Vancouver residents take it to the mat as the city vies for the title of Greenest City in the World at Greenest City Idea Slam
As we've reported, Vancouver is taking the healthy competition of the 2010 Games and challenging the world to a contest for the title of Greenest City in the World by 2020. Currently ranking fifth, the top two Greenest Cities are Reykjavik, Iceland, and Portland, Oregon. However a new initiative by city hall to engage the entire city may indeed help Vancouver bump these two cities from top spot.
With such ambitious goals as zero waste and an eventual complete phasing out of dependence on fossil fuels, the City of Vancouver has created a forum called Talk Green to Us where people are encouraged to post their green ideas and vote for the ones they think would be most effective.
Responding in kind, residents are thinking big and not holding back, with top ideas including the construction of a progressive, inter-institutional downtown university that would tackle our region's biggest challenges; imitating the highly trafficked and effective bike systems of the Netherlands, such as bike elevators for steep hills; extending the citywide composting program to apartments and condos; and encouraging more vegan dining establishments.
The four concepts to receive the highest votes will be presented on Friday, October 1, 2010, in the Greenest City Idea Slam to a panel of environmental leaders, including Mayor Gregor Robertson; Councillor Andrea Reimer; Arran Stephens, president of Nature’s Path Foods; Tamara Vrooman, CEO of VanCity; Janet Austin, CEO of YWCA Vancouver; Matt O’Grady, editor of BC Business Magazine; and Greenest City Action Team member Cheeying Ho, who is the executive director of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability.
The public are also invited to stop by the Greenest City Open House at the Woodward’s Atrium from 4–7 p.m. for a green pre-party. City staff will be available to discuss the Greenest City vision, goals and targets and to hear your ideas and feedback.
After the event, the Talk Green To Us forums will remain open until October 7, 2010.
Have your say
What green concepts do you think Vancouver could benefit from in its immediate future? Do you think Vancouver will follow through and implement some of these exciting ideas?