Survey Answers - Lee Rankin

Independent 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.

I will introduce a motion to council, asking for a staff report to prepare strategies to meet or beat the province-wide standards by the indicated target years. I will ask council to request a staff report that provides accurate information on fossil fuel energy use by the city on an annual basis and a strategy for reducing fossil fuel on an annual basis. I will ask council to demand that Metro Vancouver, the regional government body for the Lower Mainland, audit and report on fossil fuel use by the region and a strategy for reducing the use of fossil fuel by the region and member municipalities.

 

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 Burnaby can reduce its fossil fuel use by converting its vehicle fleets to alternative generation systems as aggressively as possible. The city can conduct audits on existing facilities and buildings to ensure that all measures are taken to conserve energy and reduce fossil fuel based energy consumption. The city of Burnaby must continue to ensure that town centers incorporate transit planning. Density hubs near rapid transit stations must be encouraged. Burnaby must continue to provide employment opportunities in the community to reduce reliance on distance commuting to and from Burnaby by single occupancy vehicles. Burnaby must encourage the development of green industry in the city such as the development of solar panel and green roof technology. Burnaby must ensure high levels of energy efficiency and green technology in new city and private development in the city.

 

You can reach lee at leerankin@shaw.ca


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