Two girls hold a sign welcoming people to join Green Bloc Neighbourhoods/Evergreen.

Tackle your ecological footprint with Green Bloc Neighbourhoods

Evergreen is looking for Vancouver residents committed to decreasing their neighbourhood's ecological footprint in 2017.

If one of your goals for 2017 is to make better choices when it comes to the environment, why not get your neighbourhood on board?

Green Bloc Neighbourhoods is looking for four Vancouver neighbourhoods committed to reducing their collective ecological footprint by 15 per cent this year.

Interested neighbourhoods, which includes any collection of 20-25 households – from detached homes to apartment units – have until Feb. 5, 2017 to apply.

Thanks to the Sitka Foundation and the City of Vancouver, the participants will attend workshops where they will learn unique and effective ways to decrease their ecological footprint – after measuring it, of course.

Neighbours help design a mural in Vancouver's Riley Park area.

Don’t live in Vancouver but still want to take part?

Evergreen and Project Green Bloc have provided in-depth resources for you to use, from how to measure your own footprint to ways to get your neighbours on board with decreasing their environmental impact.

Here are some other small tips to help make an ecological difference:

  1. Host an environmentally-friendly potluck and get your friends or neighbours to contribute meat-free meals!
  2. Walk, bike or transit more
  3. Eat local and visit your local farmer’s market to support seasonal food. Check out what’s at the Evergreen Farmers Market in January.
  4. Create a group online, or a physical bulletin board in your neighbourhood, where people can share their own tips on living green

Need inspiration?

It’s not the first time this project has been completed – and with successful results.

Between 2013 and 2015, a group of neighbours from Vancouver's Riley Park came together for Project Green Bloc, as part of the city's goal to lower Vancouver's collective ecological footprint by 33 per cent under the Greenest City Action Plan.

By the end of the two-year pilot project, the neighbourhood managed to decrease their ecological footprint by 12 per cent. Riley Park’s success became the inspiration for this Green Bloc Neighbourhoods project.

For more information on Project Green Bloc and how to apply, visit greenbloc.lighterfootprint.ca