Stephanie Ostler

Yes Vancouver 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.

Assess who the largest emitters of GHG are. Work directly with them towards reduction. Increase information and education. Make effective communication a priority so we are able to find solutions together and not as a fractured system. There are many parts to the whole and we need to work towards our priorities together.

 

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.

We can be the leaders in the world on this. We are working towards being the greenest city in the world and I think that is a wonderful goal to have. We have so many innovative businesses right here in Vancouver creating technology that gets implemented around the world but we need to be looking at using it at home. We have so many of these answers but we just aren't always having the conversation or providing the opportunity.

 

You can reach Stephanie at stephanieforyes@gmail.com


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