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Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS)

The Approved Plan

The Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) is a plan for Burnaby’s “green” future. Together with the social and economic sustainability strategies, it will help to define how the city can evolve and build on its strengths to become an even more vibrant, resilient and sustainable community, integrated with healthy ecosystems.

Burnaby Council adopted the ESS on November 7, 2016 as a city-wide policy that sets a long term vision for the City to become a leader in protecting and regenerating healthy ecosystems, and supporting a healthy and prosperous community. The ESS is intended to set directions for environmental protection, stewardship, enhancement, and resilience in the city. As a city-wide strategy it will influence many other city-wide plans, community plans, development approvals, City programs, City bylaws, City regulations, and City operations.

The ESS also supports many shared regional, provincial and federal environmental goals for environmental protection and sustainability.

Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP)

A more detailed Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) was developed in support of the ESS. The CEEP focuses on reducing community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use to help address climate change, save money and to support community health and livability.


How Was the ESS Created?

The three-phase ESS process used to create the ESS engaged over 2,500 people and collected over 8,000 ideas. The process was extensive, inclusive and creative. The response from the public and stakeholders has been overwhelmingly positive, setting a solid foundation of community support that will help to ensure the future success of the ESS.

How Was the ESS Created?

The ESS is organized into a framework of 10 themes, shown as petals of a flower. For each of the 10 themes there is a goal, strategies, and suggested actions based on public, stakeholder, and Steering Committee input.

What Can You Do?

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.

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