Survey Answers - Matthew Bond

Building Bridges incumbent candidate for the District of North Vancouver 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.

Although traffic and housing are the most visceral frustrations our community faces, climate change will have the most dramatic impacts on our community and our quality of life in the short, medium and long term. We have a limited time to act, and we must take drastic and bold action. A few ideas that are within the authority of the municipality: Add an ongoing stakeholder engagement program as a deliverable in our Community Energy and Emissions Plan. Eliminate parking minimums and encourage provision of car share, bike share, transportation demand management programs as part of new housing projects.

 

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.

Focus growth of housing, employment and services in mixed income, walkable communities well served by transit. Construct a connected and protected bike network between major population and service centres. Continue to explore opportunities for district energy systems and energy retrofits on major public facilities.

 

You can reach Matthew at mathew@buildingbridgesnv.ca


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