Tackling climate change requires a range of actions—to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and also to prepare for the impacts that it will bring to the District.
Environmental stewardship is about caring for our natural assets. District of West Vancouver staff and local stewardship groups lead many stewardship initiatives. There are plenty of ways for you to get involved!
The District of West Vancouver is one of the first Canadian municipalities to estimate the value of our natural assets in terms of the services they provide annually and into the future.
Trees are an important part of our forested community. They are valued by our community and provide many benefits.
West Vancouver is home to many wild animals, including raccoons, coyotes, skunks, cougars, and bears. It's important that we do what we can to keep wildlife in the wild and out of our neighbourhoods.
The District of West Vancouver has adopted three Development Permit Areas (DPAs) and associated guidelines for development, to protect and enhance the natural environment and minimize risk to private property from climate hazards.
Our community is lucky to have clean creeks, intact forests and abundant wildlife, both on land and in the water. Yet, more than ever, residents are experiencing the effects of a changing climate, such as shoreline flooding from sea level rise, more storm events, and summer droughts, and these will likely continue.
We are committed to reducing our community’s carbon footprint to limit climate change, working to enhance our environment’s resiliency, and finding ways for us all to live more sustainably. We do that developing policies and infrastructure to support these goals, practising sustainable operations, and providing opportunities and encouragement for residents to do the same.