Green Party of Ontario: Five-point Manifesto

Green Party of OntarioCreator: The Green Party of Ontario

Purpose: Five general areas to create a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable province.

The Five-Point Manifesto

1. Job creation for a modern economy.

2. Safe, affordable energy.

3. Access to health care close to home.

4. Championing local farms

5. Delivering government that works.

 

Source

Article on OttawaCitizen.com – 7 September 2011

Green Party of Ontario Website

 

Vancouver Greenest City in the World 2020

Vancouver Greenest City in the World 2020 Manifesto

Creator: Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and the Greenest City Action Team.

Purpose: To make Vancouver the Greenest City in the world by 2020.

Vancouver Manifesto: Greenest City in the World 2020

Targets for 2020

Green Economy: Double the number of green jobs in the City over 2010 levels.

Climate Leadership: Reduce community-based greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from 2007 levels.

Green Buildings: Require all buildings constructed from 2020 onward to be carbon neutral in operations and to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings by 20% over 2007 levels.

Green Transportation: Have over 50% of trips take place by walking, cycling and public transit. And, reduce motor vehicle kilometres traveled per resident by 20% from 2007 levels.

Zero Waste: Reduce solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 50% from 2008 levels.

Access to Nature: Ensure that every person lives within a 5-minute walk of a park, beach, greenway, or other natural space. And, plant 150,000 additional dares in the city between 2010 and 2020.

Lighter Footprint: Reduce Vancouver’s per capita ecological footprint by 33% over 2006 levels.

Clean Water: Meet the strongest of British Columbian, Canadian, and international drinking water quality standards and guidelines. And, reduce our per capita water consumption by 33% over 2006 levels.

Clean Air: Have the cleanest air of any major city in the world. And, meet the most stringent of British Columbian, Canadian and international air quality standards and guidelines.

Local Food: Increase city and neighbourhood food assets by a minimum of 50% over 2010 levels. That means increasing all residents’ access to food that is fresh and local, grown without harmful chemicals, and fairly produced and harvested.

 

Source

Website with full details, documents, videos and more

Video Overview of Greenest City in the World program

Image from Vancouver Greenest City Website

 

 

The Green Living Manifesto

The Green Living Manifesto

Creators: Greg Searle with Geof Syphers, Rodney Wilts and Geneva Guerin

Purpose: To promote green lifestyles over grey lifestyles.

Manifesto

The Green Living Manifesto – Self-Evident Truths

1. Communities are people, not buildings.

2. Communities will change when the people living in them change.

3. At least half of human impact on the planet comes from our lifestyles – the choices we make every day. Where, and how, we travel. What we eat. What we wear. The stuff we buy, and how we get rid of that stuff when we’re done with it.

4. These lifestyle choices are not made in a vacuum. They are made in communities, and are influenced by community design and buildings.

5. The way we’ve designed our cities and buildings in the past has created a template for living that most people follow without much thought, and that template makes it inconvenient to live sustainably.

6. Those of us who plan, design, finance, insure, build, sell, lease, manage and maintain the places we live in have tremendous influence to change this template, and to make it easier for people to change their lifestyles.

7. Some of us have been pre-occupied with making buildings, streets, and infrastructure that use building materials, water, and energy in smarter ways. We call ourselves “green professionals”. We call our movement the “green building movement.” But we now recognize that the biggest problems are fundamentally social ones.

8. Since buildings and technology represent only half of the problem and half of the solution, clearly the present green building movement doesn’t go far enough

9. All across our cities, entrepreneurs and environmental groups are emerging with solutions to specific challenges of our unsustainable lifestyles – car-sharing companies, local food advocates, re-use innovators. But most of these green lifestyle initiatives are not joined up with the green building movement, or each other.

10. We urgently need an umbrella movement that will bring us all together to create and operate truly sustainable communities with intent. The time has come to apply the vast ingenuity of the green building movement to making green lifestyles just as convenient as “grey lifestyles”. The time has come to broaden our design teams, to bring green lifestyle experts to the table.

11. We cannot wait for someone else to bring us all together. We are the ones we have been waiting for.

Sources

Complete Manifesto: http://www.greenmanifesto.org/