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Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Take the My Green Pledge!

The Approved Plan – Here It Is!

The Approved Plan

The Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) is a plan for Burnaby’s “green” future. It completes the trilogy of sustainable city policies - environmental, social and economic and 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 regional environmental goals like compact and complete communities, green transportation, water conservation, reducing pollutants, reducing GHG’s, and reducing solid waste; and provincial and national environmental goals like species at risk, improving aquatic ecosystems, green buildings, and electric vehicles.

A Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP)

A more detailed plan called the Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) was developed in support of the ESS. The CEEP focused on reducing community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use. It’s recommendations were included in the ESS to help address climate change 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 and 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's Next?

What’s Next?

The 16 “Big Moves” and 25 “Quick Starts” within the approved plan will be the City’s focus for the first wave of implementation for the ESS. The plan also has tools to carry out the ESS. The iterative approach includes taking action, tracking and reporting, evaluating and updating, as outlined in Section 7 of the ESS.

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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For more information about these projects, to learn how you can get involved, or to be added to our project email list, please e-mail ecoplanning@burnaby.ca, or telephone 604-294-7404.