Environment & Sustainability

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. Explore the links below to learn more about West Vancouver’s natural resources and how you can help protect and conserve them.

Tree Protection

Trees are an important part of our forested community. They are valued by our community and provide many benefits. More Information

Watercourse Protection

Creeks and streams are an important part of our coastal environment. They carry rain and melted snow to the ocean, and provide important habitat for fish. More Information

Climate Change

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. More Information


The production, distribution and use of the goods and food we rely on in our daily lives all require energy, and so does managing the resulting waste. More Information


The natural gas used for space heating, cooking, and the heating of water for showers, appliances, and pools makes housing the largest source of GHGs in West Vancouver. More Information


Transportation is the second largest source of local community GHGs, but West Vancouver roads can accommodate more than just cars. With Blue Bus transit service and improvements in cycling and walking infrastructure, we’re trying to give people more options to avoid traffic congestion while reducing their environmental impact. More Information

Water Conservation

One of the indicators of climate change is extreme weather. Extreme precipitation in winter months provides an abundance of water, while putting strain on our storm water system. Summer conditions lead to water shortages. More Information

Invasive Plants & Insects

An invasive species is any non-native organism that causes economic or environmental harm. In West Vancouver, we have identified a target list of invasive plants. The chafer beetle is an invasive insect that damages turf on lawns, boulevards, sports fields and in parks. More Information

Sustainable District Operations

The District is committed to reducing GHGs in daily operations as well as policies and procedures. More Information

Council Priority

On July 8, 2019, West Vancouver Council passed a resolution declaring that climate change constitutes an emergency for the District of West Vancouver.

While the District has actively pursued sustainable practices and reduction of GHGs for some time, the climate change crisis is escalating. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has recommended emissions reduction targets of 45 per cent below 2010 levels by 2030 and 100 per cent below 2010 levels by 2050 in order to limit global warming, and Council has adapted our climate change goals to meet those targets.