The ECOreport reposts news of a new study, Fighting Climate Change Through Urban Ecosystem Restoration
Originally Published on SFU News
By Ian Bryce
Flooding and extreme heat are projected to increase over the next few decades and will be extremely costly to manage. But a new study from Simon Fraser University shows how cities working together to restore and maintain ecosystems can be cheaper than building hard infrastructure to respond to climate change, and provides additional benefits such as buoyant property values and community health.
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The ECOreport publishes news from British Columbia’s largest city, West End residents concerned about Trump sized tower
Press Release from concerned Vancouver West End citizens
Vancouver BC – Local area residents are concerned that amidst our affordable housing crisis, evictions, and the slow carving-up of the historic and livable West End, “big money” interests are being prioritized over those of the average Vancouverite.
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The ECOreport looks at a report from British Columbia, Pedestrians & cyclists contribute to Vancouver’s downtown businesses.
By Roy L Hales
Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their revenue streams. A study from Portland, Oregon, found that “cyclists spent less than drivers on grocery trips, but more at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.” The average pedestrian or cyclist in Manhattan’s East Village spends $15 to $20 more per month. A University of Melbourne report pointed out (pp 38, 39) that as six bikes fit into one car park, car drivers need to spend six times as much as cyclists to produce the same economic benefit. A new report shows the transition taking place in British Columbia, where pedestrians & cyclists contribute to Vancouver’s downtown businesses.
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The ECOreport Bicycles once again triumphant in Vancouver’s annual Rush Hour Challenge
By Roy L Hales
Bicycles have dominated Vancouver’s Rush Hour Challenge ever since the event began, in 2009. According to statistics from HUB Cycling, bikes came in first 73.3% of the time, while cars have been first 16% and transit 11% of the time. This year, bicycles once again triumphed in Vancouver’s Annual Rush Hour Challenge.
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The ECOreport reposts a summary from Global Learning Forum 2017
Press release from Renewable Cities
Renewable Cities convened Global Learning Forum 2017 to discuss the transition to 100% renewable energy cities. Taking place over three days, beginning on May 17, 2017, the event brought together energy leaders and champions from 105 different municipalities across 12 different countries and 22 provinces and states.
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The ECOreport looks into why Christy Clark’s Liberals attack Vancouver’s attempt to limit emissions
By Roy L Hales
The future of Vancouver’s new Green Building Rezoning Policy is already uncertain. As of this morning, there is an emissions cap on all new construction and buildings applying for rezoning. There are several ways developers “can meet the energy efficiency and emissions targets (50 per cent decrease in GHGs).” They can use “better insulation, thicker windows, and better design, as well as opting for renewable energy.” However the largest cause of the city’s emissions is natural gas and so Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals attack Vancouver’s attempt to limit emissions.
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The ECOreport reposts an appeal to improve the cycling infrastructure, UnGapTheMap of Metro Vancouver’s cycling network
Press Release from HUB Cycling
HUB Cycling behind Bike to Work Week, has launched a new video to raise awareness of their campaign to make cycling safer and more connected for everyone in Metro Vancouver.
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The ECOreport reposts a 13 minute video, Gulf Islands Alliance’s documentary film “Islands In Trust”
Press Release from the Gulf Island Alliance
The Gulf Islands Alliance (GIA) is pleased to announce the premiere showing of its 13-minute film that celebrates the natural beauty of the Gulf Islands – Islands whose importance was recognized by the Islands Trust Act in the 1970s.
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The ECOreport looks at a story from California, North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system
By Roy L Hales
Porterville, California, is about to make transportation history. The little Californian city only receives an average of 13 inches of rain a year, which makes it particularly vulnerable to atmospheric inversion, which holds in the exhausts from vehicles, agriculture, and other sources. Thanks to a determined city hall, the number of Stage 1 smog alerts declined from 100% per year, in the 1970s, to almost zero. On December 7, the California Air Resources Board awarded $9.5-million to replace its’ entire bus fleet. By January, 2018, Porterville should have North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system.
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The ECOreport reposts a response to OP-ED stating it is BC’s Patriotic duty to accept Kinder Morgan’s pipeline – Sorry Globe and Mail, BC Does Not Want Pipelines
Originally Published in the Common Sense Canadian
By Rafe Mair
I simply couldn’t believe Gary Mason in Friday’s Globe and Mail In his article entitled “Sorry Vancouver: The rest of Canada needs pipelines”. I urge you to read the article so that if I misrepresent Mr. Mason you will see it for yourself.
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