Natural Environment & Climate Action

Updated July 2016

More than ever, residents are experiencing the effects of a changing climate, such as king tides, tropical storms, and summer droughts, and these will likely continue. We are carrying forward the direction established by the previous Council and responding to residents who expect a government to establish standards and best practices for reducing the environmental footprint of cities and finding ways for us to live more sustainably.

A citizens’ working group is developing the Community Energy and Emissions Plan to assist the municipality in addressing greenhouse gas emissions, energy and transportation use, and energy security. They’re developing strategies and actions that residents, businesses and the District can take to begin to live more sustainably and protect the natural environment for future generations.

Workshops, open houses and a public survey took place this spring. The working group used the consultation process to understand and then build strategies around community priorities. These tie into longer-term plans on housing and neighbourhood development, which will be expressed in our updated Official Community Plan. Implementation will create both opportunities and challenges as we make important future land use choices for housing and transportation.

Projects in the Shoreline Preservation Plan are protecting the waterfront and enhancing environmental habitat, with volunteer contributions from West Vancouver citizens and expert direction from groups such as the West Vancouver Shoreline Preservation Society and the West Vancouver Streamkeepers.

The Pedestrian Network Study is underway. It will provide a framework for expanding and improving pedestrian routes to facilitate safe, efficient and comfortable places to walk for recreation and as a form of transportation.

Approved in 2014, the District’s Invasive Species Strategy controls introduced plant species that out-compete native species. Now in year two, staff are treating knotweed and removing hogweed on public lands, mapping invasive species and educating residents.