Mayor invites public to dynamic presentations about shaping Vancouver’s future as the Greenest City

June 17, 2010 | Uncategorized


Mayor Robertson is inviting Vancouver residents to attend a series of innovative and dynamic presentations kicking off Vancouver’s Greenest City consultations.

On June 23, citizens are encouraged to attend a special edition of Pecha Kucha Vancouver as part of the Greenest City 2020 consultation.

This Pecha Kucha, entitled “Walk the Talk – Green your City” is meant to bring the public, academics and community leaders together to stimulate discussion and action towards making Vancouver the Greenest City in the world by 2020. This is the 12th Pecha Kucha to take place in Vancouver and is presented by the City of Vancouver and UBC, launching public consultation for the Greenest City initiative.

“This is going to be a milestone for Vancouver,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Activists, business people and academics will be talking in real, practical terms about how each of us can change our lifestyles to become environmentally sustainable, reduce greenhouse gases, and harness our City’s creativity and energy to develop a new, green economy. Working together, we’re going to grow Vancouver into the Greenest City by 2020. I invite everyone to come out and join this important conversation.”

"UBC is acting as a living laboratory for sustainability,” said Prof. John Robinson, Executive Director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative. ”Practical discussions like these are tremendously important in moving from ideas to reality.”

Robinson took part in last month’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and the University. The MOU includes the Greenest City Action Team Scholars Program, where master’s students are helping Vancouver to achieve its sustainability goals.

“This Pecha Kucha will be the largest event we’ve produced yet,” said Jane Cox, spokesperson for Cause & Affect, the group organizing Pecha Kucha Vancouver. “It’s a great way to kick off the Greenest City conversation. Pecha Kucha Vancouver is all about our community of ideas and creativity.”

A Pecha Kucha (pronounced “pe-chak-cha”, meaning “chit-chat”) is an energetic event pioneered in Japan, where a series of speakers will present on a variety of topics in a unique format: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide.

The Pecha Kucha will feature 14 speakers:

  • Mark Holland – Planner, HB Lanarc
  • Denise Taschereau – Owner, Fairware
  • Ernesto Gomez – Founder, Nuba
  • Preet Bal & Manmeet Poonam Sandhu – Sandhog Creations Society
  • Ken Lum - Artist
  • Eesmyal Santos-Brault – Director, The Hive
  • Dr John Robinson – Executive Director, UBC Sustainability Initiative
  • Jaime Kowal - Photographer
  • Tegan Adams – UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Diane Roberts – Artistic Director, Urban Ink Productions
  • David Ramslie – Sustainable Development Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Ifny Lachance – Cycling Advocate
  • Kevin Millsip – Sustainability Coordinator, Vancouver School Board & Check Your Head

The Pecha Kucha takes place on Wednesday, June 23 at 7 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

Mayor Robertson and Council launched the Greenest City initiative early in 2009. The plan was born out of the recognition that cities leading the movement towards sustainability will reap tangible and long-term benefits in terms of green jobs, improved health and prosperity.

Public consultations for the Greenest City initiative will take place throughout 2010. To learn more about the Greenest City plan and how you can become involved, visit the City of Vancouver’s website:

Photo credit: City of Vancouver