David Wong

Green party new candidate for Vancouver 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.

1. raise this commitment in Council to adopt immediately, with measurable goals 2. communicate message and help create awareness throughout city 3. challenge and engage other metro Vancouver municipalities to work collaboratively on efforts to deliver commitment.

 

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.

1. A carbon trust to help / encourage households with clean energy initiatives (e.g. solar panel, solar heating, micro geo-thermal via rebates, credits, etc.) for owners, renters & collectives (communal, co-ops) 2. compact communities can benefit from a shared clean energy system - e.g. geothermal loops and/or banked photovoltaics. Successful examples of these systems for various First Nations have been undertaken by my office 3. integrated multi-modal transportation hubs, with access to clean energy charge stations, planned in settings that include parks, community meeting places and natural surrounds (e.g. urban habitats, rain water retention ponds) 4. renewable energy, green jobs and circular economy are all integrated. A clear vision and plan must be immediately prepared with citizens, senior governments and businesses. A plan that is scaleable and tailored to locale, so that it may be readily replicated with other communities. As an urban ecologist, I know that everything is inter-related and has its place in the loop. Good examples may be seen in Australia where the management and conservation of water resources are an integral part of the economy and of the built environment.

 

You can reach David at david.wong@vangreens.ca


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