Environmental Sustainability Strategy
“For the Environmental Sustainability Strategy, Burnaby Council is using a similar model to the recently completed Social Sustainability Strategy – bringing together community leaders on a panel that will engage the broader community.
Together with Council and staff, they will develop a strategy that will set directions for continued environmental protection, stewardship, enhancement, and resiliency. I look forward to working with the Steering Committee and the broader community to define how the city can evolve and continue to build on its environmental strengths.”
- Mayor Derek Corrigan, Chair Environmental Sustainability Strategy
The Process is Starting
The City of Burnaby is committed to ensuring Burnaby continues to be a vibrant and resilient community, built on a solid base of economic, social and environmental sustainability.
With the successful completion of both the Social Sustainability Strategy and the award-winning Economic Development Strategy, the City is now developing an Environmental Sustainability Strategy.
Burnaby is already recognized as an environmental leader. The process to develop the new Environmental Strategy will bring together hundreds of Burnaby citizens to sharpen and refine our environmental focus in a way that reflects needs and expectations of Burnaby citizens. The Strategy will articulate a vision, goals and achievable actions that recognize current challenges and opportunities, while providing the flexibility to adapt to changing needs and opportunities.
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The Strategy will be developed over two years and will include opportunities for participation and input from a broad range of community members, including, for example, stewardship groups, environmental leaders, non-profits and businesses in an open and inclusive community-based process. All of these community members will work with a blue-ribbon steering committee, chaired by Mayor Derek Corrigan, to develop the strategy. The committee will be appointed by Council in spring 2012.
The development of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy will be complemented by two other related studies, a Community Energy and Emissions Plan and a Metrotown District Energy (Pre-Feasibility) Study. The Community Energy and Emissions Plan will develop a framework to help reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions within the city. The Metrotown District Energy (Pre-Feasibility) Study will look at the possibilities in this town centre area for district energy systems that would improve efficiency and reduce emissions from heating and cooling systems. These studies will be funded in part by BC Hydro through a partnership agreement.
The Environmental Sustainability Strategy, along with the two energy initiatives, will complement and support the Social Sustainability and Economic Development strategies.
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