Elke Porter

Independent 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!]



Will you submit a formal request to council to adopt these targets within one year of being elected?



Are you in favour of transparent, annual measuring and reporting of [your municipality’s] community-wide emissions?



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?



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?



Describe three steps you will take during your first year in office to uphold this commitment.

1. Increase electric cars 2. Increase bike lanes & public transportation 3. Support passive house buildings


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.

1. Affordable Housing in each community 2. Increase buses & skytrains & build more bike lanes 3. Encourage building with passive house, solar panels & hydrothermal heating 4. Give tax breaks to green jobs that builds infrastructure that is green 5. Study each products/materials life cycle and inform people what to use to reduce waste and can easily be refurbished/reused; also increase sharing items, such as cars, tools, instruments, computer games etc.

You can reach Elke at [email protected]