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Vancouver strives to be greenest city

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

November 11, 2010 — Planting trees is just one of the ways residents in Vancouver plan to become the greenest city by 2020.

Vancouver hoping to be the greenest city in the world by 2020
Vancouver hoping to be the greenest city in the world by 2020

150,000 trees by 2020. It's a challenge residents in Vancouver welcome with open arms. As part of the Greenest City Action Plan, several students are planting trees and learning about sustainable agriculture along the way.

“We're all so used to getting our fruits and vegetables from the grocery store,” says Aaron Jasper, Board Chair for Vancouver Parks. “And for us this is a no-brainer to plant the fruit trees. It's about food security, but also it's helping children understand the bigger picture.”

Jasper adds that they're constantly looking for new opportunities and locations to plant trees and to engage in the community.

Eager students like Selena Shew are learning the importance of striving to be a greener city. “The help that the trees give us is better air and they also provide a better home for the animals,” says Shew.

Vancouver is already known for being a city with one of the smallest carbon footprints in North America. The city also competes to be a leader in green planning, technology and building.

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