Environment & Sustainability

Our community is lucky to have clean creeks, intact forests and abundant wildlife, both on land and in the water. Yet, more than ever, residents are experiencing the effects of a changing climate, such as shoreline flooding from sea level rise, more storm events, and summer droughts, and these will likely continue. 

We are committed to reducing our community’s carbon footprint to limit climate change, working to enhance our environment’s resiliency, and finding ways for us all to live more sustainably. 

Natural Assets

Our forests, waterways, foreshore and parks make West Vancouver a great place to live. They also provide valuable services for our community. The District of West Vancouver is one of the first Canadian municipalities to estimate the value of our natural assets in terms of the services they provide annually and into the future.

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West Vancouver is home to many wild animals, including raccoons, coyotes, skunks, cougars and bears. It's important that we do what we can to keep wildlife in the wild and out of our neighbourhoods.

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Climate Change

Tackling climate change requires a range of actions—to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and also to prepare for the impacts that it will bring to the District.

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Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The District of West Vancouver’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan helps us prepare for and respond to wildfires where our community meets the forest. Approximately 50% of land in the District is within 100 metres of a forested area. 


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The natural gas used for space heating, cooking, and the heating of water for showers, appliances, and pools makes housing the largest source of GHGs in West Vancouver.

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Invasive Plants & Insects

An invasive species is any non-native organism that causes economic or environmental harm. In West Vancouver, we have identified a target list of invasive plants. The chafer beetle is an invasive insect that damages turf on lawns, boulevards, sports fields and in parks.

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Environmental stewardship is about caring for our natural assets. District of West Vancouver staff and local stewardship groups lead many stewardship initiatives. There are plenty of ways for you to get involved!

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Sustainable District Operations

The District is committed to reducing GHGs in daily operations as well as policies and procedures.

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Trees are an important part of our forested community. They are valued by our community and provide many benefits.

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Watercourse Protection

Creeks and streams are an important part of our coastal environment. They carry rain and melted snow to the ocean, and provide important habitat for fish.

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Council Priority

On July 8, 2019, West Vancouver Council passed a resolution declaring that climate change constitutes an emergency for the District of West Vancouver.

While the District has actively pursued sustainable practices and reduction of GHGs for some time, the climate change crisis is escalating. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has recommended emissions reduction targets of 45 per cent below 2010 levels by 2030 and 100 per cent below 2010 levels by 2050 in order to limit global warming, and Council has adapted our climate change goals to meet those targets.