Michael Wolfe

RITE Richmond new candidate for Richmond 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.

Create a Youth Commission for youth representation on council committees and input on major council decisions. Personally host monthly townhall meetings, rotated between the city's community centres. Make myself available to lead/join tours to learn of public buildings that demonstrate a range of emissions, from high, down to low, including zero emissions and building that store more GHGs then they produce.

 

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.

Support for more access to transit in our existing compact communities before increasing the density any further. Support for more separated bike lanes and wider sidewalks. Support for funding to local schools to cover the roofs with solar PV Support for a green anonymous tip line and whistleblower protections to departments of the city to cut waste and duplication. Personally visit construction sites, rezoning applications, and tree removal sites, BEFORE, DURING and AFTER so that I can identify where we can add value to our resources and retain more of the old housing stock.

 

You can reach Michael at bogberry@gmail.com


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