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.
Greenest City and Climate Change
Vancouver City Council has voted unanimously to support a shift toward the city deriving 100% of its energy from renewable sources, as the City of Vancouver nears the half-way mark of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.
The motion from Mayor Gregor Robertson directs staff to report back by autumn with a reasonable timeline on which to meet the comprehensive goal, which the City of Vancouver is now the first North American city to establish.
Cycling routes and separated bike lanes have seen record usage numbers throughout the month of July.
This year, the Burrard Bridge bike lane marks its fifth year in use, seeing more than 5 million trips since its installation. This summer, the Burrard Bridge bike lane has seen record bike traffic month over month, with July hitting a record number 195,000 bike trips up from 161,000 in July 2013 - a 21 per cent increase.
Tomorrow the City of Vancouver will ask the Federal Court of Appeal for leave to appeal the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decision to not consider the effects of climate change in its assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal.The City of Vancouver filed the original motion on May 15, 2014 requesting that the NEB consider climate change in the Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal review, and the NEB rejected this motion in July. The NEB will consider the broader economic benefits associated with the pipeline but not the broader environmental impacts. As a coastal city, the City of Vancouver will be directly affected by the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.
Results from an on-going City of Vancouver online survey show strong public opposition in Vancouver to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal, with particular concerns about environmental and climate change impacts.
The City of Vancouver moved closer today to implementing food scraps collection for apartments and condos in Vancouver, as staff outlined at Council the strategy to comply with the Metro Vancouver ban on organic waste going to the landfill in 2015.
Vancouver’s Green Bin program already serves more than 100,000 single family and duplex homes, as well as 1,800 multi-unit buildings in the city that were already receiving City garbage pick-up. In the first full year of Green bin collection, the amount of garbage collected dropped by 40% as food waste was diverted to composting.
“Our Green Bin program is diverting food scraps from the landfill, and moving us closer to our Greenest City goals,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We increasingly hear from people who live in apartments and condos that they want to have their food scraps collected. The City is taking further steps to help make that happen, and will be working with private waste collectors to expand service to all buildings in advance of the 2015 ban.”
Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP) aims to make Vancouver the Greenest City in the world by 2020 and to secure Vancouver’s international reputation as a mecca of green enterprise.
A new report on Vancouver’s green economy by the Vancouver Economic Commission, finds that there has been a 19 percent increase in the number of green and local food jobs in the City of Vancouver since 2010, growing from 16,700 to 20,000 over a three-year period. This progress is largely due to the extraordinary growth in the local food, green building, and clean tech sectors, which is driven by market demand and public policy at the City of Vancouver. In order to carry on this momentum, the report calls for a concerted effort to create more policy and programs that inspire innovative practices.
“The rapid growth in Vancouver’s green economy demonstrates how our Greenest City Action Plan is creating new jobs in our city, and building a diverse, more innovative economy,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Board Chairman of the VEC. “Vancouver businesses are leading the way in making investments that make sense environmentally and for their bottom line. The City is proud to do what we can to enable their work, whether it’s through our green building policies, local food strategy or efforts to reduce waste, all of which are creating good-paying green jobs in Vancouver.”