Students and faculty working on City Studio projects aim to implement sustainability strategies within Vancouver's ten Greenest City 2020 Action Plan targets:
#1: To secure Vancouver’s international reputation as a mecca of green enterprise
2020 Target 1: Double the number of green jobs over 2010 levels by 2020
2020 Target 2: Double the number of companies that are actively engaged in greening their
operations over 2011 levels by 2020
#2: Eliminate dependence on carbon and fossil fuels.
2020 Target: Reduce community‐based greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from 2007 levels.
#3: Lead the world in green building design and construction.
2020 Target 1: Require all buildings constructed from 2020 onward to be carbon neutral in operations.
2020 Target 2: Reduce energy use and GHG emissions in existing buildings by 20% over 2007 levels.
#4: Make walking, cycling, and public transit preferred transportation options
2020 Target 1: Make the majority of trips (over 50%) on foot, bicycle, and public transit
2020 Target 2: Reduce distance driven per resident 20% from 2007 levels
#5: Create zero waste.
2020 Target: Reduce total solid waste going to landfill or incinerator by 50%, from 2008 levels.
#6: Vancouver residents enjoy incomparable access to green spaces, including the
world’s most spectacular urban forest.
2020 Target: Every person lives within a five‐minute walk of a park, beach, greenway, or other
natural space; plant 150,000 additional trees in the city.
#7: Achieve a one planet ecological footprint
2020 Target: Reduce Vancouver’s per capita ecological footprint by 33% over 2006 levels.
#8: Vancouver will have the best drinking water of any city in the world.
2020 Target 1: Meet or beat the strongest of British Columbia, Canadian and international
drinking water quality standards and guidelines.
2020 Target 2: Reduce per capita water consumption by 33% from 2006 levels.
#9: Breathe the cleanest air of any major city in the world.
2020 Target: Meet or beat the most stringent of British Columbian, Canadian, and
international air quality standards and guidelines.
#10: Vancouver will become a global leader in urban food systems.
2020 Target: Increase city and neighbourhood food assets by a minimum of 50% from 2010