Today, Mayor Gregor Robertson attended the opening of TELUS Garden, the first LEED-Platinum office tower in Canada. The cutting-edge office tower is part of a $750 million development partnership between TELUS and Westbank, which also includes a new downtown residential building, numerous storefronts, and the new flagship restaurant from Glowbal Group.
Greenest City and Climate Change
Mayors pass joint resolution in support of binding emission targets and call for coordinated international climate change leadership
Mayors representing 21 of Canada’s big cities are calling for binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, adding to action and leadership from cities worldwide ahead of December’s COP21 UN Climate Conference in Paris.
The City of Vancouver’s ocean-dependent industries, which directly employ 4% of the city’s population, are a crucial economic driver to the City and its “Greenest City” reputation. A new study concludes that both of these could be negatively impacted by an oil spill as a result of a nearly seven-fold increase in tanker traffic, from 5 to 34 per month, resulting from Kinder Morgan Canada’s pipeline expansion proposal.
50% of trips in Vancouver made by walking, cycling or transit
A new report presented to City Council today showed that the City of Vancouver is achieving its Greenest City 2020 goal for transportation mode share, with 50% of trips within the city now consisting of walking, biking, or transit — up from 40% in 2008.
Car use in the City has declined even as the economy and population have grown, while cycling has seen a steady increase: city-wide cycling trips saw a year-over-year increase of 20% from 2013 to 2014.
Mayor Robertson has been invited to Paris for the week of May 5th to address the French National Assembly regarding Vancouver’s work to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. The event is hosted by the president of France’s parliament, Claude Bartolone, and will also feature Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo.