Joe Keithly

Green party new candidate for Burnaby 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.

Enact a by-law where all Burnaby owned vehicles need to run on renewables by 2022. Make Burnaby a more walkable and bike friendly city. Update and improve parking in Burnaby, so there are acessible car share and EV infrastructure in all parts of the city.

 

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.

Make transit lanes a priority along all major routes. Complete Burnaby's sidewalk network and make it fully acessible. Mandate energy efficiency in all new buildings. Work with Translink to create better North- South transit options in Burnaby. The Greens would push for the creation of more mixed-use areas where people can live closer to where they work.

 

You can reach Joe at joe.keithley@greenparty.bc.ca


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