Marlo Franson

Independent new candidate for 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)I would introduce a motion to discuss the emission, to identify the sources so we know what to work against and eliminate.

2) I would create a solar energy strategy & partnership with UBC on their 0 GHG target & to adopt it city wide. Looking at their Bio Energy Research Project and other alternative energy sources.

3) Introduce a citizen awareness campaign to train & educate our Youth and ourselves on new and better recycle methods.

 

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.

I would embrace technology forefronts to help promote solutions, through a new Energy/Interactive App for Vancouverities and City Hall. Educational institutions would not only contribute to projects, but we would implement local studies and demonstrations off the work. Working with the youth, the spill off would become more active in the homestead. I do have some great ideas for transportation, to create a more fluid movement in the city. Tunneling to UBC is a must be project but extension to this model will be discussed as a unique idea that city hall could incorporate to eliminate more street traffic. I am also looking at BC Transit and expanding their role in the multi-modal plan. I know solar energy will create renewable energy and a push for this system to make Vancouver more self-sufficient will be discussed. It's difficult to say what green jobs will relate to projects forthcoming but once in office I will know more of the 2020 goals set forth by City Hall. The move to a circular economy has already begun so an analysis on the next steps will be reviewed and a new updated timetable will be developed. The methods and projects Vancouver has set forth will be evaluated and updated to to ensure we are on track for our GHG emissions goals.

 

You can reach Marlo at marlof@yahoo.com

 


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