Greenest City Action Plan
Already known for environmental sustainability, the City of Vancouver has adopted a plan to become the world's greenest city by 2020.
The plan sets ambitious goals to reduce air pollution and waste, foster energy-efficient construction and improve the city's natural environment. It is the product of two years of consultations with 35,000 people, including 9,500 city employees, members of advisory committees, and participants in a variety of workshops and other events.
The plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to two-thirds of 2007 levels, reduce water consumption to two-thirds of 2006 levels, and halve the 2008 levels of waste sent to landfills or incinerators. It could double the number of jobs in clean technology, green construction, recycling, composting and other environmentally sustainable areas. It would help to put the city in even closer touch with its natural surroundings.
- Overcoming 'silo' thinking among city staff.
- Coordinating contributions from 9,500 active participants in the process.
- Going beyond open houses and using online tools and social media to make community engagement "fun and easy."
- Set targets that are measurable, challenging and achievable.
- Early adoption of the plan's goals and targets is a sign to staff that council is serious about setting a plan of action.
- Use city staff, not consultants, to create the plan they must ultimately implement. This assures staff buy-in and keeps the process moving.
Partners and Collaborators
Greenest City Engagement Coordinator