Vancouver's in a tough spot. Its citizens support strong environmental legislation, but the national government of Canada is moving backwards on climate change and other sustainability initiatives. So the city is going it alone.
For the 1010 climate campaign, I wrote about Vancouver's plan to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Here's an excerpt:
Many of the pledges are openly ambitious, wilfully audacious even. The city wants to reduce its carbon emissions by a third over 2007 levels, and halve the amount of waste going into landfill. It wants to ensure everyone lives within five minutes of a park or other green space, plant 150,000 trees and ensure that all new buildings constructed from 2020 onward are completely carbon neutral.
You can read more here.