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.
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.
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.