What comes to your mind when I say “environmental innovation”? If I had mentioned the above phrase 20 years ago, you may not have given it much thought. Fast-forward to today, you probably have heard about “environmental innovation”. After all, “environmental innovation” has become a core component to combat climate change, waste in our oceans, and overflow of our landfills.
Vancouver has vowed to be the greenest city in the world by 2020 and environmental innovation is a top priority in this plan. This blog posting focuses on three innovative and fiscally sound practices that Vancouver has implemented to aid in becoming the greenest city in world.
Green roofs are popping up across the city. Vancouver, like other major cities in the world has taken akin to green roofs. You may have seen them on your building or a building across the street. They act as community gardens, improve air quality, and are the perfect place to set up for a quick picnic with friends. Works for us!
In the famous words of William Edward Hickson, “if at first you don’t succeed, try try again”. Vancouver is in the process of re-launching a public bike share (“PBS”) system. Similar to other cities, such as London, New York City, and Montreal, the PBS system is a network of shared bicycles that can be rented for a reasonable fee. The bike stations will be located throughout the city, providing riders convenient, comfortable, and inexpensive ways to move about the city. The goal of the PBS system is to reduce the number of cars on the road, act as an extension to public transit, and make cycling a practical option for getting around the city. Vancouver hopes to launch the PBS system later this year.
(Community Garden: Davie and Burrard)
Community gardens are an old idea with a new motivation. Similar to green roofs, community gardens help fill the void created by new developments. More importantly, less green space in city, combined with the demand for fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables, has increased the number of community gardens around the city to 75.
Will Vancouver reach its goal of becoming the greenest city by 2020? I sure think so.
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For more information on Vancouver’s action plan go to http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/Greenest-city-action-plan.pdf
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