Goal: Lead in climate emergency action and environmental management

The environment has long shaped the identity of this community. Council is committed to integrating environmental considerations into all of the District’s decisions and practices, and envisions the District as a leader in climate emergency action and adaptation by 2022.

Our priority areas and supporting objectives

To achieve our goals to lead in climate emergency action and environmental management, we will undertake projects that raise awareness about climate change and the need to reduce GHG emissions, work together and learn from others, including the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations, update and create new policies that address the climate emergency, update our liquid and solid waste program, and implement integrated storm water management plans.

Priority: Build community and organizational capacity to respond to climate related shocks and disasters

Supporting objectives Lead 2019 2020 2021 2022
Enhance wildfire mitigation, preparedness and response Engineering, Parks, and Facilities
Fire and Rescue Services
Increase informed civic engagement around climate and the environment through museum programming Museum and Archives      
Prepare the North Shore Resilience Strategy using the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction North Shore Emergency Management      

Priority: Protect and enhance the environment through management programs and policy

Supporting objectives Lead 2019 2020 2021 2022
Work with Metro Vancouver to complete the North Shore Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Engineering, Parks, and Facilities Ongoing
Update our liquid waste, solid waste, water, storm water, debris management and energy management programs Engineering, Parks, and Facilities      

Priority: Take action on climate change by reducing emissions and updating strategies

Supporting objectives Lead 2019 2020 2021 2022
Update the Strategic Energy Management Plan and Green Building policy for corporate buildings Engineering, Parks, and Facilities      
Implement projects to align to align the Strategic Facility Plan with Community Energy and Emissions Plan targets Engineering, Parks, and Facilities Ongoing
Reduce the impact of single family home construction by updating DNV bylaws, policies, standards and procedures Planning, Properties, and Permits      
Complete a multi-disciplinary plan to mitigate and adapt to climate change and commence implementation during this term Planning, Properties, and Permits      
Pursue opportunities for leadership and innovation in the environmental field Planning, Properties, and Permits      
Create a corporate and community carbon budget Financial Services    
Optimize fleet services Engineering, Parks, and Facilities      

COVID IMPACT: The Corporate Plan was composed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent and ongoing impacts on the organization and our community. While we continue to strive to achieve the goals and objectives stated throughout, we also understand that adjustments are probable given the changing circumstances in which we publish this plan.