Justin Traviss

Independent new candidate for Port Coquitlam 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.

Be attentive to the environmental needs of my community. Have a strong line of communication between council and environmental groups. Encourage cleaner transportation methods, for both environmental and traffic reasons.

 

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.

One of my main goals as councillor would be to promote alternatives to the car, without impacting those that need to use an automobile for transportation. This would mean having good communication with Translink to enhance our bus routes and looking into non-invasive bike lanes. I would be supportive of maintaining and increasing the tree canopy within the city.

 

You can reach Justin at justinportcoquitlam@gmail.com


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