The Deputy Mayor of Vancouver Andrea Reimer came to town Sept 16 and wowed a 350 strong audience at city hall with the why and how of becoming the greenest city on earth. Vancouver city council has worked on this over three elections and now stands at fourth greenest city in the world. Techniques revealed included implementing as many environmental improvements as they could think of (84) even before they had an official greening plan; and engaging hundreds of thousands of citizens in pushing for green improvements. Ottawa’s Chair of Environment Committee Councillor David Chernushenko said “there is no reason why we could not or should not be doing everything that Vancouver is doing.”
Here are some of the highlights.