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Five years after the launch of the Greenest City Action Team, new programs and policies are delivering benefits in neighbourhoods across the city, says Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“Vancouver residents have really stepped up and helped the city become healthier, stronger, and greener,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “No matter what street you walk down in Vancouver, you see the results of our Greenest City Action Plan. We have weekly food scraps collection in place. We’ve supported the big growth of car sharing with Modo and car2go. New buildings are built to the greenest building code in North America, saving residents money on energy and water costs.

“These are important changes that make our city a better place to live, creating sustainable jobs in Vancouver’s growing economy while protecting our environment. Vancouver can lead the world and set the green standard for cities around the globe. We should aim to be the best.”

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The City of Vancouver filed for intervenor status with the National Energy Board today on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, to express the City’s significant concerns about the impact of a seven-fold increase in oil tanker traffic and damage from a potential oil spill.

“The proposal to massively expand the amount of oil shipped through Burrard Inlet from Kinder Morgan represents all risk and no benefit for Vancouver,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

To view the council presentation from Vancouver city staff on the risks of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, see http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20131204/documents/ptec2presentation.pdf

Today the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation announced the community grant recipients of the second cycle of the Greenest City Fund, which will help support projects related to the City’s greenest city goals. The fund has distributed nearly $1 million of the earmarked $2 million in funding toward environmental sustainability projects throughout Vancouver.

“The Greenest City Fund is building community capacity that supports our greenest city goals, and the public’s response to this popular program has been tremendous,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “It is inspiring to see so many residents, especially young people, taking action to help make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020.”

The Greenest City Fund was created April 2012, with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Foundation contributing $1 million each to start the fund. Since launching, the fund has made grants totaling $933,000 in support for 286 projects that reinforce the City’s Greenest City Action Plan.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson will attend the fifth biennial C-40 Mayors Summit this week, which convenes mayors from the world’s largest cities who are demonstrating leadership in addressing climate change.

“Vancouver’s leadership in addressing climate change is getting notice on the world stage, and the C-40 Mayors Summit is a unique opportunity to share our City’s successes while learning from others around the world,” said Mayor Robertson. “While national governments stall, cities are taking the lead in the fight against climate change. Our work together in Vancouver, from neighbourhood renewable energy to our smart, efficient building code is influencing other cities and making an important difference in the fight against climate change.”

Vancouver was accepted into the C-40 Cities Climate Leadership Group last year, and Mayor Robertson is the only Canadian representative attending. The Mayor will present on the Greenest City Action Plan and Vancouver’s leading efforts to reduce carbon pollution.

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2013 was a record year for local food in Vancouver, with the City surpassing 4000 community garden plots, adding two new farmer’s markets and launching North America’s biggest urban orchard.

“The success and popularity of Vancouver’s local food sector continues to grow, and is putting us on track to meet or exceed our greenest city targets,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Whether it’s someone maintaining a community garden plot down the street, or a rapidly growing social enterprise like SOLEfood, Vancouverites are stepping up in bigger numbers to support local food production in neighbourhoods across the city. City Hall is proud to support our local food economy and I look forward to it growing even more in 2014.”

446 new community garden plots were built in 2013 on both city and non-city land, for a total of 4,166 garden plots. Farmer’s markets in Yaletown and Mt. Pleasant opened, bringing the total number of markets to 12 – up from five in 2009.

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City Council received an update from staff today on the risks facing Vancouver from a proposal to expand the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline, dramatically increasing oil tanker traffic in and around Vancouver’s harbour and local waters. Mayor Robertson has tabled a motion for the City of Vancouver to apply to intervene in National Energy Board hearings on the proposal that are expected to begin in early 2014.

“Today we received further evidence from staff that the threat of a major oil spill in or near Vancouver’s waters poses unacceptable risks to our local economy and environment,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The City of Vancouver’s intervention in the National Energy Board’s hearings will outline Vancouver’s significant concerns about a seven-fold increase in oil tanker traffic, and help ensure that our harbour, our local economy, and Vancouver treasures like Stanley Park are safe from the untold risks of a catastrophic oil spill.”

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