ENVIRONMENT PLAN

A GREENER, HEALTHIER CITY

Our plan for a greener and more sustainable city.

From the visionary green agenda of the Clouds of Change report in 1990 to the present day, the NPA has been at the forefront of practical actions that make Vancouver healthier and more sustainable. We’ll continue that leadership with an ambitious agenda that delivers results, not just slogans.

A GREENER, HEALTHIER CITY

Our plan for a greener and more sustainable city.

From the visionary green agenda of the Clouds of Change report in 1990 to the present day, the NPA has been at the forefront of practical actions that make Vancouver healthier and more sustainable. We’ll continue that leadership with an ambitious agenda that delivers results, not just slogans.

A GREENER, HEALTHIER CITY

  1. More trees for added shade, greenery, and beauty.  This means planting an additional 200,000 trees in the City of Vancouver by 2030, which will reduce ambient air temperature, help to clean our air, and reduce noise pollution.
  2. Double the number of public water refilling stations.  This means fewer plastic bottles and more opportunities to refill reusable water bottles in our parks, squares, and city-owned public spaces.  The number of water facilities for dogs will also be doubled.
  3. Promote local cultivation of produce and gardening.  This means pursuing new partnerships for additional gardening and instruction opportunities on City-owned land and facilities.
  4. More opportunities for farmers markets.  New permitting opportunities around the city will provide improved access to fresh produce and helps support local farming and artisans.

A POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY

Support the Greenest City Action Plan.  We support the goal of making Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020 while also recognizing that the Plan is a living document that must be open to new ideas and opportunities and flexible enough to address emerging challenges.

Support carbon reduction efforts.  This includes working with major regional emitters such as Port of Vancouver and YVR Airport to explore emissions reductions strategies.

Climate change adaptation strategy. Our climate is changing and the City of Vancouver needs to be prepared to adapt and mitigate the impacts on residents.  This means frequently updating the strategy to account for new data and predicted timelines of impacts.  This also means ensuring the City’s operational preparedness to address adverse weather conditions with additional road clearing and snow removal.

Take steps toward cleaner beaches and shoreline.  Develop an action plan to accelerate sewer separation, protecting our shoreline and ensure Vancouverites can swim in our ocean.

More places to charge.  This means encouraging the adoption of electric vehicle by partnering with the private sector to quadruple electric vehicle charging infrastructure over 4 years.