- Vancouver Economic Development Commission
- Director of Policy and Communications
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Vancouver has a population of 600,000 with an area of 2877 sq. km (Metro Vancouver) and a GDP Per Capita of $35,177.
In 1971, Greenpeace was established in Vancouver, and the city has its sights set on becoming the world’s greenest city by 2020.
Few states have offices dedicated to examining increasingly popular P3 deals. Experts say it’s time to copy Canada and change that. BY: Ryan Holeywell | February 2013 Officials in British Columbia have encountered a unique problem in recent years that most jurisdictions would be thrilled to have: Infrastructure projects are being completed not just on time, but early. Way too early. Builders have been finishing hospitals, for example, so far ahead of schedule that they haven’t even been allocated operating funds. “We had to limit how...read more
By Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani Published: December 11, 2012 Can there be a city that is crime and pollution free, with excellent public transport and great schools to boast? Human resources consulting firm Mercer has put together a list of cities that come closest to offering you all that. In its 2012 Quality of Living report it looks at living conditions in 221 cities worldwide and ranks them against New York as a base city in 10 categories – economy, socio-cultural environment, politics, education, and healthcare. Cities in...read more
Published: December 4, 2012 When it comes to the city with the highest quality of living in the world, Vienna is tops. That is according to a survey by Mercer, a global consulting firm, released Tuesday that ranks cities all over the world on the basis of quality of living. The Austrian city is number one followed by Zurich (2), Auckland (3), Munich (4) and Vancouver (5). In fact, Europe has 15 cities out of the 25 in the world when it comes to high standard of living. The cities with the lowest quality of living, says Mercer,...read more
By Boyd Cohen Published: December 4, 2012 Some cities are adding high-tech infrastructure. Some are implementing revolutionary sustainability plans. Others are fostering innovative business and science developments. But which city combines these qualities and others to be the smartest city? A few weeks ago, Co.Exist published a ranking of European smart cities (A global smart city ranking was published earlier this year). Now we are publishing the top 10 cities in North America. The rankings are based on a device I developed...read more
By Tyler Falk Published November 28, 2012 In Vancouver, the road to a greener city is paved with plastic. The city is now using recycled plastic in its road paving process. The new process not only reuses plastic items like milk jugs or shampoo containers, it also uses less fuel, The Vancouver Sun explains: The city has worked with GreenMantra of Toronto to develop the granular, waxlike material that’s added to asphalt. The material allows the asphalt to flow smoothly at a much lower temperature, which saves on the cost of...read more
By Rachel King Published: October 10, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO – Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson asserts that his city’s economy will be the fastest growing of any city in Canada, adding that defies the myth that you can’t be green and prosperous at the same time. “Our goal is to be a mecca for green enterprise. We’re not alone in that,” asserted Robertson, while speaking at Meeting of the Minds 2012 on Wednesday afternoon, adding that the British Columbia city has “an enormous amount of expertise” to offer. For...read more