Environmental Sustainability Plan

With the advancement of a wide variety of environmental initiatives across many City departments, the City is developing a strategic Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP). This Plan will incorporate the City’s various environmental goals and objectives and supporting programs and policies into an overarching strategy that will provide a clear and flexible framework to help guide future decisions and ensure the long term resiliency and sustainability of the community.

The ESP will be developed around five key themes, which include:

  • Climate Action
  • Water Management
  • Built Environment
  • Natural Areas, Wildlife and Habitat
  • Waste Management

What's New

Extensive research, feedback and information collected since 2019 has been distilled into a draft ESP, which was presented to Council on July 12, 2021. Staff will refine the draft Plan over the summer and bring a final draft for community feedback in fall 2021. View the July 2021 draft Environmental Sustainability Plan below. 

How you can get involved

The final draft ESP will be presented this fall to the community. Feedback from the public, stakeholders and focus groups will help to ensure that the ESP has captured community’s values and vision for environmental sustainability. Watch for opportunities to provide your feedback in this upcoming engagement process.

Visit the Online Engagement Portal for the Environmental Sustainability Plan

An online engagement portal at letstalkcoquitlam.ca/enviroplan offers updates on the project, a timeline, resources and documents, contact information and more. Sign up at letstalkcoquitlam.ca for updates on the Environmental Sustainability Plan.

Project Timeline

Internal Engagement – Spring 2019 – Fall 2019

The first phase of the ESP project began in May 2019 and involved cross-department staff engagement to confirm and refine the key themes for the ESP, and to identify the City’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in relation to these themes. Phase I included an internal document analysis, an inter-municipal survey, and assembling information on the environmental planning and programs of similar municipalities within the Lower Mainland region.

Stakeholder and Public Engagement – Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

During the second phase of the ESP project, we asked for feedback from the public, external stakeholders and focus groups to ensure that the themes of the ESP reflect the values and vision of the community, and to help the City identify and prioritize the goals, objectives and implementation strategy for the ESP. The public engagement strategy included a combination of surveys and in-person “pop-up” events, as well as focused dialogue with key stakeholder groups.

Council Check in – Summer 2020

Staff reported back to council on the results of the initial phase of the ESP project on June 25, 2020. The report is available here: Strategic Priorities Standing Committee Meeting June 25 2020 Environmental Sustainability Plan Update

Draft the Plan – Winter 2020 – Spring 2021

This phase included developing the content for the ESP, taking into consideration the feedback received through the internal review and public consultation. Feedback on the Draft ESP was collected from staff through an interdepartmental Project Support Team, key stakeholders, public consultation and a peer review. The Draft ESP was presented to Council in summer 2021 for review and feedback.

Council Check in – Summer 2021

The draft ESP was presented to Council on July 12, 2021. Staff will refine and finalize the draft through the remainder of the summer. This will include incorporating Council feedback into the draft and consulting with the interdepartmental project support team.

Final Stakeholder and Community Engagement – Fall 2021

The final draft ESP will be presented to the community in a final engagement process. Feedback from the public, stakeholders and focus groups will help to ensure that the ESP has captured community’s values and vision for environmental sustainability.

Finalize and Adopt the Plan – Fall 2021

This final phase of the project includes incorporating feedback received in the final round of community engagement and presenting the final ESP for Council’s endorsement.

  1. Climate Action
  2. Water Management
  3. Built Environment
  4. Natural Areas, Wildlife and Habitat
  5. Waste Management

The Climate Action theme includes topics covering energy management, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction and climate adaptation. The City is a signatory to the provincial climate action charter, and has established GHG emissions reduction targets of 40% by 2025 for its corporate operations, as well as, 15% by 2031 and 30% by 2021 for its community-wide and per capita emissions, respectively.  In addition, Coquitlam is acting to reduce the impacts of a changing climate by developing a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to identify climate risks and corresponding risk mitigation strategies.