SURREY (NEWS1130) – Vancouver rolled out its electric car fleet today and Surrey has hydrogen fueling stations and organic waste project in the works.

Both cities have claimed Canadian firsts. So why are the two so focused on this “greenery”?

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts was asked by News1130 if there is some sort of competition between the two cities.

“For us it is about diversification, that’s why we have electric, hydrogen, hybrid and a number of alternative fuel sources,” Watts notes.

She figures it’s more of a coincidence that the two cities have green projects in the works at the same time.

“There are a lot of initiatives underway and I think it is about complimenting each other and making sure that we are all heading in the right direction,” Watts believes.

SFU’s Gord Price says any sort of competition between the two cities could be good when it comes to planning for the future.

“Green competition is great, but I hope both Vancouver and Surrey are saving money. In the end, any green initiative if it is going to have legs is going to have to meet that bottom line.”

Price says a lot of people look to their city for guidance.

“Somebody has to start and often that is the case for a government agency because it can absorb those costs. They provide leadership,” he adds.