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City seeks input in missions strategy

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:10 PDT, Mon September 30, 2019

After a series of public consultation opportunities with Richmond residents this past summer, the City of Richmond is energized to work with the community for more feedback to shape the draft of the renewed Community Energy and Emissions Plan targeting to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 per cent by 2030.

With the help of the public, city staff identified the following action areas which will have significant impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions: transportation, land use, construction, green infrastructure, and waste and materials management. 

This October, the public will have a number of opportunities to provide feedback and help shape policies that will allow Richmond to reach its emissions reduction target.

The public is invited to attend deep-dive discussions at one of two community meetings to share feedback on options and trade-offs that the city will be exploring, and learn about the city’s directions in a smaller setting. There are two community meetings (registration required at richmond.ca/ClimateAction):

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. at Britannia Shipyards – Chinese Bunkhouse (5180 Westwater Drive) 
  • Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at East Richmond Community Hall (12360 Cambie Road) 

The public is also invited to drop by the Community Directions Fair on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Richmond City Hall (6911 No. 3 Road) from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to:

  • Test drive an electric vehicle for free and find out why this may be a good option when choosing your next car.
  • Bring a broken item to be fixed for free, including small appliances or textiles. Volunteer repair specialists will help fix the item to help residents reduce waste from landfills.
  • Chat with city transportation, city recycling, Modo car share, U-Bicycle team members and others to find out about current options that will help you reduce your emissions.
  • Learn more about the city’s next steps and provide feedback on the city’s directions.

An online survey will also be available at LetsTalkRichmond.ca in October. 

Rising sea levels; poor air quality; and drier summers and wetter winters are some of the impacts of climate change for Richmond. Achieving targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 will not only limit the impacts of climate change, but will create healthier, vibrant and safer neighbourhoods.

In March 2019, Richmond City Council declared a climate emergency in response to the urgent call set out by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), joining more than 600 cities across the world that have made similar declarations. Council directed staff to gain feedback from residents and stakeholders regarding GHG reduction targets and measures consistent with limiting global average warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures.

For more information on Richmond’s climate actions to-date, visit richmond.ca/ClimateAction

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