Anna Boltenko

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.

1. Planning for climate action begins with developing a greenhouse gas inventory, the first step in determining where best to direct mitigation efforts and build a strategy to reduce overall emissions, then track the progress against targets.
2. Next approach is to identify and categorize emissions-releasing activities into groups. a). Direct emissions: Activities owned or controlled by community that release emissions straight into the atmosphere. They are emissions from combustion in owned or controlled boilers, heaters, furnaces, vehicles. b). Energy indirect: Emissions being released into the atmosphere Associated with our consumption of purchased electricity, heat, steam and cooling. c). Other indirect: Emissions that are a consequence of our actions, which occur at sources which we do not own or control such as travelling, waste disposal or purchased materials or fuels.
3. Consistent tracking of performance over time. Develop a base year recalculation policy which clearly explains the basis and context for any recalculations.

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.

Compact communities: promoting walking and cycling when possible, creating green spaces within community. Multi-modal transportation: promoting transition to low carbon fuels, using bikes and e-bikes. Renewable energy: inform city residents on how to make homes and businesses more efficient, green building rating programs (Built Green, LEED) and other sources of information on green and energy efficient lifestyle. Green jobs: double the number of green jobs in the city. Circular economy: recycling and reuse can easily cut by a third the GHG emissions embedded in our products.

 

You can reach Anna at annaboltenko4council@gmail.com


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