IN THIS ISSUE
- Vote for your values and climate action in the upcoming municipal election
- Attend UNA-Canada’s One Earth – One Choice Environment Festival
- Advance sustainability and climate action in Vancouver with a Greenest City Grant
- Participate in the final St George BioBlitz of 2022
- Check out local events and green opportunities
NOTEWORTHY: TransLink’s 2022 Open Call for Innovation is asking for ideas to help decarbonize Metro Vancouver’s transportation system. They are looking for ideas on passenger and freight transportation electrification, resiliency and energy storage, renewable fuels, fleet carbon capture and more. TransLink will fund selected submissions, and support the incubation, development and implementation of these projects. Individuals, teams, and organizations are invited to submit their ideas before September 30.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: Approved by Council in July, the Vancouver Plan is a strategic framework to guide growth and change to 2050 and beyond. The City has created a brief video to explain what the Plan is and why it matters to Vancouver residents. The Plan contains the first comprehensive citywide ecological strategy and supports our climate action targets.
VANCOUVER VOTES: ONE MONTH TO GO UNTIL THE MUNICIPAL ELECTION
Vancouver residents will go to the polls on Saturday, October 15 to vote for a Mayor, 10 City Councillors, 7 Park Board Commissioners and 9 School Trustees.
Voting in this election is your opportunity to shape the future you want and show you care for your community. Your vote also makes a difference for climate action; our elected officials make important decisions that can enhance the City’s climate leadership, champion ambitious and equitable climate action, and shape policies to cut our emissions, while making our homes, neighbourhoods and environment more resilient to our changing climate to support our collective future.
The candidates for Vancouver’s election were officially announced on September 16. You can now read about the candidates in the Voters' Guide that is available at vancouver.ca/vote, or at your library, community centre and other public places. You can also attend or organize a town hall or an all-candidates meeting where candidates will discuss key issues, such as climate action.
Find out if you are eligible or already registered to vote at vancouver.ca/vote. If not, you can also register when you vote in October. Don’t forget to ask your friends and family if they are registered to vote, and encourage them to learn more about the candidates and voting process.
There are three ways to vote:
1. Vote on Election Day, Saturday, October 15 from 8 am to 8 pm at any of the voting places;
2. Vote in advance on October 1, 5, 8, 11 or 13 from 8 am to 8 pm at any of the advance voting places;
3. Vote by mail – with free return postage. Voters can request to vote by mail at vancouver.ca/vote until Oct 11.
ATTEND UNA-CANADA’S ONE EARTH – ONE CHOICE ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL
On September 24, join the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the One Earth – One Choice Environmental Festival. The UNEP provides leadership, inspiration and opportunities for global collaboration on environmental issues. This event will highlight the program’s accomplishments and aims to inspire further community action.
The festival will feature exciting speakers, networking opportunities, exhibitions of local youth-led environmental initiatives and community environmental organizations and much more.
In collaboration with the UNEP and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNA-Canada creates a bridge between the United Nations and Canadians by involving them in critical international issues and empowering Canadian youth.
Attend the festival at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability on September 24. Find the event program and details on how to register here.
Youth-led environmental initiatives and community environmental organizations that are interested in showcasing their work and opportunities for community to take action at the festival can apply here.
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY, CLIMATE ADAPTATION
APPLY FOR A GREENEST CITY GRANT
Does your organization have a project for 2023 that supports sustainability, equity and climate action 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 and climate action in our city, with a specific focus on addressing inequities and under-represented groups. These grants aim to foster sustainability leadership and collaboration, create opportunities for innovation, and advance our Climate Emergency Action Plan goals throughout Vancouver.
Since 2012, we’ve funded over $2.7 million to 137 projects. Past recipients have focused on improving access to active transportation, climate leadership training, food waste reduction and more.
This year, we are moving to a two-step application process and inviting organizations to submit an Expression of Interest before October 7.
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
For more information on the grant and application process, and to learn about past recipients, visit the Greenest City Grant website or attend the online workshop on September 23.
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY, CLIMATE ADAPTATION
JOIN US FOR OUR FOURTH AND FINAL BIOBLITZ OF 2022
The Rainway planned for St. George Street between Broadway and East 5th Ave is part of sweeping city-wide efforts to add green space and manage rainwater more naturally through green rainwater infrastructure. The Rainway will use plants and soils to help filter 10,500 cubic metres of polluted rainwater runoff per year — the equivalent of more than four Olympic size swimming pools. The new green corridor will also provide key food sources and habitat for a variety of species, including mammals, birds, bees, bugs and butterflies.
Collecting information about species in the area through BioBlitzes allows us to better understand and track biodiversity, and will help us choose a ‘planting palette’ for the Rainway that benefits a diversity of species. A year after the Rainway is built, we will return for another series of bioblitzes to measure the changes in biodiversity along St. George Street.
On October 1, we’re calling for citizen scientists of all ages to join us at Guelph Park and help quantify changes in biodiversity along the St. George Rainway.
To participate, all you need is an electronic device (like a smart phone or tablet) with a camera and access to the iNaturalist app. Paper forms will also be available for recording data. Can’t make it? You can collect biodiversity data along St. George St throughout the year and log it in our St. George Rainway project on iNaturalist.
SUPPORTING: RAIN CITY STRATEGY
Secret Life of Trees
Are trees able to smell? Do trees talk to each other? Come on this guided hike to uncover some of the mysteries and surprising facts about these forest giants.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Climate Justice March and Block Party
Join the Sustainabiliteens on the streets for Vancouver’s first climate justice block party. The event will include speeches, workshops, guided actions, discussion circles and more.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Zero Waste in the Kitchen and DIY Beeswax Wraps
Attend this workshop to learn about reducing food waste, package-free grocery shopping, proper segregation of kitchen waste and recycling and composting. Plus, take beeswax wraps to take home with you.
West End Community Centre
TRASHformation Upcycled Art Challenge
September 26 to October 16
Open to Vancouver students from kindergarten to grade 12, the challenge provides an opportunity for students to showcase their artistic talents and express their views on the impact of waste on our city and planet.
Stanley Park EcoStewards
Volunteer with the EcoStewards to help manage and remove invasive plant species from the park’s ecosystem. In addition to removing invasive species, you will also learn about local ecology and conservation issues.
Everett Crowley Park Stewardship
Join the Everett Crowley Park Committee to help remove invasive plant species, rewild native shrubs, and to learn more about the history and ecology of the fifth largest park in Vancouver.
Champlain Heights Community Centre
Volunteering with the Bicycle Valet
The Bicycle Valet’s volunteer team provides informative resources and valet-style parking at events in and around Vancouver. Join the team to support Vancouver’s cycling community and get free entrance to events.
In person events, sign up online
Seasonal Farmer’s Markets
The Trout Lake, Riley Park, Kitsilano, West End, Downtown and Mount Pleasant markets are all now open. Visit the website to learn about local farmers, food producers and creators at each market and plan your visit.
Streetwise Cycling Online
New to cycling? This free educational series from HUB helps adult beginner riders gain knowledge and skills to start their cycling journey at their own pace with confidence.
SPEC Team Meetings
Want to connect with other like-minded individuals and share your knowledge on energy and transportation, food growing, or waste? Check the link for Society Promoting Environmental Conservation meet-up topics and meeting dates.
Connect and learn more