Fleet, Waste, and Building Efficiency

Project Greenlight’s open call process solicits innovative ideas that address complex challenges facing public and private enterprises (“members”) . Whether your submission involves an emerging technology you are bringing to market, or a commercially available solution used in an adjacent industry, it must be unique, scalable, and aligned with the City of Vancouver’s strategic priorities.

The City of Vancouver is open to innovative, novel ideas that address key challenges around its sustainability goals and digital priorities (outlined below). Solutions should fall within the areas of transportation, zero-waste, and buildings and digital infrastructure, and might include:

  • Transportation-related solutions that support the City’s pursuit of zero-emission fleets (medium- to heavy-duty), including charging infrastructure challenges. These include pick up trucks, garbage and recycling trucks, utility vans and emergency response vehicles.
  • Zero-waste solutions that relate to solid waste and organic waste disposal or reuse within the urban core.
  • Building-related solutions that address low-carbon construction requirements of the future, specifically around low embodied carbon construction materials for buildings and low emission equipment on construction sites.
  • Rainwater solutions that retain and treat street run-off, to help achieve the city’s Rain City Strategy goals

Desired Outcome

The City of Vancouver would like to pilot innovative, functional, and scalable technologies that align with one or more of its strategic priorities. Successful submissions will demonstrate significant potential to reduce carbon pollution and fight climate change.

Proposals should directly relate to the Climate Emergency Action Plan and/or the Rain City Strategy. Where relevant, they should also align with, and help advance, the Healthy City Strategy and the Digital Strategy. Proponents will need to demonstrate measurable outcomes in achieving these strategies.


Engaging the City of Vancouver could lead to one of the following agreements, as per the City’s procurement policy regarding unsolicited proposals:

  • A proponent demonstrating its solution
  • The City issuing a call for market responses to the goods and services being offered
  • The City pursuing the proposal
  • The City choosing to not pursue the proposal
  • Another mutually agreed option

Note: all inquiries and proposals must be submitted through the Project Greenlight website. If you have a question, check the FAQ for commonly asked questions; alternatively, you can submit your query using the Contact Us form. Please do not contact members directly.

Evaluation Criteria

Review Process

The Project Greenlight team (comprised of sector leads from Vancouver Economic Commission and Foresight) has standardized all challenge reviews. Proponents should review the eligibility criteria for their specific challenges, as each has its own requirements. Proponents should also review the Application Handbook [PDF] closely.

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