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Competition heats up for Greenest City Ideas Slam event

As part of Vancouver’s Talk Green to Us campaign, four of the most popular and innovative ideas posted to the City’s web forum have been chosen as finalists to be pitched to an expert panel for review. Hosted by CBC radio personality and author Bill Richardson and co-sponsored by the Vancouver Public Space Network and Simon Fraser University’s City Program, the event will take place at the SFU Woodward’s Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre this Friday, October 1 from 7 to 9 pm. The four proposals are:

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    • Cycling network: Develop a complete cycling network in Vancouver that is attractive and safe for everyone including children, seniors and novice cyclists.

    • City and university green collaboration: Create a new relationship between the region’s post-secondary educational institutions and municipal governments to engage students in studying and providing solutions for city and regional environmental challenges.

    • Sustainable urban food systems: Promote a sustainable urban food system that creates jobs and supports food choices that have a lighter impact on the planet’s resources, including urban and local food production.

    • Waste reduction: Work with businesses to find responsible solutions for reducing waste such as packaging on consumer goods and organic waste.

These ideas were the most popular and creative ones voted on by the public during the Talk Green to Us online consultation which asked people to share ideas they’d like to see put into action to help Vancouver become the greenest city.

Green concepts will be pitched to the Mayor and a prestigious panel of experts including Councillor Andrea Reimer; Arran Stephens, President of Nature’s Path Foods; Tamara Vrooman, Chief Executive Officer of Vancity; Janet Austin, Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Vancouver; Matt O’Grady, Editor of BC Business Magazine; Greenest City Action Team (GCAT) member Cheeying Ho, Executive Director of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability; Paula V. Murillo of Latincouver; and Emily Jubenvill of the Vancouver Public Space Network.

The panel event will follow the Greenest City Open House happening in the Woodward’s Atrium from 4 to 7 pm the same day. City staff will be on hand to hear ideas from the public and discuss what the City is doing to reach its greenest city targets. Other new initiatives in the City, including four of the City’s street food carts, an electric car, information on the food scraps composting program and a bike valet hosted by BEST, will be featured.

All green ideas submitted by the public can be viewed at: talkgreentous.ca. The online forum will be open for ideas, comments and voting until October 7, 2010.

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