Green Bloc Neighbourhoods

This one-of-a-kind neighbourhood program forges a strong bloc of neighbours who are willing to take action individually and collectively towards a lighter footprint. The original pilot took place in Riley Park neighbourhood (completed in 2015). In this next phase, Households are involved in four neighbourhoods across the city. They build from a random group of residents towards action-oriented teams of households — striving for a 15% reduction in their footprints through shifts in their diet, how they move around the city, what they buy and how they work together. Is your neighbourhood a good fit? Find out more…

Beyond the home, we all have different places we can use our influence. Some of us run companies, others teach children, still others are in government. By working together, a Lighter Footprint plan can help our community reach that target!

Our Ecological Footprint: Measuring Progress

Our ecological footprint is the amount of productive land and sea resources we use to meet our daily lifestyle needs. In a world where the planet’s ability to provide for us is finite but our appetite for more “stuff” is growing, we are consuming more resources than what is sustainable. Bill Rees invented the concept here in Vancouver. As a city, we can now measure our greenhouse gas emissions as well as our footprint using the Ecological Footprint Analysis Tool. The numbers tell the story of where to place our greatest effort: analysis of 2011 footprint composition in Vancouver identified priority actions including improved energy efficiency in buildings, lower paper consumption, reduced food waste and less red meat consumption.

  • Ecological Footprint Analysis Tool: Dr. Jennie Moore, at BCIT, helped Vancouver measure its footprint in 2006 and it was updated by BCIT in 2011, with more snapshots to come. The data is very rich and can be used by public agencies, students, the private sector, researchers and nonprofits to better understand the region and the opportunity space.
  • Measuring Vancouver’s food footprint: We’re working with partners to get better at measuring our regional food consumption. Currently, we’re using national data, but we can benchmark Vancouver’s progress and find more fitting solutions, when we have better data about our local context.