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Disposal Bans
There are certain materials that Metro Vancouver disposal facilities do not accept, either because there are already disposal programs set up for these items, or because they are hazardous to waste collection workers, the public and the environment. More Information
District Energy
A centralized energy plant that generates heated or chilled water or steam, which is distributed through buried pipes. The energy is used for space heating or cooling, and for domestic hot water, replacing conventional furnaces, baseboard electric heaters, boilers and/or chillers in each building. The costs of heating are reduced through power supply efficiencies and the ability to combine differing peak demands of each building to produce more stable total demand. More Information
Electric Vehicle
A vehicle that is powered entirely or partially by electricity, rather than oil. More Information 
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
An approach that uses financial incentives to encourage manufacturers to design environmentally-friendly products. This is done by holding producers responsible for the costs of managing their products at end of life. This approach can relieve local governments of the costs of managing waste products by forcing manufacturers to internalize the cost of recycling within the product price. Producers (usually brand owners) have the greatest control over product design and marketing and therefore have the greatest ability and responsibility to reduce toxicity and waste. More Information
Heat contained within the earth and the technologies that enable us to capture and utilize this heat.  A range of technologies are used to extract geothermal energy. More Information
Green Building Policy
A commitment by local government to construct all new civic facilities to a certain level of performance or standard. It may also include criteria for undertaking retrofits of existing civic buildings. The policy can address building energy and emissions performance, and can also demonstrate the local government’s commitment to sustainability, and provide leadership and guidance to encourage the application of green building practices in private sector development. More Information
Green Roof
An extension of an above grade roof, that allows vegetation to grow. Green roofs reduce storm water run-off, improve building thermal performance and energy consumption, reduce the urban heat island effect, and increase biodiversity. More Information
Green Waste
Biodegradable waste (yard waste and food waste). Also know as compostable, biodegradable, or organic waste. More Information 

Hybrid Vehicle
A vehicle that uses an on-board rechargeable energy storage system and a fuel based power source for vehicle propulsion. These vehicles use much less fuel than their counterparts and produce fewer emissions. More Information
Running a vehicle when parked or not in use. Vehicle idling wastes money and natural resources, it can damage our vehicles, affect the environment, and harm our health. More Information 
Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP)
A comprehensive, ecosystem-based approach to rainwater management.  The purpose of an ISMP is to provide direction for future development plans and identify infrastructure needs.  The goal is to balance:

  • Land use planning;
  • Stormwater engineering;
  • Flood and erosion protection; and
  • Environmental protection.

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Invasive Species
Plants, animals, aquatic life and micro-organisms that outcompete native species when introduced outside of their natural environment and threaten Canada's ecosystems, economy and society. They can come from across the country or across the globe. About 10 per cent of all plants are considered invasive species. Invasive species are difficult to control because they have higher rates of reproduction, fewer natural predators and the ability to thrive in different environments. More Information
Laneway Housing
Detached dwellings located in the typical garage area of a single-family lot, facing the laneway and maintaining backyard open space. Laneway housing provides housing for a variety of users (e.g., aging family members, adult children, caregivers, homeowners wishing to downsize), provides more choice of housing type, contributes to rental housing in the city, and supports sustainability. Information on Vancouver's Laneway Housing Program

Non-Market Housing
Housing mainly for those who cannot afford to pay market rents. It is housing owned by government, a non-profit or co-operative society. Rents are determined not by the market but by the residents’ ability to pay. Non-market housing is designed for independent living. More Information

Official Community Plan
A document that sets out the vision, goals and overarching policies to guide the municipality. Council, staff and citizens use the OCP to help make decisions on things like where we locate housing, what our transportation priorities are, and how we provide recreational and municipal services. An OCP applies to the whole municipality, and maps out how we want to progress as a community. Port Moody's OCP  

Public Art
Artwork which is accessible to the public and has aesthetic qualities. The artwork can be permanent, semi-permanent, functional, temporary, and includes all forms of art. Public art shows our commitment to local artists and to providing our citizens with access to art from British Columbia, Canada and around the world. Port Moody Public Art 

Renewable Energy
Energy from natural resources that can be naturally replenished or renewed within a human lifespan. This resource is a sustainable source of energy. Some natural resources, such as moving water, wind and sunshine, are not at risk of depletion from their use for energy production. Biomass, however, is a renewable resource only if its rate of consumption does not exceed its rate of regeneration. Examples of renewable energy include: solar power, wind power, hydroelectricity, geothermal, hydraulic, ethanol, and biomass. More Information
Solid Waste Diversion
Any combination of waste prevention (source reduction), recycling, reuse and composting activities that reduces waste disposed at the landfill.
Sustainability Checklist
Checklist to assist Port Moody staff in the assessment of development applications on a project by project basis using a series of criteria relating to the four pillars of sustainability.  The Checklist is intended to assist developers and their consultants to plan projects which advance the City's sustainability objectives.  
Universal Accessibility
Principle of designing an obstacle-free environment. Universal accessibility aims to eliminate any barriers that might limit people from carrying out their daily activities. This approach takes the needs of people living with impairments into account. More Information 

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Last updated: 16/10/2017 2:19:34 PM