Craig Hodge

Independent incumbent candidate running for Coquitlam 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.

I have already taken a leadership role as the owner of a 100% electric vehicle, I held a community forum on EV ownership. Car emissions remain the largest cause ( 31%) of greenhouse gas in the lower mainland I introduced a motion to council to require 100% of new parking stalls in new developments be prewired for EV chargers. I want to see a greater percentage of our city fleet converted to Electric vehicles I will continue to advocate for more green streets, and walkways.

 

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 With a new rapid transit line in our city we have the opportunity to create a complete communities near our stations. I want to see higher density near these stations with more commercial space, green space, community amenities including childcare and family sized units. So that people can live, work and play within the neighbourhood they live.

 

Multi-modal transportation I continue to push for more improvements to our transit system, and I want to see more multi use pathways in our city and more green ways to encourage walking and cycling. I will push for a bike sharing program in Coquitlam, the expansion of car sharing and legislative changes to allow for ride sharing.

 

Renewable energy I want to see Coquitlam look for ways to use solar energy in its buildings, and use heat recover systems to recover heat from sewers

 

Green jobs Coquitlam owns its own fibre optics system and it should be used to attract more high-tech industries to locate here and also to provide higher speed internet to homes to encourage the growth of home based-businesses.

 

Circular economy As the vice chair of the region’s zero waste committee I have lobbied the provincial government to expand the number of products included under the EPR ( Extended Producer Responsibility ) program to help offset the end cost of creating new life for products. The biggest challenges we face are recycling mattresses, limiting the use of single use items ( such as plastic bags and straws) and finding new uses for textiles to keep them out of the landfill.

 

 

You can reach Craig at Craig@craighodge.ca


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