Green Economy

There’s no better example to illustrate Vancouver’s reputation as a forward-looking and sustainable city than the success story that is the Green Economy.

A sector that has grown exponentially in less than a decade, Vancouver’s Green Economy includes seven subsections:

  1. Local food
  2. Green building design and construction
  3. Clean technology, alternative energy and green building products
  4. Green infrastructure, transportation and planning
  5. Sustainability services and education
  6. Land and water remediation and environmental consulting
  7. Materials management and recycling

On top of this, through the Thriving Vancouver initiative, the VEC is working to help existing businesses throughout the City green their operations. The scope of the green economy is always expanding!

Vancouver’s burgeoning success across these diverse areas ties directly into the City of Vancouver’s world-leading sustainability strategy, the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. It calls for doubling the number of green and local food jobs, and for doubling the number of businesses greening their operations, both as part of an overall vision to see Vancouver become the greenest city in the world by 2020. The Vancouver Economic Commission is empowered within the Greenest City Action Plan to act on these two goals, and since 2010 the VEC has pioneered not only one of the world’s most robust green jobs counting systems, but has built out numerous programs to help achieve a doubling of green jobs and greening operations by 2020.