Cities are buzzing with ideas for change. People want cities that can adapt to changing climates, growing populations, and ever increasing infrastructure costs. Many governments are keen to embed change into their planning and policy, but need the support of their residents to make real change a reality. At the same time, the pressure to change your lifestyle as an individual can be overwhelming.
That’s where Green Bloc Neighbourhoods comes in! It fills the gap between individual level and city-level change. Green Bloc Neighbourhood groups take action collectively to address climate change and resource consumption, all while building a stronger sense of community.
Green Bloc features four main components:
- Measurement of household and neighbourhood ecological footprints
- Facilitated community dialogue and action-focused discussions
- Collaborative local greening and sustainability initiatives
- Activities to build community cohesion and social inclusion
Follow the journey of four Vancouver neighbourhoods—Dunbar-Southlands, South Cambie, the West End and Kensington-Cedar Cottage—on the Green Bloc Neighbourhoods website as they receive hands-on support from the Project Team.
For more information on the three-year Project Green Bloc pilot project that took place in Riley Park, Vancouver, check out the resources below.
Environmentalism is not a specialty or discipline but a way of seeing our place in the biosphere. I can't think of a better way to appreciate that perspective than the kind of local initiative represented by Project Green Bloc. We live in such an interconnected world now that we must reassess our way of life in the context of the collective effects of all of humanity. Congratulations on this initiative that I hope can inspire many more across Canada.
Executive SummaryPDF, 86KB Project Green Bloc
Final ReportPDF, 2.6MB Lighter Footprint