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PROVINCE GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO ZERO EMISSION VEHICLES
Nov 29, 2007
B.C. INTRODUCES CLIMATE ACTION LEGISLATION
Nov 20, 2007
PROVINCE ANNOUNCES CLIMATE ACTION TEAM
Nov 20, 2007
Applause for emissions law and new Climate Team
Nov 20, 2007
FCM opens carbon offset market to canadian municipalities
Oct 26, 2007
Climate change leaders promote North America's green future
Oct 24, 2007
BCAA boosts Bike Month by offering free roadside assistance to cyclists
May 11, 2007
One Day One School Program launched to promote active school trips
May 10, 2007
BC high schools to receive Earth Day present - Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth"
Apr 16, 2007
City of Vancouver’s Idle-free Bylaw enforced
Mar 29, 2007
BC Throne Speech: Local Governments and Energy
Feb 19, 2007
VANCOUVER, January 8th, 2007 /VANCOUVER ELECTRIC VEHICLE ASSOCIATION
Jan 9, 2007
Light House Sustainable Building Centre is offering free energy efficiency screenings for new Institutional / Commercial / Industrial / Multi-unit Residential Buildings in BC
Jan 3, 2007
New program to help 600,000 fleet vehicles across Canada go green
Nov 16, 2006
Mayor Sullivan urges Canadian cities to adopt EcoDensity;
Nov 8, 2006
Premier launches green cities project
Nov 3, 2006
Car co-op service launched
Nov 1, 2006
Seattle in King County- USA King County a (US) national model on climate change mitigation strategies
Oct 31, 2006
British Columbia's greenhouse gas emissions explode
Oct 16, 2006
Kids Get a FREE Ride as Translink Supports "WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK"
Oct 5, 2006
City taking applications for Youth Politik
Oct 2, 2006
Government Provides Funding for New Biofuels Opportunities to Producers Across Canada
Sep 22, 2006
Warming Up to Bioheat
Sep 18, 2006
Unique EARTHRACE vessel to make stop in Vancouver’s Granville Island - Tues Aug 1st
Jul 28, 2006
New Greenpeace Ad Slams Gas Guzzlers
Jul 26, 2006
$2 Million to Promote Active Commuting Options
Jul 7, 2006
Report to the Prime Minister on Cities and Communities
Jun 22, 2006
One Day, One School
Jun 19, 2006
Mayor Sullivan launches Vancouver EcoDensity Initiative
Jun 19, 2006
2006 Design Competition Exhibit: “Closing the Loop”
Jun 19, 2006
An Invitation to Watch the World Urban Forum
Jun 16, 2006
Urban Design Certificate Program
Jun 15, 2006
Design partners launch Greater Vancouver GreenGuide
Jun 13, 2006
BCAA boosts Bike Month by offering free roadside assistance to cyclists
Jun 9, 2006
CBC "Favorite City Space" contest
Jun 5, 2006
Plastic Bag Tax motion from North Vancouver
Jun 1, 2006
Conservation Action 2006
May 23, 2006
The New and Improved PedalMetalStudio is now OPEN!!!
May 16, 2006
URBAN Turbine Project for GVRD
May 8, 2006
100 Mile Diet
May 8, 2006
42,000 Kilometers by Foot, Oar, Ski and Bicycle - The first human powered circumnavigation of the earth.
May 3, 2006
Sustainable Design Competition "Closing The Loop"
Apr 11, 2006
One Day Launch Itinerary
Sep 20, 2005
City, corporate and community leaders launch One Day
Sep 20, 2005
About the Cool Vancouver Task Force
Sep 19, 2005
One Day Leadership Council Backgrounder
Sep 19, 2005
The City does a lot in One Day
Sep 19, 2005
One Day Campaign Backgrounder
Sep 19, 2005

The City does a lot in One Day

The City of Vancouver has made sustainability a way of doing business. Here are some of the many innovative and sustainable initiatives that the City has implemented.

  • Bikeways.  As of June 2005, there are 159 km of bikeways in the city.
  • Biodiesel.  A pilot was conducted in 2004 using B20 (20% biodiesel blend) in the garbage packer fleet. We are transitioning towards blended biodiesel use in our entire diesel vehicle fleet. 
  • City Farmer and the Vancouver Compost and Water Conservation Demonstration Garden. City Farmer's garden has been open since 1982 at 2150 Maple Street demonstrating urban agriculture and various "green" technologies, all of which can be practiced by residents in the City, including water-wise gardening, composting, rain barrel use, and natural yard care.
  • Composters and Rain Barrels. Backyard composters, worm bin composters and rain barrels are available to Vancouver residents at subsidized rates ($25, $25 and $70, respectively) from the Vancouver South Transfer Station.  Resources and information on the importance and use of each of these are also available.
  • Crown Street. Canada's first environmentally sustainable street was completed in 2005. Integrating traffic calming, natural landscaping, and an over-land drainage system, this innovative design promotes the health of two of Vancouver’s remaining salmon-bearing streams.
  • Country Lanes. The "Country Lane" uses materials that allow rainwater to infiltrate into the ground, while providing a durable surface for vehicles to drive on. This results in reduced runoff, improved water quality, and greater green space in the community. A pilot project of three lanes was completed in August 2003.   The "Country Lane" treatment is now available as a local improvement, with a cost to residents. 
  • Elementary School Plays.  Since 1994, the City has been providing school plays about waste reduction, graffiti and littering and water conservation to Vancouver’s elementary schools.
  • Energy Efficient Purchasing Policy. This policy requires the purchase of equipment, supplies, and appliances with product specifications compliant with Energy Star and Natural Resources Canada Office of Energy Efficiency guidelines and recommendations.
  • Ethical Purchasing Policy. In 2005, Council directed staff to develop and implement a Sustainable and Ethical Purchasing Policy City, as it relates to the purchase of apparel and certified fair trade agricultural products.
  • Food Policy. In 2004, an elected body of citizens was appointed to become Vancouver's first Food Policy Council. The Council is an advisory, advocacy and policy development body working towards creating a sustainable urban food system. 
  • Fuel Efficient Vehicle and Carpooling Parking Exemption.  As of July 1st 2005, Easy Park offers a 50% discount on parking for specific fuel efficient vehicles (hybrids and Smart Cars) at all participating EasyPark lots, and a 25% discount for carpool vehicles carrying a minimum of 3 people.
  • Green Streets. Started in 1994, there are now over 245 Green Streets gardens (corner bulges, traffic circles) and seven larger-scale neighbourhood greenways.  These are looked after by hundreds of volunteer gardeners.  The City has also developed a set of guidelines for residents who wish to garden in the boulevards in front of their homes.
  • Home Water Saver Kits.  These kits, with items including low flow showerheads and faucet aerators, designed to cut down on home water use and heating costs, are available to Vancouver residents for purchase of $12 each (retail value is approximately $30).
  • Integrated Pest Management. For the past decade no pesticides have been used on any Vancouver playground, sports field, or turf area. Biological control and other practises have greatly reduced the need for chemical pesticides at the Sunset greenhouses, Bloedel Conservatory, and VanDusen Gardens.
  • Keep Vancouver Spectacular Community Clean-up.  In May 2005, Keep Vancouver Spectacular (KVS) the annual city wide clean up campaign saw almost 11,000 volunteers in 110 groups clean up more than 2,150 City blocks.
  • Landfill Gas Utilization.  Methane gas captured from the Vancouver Landfill is being used to generate heat and electricity. The electricity is sold to B.C. Hydro and the heat is used by a greenhouse located beside the landfill. The greenhouse gas reduction is approximately equal to the emissions of 40,000 automobiles.  The energy produced is equal to the energy requirements of 3,000 to 4,000 homes.
  • LED Traffic Signals. The conversion of Vancouver’s traffic control signals from incandescent bulbs to energy efficient light emitting diodes (LED) was completed in 2004. This has resulted in an energy savings of 6,157,000 kilowatt hours in 2004 and a financial savings of $355,000 per year.
  • Right sizing vehicles. The City has replaced 14 four-passenger sedans with 14 Smart cars, as part of plans to downsize City use vehicles wherever possible when scheduled for replacement.
  • Skateboarding. In 2002, the City’s Street and Traffic bylaws were amended to allow people 16 years and older to skateboard, in-line skate, or use a push scooter on city side-streets.
  • Southeast False Creek. The development of the Southeast False Creek Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood (SEFC) is going forward, with the goal of being carbon neutral.  Staff are studying the feasibility of a district energy system and working with developers on having all buildings LEED Gold certified.  The site has been designed to offer recreation, urban forest, surface water management, and community gardens. 
  • Still Creek Integrated Stormwater Plan. This plan integrates rainwater management with recreational and environmental goals for Still Creek, one of Vancouver’s last visible streams. Eventually, the Creek will be surrounded by natural areas featuring native plantings to create a major recreational asset for people living in West Burnaby and East Central Vancouver. A section of the Creek in East Vancouver along Grandview Highway has already been naturalized.
  • Street Drainage. City staff are experimenting with modifications to existing street drainage systems to encourage infiltration of runoff into the ground. One such modification is specially designed “infiltration bulges”, where storm water is diverted through planted corner bulges.
  • Urban Forestry. The Vancouver Park Board looks after some 1.5 million trees in parks and 124,000 boulevard trees lining the City’s streets.  Approximately 3,400 street trees are planted annually.

    For more information on the City’s sustainability initiatives, visit vancouver.ca/sustainability/initiatives.htm For more information on One Day, please contact Thomas Osdoba, Manager, Sustainability Program, City of Vancouver, 604-871-6677. 

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