Mayor, City of Vancouver, BC
In 2009, Mayor Gregor Robertson brought together a group of independent experts on a range of the most pressing environmental issues facing Vancouver. The group, the Greenest City Action Team (GCAT), was given an audacious mandate: figure out what Vancouver needed to do to become the greenest city in the world by 2020.
Mayor Robertson led the charge and the Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP) was adopted by council in July 2011.
The plan lays out 10 long-term goals, a set of targets for 2020 and myriad initiatives for attaining each goal, including 44 “quick impact” action items.Already underway: vast improvements in recovery of landfill gasses, increased EV charging stations, fast-track deconstruction permits when waste averted from landfill, funding for energy efficiency retrofits and new food-waste treatment