Green Vancouver?

Some people tend to focus on the terrifying realities that is global warming, to scare people into recycling and saving energy. Although the facts of what is happening to our globe are earth shattering (no pun intended… or was it?) let’s take a moment to realize that we are doing an amazing job in working towards a greener future.
Did you know that Vancouver has the lowest per-capita carbon footprint of any major North American city? Our green house gas emissions are actually on a DECLINE, and we have the greenest neighbourhood in North America (South East False Creek, Olympic Village). Please excuse me as I burst with pride. I love reading about other cities who are aiming for a greener footprint and mention Vancouver as the city to beat. For example, in this article from Green City Times that bluntly lays out how we intend to do it:

  1. create 20,000 new green jobs and become a center for green business
  2. reduce carbon emissions by 33% compared to 2007, and become a leading city in fighting climate change
  3. increase the use of renewable energy, and reduce the demand for energy (over 90% of the city’s energy already is mostly hydroelectricity,
  4. all new industrial/ municipal construction to be carbon-neutral, improve efficiency of existing buildings by 20%

Oh… yes! there’s more… visit their site for the full list Green City Times.
People noticed when we set our sights even higher and made an action plan to have Vancouver be the greenest city in the world in 2020. I’m excited to find out our progression and to keep you updated.
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Think of environmental issues and you will probably imagine pollution problems, ecosystem complications and global warming. But all these problems are linked to the most important issue facing our globe: Water Shortage.

Sure, it seems like water is everywhere so how could there be a such a need to conserve it?

We don’t exactly have access to the salt-water oceans and seas that make up 97.5% of the world’s water supply for our everyday use. This is because it is not economically feasible to extract freshwater from salt-water.

Out of the remaining 2.5% of the globe’s water supply that is freshwater, more than half is in the form of glaciers and permanent snow cover… that doesn’t leave us with much to work with.

Living in rainy Vancouver, we take water for granted. With a little bit more information and willingness, we can move towards progress. The best part is that it’s just a few easy changes! Here are a few facts to ponder and a useful link at the bottom of the post to help guide you to make the few small changes that will make a HUGE difference:

  1. Canada is the largest producer of hydroelectricity, followed by the United States and Brazil.
  2. Canada has some of the world’s most extensive water resources. But we also consume far more per person than in other countries. Each of us use about 260 liters of water each day – about 10 times the global average!
  3. Approximately 1,000 kilograms of water is required to grow 1 kilogram of potatoes.
  4. Below are the typical residential indoor water use in Canada:
  • toilet – 30
  • bathing and showering – 35%
  • laundry – 20%
  • kitchen and drinking – 10%
  • cleaning – 5%
  • A 5-minute shower with a standard shower head uses 100 litres of water
  • A 5-minute shower with a low-flow shower head uses less than 50 litres of water.

For more tips on how to save water in your home visit Eden Project.

Remember, individual actions have a collective impact.

Stay Green!