This City in Seven Years: My Greenest City

  • May 22, 2014
  • 7:00 pm
  • Cinema @ SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
David Beers

The City of Vancouver has set a bold goal for itself: to be the world’s greenest city by 2020. But while the metrics for what make a city livable—public transportation, access to quality education, cultural amenities—are easy to come by, what makes a city “green” is a little less clear. Sure, the number of green jobs and bike lanes are factors, but pollution travels, so what does that mean for city limits? Can clean tech truly balance resource extraction? And what is the role of the city as producer versus the city as consumer?

In Spur Vancouver’s opening event, speakers each make the case for their vision of what it means not just to be green, but the greenest city in the world. Eight participants will engage with one another to work through what it’s going to take to make Vancouver the resilient city. Moderated by David Beers, founder of The Tyee.

  • Series: This City in Seven Years
  • Free



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