Vancouver aims to become the world's greenest city
For several years, Vancouver has been planning to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. As part of the ‘Greenest City Action Plan’, it is expected that all buildings designed after 2020 will be carbon neutral.
The city also aims to increase the number of local food sources by 50%, create more bike lanes, eliminate the reliance on fossil fuels, reduce waste going to the incinerator, and plant 150, 000 new trees.
As a result of the ‘Greenest City Action Plan’, 300 new jobs could be created as Vancouver expands its district energy programme and clean technology trade missions could potentially create a further 900 jobs. On top of this, farming, farmers markets, food processing and street vending programs may bring in an extra 600 new jobs.
Deputy City Manager, Sadhu Johnston said the ‘Greenest City Action Plan’ was “one of the most ambitious environmental stewardship programs in the world. We are showing ... local and global leadership as a city committed to a bright green future for our citizens."