To become the greenest city in the world, Vancouver’s City staff are working with Council, residents, businesses, other organizations, and all levels of government to implement the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. The Action Plan is divided into 10 smaller plans, each with a long-term goal and 2020 targets. Combined, these 10 plans address three broad categories:
- Carbon emissions
- Waste minimization and management
- Ecosystem protection and management
While these goals will take time and effort to reach, they are realistic and achievable, and the city is committed to reporting its progress on an ongoing basis. The distinguished Earth Hour City Challenge jury recognized the City of Vancouver as the international champion. The city challenge, created by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), celebrates cities that are taking amazing steps towards a 100% renewable future. The City also joined millions in celebrating WWF’s Earth Hour on March 23, 2013.
The City of Vancouver also has been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the second year in a row by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This award honors organizations with a culture of environmental awareness, where thinking green guides how they operate today and plan for tomorrow.
In addition, making small Vancouver businesses more energy efficient has been a priority. Holding bike skills courses for low-income individuals. Creating a sustainable, community-supported fishery for Vancouver. These are just a few of the 150 projects supported in the first year of the Greenest City Fund.
After two years of extensive consultation, and with the engagement of over 18,000 citizens, Vancouver City Council voted to approve the new Transportation 2040 plan, an ambitious and balanced framework for Vancouver’s transportation future.
Council approved Vancouver’s Food Strategy, which builds upon years of work the City has done together with the Vancouver Food Policy Council. This strategy will help Vancouver integrate the full spectrum of urban food system issues within a single policy framework that includes urban agriculture, food processing, distribution, access and food waste management.