Survey Answers - Joel Gibbs

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.

1. Focus the Transportation Plan Update to include specific, time-based mode-share targets aimed at reducing transportation GHG emissions.

2. Work with all members of the local community, especially often unheard voices to create more sustainable and affordable development requirements, including balancing the elimination of parking requirements with the inclusion of EV infrastructure, car-share, and bike parking.

3. Actively seek input, especially from under-represented parts of the community, to update the OCP, focused on reducing emissions from transportation and buildings, while promoting the natural green space and environment to off-set some of our negative effects.

 

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.

-Transit priority along all FTN routes, including dedicated lanes as much as possible

-Build a fully connected network of safe and accessible AAA bike routes

-Complete the sidewalk network and make it fully accessible

-Work with Translink to investigate better north-south transit options in Burnaby, including gondolas over Burnaby/Deer lakes, Hwy1, and other geographic challenges

-Make the whole city walkable by including local-serving markets and retail within ~500m of almost all homes

-Create a mandated energy efficiency standard for all new buildings, including using small-scale solar and wind to produce much of its own electricity

-Focus on the creation of smaller scale housing withing 300-500m of frequent transit, including single-lot multi-family, and low- to mid-rise buildings that minimize carbon-intensive construction materials

-Create many more mixed-use areas where people can live close to work

 

You can reach joel at joelgibbs@zoho.com


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