Deanna Welters

Progressive Sustainable Surrey Party new candidate for Surrey 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.

Our platform is about effective public transit. Over-reliance on the single occupancy vehicle is a major source of harmful emissions. Achieving the goal to re-instate the cross Valley Inter-Urban, beginning in Surrey is a comprehensive approach to reducing carbon monoxide emissions across the Fraser Valley. That is one solution X over ten City centres. That alone is a huge reduction of G H gases. As well the adoption of best building practice and best environmental stewardship aims to improve our foot print where possible. .

 

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.

As above transit, compact communities etc are interrelated issues. Inviting innovation and best practice in all areas of operation is key. Supporting green energy initiatives is one aspect. Preserving green space and mature trees is another. We need a tree cutting moratorium, esp, on century plus conifers. Mature trees more than pay their way, they are a health benefit. We must look into the careful monitoring of our water systems and the pollutants that enter in unchecked run off from paved and roofed surfaces. Other cities are busy with these and more ways to perform better in our living practice. We must exchange ideas and learn from other successful initiatives.

 


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