Environmental Sustainability Plan

The City has approved its first Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP). This plan incorporates the City’s environmental goals and objectives and actions into one overarching strategy that will provide a clear and flexible framework to help guide future decisions, ensuring the long-term resiliency and sustainability of our community.

About the Environmental Sustainability Plan

The ESP will guide future decisions that support the long-term environmental resiliency and sustainability of the community including:

1. Goals, strategies and actions organized into five themes:

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

2. A plan to implement the goals, strategies and actions.

3. A plan to monitor our progress.

View the full plan below or download a PDF of the full plan or a shorter highlights document.

Development of the ESP

The ESP was developed through comprehensive research and analysis, as well as through extensive public engagement, over a four-phase process that began in spring 2019. In total, through the entire project development, the team had more than 1,600 survey responses, more than 4,500 comments and 35 pop-up, in-person or virtual engagement opportunities. To learn more about the engagement process visit the project page.

ESP Themes

  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.