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Creating the Greenest City: Vancouver 2020 Action Plan

We all want to live in a city that is vibrant, affordable, and sustainable. We value the beauty of our natural setting, and rely on the prosperity that has been created from our abundant natural resources.

The Greenest City 2020 Action Plan (GCAP) for Vancouver builds on the 2009 work of Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Greenest City Action Team. This group of local experts researched best practices from leading green cities around the world, and established the goals and targets that would make Vancouver the world’s Greenest City.

During the development of the GCAP, many people gave their time and ideas. More than 35,000 people from around the world participated in the process online, through social media, and in face-to-face workshops or events. More than 9,500 people, most of whom lived in Vancouver, actively added their ideas, insights, and feedback to help determine the best path to achieve this plan.

The race to become the Greenest City in the world is both a friendly and fierce competition. It’s friendly because when one city succeeds, we all benefit from the shared knowledge and improved health of our planet, as well as the new opportunities that emerge in the green economy. The race is a fierce one because the stakes are so high. In fact, the kind of change needed for all of us to thrive in healthy and prosperous communities requires a world full of Greenest Cities.

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