Let’s go to explore Vancouver, the next WEEC congress destination. Vancouver is Canada’s greenest city, according to a 2012 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The study, which also placed the city second in North America after San Francisco— but first for CO2 and air quality — praised Vancouver’s low carbon emissions, high number of LEED-certified buildings and the city’s extensive “greenest city” action plan.
Already recognised as having the smallest carbon footprint of any major city in North America, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson committed to making this “the world’s greenest city” by 2020. The initiative covers issues of sustainability, liveability and urban planning for residents and businesses and aims to implement programs that will make Vancouver an eco-pioneer and green beacon for communities around the world.