Survey Answers - Amy Lubik

Independent new candidate for Port Moody city council

 

Do you support raising {your municipality’s} community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets to meet or beat the new province-wide standard of 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050 (percentages refer to a reduction below 2007 levels)? [Note that some cities already match the 80% target but lack interim targets, which are crucial to meeting these goals!]

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to adopt these targets within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Are you in favour of transparent, annual measuring and reporting of [your municipality’s] community-wide emissions?

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to ensure transparent, annual measuring and reporting of community-wide emissions, within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Will you commit to taking a leadership role in ensuring that city council and staff work with community members, businesses, developers, and other stakeholders to achieve these community-wide targets in a meaningful way and within the specified time frame?

Yes

 

Describe three steps you will take during your first year in office to uphold this commitment.

Port Moody has a climate action committee that is in the process of making a climate action please (I am on that committee and would hope to become co-chair as a councilor) and I would ask that council make sure that those targets are the targets we aim for, 2) investigate (and/or direct staff to investigate) cities around the world that are on track to meet these targets and investigate what policies and initiatives could be worked in to our action plan, and 3) investigate how to convene a series of meetings of representatives from businesses, developers, labour unions, community groups, other municipalities and levels of government (I have already talked to councilors from Coquitlam an Port Coquitlam about how Tri-Cities must work together to bring low carbon industries to our area to decrease traffic, air pollution, and GHG emissions; the provincial government must work with municipalities on helping finance retrofitting and energy efficiency, especially in more low income areas, and they must work with municipalities for helping to alleviate poverty or people will not be able to make environmental choices if they don't have the money) and neighbourhood associations (one idea I have brought forward to the climate action committee is to hold competitions between neighbourhoods to see who can lower their carbon footprint the most - this has worked in Vancouver) , and other stakeholders to talk about our goals an how we work together to achieve them. Having worked in environmental health and climate change preparedness, I understand that investigating and initiating a comprehensive a plan to tackle climate change may take more than a year, but we should be able to set the groundwork.

 

Force of Nature’s framework emphasises “five key concepts” of urban climate solutions. What ideas or initiatives would you bring forth to promote, encourage or enforce the reduction of community-wide GHG emissions in each of the following categories: compact communities, multi-modal transportation, renewable energy, green jobs, and circular economy.

I believe compact communities were people can live work and play is key, which also tired into the other 5 key concepts. We need compact communities with enough shops, services and green space for everyone and we need mandate affordable housing so people can afford to stay in the community (this is important for mental health and social isolation, but also to cut down on GHG emissions from driving into Vancouver from farther out). We need to be investigating how to bring more jobs into the Tri-Cities to decrease commuting far away- other cities are partnering with universities to bring in start up businesses or looking for core tenants in office buildings). I have recently been looking into what the Tri-Cities could do to bring a zero waste grocery to the area and was pleasantly surprised that prioritizing permitting for green businesses or businesses that align with our climate goals would be extremely helpful (there is one in Chiliwack, and if it is successful, there is likely a business case for one here). I am supporting the #allonboard campaign to make sure that people have affordable access to transit (sliding scale bus passes based on income) and to look into the feasibility of free transit for people under 18 - this would help them get to school, jobs, and medical appointments, but also get people used to using transit from a young age. I have also recently helped Force of Nature gather over 500 signatures to make it easier for people to put solar panels on their homes, and requested at council that Port Moody include "becoming a solar city" in our climate action committee work plan.

 

You can reach Amy at amy@amylubik.ca


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