Andrea Reimer on Greenest City Goals

Andrea just posted to Twitter and her blog how the city is doing on achieving their Quick Start Recommendations.  BOB, United We Can and many many others helped start an urban farm on Hastings Street which seeks to provide Green Jobs for inner-city residents, but obviously a lot more needs to be done.

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Green Inner-city Cluster Sucessfully Launched

On June 10th local business leaders, government officials, community leaders, and residents met at the Japanese Language Hall to discuss how the green economy, green businesses, and green jobs could help revitalize Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Over thirty people came to site down and discuss with Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer the city’s goals of becoming the greenest city in the world. Other sessions focused on:

  1. Marketing Green
  2. Sharing and Learning about Greening your Organization
  3. Green Policy in Vancouver
  4. Wasted – The Shift from Recycling to Zero Waste
  5. Urban Agriculture
  6. Green Buildings, Green Roofs, and Energy Efficiency
Andrew McKay, Shirley Chan, and Toby Barazzuol

Andrew McKay, Shirley Chan, and Toby Barazzuol

seannDory200pxBuilding Opportunities with Business and the other organizers and authors of this blog were pleased at the turnout, the enthusiasm, and potential for collaboration in the future around issues such as:

  1. Environmental Stewardship Training
  2. Commercial Composting
  3. Materials Exchange

The cluster will be meeting again in a month or so to build on the suggestions and to continue to work on greening the inner-city.

Thanks to AHA Media for covering the event and for the pictures used in this posting.

Green News

We are swamped, especially me, preparing for our Green Inner-city Cluster Kickoff event tomorrow. We’ve posted the schedule and added some new session facilitators such as Doug Horn of Light House. There is still space available if you’d like to come, feel free to come for just one or two sessions if that fits better into your schedule. An RSVP would be nice but the catering order can not be changed so that is of lesser importance…

Some more interesting green news items have landed in my inbox, first up the Vancouver Sun is reporting that the Carbon Salary Survey revealed that people holding green jobs feel more secure than the average worker. The CTV is also reporting that Canada is among the world leaders in greening the urban jungle, but this blog’s authors feel a lot more can be done.

Michael Lathuilliere over at UBC has attempted to define what is the green economy and discovered it means many different things to many different politicians.

VANOC, Vancouver’s Olympic organizing committee announced they are using the DTES’s own Offsetters.ca to offset 300,000 tonnes of carbon during the Olympics in 2010.

Hope to see a lot of you tomorrow at the Japanese Language School on Alexander to hear from Andrea Reimer and the rest of the presenters and facilitators we’ve lined up.