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In Vancouver, a Climate Program That's All About the Neighbors

Community events and a little friendly competition simplify the enormous task of slashing ecological footprints.
Green Bloc participants from several Vancouver neighborhoods met for their first workshop together. February 16, 2017
Green Bloc participants from several Vancouver neighborhoods met for their first workshop together. February 16, 2017Green Bloc

For all the work that goes into building climate action plans, cities often run up against one problem: Many well-meaning residents are stuck in the same old habits, unsure of how to make meaningful change.

In Vancouver, the solution is starting small. About two and a half years ago, some residents in the Riley Park neighborhood wanted to put the city’s Greenest City Action Plan to work in their community. With support from Evergreen and a grant from the city, they created the Green Bloc initiative and set an ambitious goal: to decrease the ecological footprint of participating households by 25 percent.