Survey Answers - Nicola Spurling

Independent new candidate for 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.

I will support the implementation of an emissions review committee, I will support the implementation of city policy to require a reduction of emissions, and I will encourage consultation with the public and environmental experts.

 

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.

Compact communities: Improve bike infrastructure and access to transportation options. Multi-modal transportation: Encourage the use of green transportation options. Renewable energy: Attract renewable energy companies to the Coquitlam area. Green jobs: Job creation through the attraction of renewable energy companies. Circular economy: Localizing work/products, where possible, to maintain better control over our economy, making a circular economy easier to achieve.

 

You can reach Nicola at spurling.nic@gmail.com


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