Angela Girard

Independent new candidate for City of North Vancouver 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.

• Reduce our carbon footprint by supporting cleaner, sustainable heat energy sources for our City’s residents, including the expansion of Lonsdale Energy Corporation’s delivery of high-efficiency energy to other parts of the City.

• Promote the reduction in local greenhouse gases by supporting initiatives where residents can “Think Global, Act Local” such as introducing the UBC’s Citizen’s Coolkit on Climate Change & Urban Forestry.

• Press for more bike-friendly infrastructure and storage in the design and construction of new apartment and condo complexes (i.e. bike storage on street-level locations) to encourage a culture of cycling as a way of reducing reliance on vehicle usage.

 

Force of Nature’s framework emphasizes “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.

If elected, I would be most happy to meet with Force of Nature’s directors and its North Shore Team to learn from their expertise. It appears that Force of Nature’s community has great leadership and ideas that can be adopted within our City. I believe by collaborating with quality, informed environmental advisors to assist councillors to advocate for Green initiatives is the first step in ensuring these initiatives get implemented.

 

Compact Communities: -- vigilant monitoring of development goals of the City to encourage growth in town centers and along transit corridors. Multi-modal transportation: -- improve Bike Lane infrastructure and incentives, including pressing for bike-friendly infrastructure and storage in the design and construction of new apartment and condo complexes.

 

Renewable Energy: -- provide resistance to oil pipelines and incentivizing geo-thermal, wind and solar additions.

 

Green Job’s: -- consider offering incentives for industrial and commercial spaces that incorporate environmental best practices in their facilities.

 

Circular Economy: -- (1) Work with the Chamber of Commerce to foster and support green start-ups that model the various roles required in a circular economy; (2) encourage education within our community on the roles and investments needed to sustain a circular economy.

 

 

You can reach Angela at info@angelagirard.ca


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