a Food Rescue Hero with Vancouver Food Runners
Help collect surplus food and take it directly to a nearby non-profit partner working with food insecure populations in Metro Vancouver. Sign up for a one-time food rescue or a weekly food rescue.


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