Survey Answers - Nadine Nakagawa

Independent new candidate for New Westminster 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. Organize a dialogue or public event to discuss opportunities to reduce emissions that includes business, community members, senior levels of gov't 2. Advocate for #allonboard or similar program to encourage transit use 3. Push for the city's Environmental Action Strategy to include specific goals and targets with public reporting 4. Work with arts community to develop visual way to present city's annual emissions


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.

-support the work of Share New West

-work to bring co-housing to New Westminster and seek opportunities for developing new co-ops and other forms of community-building housing

-support development of District Energy Systems

-continue to develop density around transit hubs while maintaining livability

-promote walkability by focusing on streetscapes, public seating, sidewalk quality, and lighting

-plant 10,000 street trees in 10 years

-maintain industrial zoning so that people can work near their homes

-focus horticultural activities on native plant species including edibles such as berries

-support the Mayor's 10 Year Transit Plan and press for transit affordability

-explore opportunity for public green space policy with new builds (requirement for large developments to include an aspect of greening such as a green wall, community garden or similar)

-strive to incorporate underrepresented voices and hear their perspectives on sustainability opportunities


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