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) to 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

Find out more about each theme area below.

How you can get involved

Visit the Online Engagement Portal for the Environmental Sustainability Plan

An online engagement portal at letstalkcoquitlam.ca/enviroplan offers blog 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 Consultation – 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 – Fall 2020 – Winter 2021

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

Finalize and Adopt the Plan – Spring 2021 - Summer 2021

This final phase of the project will include incorporating the feedback received on the draft plan and presenting the final version for Council’s endorsement. Recommendations for implementation and monitoring the long-term success of the plan will also be included for Council’s endorsement. The Environmental Sustainability Plan will be completed the summer of 2021.

  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.