Suzuki Diaries Assignment

This assignments purpose is to explore what big Canadian cities are doing to benefit the environment. I choose Vancouver, Toronto & Edmonton. Take a look below to see whats going on in these cities.

Vancouver, BC. : One of Canada’s biggest and popular cities, with a population of 2 million people. With the growing population and environment problems, Vancouver is certainly not behind in lending a hand to preserve the environment.

1) what environmental programs does this city run that makes it green?

Vancouver is known for using methane gas emissions from Landfills to create heat and electricity, fuels its fleets with biodiesel and has the toughest energy-efficiency guidelines in for new buildings in all of Canada. And thats not all, Vancouver also has something called the EcoDensity Charter, which will urge to create green laneway housing, rezoning and relaxed building codes to provide the city with solar panels and shading. The city of Vancouver is set on reducing community GHG emissions by a whopping 80 percent by 2050.  A few other things the city wants to do improve air quality, lower energy bills and make Vancouver more desirable to live in.

 2) what are the advantages to being a green city?

Vancouver is aiming to become Canada’s Green capital. They are trying to bring their community-based greenhouse gas emissions down to 5% and create neighbourhoods with easy to access work, shopping and recreation. They are also trying to have the most best drinking water than any other city in the world by having new water meters in homes, provide water education, expand access to drinking water and get rid of sewer overflows. If thats not enough, Vancouver is also wanting to have the most cleanest air in the world too by encourageing electric vehicle transport, regulate uncontrolled wood-burning. Other aims also include better food, green transportation/buildings.

3) what challenges might a city face in trying to be green? 

Vancouver’s population is growing rapidly and so is the difficulties of becoming a Green City. With the number of people driving cars, rising fossil fuel prices, and shifting economic opportunities its hard to maintain the environment and keep the city green. Its also hard to get everyone to do their part and reduce their ecological footprint but Vancouver is trying its best to take things to a whole new level by creating programs to keep the city green


Toronto, ONT: Toronto, being Canada’s largest city with whopping population of 5,113,258 is not behind in the race of becoming Canada’s Greenest City. Toronto, like Vancouver has created plans to achieve this goal and help sustain the earth.

1) what environmental programs does this city run that makes it green?

Toronto has made something called the “Tower Renewal” project which rebuild and recreate Toronto’s concrete apartment complexes. These complexes will be insulated, recieve geothermal heat and connect the buildings to rivera and green spaces. It is predicted that this plan could cut back one million tonnes of greenhouse emissions. Toronto also plans to divert 70% of waste, reduce greenhouse gases and have fewer toxins in the city.

 2) what are the advantages to being a green city?

Toronto is recognized as one of Canada’s Green Cities for its efforts to preserve the environment and encouraging less waste. Toronto is also trying to improve their air, transportation and recuce wastes.

3) what challenges might a city face in trying to be green? Toronto is facing a few difficulties in trying to become green because their is quite alot of burning of fossil fuels which is one of the largest causes of air pollution and climate change.


Edmonton AB: 

Edmonton, with a population of around  1,034,945 is known as the “Water Smart City.” Edmonton has a unique way of preserving water and using it over and over again.

1) what environmental programs does this city run that makes it green?

Edmonton has a treatment program called Gold Bar Waste water Treatment Plan which recycles waste water with the help of Petro- Canada refinery which eliminates the refinery need to get water from the  North Saskatchewan River.

2) what are the advantages to being a green city?

Edmonton is planning to reduce waste water in landfills up to 90% by 2010 and greenhouse emissions by 2020. They also send methane gas from landfills to power homes,  benefiting light rail transit.

3) what challenges might a city face in trying to be green?

Edmonton may gain too much waste water that cannot be reused.

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