Mayor Gregor Robertson welcomed the news that Corporate Knights ranked Vancouver as the most sustainable city in Canada – an improvement over last year’s seventh place ranking.
“I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to make Vancouver the most sustainable city in Canada over the past year,” said Mayor Robertson. “Our City has a long history of smart planning decisions that have made us green, but our efforts through 2009 to take it to the next level have clearly paid off.”
Vancouver placed first out of 17 Canadian cities in the Corporate Knights’ ‘Sustainable Cities Rankings’. Corporate Knights cited Vancouver’s decisions in 2009 to require new multi-family condominiums to have 20 per cent of parking stalls for electric vehicle charging, as well to expand bike paths and green space, as factors in making Vancouver the most sustainable city in Canada.
In the report released last year in February of 2009, Vancouver ranked seventh out of 17 Canadian cities, behind Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax, and Quebec City. Vancouver was also ranked seventh in 2008.
“We’ve made good progress over the past year, whether it’s increasing protected bike lanes, expanding community gardens, or promoting electric vehicle infrastructure,” said the Mayor. “Our goal is to be the greenest city not just in Canada but in the world. It’s clear we’re on the right path, and with Vancouver’s economy expected to be the fastest growing amongst Canadian cities in 2010, we’re showing that going green isn’t just good for the environment but also good for business.”
According to Corporate Knights, cities were assessed on over 60 indicators spanning five categories of sustainability: ecological integrity, economic security, governance and empowerment, infrastructure and built environment, and social well-being. The full results of the 2010 rankings are available at www.corporateknights.ca/cities
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