IN THIS ISSUE
NOTEWORTHY: The Environmental Youth Alliance's Nature Stewards programs are open for registration! Youth develop meaningful connections to the land while building skills for their resume by participating in programs focused on increasing local biodiversity while learning about ecology, native plant propagation, habitat restoration, pollinators, Indigenous ways of knowing, and food & medicinal plants. Learn more about eligibility and register.
- Find out how we are transforming how we move
- Learn about this year’s Greenest City Scholar projects
- Get tips for reducing food waste for back-to-school
- Learn how to keep your green bin fresh
- Check out local events and green opportunities
TRANSFORMING HOW WE MOVE
Did you know that nearly 40% of carbon pollution generated in Vancouver comes from burning fossil fuels to power vehicles? We need to think differently about how we move in and around Vancouver.
This past spring, we engaged with the public on the actions we are proposing to dramatically reduce carbon pollution in Vancouver through our Climate Emergency Action Plan, 12 of which will transform how we move; improving health, community prosperity, and environmental wellbeing.
Here are some of the actions and what we heard from you about them:
- Expanding and improving Vancouver’s walking and cycling network. Residents want to see more protected bike lanes that are safe, comfortable, and connected to daily needs and services.
- Improving bus speed and reliability. Residents want bus priority lanes, greater frequency and hours of service, and increased safety measures.
- Encouraging more walking, biking and transit use. Residents want to see promotion and education for employers and schools.
In total, almost 17,000 comments were received and City Staff are now using this feedback to develop the plan, which will be brought to Council this November.
City staff are bringing this plan to Council on November 3rd. In the lead up to this date, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where we’ll be posting more about these climate actions and why they’re needed.
To learn more about getting around the Vancouver way, follow our Walk, Bike, Roll facebook page.
SUPPORTING: GREEN TRANSPORTATION, CLIMATE EMERGENCY
CELEBRATING SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH
Congratulations to this year’s cohort of Greenest City Scholars for rounding off another year of successful research.
Since 2010, the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) and the City of Vancouver have worked together to provide UBC graduate students an opportunity to work on projects that advance social and environmental sustainability across the city. Over 160 projects have been completed, providing valuable information to support our work in a variety of areas.
A few examples of the projects completed this year include:
- A study of what ‘access to nature’ means to Vancouverites, and where and when these experiences can be found in their day-to-day lives.
- A roadmap for transitioning False Creek’s Neighbourhood Energy Utility to 100% renewable energy.
- Research and recommendations for encouraging reduced food waste in the business sector.
Want to learn more about the projects in 2020. Each project results in a report documenting the Scholar's work, research, and outcomes. Check out all the Scholar reports in UBC’s project library.
SUPPORTING: GREENEST CITY, CLIMATE EMERGENCY
REDUCING FOOD WASTE FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL
While school lunch breaks may look different this year due to the pandemic, one thing remains the same - the daily challenge of packing lunches that will be eaten and not wasted.
Did you know that Canadians throw away almost 2.2 million tonnes of edible food each year? In Vancouver, our Zero Waste 2040 strategy is a vision for our city to be a zero waste community by 2040. We’re working to prevent food waste at all points between farm and table.
Here are some things you can do to reduce wasted food for back-to-school:
- Pack lunches picnic style: B.C.’s Back to School Plan recommends staggered lunch times inside the school or outside on school grounds, so pack items that can be eaten without sitting at a table.
- Precut foods so a knife isn’t needed. Include a reusable fork and spoon and use ice packs to keep food fresh and safe.
- Put favourite foods in reusable containers so leftovers can be re-sealed for later, and pack only what will be eaten.
For COVID-related food safety tips, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control's website.
Learn more about reducing food waste and find tasty recipes at Love Food Hate Waste's website.
SUPPORTING: ZERO WASTE
KEEPING YOUR GREEN BIN FRESH
Although summer’s hottest days are past, it’s important to maintain your green bin year-round so that you can keep unavoidable food waste from ending up in the landfill. Food rotting in the landfill creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
Do you know what does and doesn’t belong in your green bin? The City has a guide to help you identify which items are allowed. Remember, plastic bags are not accepted in the green bin, even those labelled or described as compostable or biodegradable.
Here are some ways to keep your green bin fresh year-round, preventing pests and odours:
These and other tips can be found on our website.
- Line it with grass clippings, leaves, or cardboard to absorb any liquids.
- Wrap your scraps with newspapers or a paper bag to help keep the bin clean.
- Store it in a shady location and secure from wildlife and nosey critters.
SUPPORTING: ZERO WASTE
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.
Park Board Tree Sale
Starting September 14
Vancouver residents can order up to three trees at $10 each online, and Park Board will deliver them to your home between September 23 – October 2.
At this webinar, find out beaver basics like what they eat, the many reasons they chomp on trees, and the difference between lodges and dams.
It's Alive! Stanley Park's Life List
Join this webinar to learn the comprehensive list of all the species that SPES staff and community members have documented in the Park helps us understand the Park’s biodiversity over time.
Global Day of Climate Action
School strike movement Fridays For Future is calling for a global climate action day. On September 25, COVID-safe demonstrations will take place worldwide.
Join Stanley Park Ecology Society to enhance our largest urban forest by removing invasive species such as English Ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and yellow flag iris.
BC Rivers Day
Activities range from stream clean-ups and paddle trips to community festivals and stream stewardship groups showcasing their work to the public – check out the event listing for activities near you.
Old Growth Forests
At this webinar, find out what makes BC’s old-growth forests unique, how they support human well-being, and why we must ensure their protection for all generations.
Slither on over to this webinar to learn about some of nature’s classic cold-blooded creatures: reptiles!
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