City Hall Highlights - Greenest City

This has been a milestone year for Vancouver becoming the greenest in the world by 2020, through our Greenest City Action Plan. In 2016, we’ve achieved:

  • 20% decrease in greenhouse gases from buildings since 2007 – target met
  • 27% decrease in vehicle km driven per person since 2007 – target met
  • 50% of trips made by bike, walking or transit – target met
  • 15% decrease in community greenhouse gases since 2007
  • 23% decrease in solid waste sent to landfill or incinerator since 2008
  • 38% increase in neighbourhood food assets since 2010
  • nearly 49,000 new trees planted since 2010

Kinder Morgan Advocacy

Vancouver is firm in our resolve that an expanded Kinder Morgan pipeline’s safety, environmental, and public health risks far outweigh any economic benefit, and is therefore not in the public interest. The federal government has until the end of the year to make a decision. Mayor Robertson continues to advocate forcefully to the federal government that they should say a definitive ‘NO’ to this project.

Active Transportation & the Arbutus Greenway

Our active transportation has hit new levels, with 50% of all trips in the city now made by biking, walking or transit, and 10% of all residents commuting to work by bike - the highest number in North America.

We launched Mobi - our public bike share - that will help fill remaining gaps in our active transportation network, with 150 stations and 1500 bikes scattered throughout Vancouver’s core.

In March, the City reached a historic agreement with CP Rail to secure the future of the Arbutus Greenway - 42 acres of land that connects the Fraser River to False Creek. A section of the Greenway is temporarily paved so residents of all ages and abilities can walk, bike and enjoy it before the City undertakes a full public engagement and visioning process this fall.

Zero Emissions Buildings

In July, Council passed a new policy that will revolutionize building standards in Vancouver by requiring all new buildings built by 2030 to be emission-free. In line with the City’s goal of being 100% renewably powered by 2050 or sooner, the Zero Emissions Buildings Plan is another North American first, bringing us one step closer to being the greenest city in the world by 2020.