Work on Burnaby environmental sustainability strategy underway
After completing both its social sustainability and economic development strategies, Burnaby city hall announced it is now working on its third and final plan, a new environmental sustainability strategy.
The strategy will be developed over two years and when completed, will guide Burnaby's environmental decisions over the coming years, according to a city press release.
The eventual document will "articulate a vision, goals and achievable actions that recognize current challenges and opportunities, while providing the flexibility to adapt to changing needs and opportunities."
A "blue-riboon steering committee" chaired by Mayor Derek Corrigan will develop the plan with input from the community, including stewardship groups, environmental leaders, businesses and non-profit organizations.
Work on the environmental strategy will be complemented by two related studies party funded by BC Hydro—a community energy and emissions plan, which will develop a framework to help reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the city; and a Metrotown district energy (pre-feasibility) study, which will look at the potential for district energy systems in the town centre that would improve efficiency and reduce emissions from heating and cooling systems.
Environmental Sustainability Strategy steering committee:
Mayor Derek Corrigan, chair
Coun. Dan Johnston, vice-chair
Coun. Colleen Jordan
Coun. Richard Chang
Coun. Sav Dhaliwal
Mark Angelo, chair emeritus of BCIT's Rivers Institute
KC Bell, director of the SFU Sustainability Office
Paul Cipywnyk, president, Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society
Chris Dikeakos, architect
Jeanne Fike, Burnaby Family Life
Diane Gillis, president, Kingsway Imperial Neighbourhood Association
Jack Gin, mentor and entrepreneur
Paul Holden, president and CEO, Burnaby Board of Trade
Isabel Kolic, executive director, Heights Merchants Association
Dick Kouwenhoven, president and CEO, Hemlock Printers
Jennie Moore, BCIT's director of sustainable development and environmental stewardship
Dirk Odenwald, CFO, ABC Recycling
School trustee Harman Pandher
Bill Schwartz, Polestar Communications
Tom Sigurdson, executive director, B.C. Building Trades
Dave Switzer, Heights businessperson