Survey Answers - Jessica McIlroy

Independent new candidate for North 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. Work with the City to host open climate change information sessions to hear from community members on their concerns about climate change and what they feel the City should do. 2. Develop an impact management plan that aims to understand potential short-term negative impacts of emission reduction targets and how to mitigate them. 3. Work with the Provincial government and Metro Vancouver to communicate an aligned climate action plan across jurisdictions and how government bodies will work together to achieve the targets.

 

Force of Nature’s framework emphasises “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.

The City of North Vancouver already has an OCP that addresses the need for compact communities and multi-modal transportation. My commitment as a Councillor candidate is to ensure that development is still appropriate and a diverse transportation system strategy is completed and implemented. Renewable energy developments within municipal boundaries are very limited to due to the current utility structure in BC. The City of North Van owns and operates a district energy system through the Lonsdale Energy Corp. There are further renewable energy opportunities that can be investigated through this system, the deeper work requires advocating for structural changes within BC Hydro through the Provincial government. In terms of green jobs, the City can work with the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and their Development Partnership Initiative to brand and market North Vancouver as a place to invest in green jobs and work with local companies on "greening" their operations. Waste management responsibilities lie within Metro Vancouver, and as such the City has the opportunity to advocate for greater zero waste action and circular economy targets that relate to waste diversion, recycling and composting. At a municipal level, the City has the opportunity to reduce waste through single use plastic bans, and addressing the allowance for package and items like take away containers.

 

You can reach Jessica at info@jessicamcilroy.com


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