Environmental Sustainability Plan

The City has developed its first draft Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP). This plan will incorporate 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.

Now we want to hear from you - tell us what you think of the ESP.

How to Get Involved 

  • View the full version of the draft ESP.
  • Check out the ESP Highlights for a summary of the full Plan.
  • Watch the video to get a high-level idea of what the Plan includes.
  • Answer the survey - complete it before Oct. 15 and you can also choose to enter to win a $100 Visa gift card.
  • Visit one of the pop-up events to learn more:
    • 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.

Visit letstalkcoquitlam.ca/enviroplan for more information about how to get involved. 

Next Steps

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.

About the Environmental Sustainability Plan

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

The draft ESP includes:

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 draft plan below.

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.