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BOB's presentation to Vancouver's Greenest City Action Team on sustainability initiatives and how they relate to CED in the DTES

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  1. 1. Based in Vancouver, B.C. Building Opportunities with Business (BOB) is a non-profit organization that is championing an inclusive revitalization process for the inner-city that values existing businesses and residents. BOB is a connector, a resource and a facilitator working to: strengthen the inner-city’s community capacity; identify and build on untapped business opportunities; improve employment opportunities and retention; and increase investment in Vancouver’s inner-city. <ul><li>Agenda: </li></ul><ul><li>7:30 Snacks and chats </li></ul><ul><li>7:45 Welcome and Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>8:00 Presentation from BOB </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 key messages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of BOB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our green strategy and initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>8:20 Discussion with GCAT </li></ul>
  2. 2. Questions for Consideration <ul><li>How do we make sure that BOB is well aligned with the City’s goals and implementation expectations? </li></ul><ul><li>How can BOB leverage the City’s efforts and vice versa? </li></ul><ul><li>What resources can BOB contribute to the City’s efforts and vice versa? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Inclusion is Paramount <ul><li>“ We need a different on-ramp for people from disadvantaged communities. The leaders of the climate establishment came in through one door and now they want to squeeze everyone through that same door. It’s not going to work. If we want to have a broad-based environmental movement, we need more entry points.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Van Jones </li></ul>
  4. 4. Local Food/Urban Ag
  5. 5. Areas of Growth for Vancouver’s Inner-city Alternative Energy Supply Neighbourhood Greening Composting Transportation Sustainable Agriculture Energy Efficient Building Retrofits Materials Management Local Job Creation 2 5 2 3.5 5 4 5 Environmental Impact 5 2 3 3 4 5 3 Barriers to development 2 4 5 5 2 5 5 Local Sustainable Development 2 1 2 3 5 4 5 Total 11 12 12 14.5 16 18 18
  6. 6. BOB’s Economic Development Model “revitalization without displacement” Investment Identification & Promotion Clusters, Community Benefit Agreements, MOUs HR Development Services Employment, Training, Referral Business Support Services Grants, Loans, SPP
  7. 7. Accomplishments (Business Development) <ul><li>Grants </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total Grant Dollars disbursed to 15 clients = $131,550 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total Leveraged Dollars = $474,839 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$141,000 disbursed to 4 clients, leveraging $282,500 in additional investment from Ecotrust Capital, Renewal Partners, Vancity and CCEC Credit Union. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Clusters: </li></ul><ul><li>Travel & Tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Construction </li></ul><ul><li>ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Green Inner-city </li></ul>
  8. 8. Accomplishments (Procurement) Social Purchasing Portal Community Benefits Agreement
  9. 9. Accomplishments (Employment)
  10. 10. A Credible Organization Well Positioned “ BOB is positioning itself to be a model for other community development organizations . ” Gil Yaron, President Frogfile Office Essentials “ BOB has been a valuable and practical resource to Recycling Alternative. Louise Schwarz, Owner Recycling Alternative “ In the painful grip of the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression, we can see that caring for the people who inhabit the planet cannot be isolated from caring for the planet. Fortunately, we can do both - at the same time. We work at the local level, helping cities 'go green' with robust and aggressive plans to create green-collar jobs and attract green business.” - Green For All
  11. 11. BOB’s Role Green economic development needs … BOB’s role Potential Outcomes GCAT Quick Start Alignment To be inclusive Connector Green Collar Jobs GREEN ECONOMY GREEN JOBS ENERGY EFFICIENCY GREEN NEIGHBOURHOODS CLEAN CITY LOCAL FOOD Aggregation Facilitator Inner-city EcoDistrict Impact investing Resource Accessible Capital Vision Progressive Leadership Greenest part of Vancouver
  12. 12. Green Economy Initiatives What is EcoDISTRICTS? EcoDISTRICTS is a strategy to build “triple bottom line” communities with the lowest possible environmental impact and highest long-term economic and community returns. <ul><li>Current Projects and Partners: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-waste reuse and recycling – Recycling Alternative, Reboot, FreeGeek, United We Can </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Textiles recycling social enterprise – UBC, First United </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Composting – VSB, Recycling Alternative, community gardens </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Urban Ag – Summerville, Kwantlen, ProOrganics, Salvation Army, Evergreen </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deconstruction as waste diversion – Pacific Labour and Demolition, Panther Construction, Parks Board, Planning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Landscaping for greening and food – Landscaping with Heart, United We Can </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Green Inner-city Industry Cluster – Strathcona BIA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case In Point: Save On Meats … more than just meat! </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Math of Vancouver’s Greenest Inner-city <ul><li>social justice as an integral element of sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>+ economic development wherewithal (BOB) </li></ul><ul><li>+ resources and collaboration (City and others) </li></ul><ul><li>________________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>= Vancouver’s inner-city as a nucleus of </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the local green economy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Questions for Consideration <ul><li>How do we make sure that BOB is well aligned with the City’s goals and implementation expectations? </li></ul><ul><li>How can BOB leverage the City’s efforts and vice versa? </li></ul><ul><li>What resources can BOB contribute to the City’s efforts and vice versa? </li></ul>