Creative Energy

Vancouver: The Greenest City

Vancouver already has a worldwide reputation for livability, and it is well placed to act as a model for the green cities of the future – cities that create sustainable density without sacrificing livability.




Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan objectives
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Vancouver’s “Greenest City Action Plan” aims to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020. Creative Energy wants to help Vancouver and other cities achieve their aims by working to come up with innovative solutions to urgent energy challenges.

  1. More green jobs

    • Double the number of green jobs over 2010 levels by 2020.
    • Double the number of companies that are actively engaged in greening their operations over 2011 levels by 2020.
  2. Reduced greenhouse gas emissions

    • Reduce community-based greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from 2007 levels.
  3. More green buildings

    • Require all buildings constructed from 2020 onward to be carbon neutral in operations.
    • Reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings by 20% over 2007 levels.
  4. Increased green transportation

    • Make the majority (over 50%) of trips by foot, bicycle, and public transit.
    • Reduce average distance driven per resident by 20% from 2007 levels.
  5. Zero waste

    • Reduce solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 50% from 2008 levels.
  6. Improved access to nature

    • All Vancouver residents live within a five-minute walk of a park, greenway, or other green space by 2020.
    • Plant 150,000 new trees by 2020.
  7. Lighter ecological footprint

    • Reduce Vancouver’s ecological footprint by 33% over 2006 levels.
  8. Cleaner water

    • Meet or beat the strongest of British Columbian, Canadian, and appropriate international drinking water quality standards and guidelines.
    • Reduce per capita water consumption by 33% from 2006 levels.
  9. Cleaner air

    • Always meet or beat the most stringent air quality guidelines from Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and the World Health Organization.
  10. Improved local food availability

    • Increase citywide and neighbourhood food assets by a minimum of 50% over 2010 levels.
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