Mayor, Fredericton, New BrunswickUnder Brad’s leadership, Fredericton has gained international recognition for reducing municipal greenhouse gas emissions and being a sustainable communityby-design. The city reduced corporate and community greenhouse gas emissions by 16% and 12% per capita respectively during a period of population growth, has over 60% urban forest cover and an 85-kilometer trail network and is ranked eighth globally for air quality by the World Health Organization.
Mayor, City of Vancouver, BCIn 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
Mayor, City of Surrey, BCUnder Dianne’s leadership, Surrey launched the ENGERYShift program to reduce the city’s carbon footprint and create a Clean Energy Hub of businesses. The plan will create intelligent land use and development; reduce solid waste; encourage walking, cycling and transit; develop sustainable buildings and create viable energy infrastructure.A strong initiative in Surrey supports non-gasoline powered vehicles; diversifying its own fleet with hybrid, hydrogen, electric and CNG vehicles; a by-law requiring all new gas stations to include alternative fuel; becoming the first major Canadian city to host an EV charging station at City Hall and the only Canadian city to host three hydrogen fuelling stations; Canada’s first full-scale CNG municipal waste collection fleet; transforming waste collection to reduce emissions and divert waste and building a biofuel facility to process organics into fuel.