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Vancouver, one of the most sustainable cities in the world! Air quality in the city is amongst the best in North America considering it's size and population. Is there smog in the city? Almost never seen (you can see photos from the vancouver photo topic). Forests surround the urban city centers, a tree can be seen in every corner. New buildings now being environmentally friendly and BC Liberals aggressive environmental agenda (proposed hydrogen highway from San Diego to Whistler), Vancouver might be one of the greenest cities to host the Olympics ever.


Green Buildings and Clean Energy

We will apply Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) design principles to all new facilities to ensure our new buildings use the least possible amount of energy for light, heat, refrigeration and air conditioning.

The new buildings will be designed and built to conserve both water and materials, minimize waste, maximize air quality, protect surrounding areas and continue to provide environmental and community benefits over their lifetimes.

We will upgrade existing venues to showcase energy conservation and efficiency and demonstrate the use of alternative heating/cooling technologies. Wherever possible, we will use renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, micro-hydro, and geo-thermal energy to power and heat all Games facilities.

Energy Targets

Maximize use of power and heat sources that produce zero greenhouse gas emissions

Profile innovative carbon-offset approaches (“carbon offsets” are ways that people and companies can compensate for the carbon they release into the atmosphere through their various activities, particularly those that produce carbon dioxide)

Energy Opportunities

Upgrade existing venues for sustainability

Power, heat and cool Games facilities with renewable sources, including wind, small hydro, geo-thermal and solar

Showcase energy conservation and efficiency

Directly engage public and business in delivering a sustainable-energy Games

Clean Transportation

We have developed sustainable guidelines to help us make clean transportation one of our foremost Games legacies.

Our practical and sustainable programs will build on existing levels of service and include programs to:

integrate alternative personal and light duty vehicles, such as electric or propane cars, gas/electric or diesel/electric hybrids, into the 2010 vehicle fleet

maximize the use of alternative fuels for the 2010 vehicle fleet, including bio diesel for heavy equipment at certain venues

promote carpooling stations

support walking or biking to Games venues and events

We will build a Games transportation system based on public transit. This system – which will tie event tickets to transit use – will help reduce traffic congestion, minimize local air pollution and limit greenhouse gas emissions. There will be no spectator parking at Games venues.

We will launch a comprehensive public information campaign to promote the use of public transit to get to events and highlight the latest in low- and no-emission technologies through our fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses.

Transportation Targets

Maximize the use of renewable and/or low emissions fuels in the 2010 vehicle fleet

Profile innovation in public transit

Transportation Opportunities

Investigate creating clean fuel (such as hydrogen, biofuel or propane) distribution and dispensing facilities

Ensure alternative light-duty vehicles (such as electric cars) are available and used up to and during Winter Games

Deploy a hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet and leave for future use

Expand mass transit opportunities in and around Vancouver

Directly engage public and business to helping us deliver a sustainable-energy Games

Zero Waste

We have developed an ethical procurement policy to ensure that we buy – and our partners supply – the most sustainable products.

We will work with sponsors, suppliers, contractors and other partners to use minimal packaging and apply rigorous waste-management standards.

Every venue will have recycling facilities and we will actively promote environmentally responsible behaviour. Throughout the games, we will work with local municipalities to pursue leading-edge waste strategies, both for the Games and after.


I'm proud to live in a green city

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I hope the games are green, as in environmental awareness, however, I hope the games don't end up green, with no snow on the mountains. It's +10 deg C here in Kelowna today and this would be the fourth day of competition during the games!

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I hope the games are green, as in environmental awareness, however, I hope the games don't end up green, with no snow on the mountains. It's +10 deg C here in Kelowna today and this would be the fourth day of competition during the games!

Never mind that the Earth warmed by 0.85 degrees Celsius last month. They said that it was the warmest January on record.

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Now the City of Vancouver announced a new eco-density plan to maximize the use of land in the city (better for environment, transit, affordable housing,etc.) This was announced earlier this month and now on GVTV website:


Starting to turn into a Greener San Francisco?

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Harper dishes out more eco-cash in B.C.

B.C. hydrogen fuel cells stand to benefit

Canadian Press

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Vancouver, B.C. (Global National)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Vancouver, B.C. (Global National)

VANCOUVER — Prime Minister Stephen Harper doled out more of the federal government’s $1.5-billion environmental fund Tuesday, giving almost $200 million to British Columbia projects such as a so-called ”hydrogen highway” of recharging stations for fuel cells.

Harper made the announcement at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Canada headquarters at the University of British Columbia. The national industry association works to raise awareness of Canada’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry and promote the economic, environmental and social benefits of the technology.

“Hydrogen fuel cells have the potential to produce energy much more efficiently than the conventional internal combustion engine,” Harper said.

“They run almost silently, best of all their only byproduct is water vapour.”

Fuel cells are like batteries that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity. They don’t emit greenhouse gases and are efficient and quiet.

Canada is recognized as a leader in fuel cell and hydrogen technology, with private companies investing about $200 million a year in research and development.

The money Harper announced is also for projects aimed at the extraction of energy from wood waste, providing electricity to remote rural areas now fuelled by diesel and for new geothermal and bioenergy projects.

The B.C. money under the Canada Ecotrust program follows earlier funding announcements to Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, totalling more than $1 billion.

The Conservatives’ climate change strategy has met with consternation from the environmental group Ecotrust Canada, which is angry that the federal program has almost exactly the same name.

Ecotrust Canada, founded in 1994, said it is amazed that the government chose the name without the proper due diligence.

© Canadian Press 2007

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