Travel Blog

23 Feb

Earth Hour City Challenge


This year, the World Wildlife Fund is holding its first Earth Hour City Challenge, an international competition in advance of Earth Hour to recognize cities that are demonstrating leadership in reducing carbon pollution. Vancouver is one of three Canadian and 17 international city finalists!

Why we think the world should vote for Vancouver:

  • Our neighbourhood renewable energy system in Southeast False Creek eliminates 70% of the carbon pollution associated with heating buildings in that neighbourhood.
  • Our landfill gas recovery system is able to convert methane into renewable energy.
  • Our separated bike lanes and other transportation improvements have increased cycling in the city by 35% in three short years.
  • A thousand students are working to co-create the Greenest City while earning university or college credits through Greenest City Scholars and CityStudio.
  • We’ve increased our community gardens, farmers markets and urban farms in the city significantly.

More on Vancouver’s sustainability initiatives here:

Voting is now open and runs until March 15. We encourage you to vote using all three methods below:

  1. Clicking the Vote button on Vancouver’s profile:
  2. Uploading photos of sustainable Vancouver to Instragram with the hash tag #peopleschoiceVAN
  3. Adding suggestions for how Vancouver can do even better at becoming the Greenest City in the world.

The People’s Choice Award will be presented to the city that receives the greatest number of votes. Vote often, every photo and suggestion submitted will be counted!

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