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Caring For Our Environment

To take care of our bodies, we eat well, exercise and make sure to get enough sleep. That's our internal environment. The environment that surrounds us -- the air, soil, water and ecosystems -- is equally important for our health and the health and well being of others.

We Can Protect the Environment Around Us:

  • By reducing consumption and recycling, we reduce the costs and environmental burden of waste.
  • By driving less and instead taking transit, walking and cycling, we improve air quality as well as our own health and fitness.
  • By pitching in to clean up, restore and enhance local waterways, shorelines and other ecosystems, we can help native plants and wildlife to flourish
  • Other tips to care for our environment at home, at school and in the office include natural gardening practices, conserving water and proper waste disposal and recycling

Everyone, from government to individuals of all ages and abilities, can play an important role as stewards of the environment. Burnaby is fortunate to have many dedicated community volunteers who have made a big difference in protecting and enhancing environmentally significant sites throughout the City.

The City’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) is a plan for Burnaby’s ‘green’ future that includes goals and strategies for environmental stewardship and education.  Interested in taking action, but don’t know where to start? The ESS also contains ways for you to take action in support of the 10 goals of the ESS.


Committees of Council

The City of Burnaby’s Environment Committee and Social Planning Committees are endorsed citizens committee of Mayor and Council that advises Council on policy issues related to the City's social, economic and environmental sustainability. Members of the public may speak before the Committees after submitting a written request to the Committee’s Secretary (Administrative Officer) seven working days prior to a Committee Meeting. The written request must include the name of the speaker and the topic to be discussed. This is referred to as Appearing as a Delegation.

Environment and Social Planning Committee Meetings take place quarterly.  See also the Boards and Committee Meeting Schedules. Members of the public may also serve as Citizen Representatives on the committee. Find out more on How to Become a Committee Member or contact the Clerks Department for more information.

Environmental Events

The City of Burnaby supports and promotes a number of environmental events throughout the year. These events are valuable occasions for Burnaby residents and the public to discover Burnaby’s many natural assets, learn how they can help, and celebrate achievements.

Burnaby’s Environment Week takes place in early June each year with a number of eco-friendly activities around the City. Burnaby’s Environment Awards Program is an annual tradition that recognizes Burnaby individuals and groups that have made significant contributions. 

World Rivers Day in late September is an annual event that celebrates the historic, cultural, economic and environmental importance of waterways both locally and around the globe.

Other local environmental events:

Visit the Festivals and Events and Calendar of Events pages for more event information.  

Jennifer Atchison Environmental Centre

The Jennifer Atchison Environmental Centre is a community facility sponsored in partnership between the City of Burnaby and Burnaby School District 41. It provides space and resources for students, teachers and interested community groups regarding environmental activities in a classroom setting. The Centre is located on the grounds of Stoney Creek Community School at 2730 Beaverbrook Crescent, Burnaby near Lougheed Town Centre. Contact the Stoney Creek Community School Coordinator at 604-296-9031 for more information.

Previously described as the Burnaby Environmental Classroom, the Centre has recently been renamed for Jennifer Atchison, (1938-2010) an environmental stewardship champion and member of the Stoney Creek Environment Committee.

Environmental Programs and Initiatives

The City of Burnaby has a broad range of Environmental Programs and Initiatives including the Burnaby Streamkeepers Program.

Additional Resources


Air Quality

Climate Change

Energy Conservation


Sustainable Transportation

Waste Reduction



For more information, visit the Environmental Planning Program page or contact the Planning Department at or 604-294-7400.

  • Environment Awards

    Env Awards pagelet picMoreNominations closed April 3, 2020.

Environmental Emergency Response

Protecting our Watershed

Let it Grow Naturally