Rob Bottos

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.

1. I will encourage the City to adopt a more robust tree protection policy so we can preserve our tree canopy, which helps clean our air. 2. I would encourage the city to explore offering discounted transit passes to its employees to get them out of their vehicles. 3. I would encourage the city to adopt a more robust EV charging policy and require all new developments to have level 2 chargers.

 

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.

Compact communities: Key to compact communities and green urbansism is smart walkable density, where shops, services, transit and transportation are all within easy walking distance of home for a variety of socio-economic brackets. Eliminating parking minimums altogether and instead implementing parking maximums in new construction. Easing code limitations on adaptive re-uses of existing construction including older homes be encouraging and allowing infill as well as secondary and tertiary suites. Encouraging wood frame and cross laminate timber construction as a means of building human scale, lower cost and carbon sequestering communities. Multi-modal transportation: Complete the cycling network so that major bike routes don’t simply end with no linkage, and that inter urban routes are connected. Improving travel times for transit with road design and smart lights, encourage walkable communities, work to integrate new dockless bike share systems. Seek provincial transportation agency support for reduced speed limits on non collector/arterial roads city wide - creating safer residential streets for active transportation use. Increasing cycling as mode share through more widespread and youth education; increasing the amount of secure public bicycle lockups, in particular by building more street parking replacement multi-racks; and specifically targeting bicycle theft for increased intervention and enforcement. Renewable energy: Integrating more small-scale approaches to reduce our energy load impact, such as easing permit restrictions to encouraging solar, encouraging mini wind turbines on towers, district energy systems on smaller scales including heat recovery and methane harvesting. Speeding transition of city utilities to LED. Green jobs: Green demolition and upcycling of construction waste. Energy retrofitting of older buildings (encouraged and financed by way of a local carbon trust). Construction and fabrication of building materials for green construction and new passive house standards. Urban agriculture and restoring our tree canopy. Infrastructure resilience projects. Local low barrier upcycling and recycling like the Binner’s Project, Butt Recycling, and the Coffee Cup Revolution. Circular economy: Deconstruction and re-use, as outlined in the above green jobs, but also incentivizing the private sector to expand opportunities and supporting local low barrier upcycling and recycling.

 

You can reach Rob at voterobbottos@gmail.com


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