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How did Vancouver get so green?

Jepranshu Aganivanshi

Vancouver is supremely green, in both senses of the word. Set between ocean and mountains and lined with verdant trees, Vancouver also has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of any major city in North America. How did Vancouver achieve that? It’s an outlier in even the green-friendly Pacific Northwest: While Seattle and Portland look and feel a lot like Vancouver, their per capita emissions are roughly three times as high.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Not every city is set up to succeed for better public transportation, but
    I think changing building codes to make high rises more energy efficient, building upwards, AND the creative uses of waste management are fascinating an doable everywhere: "Vancouver even makes use out of leaky gas (although not the kind that comes out when you’ve eaten a burrito). The city captures methane at the landfill and use it to heat greenhouses. They even take the warmth that naturally accumulates in sewers and use it to heat homes."
    -SO COOL