The City of Vancouver is raking in the awards and hitting its targets early, in its quest to become the greenest city in the world by 2020.
The latest implementation update to its Greenest City Action Plan shows the City has already met several goals relating to greenhouse gases and vehicle use.
In a release, Mayor Gregor Robertson said Vancouver’s effort to become the greenest city had “excellent momentum.”
“Cities are in a key position to lead meaningful action on climate change,” said Robertson. “Vancouver is showing that environmental sustainability and economic growth are a powerful combo for success in achieving a diverse, resilient and inclusive economy.”
According to the latest update, the City has already achieved the following targets:
Vancouver has also won 10 awards relating to quality of life and environmental efforts over the last year:
Meanwhile, in other target areas, the City’s update shows the amount of community greenhouse gases emitted and solid waste sent to landfill or incinerator have both fallen.
In turn, the number of “community food assets,” such as garden plots and orchards, farmers’ markets and community composting facilities is up, by 38% since 2010.
And taking the greenest city goal quite literally, the City says nearly 49,000 new trees have been planted since 2010.
By 2050, hopes Robertson, Vancouver will transition to a 100% renewably-powered city.
To read the full report and learn more about the Greenest City Action Plan, check the City of Vancouver website at vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/greenest-city-action-plan.