The Vancouver Economic Commission has released a research report on the growth of Vancouver’s Green and Local Food Jobs in the City from 2010 to 2013. The VEC is excited, as this report is the first of its kind and provides robust evidence on the quality and quantity of growth that Vancouver’s green economy has experienced within three years.
The launch event with Mayor Gregor Robertson and Ian McKay, CEO of the VEC, was held this morning at dPoint Technologies, a recognized global leader in the R&D, manufacturing and selling of membranes and heat and humidity exchangers for energy recovery in buildings. dPoint is BC’s 7th fastest growing company and a local cleantech business.
Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP) aims to make Vancouver the Greenest City in the world by 2020 and to secure Vancouver’s international reputation as a mecca of green enterprise. This new report on Vancouver’s green economy by the VEC reveals that there has been a 19 percent increase in the number of green and local food jobs in the City of Vancouver since 2010, growing from 16,700 to 20,000.
The report defines a green job as an occupation that has a focus on activities that restore or preserve environmental quality, reduce energy, materials and water consumption, decarbonize the economy, and minimize or altogether avoid the generation of all forms of waste and pollution.
A local food job is defined as a job involved in the production, retailing, or processing in Vancouver of food that originated in British Columbia.
For a more detailed summary and to download our report, visit Green Jobs Report.