Cities around the world will spend trillions of dollars in the next decades in response to the complex demands of population, energy, resources and climate change. Virtually no city is on target to meet these challenges although many are setting ambitious green goals. Vancouver is among them, striving to become a global sustainability leader by 2020, but that’s only 8 years away. We engage students directly in this challenge right now. CityStudio is connected with the world-wide movement of partnerships between communities and local universities and colleges to implement urban sustainability.

[do action=”backgroundgrey”]CityStudio directly involves students in designing solutions for Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 goals.[/do]


Secure Vancouver’s international reputation as a mecca of green enterprise. Double the number of green jobs over 2010 levels by 2020. Double the number of companies actively engaged in greening their operations over 2011 levels by 2020.

Climate Leadership

Eliminate dependence on fossil fuels. Reduce community-based greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from 2007 levels.

Green Building

Lead the world in green building design and construction. Require all buildings constructed from 2020 onward to be carbon neutral in operations. Reduce energy use and GHG emissions in existing buildings by 20% over 2007 levels.

Green Transportation

Make walking, cycling, and public transit preferred transportation options. Make the majority (over 50%) of trips by foot, bicycle and public transit. Reduce average distance driven per resident by 20% from 2007 levels.

Zero Waste

Create zero waste. Reduce solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 50% from 2008 levels.

Access to Nature

Vancouver residents enjoy incomparable access to green spaces, including the world’s most spectacular urban forest. All Vancouver residents live within a five-minute walk of a park, greenway, or other green space by 2020. Plant 150,000 new trees by 2020.

Lighter Footprint

Achieve a one-planet ecological footprint. Reduce Vancouver’s ecological footprint by 33% over 2006 levels.

Clean Water

Vancouver will have the best drinking water of any city in the world. Meet or beat the strongest of British Columbian, Canadian and appropriate international drinking water quality standards and guidelines. Reduce per capita water consumption by 33% from 2006 levels.

Clean Air

Breathe the cleanest air of any major city in the world. Always meet or beat the most stringent air quality guidelines from Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and the World Health Organization.

Local Food

Vancouver will become a global leader in urban food systems. Increase city-wide and neighbourhood food assets by a minimum of 50% over 2010 levels.