Greenest City: A Renewable City

Greenest City is a bold initiative to address Vancouver's environmental challenges. While we live in what is widely recognized as one of the most liveable cities in the world, our environmental footprint is currently three times larger than the Earth can sustain.

The decisions we make every day about how we move around the city, what we buy, and how we deal with our waste means that we currently use far more than our share of the Earth's resources.

Green grants

The Greenest City Fund supports your projects that help achieve our Greenest City goals for Vancouver to become the greenest city in the world by 2020.

Greenest City Action Plan

The Greenest City Action Plan is a strategy for staying on the leading edge of urban sustainability.
We are working with Council, residents, businesses, other organizations, and all levels of government to implement this plan.

Our vision

Our vision is to create opportunities today, while building:
A strong local economy
Vibrant and inclusive neighbourhoods
Internationally recognized city that meets the needs of generations to come
Through a set of measurable and attainable targets, we are putting Vancouver on the path to becoming the greenest city in the world.

Renewable City Strategy: our future to 2050

Our city has what it takes to successfully get 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050.
We already have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per person of any major North American city.
We are economically strong and diverse.
We are a city that innovates and already has abundant clean electricity.

Zero Waste Vancouver

Waste can seem like an inevitable result of our grab-and-go lives. But it doesn’t have to be.
A zero waste future that prioritizes reducing and reusing is not only possible, it’s a critical part of solving today’s climate crisis, preserving resources, and eliminating waste.

Zero waste strategies

In 2011, we created an ambitious plan to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Our Greenest City Action Plan includes a key goal and target: create zero waste by reducing solid waste going to landfill and incincerator by 50% from 2008 levels.
In support of our zero waste goal, we’re exploring short- to long-term actions that will help us reduce and ultimately eliminate waste sent to landfill or incinerator, including:
The Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy to reduce waste from disposable cups, plastic and paper shopping bags, foam food packaging, and take-out containers
Zero Waste 2040, a long-term framework to guide the actions and investments that are needed for us to achieve zero waste

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