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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.”

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Vancouver has passed a key housing milestone with a total of over 1,000 new laneway housing permits now issued, building on the City’s work to enable new affordable housing options and create more livable neighbourhoods.

A total of 1,049 new laneway housing permits have been issued in Vancouver as of July 2013, following a record-high 354 permits being issued in 2012 alone.

“The addition of over a thousand new laneway houses helps meet Vancouver’s urgent need for more affordable housing in a way that fits with local neighbourhoods,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Whether for students, aging family members, or young people looking to live close to home or new job opportunities, Vancouver’s successful laneway housing program is creating more affordable and sustainable housing options in single-family neighbourhoods and contributing significant new rental housing.”

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Mayor Gregor Robertson joined PCI Developments Corp today to announce that Marine Gateway, the city’s largest transit-oriented office tower outside of downtown, will become a hub for green jobs with the news that Westport Innovations will be its anchor commercial tenant.

“Marine Gateway is an innovative mixed-use development that is hitting high green standards and delivering a major economic benefit to the community and our city as a whole,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This entire development speaks to both our Economic Action Strategy and our Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, which together provide a roadmap for growing our economy and strengthening our local environment. I can’t think of a more appropriate company than Westport for Marine Gateway’s office tower.”

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Vancouver City Council received an update today on the Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP), and heard that the City has achieved a four per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2007, while Vancouver’s economy and population both grew significantly.

“The 2013 update on the Greenest City Action Plan shows we’re making good progress, but there is much more to do,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The costly impacts of climate change require us to continue working hard and strengthening our partnerships with other levels of government, business and labour communities, and our neighbourhoods and residents.

“Cities around the world are grappling with the effects of climate change, and in Vancouver we’re proving that you can have a strong, healthy economy while reducing carbon pollution. The climate crisis is a daunting global challenge and Vancouver’s leadership shows other cities what can be achieved, so it’s crucial that we keep raising the bar.”

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The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Foundation today announced the 17 recipients of the 2012 Community Grants from the Greenest City Fund, who will receive a total of $391,500 in funding.

Co-funded by the City and the Foundation, the Community Grants are part of the Greenest City Fund — a four-year, $2 million fund that supports community-led green projects in Vancouver.

“We invited local organizations to come up with their best ideas on how to help make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “These grants are designed to support community-based organizations that are working towards Greenest City goals.

“And today, at Vancouver Technical Secondary School, along with Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, we are kicking off one of 17 such projects around the city. With a grant of $35,000, students at ‘Van Tech’ and David Thompson Secondary will develop schoolyard market gardens that will serve as outdoor classrooms for students and teachers, and provide produce to go into school cafeterias to provide healthy, nutritious lunches for fellow students.

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Statement from Mayor Robertson on TED Conference coming to Vancouver:

The world-renowned TED Conference moving to Vancouver is great news for our tourism industry and validation of our work to make our city a world leader in sustainability and innovation.

TED talks are known around the world for being a source of inspiration, innovation and an opportunity to rethink some of our most pressing challenges. Millions of people watch the talks in person and online. Having the TED organizers choose Vancouver as their new home is a big vote of confidence in the creative entrepreneurs, social innovators and community leaders who make Vancouver a leading-edge city.

The City is proud to have excellent partners in the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre that worked hard to support the TED Conference coming to Vancouver. We will work with TED and our sponsors to ensure the conference is a success and that we enable a variety of spin-off events to capitalize on being the host city. We look forward to welcoming TED here in 2014 and showing them everything Vancouver has to offer.

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