Greenest City news




  • Have your say at the Missing Middle Public Hearing
  • Learn whether your organization is eligible for a Greenest City Grant
  • Visit the Climate Friendly Homes Tour
  • Check out the 2023 Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

The City is working to implement guick-build traffic calming measures in the Hastings-Sunrise (Adanac Overpass) neighbourhood to make it safer for people walking, cycling and driving. Learn more about the proposed designs and tell us what you think by completing the survey before Sep 29.

The City is exploring ways to support existing and new corner stores and other small-scale shops and services in residential areas. Learn more and tell us what you think by taking the survey before October 10.
Beginning on September 12, the Walking School Bus is back and will be taking place at three elementary schools: Edith Carvell, Bayview Elementary and wək̓ʷan̓əs tə syaqʷəm. Our partner, the Society for Children of BC, is looking for volunteer walk leaders at each school – learn more and sign up to volunteer here.

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To increase family housing options across the city and advance our climate objectives, City staff have been exploring ways to allow more Missing Middle housing, and this month, Council will be considering zoning changes to allow “multiplexes” which could provide up to six homes on a lot (depending on lot size).

The proposed changes will also simplify and align existing regulations across all low-density (RS) zones to make it easier to build new and diverse housing. More homes on a single lot means that more people, including families with children, can live in close proximity to existing schools, shops and services. The new housing will also be energy efficient. This work supports our Climate Emergency Action Plan and Vancouver Plan directions to create more complete, connected neighbourhoods.


Vancouver City Council will hear from the public on September 14 before making a decision.

Review the Council report containing final recommendations for new regulations to permit multiplexes as a new missing middle housing option and simplified regulations for other housing options in low-density neighbourhoods.

Share your thoughts with Council about this work by sending in your comments or signing up to speak at the Public Hearing on September 14, in person or by phone.


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Is your organization planning a project for 2024 that supports 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 climate action, including the City of Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan, while advancing equity in our city. Through these grants, we hope to foster climate leadership and collaboration, create opportunities for innovation, and mobilize community climate action throughout Vancouver, with a specific focus on addressing inequities and 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 1 - 2 years in length.

Since 2012, we have funded $4 million to community-led projects. Successful past recipients have focused on improving access to active transportation, energy efficiency education, climate literacy and leadership training, and more.
Our grant has a two-step application process and we are inviting organizations to submit an Expression of Interest before October 16. For more information on the grant and application process, visit the Greenest City Grant website. You can also sign up for our info session on October 6.
Are you a teacher or parent with a project to help students use active travel? We also offer Walk Bike Roll Mini Grants of up to $500 for Vancouver public secondary and elementary schools. Learn more and apply for a Walk Bike Roll mini grant between September 25 and November 3.

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It can be hard to know where to start when making your home more climate-friendly; sometimes it helps to learn what your neighbours and peers have already done.
Funded by BC Hydro, Vancity, B2E and the City of Vancouver, the Climate Friendly Homes Tour aims to empower homeowners and create opportunities to learn how others are making the transition by opening the doors of climate-friendly homes to the community.
Homes will open their doors to the public from across the city, and subject matter experts will be onsite to help visitors learn about the benefits of heat pumps, highly efficient and airtight building envelopes, electric hot water heating systems, induction cooking stoves, solar PV, EV charging, heat recovery, smart home systems and more.
Over half of Vancouver’s carbon pollution comes from burning natural gas, a fossil fuel, to heat and cool our buildings. By learning more about how you can start the journey towards making your home climate-friendly, you are helping towards our Climate Emergency Action Plan goal of cutting carbon pollution in half by 2030.
The Climate Friendly Homes Tour will take place on October 14. 


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The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival returns for its 21st year this September under the theme of ‘Water’s Wisdom,’ with events taking place at Slocan Park and Renfrew Ravine Park. Presented by Still Moon Arts Society, the Moon Festival 2023 is a celebration of eco-arts and community engagement that highlights the Still Creek watershed.
The City is exploring ways to better manage rainwater in the Still Creek watershed and restore its natural water cycle by using green rainwater infrastructure. We are partnering with Still Moon Arts Society to connect with community members in the Still Creek watershed and share information about new green infrastructure projects, such as wetlands, rain gardens and rainwater tree trenches, to help capture and filter rainwater at key sites.
Initiatives like this help to protect, revitalize and restore natural areas, which supports the Rain City Strategy, the Climate Emergency Action Plan and the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.
Learn more about what we’re doing to manage rainwater - City staff will be at the Moon Festival’s Harvest Fair on September 23 to answer questions.
Visit the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival webpage to view the full festival schedule and register for any of the following workshops and events:

  • September 9 to 29: various eco-arts workshops
  • September 23: Harvest Fair, Streamside Lantern Installation and Lost Streams Parade
  • September 29: Consciousness of Streams Finale event


Local green opportunities

Car Free Days
September 16 and September 24
Main Street (September 16) and Denman St (September 24) will be closed to traffic for the day for a festival of vendors and entertainment in celebration of sustainability, localization and car-free culture.
Main Street and West End-Denman

Growing Superfoods
September 16
Discover the techniques and challenges specific to gardening in small spaces, with Village Vancouver’s Rhiannon Johnson. We'll look at soil, fertilizing organically, watering, types of containers, different sun orientations and, of course, what to grow in your space.
Vancouver Public Library, West Point Grey Branch

Moving to Climate Action: A Conversation with Arno Kopecky and Anjali Appadurai
September 16
An environmental reporter and a climate activist unpack some of our environmentalist dilemmas and discuss what needs to change in our conversations on climate in order to see transformative action.
UBC Robson Square and YouTube
Birding with Me: Welcoming Queer Youth
September 17
Join Stanley Park Ecology Society to explore birding and biodiversity on a free guided walk for queer youth.
Lost Lagoon Nature House
Forest Bathing
September 20
A park interpreter will show you ways to awaken your senses and experience the Japanese practice of forest bathing at this Metro Vancouver-hosted event.
Pacific Spirit Park
Reuse and Recycling Drop-off Event
September 23
Bring your unwanted electronics, small appliances, clothing and more to a free reuse and recycling drop-off event.
Killarney Community Centre
Research to Action: Advancing Urban Sustainability 2023
September 25
This summer, UBC graduate students produced research to address sustainability challenges for various community partners, including in support of the City of Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. Join this event, to learn more about this year’s Sustainability Scholar projects.
Exploring Food Waste: Challenges & Solutions
September 27
Chefs, business owners, food-focused professionals and culinary students are invited to this virtual event hosted by Vancouver Food Runners to learn about the barriers in the food industry to dealing with food waste, and the creative solutions BC businesses are using to tackle them.
Reuse and Recycling Drop-off Event
October 14
Bring your unwanted electronics, small appliances, clothing and more to a free reuse and recycling drop-off event.
Kitsilano Secondary School
Volunteer as a Zero Waste Fixer
Do you have a knack for fixing electronics or repairing worn out clothes? Become a volunteer fixer at the City sponsored Repair Café events to help participants fix their belongings. Learn more by contacting

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