Vancouver has been named the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Earth Hour National Champion for the second time, and take home the award for our work to foster new technology.
WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge highlights the work of cities around the world. This year, we won over North Vancouver and Edmonton.
Innovation is at the heart of our big plans to:
- Become the greenest city in the world by 2020
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent
Vancouver has nearly 100 initiatives in place to achieve these targets. The Green and Digital Demonstration Program is one example. It provides innovative entrepreneurs temporary access to our buildings, streets, and vehicles for demonstrations and proof-of-concept trials.
“It is a great honour for Vancouver to be recognized by WWF for our climate change leadership among Canadian cities for a second time,” responded Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The progress that Vancouver has made towards lowering our greenhouse gas emissions is thanks to the innovation and determined efforts of residents, businesses, and community groups dedicated to ensuring Vancouver meets our goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.”
“Species, habitats and our own well-being are all threatened by our growing ecological footprint,” said David Miller, President and CEO of WWF-Canada. “WWF is pleased to recognize the City of Vancouver and Mayor Gregor Robertson for innovative projects that include demonstrating how cities can engage entrepreneurs and residents in achieving a future where both people and nature thrive.”
In 2013, Vancouver took home all three Earth Hour City Challenge awards:
- National Champion
- Global Champion
- People’s Choice
Photo Credit: Stephen Hui