COQUITLAM, BC, Sept. 13, 2021 – Coquitlam is seeking public feedback on the community’s first draft Environmental Sustainability Plan.
The Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP) incorporates new and existing environmental goals, objectives and actions into an overarching strategy. The plan will provide a clear and flexible framework to guide future decisions and ensure the long term resiliency and sustainability of the community. The draft document is available at www.coquitlam.ca/enviroplan.
How to Get Involved
A public survey launched today on the ESP project page at www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/enviroplan. People who answer the survey before the closing date of Friday, Oct. 15 can also choose to enter to win a $100 Visa gift card.
Residents and other interested stakeholders are invited to learn more and provide feedback at one of the pop-up events on the following dates:
- Sept. 17 – Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sept. 19 – Coquitlam Public Library – Poirier Branch, 575 Poirier St., from 12:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
- Sept. 27 – Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Court, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Oct. 6 – Coquitlam Public Library – City Centre Branch, 1169 Pinetree Way, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The full draft plan is posted on the project page, and a summary video and highlights document are also available for those who would like to get a high-level understanding of what is contained in the ESP.
About the ESP
The draft ESP has been developed through extensive research and analysis, as well as a public consultation process in 2019.
The plan is organized into five themes: Climate Action, Built Environment, Waste Management, Water Management and Natural Areas, Wildlife and Habitat. Within each theme are related goals, strategies and actions that will support environmental sustainability for the future of Coquitlam.
The ESP also includes sections on how the City’s environmental goals and strategies will be implemented, monitored and measured. The implementation plan is summarized in a table that includes a list of over 125 actions, anticipated timelines, high-level cost estimates and lead City departments. To monitor Coquitlam’s progress, the ESP Dashboard provides a snapshot of measurable targets and trends to track successes over time.
A review and update of the ESP will occur on a 5 to 10-year schedule, consistent with other corporate plans.
Following the engagement process, feedback will be reviewed to inform refinements to the ESP. The final plan will be presented to Council later this year. Once endorsed, the plan will be implemented beginning in 2022.
Residents are encouraged to stay informed about the project by subscribing for email updates at letstalkcoquitlam.ca/enviroplan. More background on the project is found on the City’s website at coquitlam.ca/enviroplan.
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