City of Vancouver wins Global Earth Hour Capital 2013
The City of Vancouver was today named Global Earth Hour Capital 2013 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) at an awards ceremony in Malmo, Sweden, one of three prestigious awards given to the city.
The Global Earth Hour Capital award recognizes a city taking serious action to address climate change. As the Canadian winner of a WWF Green City Challenge Award, Vancouver was in contention for the Global Award with finalists from India, Italy, the United States, Sweden and Norway.
Voters from around the world also selected Vancouver as the People’s Choice winner out of the 17 cities who were national WWF Green City Challenge finalists.
“Being named the WWF’s Global Earth Hour Capital is an exceptional honour for Vancouver and more international validation of our comprehensive efforts to be the world’s greenest city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.
“Even as national governments fail to act, it’s essential that cities continue to lead the way in confronting climate change, and Vancouver’s progress demonstrates that building a greener city also fosters a stronger local economy.”
The City’s overall holistic and strategic approach to climate action – specifically the Vancouver Transportation 2040 strategy, support for local food, and a progressive neighbourhood energy plan – were seen as evidence of how Vancouver will play an active role in the transition towards a climate friendly future.
While Vancouver’s population and economy continue to grow, vehicle use is declining while walking, cycling and transit use are steadily increasing.
The goals set out in Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan include ensuring that all new buildings are carbon neutral in their operations; increasing the number of green jobs in Vancouver; and seeing residents make over 50 per cent of trips by foot, bicycle or transit.
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